DOYOUREALIZE724's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DOYOUREALIZE724 DOYOUREALIZE724's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 4; Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560635 Just now getting some traction after Thanksgiving... <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to particularly prioritize avoiding sugar leading up to T-Day and after, but I'm ready to start again today: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Set your long-term sugar goals. It's unrealistic to think you'll never eat sugar again, so create your own plan for keeping the sweet stuff in your life—but within its place. Map out a plan for yourself going forward. Will you allow yourself a little sugar once a day? A larger dessert once... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 15:39:06 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 4; Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549915 Ooookay.... <BR> <BR> Unimpressive weekend discipline per usual... <BR> <BR> Let's give week 4 a whirl and see if we can't get back on track. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Set your long-term sugar goals. It's unrealistic to think you'll never eat sugar again, so create your own plan for keeping the sweet stuff in your life—but within its place. Map out a plan for yourself going forward. Will you allow yourself a little sugar once a day? A larger dessert once per week? What forms of sugar? Share your... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:25:47 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 3; Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547839 Okay, last day of week 3...let's see where we stand: <BR> <BR> 1. Fine-tune your pantry. Stock up on foods (sugar-free and no-sugar-added items) that reflect your low-sugar goals. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty good about the pantry...I did purchase some chocolate that is supposed to be a christmas gift to a family member so hopefully that is sufficient to keep my hands off of it... <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Make sensible sugar swaps. Learn how to make healthy swaps while still satisfying your sweet to... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:29:15 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 3; Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546938 If you're not diabetic does taking your bloodsugar measurements make sense? (i.e. will you get meaningful numbers depending on what you eat, or is the point that if you are not diabetic your pancreas will keep your BS at a stable level regardless?) <BR> <BR> I feel good about avoiding sugar with the few slip-ups the past 3 weeks. Physically I think I feel about the same as always? It's hard to tell... Wondering if biometrically there has been a significant change in some marker. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:40:55 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 3; Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546205 Getting creative with sugar substitution!!! <BR> <BR> I just tried a Pinterest recipe for "mock soft-serve" blended a frozen banana with a little bit of milk, a spoon of chunky peanut butter, and a couple Tbsp of cocoa powder. That totally hit the spot! <BR> <BR> Also tried adding cinnamon to my coffee this morning. Not bad! <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:30:03 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 3; Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545162 1. Fine-tune your pantry. Stock up on foods (sugar-free and no-sugar-added items) that reflect your low-sugar goals. <BR> <BR> > Having chocolate in the pantry seriously messed with me over the weekend. During the week it is so much easier to stay on track... <BR> <BR> I tossed the offending chocolate, now I need the presence of mind not to replenish the stash. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Make sensible sugar swaps. Learn how to make healthy swaps while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Come up wi... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:33:47 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 3; Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544197 I wasn't able to successfully avoid sweets this weekend despite my best intentions. Socializing seems to push any other priorities to the background. I'll plan to try again next weekend. Until then back on track today, no plans for refined sugars of any kind... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:35:26 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 3; Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541812 Slipped a bit yesterday. It was the dang chocolate stash!!!!! I wonder if I set myself up for that by blogging about it yesterday. <BR> <BR> It's a very strange experience for the goal of indulging to completely take over, I convinced myself that it was okay to have a small square which turned into several. Delicious, but disappointing. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> I'm ready to try again today which is ultimately the point I suppose. Onward. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:07:07 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 3; Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541217 Embarking on Week 3 today. The menace of the weekend looms large... <BR> <BR> 1. Fine-tune your pantry. Stock up on foods (sugar-free and no-sugar-added items) that reflect your low-sugar goals. <BR> <BR> > My pantry is looking pretty good, I have a small chocolate stash that should probably be gifted to my coworkers. Hasn't been a huge problem yet... <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Make sensible sugar swaps. Learn how to make healthy swaps while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Come up with a list ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:54:53 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 2; Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540097 Last day of week 2. <BR> <BR> Let's take a look at this weeks objectives and see where things stand: <BR> <BR> 1. Find out where sugar may be hiding. You probably already know the most common sources of sugar (think cupcakes or cookies), but how well do you know the unexpected places sugar may be hiding? <BR> <BR> > DONE <BR> It is surprising to see how many processed foods have sugar added to them. <BR> <BR> It looks like around 4-5g of sugar per meal (12-15g total per day) is in kee... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:50:06 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 2; Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539239 I felt totally discouraged yesterday, and realize that this isn't all about the number on the scale but its tough not to feel like progress was squandered when the scale jumps back up after the weekend. <BR> <BR> The scale's back around what I expected today which makes me feel relieved but isn't really the point I guess. <BR> <BR> I need to really accept this is a long process and that it won't be linear, and that this is fundamentally a numbers game -- if I gained weight over the weekend ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:06:29 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 2; Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538191 I am so bitterly angry this morning. <BR> <BR> Per usual took the weekend to "go back to normal" with my eating habits -- not thinking too much about what I would eat. <BR> <BR> I didn't binge myself silly by any stretch. Had some ice cream for dessert saturday night, some chocolate yesterday and pretty standard lunches and dinners... <BR> <BR> This morning, LITERALLY 3.2 pounds heavier than Friday. How the h*ll is that even possible? <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to bring the negativity today, but... