SparkPeople Taming the *Sweet Tooth* Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20854 Support for anyone that finds sugars hard.... *almost impossible!*... to resist! ... Share your tips and tricks on how to curb sugar cravings here! SparkPeople Taming the *Sweet Tooth* Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20854 I am not doing very well with my goal for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x58578782 But at least I am aware of what I am eating and that is good Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:14:47 EST Sugar, Sugar, Sugar everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x58538463 I have tracked my food and even without eating a lot of candy and cookies I am amazed at the sugar content of food. I think that as long as it is coming from foods in their natural state that there is not too much cause for alarm because there is the benefit of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber from the whole food. <BR> <BR> I just found it interesting that if I want to cut back on sugar instead of grabbing a piece of fruit that perhaps I should consider broccoli, cauliflower, or peppers in... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:37:43 EST What are your goals for July? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x58370869 My #1 goal is basic: track my food and activity. <BR> <BR> I have been slacking in this and I need to get back on track because I am noticing that what I eat has an influence on others, especially my grandchildren. Tracking will help me be more aware of what I am eating and where I need to make changes. <BR> <BR> This time, though, I am going to pay attention to the sugar grams and see how much I am actually consuming and make it a goal to get it close to only the recommended limit of 25 gr... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:33:54 EST Escaping the dietary pleasure trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x58308268 This is interesting... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCOZngOT34Q </link> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:44:39 EST UGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x58126844 I do not know if I have a cold or if I am having a bout with allergies because of all the dust and pollen in the air. But I sure am feeling miserable. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 06:52:04 EST Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Using Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x58080865 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=udgKzkgeMZc </link> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:37:57 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x58025902 My name is Keriann and I am addicted to sugar. I was able to tame it for a couple of years and was able to lose about 60 lbs, but I started eating it more often and have gained 30 lbs back. It is time to tame it once again and start losing again. I have been addicted to sugar since I was a kid. It has caused many problems for me, including the obvious of weight gain and teeth issues. Now that I have children, ages 5 and 8 years old, I want to be a great role model for them and I cannot n... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:24:01 EST Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 produce list for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57990074 Summer time is when the majority increase the produce... check out this list for which ones contain the most/least pesticides <BR> <BR> <link>www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php </link> Sun, 25 May 2014 08:15:49 EST Be Prepared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57935319 Preparation seems to be a key for me to staying on track. Whenever I do not plan ahead my meals and what I am going to eat, I seem to just grab anything that is nearby whether it is a good choice or not; without a plan there is really no blueprint for success. <BR> <BR> Do you plan you meals on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Share your success and what works for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 07:44:41 EST Made the Change for Better Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x57914739 I'm 57 years old and have about 60 lbs. total to lose to get to a point where I'll feel I'm at a healthier weight. Once I reach that weight, then I'll decide if I want to go lower. <BR> On April 30th of this year I cut out 98% of regular sugars and 100% of diet sugar/diet foods. <BR> I feel this is what I need to do to help my over all health. I've gone thru the withdrawal period already, which wasn't a lot of fun, but it could have been worse. And since the 1st of this month I am now down 6... Sun, 18 May 2014 13:11:55 EST Pulled out my juicer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57853132 I usually make smoothies but I decided to add a green juice for a 7 day challenge. I juiced an apple, pear, celery, and romaine lettuce. It was so good, but did not seem as filling as a smoothie. <BR> <BR> What do you prefer: Juice or Smoothie? Mon, 12 May 2014 23:05:59 EST 1 week til the next 10k race http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57823978 I had to make a choice as to which race to do for next weekend, a 5k or 10k. I chose the 10k because I was not able to do the half marathon last month and ran the 10k instead and discovered that I enjoy that distance. It is challenging but not too much. I thought it'd be interesting to see if I can improve my 10k times if I focus on that distance this season. <BR> <BR> I had a bad week for getting my runs in this week. My schedule just did not allow me to get in the distance I wanted to. Plu... Sat, 10 May 2014 08:47:41 EST Sugar and Memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57764101 What we eat affects more than just our weight <BR> <BR> <link>www.hungryforchange.tv/article/havin<BR>g-trouble-with-your-memory </link> Mon, 5 May 2014 10:16:32 EST New format of team pages, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57728476 What do you think? Fri, 2 May 2014 09:57:25 EST Coincidence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57687929 Lately, I have been craving certain not good for me foods and when I am at the store, the items are not to be found. How awesome is that? <BR> <BR> I did not buy something different, I went without. I survived the moment. Often I eat just for the sake of eating, but this time I was actually craving the crunch and salty taste. I wanted corn chips for some odd reason. At the grocery store, I did not see one bag of corn chips. I read the labels on the potato chips and put them back on the shelf... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:38:22 EST I've been behaving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57603154 and really paying attention to what, when and why I am eating for the majority of the time and I think that was enough to finally break through that plateau. I am down 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> 5 more to go til my goal. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:37:42 EST Whole Foods or just busier? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57588618 I have been focusing on eating whole foods and what a difference that makes in my appetite. I find that I am not grazing as much. Although this could be because we finally have some decent weather and most of the snow has melted. It is so nice to go outside without a jacket. The sun feels so warm now. <BR> <BR> I have been doing some yard work, my son-in-law has been cutting down trees to prep a site for a vineyard and I have been hauling the branches away. It makes it harder to eat just fo... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:17:27 EST Do you know what you eat and are you honest ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57508536 I have been watching some UK television series, Supersize v Superskinny and Secret Eaters and I am seeing some of my behaviors being shown. But the most important thing I am learning is that I need to eat to provide my body with the nutrient it needs to function. <BR> <BR> In Secret Eaters the biggest revelation was that most people will underestimate how much they eat. In one episode they showed the woman popping things into her mouth as she was cooking and she consumed an additional 800 c... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:50:49 EST Sugar-induced fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57428022 Does anyone suffer from fatigue when you go overboard on the sugar or is this just a myth? I am looking for ways to increase my energy level and I'm wondering if cutting the sugar would really help. I don't know that I've ever been off it long enough to really see a difference. And what do you do until you get yourself 'detoxed'. I'm so tired of being tired. <BR> Any good supplements that you've tried? <BR> <BR> PS: I've heard all the standard remedies (get enough sleep, up the protein, che... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 22:09:33 EST Attitude makes a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57406759 I feel like I am "springing" forward in reaching my goals. It has been a long and frustrating winter. But now that we changed the clocks and there is more daylight in the evening hours I feel like my attitude is getting "lighter" also. <BR> <BR> I struggled with my eating these past few months and realized that I eat the wrong foods when I am frustrated and feel overwhelmed with the demands put on me. I also came to acknowledge that I have been harboring resentment and unforgiveness towards ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:06:37 EST Sugar Addict Right Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x57394203 <em>524</em> everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Christina, I am 27, and married to a wonderful man while currently living in PA with him and our cat. <BR> <BR> But what he doesn't know is I am cheating on him with a pint of ice cream! <em>468</em> <BR> <BR> Obviously, I am new to the group but not so new to weight issues especially emotional eating and an overwhelming, what feels like an addiction to sweets. I wake up wanting donuts and cakes, I will eat dessert for dinner if I have the... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:53:08 EST Reading Eat More Weigh Less by Dean Ornish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57327671 His program is so much more than just what foods to eat. It is about stress relief and having a support system. I think that my success in dependent on these factors also. He talked about how it was back when neighborhoods had a sense of community and everyone knew their neighbors. It is not that way now. We all keep pretty much to ourselves now and do not really know who lives next door. <BR> <BR> Just goes to show that we are so much more than just a number on the scale. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:07:06 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x57249189 Hello, everyone! After much frustration with myself and my sweet tooth, I have decided that I need to reach out for some support and encouragement from people in a similar situation. I have to the conclusion that I can no longer have sweets anywhere near me...not for a very long time if ever. It's an Achilles heel. I have had no self control. Anyone out there have similar feelings? How do you work through it? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:27:36 EST Beginning each day with a green smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57226299 My husband and I made a challenge to lose a certain number of pounds by our anniversary. We are starting each day with a green smoothie (banana, berries. dates and greens). I like doing it because when I start my day with a smoothie I feel so different throughout the morning. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 10 pounds and I am tired of not have the strength to say no to junk food and the almost constant overeating. The smoothie in the morning helps me stay focus on eating better and paying attentio... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:15:15 EST Spring ~ a time of new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57197536 I love spring because of the feeling of starting over and coming alive again after a season of being dormant. However, this year winter seems to be hanging on and my weight and eating the wrong types of food are slow to let go also. <BR> <BR> But the daylight hours are now longer and that has given me a feeling of it is time to get with some type of program, I mean like I really need to focus on better nutrition. I really need to stop eating so much junk food and release its hold on me. <BR... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:40:46 EST Sugar increase risk or growth of cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x57197172 The question was about eating meat if you have colon cancer, but this is motivation for me to get that sugar out of my diet: <BR> <BR> "...Animal products promote anabolic hormones, especially IGF-1, which can induce cell proliferation, increasing the risk or growth of cancer. The same is true for sugar. ..." <BR> <BR> <link>www.drfuhrman.com/ask/archives/2014_<BR>03_20.aspx?utm_source=Social%20Media&u<BR>tm_medium=Facebook%20and%20Twitter&utm<BR>_campaign=Ask%20the%20Dr%203.20.14 </link>... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:05:10 EST Forget the label, read the ingredient list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57134139 I wrote to a company once and received a similar response "We are not going to tell you what is in our product" IMO, the ingredient list is more important than the label. <BR> <BR> If you must buy processed foods, try to eat foods with 5 ingredients or less <BR> <BR> <link>www.straightupfood.com/blog/2014/03/<BR>04/the-ingredient-list-know-whats-in-y<BR>our-food/ </link> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:24:17 EST Focus on What You Can Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57086211 Often when it comes to dieting the list of don'ts start to outnumber the do's. To avoid getting discouraged because of the do not eat this and do not eat that; start to focus on the what you can do: I can resist that candy bar and instead eat a piece of fruit that is healthier for me. <BR> <BR> If you find yourself focus on the don'ts, remember the reasons why you started this journey and keep the benefits in the front of your mind Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:17:15 EST Update March 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x57039213 These past few weeks have been difficult! The weather is finally warming up and soon I will be able to take the grandsons outside to wear off some of that excess energy. If I could only bottle some of it up; I'd be a millionaire. <BR> <BR> My eating habits have been suitable to needing to have that extra fat for the long lean winter, but I am slowly refocusing on eating the necessary foods to fuel my body and be healthy. It is a struggle but I think once I get the correct mindset things wil... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:59:55 EST A New face. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x57013830 Helllo!! Its me Jessica Harper. <BR> I had another sparkpage but my mobile app isn't allowing me to access it so I had to create a new page!! <BR> I have been out of the swing of things and the spark community for a while now and I need to get back in desperately. <BR> I am also looking for a female accountability partner if anyone is interested. Just someone to encourage and be encouraged by, as well as tough questions and fitness/food/cheat day accountability. <BR> <BR> Hope you all ha... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:17:32 EST Use that negativity to your advantage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x56732666 I was reading on old issue of OnFitness and found an article about kicking the sugar cravings. One of the suggestions was to eat mindfully. Now, we have all heard this before, to pay attention to the foods we eat. Usually it is meant to pay attention to the taste, texture and smell, but this article put a different twist on "eat mindfully". <BR> <BR> The author of this article suggested to think about the effects on your body that the food you are about to eat will have. If you are holding a... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:06:29 EST It is so much easier to cheat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x56706157 It is so much easier for me to cheat (that is, eat nonhealthy food) whenever I do not have a plan as to what to eat for the day. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to cheat if I do not prepare for those moments of temptation. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to cheat if I blame others for my decisions. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to cheat whenever I do not take responsibility for my actions. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to cheat when I go to the grocery store and see all the processed, pa... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:57:01 EST Since January 18, 2014 I have lost....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x56657407 9 pounds!!!!! I weighed myself...wow! That is almost a 10 pound bag of sugar...you know how heavy those things are??? LOL! Just had to brag for a moment!!! <BR> <BR> ~~Linda Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:18:13 EST Update Feb 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x56641686 How's everyone doing with the goals you set for the new year? I am still trying to get in the swing of things. I am watching my grandson while my daughter works and he is a handful. Busy, busy, busy. And he seems to be very angry about something. My cat and dog are so nervous when he is here that it adds to the negative energy. <BR> <BR> He is only 2 1/2 and he said he is mad because his mommy has to go to the store (work). Plus whenever my other grandchildren are here it adds to his frustra... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:29:00 EST Sugar tooth is changing her ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x56604526 Hello team, This is my first post on spark people. I am lucky that I don't like bread products. I don't struggle with pasta, bread, cookies, tortillas or any of those kinds of things. It's straight up sugar for me <em>334</em> . I always have candy ... any kind of candy. I have to figure out how to balance this. