SparkPeople Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=55583 Want to learn how to control your sweet cravings and incorporate sugar into your diet without going overboard? Join SparkPeople's Official 4-week "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge"! SparkPeople Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=55583 Halloween Office Sugars - My Healthy Alternative http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59602304 My office is now full of candy as people set up candy bowls at their desks for Halloween. I'm resisting. Which is surprisingly easy right now. But I decided to do a healthy alternative. I saw a pin on Pinterest of decorated cuties/tangerines, so I did something like that. <BR> <BR> Here's one example online: <BR> <link>blog.partydelights.co.uk/wp-content/<BR>uploads/2014/10/pumpkins_21.jpg </link> <BR> or <BR> <link>i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/coolm<BR>ompicks/cool%20mom%20food/tan... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:26:27 EST Triggers that i plan to avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59590496 Boy my biggest trigger is cookies. If I see them, then I must eat them and if I buy a whole package, then you can bet it will be gone within the day. Another trigger is cakes and cupcakes. I lose all control when it comes to these sweets so I need to treat them like I do my drugs and alcohol as I am sober and clean four and a half years. I need to stay away... <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:55:52 EST Tracking Sugar In-take http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x59587291 For the past two days, I have tracked how many grams of sugar I take in each day. Wow! I created a goal of having no more than 25 grams of sugar. I was going to eat more healthy and figured some of the things I was going to cut back on were sweets. Well, even with the cut back, I was still consuming waaay more than 25 grams a day. It's really making me conscious of how much sugar is added to various foods. I was also so conscious today of my sugar cravings. I'm collecting data about myself wh... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:08:34 EST Day 1 of Sweet Tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x59523356 Hi everyone. I finally got on the scale today after a year or more of not being on Sparkpeople and I realized I am eating too much sugar. I have gained 25 pounds. Yes, 25 is quite a bit :( BUT.... I am back. I will have to control my sugar intake and keep track of what I am eating and I can do this. Who is with me? <BR> I have had no sugar as of yet today. I am eating sensible today. YAY!!! <BR> I pretty much stopped buying 80% of what is in the grocery stores. I am tired of chemi... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:24:44 EST triggers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59495695 My main trigger is alcohol. But I'm going to have to study a bit more to find out if there is a trigger for sweets, because I can't think of any time I don't crave them! Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:14:42 EST Week 2 Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59483369 I always want sweets after I eat lunch and dinner. My plan is to wait at least 1 hour before I decide to have any thing and then if I want something I am going to go for a walk or read. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:53:35 EST New and Needy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x59453736 That's me: Needy! I don't know if I can do this, but I do need to get this under control. My list for reducing sugar: <BR> 1. Lose weight <BR> 2. Save my teeth <BR> 3. Save money <BR> I'm new at this, a bit overwhelmed by the size of this website, but I need to do SOMETHING!!!!! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:26:40 EST Once again into the breach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x59391646 So I heard on the radio that social media can help keep you on track while trying to become healthier. Having fallen into a recent sugar overload situation that I can't seem to get out of I thought I would give this a try. Sugar Sugar Sugar, every day. I have a good day and find a chocolate cake provided for me by a husband who just wants to celebrate yet another birthday without me having achieved any of my wellness goals for the year. So I am tired and full of cake. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:17:15 EST starting off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x59325023 I just took on the challenge yesterday and am glad thus week is just for journaling it because I just bought a king size Butterfinger. My hubby bought something so I did too. This is going to be harder than I thought. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:54:15 EST a chocolate free October until Halloween. You in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x59299265 <BR> I have decided not to eat any chocolate, starting today. For me that means no cookies, candy (love my candy!) or ice cream. I am even going to add hot cocoa to the list, for the month. <BR> <BR> I feel powerless over sweets and this is a lie I tell myself. I quit diet soda several months ago and I'm doing GREAT! Now I have another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> Want to make yourself proud? Join me for this chocolate free challenge until Halloween. <BR> Let's check in every d... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:03:45 EST week 2 triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59287515 I have a problem at work. There are always baked goods sittng around in one department and I have been spending a lot of time there on a special project lately. I find myself snacking a lot more than usual because it is there. My goal is to be more mindful when in that area and remind myself the taste isn't worth the calories and guilt after! <BR> <BR> I have avoided sugar for 8 months in the past (I had gestational diabetes which resolved after delivery) and felt so great during and had ha... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:34:49 EST Week 1 - The Reasons I Want to Cut Down 0n Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x59261542 (1) The number 1, main reason I want to CUT OUT ALL SUGAR is because I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL WITH IT, JUST AS AN ALCOHOLIC, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER ALCOHOL! <BR> <BR> (2) The next reason, is because when I have sugar, I always binge on it! <BR> <BR> (3) The third very important reason is when I binge on sugar after I start it,I have an INTENSE ANXIETY/PANIC ATTACK which leads to INSTENSE WHOLE BODY ITCHING and now I have to take a bezodiazdepine to stop and had to trade... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:41:06 EST My trigger I am going to work on is avoiding candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59242213 This is a very big thing to do, but sugar in general can not be eliminated over night. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:29:00 EST triggers and plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59212857 My triggers are <BR> 1- boredom (in the evening mainly) <BR> 2- hunger (I wait too long to eat, then will eat anything, especially if it's sweet) <BR> 3-stress (I quit smoking 2 years ago, and "replaced" nicotin with chocolate. Much healthier at first, but time to wean myself off) <BR> <BR> My plan is <BR> 1- have a water bottle with me at all times to substitute (boredom or stress) <BR> 2-plan meals ahead and use my crockpot more often <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:08:46 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x59193739 Just took the sweet tooth quiz and found out I am a situational snicker. I did kind of know this. Sugar is a problem at work where it is always around. At home I don't have as much of a problem because it isn't there. I also crave when I am stressed or over Hungary. I have been drinking tons of water when a craving strikes and that has been helping. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:59:06 EST I am doing better lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x59192696 In the last couple of days, my need for sweets have not been that bad. I am beginning to feel better. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:43:51 EST My 3 sources http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59171526 The first source would have to be soft drinks. <em>222</em> <em>262</em> I have been very good in the past about not drinking the regular sodas, instead I drink the diet versions. However, I have been known to drink 2 or 3 a day. I have managed to cut down to 1/day and would like to cut that down even further to 1/week or 2-3/month. I don't think it's impossible but it'll be difficult. <BR> <BR> The second would have to be candy. <em>494</em> <em>493</em> I don't necessarily eat... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:13:29 EST triggers week two http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59150711 1) bread <BR> 2) alcohol <BR> 3) hunger Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:54:49 EST I have totally failed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x59119924 I have eaten so many sweets since I have joined. Was wondering if that qualifies me to be kicked off the team? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:31:45 EST Which sugars I plan to avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59049760 Cakes,donuts,other desserts Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:10:45 EST A different type of breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x59041565 I decided for the second week I would try smoothies for breakfasts. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:51:27 EST It was not as hard as I thought it would be http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x59040907 Going without ice cream this week was not bad, but I still have other things I have to work on. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:36:22 EST Weight Loss Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x59032448 Hello my name is Terri Spencer. I need to loose around 53 pounds. I weigh 173 and want to get down to 120. I've been this weight for the past few years. I've only been on this site the past couple of days and from what I've seen it looks like it will be really helpful and very supportive! Some of my interests are needle work such as counted cross stitch and quilting (by hand), art work such as painting and doing origami and reading Christian books as well as watching Christian movies. I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:37 EST How many grams of sugar have you eaten? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x58983682 Hello! I track sugar through a different website (MyFitnessPal.com). I enter all I eat and the website calculates my sugar intake for the day. This is added sugar (not found in fruits (fructose) or dairy (lactose). So if the Nutrition Label has honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, etc. on the label, you would count this number into the grams of Sugar you ate for the day. This measurement doesn't include Carbs. <BR> SparkPeople has an article that shows how many grams of sugar an individual is ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:15:58 EST Week 2 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x58809520 I've decided to avoid some of my sugary triggers such as cereal and high sugar snacks. I've stopped buying really sugary cereals and stick to regular Cheerios and Multi-Grain Cheerios. I've also started substituting Splenda for sugar in some of the things I'd normally put sugar in. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:07:37 EST SeaWave's Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x58795650 Still keeping track for myself, and welcome any feedback or ideas you may have. I started my second week off badly, in that I had some kind of seizure (I think) on Friday (my Day 1). In discussions with docs. <BR> <BR> Other than that, so far so good. Had a bit of cheesecake with hubby and son at supper today, but I find sugar doesn't trigger a binge with me if (1) it's with a meal and (2) it's high fat, which slows down the sugar absorption (so for me cheesecake ok in moderation, someth... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 03:29:41 EST Day 3 no sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58789813 So, as directed in the week 1 steps, I tracked my sugar intake. The first day I joined the challenge I bienged on brownies. Go figure. And I noticed some classic addiction behavior. I don't like to eat sweets around other people. I resisted until my boyfriend left the house, then I chowed down. It really opened my eyes to just how bad things have gotten. <BR> <BR> So for the next two days I concentrated on building momentum. It's a lot easier to resist my sugar cravings if I have had a stel... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:53:11 EST Good overview of sweeteners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x58786614 This is a blog post by Chris Kresser that I found very helpful when evaluating sweetener options. It is by no means complete but he gives a lot of information and his writing is quite thoughtful. <BR> <link>chriskresser.com/can-sweeteners-fit-<BR>into-a-healthy-diet </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Birgit Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:01:33 EST Jumping in to this challenge, jumping out of sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58765691 Hi All! <BR> <BR> This is my first sweet tooth challenge! I am mostly doing it because a) I have a sweet tooth and b) I have a back (disk) injury which is finally starting to heal, I have been recommended eating less sugar and watching my intake. As sad as it is, for my this includes natural sugars. I like to eat several pieces of fruit a day, which I have always been told is a little bit much. My current personal goals are to not have any (boozy) drinks, to stick to 1-MAX-2 pieces of fruit ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:21:00 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58762181 Hi, I'm Michelle, 34 year old, full-time working mother of 3. I feel like kicking the sugar habit will be the single most effective thing I can do to lose weight, (also the hardest) so I'm tackling it first. I have already made some progress, I'm looking forward to working through the challenge and hopefully defeating the addiction for good, and I look forward to meeting all of you on the way! Thanks and good luck with your journeys. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:53:28 EST Sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x58751632 I have a terrible sweet tooth, especially since being in recovery from alcoholism, so I have gained more weight than I ever have in my life. When it comes to sweets, I can't have just one, so I think it is best for me to avoid altogether but then I get resentful. So I need to eat sweets in moderation, actually measuring out a cup of icecream or something along those lines. I try not to keep too many in the house, so I am not tempted at night. And I asked my boyfriend to help me by not tem... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:14:15 EST Sugar free 30 days !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58745510 My challenge to myself.....'No sugar for 30 days' started on 4th August. <BR> <BR> The motto is to keep sugar and food added with sugar away from my diet. <BR> <BR> I succeed day 1. Now looking for day 2. I will update here everyday for accountability. <BR> <BR> I would love to have like minded people joining me for the challenge where we can sail together. <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:46:51 EST My Week 1 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58741870 My goal for this week is to substitute a healthier food for one of my downfalls. I LOVE peanut butter and tend to eat way too much--like spoonfuls out of the jar. Although regular peanut butter doesn't have a lot of sugar (3g altogether), it still tastes sweet to me, and I end up eating a lot of it several times per week (not to mention it has a lot of fat too). So, even though I don't like natural peanut butter as much because it's not as sweet, I'm going to try eating it instead. The go... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:52:19 EST Cutting sugar cravings to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58741764 Hi Everyone, <BR> I joined this challenge to change my eating behaviors. I'm trying to lose about 10 pounds, but I always sabotage myself anytime I eat something sweet. I always tell myself I'm only going to eat a little bit, but I always end up overeating. I know eating too much sugar causes me to crave more sweets because it's so easy to get addicted. I'm also hoping that by kicking my sugar addiction, I won't crave so many sweets whenever I'm at a party or basically any time some delic... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:37:25 EST SeaWave's Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58738879 I just wanted to open a thread and keep track of my week, and maybe get some feedback if anyone has any suggestions. <BR> <BR> Aug 1 - Day 1 went reasonably well. I went for coffee with my husband and sister; they each had a sweet treat and I stayed away. In fact, I wasn't even tempted, even though they have great gluten free deserts at this shop. HOWEVER, I did have ice cream in the evening. <BR> <BR> Aug 2 - Day 2 -- sugar free all day! <BR> <BR> Aug 3 - Day 3 -- sugar free again - Who... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:49:23 EST Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58726164 2nd day and I can't seem to stay away from sugar to save my life - it's in my coffee then I picked up a soda w/ lunch and then I thought I was good and made myself a fruit smoothie to help with the sugar craving but then I picked up a box of twinkles and ate one <em>29</em> I found myself making the excuse that I would start on Monday <em>39</em> <em>15</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 03:43:10 EST MY LONG TERM PLAN FOR SUGAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x58721412 THIS CHALLENGE HAS HELPED ME TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO SUGAR. I'VE LEARNED THAT THERE ARE OTHER TYPES OF SWEETENERS AVAILABLE AND FOODS THAT ARE NATURALLY SWEET. HOWEVER, THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I LEARNED HAS BEEN THAT SUGAR IS FINE TO HAVE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE IT IN MODERATION. <BR> MY LONG TERM PLAN FOR SUGAR IS TO CONTROL HOW MUCH I HAVE IN MY HEALTHY EATING AND TO TREAT IT WITH GREAT RESPECT IN HOW OFTEN I HAVE IT. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:20:12 EST A "back to basic" for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58715755 I've just blogged about hitting my re-set button, and realized that taming my sugar demon is one of the basic things I can do to help myself. Sugar has been linked to "getting well" every since I was two years old, and doctors told my parents to give me sugar when I felt ill (I had just been diagnosed with hypoglycemia). Now I realize that I still reach for sugary treats (fudge lately) when I'm feeling at my weakest, which is of course the worst thing I can do. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:00:31 EST TODAY'S SWEET TOOTH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x58670461 TODAY I WOKE UP WITH A SWEET TOOTH. I'VE HAD MY LAST PIECE OF FRUIT, FIVE GERBER'S ARROWROOT COOKIES AND 2 GERBER'S CEREAL BARS AND IT'S ONLY 1;20 PM. I THINK THAT I'LL GO FOR A WALK. I'TS GOING TO BE A HARD DAY, <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:34:16 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58659126 Hi <BR> I am joining you all in this challenge starting with my first cup of coffee with no sugar for starters. I have been a sugar addict for years.My blood sugars are in the high normal and I have history of diabetes in the family so the writing is on the wall. My goal is to reverse the trend. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:39:46 EST RESTOCKING SNACKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x58642156 <BR> FINISHED RESTOCKING MY FRIDGE AND PANTRY WITH SUGARLESS SNACKS AND IT MAKES ME HAPPY. <em>4</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:08:57 EST Excited about this challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58628273 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I am very excited to be joining this challenge - I think it is exactly what I need to help me take control over the sugar cravings I have on an almost daily basis. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:11:59 EST Week 1 Sugar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58623277 Hi I'm feeling like this is going to be a serious challenge for me. Sugar was never a problem for me in my daily intake but all of a sudden its a huge monster I can't seem to get under control. I'm really bummed about the sugar monster but I'm ready to get rid of it. Here goes Week 1 and right now I just want to get rid of every sugar in the house. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:11 EST Jumping in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58554713 Greetings fellow Sparks! I'm a senior who lives most of the week on an 18 wheeler with my over the road trucker husband. I've gained 15 pounds in the more than 2 years I've been riding with him and I need to rein it in! It's very challenging but I love being with my husband seeing this vast and beautiful country! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:04:47 EST taking back my life :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58501820 HI THERE SPARK PEOPLE i JUST WANT TO SAY I'M NEW TO SPARK OBVIOUSLY NOT NEW TO EXERCISE AND WATCHING MY DIET....HAVE BEEN DOING THAT ALL MY LIFE BUT I WANTED TO SAY HI TO EVERYONE SAY I NEED FRIENDS TO HELP ME STAY MOTIVATED AND SO I'M NOT ALONE IN MY JOURNEY. hOPE EVERYONE HAS A FUNTABULOUS WEEKEND!!! AND NEVER GIVE UP!!!!! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:05:18 EST Week One-Day Five http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58499178 I started eliminating sugar on Monday; found this challenge today. I know I crave sweets when I am stressed, tired, bored, etc., etc, etc. I do well with it and then a birthday will come up and I give in to the craving and eat cake and ice cream; which begins the process over. I have done well this week; however, I have 3 birthdays at the end of this month. I have to change the way I think about birthdays and know that it is okay not to eat a piece of cake. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:04:32 EST New and inspired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58496412 I just started this challenge today and decided to read the forum board... I was pretty nervous and skeptical of going sugar free but, you guys are all so inspiring, I am actually excited to start. Thank you :) Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:24:12 EST Week2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x58482257 I have found eating more fresh fruits helps. But for those gotta have chocolate moments, I have organic dark chocolate chips. A few of those satisfy the carvings. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 18:09:26 EST Late night sweet tooth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58457852 Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Marie a mom of two and recently engaged. I am on a mission to get on track with better eating habits. There are a lot of health problems in my family that I am now concerned about. All suggestions are welcomed. ;-) Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:08:02 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x58456470 Can you hold yourself accountable without shaming or blaming? If not, the sweets tend to win, if you can be accountable without adding on shame or blame then you win. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:47:33 EST Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58447291 So I started the sweet tooth challenge last week. My weaknesses is bread and ice cream, I watched this documentary on Netflix called Hungry for Change and one of the food experts talk about dieting and how it affects those psychologically, I decided to make an effort by saying "i could have it but I will not eat it." I'm in week two and yesterday and the day prior I had a pastry, but mostly whenever I get an urge I usually will have fruit or dark chocolate. After reading the articles and t... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:18:37 EST FULL OF FLAVOR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x58445031 Yesterday, I made an amazing lunch that was so FULL of FLAVOR, that I didn't desire something sweet afterward. So jazz up those salads, tuna's, etc. Spices can perk those taste buds and make them forget sugar. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:54:11 EST Sweet alternatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58440260 Does food made with Splenda count as a sweet? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:13:57 EST Week 2 Goals and Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x58431345 Hello everyone! <BR> I'm happy to say I have not had a sweet tooth binge, however, I indulged too much in fatty foods last night. Instead of beating myself up like I normally do, I took some time to reflect on why I did it and kept it down to a minimum. <BR> My goals for this week are these: <BR> 1. Monitor and assess when I want to have sugar, why, and find prevention methods to binging. <BR> 2. Switch out my usual sweets for healthier alternatives <BR> 3. Try not to eat when I'm not hungry ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:24:44 EST Thoughts on alternatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58414703 Ok, so since joining this group, I have seen people post substitutes for certain things e.g. carob instead of chocolate, stevia instead of refined chocolate, artificial sweeteners, etc. <BR> <BR> What about non sugar sweets? I know the 2 words seem a contradition but I am wondering if anyone has recipes available. <BR> I know a few but a couple I really love are Raw Lemon Truffles (No refined sugar, just honey to slightly sweeten) and Raw Brownie Bites (raw Racao - not processed and dates ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:11:03 EST Taming my sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58392676 I love sweets and some days prefer to have a donut instead of a healthy breakfast. After a doctor visit last November when I was told my weight was just little under 300 pounds I made the decision to really work on losing weight. I started with eliminating fast food from my daily diet. First, I had the bad habit of going to McDonalds every day after work and getting a medium fry and large coke (5 days a week), so I changed my route home where I did not pass by McDonalds and thus eliminated... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:28:42 EST Reverse psychology?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58381338 I have a question for the members of this forum.... <BR> Does anyone else have intense cravings for a particular item, but once it's purchased, that intensity subsides? <BR> My son's birthday was this weekend and instead of buying a huge birthday cake, we purchased a small one (it's only three of us in the house.) However, after dinner, I had no cravings for it. Since my son was full as well, the cake is still sitting in our fridge, not even cut. <BR> Anyone else have this issue or am I the... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:11:16 EST Need to get it under control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58378845 So, since I started on the healthier path, I feel great, and of course I have had my plateaus as well as ups and down, I have kept going. <BR> <BR> For the past year I have been living with others for financial reasons. Problem, one of them frequently buys junk and bakes junk food for her daughter. May sound ok, its for her daughter, but if, for example she makes cupcakes, her daughter will eat 2 of a batch of 12, then the rest is open for everyone else to eat. <BR> <BR> I can avoid buyin... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:23:22 EST artificial sweetner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58362617 I think I need to cut back on artifical sweetners, they seem to be making me crave more sweets? Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:47:53 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58351439 EMMIEJTRUST hi all my main problem is worked lates from 2004 joined the army in 2007 medically discarged with thyroid cancer in 2009 then worked lates in the armys catering department untill i had my daughter so about 10 or 11 oclock every night i feel so hungry out of habbit and i binge and i cant sleep till i have, i need to break this habbit and hope the support here will help x hope you all have a great day Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:35:39 EST HELLO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58349289 Hello everyone, <BR> So, I am 28 going on 29 and a first time mommy. I have lost the baby weight I gained in pregnancy, but recently I have noticed I am gaining some weight back and it is due to late night snacking, especially sweets....It does not help I am not working out, eating junk food almost everyday. I am ready to make some changes for myself and my daughter. I need healthier food habits. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:14:21 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58344406 My name is Adrienne and it is time to tame my sweet cravings. I am not new to Spark People but I have not really used it reguarly in the past. I am horrible about getting on my computer but I read about this challenge in am email and felt that it was time to take action against my sweet tooth so here I am. I am seriously addicted to my sugary coffee drinks so that will be the hardest part but I am ready to try. Hopefully having support will help me finally kick this habit. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:45:04 EST Time to quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58271925 Hi...over the past 10 years I have given sugar my attention...it's got to stop...I KNOW I'm addicted to it and that has got to go...don't want to be controlled by any substance. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:08:51 EST Replace trigger foods with substitute 3 days/wk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58271905 I love donuts, scones, cake, cookies and I know that this is wreaking havoc on my health...not so much sugary drinks, but the pastries and stuff like that...7Eleven donuts are just tooooo close. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:05:42 EST I FLUNKED I AM STATING AT DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58225886 I WILL RECORD MY INTAKE <BR> I WILL RECORD MY CRAVINGS ALONG WITH EMOTIONS AT THE TIME <BR> I MUST WIN THIS CONTROL <BR> Can anyone direct me tro a sugar journal page? Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:30:07 EST trail mix and my 'tooth' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58225824 The dried fruit in my trail mix is my only sweet <BR> I am thinking it may be too much <BR> Will cut back to 3 oz. cup a day <BR> My coffee in the morning with Splenda my other <BR> I will cut back to one cup <BR> Otherwise drinking water is my plan Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:16:19 EST New Member who's addict to M&M http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x58174875 Hello, <BR> I name is Gail, I really don't care for Sweet that like cake, cookies, etc....... <em>495</em> <em>473</em> <em>471</em> <em>475</em> <em>44</em> <em>494</em> <em>493</em> not my cup of tea, <BR> but I do have addiction to M&M peanuts candies. <BR> I been on SP before Nov 2011, but not that active with the community. Today, I realize I want to be a good role model for my kids. I am tired of being trap inside this body I made for myself. <BR> When I am under... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:46:07 EST Any suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58161802 I'm not always a big sweets person, but I have noticed lately (the last week or so) that I want ice cream every night before bed. I am not sure if this is something that my body is craving, if it is because I am overly tired, or what the issue is, but I do think that even a little bit here and there is one of the reasons that I am having a hard time losing this weight. Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, any suggestions as to what to do? Thanks! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:00:55 EST Tiny dabbling in sweet tastes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x58110078 Tried a little sweet in my tea (stevia glycerite), but it's dissapointing to me if the flavor is just a whiff. Next day I doubled up on the cream and it was much more satisfying. I was hoping my tastebuds would happily reset to a lower level of sweet with 4 weeks of this but I am starting to have my doubts. Plan B is to keep emphasizing all of the non-sweet favorites in my food choices. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:43:14 EST Today is the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58090964 Today I am starting week one to kick this sweet tooth! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:39:42 EST Week 4 Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x58055960 Fridays are "donut day" at the office. After four weeks of practicing all the great tips, from relearning to live without sugar, to making healthy choices for meals, I was able to sit through the meeting without reaching for a donut (or two!) And I didn't feel deprived. I think that was the biggest realization. No matter how good a sweet tastes on the tongue for a moment, it isn't worth the lifetime on the hips. <BR> <BR> Long term plans for keeping on track is logging my foods with the... Sat, 31 May 2014 00:00:42 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58053794 I'm definitely not over my sweet cravings. However, I have not succumb to them either. Today was especially tough - I had to eat on the run. I didn't resort to my usual temptations to fill the void - a small step in the right direction. Fri, 30 May 2014 19:38:41 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x58039528 Hi! I am starting this challenge today. I am hoping to kick my sweet tooth and jump start my weight loss journey. Thu, 29 May 2014 13:28:22 EST Crashing and Burning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x58038605 I was doing really well and then I had an awful set of days and went on a binge. I'm talking thousands of calories here. I've got no excuse for it and I am so ashamed that I have been avoiding Spark the last few days. <BR> This morning I got up, made myself a healthy smoothie and decided I'd come on here and be accountable. Thu, 29 May 2014 11:44:00 EST Taming my sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x58016612 Okay, so last week I gave up pastries (I considered cake in there too). I did well and thought about the challenge during the week, so did not succumb. So for this week, I need to cut back on the following three trigger foods: candy, cookies and Blizzards. I'm going to allow myself one small Blizzard this week since the S'mores flavor came back. It may be my only one during the challenge, depending upon the action plans for the following weeks. I will not buy any candy or cookies this we... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:27:41 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57992521 Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of what I hope will be a commitment to positive change. My sugar addiction is completely out of control. I snack constantly on anything that will give me some quick sugar - simple carbs, candy, etc. I'm tired, foggy, and achy - I just can't keep supporting this horrible habit that has put me in terrible physical shape (about 20 lbs overweight and feeling miserable). I know what I need to do. I just need some support to do it. <BR> <BR> Tod... Sun, 25 May 2014 11:47:33 EST Week One Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57982932 I have made it through 4 days on my reduced sugar plan, I avoided the chocolate cake, I am enjoying my sugar free coffee and tea. I did splurge on two London Fog lattes with a small amount of sweetener. Picnic today I'm bringing lots of veggies to snack on in place of sweets and chips. I have yet to make it to week Two in the past but this time I'm following all the steps to help me stay on track. Sat, 24 May 2014 12:44:58 EST Long Time Spark, First Time Sweet Tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57965406 I nibble and nosh and it was getting worse. I've lost 50 lbs using different approaches at Spark People, and have eaten low carb for over a year. Lately I was adding greater quantities of non-caloric sweeteners to my tea, yogurt, etc, and proceeding from one sugarless sweet snack to the next. <BR> <BR> After my morning tea (with stevia glycerite and monk fruit and cream) a few days ago, I decided to do without anything with added sweeteners for as long as I could stand it. Today's the 3... Thu, 22 May 2014 19:09:32 EST Arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57954086 I found this forum and joined because I am so addicted to Dark Chocolate and other sweets. I decided the first thing I need to do is not buy any more Chocolate. If I buy it, I WILL eat it!!! My hardest time is in the evening. I think I may have trained myself to want Chocolate or sweets at night. <BR> Sue Wed, 21 May 2014 19:27:57 EST Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57951435 <em>39</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:43:09 EST Success Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57929369 Let's post our successes for when we've made a healthy choice instead of a sugary one. We can and will do this! <em>224</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:12:15 EST Good Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57921724 Getting a good start to this Challange. No Sugar for a week now. Feeling really good. Looking forward to reading all of your notes on the week. Mon, 19 May 2014 06:09:48 EST Love this Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57921105 I'm Catrina and will turn 50 this fall. My annual physical showed sugar level as pre-diabetic. I'm on a mission to lower my sugar levels. I've been working hard to lose weight and improve various lifestyle issues to enter my 50's in a healthy state. Mon, 19 May 2014 02:21:17 EST Week 2 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x57920551 Hi all! The 3 foods that I am going to "manage" (ie dramatically cut back) this week are: sugary mojitos (patio season!), chocolate & toast with honey (which is my go to when I am starving. I eat 3 pieces loaded with honey). <BR> Some of my strategies are to prepare my healthy snacks at the beginning of the week so I can just grab them when I want something (this will help with the late afternoon splurge). I will do my meal prep in the morning during baby's longest nap and plan for larger bat... Mon, 19 May 2014 00:18:01 EST Up for the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57911475 Will be giving up sweets and sticking to fruit. Last summer I lost 16.5 lbs with this approach as it seems with me in this respect is all or nothing. Once I started to indulge in sweets, they were craved every day and since November gained 10lbs back. Just bought the Jawbone Up24 to replace my lost Spark tracker, tracking activity has really helped me focus on fitness. Now its time to tame my sugar monster! Wish me luck! &#128516; Sun, 18 May 2014 07:30:07 EST Taming sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x57887808 Week 2 is finding hidden sugars, being aware of where they are, and reducing sugar intake. It hasn't been too difficult -- until stress hits, and good intentions fly out the window. Today, I caved to a blueberry poptart for breakfast.. A couple hours later, I was hungry again, and could feel results of the sugar crash. So I had to ask myself, was the extra sugar in the pop tart worth it in the long run? No. Will I remember this next time stress hits me and I reach for something bad? Tha... Thu, 15 May 2014 21:44:32 EST Stevia in my Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57872213 I have been putting stevia in my sun tea and it really helps with the sugar cravings Wed, 14 May 2014 14:23:59 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x57851886 Being aware of sugar has greatly reduced my cravings. <BR> This week, my focus will be on eliminating "packaged sweets", while still paying attention to those times throughout the day when cravings are at their strongest, and I just started using a few drops of agave in my green tea! <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:09:44 EST Falling off the no-sugar wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57847269 I wouldn't say I was actually on the no-sugar wagon. It's more like I was off the all-sugar-all-the-time wagon for two weeks and then blamo! I jumped back on that wagon. :( <BR> <BR> I've been doing so well - not grazing at work, only having small amounts of sugar for dessert after dinner (if any at all). Then I allowed myself to have a Twix on Friday and I've been CRAVING sugar all weekend. Sunday I made my super-secret recipe brownies for a friend for Mother's Day and could NOT stop ea... Mon, 12 May 2014 12:52:20 EST good bye beach, back to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57846988 <em>253</em> <em>47</em> <em>524</em> <em>17</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:18:31 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x57846572 Today is day 1 of week 2. I have learned that stress is generally my sweet tooth trigger. That and when I just want a small snack candies are an easy 'fix'. I will be bringing what I have left at the house into work and leaving it in the break room to eliminate the opportunity at home, and a plus is I hardly ever go into the break room. I will buy more fruits and yogurts, (making sure I look at the added sugars in yogurts) in my grocery shopping this week. I have been doing good with my extra... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:39:17 EST Week 1 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57845700 I am very proud of myself, I just spent 4 1/2 days walking up and down Ocean City Boardwalk. I am usually a sucker for the funnel cakes and sweets while I am on vacation, but I did very good. The only sweets I had were my DD coffees, and I only had 2. There is a 'Candy Factory' almost literally every few blocks and I kept myself out of them completely. I just hope I can keep it up now that I am back at work and to my normal schedule again. Also I think I have determined that my sweet tooth ac... Mon, 12 May 2014 10:28:14 EST Taking the plunge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57841550 Hello! I'm new, it's time to try a new direction since these last 26lbs aren't going anywhere by themselves. I gained over 40lbs with my pregnancy and am struggling to lose the rest and be comfortable with this new body and new role. I am excited to have the support of such an incredible community! Mon, 12 May 2014 00:17:01 EST Good place to start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57822843 Am recommitting to getting healthier and thought this looked like a good place to start since my sugar cravings seem to open the door to nutritional disaster for me. I seem to start the day with such good intentions and staying on the right path...but as the day goes on, one little slip seems to make it a lot easier to stop paying attention to what I'm eating. I hope to learn ways to keep my sugar cravings more manageable. Helps to know others are on the same journey. Sat, 10 May 2014 05:44:08 EST My sugar addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57820071 I was eating a lot of bakery products, ice cream and anything else with sugar every night. I found that the more I ate, the more I craved. In my first week back at Sparks, I am eating mostly fruit and an occasional low fat ice cream (small portions). I have not craved sugar much and hope it stays that way. Fri, 9 May 2014 20:53:11 EST Hi, I'm back also after two years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57817684 Good to be back and I'm 18 pound lighter. I'm up to loosing another 22 pounds. Yea Fri, 9 May 2014 16:35:45 EST First time:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57804189 Hi everyone! I'm looking to lose at least 20 pounds and could use lots of motivation so if you have tips and tricks I appreciate it :) Thu, 8 May 2014 12:53:20 EST week 2 for mary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x57789767 still havent had any sugar treats since jan 1, 2014. you can do this. use fruit.i have had dark chocolate almonds ,good for the heart( an oz only) <em>244</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 10:15:32 EST Hi. I am back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57777420 Ok so I have been away but I am back. It is time to get back on track and I need help. I am hoping this app and website will give me what I need to keep on track because by having this to look at everyday I think I will be able to do that. Tue, 6 May 2014 09:59:51 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57753249 I'm another new mom to a three month old. Sugary things is the end of me and I'm making the commitment to myself to stop eating and drinking so much sugar. I've already cut down on the sugar in my coffee, and eating a lot less chocolate, but it's the biscuits I need to kick now. <BR> But I'm on it! Sun, 4 May 2014 13:09:14 EST Department donut day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57752156 Where I work each department has a treat day. Our department has a donut day on Friday. They are always right in front of me as the table they were on was right beside my desk. <BR> This past Friday was the first one where I chose to not have any. I was so proud of myself, it is really empowering. The past few Fridays I ended up caving in and having one when I didn't plan on having one but not this time, its surprised me how more in control I felt. <BR> I have cut out sugar from my tea and ... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:41:43 EST General May Forum/topic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57719660 <em>248</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 16:54:34 EST New to Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57653946 Joined yesterday because I am out of control with sugar and need some help in overcoming this addiction. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:35:54 EST Gum Substitute http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57612777 For the longest time, I chewed gum to calm my cravings and stopping smoking. I have had to see the doctor about some gastrointestinal issues that I've been having - it was so bad I had to go to the doctor! Turns out it was chewing gum that was causing the pressure. Does anyone have a non-food substitute for gum? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:15:44 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57593089 I just took the quiz, but I already knew that I am addicted to sugar. Already today I have had more sweets than real food and it is only 3pm. Before breakfast I was eating Easter candy, I added 2 spoonfuls of Truvia to my coffee, had a huge helping of an Oreo/Pudding/Cool Whip dessert and I am still craving sugar. I need to stop before I gain any more weight and I need to get this under control. <BR> <BR> I look forward to working this challenge and making this a lifestyle change. <e... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:00:00 EST Week 2: Things to avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x57569732 I usually reach for ice cream, junky chocolate, and sugary snack foods when I'm feeling meh. I thought I could handle the temptation and have them "just once in a while", but I obviously can't! I think I'll stop buying these things for a while. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:49:26 EST Hoping for success :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57569604 Hey everyone, my name is Kasey. Ive been using spark on and off for the last several years and had mixed success. This goes round Im a hell of a lot more motivated and I cant wait to see some changes. This challenge will be great for me because Im constantly eating junk food and baking. I need to get this mini - addiction under wraps! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:37:46 EST My family stopped eating sugar - article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57468369 This article should be great encouragement for many of us here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/columns/my-he<BR>alth-story/year-of-no-sugar-one-family<BR>-grand-adventure/ </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:09:38 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57451335 My name is Jodie and I just rejoined Sparkpeople after years of not using the site. Two years ago I was down 111 pounds, got married and gained 60 back and now I am trying to lose it so my husband and I can start a family. My cravings for sweets are way out of control and I hope this group will help me tremendously. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:58:03 EST can't fine exact food on tracker. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57424814 If I have a food and basically know the calories and can't find it on the tracker is there a way to post it? Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:14:06 EST Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57415742 I have a definite problem with sugar. I find I do fine portion wise as long as I stick to things like going to the bakery and buying 1 donut as opposed to a whole box of cookies, which are harder to control portion wise. I can also be disciplined with dark chocolate. My issue is that sugar is an addiction for me, like an addict, I have it once and then I just want more. <BR> <BR> Being hypoglycemic is a big part of my problem. My appetite has always been erratic and I hate breakfast, but ski... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:17:31 EST Need some extra motivation? Watch this video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57412943 This talk by Dr. Robert Lustig, a very experienced researcher on sugar and obesity will give some of the latest research on sugar. <BR> He is also a well-known neuro-endocrinologist who is considered a leader in the field of childhood obesity. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceFyF9px20Y </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:49:13 EST No Sweets For Me Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57412595 -no sweets today! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:19:39 EST General Daily Chat-April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57349540 I was wondering how everyone who is doing this challenge would like a place to go to where anything and everything can be discussed rather than searching for specific but sometimes short-lived discussions happen. I thought it might also create more of a camarderie and support. Let's see how it goes anyway. <BR> <BR> <BR> Pam Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:50:49 EST THANKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57305994 just wanted to thank everyone who posted on my blogs today. I has really helped me know someone is there to help though a bad day.THANKS EVERYONE. <em>380</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:09:47 EST SWEETS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57304547 hey, so down today I would love to go have all the sugar I can to bring me out of the bad mood I am in. seems like life will never be easy on me. so hard trying to keep above water and going without ALL the time and getting blamed for ruff times as if it were my fault. KEEP THE SWEETS AWAY TODAY OR I MAY LOSE IT. I PROMISE TO TRY HARD NOT TOO. especially since the scale says I gained 4 pounds. WHAT, yes as hard as I have been working at this too its letting me down. that's my life. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:05:23 EST hmbrink http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57295912 Hi - My name is Helen. I am a career "yo-yo" dieter. Big expectations, Very little will power. I am 72-1/2 years old and am frankly tired of being overweight. I really want to drop those excess lbs. I can't dive into this right now due to being on vacation. I should be home around the 25th of April, possibly earlier at which time I intend to buy your tracker and start a plan. I figured if dallied in it when I can now, hopefully, I will be ready to go next month. Any suggestions for me... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:21:05 EST very discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x57292713 doctors appointment showed I gained 4 pounds in a week. I don't know what I am doing wrong. I am asking all my challenge teams to help. they maybe can see something I cant. I am eating below my calorie count from 500 to 900 different then they say I can have doing an hour of exercise on my gazelle. drinking green tea, no sugar, no milk in it, and water is the only two things I am drinking. I don't want to fail at this. any suggestions. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:49:22 EST cutting sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57280549 I started my venture from reading a diet book that showed me how food was related to things happening in your body. the first thing I did was try to eliminate sugar all together as much as I could. I do read labels even though it takes a little time till I get use to it. not having sugar has eliminated the hard cravings I had for a candy bar everyday. it eliminated eating all the brownies I made, etc. I have gone 2 months, 13 days without any of those sweets. I do have 10 almonds covered with... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:49:27 EST BARS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57272026 looking for a snack to have in between meals. I found that most protein bars are full of sugar. from 20 to 40 grams. but if you choose atkins bars, breakfast, snack or protein bars they have from 8 to 16 grams of fiber and only 1 or 2 grams of sugar. great way to have a treat and not go over board with sugar. try some today. lol Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:30:26 EST treats list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x57271908 cleaned cabinet out of as much junk as I could. using wheat flour if I make something instead of the white I had before. bought some atkin protein bars an snack bars because they only have 1 or maybe some 2 grams of sugar which are a lot higher than others which I find have as much as 20 to 40 grams in them. also bought two kinds of sugarfree pudding today thought I could put blueberries or strawberries in it as a snack. also have deluxed mixed nuts, walnuts and dark chocolate almonds as sna... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:18:34 EST New Mom Trying to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57270757 Hello fellas, <BR> <BR> I am a 38-year-old woman. Ten month ago, I became mom to a precious little girl. While pregnant I was so watchful of my weight and after giving birth, I tried to stay focused and followed my healthy eating habits. Breastfeeding helped me lose some of the pregnancy weight. Weaning my baby after 4 month, my weight started to go up again mostly due to the fact that my daughter required more time from me and I was paying less attention to what, where, when, and how much I... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:56:46 EST Why are we addicted to sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57264008 Did we eat too many sweets as a child, or does our body need some sugar? With all the products out there, it's really difficult not to grab something sweet. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:53:27 EST seeking helpful hints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57259642 Hey, teammates! When you get a craving, what is something healthy that you do to distract yourself until the craving passes? Go for a walk? Take a bubble bath? Plant some flowers? Everyone share your ideas. Let's help each other on this journey. :) Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:50:56 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57257680 Hello, everyone. I joined this team to get support and encouragement for breaking my sugar addiction. I want to stop the horrible cycle of binge, feel like junk, resolve to do better, repeat. When I start eating sweets, I don't know where my stopping point is going to be. So, my action plan is to stop buying them and keeping them in the house. If I don't get started, I don't have to convince myself to stop. Any helpful hints and encouragement would be appreciated. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:56:39 EST week 2- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x57244492 Im giving up all candy, cookies, and cake... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:34:06 EST From Sunny South Africa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57240759 Hi, I am from the beautiful country South Africa. <BR> <BR> I am sugar addict. I am ashamed of it. It is so hard to let go. I need to change my life and I need to make changes and one of the biggest things to change is to part with my love affair with sugar and things sweet. <BR> <BR> Even though we don't buy loads of sweets and chocolates etc, I will have syrup in my milk, I will have loads of spoons of sugar in coffee or tea. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be obese anymore and therefore I am... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:27:48 EST Mistakes happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57239319 I gave in to my sweet tooth!! Impulse and cravings got the best of me. Feel guilty and disappointed. Today's a new day and I will start over. Lets not blame ourselves for our mistakes, let's learn from them <em>30</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:57:34 EST On a sugarless streak!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57231291 I am on Day 23 of 100 days without white/processed sugar!!! I thought it would be a good challenge to help me along in this. I ate cinnamon altoids yesterday, but quit when I realized they were sugar. OOPS!! But I forgive myself and shall continue to endeavor to persevere!!! LOL Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:18:55 EST make my own http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57207604 sorry not sure how yet. but my emotion would be a big smile because I am working towards a healthier me. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:34:34 EST Looking to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57199773 Hi my name is Vicki and I am 39.I came on here to lose weight.I have tried many times to lose weight and never have.I want to lose it to feel better. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:48:42 EST Hi, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57185265 Sweets are the thing I go for to help when upset, so it will be hard to learn to not reach for them. I am up to trying to be healthier and using sweets less for comfort. <em>30</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:46:36 EST no sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57181959 well I wouldn't say absolutely none, but there hasn't been any junk snacks in my diet for 2months 4 days. I think that is great since I look at some I see and say oh that looks so good but don't every try to buy it. I want to reach this goal. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:13:17 EST Sugar Intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57158510 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My goal is to work on reducing my sugar intake near the RDI level (50g or less of sugar each day). Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:49:30 EST Hi, I am New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57141715 This will be a very difficult challenge for me, as I eat sweets every day...typically several times a day. I almost use sweets as a feel good crutch and I can probably honestly say I may have an addition to them. I will be looking at ways to stop myself from reaching for sweets whether it be from boredom or out of pure habit. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:22:28 EST my Long term plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x57090847 so, now that sugar is no longer a front runner in my diet I feel like I can eat anything I want and that its ok to say no to treats. I am sticking to my calorie budged and have taken sugar out of my coffee completely so now it is just in the granola I eat and some of the yogurt. when I make backed treats like cookies or brownies I have made them with stevia baking blend with much success. <BR> the occasional 'treat' for me is a Starbucks nonfat white mocha or macchiato which is my fave. I us... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:09:19 EST Salad Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x57076859 Does anyone know of a good, no sugar salad dressing? I'm having a hard time finding one. Everything I look at is either loaded with sugar or sweeteners. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:09:07 EST Craisins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x57039543 In the past I've replaced chocolately snacks like M&Ms with craisins. That isn't going to work if I'm taming that sweet tooth! Any suggestions for something small and takes a bit to chew and doesn't really require a dip (like a carrot) that I can try to replace chocolate? Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:32:39 EST Hi I'm new to this challenge, this is a hard one f http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x57023075 Hi, I'm Ali and I joined this site and challenge to figure out if I am addicted to sugar and I think I may be. I like the fact that the diabetic nutrition plan I am on let's me choose an occasional sweet as long as I account for it. Today, I had one of my favorite drinks, an Arnold Palmer, iced tea and a little lemonade but counted the calories as part of my daily calorie allotment. My big news is that this week is my second week without having my nightly caramel apple lolypop, my latest sug... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 02:40:48 EST Newby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56977702 Hi.....I found this site and it is just what I need. I am at my heaviest and feeling depressed about it which means I am in the comfort cycle......arghhhhh!!! Hoping this can motivate me! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:35:46 EST sweets will control me no more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56964512 Hello everyone, <BR> I am ready to stop letting sweets be my buddy when I am stressed or tired! I am tired of letting the candy bars call my name in the check out line! <BR> I enjoy chocolate, but I want to call the shots! <BR> I have had a terrific first week on spark people and good first day on the sweet tooth challenge. My son and I were at Wal-Mart earlier and passed up the Heath bars. <BR> I have started journaling my sweet cravings today and will do so daily. <BR> I am from Texas and... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:42:21 EST UGH! Chocolate chip cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x56958001 I've been doing exceptionally well these past 2 weeks! I've not had ANY sugar snacks. Replacing them with fruits and veggies. But now my hubby has asked me to make some chocolate chip cookies for him. I've not faced this temptation before now. Don't know if I'm strong enough to NOT eat one cookie or not! And I KNOW if I eat one, it won't stop there!! UGH! Wish me luck! <em>24</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 06:30:30 EST First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56956097 Hi! Today was my first day of tracking everything on sparkpeople. So far I'm in love. I do need to make some friends so friend me, help me, give advice, share your success please!!! This is the first time I have been open about my weight and goals to anyone.... kind of scary but I think it is just the push I need:) Oh, and how does everyone do that tracking thing at the bottom of their comments? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:04:40 EST Week 2: Triggers I'm avoiding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x56874949 My biggest sugar craving is chocolate. Especially boxed chocolates like Pot of Gold or those Lindor balls. If they're in the house I'll eat them. If they're not in the house and I have a sugar craving, I'll reach for the chocolate chips that are supposed to be for baking. With those I can control how much, usually just a small handful, because I don't like it as much. <BR> <BR> Also chocolate bars, mostly brought home by my husband. <BR> <BR> My plan is to stop buying these things! For me, ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:03:18 EST Addicted to sugar :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56831776 Hello, my name is Dawn and I'm addicted to sugar. Sugar and chocolate has more power over me then anything else. I have quit smoking and drinking alcohol. But I cannot kick this this sweet craving. <BR> <BR> I seriously went out and bought 2 packages of oreo cookies the other day. One was spring so I had to have them and the other was new (marshmallow something or another) so I brought them home and just kept eating them. I finished about a quarter of the spring and about 10 of the new flav... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:03:46 EST Week 2: My triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x56824756 Well my triggers I want to avoid are, 1) being stressed and frustrated. For that I found some good breathing exercises. 2) being tired. That one is a little harder with my teething baby, but if I feel tired I will just take a nap with her. <BR> 3) which is also a sugar craving trigger is I will reduce my coffee and cake to twice a week and not daily basis. <BR> <BR> Here is to success!! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:34:19 EST no donuts today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56823216 Today was donut day.....who ate some? NOT THIS GIRL! <em>250</em> I'm wanting a snack as we speak....I need to wait another 45 min & I can have some yogurt when I get home. Until then......water water water <em>194</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:57:22 EST new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56823122 I just joined this team today. I love sugar & I need to control my intake. I am using 1 tsp of sugar instead of 2 in my oatmeal. I have cut my creamer for my coffee in 1/2 & jelly by 1/2. I am commeted to 1 piece of dove dark chocolate for evening snack. I am so happy to have a team that is going through the same sugar struggles. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:48:11 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56810961 Hi my name is Pam and I am tired of sugar controlling me. Hopefully at the end of the 4 week challenge I will be controlling it. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:45:34 EST my biggest sugar trigger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x56809283 is if I see it I want it, I can actually taste it and it drives me up the wall till I eat it and once I start I usually cant stop till its gone. that is the number 1 reason I don't keep sweets in my house. when I make cookies for the kids they are usually gone the same day, its bad. all that sugar and the craving just calls to me like a siren song. <em>18</em> <BR> when I go to the grocery store, I usually end up buying treats, especially after the holidays because everything is marked do... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:02:54 EST Valerie31960 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56807726 I am new to SparkPeople and from what I have experience within the first 2 days, it appears to be positive and helpful way to become healthy without a hidden agenda--fees. Just fell in love.... looking forward to accomplishing my goals Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:54:53 EST Taming The Beast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56782425 I have learned that there are several health benefits to cutting back on sweets. I know I eat too many, and they are ALL the wrong kind of sweets. Things like Reece cups, cookies etc..etc.. you get the picture. I want to cut back on these, and start eating healthier things like fruits. My worst time is at night, right before bed. It seems that's when the sugar monster rears it's ugly head the most. If I think about it, I can normally avoid buying sweets at the store, but sometimes I just say ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:06:35 EST tracking sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x56749896 is there a way to track my sugar intake on sparkpeople? my fitnesspal tracked all nutrients and i can't figure how to do that on here Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:51:29 EST sugar trigger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x56712856 I had a very stressful week with low energy and sought comfort from sweets. I was tempted to not track the consumption of such treats but due to the fact my goal is complete accountability I had no choice if I really respected myself. I knew my self medicating "treats" were bad but I was shocked at how many calories and carbs I was adding to my day! My fix was to start chewing gum (dessert flavors) so the sweet taste that I crave stays in my mouth and NOT in my body. But now to find gum th... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:52:15 EST Taming the Beast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56696264 Hello, I have had a sweet tooth all of my life and I've never said no... if I wanted it I got it. Saying no is my biggest problem, not just with my sweet tooth either, so this is going to be some challenge, but I am more than ready for this fight... it's been too long and it's cost me too much! So to the fight, I go. <em>521</em> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:55:48 EST Wrestling with my sugar habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56695587 Hi all. I'm new here and can't wait to start the challenge. A few years ago, I didn't have a sweet tooth. After my breast mastectomy and aorta bi-pass surgery, I started craving big time. My cardiologist even knows when I've eaten a lot of sweets. Soooo, I'm here for the challenge and see where my urges are and try to be responsible. <em>521</em> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:51:19 EST Trying to kick the habit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56676141 I am trying to kick the habits. My first big habit that I really need to kick is drinking Pepsi. If I allow myself I can finish a 2 liter all by myself in less than a day. I have found in the past that if I am able to stay away from it I feel better and I do better on my weight loss journey. The other habit I need to break is eating sweets every time I am visiting my mother. It seems that every time I spend more than 5 minutes at my mother's house I end up going to her junk food cupboard an... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 20:02:34 EST Late night munchies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56672033 For YEARS I have indulged in sweets every night...I used sweets as a way to eliminate stress after a long hard day. It was a comfort thing for me. .I dont know how I will break this cycle! Its really been getting out of control this past year, I have been eating a HUGE bowl of sweets every night. Most nights I have about 2 pieces of pie, 7-8 cookies, and a few servings of icecream. I need to stop this addiction!!! If any of you have suggestions to keep me on the right track, let me know! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:54:18 EST Avoiding Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56616100 This is Day One for me and I hope I can do this. I have intense cravings whenever I see chocolate, and it is everywhere! I try to avoid it in the store but it seems that every aisle has some form of chocolate in it. Fruit dip in produce, chocolate cereal, ice cream, cakes, cookies in front of the milk cases! I've even tried shopping online and having food delivered but the store site has ads for chocolate embedded in the food lists. <BR> I make myself sick with the excessive amounts of chocol... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:07:10 EST Trying to feel better.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56604391 Hi all, <BR> I'm 43 years female with hypothyroid and PCOS and having hard time losing weight. <BR> I am mustering the courage to start this challenge as I am fed up of this weight and I think my major hurdle in losing weight is my sweet tooth. Lately, seems like, it is getting worst but reading lots of SP members encouraging posts I am in a positive mode to take upon the challenge. Please wish me LUCK. <BR> I have also started exercising for 50-80 minutes almost 5-6 days/week. <BR> And also... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:08:06 EST Missing my chocolate a little http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56567374 I have been cutting sugar out totally and we had bad weather, emotions kicked in and wanting sweet. So I found this challenge and am going to utilize it to find another route. I love all the knowledge I am getting from SP. Any advice is greatly appreciated..... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:55:24 EST have started taming the beast but now.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56567306 looking for endurance and came across this challenge... thought it might help with accountability. love my <em>473</em> have not had anything in a week and am trying to find alternatives without waking the beast back up and letting it out of its cage, LOL Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:48:21 EST Hello sweet tooth world:-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56548941 Hi All:-) <BR> <BR> Yes I have a sweet tooth too. Going to try to use sparkpeople to help become more conscious of what I choose to eat. I don't necessarily want to cut those things completely out of my life because I do like them, but I certainly don't need dessert at every meal either. <BR> <BR> I do fast at times and I do notice how my thinking is less foggy and tend to have more energy. Perhaps it is the sugar....I guess I'll be my own guinea pig:-) Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:11:29 EST Sugar Shock http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x56535480 Hi, My name is Joe. I am reading the book entitled Beyond Sugar Shock by Connie Bennett and it is really good and motivating me to try and battle my addiction to bad carbs and sugar. Anyone else reading or read it? I am hoping this will also help me lose weight, cure mental fogginess, laziness etc. I also just bought an exercise bike and have a gym membership, so I have plenty to work with, I just need the motivation! I badly crave sweets and/or carbs after lunch and dinner. I eat them and th... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:46:19 EST trying to break habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56488353 I am taking this challenge to hopefully break my need for sweets. I have a temdency of eating sweet rightbwhen I get off work. Hopefully I can start replacing it. It might be hard to do right away but I think I can do it! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:23:03 EST Sweet Tooth the size of Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56485628 Love my chocolate but it is becoming more of a bad habit than in moderation. <BR> <BR> Many years ago I was a sugar free girl, but with all of the information about artificial sweeteners its making it harder to make the right choices. Mostly due to my weakness to chocolate! <em>29</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:05:18 EST week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x56470243 Well, I know I haven't won the battle with sweets, but I am setting what for me seems a reasonable limit and intend to work to make it a habit. The plan is to avoid sweets except for birthdays and special celebrations. At those times limit my calorie intake to 200 calories having made certain I have eaten a healthy meal first. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:51:16 EST Trigger- feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x56461596 I have realized that when I am having uncomfortable feelings I run for sugar. I have tried to not have it and just wait, but then I feel like I am not soothing myself, I'm just making it worse (that's what my head tells me anyway). I know better. I know I am not being mean by denying myself 10 sugar cookies because I am having problems sleeping or stress. This week and next are extremely stressful for me as I wait for my 15-yr old to go to surgery. I am already fighting walking into a Dunkin ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:57:34 EST My first avoidance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x56450261 Went to the local shop for a few things like milk and bread and usually a sweet something falls into my basket but not last night :D :D :D Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:09:51 EST Week2: Learning Veggies are Friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x56431965 I remember now how much hidden sugar is in bbq sauce. <BR> And the other things we have here at our house. And that I need to moderate them. <BR> I am starting to measure my sauces and not eat them as often. <BR> Will start drinking more water. And eating fruits and veggies without dressing. <BR> Finding out I like carrots without ranch dressing. (Still logging food on Tracker). <BR> Had dinner at the church. They had meat and carbs but did make a pear salad. <BR> So, I ate that and had a Kal... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:41:13 EST First team joined :3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56410155 Hi Guys! My name is Maia, and this is the very first Spark Team that I have joined, and the first challenge I am taking on! Baked goodies are my kryptonite - if they are in the house or out on a table I gravitate toward them like a meteor bent on a collision course. This is when I finally (FINALLY!) take control and get out from under this awful habit. This is where I get to meet wonderful people like yourselves who are on the same journey as I am, and where I get to say "You go guys! You kic... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 01:28:57 EST A small victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56398589 in weaning from the refined stuff. I decided against a hot chocolate at the park today because it was from a mix so I couldn't control the sugar and I'd have to log it in an approximate way meaning I wouldn't be giving myself a fully truthful calorific intake. <BR> <BR> It wasn't easy to keep drinking my water when all the other Mums were sipping hot choc but I'm beginning to feel the headache subsiding so that's enough of a reminder Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:02:41 EST Dessert pics on facebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56348646 Ugh. I hate checking my facebook and find delicious looking fudge pics or cake that will melt in your mouth pics, you get my drift. I'm doing fine until I see some of those pictures and that makes my sweet tooth go crazy. It makes me want to go hit the vending machine for something sweet to eat. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:03:58 EST Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x56348068 Is yogurt considered a good alternative in this challenge for sugar? I eat the lemon creme greek yogurts from Fred Meyer. They are nonfat but still contain a bit of sugar. It's better than candy right? