Wednesday, March 07, 2012
I know that sweets are my greatest downfall. I like fried foods, but I can take them or leave them. I love sweets, and I have a very hard time "leaving" them. I've said for years that I'm a chocoholic, and I believe that it really is true - I just don't have an "off" button for chocolate.
Enter SparkPeople's Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge: A 4-week Detox for Sugar Addicts. (Sounds good to me.)
The purpose of week 1 is to find out if your sugar cravings are out of control. (I'm pretty sure mine are.) Here is the action plan:
1. Assess your current sugar habits (by taking an assessment).
My result: I have situational struggles. No surprise here. I have the best of intentions every food day at work, every holiday, and every time I visit my mom. But then reality hits, and I eat what I want to eat. (sigh)
2. List the reasons you want to cut back.
I am a chocoholic and I want to break this sugar addition! Sweets, and chocolate specifically, are my alcohol. Ditching sweets alone won't help me lose weight. I'm changing my lifestyle, and I want to be able to say "no" to sweets, just like I do with alcohol. I want to be in control of it!
3. Record your sugar habits all week long.
Awareness is the first step to everything you want to change. I can't change what I am doing, saying, eating, etc. until I am aware of the current state. So for week one, in the Note section of my nutrition log, I will be recording when and why I have cravings for sweets and if I give into them. I need to figure out what my triggers are and when they happen before I will be able to manage them.
4. Learn how to earn your trophy:
Woohoo! Another trophy. I love SparkPeople, and I giggle when I think about how I get excited when I win a trophy or earn points. Points are worth what? Points. Ok, but I still like earning them!
I am sure this will be a challenge for me, especially since I have a birthday and a weekend away during these four weeks, but I can do this. I want to do it, and I need to do it. I'm commited, I'm in!!
Care to join me?