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:20:59 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x56594803 My name is Courtney. And I LOVE COOKIES. Nice to meet you. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:54:27 EST Intro.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x56534628 Hi - just wanted to quickly introduce myself. I'm in my early 50's and have been steadily gaining weight because of a sugar addiction and compulsive overeating. I'm stressed from looking after my 88 year old mother and, since my husband has a brain injury, from doing the majority of the household management. I really, really need support! Today is 'day one' again for about the zillionth time...lately I haven't been able to make two days straight without binge eating, so wish me luck! <BR> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:36:24 EST Week one down..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x56506909 I have not had any junk food in 7 days. For me, that is HUGE. No chocolate, no cookies, no running to the store because i want to munch. If the scale is correct at my house, i am down five pounds today! Woo-hoo! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:59:16 EST Hello! New here.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x56468408 ...But I have been friends with 'sweets' for a long, long time! It's always been my downfall...my go-to snack, even if that meant getting in the car and driving to a store to buy candy bars and whatnot. There...I have admitted it. They say admitting it is half the battle, but...I don't think so lol. I think it'a lot harder than that... <BR> <BR> It's a battle I fight everyday, even tho I seem to lose the battle daily. I can't help it...sweets taste good. Chocolate...cookies and milk..... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:26:19 EST where to start and what to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x56458321 I really need to give up sugar but need advice from the experience of others. I am totally addicted to sugar-chocolate and candy -sours and gummies...whatever it is, I'll take it. I see my 10 year old daughter modelling the same behaviour and it scares me so much! Even tonight after dinner, she said "is there anything chocolate I can eat"? She wasnt hungry, obviously. I stopped buying goldfish crackers etc and try to keep only popcorn as a snack. I need so advice though. I know that in order ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:06:29 EST Who am I if not an addict? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x56428143 Hi! First, I guess I'm not exactly brand-new... but I do tend to get discouraged when I post to other boards and don't get any responses. (I know we get points when we post to message boards, but isn't it more about the sense of community? I mean, I write/ speak up when I need to feel like I'm in a real group, not just so I can increase my sparkpoints. Does anybody end up feeling the same way?) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am DESPERATE to tame my sweet tooth. I feel like I've lived my life so lo... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:52:48 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x56421496 I am new here, not new to Sparkpeople. I am overweight to begin with, have been most of my adult life. Now I have been diagnosed with NASH or non alcoholic steato hepatitis or "fatty liver". My dr has put me on a gluten free, lactose free diet and so far I haven't been faithful with it. I know, that I know, that I know this diet is what I need for my liver and my weight. <BR> I read last night that 95% of fatty liver patients develop it from high fructose corn syrup and that 98% of that ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:01:24 EST Update Jan 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x56355901 I think I can say I am back on track. Finally, it was a struggle; especially since my husband and I developed a fondness for the Kirkland brand of European Cookies from Costco. We would buy some for gifts but always ended up eating them before we wrapped them. I am so glad that it was a seasonal item and they are no longer available. <BR> <BR> Imagine how I felt when I was cleaning up the spare bedroom and underneath a pile of blankets was a forgotten box of cookies. My first thought was,"I ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:30:03 EST Update Dec 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x56091769 I survived the first round of the holidays. I just gathered with my daughters' and grandkids. This meant that I was not surrounded with all that temptation that goes with the holiday. <BR> <BR> My oldest daughter attempted to make our traditional soft cookie, but she is not as very good cook or baker and that meant I did not binge on them. But, oh I do miss my mom's soft sugar cookie recipe. I was tempted to bake some to get my fix but I decided that I can do just fine without them. <BR> <... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:00:30 EST OutSmart Trigger #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x56049996 #7. Hungry all the time <BR> <BR> This is the last of the series and this trigger is one that I definitely struggle with constantly. However, it is not that I am hungry but just think I am. Last night I experienced feeling "hungry" just hours after I ate, I should say overate because we were at a buffet and I was definitely stuffed. But within 90 minutes I felt "hungry". I was shopping at the time and it was so tempting to want to buy a snack to get rid of that feeling. <BR> <BR> I resisted... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 10:05:33 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x56031887 Hi guys! This group caught my eye. I have a major sweet tooth and I'd really like to get a handle on it. I think the sugar cravings largely come from how I was raised, we always had a dessert after lunch and dinner. So now, I always feel the desire to eat something sweet. Now that I'm living on my own, it is sooooooo easy to go overboard on the sweets. I'll buy a candy bar or a bag of m&ms and before I know it, it's gone :( Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:46:15 EST Sabotagers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55997251 They surround me daily and they are my family members. My daughter calls me up and tells me that the little store up the road now sells Riesens (chocolate covered caramels). These are the one thing I try to find when I want something sweet and chocolatey. Plus they are imported from Germany and they taste so much better than they USA stuff like Rolos. <BR> <BR> Fortunately for me, I really do not crave these; I just look for them at gas stations when I am out and doing errands. I limit when... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:50:03 EST Outsmart trigger #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x55987175 #6 Emotions <BR> <BR> Feeling angry, bored, or blue can cause one to turn to food to feel better. But somehow the feeling of pleasure is only momentary and afterwards the feelings of shame, guilt and lack of self-worth can be worse than what caused you to eat in the first place. <BR> <BR> For the past six months I have been dealing with some emotional struggles and I kept turning to food to feel better (read Kirkland European Cookies here). But they really did not make me feel better, they ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:16:55 EST One day down! 2 squares (not bars) of chocolate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55973269 Hi all - I'm new here but jeez oh man I feel GREAT. I only ate 2 squares of dark chocolate tonight instead of the whole (or even half) the bar. Baby steps, right? It's amazing how empowering it is to just recognize my limits; it's not like I WANTED to eat the whole/ half bar and stopped myself (though I'm sure those days will come). I just let myself have a little treat for staying within my calorie goal for the day and it was PERFECT. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:59:57 EST Outsmart Trigger #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x55955878 #5. I am too tired to eat well <BR> <BR> This one is closely linked to the second trigger, too busy. For me, when I am tired it is easy to just grab something quick like a candy bar for a quick-pick-me-up. In fact, when I know I will be doing a lot af yard work, I usually pick up candy bars because I can eat one quick and get a sugar rush. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, that candy bar is loaded with more than just sugar and the sugar it has is not what I should be eating anyway. A banana or appl... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:54:15 EST Outsmart Triggers part 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x55906437 Trigger # 4 <BR> Refined Carbs and Sweets Snacking <BR> <BR> More often than not, these types of foods have little or no fiber in them and these are digested quickly causing our blood sugar to spike and then fall rapidly. Then we get hungry again and eat some more. Also, for me, when I eat a lot of refined carbs, I find that I eat a lot in a short amount of time (quickly) and eat more than I really should before I get the signal that I am full. <BR> <BR> One way to outsmart this trigger, is... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:49:27 EST had success, lost success, what happened? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55902574 Hi Everyone, <BR> I am trying to get started with SparkPeople because I need to lose weight. I have a question and I hope someone might know what I'm talking about here and have some suggestions. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I got sick of my weight going up and up and, after making numerous unsuccessful attempts, I finally managed to lose about 35 pounds. The thing is, I had been struggling with my weight for ages (over 15 years) and honestly, to this day, I cannot figure out what changed. Fo... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:26:24 EST Outsmarting Triggers part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x55862858 #3 Stress Eating/Emotional Eating <BR> I am sure we are all familiar with this trigger. We get stressed is a situation and turn to food for comfort. The article I am reading (see first post in series) is connecting this with “the fight-or-flight reaction to stress”. <BR> <BR> I know there are some reactions that happen in our brain when we eat certain foods. I recall one time I got into an argument with my daughter and it put me in a foul mood. I tried to shake it off, but couldn’t rid mys... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:38:48 EST Cut it out or learn to limit sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55825820 What is your goal? Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:24:11 EST Outsmarting the Triggers Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x55823507 Trigger #2 <BR> Eating on the Go <BR> <BR> It is a busy season, tis the time to go shopping, visiting family and friends,etc. Often it will interfere with meal times and the quickest thing to do is grab something quick to eat. Unfortunately, many of the quick things to eat are not the healthiest to eat and because you are in a hurry, you will eat whatever you grabbed with haste. <BR> <BR> My favorite grab and go items are chips and Resen's chocolate covered caramels. Too often those are eat... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:44:23 EST Outsmarting the Triggers Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x55813106 I am getting my inspiration for this post from Natural Health July/Aug 2004 ~ yes, my pack-rat tendencies are being revealed; I have stacks of old magazines I cannot bear to get rid of. Here is my justification "See, I am rereading the articles." <BR> <BR> From Taming the Primal Appetite by Peter Jaret (what follows is my interpretation) <BR> <BR> 1. "Lack" of Willpower <BR> We have to eat, there is no way of getting around that fact. There problem lies within what are we wanting to eat. I... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:22:57 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55797771 I hope you all have a wonderful day Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:11:36 EST Holiday Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x55727279 Well the holidays season is upon us and while for many it is a happy time, there are those who struggle with this time of year. In the past, I worked in costumer service for a catalog company and had to deal with a lot of mean people this time of year, especially December. I went for years dreading this time of year. <BR> <BR> So for the Holiday Challenge let's spread encouragement to our fellow Sparkers: post here on the message board an encouraging thought, visit someone's page and wish ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:05:07 EST Update 11/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55706924 I am currently without a vehicle and so I am stuck at home. I live out in the country and the closest store is the little gas station 1 1/2 miles from home. (I tracked on my garmin one day just to see how far it is from home.) Not having a vehicle means no trips into town. No trips into town means no shopping. No shopping means I am not buying junk food. Not buying junk food means I am not eating it. <BR> <BR> Guess what? I am surviving without eating it. Not having it accessible has given m... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:39:59 EST Raise your hand if you are here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55679794 I am curious as to how many are active on my team. <BR> <BR> Please reply with a wave... <em>213</em> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:20:18 EST Who likes the new start page? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55679129 I am not a fan of the change but I am finding it is growing on me. However, I am not interested in the majority of what's on there and have to scroll down to get to where I want to be. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:25:52 EST Statins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55679072 Have you heard about the new recommendations? <BR> check out this site: <BR> <link>www.abc.net.au/catalyst/heartofthema<BR>tter/# </link> part 2 in particular. <BR> <BR> What do you think? I think too much focus is on taking a pill for one condition rather than diet and lifestyle for overall benefit. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:21:10 EST uPDATE 11/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55649011 Today is my "baby's" 30th birthday! She's 30 and I am getting old. <BR> <BR> The weather was beautiful here in MN, sunny and little wind. Feels more like a day in September rather than November. I managed to run/walk a little over 5 miles. I really did not feel like running but it was too nice of a day not to. <BR> <BR> I am currently reading Eat For Health by Joel Furhman to get in the proper mindset to start eating healthier. Until I am ready to go full steam ahead, I am making sure I ea... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:02:35 EST Update 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55594968 Today is the day I am committing, that is I'm committing not being committed (heehee). I need some humor today. <BR> <BR> I always pick up this magazine in the health food section of the grocery store I visit and there is an ad for Almased in every issue. I was intrigued by the claims so I decided to give it a try when I saw the store actually had it in stock. <BR> <BR> It is made with fermented soy, honey and yogurt. It is a German product. It claims to retain muscle mass while losing fa... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:28:10 EST Update Nov 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55564936 Arrrrrgh! I'm stressing; but I managed to get to the gym this morning before things went wrong. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:38:04 EST Update Nov 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55505129 I am struggling with this sweet tooth monster. It has a grip an me and I am getting frustrated with its hold on me. I am dealing with some negativity in my life and it seems I am turning to food for comfort. I have to stop this trend. <BR> <BR> I was in a middle of a project and needed to run to town for an item. I thought great, I'll stop at Costco and get me some of those Hagan Daaz bars (a 15 pack for $10.99). I am so happy to say that I never did walk into the doors of Costco. I told mys... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:28:40 EST What is your reason to cut out / cut back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x55374724 Why do you want to eat no sugar, or less sugar? What are your reasons? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:12:28 EST ChristaSP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x55228224 Hi... I used to be at SP as 'ChristinaSP', but I closed that account and now go by 'ChristaSP'. So I was a member of this team before. <BR> <BR> I have this ongoing feeling of wonder about sugar. I've cut it out of my diet several times - the longest time was 6 weeks (when my intention was to go without for 3 months or more). <BR> <BR> It's like I can't live with sugar, and can't live without it. Or so it seems. There are times when I try to eat it 'in moderation' but then I often end up... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:46:42 EST Update Sept 22, the monster won a few battles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x54992707 I am feeling like such a failure. I have been on an eating binge and I cannot believe how much junk I have been eating. I gained about 8 pounds over these past few months and I am getting tired of it. <BR> <BR> So, it is time to get serious again and learn to put that monster back in its place. The other day I was shopping and because I am doing yard work, I thought I'd pick up some snacks. As I stood in the candy aisle, a voice in my head seemed to shout,"IF YOU DO NOT BUY IT, YOU WILL NOT... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:46:33 EST What do you think of this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x54585365 <link>www.trueactivist.com/gab_gallery/hol<BR>y-sh-t-without-saying-a-word-this-6-mi<BR>nute-short-film-will-make-you-speechless/ </link> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:53:34 EST Update August 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x54430449 Wow! I cannot believe haw much time has passed since my last update. I am taking some online courses and so my computer time is spent a bit more productively. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with taming the sweet tooth and am experiencing a couple of victories. Slow and steady wins the race. The best way for me to combat cravings is to eat more foods that are high nutrient and low calorie (think greens here). <BR> <BR> I am finding that I am eating something sweet after dinner just for the ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:20:14 EST How I keep from eating my beloved sweets 24/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x54318219 Yes I admit I do on occasion still eat sweets. My weakness is anything that's chocolate(unfortunately i dont really like dark chocolate), has any type of creamy filling or has whipped cream in or on it...actually when it comes to whipped cream all I need is a big bowl and a spoon...LOL <BR> So to keep myself from eating these items 24 hours a day 7 days a week I do something that is very simple yet difficult to do...I only buy/order 1 item at a time. So there are no boxes of twinkies in the... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:13:29 EST Challenge: Why do I want to eat Healthy Foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x54237281 I wonder almost daily why do I continue to eat foods that are not health supporting. I can never come up with a decent answer. I eat those items because I choose to. Simply that, I choose to eat them. <BR> <BR> I have a list by my computer monitor that I look at every day but I do not really see it. So, today, I challenge myself to ask myself why do I want to eat healthy foods (not necessarily in any particular order): <BR> <BR> 1. To be healthy <BR> 2. To perform better while doing daily ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:19:51 EST Update July 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x54174625 I have been busy and not spending a lot of time at the computer, is a good thing because that means I am spending less time sitting. Has anyone seen the new report that the amount of time sitting has a direct correlation to your lifespan? Even if you are getting in your 30 - 50 minutes of exercise, if you spend the rest of the day sitting you sort of wipe out some of the benefits of exercise. I guess the lesson for me is be active all throughout the day. <BR> <BR> I am working on eating bett... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:12:21 EST Sugar every day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x54165366 I've been on maternity leave for eight weeks and have been overdoing it on sugar every day! The combination of a lack of sleep and being home every day is really doing me in. I'm not an all or nothing girl (I believe in everything in moderation), but I'm definitely going overboard. Not anymore! Being healthier for me and my baby starts NOW. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:17:34 EST Update July 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x54032487 I finished a 10k yesterday and beat my time from last year. But did not reach my "dream" time'. I am getting a bit better with my eating but still have a long way to go. Sugar seems to have a hold on me. I am trying not to eat as often as I had been in the past and am finding that when I wait a bit, when I do eat the food tastes so much better. If I focus on chewing the food, I can actually taste the different items in the dish. <BR> <BR> My husband is finally wanting to get serious about lo... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:58:06 EST Update June 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x53942612 With all the storms, my internet service has been down for what seems like forever and a day. However, not being able to log on made me realize how much time I spend online and not really accomplishing anything. <BR> <BR> I found this website: <link>https://www.coursera.org/courses </link> and found it is a great place to take some classes and learn something new. I am currently enrolled in a nutrition class and when I pulled out an old textbook I had purchased years ago, I realized how ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:22:53 EST solution day one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x53858562 Is anyone else thinking about sugar when we should be preparing for the spark solution? (starting tomorrow) I read the book, prepared my kitchen, and know that I can get in the fitness. But still that "forbidden sugar" will call to me. Just looking for some back up plans. thanks! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:56:50 EST SUGAR-AHOLIC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x53793998 Hello all. I am a sugar aholic. I love sugar and I crave it often. I love all kinds. I fall for every temptation people offer to me <em>24</em> <BR> Most of the time i regret it...but most of the time i just say to myself, "well, i can just go to the gym and work it off" <BR> Wonder how much i would have "worked off" if I would not have fallen for the sweet temptation. <BR> I have been a spark member for a while...but have slacked off a bit. <em>252</em> I love this program and i... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:20:36 EST How to Stop Sugar Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x53791687 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=134 </link> <BR> <BR> It basically comes down to plan and prepare Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:33:29 EST New Sweet Tooth...er http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x53761080 Hi everyone, I'm Zee from Australia. I have a terrible sweet tooth and I think that is primarily what kills my diet options. I love chocolate, mostly. Once I stop for long enough, I don't miss these things, but my problem is that (aside from my soda addiction) I've never been able to stop for long enough. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:18:50 EST New from NC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x53731486 Trying to get back into SP again. I did well a year ago, but fell off and it has taken an entire year to slowly get back on. I have to confess, I am a SUGAR addict. I know it hurts me physically and mentally. This is my second day without sugar being the 5th or higher ingredient in what I eat. Although I am not banning substitutes if I really want something sweet, I am trying to avoid them because I know I can abuse them as well, and what I've been reading about them doesn't make them sound l... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:18:22 EST Just joined taming the sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x53687726 my name is Katie. I have actually so far been 4 days sweets free since June 6,2013. I needed the extra support to keep me accountable help me keep away from it. I joined the taming the sweet tooth challenge. my first goal is sweets since that is my biggest weakness. I am finding when I eat sugary foods that causes me to binge eat. That is something else I am working on as well. took steps by taking a binge eating class for 60 days. its to help me address these issues. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:13:58 EST June 9, update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x53668048 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I have not been online much lately. I have been busy with yard work, a running class with my granddaughter, and studies from a couple of online courses. With all that going on, there just does not seem to be enough time for Spark People. My computer time, which is also my coffee time, is first thing in the morning, but I am using that time to get my assignments completed rather than spend time on Spark People. <BR> <BR> Priorities change with events. One thing t... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 09:38:21 EST Just joined/Eating it when you know you shouldn't http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x53504564 Just joined...seeing books about why you should kick sugar, but not a lot of how. I used to wonder why I am eating junk when I know I shouldn't..like some kind of override and not caring..not realizing there is an addiction going on..some anger there at the food companies...what are they doing to us?? Anyway, making my choices now..hoping to get inspiration from this group and from Spark! Tue, 28 May 2013 05:03:45 EST May 18 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x53392968 Wow! I ran a 5k race this morning and my time was 31:20. I am happy with the time because it means I am getting some of the speed back that I lost last year. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I went to my daughter's to celebrate my grandson's 2nd birthday. I was so proud of the food choices nhe made to serve. Not all were the best health wise, but there was enough to say that for a celebration, it was a fairly healthy meal. <BR> <BR> I also noticed that my daughter's friends were all overweight. It mad... Sat, 18 May 2013 22:15:09 EST May 13 update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x53326609 Hi everyone! I hope you are all being successful in the battle against the sweet tooth. I have to admit with temptations every where and treats always being in plain sight that sometimes it just seems easier to just give in and grab that candy bar. <BR> <BR> However, as I change my diet and eat healthy wholesome foods as close to how nature intended them to be, I find that I do not like the taste of that junk food. It also helps to start thinking of that food as "junk". <BR> <BR> dictionar... Mon, 13 May 2013 09:48:13 EST May 2 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x53190823 Hi every one! I hope you are all being successful in taming that sweet tooth. I am making progress but am finding I am still encountering some glitches in my plan to subdue that little monster. <BR> <BR> I began to incorporate green smoothies into my diet these past few weeks and have noticed that my craving for sweets seem to be a lot less intense. Also I have been trying to eat more apples. An apple is a lot more satisfying than that bag of chips I was grabbing in the past. <BR> <BR> Also... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:48:18 EST sugar controls my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x52931657 Hey there, I have been addicted to sugar for as long as I can remember. I am 41 yrs old and my main component of my diet is sugar. I know how bad sugar is for me and I hate the way it makes me feel, but good golly, it tastes so darn good !!!! I am hoping to give and receive encouragement and accountability from being part of this team. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:26:43 EST sugar controls my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x52931627 Hey there, I have been addicted to sugar for as long as I can remember. I am 41 yrs old and my main component of my diet is sugar. I know how bad sugar is for me and I hate the way it makes me feel, but good golly, it tastes so darn good !!!! I am hoping to give and receive encouragement and accountability from being part of this team. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:25:05 EST Challenged by my sweet tooth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x52929469 <em>40</em> I would like to reduce sugar and sugar substitutes and eat more fruits and veggies as well as other healthy foods. I find myself ever in the conundrum of stumbling into or deliberately seeking an unhealthy yucky snack which does not make me feel good for long except for momentary satisfaction. That said there was a tray of homemade peanut butter cookies in the lobby/common area and I did have one but it was a wholesome not frosted chocolate goodie. I am trying to make better cho... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:35:01 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x52911835 Hi, I have a HUGE sweet tooth and it really needs to be tamed! I have been a part of Sparkpeople for a little over a year and am doing well. I'm glad I found this team. Hopefully it will help to know that others struggle so much with sweets too. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:53:36 EST Ideal Weight Calculator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x52839985 <link>www.calculator.net/ideal-weight-calc<BR>ulator.html?ctype=standard&cage=54&cse<BR>x=f&cheightfeet=5&cheightinch=5.5&chei<BR>ghtmeter=180&x=50&y=10 </link> <BR> <BR> It gives results of 5 different formulas. <BR> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 11:00:50 EST As I sit here at work stuffing my face http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x52814367 with an huge Easter Bunny!!!! <BR> <BR> ... I realize that my sweet tooth is out of control... I have gained about 10 pounds in the past few months due to my sweet tooth... And I can't get control of it. <BR> <BR> Hi all! <BR> i'm hoping to meet some great people where I can learn some stragegies to cope with this addiction!!!! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:56:41 EST Update from your leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x52766119 Hello everyone, I thought I'd post a quick note to welcome all the new members. <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> I have just celebrated my 2nd year anniversary with Sparkpeople and I must say that these last 6 months have not been very successful in my taming the sweet tooth. It is like I hit a wall and could not break through. The weather here in MN has been cold and snowy, plus with the shorter daylight hours it was a dreary time for me. <BR> <BR> But, now with daylight savings time in aff... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:50:32 EST Hi! I have a sweet tooth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x52458602 I have lots of sweet teeth actually...and I'm a type 2 diabetic. So I'm getting back in gear and getting healthy. I started this challenge 2 weeks ago and I have to restart- I did not do well. I am cleaning out the pantry TODAY! no more procrastination and no more secret chocolate hidden away. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 15:16:59 EST I got an "D" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x52120426 I use Diet Power to track my nutrition and one of it's feature is that it grades my nutrition. Yesterday, when I tracked my food, it graded my nutrition as a "D". I reviewed what I ate and realized that I hardly ate any vegetables and I gave in to my cravings and bought some bite sized candy bars. <BR> <BR> I would not have even bothered going down that candy aisle were it not for the fact that my husband asked me to buy a particular candy that the store I was at did not carry. So, there I w... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:51:45 EST Team Challenge: February 13-28 Please join me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x52105786 I challenge all you wonderful Taming the Sweet Tooth team members to "spark" a fellow team member. <BR> <BR> Aim for 3 a day, but feel free to "spark" more ... <BR> <BR> Happy Sparkin' Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:39:37 EST How is everyone doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x52105440 The other day I got hit with that nasty stomach virus and had a couple of miserable days. It was what my mom refers to as the two bucket kind. But I am feeling better and after the first day I lost 3 pounds, not the way to lose. <BR> <BR> When I started eating again, I became very intent on putting food, real food in my body. Being so sick made me focus on wanting to be healthy and to do that I need to properly fuel my body. <BR> <BR> I gained some of the weight lost back, am feeling bette... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:13:44 EST Hello all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x52074076 Hi, I joined spark when I started reading 'Beyond sugar shock' and am working on eliminating sugars and quickie carbs. While I am moving ahead in leaps and bounds there are still a few 'sticky' situations that will take some time and work. Hope to participate and learn and encourage and keep the motivation up until it all becomes second nature. :) Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:27:23 EST Team Challenge: February 1 -7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x51901395 I do not know about you, but this winter is stating to take its toll on me. Here in MN, we have been having some bitter cold weather and that makes me want to just stay inside and not do much of anything. But I am training for a half marathon and need to be in shape. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food in a program called Diet Power and I realize that I am grabbing to many pieces of bread instead of eating more fruits and veggies. So, this weeks challenge will be to eat a minimum of two ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:36:30 EST I have found the perfect place! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x51846128 <BR> <BR> Hi, My name is Amber and I am a sugar addict. Anything smothered in chocolate or salted caramel I will put in my mouth. I need this group and am so happy I just happened to stumble across it! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:02:35 EST Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x51844551 This is a large team' but there seems to be very little interaction among the members. Any suggestions on how to make this team come alive? Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:07:41 EST January Challenge: 21-31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x51753018 For this part of January I am going to focus on having a sunny disposition. This cold weather is getting to me and I am starting to be a bit crabby. <BR> <BR> So, here is a smile on my face <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Just signed up for the March of Dimes walk (April 13) to walk in honor of mf grandson who was born 10 1/2 weeks early and he is doing so well. He is caught up in his development in all but his speech. But then both of my daughter's were delayed so we are not too concerned at th... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:23:24 EST Hi again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x51722505 Hello, I have not been here for ages but really need to reduce my sugar. I am going to avoid processed sugar this week. This is going to be tough. My coffee sachet has a very small ammount of coffee so I will allow myself that and my homemade muesli has a little honey. Last week was not good. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:21:58 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x51703484 Hi, My name is Eveline and I joined spark people a few years ago but have recently started using it again. While tracking my food intake its become apparent that I have a huge sugar problem. I work in an office and people constantly leave goodies and candies for our group, and during the 8 hours its hard to keep track of just how much I was eating in a week, until sparkpeople. I need all the help I can get cutting sugar out of my diet. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:23:24 EST Set Your Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x51635007 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1794 </link> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:47:27 EST January challenge: Days 11-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x51567587 For these days I am going to focus on hydration because I do not drink enough liquids throughout the day. <BR> <BR> What will be your challenge? Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:58:53 EST Personal Resposibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x51536311 As I am reading the latest issue of FitnessRX, I find an article on The Globesity Cure Fighting Fat and Winning. There is a box titled Personal Responsibility. It states that the major causes of obesity include lack of exercise and diets that are high in calories, the bad fats and refined sugars. <BR> <BR> That seems obvious, doesn't it? Yet, many people struggle with weight issues, myself included. I know that, for me, if I were not as active as I am I would be having some major issues wit... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:46:15 EST How is everyone doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x51492816 The new year is upon us and well under way. I am hoping to have better eating habits this year and am going to focus on getting back into shape. First on my agenda is training for a half marathon. I want to beat my last time. And then I want to start doing races with my granddaughter. <BR> I am looking forward to seeing what 2013 will bring. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:28:49 EST January Challenge, Day 1 - 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x51412178 For the next 10 days I will... <BR> <BR> exercise in some form for at least 15 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> What will you do? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:35:11 EST Good Things Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x51411933 <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/count<BR>down-to-2013-a-jar-of-good-things/ </link> <BR> <BR> Got your jar ready? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:24:30 EST Hello to Day 2 NO SUGAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x51398209 Hello All, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team today. <BR> <BR> I'm on Day 2 of No Sugar and happy about it. Sugar and me are a bad mix. I get mentally ill when I"m on sugar. My body hurts and my sleep gets all messed up. It triggers binge eating episiodes. I've quit before in the past and am going to do it again. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being there. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:55:08 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x51354698 I'm Amy and I am addicted to sugar. I hope that this can help. I know the impact that it has on my overall well being. I have recently been told by my doctor that it is having more of an impact on my health than I thought. I have the most achy joints and he seems to think this is the cause. I really want to change my diet and eat healthy. I need to loose around 15 pounds and I know that cleaning up my diet can help with this. I am fairly active with running and different cardio and even yoga ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:50:26 EST Defeat stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x51206411 "... here are nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes." <BR> <BR> <link>https://d12wy5ngtjjtak.cloudfront.ne<BR>t/ipad/blogs/nine_ways_successful_peop<BR>le_de.html </link> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:32:45 EST how cancer feeds on sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x51201569 http://www.rawforbeauty.com/blog/482-how-c<BR>ancer-feeds-on-sugar.html Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:33:09 EST Holiday Challenge Dec. 13 - 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x51194298 Temptations galore at this time of year. I struggle everyday and 'tis the season for the sweet tooth! The Challenge for this season of giving is NOT to give in to the sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> I know this will be hard for me. especially since my mom makes her soft sugar cookies. We are having an early celebration this year, my hardest challenge will be in two days. UGH! <BR> <BR> Challenge: If you must have that treat, eat it mindfully and take your time to really experience the taste and text... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:06:57 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x51172853 Hi... I joined this team because I take an interest in the effects of sugar on (my) health. <BR> I've cut it out several times over the past two years. At first when I started thinking about cutting sugar out I thought it'd be very hard, or impossible. to do. I realized this week that it's become easier. These days I usually avoid eating refined sugar unless I'm on a binge. <BR> Bingeing on and then no longer eating sugar for days up to weeks, taught me A LOT about the impact that this whit... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:38:11 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x50950730 I am really trying to get a handle on my sweet tooth and just overall lack of self control when it comes to food. I never learned moderation because I never had to deal with the weight gain. I want to change because I know the stuff I am eating is really bad for me. My grandmother is a diabetic, so is my uncle and great grandpa and I have a lot of family history of health issues like cancer, high blood pressure, heart issues. I really want to change my eating habits and learn to eat healthier... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:30:03 EST Steps in Reaching Your Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x50896154 1. KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL. <BR> There are now many software programs to choose from that will also tell the calories of the foods, so tracking is easier today than it was years ago. Also, make a note as to how you felt when you ate: your mood and hunger. This will help you recognize a pattern if you have a tendency to eat whenever you are bored, angry, frustrated, ect. <BR> 2. FIND A SUPPORT SYSTEM <BR> Or in other words, someone who will support and help you achieve your goals. It is important ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:07:34 EST A Diet of Unintended Consequences http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x50669964 <BR> <BR> it is so true that we have been living and dying on a diet of unintended consequences. MY mind cannot erase how the food industry took some current nutritional study and then plastered on the box of Fruit Loops that it was a "Smart Choice". <BR> <BR> [quote] It's past time to learn how our good intentions can be corrupted. It's past time for us to digest the follies of our recent nutritional history. And it's past time for us to chew on the law of unintended consequences -- and ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:43:27 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x50659557 Hi, I'm new to this board. I have problems with my candy/sweet intake. There is so much at home, at work. I just shove the candy in and, then of course feel terrible. This vicious cycle just continues. I'm at a very low point right now. And of course I just want to have candy. I'll be good for a couple of minutes, but it's there and I'll eat it. I know I"m hurting myself, and I even cry over it. Now the holiday's are coming and I'm already feeling myself coming undone. I said no to... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 13:50:23 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x50641105 Hello all. I wanted to check in, and introduce myself. I am a chocoholic, and will eat it until I am literally sick. I am kind of at a bad place right now with food (especially sweets). I have absolutely no control. My first thought is always about desserts. I am always concerned about whether I can start and stick to a diet (meal plan). Does it allow sweets and what kind? Before the end of the day I will inevitably lose control. I start and stop eating plans daily. I am out of contro... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:16:41 EST Addicted to Sugar? or not enough carbs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x50557070 I am reading McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss and on page 32, he mentions how people say they are addicted to sugar laden foods and often they are on a carbohydrate deficient diet. Our bodies use carbohydrates for fuel and we tend to like sweet things. Carbohydrates are complex and simple. The complex carbohydrates are found in grains, potatoes, beans and vegetables. Simple carbohydrates are found in fruits and sweeteners. <BR> <BR> So, if we are not getting enough carbohydrates an... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 08:53:10 EST I overate yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x50527771 My husband and I went out to eat at a buffet and I made good food choices for the first plate, a huge salad with lots of veggies. Then the second plate was loaded up with comfort food, mashed potatoes and gravy. But then came the coffee and dessert, cake and cookies. <BR> <BR> I was stuffed and uncomfortable. Then came the why's. Why did I eat those cookies, they did not even taste very good. Why did I eat so many. Why can I not stop eating when I feel satisfied? <BR> <BR> But today is a ne... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:08:54 EST Brand new introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x50431351 Hey Im Renee and LOVED the team name coz Lord know i have one heck of a sweet tooth!! Somthing like this can sure enough help me!! <BR> <BR> Please add me as friends...i need friends...lol add me!!! i need to connect :) <BR> I look forward to meeting everyone! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:29:08 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x50313697 I'm a Very overweight woman that has to get control of her eating and get the weight off. <BR> Been trying for a number of years and it's only lately that I seem to be getting anywhere. <BR> I have 50 lbs left to lose of the 60 lb goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:29:44 EST October challenge: Do just a bit extra each day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x50272034 It was suggested that we do a calorie out challenge. The idea is to just move about a bit more than you did yesterday. <BR> <BR> For me, since I am fairly active already, I am going to try to increase the number of push ups I can at one time. <BR> <BR> I can do 8 before I struggle. So, starting tomorrow and ending next Saturday, I hope to report that I am successful in adding one more each day. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck and post your progress on this thread. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 18:10:55 EST Tips to stay full longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x50171716 Ever go on a "diet" and feel hungry all the time. Here is an article that gives you some tips on how to feel full and satisfied longer. I agree with most of what is written. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=673 </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:25:53 EST Today I will... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x50171554 enjoy the beautiful fall colors Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:12:15 EST Any ideas for an october challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x50140535 There are a lot of members on this team and I just cannot seem to find what it will take to get some more interaction among all of us. So, I am asking for some help, Does any one have an idea for a challenge that we can do to get to know one another and become a more active team? <BR> I am open to any suggestions. <BR> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:09:36 EST Something to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x50074640 I tried dieting recently in the past two years unsucessfully. I went to greater cincinati weight loss center and tried the hormone shots for weight loss and I was starving all the time and only lost 15 pounds and gained it right back. My Dr. is recommending HMR but I can't afford it. So I made up my own diet plan. I call it the 200 calorie diet. I have recipes that servings = 200 cal.each and then I eat every two hours 6 times a day. I have been doing it for the last week and it is working so... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:39:33 EST . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x50017870 <em>234</em> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:34:16 EST Frustrated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x49877316 It seems like the more I learn about the food industry's drive for profit at the expense of the health of the consumer, the more frustrated I get. I have an experiment going on in my dining room. Back in August I purchased a package of Ho-Ho's, Twinkies and Snowball from a bakery thrift store. It is now two months past the expiration date and so far I am not able to detect any sign of molding or decay. <BR> <BR> And people want to eat that stuff? Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:05:42 EST September challenge: WIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x49733916 I struggle daily in the battle against the sweet tooth. This month I want to feel like I am successful <BR> <BR> <BR> W - Water, I often do not drink enough water to stay properly hydrated <BR> <BR> I - Intent, why am I eating what I am eating? Am I truly hungry, bored, just because it is there? <BR> <BR> N - No! Say no to that so-called food item I know I should not be eating and replace that desire with something else. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:22:52 EST help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x49425903 <em>39</em> <BR> I suffer from depression and i feel really down at the moment . Everytime i feel down i always go for sweets and i dont know how to stop myself. I really need help!!!!! Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:38:28 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x49404790 I happened on this team when searching for teams to join. I am having a lot of fun on spark, have been on here before but am especially in need of it these days when my weight had been creeping up and so has my sugar consumption. I have a goal to cook at home more and avoid processed sugars. <BR> <BR> Just recently started on the spark healthy eating challenge, mostly for fun but also as an aide to my latest attempt to get off any processed sugar (including honey, agave, sucrose, etc.) as mu... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:33:26 EST New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x49372715 I've struggled with sugar for a long time and it's best if I just stick with minimal natural sweeteners. I have along history of wrestling with the sugar beast and know a lot of tricks and hope to learn some new ones here! Wed, 8 Aug 2012 20:49:52 EST August 2012 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x49205666 Well, a new month is almost upon us and for August I'd like to focus on why I need to cut back on sugar. I have found that as I educated myself on the factory farm issues with animal products it is easy for me to say "no" to those types of products. However, I still eat too much sugar so I am going to focus on wha t sugar does to my body. <BR> <BR> It is my goal for August to post something about sugar each day. This will be my new streak category. Any wagers on how long that streak will be... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 08:43:15 EST Adding greens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x49016181 I am back to making green smoothies, mostly with Kale and some fruit and seed and I am noticing that just doing this is giving me the strength to say "no" to junk food (most of the time). <BR> I think it is because I take note of how good my body feels after a healthy smoothie and after candy bars, cookies, cake I feel like I did not do my body a favor eating it. I want to change my eating habits so I can be healthy in my old age. <BR> <BR> And besides, the Kale smoothie actually tastes bet... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:29:36 EST NEW TO TEAM AND STRUGGLING WITH CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x48905867 Hi, I'm new to this group. I've been trying to do SP but I can't get over my sugar and chocolate cravings and it's holding me back. I'm also an emotional eater. I'm so happy there is a group like this and I hope i can learn some tips to be more successful in my weight loss and overall health. <BR> Feel free to add me as a friend too! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:06:35 EST July check-in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x48896185 How are you all doing with your goals for July? <BR> <BR> I am on my third week of my training program for a faster 5k, but I am not sure how I am doing. Last week, most of my runs were done while we had a heat advisory so I had to be careful. Even tried to get up early to beat the heat and did not quite make it early enough. <BR> <BR> I completed a 10k race on Saturday, my first and I was satisfied with my time. I crossed the finish line 5 minutes and 40 seconds sooner than the goal time I... