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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 6 of 28

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Today has been an okay day food-wise. I went over my calories again but my calorie differential was -320 calories, so it wasn't that bad. I'm trying really hard and tomorrow I'm determined to stay within my calorie limits. It's tough like I said on my last blog. It's tough to eat right when away from home! It's such a challenge for me, but I'm trying.

I'm really enjoying spending time at Tommi's family's summer house. It's such a beautiful place by the lake, so peaceful and beautiful. I'm just taking time to take care of myself and enjoy every moment. I'm writing again which is good. I feel really good and healthy over here :)

My goals for tomorrow:
- stay within my calorie range
- go for a walk
- get 5 servings of fruit and veggies

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IUHRYTR 5/15/2012 9:21PM

    I've long dreamed of having a mountain cabin and a beach cottage. Maybe if I win the lottery. It does sound like a peaceful place to spend time. You're still doing good. Hang in there. -- Lou

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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 5 of 28

Monday, May 14, 2012

Today was such a fun day! I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but all my classes ended a couple of weeks ago and I have the entire month off before I start interning at a hotel in June. I'M LOVING IT!! But it can also be a challenge at times. Let me give you an example. On Sunday, I came to celebrate Mother's Day with my mom and the rest of my family, and decided to stay for a few days. While I'm loving the peace and quiet and the gorgeous Finnish countryside, I'm also having a hard time sticking to my usual routines. I mean I do get my walks in (and today I actually went for two walks) but it's harder to track everything and know exactly what I'm eating because I'm not cooking the food myself. I'm trying my best to keep my portions in check and track everything, but it's not as easy as it is when I'm at home. I'm the type of person who gets really into routines and doing things a certain way, and any changes to this rocks my balance big time.

Eating right while I'm away from home is one of the biggest challenges for me. There's something about being away that puts me in a weird mindset. I guess it's because I used to often end up overeating while on vacation, and being away from home feels like being on vacation even though I'm not really anywhere special. Does this make any sense?

I did do pretty well today despite the circumstances! I ended up going over my calories with about 100 calories which puts me around 1,600 calories for today. Not perfect, but not bad either. Tomorrow will be better! Tommi and I are going to his family's summer house by the lake for a few days. There's a lot of yard work waiting to get done and I'll also bring my workout gear and running shoes. I'm determined to do well even though I'm not at home!!

Sugary treats of the day:
- half a cupcake (sigh................)
- a small portion of low-fat vanilla ice cream
- yogurt for breakfast (it had some sugar in it because it wasn't plain)

- eating well away from home is a big challenge (especially with leftover cupcakes around every corner)
- there is no point in eating half a cupcake because I immediately feel like my brain and body is screaming for more (luckily I was able to ignore both!)
- the less sugar I eat, the less cravings I get


Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 4 of 28

Monday, May 14, 2012

This is a bit late because it's actually Monday morning here in Finland already but I was too tired to blog last night so I just went straight to bed instead. So yesterday was Mother's Day and I had such wonderful time with my family! I'm so grateful to have such amazing mom :) I love her so much!

But how was my sweet tooth yesterday? It was pretty bad once I got started. I had one cupcake and one cookie (as promised, haha) and a tiny little slice of strawberry cake. It was all VERY sweet and I actually thought it was a little too sweet to be honest. BUT once I got started with it, it was really difficult to stop!! So later, in the evening, there were still some leftovers, and we all sat down to enjoy them. I was craving sugar like crazy at this point and though I easily COULD HAVE said no, thank you, I really didn't want to. Or so I thought. So I had half a cupcake and a small cookie AND a tiny slice of cake. Sigh. I felt so sick afterwards. Sugar really is so addictive!!! Once you have some, it gets a lot easier to stop once you've had enough. I'm thinking it would be a lot better to stay away from sugary treats most of the time and save it for special occasions only. And yesterday definitely was just that: a special occasion.

Today I'm determined to do a lot better! I find it's always so much more difficult to get things going like normal after a day like that. Why is it though?? It's just one day. No harm done and I learned my lesson. It's time to move on!