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:19:39 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 2; Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535762 This is getting really hard... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:51:19 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 2; Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534960 Still working it. <BR> <BR> I grabbed a large non-fat sugar free vanilla latte on the way into work today which felt like a huge treat. And I've already drank it (drunk it?) so that's done.... But I've been thinking about the buzzwords "Clean Eating" and a post a friend of mine put on FB to the effect: "every time you eat you either fight disease or fuel it" <BR> <BR> So combine that with the SP week 2 challenge to be mindful (#4) and spot sugar by other names (#2) I've decided to to a litt... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:47:29 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 2; Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534045 Task #1 Week 2: It was my goal to be abstinent from sugar at the very least during the weekdays this week, but there really is sugar hiding everywhere isn't there? I just finished an Asian Potstickers Lean Cuisine that lists 9g of sugar - the sauce was definitely sweet. <BR> <BR> Is 9g a lot for one meal? <BR> <BR> I need to educate myself more on this point I think. <BR> <BR> Task #3 Week 2: I'm feeling a bit less grounded today in my conviction to avoid sugar...there have been days in ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 15:04:04 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 2; Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532975 Okay! Embarking onto week 2... <BR> <BR> Checked out the week 2 task list: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Find out where sugar may be hiding. You probably already know the most common sources of sugar (think cupcakes or cookies), but how well do you know the unexpected places sugar may be hiding? <BR> <BR> > DONE <BR> <BR> 2. Learn to spot sugar by other names. Sugar often likes to go incognito under multiple names on food labels. Take this quiz to see if you know some of its undercover aliases. <B... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:12:33 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 1; Day 7 (lets ignore the weekend one more time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531965 Friday, Saturday and Sunday are a real problem... <BR> <BR> This has been observed a million times before...but SO MUCH of socializing is centered around food and drink, never mind how easy it is to push goals that require self-restraint to the background while enjoying the mirth of good times with friends. <BR> <BR> Once I've broken my commitment for the day/night it's a real challenge for me not to consider the day/night a loss and justify indulging cravings an order of magnitude more dra... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:06:23 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 1; Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528386 I still feel pretty psychologically strong and committed. <BR> <BR> I think I feel cognitively clearer with a few sugar-free days under my belt but it's hard to know how much of that is self-fulfilling expectation at this point. <BR> <BR> I picked up some mint-chocolate chip flavored sugar free gum and am going to try to keep that handy instead of white-knuckling it all day today. <BR> <BR> In any case, I'm really glad I joined this challenge. Planning to check in this way has been helpfu... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:06:58 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 1; Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527546 Made it to the end of the day yesterday, but hanging out w. my husband who suggested dinner out and dessert was too much temptation. :-/ regrouping today... and adding how to flexibly respond to unplanned meals out to my list of things to work on. <BR> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:28:04 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 1; Day ...4 (Let's pretend the weekend never happened) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526488 Well nothing earth shattering here but, the weekend really fouled up my sugar-free streak. My week days are much more structured than my weekends are and I'm less prone to temptation by my husband or socializing. I'm back on track as of yesterday (Monday) but will need to figure out how to navigate weekends sooner or later. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:04:42 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 1; Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523271 Still feeling strong. I haven't had any really compelling urges for sugar today, and 48 hours refined-sugar free (fruit is OK right?!?) I *think* I'm feeling sharper! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:49:11 EST Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 1; Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522369 I was feeling pretty psychologically strong for the last day, just had some pasta for lunch and am white-knuckling my way through an all consuming urge to have a post-prandial sweet. I'm grateful for the presence of mind that comes from checking in on SP! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:24:11 EST Starting the "Taming your sweet tooth challenge" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514124 Starting week 1 today. I plan to use my SP blog to track when sugar cravings are triggered & how I'm feeling. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:28:08 EST Staying on track AND eating with the family -- how is this supposed to work??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533820 Among the key lifestyle changes that have led to *finally* losing most of the weight I've steadily put on over the last 8 years has been preparing my own meals and for the most part *only* eating what I've prepared... <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm jeopardizing my progress by opening myself back up to eating dinners that my husband prepares, or even trying to cook for the two of us with an eye towards accommodating his tastes (which inevitably are somewhat at odds with my own -- i.e. I can't just... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:10:52 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484311 After weighing in at the same exact weight for 4 days despite strictly sticking to my caloric allotment I gave myself a free-day to indulge and regroup...and weighed in a pound heavier this morning. Total bullsh*t. I'm frustrated. This feels really unfair. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:56:34 EST