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 08:38:43 EST New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x48833663 Hello all! My name is Holly and of course I am new to the team! Like most everyone here I struggle with that sweet tooth craving. Knowing I CAN'T have something seems to almost make it worse sometimes for me, so I am trying to remind myself I am changing my choices, and making better decisions for my health. I hope to stay on track as today I did have a candy bar. Taking it one step at a time! <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 05:12:19 EST July 2012 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x48772216 My challenge for this month is to incorporate a daily "green" smoothie. <BR> <BR> My goal is to have a different one each day. I'll post my recipes here so, you can all join me. <BR> <BR> July 1 - 7 <BR> July 1: <BR> 2 cup spinach <BR> 1/2 cup blueberries <BR> 1/2 cup raspberries <BR> 1/4 cup sunflower seeds <BR> 2 TABLESPOON RICE PROTEIN Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:32:59 EST Is it sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x48681762 Check out Spark People's Quiz and post your results; <BR> <BR> I got 10 out of 10 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:31:28 EST How do you feel today? Use a emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x48549151 <em>311</em> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:49:18 EST New here but glad to havee choosen this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x48499933 Hi, I'm Courtney Barre. I've been happily married for 5 years Saturday. Just joined the site today upon the recommendation of my personal trainer. I came to this site to hopefully be more focused on losing weight and to make friends. I look forward to getting to know you guys better as we go. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:01:25 EST New to Team & Stop Only Sugar Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x48424754 Hi, <BR> I'm new to this team. My sister told me about the Stop Only Sugar Diet that my brother-in-law has had some success with.The idea of the diet is that you stop only sugar and you increase your fiber. I've been dabbling with it the last week or so. I get bored with plain water, so I've been drinking diet soft drinks which I used to strictly avoid. And I've recently bought stevia, which I'm going to experiment with. We'll see how it goes. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 21:58:04 EST How do you resist the urge....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x48372983 A while back, donuts were my downfall. Everytime I went to the grocery store I would stop by the bakery to get a donut or two. One day, the store was out of the one type I wanted in the single case, but they had a package by the dozen. The dozen had the label and the ingredient list on the bottom of the container and it filled up almost the whole bottom of the package. Many of the items were unrecognizable and unpronouncable. <BR> <BR> Reading the ingredient list is what helps me resist man... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 16:25:06 EST It's time for some serious changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x48313261 <em>213</em> Hi all, I joined this team today with the hopes of making some new friends and new, improved eating habits. <BR> <BR> In the past several years I have found some ways to moderate my intake of soda, sweets, and other empty calories but I need to work WAY harder at it. I want to have a "health buzz" from natural endorphin and happiness from eating healthy, not an artifical "caffeine buzz" from feeding my body things that it eventually seems to processes into belly fat. <BR>... Thu, 31 May 2012 17:03:59 EST Wake up call from Dentist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x48313095 I took my young son to the dentist today and was shocked to find out that he already has cavities even though I have tried to limit his intake of candy, cookies, and sugary fruit juices. My plea to everyone on this team: if you can't do it for your diet, think of your teeth. You only get one set of them and there are many difficulties that come with fixing the damage! <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 May 2012 16:48:57 EST May 28 - June 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x48247565 Let's see if I can actually remember to post this week. <BR> <BR> If you join me in this challenge, Please edit your original post so the weekly points will be all in one place. <BR> <BR> P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positive about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you staying hydrated? (1 point for each 8 ounces of water; maximum points 8) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points for each 15... Sun, 27 May 2012 09:35:51 EST P*O*W*E*R challenge May 21-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x48161997 P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positive about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you staying hydrated? (1 point for each 8 ounces of water; maximum points 8) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points for each 15 minutes) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday ----- <BR> Tuesday----- <BR> We... Mon, 21 May 2012 06:50:44 EST Sugar is a drug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x48018481 <link>www.hungryforchange.tv/sugar-is-a-dr<BR>ug </link> <BR> <BR> Listen to Jamie Oliver's talk about changes we can make Fri, 11 May 2012 08:46:39 EST Vanilla http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5566x20854x47904725 Hi <BR> <BR> Just wondering, has anyone tried the using vanilla essence to suppress the urge to eat sweet stuff? I've heard that having it to hand, either mixing it with scentless hand cream or putting it on a wrist band so you can sniff it helps, but I've never actually got round to trying it. <BR> <BR> Melayahm Fri, 4 May 2012 01:10:46 EST Sugar is a Poison http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x47481796 Ever since I became team leader I am trying to retrain my brain on things I choose to eat. I really need to keep articles such as this readily available to review <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ucsf.edu/news/2009/06/8187/obesi<BR>ty-and-metabolic-syndrome-driven-fruct<BR>ose-sugar-diet </link> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 11:44:42 EST Is that really food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x47352144 I was going through my emails the other day and came upon a link to Mike Adams' page and I started following links so I am not sure where this quote comes from exactly but it stated, "People will eat anything that is marketed to them as food." I though how true. <BR> <BR> So, my goal for April is to eat food, real food. I am going to read labels on everything packaged that I buy and if I figure a thrid grader cannot read the list of ingredients, then it will be put back on the shelf. That a... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 08:28:22 EST Its spring! Think Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x47217670 Now is a wonderful time to incorporate greens into your diet. In addition to salads, throw some spinach or kale into soups, casseroles and even smoothies. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:41:17 EST I think I could use some assistance as team leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x47217636 I recently went back to school and the homework is taking way too much of my time. I am thinking it would be wonderful if someone can help me be a team leader. <BR> Any one interested? Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:39:05 EST Diet Rookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x47093471 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Paula and I am a total diet newbie! I have been fortunate enough to not need to diet until now, I have put on a chunk of weight since I met my (now) fiance and became content! <BR> <BR> I really want to lose the weight for myself as I know how great I feel when I don't have to think 'Does my belly look huge in this'?, but also for my fiance because Chubby Paula isnt what he signed up for! haha! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day, your stories/... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:27:20 EST Be aware! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x47055682 Hi team! I am so glad to see that there is activity on this team. I aplogize that I am not on but I recently went back to school and the studying takes up a lot of my time. My old brain takes a bit longer to comprehend things than it used to. <BR> <BR> One thing that is helping me ave a bit of control over my cravings is being aware of what I am putting in my mouth and then paying attention to the taste and texture. I am finding that certain things I felt like I just had to have no longer ta... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:46:51 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x47027000 <em>304</em> Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team. My schedule is about to get much busier (this is a good thing, though), so I will have less time for Sparking. Because of my limited Sparktime, I have decide to reduce my SparkTeams by most. It's painful, but for the best. Thank you again. You've been wonderful. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Lisa Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:22:34 EST Curb Sugar Cravings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46965715 How do you guys curb ur sugar cravings? I feel like I literally cant control my sugar cravings, it fulfills something that nothing else does. Should I go on a sugar detox or do you guys have recommendations? Thu, 8 Mar 2012 03:06:02 EST Fifty and Flabby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x46930885 Hi All! <BR> <BR> I wanted to introduce myself to all of you. I just turned fifty last year, and I just don't feel fit or healthy. I went to the doctor and he told me that if I don't start drinking more water, than I will definitely get kidney stones. Yuck! <BR> <BR> I just don't like water! Mostly the taste, or the fact it has no taste.... <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for me? Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:29:24 EST Busy, but still here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46825507 In January, I went back to school and I cannot believe how my lifestyle, as well as my eating habits have changed. I registered the day before the semester started so I could only get into a couple of the classes. This turned out to be a good thing for me because I am spending a ot of time on the homework assigned. <BR> <BR> Many times during a break, I go down to the cafeteria for a quick pick me up. The only thing available that is healthy is a banana. I should mention that many times I s... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:39:16 EST New Mommy/ Newbie Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x46802143 Chocolate and peanut butter are my weakness! I pray with the help of this group I can learn how to fight the triggers and what foods will be a better and tasty substitute. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:09:56 EST Nutrigrain, Special K bars, & Fiber One? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46644384 Hi everyone, <BR> Ever since I joined this group, I have not tracked the days I did not eat sweets because on those days I would eat a snack that would be labeled at an "alternative." What I mean by this is that I would substitute a Speciak K bar for chocolate. But considering the Special K is a processed food, is it also a sweet or no? Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:51:38 EST Tracking Sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46639445 In light of the recent bad press concerning sugar, I decided I would like to add sugar to my food tracker. Not the fructose in fruit, or the lactose in milk, just plain ol' table sugar, or whatever is in drinks, cookies that sort of thing. I think (will have to google this) that table sugar is a combination of sucrose and another sugar. I go to the right place to add to the tracker, click add and save, but yet when I track my food, that catagory invariable comes up with a 0, which I know i... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:17:36 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x46634892 Hi SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I'm Sophie, I'm 18 and I've just joined the site :) <BR> I've lost 3 stone since July and am having trouble keeping my motivation up, so have joined the site in a bid to do so! Any advice anyone can give me would be great! <BR> I'm a boxer and avid kettlecise fan, so if anyone shares these interests then feel free to message me :) <BR> Currently in my first year of uni studying Psychology, and hope to do a doctorate in Clinical Psychology when I've finished. <BR>... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:04:56 EST Day 1 of start again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46610560 We had a family challenge that it seems like no one was comitted to sticking with it.So, in my mind, I am doing it again; however, I am not going to tell any one. I am training for a half marathon and I keep reminding myself of last summer when I was eating the best and therefore, running better. <BR> <BR> I need to get serious. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:20:47 EST TEAM NEWBIE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x46597731 Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to this team, and hope to continue getting and giving inspiration to stay sugar-free. I am going on nearly a year of being sugar-free (March is my aniversary), and couldn't have done it without blogging regularly on Sparkpeople. <BR> I am happy to have found this team, and hope to keep it going! <BR> Anna Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:17:46 EST School work is keeping me busy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46468492 and I don't have a lot of time to spare for Spark People. It is a struggle not buying junk food as a quick fix. I start my day with oatmeal, fruit, protein powder and allmonds. And attempt to have a huge salad with lots of veggies added. The greens make it easier to say no to junk food - like I did on break today, I went to the cafeteria to grab something, but the cashier was busy, so I did not get anything, Did an errand after class and had a huge salad for lunch. <BR> <BR> I hope you are a... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 14:03:05 EST Hungry or thirsty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46288501 I am finding that when I am a bit dehydrated I have a tendency to eat to more junk food. I really need to grab and glass of water first. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:53:56 EST January is almost over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46266741 How is every one doing on their 2012 goals. I am doing well on my half marathin training. I went back to school and had a bout of eating whatever and whenever -- woke up and said enough of that! I managed to get through yesterday without eating. Thanks to my granddaughter (age 9) who did the no junk food challenge we started in January. As I was looking at a mark down package of snickers she told me, "You not suppose to eat that, grandma." <BR> <BR> Out of the mouth of babes. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:50:00 EST Back to school and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x46097237 I cannot believe how hard it is to find healthy snacks on campus. I need to remeber to prepare and bring my own eats. <BR> <BR> Any students here? What do you do to avoid the vending machine and cafeteria call? <BR> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:50:12 EST Hi! I'm new to spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45975749 I'm Ru (short for Ruth). I'm new to Spark after struggling horribly with sugar over the holidays. I've always had a sweet tooth but found myself obsessing with the sweets in the house (usually I don't have have them here). I've now gotten rid of them all but am trying to decide if it's better to completely eliminate sweets from my diet, or as some recommend, allow myself a small treat regularly so as to not binge. There seems to be conflicting advice on this. So I'm wondering what has wo... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:30:24 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45970300 Hey, I was checking out some other featured teams and came across this one...totally fits me, can't keep my hands off the candy or out of the jar! <BR> <BR> I am 41 yo mother of 3 (20,3 & 7 mos) and a grandmother of 1 (3). I work full time and have a hectic schedule of keeping up with my little guys. Sit at a desk and get bored and go to the snack machine...grrrr... <BR> <BR> Tes Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:56:54 EST Did You make resolution for yourself, How' it goin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45963021 Well, with the new year upon us, I hope you all made some realistic goals for yourselves. I have decided to go back to school and am taking some accounting classes. Totally new territory for me so I need to do some extra planning. I noticed that if I get hungry, there is not much to choose from and the price the college charges is high. That in itself causes frustration. <BR> <BR> I am going to run a half marathon this spring so my goal is to train smart so I can finish strong. <BR> <BR> B... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:45:02 EST Did You Meet Your Lack-of-Sugar Goal Yesterday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45946850 Yes I did. That makes 5 days in a row. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:52:54 EST Join me in a 6 week challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x45836309 A couple of my family members have decided they want to start eating better and decided to eliminate most of the junk food from the diet for 6 weeks. Ha, I cheated three times the first day. But now I am serious... why do I want to continue to put things into my body that I know are not good for me?? <BR> <BR> I did well on day 2, except for the mints given at the end of a restaurant meal - I popped them into my mouth without thinking. So, I realize I need to focus on mindful eating, that is... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:21:55 EST Is sugar withdrawal a real thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45803402 So, today and yesterday I have not eaten anything sugary besides fruit. No candy, no juice, no nothing....and I have had killer headaches....could I be going through withdrawal? I am not going to lie I ate candy and junky foods on a regular basis....so this is a shock to my system. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to handle the headaches without taking advil or tylenol? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 19:17:02 EST Hello-New-ish here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45609024 My name is Stephanie, I joined back in October, but kind of fell off the wagon before I even got started. I am currently trying to eat healthier and cut back on pop and sweets, getting ready to get back on the exercise bandwagon. I am married to a great guy for the last 13 years, and we have three terrific kids: two boys, ages 11 and 8, and a little girl, 3. I work a weird swing shift, so it is sometimes difficult for me to eat right and exercise when I want to, but I know I need to do bet... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:42:48 EST Why give up sugar or substitute it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45494669 When I read posts I see a LOT of discussion about substituting sugar with other "healthier" things such as honey, maple syrup, etc. But when I look at the food tracker 1 cup of honey = 1, 030 calories, 1 cup of maple syrup = 822 calories and granulated sugar = 774. I'm trying to lose tons of weight (70lb's by mid August). I like sugar! Perhaps we should substitute sugar when a recipe calls for honey? I'm really not trying to be a wise guy (I'm brand new here) but I think it is all about tota... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 09:50:26 EST I am committed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45476968 Hi, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have come very far with the emotional part of what keeps me heavy and now its time I must release this weight from my body. I am seeking out people who are interested in being committed to speaking everyday if not almost everyday for support, guidance, accountablility and whatever else would benefit us. I have found this tool to be very useful for me and if you feel that it helps you too, lets connect. Good luck to all and this ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 03:33:02 EST Brand new & Love candy & milk chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45460377 Hello, <BR> Just started my diet Monday. Brand new to Sparkpeople yesterday. <BR> Trying to have a jump start (to help motivate myself) & lose a lot of weight (12lb's + in 2 weeks) then go to a more reasonable diet for 4 - 7 months or more (UGH). The faster the better chances of sticking with it. <BR> <BR> I need real ideas. My favorite is candy & MILK chocolate. For the record - fruit could never replace real milk chocolate or Swedish Fish. I have a sweet tooth in general besides the candy... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:49:30 EST Day One--wobbly knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45414771 I haven't altogether parted with sugar together, but I have cut back A LOT. <BR> <BR> My greek yogurt breakfast had honey---that's probably a no/no, right? <BR> <BR> At lunch, I had SunChips and noticed SUGAR in the ingredients. Ate them anyway! I ordered a sub at Subway with honey mustard sauce. Sweet. it's gotta have sugar. <BR> <BR> And still, I feel sad, like a switch was turned off. And I've barely left the No More Sugar gate!! <BR> <BR> Would love some support. Anyone out there who... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 13:01:33 EST Hi, my name is Lou and I am a sugar addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45411332 I truly am. I wish there were a formal 12-step program for sugar addicts. <BR> <BR> I have arthritis in several parts of my body and I know the inflammation is caused very much by all the sugar I eat. I can't stop. It soothes me, I know temporarily, from all of my aches and pains and hurts. <BR> <BR> I need to stop it, just stop it and I need help and support. <BR> <BR> I'm very glad I found this group. Wed, 7 Dec 2011 09:14:05 EST Hi, I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45305493 This group should be a great reminder to me to limit the sugar. I have eaten whole birthday cakes, whole bags of candy, whole cartons of ice cream, etc. in a day. I have started limited my sweets, but I'm still eating too much of them. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:39:36 EST Sugar feeds cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x45303152 I often think of this when I am tempted by a sugary "treat" - <BR> <BR> "Cancer feeds on sugar. This is why a radioactive glucose (sugar) dye is injected <BR> into your body to perform a PET scan to check for cancer. Cancer cells will utilize <BR> the sugars in the glucose and the scan will reveal where the dye has concentrated <BR> thus showing a growth or changes in tumor size... " <BR> <BR> See link below for full article <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/CancerCompa<BR>ss.org?sk... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:26:01 EST Motivational tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45283541 1.) Set Goals - during this holiday season sets short realistic goals. Keep them simple and attainable, that way youo have something to strive for and help you resist those temptations that are going to be everywhere. <BR> <BR> 2.) Make it fun - create a challenge for yourself and others by making a game out out of it. It is so much easy to stick with it if you are having fun and enjoy doing it. <BR> <BR> 3.) Make it convenient - remove obstacles that may hinder you from achieving your goal... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 04:55:44 EST Sweet tooth, sweet tooth,who's got... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45257198 the sweet tooth? Remember the game button, button, who's got the button where we hide a button in a circle and someone has to guess who has the button? I just thought of that this morning and thought wouldn't it be great if we could just hide our sweet tooth, especially at this time of year. lol <BR> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 11:30:43 EST My downfall.. ...sweets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45244761 I love love love sweets.....so, this is the perfect group for me...I am trying to stop eating sweets...candy, pies, chocolate, coffeecakes, anything.....I will limit myself to one sweet a week!! I have to learn that fesh fruits are the best sweets out there for you!! Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:25:38 EST Complex Carbs Help With Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x45196123 I am finding that when I include more complex carbs in my diet that I do not crave as much sweet things. I started to include sweet potatoes and regular potatoes in my meals and noticed a big difference in how often I am going through the cupboards looking for something sweet to eat. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:32:28 EST Holiday Season - how's the sweet tooth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45181984 Well, I started early - that chocolate cake with frosting was yummy and my downfall. So, to combat the holidays foods I am going to limit eating junk food to just one day a week. It is my thought that if I limit it to only one day, I can still have my cake and eat it too, but it is really my desire that if I limit the sweets to only one day that it will make me able to resist temptation on the other days and eventually get to the point where I can say NO to sugary, salty and fatty foods even ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:36:24 EST Cutting out sweets altogether -- work for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x45080143 Did you try to cut out sweets altogether for a certain amount of time? Did it work? If I have one cookie, or one piece of chocolate, or one spoonful of ice cream, I just want more and more. So planning a little treat for myself during the day often doesn't work. I wonder if I stop eating things like cookies, ice cream, etc., for a week or a few days, it'll make my cravings decrease. (Because it seems that the less I have, the less I want it.) Sugar can be like a drug sometimes... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:54:24 EST Those cravings getting the best of you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x45069934 Then, fight back: <BR> <BR> 1.) PLAN AHEAD - Be prepared for those moments of temptations by preparing snacks and meals ahead of time. That way when you get hungry wou will have something that is readily available making it much easier to say no to that sugary treat. <BR> <BR> 2. COMMIT TO A GOAL - Have a specific goal that you want to achieve and then focus on the things you need to do to accomplish that goal. However, don't overwhelm yourself with too many goals at one time. Keep your lis... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 06:49:34 EST Hi I'm a newbie! Just wanted to introduce myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x45015361 Thanks for being there for my journey! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:08:50 EST Cupcake stare-down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44996546 I had a stare-down with a six-pack of luscious-looking cupcakes in the grocery store yesterday. First I eyed them and walked on. Then I strolled back and looked at them again, wondering if I could pass off their purchase as buying dessert for my family (but actually eating at least one - and if I ate more than one there would not be enough for family and I'd probably just have to eat all six). I actually handled the packages, looking at the flavors. But I won the stare-down and finished g... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:32:22 EST Got a craving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x44977346 If you have a craving for something and you know it is not really a choice for you, try distracting yourself with a different activity for 10 - 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> When I read this advice it reminded me a a toddler having a having a temper tantrum and we attempt to use the distraction method by offering the child something else to occupy his mind. <BR> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 08:18:05 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44962988 Hey. I want to introduce myself. I am a sucker for sweets, they are my downfall to my diet. I am looking forward to having this groups support. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:35:41 EST Time to "down-size" the closet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44945929 I needed some pants for church this morning and took a chance on some pants that have not fit for 2 years - and they fit! Woo-hoo! I'm moving my biggest pants out of the way! Sun, 6 Nov 2011 10:54:09 EST Should of been here a LONG time ago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44902377 My name is Isabell, and I am just addicted to junk food. Chocolate is the worst one, and if I can't find any chocolate I eat whatever else I can get my hands on. This isn't the worst it's been either, but I still can't eat "just one".To be honest I'm just addicted to food. I need help really bad!! Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:13:01 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44856202 Hi everyone! This is my first day using Spark People and this group definitely caught my eye because sweets are my biggest downfall. I have tried to lose weight before but every time I start to crave cookies and brownies and candy and I always give in. I've always had a sweet tooth my entire life so going without them is really hard! I could really use some advice and motivation. Looking forward to meeting everyone! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:30:24 EST new and sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44823130 Hi I just joined spark 4 days ago. I have just been moaning about chomping on too many chocs on my blog so I thought it was time had better introduce myself and admit my addictions! <BR> <BR> If I swapped all my Choc with fruit and veg or nuts and seeds I would would one very healthy girl! I'm hoping this group will help me control my urges! Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:41:02 EST Hi, newbie here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44813155 Hi, my name is jessy and I'm a sugar addict...lol This intro might sound like it belongs in an AA meeting, but the reality of the matter is that I'm seriously addicted to sweets. I have tried to "go cold turkey" didn't work that well. <BR> Only last month did I finally succeed in a full 7 day streak, but then my time of the month showed up and I found myself craving chocolate like crazy. and yes I caved <em>39</em> <BR> So today I figured I needed a little help, and since I now have a ful... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 22:12:00 EST Big loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44811954 After six weeks of changing my eating habits, and doing kickboxing five days each week, I have lost 3.5% body fat, 7.5 inches (in various places), and 14 pounds! Yay me! Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:34:05 EST I suck at trying to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44796079 I joined this site mainly out of frustration...I'm such a healthy person, I stay physically active and almost always cook from scratch and vegetarian...but I can't seem to drop the 5 or 10 lbs to fit back nicely into my clothes! I would love to lose 15 ideally for that hot bod, but I can't even dream of that when 5 hasn't happened in around 3 months. <BR> <BR> I really need to be held accountable and to get over some things that are keeping me back from the things that sabotage my diet an... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:34:27 EST Introducing Myself :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44784594 Hey everyone! Just looking to introduce myself. My name's Leanna and, just like the rest of you, I'm here to curve my sweet tooth. I'm looking forward to doing just that so that I might get closer to a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> I'll try to be as active in here as I can. Looking forward to getting know you all! Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:36:54 EST I have finally arrived to introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44763378 I am a Licensed Massage Therapist who is not only trying to alleviate my patient's symptoms, but also searching for the cause of pain in their muscles. And, might I add, it's sooo much easier to do this when I'm sucking on a jolly rancher or grab a munchkin before my next patient. I realized, even though I am relieving you I'm taking it out on my body and telling myself that I'm burning off the calories in working on my patients. <BR> <BR> It is true that my massage therapy work is a workout... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:42:41 EST A Long Journey - wilbur http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44730344 I have been working on my health in increments for a long time. I am hoping that I get a boost to put the ball over the goal line on the last 25 lbs. I exercise a lot and the composition of my diet is fairly good. I guess I eat too many calories. I followed the Dukan diet and lost about 20 lbs but can't sustain the zero carbs forever. I am hoping to be brutally honest with myself regarding how much I am eating (and what I am eating). <BR> <BR> I am hoping to be fully engaged in the pr... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:15:00 EST START COUNTING SUGAR FREE DAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44726109 Hi TEam <BR> <BR> THIS is <em>249</em> for me <BR> <BR> TIME I GET SERIOUS <BR> <BR> look temptation in the eye and be an overcomer of sugar not sugar over comming me ! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> any one to join in . we may have to start over a few times but we <em>306</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:03:43 EST Taming the sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44725992 Hi...I am a new member and love sweets also and now trying to loose weight so I fit in my swimsuit to go to Florida Sun, 23 Oct 2011 15:54:38 EST For the love of chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44723311 Hi my name is Erika and I love sweets. I grew up thinking that after every meal you need to have desert. And now that I'm 30 years old I still feel like this. Now I don't always go for the junk food type of desert but I feel that dinner is not complete without one. So i have been buying yogurts and trying to keep fresh fruits in the house, BUT ALL THE GOOD HEALTHY FOOD IS EXPENSIVE. It suck when your a single working mom and your child happens to be a 13year old bottomless pit. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:08:03 EST New to this Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44714957 I have a huge sweet tooth and I need help to get it under control. I have been with Spark People for over a year. <em>493</em> HELP! Sat, 22 Oct 2011 20:40:49 EST curbing cravings while others don't have to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44713625 I have the hardest time with sugar. It is my one huge weakness. Its so hard for me but I give in a lot. Then I find myself running on my eliptical and my husband comes into the room to say hi, but has a brownie he's munching on! He knows it drives me nuts, but I catch him doing things like that all the time. Then I justify my sugar eating with his beer drinking, and think, if he can drink than I get a sweet in exchange. Even though I know it doesn't work that way. His body doesn't hold... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 18:39:00 EST After dinner sweets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44709731 I'm new to Sweet Tooth and I struggle with needing a sweet treat after my meals. Anyone else have the same problem? What do you do to curb that craving? Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:06:12 EST Update from team leader... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44709053 First of all, I'd ike to extend a warm welcome to all the new members. I am so glad you have joined the team. Although this team has a lot of members, many of you have just joined recently, there does not seem to be much interaction between the team members. I am open to suggestions so this can be an interactive group. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 11:11:31 EST Newbie!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44704334 Hey all, <BR> <BR> My name is Erika and I am new to sparkpeople.. I join hoping to find the motivation to lose weight and chage my life. Just like many others I have tried losing weight many times but I always end up giving up. I guess you can say I'm impatient and when Idon't see results soon I give. I know I won't see major results within days, I don't expect to lose 10lbs in a week.. but I do like to see that my hardwork is paying off. I recently started working out, I went from doing no... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:20:13 EST i am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44668869 My name is anna i am new and i need help to lose 15lbs Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:05:35 EST NEW BEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44664172 Hi <BR> every one <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> kathy from sunny arizona <em>18</em> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:06:53 EST Hello. I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44660837 Hi. <BR> I'm new to Sparkspeople and to be honest i'm a little nervous about starting this weight loss adventure. I've lost weight before, but I always seem to gain it back. I know it probably is because I eat too much chocolate, ice cream, cookies..oh, the list goes on. But it's hard to put them down when they are so..comforting. Nevertheless i'm taking control of my sweet tooth and on my way to a healthier me. <BR> I'm hoping that this team will help me, and that I can meet other people w... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:06:35 EST Hello! My first posting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44630258 Hello! My name is Rosa. I'm a stay at home mom to 15 month old twins. I joined sparkpeople in the hopes that I could lose the 40 extra pounds that I have been carrying around for the last 12 years. I am also hoping to start exercising and get my spending under control. <BR> I've tried so many diets and while they all work I always lose motivation and gain the weight back. The same goes for my spending, I'll have periods of time where I am able to control it but then go off the deep up.... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:30:24 EST Hi my name is Justen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44604925 I am motivated to live a healthier life and my first step is to get my weight to a more healthy level Sat, 15 Oct 2011 20:31:30 EST Arghhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x44599068 Man! I created this challenge and I cannot seem to keep up with the posting my results. I need to refocus and get with the program. Sat, 15 Oct 2011 11:11:07 EST New to the family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44590341 Hello to all on the team. My name is JodiLynn and I am new as of October 13th. I am kind of nervous due to I have never turned to a website for help on getting my life under control, both physical as well as nutritionally. I have no idea where to start. <BR> I have never been a big exerciser, accept for housework and taking walks when we are camping. <BR> I don't know where to start at eating healthy and staying on a goal. I am hoping that the family can help me. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:36:21 EST I need all the help I can get..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44577712 Hi everyone. I started trying to lose weight, AGAIN, in July and was posting on facebook. I fell off the wagon 3 weeks ago which seems to be the trend for me. My goal is to lose 30 pounds, lower my cholesterol and be around a lot longer for my family...... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:31:54 EST I want my life back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44573474 I am new to this,..but I need to make changes. I am coming here for support as I have none to speak of On a daily basis when it comes to helping me feel and look better. Like many people my age, I have been so consumed with taking care of others, I forgot about me! I am (sadly) at the end of what was once a good marriage, and I am just tired of feeling like I don't matter and I cannot change my path in life. So, I am turning here in hopes of ideas, motivation and accountability and I welcome ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:55:26 EST New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44558093 Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group and too SparkPeople.com. I am on my journey to a healthier lifestyle and looking for support to curb the dreaded "sweet tooth". <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your support! :) <BR> <BR> Laila Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:02:56 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44555894 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> While I have always enjoyed sweets, it has never presented a problem until menopause. Now over the last two years I have struggled to not eat sweets. This of course, only makes the craving worse. <BR> <BR> I am ready to make the sweets change! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:06:00 EST hiya! new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44552710 i just wanted to drop a note and say hi :) i'm new to the team and renew to sparkpeople. i had about 30 lbs to lose and my goal is to do that in 6 months! eep! hope everyone has a great day Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:48:33 EST P*O*W*E*R Challenge October 10 -16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x44518144 P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positve about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> ____________________________ <BR> 25 points daily points <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1: (October 10) <BR> P ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:41:29 EST Reintroducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44517637 Wow! when I took over the leadership of this team, we only had 434 members. And now look at the numbers!! This tells me there are a lot of people out there who want and need to tame the *Sweet Tooth*. <BR> <BR> I'd like to give a warm welcome to all the team members - both old and new. To reintroduce myself: My name is Nancy and I am a wife, mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 3. I never had a weight problem as a child but when I turned 30 my weight gain began. I found that my usually ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:16:32 EST Hi, I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44515648 I started spark and lost 10 pounds, but then I gained 3...help!!!! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:26:17 EST HELLO THERE ALL YOU SPARK PEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44502031 Hello my name is Bonnie and I'm a recent returnee to spark people......I joined a few years ago, but fell off because of my too busy lifestyle or just plain no motivation......Anyway I'm back with the program now and I'm doing good and I am truly trying now.....I recently joined the gym and am starting the spark lifestyle.....I want to encourage my daughter through action not words to get healthy and fit. Sun, 9 Oct 2011 10:11:35 EST Last Chance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44500806 I am so glad to meet everyone! We all have a common goal and there is strength in numbers! I really would like to lose 30 pounds by May 1, 2012!! Sun, 9 Oct 2011 08:41:11 EST Help! I am in trouble!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44499238 I can not believe I let myself gain weight this much. I am 5'2" and weighs 162 when my stomach is empty ( I refuse to weigh when I am full ) I need help, motivations and inspiration. Sun, 9 Oct 2011 04:39:32 EST New Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44489068 Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Mel. I chose Taming the "Sweet Tooth" because I believe it is time for me to accept the fact that I do have a sweet tooth and it needs taming. I thought I had it under control before, and for a long time, I would not have any sweets in the house at all (mostly because my husband would make me feel guilty for buying them). I was on vacation from work all last week and went to the grocery store and bought a variety of cookies that I would not normally purchase. My excuse w... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 10:59:37 EST SweetDestiny http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44469818 Hello :-), I am from the UAE and I am a working mother of 3, my youngest sunshine is 6 months old. I love this website, it has a lot of useful information and tools. Looking forward to learn, share and support each other for a healthier and full-filling life. <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 04:03:54 EST New to change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44464480 I like the choice of words in "taming" the *Sweet Tooth*. I know it can be done! Hoping to find good friends along the way to share the trials of change together. We can all do it, losing weight, but together we can make it fun and quick. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 19:40:50 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44453175 Hi everyone! I am looking to lose close to 30 lbs but mainly am concerned with eating healthier and getting in shape. I am not active and have horrible cravings for sweets :( Hope that by coming here and chatting I can resist the cravings. Have a great day! Thu, 6 Oct 2011 07:06:39 EST In need of motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44448715 My name is Christina and I moved home just over a year ago. Since then I have gained 10 lbs. and have joined this site to find the motivation and support to lose it. I am really bad when it comes to snacking and sweets so I appreciate any advice on how to show some self-discipline! Looking forward to being a part of this! Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:27:29 EST Old! But New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44422322 Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Dee I am old to the weight loss but new to this site! I love being involved with the community and making new friends just because it's brings more motivation to the weight loss journey! So join me and we can motivate each other! :-) Tue, 4 Oct 2011 12:10:22 EST New to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44402734 I just joined Sparkpeople and one of my biggest problems is sweets. I love ice cream, chocolate, cake, pie, cookies, etc. I really want to be able to resist sweet treats and eat more healthy foods. I know I will need your support to do this. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:49:31 EST Du-huh moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44381863 These past two weeks have been terrible for me in the sense I could not get enough of DQ's Peanut Buster Parfaits. It seemed every time I drove by I had to stop and get one. What gives with that? <BR> <BR> Yesterday, on my stop I happened to see the nutritional facts and saw that the calorie count is 730. And I think it went right to belly fat. <BR> <BR> Du-Huh moment is WAKE UP CALL! I am stopping this nonsense NOW! <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 09:09:50 EST P*O*W*E*R Challenge October 3-9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x44381695 P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positve about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> ____________________________ <BR> 25 points daily points <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1: (October 3) <BR> P =... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 08:58:57 EST Do You really have a food addiction? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x44381549 Here is an interesting article and within the article is a link to a short quiz to take to see if you may indeed have a food addiction: <BR> <BR> <link>fitbie.msn.com/lose-weight/food-fitn<BR>ess-and-addiction </link> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 08:49:34 EST HOWDY! from Tennessee... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44377850 My name is "Darladoo67" and I'm brand "sparkling" new. I am 44 and have decided I need to lose 50 pounds and to stop stress eating and be healthy for my babies. I have three youngins and my oldest has Autism and Epilepsy among other things. Thanks for having me. Good luck everybody. Now let's kick some pounds in the booty! Sat, 1 Oct 2011 23:17:16 EST Rocktober http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44362543 Are you on Facebook? If so, here's your invitation to join ROCKTOBER! <link>www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=25776<BR>4504265392 </link> <BR> <BR> "The pledge is simple, we will either make good choices for October, or we will make bad choices for October. Even with roadblocks we can make good choices. <BR> <BR> If you want to "Rock" October by making sound food and activity choices, then please join this pledge and share with your friends. Together, we can make Rocktober 2011, an month ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:48:07 EST DOtubusin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44346345 Just planned meals for the next four days, and it was great to get a grocery list with just a few keystrokes. I can go to bed and sleep well and not have to review my meal plan. Fantastic. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 00:47:06 EST Can't Stop Eating High Sugar Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44340776 Hi. Over the past two years here on Spark, I've accomplished some great things: <BR> * Lost 25 pounds. <BR> * Regularly taking in 3 servings of low fat dairy. <BR> * Regularly eating 4 servings of fruit. <BR> * Am physically very healthy (stronger, up to 20 minutes of exercise) <BR> <BR> My weight loss has been stalled for over a year now less than 5 pounds from my goal most weeks. And I have to face the fact that it's because I can't stop eating sugary foods. <BR> <BR> I don't know how t... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:35:20 EST Go Hard or Go Home?! Need Advice on my sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44323384 i am wondering if I need to tame my sweet tooth or work on letting it go altogether. There is a woman that keeps a candy cup by her desk that I walk past all the time. I always dip into it. I have no willpower what so ever, and then I also will buy candy ( i have a sweet tooth after lunch) maybe a sugar cookie... whatever <BR> <BR> Once I start eating sweets I cant stop, I will eat one dove mini out the candy bowl, the come back for 2 more.. next thing you know I have eaten many. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:44:23 EST New to SparkPeople and Loving it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44309772 My name is Amy an last week, I was down and out. Feeling worthless, it was made worse when I was out line dancing and got teased about my size by some over-intoxicated men. It broke my heart. I cried then talked to a great friend who motivated me with her story to make a lifestyle change. It has been one week on SparkPeople and I have lost 10 pounds. I feel so much better already and know I will continue my regimen. Last Tuesday I weighed 314, started Sparks at 311, and today I am at 301. <B... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 22:45:32 EST I can't have sugar in house. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44289081 I had doughnuts and apple cider tis the season in my home and couldn't walk by them had to have one and another. I realized I can't have this crap in my home and it's not worth my health. I am not buying any more sugar products I want to be successful. Sugar your not welcome in my home.... <BR> <BR> Glo Mon, 26 Sep 2011 20:21:22 EST You are my people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44280147 I don't know anyone personally who struggles the way that I do with sweets. I am so happy to have found this message board, as I know that I am not alone in this fight. I'm guessing I'm not the only one here who had candy or cookies (or both) hidden in various places around the house. Wow. So liberating to be able to say that. The treasure troves are empty now, and I managed to go seven entire days without chocolate - or any kind of sugar (other than fruit). Today is a test, as there wil... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:06:44 EST new friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44228860 My name is Katharine, and I am 64 years old, and would like to lose 8 kilos quickly and keep it off. I like walking but don't do much of it as we live out of town, I do a lot of babysitting for grandchildren Fri, 23 Sep 2011 01:47:42 EST 2nd Time Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44226277 Hi everyone! I tried spark people last fall, lost 2/3rd's of the weight I wanted to lose and then lost my way. I have added even more weight to lose over the last year and it's mostly due to sweets. <BR> <BR> I restarted my goals 10 days ago and am seriously working on losing weight again. <BR> <BR> I'm proud of myself today. My neighbor made peach cobbler and invited my husband and myself over to have some. My husband went, but I stayed home and ate a sensible meal and treated mys... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:10:01 EST P*O*W*E*R challenge September 23 -29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x44220802 P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positve about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> ____________________________ <BR> 25 points daily points <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1: (sept 23) <BR> P = 5 <... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:15:32 EST wanting to tame my sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44218423 Hi everyone i'm new here just wanted to stop by and introduce myself i'm angie and i'm 26 years old and wanting to be healthy and look sexy i'm from Godfrey,Illinois i am a chocoholic haha I love anything sour or sweet. <em>213</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:23:24 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44218362 Hi everyone I'm joining this group because I have bad sweets addiction. I've managed to remove most sweets from my life and diet but have a hard time sometimes and will fall off the wagon from time to time! Just wanna get some encouragement and find out suggestions to tame the sweet cravings i have! <BR> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:19:59 EST P*O*W*E*R Challenge (template) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x44217942 *** (do not respond to this here - see separate thread for current week)*** <BR> <BR> P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positve about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> ___________________... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 11:51:01 EST Day 2 with no candy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44192026 I just started my new life yesterday, and my first goal is sugar de-tox. I'm on my way... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:47:52 EST Third time's the charm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44188385 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Becca Smith, and I am a 20 year old college student. This is the third time I have tried spark people, but the first two times I didn't take time to get to know anyone or make any spark friends. I am determined to be more successful this time. My short term goal is to lose 25lbs, but in the long term my goal is to lose 50lbs. If you would like to talk, I'd love to get to know you! <BR> <BR> Becca Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:01:16 EST needs confidence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44188168 Hello my name is Ashley i am a 24 yr old mother of 2. My sister told me about this sight and told me its really good! I need to loose 25-49 pounds. i want to loose at least 30lbs before July, 7 2012 as that is my wedding day! I have really low self esteem and not confident i can do this so with help and support from strangers would be fantastic! hope to hear from you soon <BR> thanks Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:44:39 EST New here and want to introduce my self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44171141 Hi, I'm Bev, living in S.E. Iowa. Semi retired with two dogs and three cats to take care of. I need to eat better and exercise more. I want to feel more fit and willing to do things like white water rafting, hiking and doing more and breathing easier. I enjoy quilting, reading, gardening. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:26:29 EST Looking to lose 30 lbs at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44164199 Hi there! <BR> I was referred to SP by a family friend... she said the community was really helpful and I hope to find she's right :) <BR> I've recently come home from a weight loss academy where I lost 80 lbs... but I've gained over 15 pounds since being back and I'd like to start being honest with myself about what I'm eating and what I can do to take my exercise more seriously. I am trying to exercise 4 hours a day and eat around 1300 calories, which is the program I was following when I ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:08:15 EST Are you caught in the pleasure trap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x44161086 Then check out this link: <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxf4kj8Rb<BR>6Y <BR> and watch this video. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:25:55 EST Kicking the sweets habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44149592 Hi iam renea and iam new. <em>249</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:47:03 EST Hi, I'm Bunnytime :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44139672 I'm setting really small goals for myself to see how I do on this site. <BR> I am looking for a buddy who likes text messages (because I'm not online much). <BR> Everybody seems so interesting here! Sat, 17 Sep 2011 23:46:30 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44117778 Hi. I just joined today and I definitely have a sweet tooth. I sometimes find pb and apples to help. I don't like to eat artifical sweetners so that really narrows my choices down. <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all here. <BR> ~Theresa Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:51:39 EST Splenda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44108387 Hi everyone!!! <BR> I have been not too bad with resisting sweets and desserts. 5 days since last treat. Yesss, lol. Anyway I have a dunkin donuts iced coffee addiction w caramel and wanted ideas on toning this down. Would just replacing the caramel with splenda be the answer? Or just start getting only a tiny amount of caramel? <BR> Yummmm caramel!! lol <em>4</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:44:21 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x44101256 I have 4 and a half pints of Haagen-Dazs in my freezer (That darn 2 for $5 sale). But I haven't touched any of it in at least two weeks. I probably shouldn't have it there in the first place. But at least I'm not eating it! <em>2</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:24:29 EST Sugar Does This, Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5543x20854x44096865 "The amount of sugar in a two and one-half cans of soda can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent. Sugar has an immune-suppressing effect that kicks in less than 30 minutes after consumption - and it may last five hours. No such effect, however, results from complex carbohydrates or starches." <BR> <BR> OnFitness magazine - November/December 2009 issue p. 37 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:15:47 EST A new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44087915 I just signed up and hoping to make progress losing weight. I don't have access to a gym so I have to do all home exercises which sucks for me but I am determined! If anyone has any suggestions feel free to let me know. I need all the support I can get!!! Good luck to all of you in your goals!!! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:06:31 EST Hello, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44082552 Hi everyone. I'm just getting started and have lots of unhealthy weight to loose. My greatest problem is letting go of the sweets. I love all the candy, cookies, cakes, etc, etc, and am really struggling to follow doctors orders. I'm looking at gall bladder surgery soon so I also have to watch the unhealthy fats in my diet. I really need support and ideas on how to replace all this unhealthy snacking and feel satisfied without reaching for a slice of pizze or a sweet treat!!!! <BR> <em>39</e... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:55:31 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44080456 Hello, I'm glorycal and this is my first day on the program. I need all the support I can get. Looking forward to reading your comments. I need to loose 50 lbs. by August 2012. I need the motivation to get started and getting through the tough days. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:00:49 EST Hello, new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44079366 Hi I am new to this team of taming the sweet tooth. I crave sweets, love them. I find myself at night wanting sweets even more than during the day. It is really hard to say no to that sweet tooth, especially in the fall. I love the treats of fall, the pumpkin flavored treats :) I had a health scare recently and need to lose this weight. I need to tame my sweet tooth to help me lose the weight. My ultimate goal is to be fit and healthy. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:11:36 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44077900 Hello all!! I am new to this team and I have a really hard time with sugar. I describe it as an "addiction" --then some people laugh and think I am kidding...I am really not. It is like a legal drug to me. Eat the sugar, reap the benefits (mood lifter-energy booster), start "coming down" and then have some more. I know borderline diabetes run in my family, I am not obese but i really do not want to take the chance of getting to that point. Well, wait a minute, I guess according to the "BMI"... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:05:53 EST Hi I am new. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44070770 Hi My name is Erin and I just discovered spark people. I have been trying to lose weight on my own for 6 weeks..... So far down 3 lbs and 4 inches....With numbers like those I knew I was doing something terribly wrong. Just when I was about to give up I found this site.... Turns out I was not eating enough calories a day. Hopefully now with guidance I will have a reason to smile and can reach my goals. :) Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:17:38 EST Hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44062736 Hi, i'm Amy and i'm new here. <BR> <BR> I love sugar and I need to stop it!! Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:42:58 EST Hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44061710 Hey everyone. I joined this team because sugar is my last dietary hurdle. I am actually pretty happy with my diet, in general. The problem is just sugar. I have had a hard time kicking the soda habit. I don't keep sugar in the house but I walk past several convenience stores on my way to and from work and it is hard to resist the impulse to stop and buy a coke and a candy bar. I treat myself with sugar - if I have had a bad day, if i don't feel well, if did great at something and feel like I ... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:44:52 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44045427 I am very excited to be apart of a program that I feel will help contribute to my new healthy lifestyle and hopefully in return I can help inspire others. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:58:21 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44039690 Hey everyone, I'm new <em>30</em> . Starting my 2nd week using spark and I'm hoping this week will go better then last. I'm trying to be healthy and to finally beat not only my sugar addiction but also to stop using food as a way of de-stressing. I'm sure with spark I'll finally be able to do it. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 09:58:06 EST Sept 15-22 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x44038579 This is the template for the first week - Give yourself 10 points for each day you are successful: <BR> <BR> September 15th - <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water a day = <BR> Exercise at least 10 minutes a day = <BR> No candy, chips, donuts or cakes = <BR> Total = <BR> <BR> September 16th - <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water a day = <BR> Exercise at least 10 minutes a day = <BR> No candy, chips, donuts or cakes = <BR... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 09:06:33 EST Mid September Challenge ~ Start Sept 15th info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20147x20854x44038400 This team has grown fast this past month, which tells me there are a lot of Sparkers out there wanting to tame that *Sweet Tooth*. So I am hoping to get some activity amongst ourselves on this team so we can be supportive and accountable. So I challenge myself and those who wish to join me... <BR> <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water a day - 10 points <BR> Exercise at least 10 minutes a day - 10 points <BR> Have a day with no candy, chips, donuts or cakes - 10 points <BR> <BR> I'll creat... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 08:56:37 EST MilliesMOM1 Hoping to change my lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44026636 Just getting around to introducing myself today, but I joined last Thursday. I love the nutrition tracker and checking out the various sites and messages. I have always struggled with my weight and have tried multiple diets with only temporary success. I have just recently started to have problems with my blood pressure being too high and since I am 55 years old, I'm thinking I should really give myself one more chance to become a healthy person as well as a better wife and mom. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 15:18:07 EST Hiya! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x44011544 Hi all! I'm Mel, 20yo Aussie living in Canada. Somewhere between a new life and homesickness (and too many packets of oreos/ jars of nutella!) my clothes became tighter and put on 20lb! Can totally relate to everyone where it seems to "creep up" on you! <BR> Anyway, I'm here now, eating healthier and exercising more (or trying at least :P). I've challenged myself to go 30 days without sugar, which is pretty hard considering the size of my sweet tooth! <BR> I love reading all your stories- get... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 15:40:52 EST Table of Sugar and Sugar Alternatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5566x20854x43998255 I found this Great Chart on my Google search today and wanted to share it. <BR> http://www.vegetarianorganiclife.com/sug<BR>artable.htm <BR> <em>475</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 17:54:11 EST Making a change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43998236 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a soon to be 50 year old woman just entering menopause. I'm looking for some support to get through this tough spot. 3 months ago, I found out I have bladder cancer and have been through 6 weeks of chemo. So, between the chemo and menopause, I feel like my body has been invaded by an alien being. <BR> <BR> But, other than that, I am a very blessed and happy person. I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful 14 year old daughter. I just would like to c... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 17:53:24 EST I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43989994 Hi! I am new to this, but I finally needed to make that step to lose some weight and be healthier. I have ZERO motivation, so this is a struggle for me. I am a 36 year old mother of 2 (5 year old daughter and 3 year old son). I am about 30 lbs overweight and I do not eat as healthy as I should. I hate to exercise, but I'm going to make myself. I hope to benefit from this program! Fri, 9 Sep 2011 09:02:23 EST Ready to get the last 50 lbs off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43981262 10 years ago, I had gastric bypass and lost 110 pounds. My doctor told me that I'd have to work for the last 50 pounds. I've been so thrilled just to have not gained back any weight that I've let my determination for losing that last 50 get sidelined. Now, I'm ready not only to lose but to become fit. I'm ready to look as fabulous as I feel! I've heard lots of great things about SparkPeople -- I need your help for guidance and motivation. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 18:59:09 EST Howdy Can't live wthout sweets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43976896 I love love Chocolate! uh oh right? Thu, 8 Sep 2011 13:46:01 EST Sabotage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x43974020 So I struggle with sweets, but have been doing a lot better. That is until my DH notices that I am making progress so what does he do? Buy a sack of reese pieces!!! He said to me "I bought you a special surprise since you have been doing so well". WTH?! Thu, 8 Sep 2011 10:50:15 EST New member just starting!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43963715 I will be 53 soon and am more overweight than I have ever been. I feel so terrible that I have let myself get to this point. The weight has been gradually creeping up over the last 10 years and I keep saying by ...... I will lose the weight. Well as you know that day has not come and won't be coming anytime soon until I buckle down and get to work. As I have aged my already slow metabolism has slowed to a crawl. I just joined a weight loss center that referred me to this site to supplem... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 20:37:11 EST Interesting program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20854x43961505 Tonight at 10 PM on ABC is a program about food/sugar addiction. Looks like it will be worth watching. Wed, 7 Sep 2011 18:26:00 EST Coming back to SP after a long break http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43960576 Hello! I'm Amy, 27, mother of one (Gianna- almost 2) and wife to my husband Michael who is currently deployed overseas. I'm a registered nurse working in Postpartum at my local hospital. I also LOVE to knit, hence my user name. I love to create things with needles and watch as they take shape from a boring ball of yarn! <BR> <BR> I did SP under a different user name back in 2008, but fell off the wagon. Then I got pregnant and had my daughter in 2009. I created this user name in April of 201... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 17:19:31 EST Sweet Alternatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43957029 Hello I am new to this site. I have been fighting the "sweet tooth" for thirty years. Sometimes better than others. I have found some great alternatives to refined sugar. Like all natural agave, its delicious and I love it. I love to bake and enjoy finding and sharing sugar and fat alternatives. Hope to share with you soon! <em>475</em> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 13:49:14 EST My next challenge needs to be me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43947348 I've decided if I give the type of focus on myself that I give to my job and to others that I might get back in touch with myself and lose the weight I need to lose to be healthy and active. What a concept! Wed, 7 Sep 2011 00:43:58 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20854x43937065 When I saw this team's name I knew it was definately for me! I am 58 yrs. old and have struggled most of my life with my weight and especially my sweet tooth. I was even hypnotised for my chocolate craving once. It worked for a short while but nothing long-term. I have been an "observer" at SparkPeople for a while but decided it was time to get "active". I have recently lost 26 lbs. but have hit a plateau for about 2 mo. I need encouragement and advice to keep going and hope to find it ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 14:53:14 EST