I'll be back with Day 5 later today. I just want to update daily at least for the first week of the challenge to stay accountable.

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!!

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BD3269PM 5/14/2012 6:58AM

    Every day is a new start. You can do this! I am with yiu is so hard once you start eating those sweets. Let's focus on not starting!!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/14/2012 6:53AM

    Today is a new beginning. Try to balance out any over range calories from yesterday throughout the week and things will be fine. Sugar is indeed so addictive but we're brought up on cupcakes, ice cream, cake and candy and develop a craving for it from early on that is tough to overcome when get older. But we can try, as you're doing, one day at a time. -- Lou

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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 3 of 28

Saturday, May 12, 2012

So today was the ultimate challenge for me! I spent the entire day baking cupcakes and making cookies for Mother's Day. I was put in charge of the dessert (surprise, surprise) and I was kind of worried that being around sugary food all day would make me go nuts and cause me to get crazy cravings - BUT I DIDN'T EAT A SINGLE CUPCAKE OR A COOKIE! Instead, I just baked them and put them away in plastic containers to take with me tomorrow to Mother's Day brunch. While I was baking, I made a conscious decision that I would only eat one cupcake and one cookie TOMORROW and I would not have any today, and it worked! I didn't feel the need to eat them. So maybe tomorrow I'll have one - or maybe I'll just have a few bites. Who knows!

I didn't have any sweet treats or desserts today and I stayed well within my calorie range. Again, this is huge for me because as many of you know, I have been having a hard time staying on track on the weekends, and Saturday nights have definitely been the most challenging because I got so used to eating all kinds of fattening junk in front of the TV that it just felt like the only possible way to have a fun Saturday night. How sad! But I've moved on :) I feel like a whole new person! I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to!!

Have a great Saturday night everyone!

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PASKALINI 5/13/2012 8:31AM

    Congratulations! I still don't know if I am strong enough to do that! If I do bake I have to have my one and send the rest to work with Bryan. Needless to say his colleagues LOVE IT! I haven't really baked anything since I started sparking again though. Keep up the good work. Maybe when I'm done with the spring bootcamp challenge I will try the tame your sweet tooth challenge!

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IUHRYTR 5/12/2012 11:54PM

    I continue to be excited about the positive changes you are making. not indulging on the Saturday night was a huge breakthrough. Keep being strong and enjoy your new lifestyle. The changes show already. emoticon -- Lou

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MAGGIEX3UK 5/12/2012 5:15PM

    What a huge victory! I'm notorious for always nibbling while baking. And way to go for moving on from the Saturday night nibbles; you're really doing good in this challenge. Enjoy the bites from the cake tomorrow!

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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 2 of 28

Friday, May 11, 2012

Today was a great day! I didn't have any sugary treats and didn't really have cravings either. I've noticed that once I eat something that has sugar in it - even if it's in moderation - my cravings get a lot worse. This is definitely one reason why I want to cut back on sugar! Cravings can be so annoying.

But today I did so well! I skipped dessert at lunch and at dinner. I went out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants with my friends today and I chose a lower calorie option instead of what I usually have AND I SKIPPED THE DESSERT :) While the others had drinks and cocktails I had water instead. I felt so good about myself afterwards!

Another thing which is kind of huge is that Friday and Saturday nights used to trigger such crazy cravings for sweets and I usually ended up having huge amounts of chocolate and ice cream. And now, it's Friday night and I'm not eating anything unhealthy and I don't have any cravings either! THAT'S HUGE!!! I guess it takes time to get rid of old habits but once they're gone, it's so much easier to stick with the new, healthy habits.

I'm definitely on the right track! Hope you're all having a great Friday!


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IUHRYTR 5/11/2012 11:57PM

    We knew you'd break the weekend habit of overindulging in sweets and you have. now to build on the new habit. Good going on the choices today. You'll be at your goal weight before you know it. emoticon -- Lou

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FCARMICH 5/11/2012 4:39PM

  good luck

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