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:09:07 EST Just starting out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56336253 I've already been trying to stop some of my sugar intake, but I think it will be helpful to have a team to be accountable to. I was able to resist getting a soda when heading out of the store, which normally I'd been doing almost all the time. I also managed to steer myself (and roommate) away from the peanut M&Ms and snickers fun packs, because we both know we'd eat more than one at a sitting! <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:17:34 EST Drug abuse confession! sorta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56329638 I just joined this challenge and officially joined SpartPeople! <BR> I desperately need this team and challenge because I have and issue with my coffee intake. I can go through two liters of mildly sweetened coffee but it adds up. The caffine included. It is so bad that I often get headaches when I try to go "cold turkey". <em>46</em> Though I'm not yet over weight I would like to be lower on the BMI scale. I figured I'd start with my most unhealthy habit. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:26:55 EST Sadness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56263662 Hi I'm Kim, I've been a memeber for a week but only tracking and using the website for 3 days. I'm sad because I cheated today. I ate frosting. Chocolate. First time I cheated since Saturday. I'm so bummed. Not sure why these cravings happen, I truly am disappointed in myself. Hoping to do better tomorrow and the rest of today. . . . . . . Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:19:56 EST Sadness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56263617 Hi I'm Kim, been on SparkPeople for a week but actually using it & tracking for 3 days. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:14:43 EST I have to divorce chocolate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56250526 I keep trying to stay away from chocolate and I can be good for awhile but its like heroin or something! though I've never had heroin!! after one cookie I just need another..but I have too say every time I stop eating sugar my body feels so much better...I feel lighter (in a sense)...I just have to keep motivated!!! just wanted to say hello and hope everyone is doing well :) Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:01:03 EST after work snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56208659 I have found this week that I crave sweets the most right after work starting on the way home. Once I cave in and eat something sweet I just can't seem to stop for the rest of the night. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:10:35 EST triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56207929 Well, having all these leftover Christmas goodies sure doesn't make things any easier! I found out that I actually have more issues during the workweek than I do on the weekends. I start work at 5 am, so seem to have a mid-morning sugar craving. Today is grocery shopping for the first time since I started the challenge. Will go after I eat breakfast and try to make smart choices. If I don't have it in the house I can't eat it. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 06:38:54 EST Bunches of weirdness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56197320 For the first time in a long time, I am actually looking at the sugar I eat. Its not a bad of a quantity as I thought but there are no limits or controls on how much I will eat when presented the opportunity. What I mean is I won't usually buy it but if someone gives me say... a tin of cookies? gone in minutes! Didn't even taste good. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:14:46 EST WI D3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56192939 Yesterday was bad. I dipped into a tube of frosting and ate it with mini PB cups. Ugh. I should have worked out but I was lazy. I did manage to lose a half pound yesterday but it doesnt mean anything to me if I cant get my sweets and cravings under control. <BR> <BR> Its like I have this theif in my head who steals all of my eat better/workout thoughts so that when it comes time to push away a craving my mind is blank and I binge. I dont like that thief. I need to lock him up and get back to... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 07:21:16 EST day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56190261 After dinner at night seems to be my problem. I did ok during the day, walked 2.5 miles, ate dinner and whammy ate a whole roll of Life Savers. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:06:22 EST New to sweet tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56186921 Hi Im ready for sugar to quit having so much control. This challenge is perfect for me. I need a sugar detox! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:16:12 EST W1 D1 check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56183081 No sweets today (so far, it's just 2 pm). I plan not to purchase or bake any sweets for the four weeks. My kids are not happy, but they're supportive. I tossed out the last of the Christmas cookies and candy last night, so there's very little temptation in the house right now. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:20:09 EST new year new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56171860 hi 1st January but not first day of thinking about restricting sugar. Have been unwell, did not eat much sugar or junk food in that time. So feeling much better. Christmas and New Year indulgences but do not want to continue with sweets hence joining. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:40:09 EST Need This Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56167386 I am good at making plans and saying "I will do this" and then when the time comes, reach out, grab the sweet and munch down. <BR> <BR> I want to feel as though I am in control of my eating habits. This week has been rough with holidays and tons of sweets everywhere. I have lost all control over sweets and eaten a lot. The only good thing is that I have been walking nearly every day close to 3 miles. I know if I had not eaten the sweets, I would have lost weight!!! I hear myself say "Do... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:31:58 EST Weekly Challenge question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x56167129 Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> I do not know where to find my "weekly challenge." I understood it to be emailed to me but I haven't gotten anything yet. Am I over anxious? Do I need to wait longer? Is it somewhere and I just have to click on it? Would someone help me, please? Thanks. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:18:14 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56166757 I realized that sugar is still a big issue for me. Decided I would get with a group of people who are dealing with the same issues.. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:49:09 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56164800 Hi! I joined Spark people 6 months ago and it has been one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. I've lost 35 pounds so far but have been at a stand still for about 2 months and have really blown it over the holidays. I'm OK not eating sweets as long as I don't have to be around them but if I smell chocolate I have to have it. I'm hoping that this challenge can get me back on track. Happy New Year and good luck to everyone in this challenge Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:31:13 EST Sugar-holic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56163299 Hi All, I am addicted to sugar. I am going to try this forum. I need to lose 50 lbs because I am 60 year old and I need to get healthy so I can enjoy my grandchildren. I wish great success to everyone and myself! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:07:52 EST joining the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56160071 Hi, my name is Nancy. Just turned 60 the day after Christmas. Last year, a friend of mine said he was getting old (also about to turn 60) and fat. He couldn't do anything about getting older, but he could do something about his weight…..and he did. A year later and those remarks come back to haunt me. Now I am old and still fat because I haven't made a real effort to change. So here it is, a new year and a new shot at making some lasting changes. I crave sweets, I stress-eat, I have no porti... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 06:43:42 EST Need to Kick the Sugar Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56156883 Hi, glad to be a part of this challenge. I have been addicted to sugar for many many years. I can remember when I was a kid I would eat until I would feel sick and still as an adult I can still get out of control. Need to get rid of these cravings and learn to respect what is suppose to be a treat and quit making it into a meal, any advise you guys can give will be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:15:42 EST just starting my weight loss program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56156737 I have no will power when it comes to bad foods. I need support from people in the same situation to keep me on track. I lost 13 pounds over the summer and have gained it all back and then some. ugh Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:00:12 EST Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56155146 Hi I am Beverly and I crave ice cream all the time. I even get angry at my husband when says "How are you going to lose weight eating ice cream all the time". I am married and a mother of 5. Ice cream is my comfort food. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:31:28 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56155072 Hi, I'm Janet. Okay, that feels too much like the beginning of an AA meeting, but I guess this is kind of a Sweet Junkies meeting. Anyway, I joined spark people about two years ago, I think, but I haven't done much that I set out to do. I am ready to start trying again, with new resolve. I want to lose some weight and get in better shape so I can take better care of my son and have more energy to keep up with him! I am hoping that taming my sweet tooth will make a big difference in my weight ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:25:37 EST Weight Banner on each message http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56154992 I can't figure out how to make a banner with my weight showing as most of the messages do. Would someone explain to me how to do this? Thanks! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:16:13 EST New Year's Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56152752 Yes, to everything everyone else has said! I do want to increase the quality of my life so that I will not be a burden to others. I want to grow older with increased independence and a better appearance. I want to be able to sit in the heat and watch my grandchild at a game. <BR> <BR> I've already walked 3 miles, ate a simple, healthy bowl of oatmeal and will soon get ready for a night out on the town. Later I'll have a healthy small meal. I'm sure I'll be able to find something relat... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:50:27 EST Hi, I'm New to This Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56151943 Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a chocoholic. I LOVE chocolate! With holidays here, I have been given a bunch of chocolate. And I have eaten a lot! I have not gained any weight because I walk 3 miles several times a week. However, I want to control my passion for chocolate, eat more vegetables, and have flexibility in my movements. <BR> <BR> I just signed up today so I have received any emails about challenges, but I'm eagerly expecting the first one! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:36:03 EST Sugar Addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56151916 Love Chocolate, every day! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:33:23 EST Hi I'm Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56151668 I want to learn how to tame my sweet tooth. It is getting out of control. In the past few months I have eaten more candy & sweets than I normally would do. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:03:21 EST Sweet teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56151155 According to the test my sweet tooth is out of control...that did not suprise me at all but at least I know I am in the right place. I am prepared to do everything I need to to find a balance. I find myself craving sugary things, eating them in large quantities and then regretting it after...this is not healthy not for my mind or my body. In my family there is a history of type 2 diabetes, but thankfully at present my bloodwork all looks good and I would really like to keep it that way. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:15:19 EST Sweetnes s...more than a nickname http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56151064 My goal is to head into 2014 with clear goals and to build them into a strong foundation, getting serious about my nutrition is a big part of that. I know that when it comes to healthy eating sugar, especially in chocolate form, is my biggest challenge...I honestly couldn't be bothered with salty or greasy foods...but give me even a wiff of sugar/chocolate and "I wants it" like Gollum wants his precious ring - lol - yes I am a geek. I don't bake...cause I'd eat it all, I avoid the coffee roo... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:06:54 EST Starting the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56149846 I have been eating sugar heavily this holiday season. I have never been able to kick my sugar habit until now. This is my new goal for the new year. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:43:21 EST Day 1: I wanna go extremist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x56148304 I would love to just cut all sugar out and DT for a couple of day then be normal. Problem is I don't know what 'normal' is so baby steps. Tracking is the hard part because those bite-size go in too easy. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:01:40 EST Love my sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56062945 Well it is the holidays and I am home and having trouble controlling my intake of sweets. My nutritionist said eat a small serving of a sweet right after a meal and then it should help not to crave sweets so often. This does help until the holidays hit. What to do then I do not know. Suggestions? Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:34:36 EST Need to do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x56043281 I have a horrible addiction to sweets. Every night after dinner I crave some sort of sweet. And when I do have it, I go way overboard and eat too much. Sugar doesn't even seem that sweet to me anymore, so I have to eat more and more of it to feel like I ate it. I'm gaining a tolerance toward sugar!! It's like a drug! I can't wait until I can finally beat this awful sweet tooth! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:27:36 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x56029108 I was trying to use the reply button to introduce myself, but it wasn't working for some reason. So, here I am. This probably isn't the best time to join this endeavor--but here I am anyway. I think I have always been a sugar addict and have always struggled with over indulging on sweets: cookies, pies, cakes, candies, etc. Yeah, that's why I ate like 700 calories of fudge yesterday--which brings me to why I joined. I no longer wish to be a slave to sugar. Hoping this team will help me overco... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 07:16:47 EST There is an app for this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x56022158 I am just starting out and found it difficult to note every craving while I was out and about or remembering to track them once I got home. I discovered an iPhone app (might be on other platforms) called "TrackCravings". You can set your own craving trackers like "sugar," "cigarettes," etc. Then you track when you have the craving, what you were doing, your trigger, and if you gave in or not. It also let's you enter "smoothers" - coping strategies - and will remind you of these when you have ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:50:24 EST Finding survey results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x55991782 Hi everyone. I started this today. So started Week 1 and am working through the steps. I did the survey which flashed up my results at the end. Is there anyway I can find those results again? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:36:58 EST Getting Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x55990145 I'm going to over come my addiction, this need I have for chocolate and all things sweet. Because I can't just have a couple of M&M's or half a Kit-Kat bar or 1 peanut butter cup, no I have to have it all. Which makes me feel horrible. And I don't like to feel horrible. I'm hoping that with this challenge I will be able to break these chains that bind me to over eating and indulging every single time something sweet or chocolaty is offered to me. I honestly don't know how people can just eat ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:54:09 EST Sparking at night instead of obsessing over sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x55940669 Its my first week of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I recently bought a lap top computer and I find that If I play around and "Spark" on my computer all night, that I don't obsess about sweets because i am doing other things. I think this is really a help to find something else to do. Give it a try. There is so much to read and learn on this site, and after reading about all these healthy things it makes me think long and hard about traveling to the kitchen for another unhealthy swee... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:02:13 EST day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x55885615 I am feeling so positive about the changes I have made this week. I gave blood yesterday and I love to treat my self to a real pop and a couple of sugary snacks there when I am done because I would tell myself it was ok since I gave blood. But I didn't have anything but a diet coke and some eggs and hash browns. I had a prepared Panera lunch box for lunch at a conference with a cookie and I gave it away...yeah!! and then my oldest daughter made cookies and they smelled amazing and that was... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:00:27 EST Wow.... officially admitting my sugar addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55876727 I actually have hidden chocolate bars and candy in closets at home for.... emergency? Some of them have been hidden and untouched for several weeks. But I took from the stash just yesterday. Son of a gun! I guess I DO have a problem. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Well, here goes nothing! I guess the secret's out and it's time to be accountable. *GULP!* <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:56:31 EST ready for a challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55835383 Hello this will be a very difficult challenge for me to complete but knowing that my A1C is just below prediabetic I need to do this and get this under control because I don't want to be a diabetic ever!! So I am here and hope to support others along the way!! <BR> Have a wonderful day!! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 08:24:53 EST I'm Here of My Own Volition - Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55823374 I know that I REALLY need this; however, it feels like I am doing a high dive into an ice-cold pool of water. I think that it is going to be scary and painful! OK, I said it! <BR> <BR> On the up side, I do not have to go cold turkey or do anything close to that the first week. I also KNOW that I have the support of this team, even without knowing you and of course the rest of the SP community. <BR> <BR> So, yes, I am here of my own volition and yikes, it is scary; however, I KNOW I can do ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:34:15 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x55809977 Now that Thanksgiving is over, and I have consciously chosen to break my carb fast I will be getting back on the wagon. I will be avoiding breads, cookies and candy. I know these are trigger foods for me as well as corn products. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 00:31:23 EST SUGAR WITH DRAWS SYSTEMS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x55799333 <BR> <BR> List of Sugar Withdrawal Symptoms <BR> Feeling sad or down. I will admit, this is then number one thing I would experience when I would come off sugar. But have hope, it would only last a few days, thank God! That is one thing that really motivated me to stay away from sugar because I hate feeling sad and it started to not be worth it, the trade-off of having sugar to being really down for a few days. For me I know this is a major sugar withdrawal because I do NOT experience s... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:41:32 EST took the week 1 assessment again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x55786748 in week one i got the result of "sugar cravings are out of control". redid the test today and got a result of "you are in control of your sugar cravings". woot! as i was answering the questions i realized there are a couple things i need to work on, but i'm very satisfied with my results. i think i can handle the holiday seasons without going on a non-stop sugar binge. that's so refreshing! <BR> <BR> i have learned a lot during this challenge. the biggest thing is that soda is the gatewa... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:27:01 EST Halfway through Week 1 - learning curve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x55711124 Well, first, I'm glad I have this challenge because it's been a good anchor to my habit building. i've learned that I do not make good food decisions when I'm tired (duh!!) Heck, I can't even remember what my goals are when i'm tired. All I want is something to eat, and something full of sugar or carbs goes to the top of the list. I need to come up with a few 'safe' treats for those moments, but for now, i'm just saying 'no' - no wiggle room, no compromises, no excuses. Just 'no'. I brus... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:59:50 EST Hoping for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55711033 Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Grayce and joined this challenge to support my battle to get back on my healthy eating plan. I recently hit a funk and gained a few pounds...really lost my mojo! I'm fighting my way back, and it's hard. I was a total carb junkie until a year or so ago when I did a lifestyle change program - it worked wonders and I can honestly say I broke the hold sugar and carbs had over me for most of my life. <BR> <BR> Between then and now, I just kind of lost focus and stopped pay... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:51:05 EST week 3 - bad timing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x55706832 I guess in a 4 week span one is always going to find something that is ill-timed. if you were to start this quest any time in the next couple weeks you are going to have to deal with the holidays. my bad timing has to do with tom. it's approaching and a few days before i always crave food. i never have any other symptom aside from cravings. they are always instense. sometimes they last a week, sometimes a day or two. sometimes i want salty, sometimes sweet, sometimes both. i was hoping this c... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:31:07 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55699824 My grandmother was a professional baker and boy could she stuff me with cinnamon rolls and all good things baked as pastries! I have always been a sugar addict but last year I took on the task of cutting sweets out of my vocabulary - and my plate of course <em>20</em> Alas, I have recently fell off the bandwagon...actually a running jump would probably describe it better. I can see and feel the effects of my landing. I want to get back to where I was just a few months ago and nix the su... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:14:59 EST About me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x55609458 Hi there. I have been on a weight loss program for 5 months now and not had a lot of luck b/c I let my cravings get in the way too much. This week, today... I have decided enough is enough and I want to get serious about it. And I signed up for this challenge and Spark bc I know a forum for me will keep me motivated and encouraged. So excited to do this along side all of you. Thanks for the back up :-) <BR> <BR> I am cutting out all sugar starting today. Period. None. I know the holidays ar... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:31:55 EST sodas been my problem the whole time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x55599067 just finishing up week 1. one or two days to go. i was keeping track the first couple days for when cravings would hit, when i'd want sugar and what triggered it. if my lunch isn't satisfying enough i want a candy bar right after. if i get hungry i want a sugary mid-day pick me up. i didn't drink soda all week and after about two days my cravings went away entirely. even if i ate leftover halloween candy i would be fine with just one piece. it's amazing what one week can do! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:01:09 EST Hello fellow sweet toothsome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55591336 I have always loved candy and chocolate. It is getting better and I have learnt that if I don't bring it into the house it is so much easier. My problem is I have trouble resisting a bargain. For example Halloween candy now 75% off. What was I thinking <em>198</em> I had resisted it in the months before Halloween but last week I bought (and of course ate) 2 bags!! <BR> <BR> In the past I have bought and eaten the Halloween candy 4 times before Halloween so it is getting better. I am j... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 01:20:57 EST soda junkie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55528787 this is not the first time i have joined this challenge. this time i'm going to succeed though! i have a drinking problem and soda triggers it. love me a good rum and coke! i have given up alcohol for one year, but i need to focus on not drinking soda to accomplish that. plus i eat way too many sweets. i don't want to rid myself of them all together, i just want to enjoy them without over-indulging on a daily basis. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 17:10:51 EST Day 1 for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x55523311 I am a sugar addict! I am trying very hard to get it under control. I have realized that I am one of those people who once I have sugar I cannot stop. I am trying to cut out all processed sugar. My family and I overhauled our diet a while back and cut out almost all processed food and I recently went vegetarian, but I have had a heck of a time with sugar. I am looking forward to this challenge to help me be able to enjoy sugary foods every now and then instead of every day. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:32:02 EST week two http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x55475275 This week is horible. I have been trying to find other things to eat that does the same too. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:50:06 EST Chocoholic Big Time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55469565 I'm 45 years old with an 8 yr. old daughter whose sweet tooth is almost as bad as mine. I'm a closet eater to boot. I sneak what I can when no one is looking. My worst time of day is the afternoon. I start with lunch and don't seem to stop. I've been trying to replace the sweet with peanut butter or fruit this week and I did ok even though I'm still going over my calorie range. At least I did ok until today. Now I have the Halloween excuse that I had to have candy to pass out. At leas... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:24:28 EST week two http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x55448856 This week is horible. I have been trying to find other things to eat that does the same too. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:06:02 EST done with week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x55425219 I limit my sweet day to sunday only Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:43:43 EST Cookies are my enemy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55398602 Hi everyone! Just started using this site the last couple days even though I signed up years ago! Procrastination is one of my weaknesses! I have a hard time saying no to cookies! This time of year is so hard because of that!! Any suggestions??? Thanks for the support! Sat, 26 Oct 2013 07:57:45 EST Candy should be outlawed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55392026 Halloween and Easter have to be the hardest times for me. Keeping away from the candy isles is torture. I joined this team in hopes that I can confront my addiction to candy, and beat it once and for all. Most of the weight I have gained over the years is from over indulging with candy and sweets. It's time to stop that trend! <em>521</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:50:58 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55367235 hello everyone! thanks for all the interesting reading!! you guys are awesome!! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:25:46 EST JUST WANNA BE A BETTER ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55335017 HEY MY NAME IS SHELLY JUST HERE TO GET A LITTLE EXTRA HELP WITH SOME WEIGHT ISSUES. I QUIT SMOKING 4 YEARS AGO , AND REALLY STARTING TO ADD ON THE POUNDS IM ADDICTED TO SWEETS REALLY BAD AND NEED SOME HELP WITH THAT AS WELL JUST WANNA BE HEALTHIER MORE THAN ANYTHING Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:30:56 EST just starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x55316507 I work in a school and I think Halloween treats are gong to kill me...I am going to resist the school in the lounge this week and take fruit to work to see if that helps! Sat, 19 Oct 2013 08:11:16 EST week 3 completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x55312280 I only had 1 sweets episode:) but have cut down a lot on the sweets piggy. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:36:43 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55297261 Hi Everyone! <BR> I am very happy to be starting on this new diet/meal plan. I am a new mom, and currently not working so it is very hard for me to really get motivated throughout the day. I am hoping this meal plan will help me lose the weight that I want. Best of luck to everyone else on this team! <BR> Miah Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:26:58 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55280195 Hi! I'm sorry, much to learn yet about how to use this site. I don't know if I'm to create a topic, or reply to leave a post. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am working on the sugar problem. I used to think I needed chocolate everyday after dinner. I got it out of the house. I dont want some in moderation, for I will eat it all if it is here, lol! <BR> <BR> If I want a sweet shot of something, have a cup of oj in the morning, or whenever. Just once a day though. <BR> <BR> Lots of veggies i... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:40:17 EST Done with week 4 but not done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x55279200 Even though I got through the 4 weeks, I feel I need to stick it out a little bit longer. <BR> Yesterday was not so good. I had a sugar crave and over did it. At exercise class, the other ladies also said that for some reason that day, they craved sugar and ate a little to much. <BR> I can do it, I just need to get back to being serious about sugar. Glad the Oreo cookies are gone. I gave my mom and dad the last two. You can guess who ate more than that yesterday. Yep me. No more of those in... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:44:35 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55251506 My name is Pam and I love a little coffee with my flavored creamer in the mornings. (That's suppose to be a joke.) I have come to realize my beverage of choice in the mornings is more creamer than coffee. And about 150 calories per cup . Flavored creamer in the A.M. is my downfall. So, I am here to take the challenge and kick my flavored creamer habit. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:19:39 EST completed week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x55234610 I completed week two of tame the sweets. ready for week 3. talk about perfect timing starting on grocery shopping day I can stock my pantry with non sugar snacks. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 07:56:36 EST Discussion on food addiction on low-carb team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x55214213 Hi everyone, <BR> We are having a pretty active discussion going on on the low-carb team about food addictions right now and I thought some of you might find it helpful to read there as well. This team is very supportive for people who are trying to give up sugar and/or other foods for the long haul. <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x55201844 </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:22:31 EST A very important discovery behind my sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x55212053 I am on week two of the tame the sweet tooth challenge. I discovered that I am an emotional eating sweets junkie. Whenever I am sad, lonely, bored, stressed or upset that is when I go on a sweets binge. the times I am in a happy, positive and upbeat mood like I have been lately I am not eating everything in sight. I don't eat 5-6 twinkies in one setting when I am not in one of my emotional eating moods. this discovery is crucial to helping me. Now I know I can substitute sweets for keeping... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:50:04 EST Love my sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55211391 Hello everyone, I've been addicted to sweets for a very long time,and lately it has spiraled out of control. I want to take this challenge to rid myself if this addiction and live a healthier life Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:56:15 EST completed my first week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x55173333 I completed my first week of the challenge. made progress. I went from eating 4 things of sweets a day down to 1 treat a day. I have a ways to go but I am getting better. ready for my 2nd week Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:46:32 EST breaking 200 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55149655 weight today 201. i should be glad but.....it seems that i am stuck,,i even got down to 200. now i go-back--n--forth <BR> i want to at least weigh 199 <BR> <BR> any suggestions would be great <BR> <BR> tyvm Sat, 5 Oct 2013 10:57:46 EST Greetings from the American southwest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55145219 Howdy, <BR> <BR> I was looking for support and ideas on how to cut back on my sugar intake. My husband isn't a sweets person at all which sometimes make me crave it more. I have cut back large amounts of sugar from my coffee and foods, and even stopped keeping all kinds of sugary treats in the house. Right now we have...salsa I think...for snack foods. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to eat a peace of local fruit when I crave sweet things. Ripe peaches and bananas are my favorite substitute. ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 22:37:18 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55143811 Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:54 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55143801 Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:54 EST I've hit bottom and need to get up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55143800 Hi everyone, this is my first post to any forums since I joined a few days ago. I'm feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose 50 pounds - especially since it's 50 that I've gained over the past couple of years after being my "ideal" weight for about 5 years. I thought I had it all figured out, but as soon as I started eating the white stuff (sugar, breads, crackers, etc) I haven't been able to stop. I work full time and have 4 kids, and I stopped exercising after running marathons, competing... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:20:54 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55133521 Hi, since menopause I crave sweets..use to crave salty snacks but now its CAKE..COOKIES..CAKE.. I think this will be a good challenge for me and help me stay on track just by being more conscience of my choices. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:52:12 EST sugar challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x55133447 This is my first week and today I am having my first craving for sugar. I ate an extra carb and it seems to help..I will be drinking my mineral water with a splash of Italian soda..that should help. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:46:09 EST Love hate relationship with soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55111124 I love sweets but my downfall has to be all the dr pepper soda I love to drink I know I have to give it up if I want to reach my goal so it has to be the first thing to go so this is it. Good luck to everyone else n their sweet tooth y'all can do it! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:21:19 EST Getting Started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x55110148 Hello! I just joined SparkPeople last week and I know my biggest downfall to sticking with a healthy lifestyle is my addiction to sugar. I know I have to get this under control if I am going to succeed. I have cut out my breakfast sweets all together and am eating healthier breakfasts. I know if I get that fix of sugar right away it keeps me focused for my next sugary treat. No more doughnuts or Cinnamelts for breakfast. No more large coke or Caramel Mocha for breakfast. I have almost complet... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:09:01 EST Beginning Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55090932 I have always had a sweet tooth. I crave sweets and I let my cravings get out of control too often. I can easily put away 3to 4 cups of ice cream or 8 cookies when cravings strike. I have been able to resist sweets for the short term, but eventually I lose control. I am joining this challenge to manage my sweet cravings. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:32:05 EST eating pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x55086726 Yesterday at church we had a potluck dinner. I gave in and ate the blackberry pie.I had a small portion but i still ate it. All of those desserts starring at me was too much. <em>198</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:43:13 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x55068197 Hello all, I'm new to the team and hope to find some great tips to get this monkey off my back. I tend to over eat desserts when I'm in a social setting. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:50:16 EST Week 4 and beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x55040863 I still have a personal goal to finish up through the rest of the year. Remember in week 2 I am eliminating 1-2 sweets per week. I have done really well so far and once a certain sweet is eliminated I have not caved except for a twix bar at 3am. I was just trying to keep myself awake for a few minutes while I drove home. So, I'm not counting that. ;) So far, from my diet I have eliminated candy, cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, and donuts. Next week, I will take away icecream and continue the ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:26:38 EST Availability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x55040299 I am a manager at a McDonald's Restaurant and I eat for free. That's a pretty big trigger and impossible to avoid so I just have to set my resolve. There are lots of healthy options there and I usually have that but I always seem to want a little sweet thing after, hot caramel sundaes are my downfall. Since I started this challenge I have managed to do one week without them though. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:38:21 EST Small victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54972271 So small victories already resisted the urge to go eat last night and instead of getting chips i got bananas and apples as an additive for lunch so yay. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:49:22 EST Hello, Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x54963036 Hi, My name's Raven. Most of my friends and myself consider me to have a sevre sugar addiction. Starting with drinks is the first thing I need to conquer. I do not drink water I can't stand it because it's flavorless. That to be said I drink soda's, juices, kool-aid, tea, anything but water. The little water I do drink is flavored and has aspertane which I don't mind but i'm well aware its bad for you. I usually go through 4-5 soda's a day and there was a point in time instead of just soda's ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:32:16 EST My 1st day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x54955173 Good morning everyone!! <BR> I am so excited for this challenge! <BR> I workout almost daily and I am pretty good about watching what I eat but have a weakness for sweets. I am SO looking forward to this and implanting the tips I learn! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>244</em> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 06:24:27 EST Week 1 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x54954849 I knew this was going to be a hard challenge, but not this hard. It was easier to give up smoking and soda than to give up candy and sweets. <BR> <BR> I failed terribly yesterday <em>46</em> . While waiting for a prescription I walked around the pharmacy and the Halloween candy isle sucked me in. Lesson learned stay away from isle that will be tempting until able to ignore the candy <em>3</em> . Thu, 19 Sep 2013 05:20:44 EST Day 1 of challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x54930924 <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Today is my 1st day doing the challenge. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:47:34 EST Let us not eat cake?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x54927437 Birthday cake at work - how do you say no without seeming like you aren't a team player? <em>39</em> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:43:10 EST New to the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x54913446 Hi my name is Lori. I just joined this challenge in hopes of, no let me rephrase that, to get a grip on my cravings and to stop giving in to the immediate satisfaction thing! <BR> <BR> At the end of this challenge I plan to able to say no to sugar and sugary things! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:07:37 EST oops..ignore this one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54887990 didn't mean to create a whole new thread.. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:48:18 EST Can't run away from it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x54887960 There are triggers everywhere! I love chocolate, and it is everywhere! Just because I want to tame my sweet-tooth, the rest of the household doesn't want to do the same, so there is stuff everywhere! How can I stay away from it, when I see it everywhere? I don't want to be the "B" telling everybody they can't have it because I can't control myself...?! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:45:50 EST sugar craving linked to period http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54872415 I do very well avoiding sugar for most of the month, but around the time of my period -- ! Everything goes out the window and I can't stop myself. Any tips to help with this? Any thoughts as to whether this might be linked to a deficiency of some sort? Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:34:42 EST Binging on cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54839892 I have had such a hard time this weekend. I was craving cookies and I bought a box and its been about 3 days since I bought it but I can sit and eat like 6-8 cookies in a sitting. I crave it then feel like crap after. I don't know how to say no. I rarely have sweets in my house for this reason but I totally over done it :-/ Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:29:33 EST Sugar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x54834186 Hi my name is Dashonda and iust started this challenge .. The hardest part for me is the sugar in my coffee .. If any one know what I can do for a replacement I work 3rd shift and that is my main problem. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 04:13:41 EST I found a new TRIGGER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x54809963 Facebook sweet recipes being posted ALL day long. <BR> <BR> Pinterest Sweet pics with recipes! <BR> <BR> AHHHHHHHHH I had to get off and eat an apple. UGH Fri, 6 Sep 2013 23:09:03 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x54804871 Hi, <BR> Just joined Sparkpeople yesterday evening and have joined the Sweet Tooth challenge and the 10 minute daily exercise challenge to help me on my way. <BR> Even though I realised I was putting on a lot of weight I was shocked when I weighed myself. <em>15</em> <BR> I need to improve my health and lose weight, but need to do it sensibly so that it stays off. <BR> I'm going to cut down on biscuits and cakes as they are my weakness. We had a lot of biscuits in the office today and ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 13:26:20 EST Embarrassing Fruit Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x54786183 I know some of the basics... grapes, plums, apples, oranges...etc. But, I really don't know how to cut, peel, fix some of the other fruits. Kiwi? Pomegranate? Star fruit? Mango? Passion fruit? How do you eat these? How do you cut them properly? I didn't list all of the fruit I question, just some of them. So if you want to add some to the list, feel free! <em>2</em> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 00:19:14 EST My elimination plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x54786162 Week 1: Candy <BR> <BR> Week 2: Cake and cupcakes <BR> <BR> Week 3: Brownies and Muffins <BR> <BR> Week 4: Donuts <BR> <BR> Week 5: ICE CREAM! YIKES! <BR> <BR> Week 6: Sweet cereals, yogurts, sweet coffees <BR> <BR> Week 7: Pies , pancakes, and Pudding (I call it my three "P" week) <BR> <BR> Week 8: Snack foods high in corn syrup and contains more than 2g of sugar (i.e. nutrigrain bars, many protein bars, etc) <BR> <BR> Day 4 of Week 1 Elimination! So far, so good! We are at th... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 00:13:44 EST Day 1...ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54785524 So I'm supposed to just become aware of the cravings during week 1, huh? Ok, body, I HEAR YOU! I know what I want, and that I can't have it (don't have any in the house) and it makes me want ANYTHING sugary to substitute. Grrrr. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 23:08:25 EST Getting ready to kick the soda habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54776637 Anyone have any tips on kicking a lifelong soda habit? Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:13:08 EST Finished Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x54733190 I can't believe I am at the end of my journey already. <BR> Boy does the time fly! I tell you my veggies have gotten better. <BR> I eat a veggie instead of a dessert or second helping of stretches now. <BR> Plus, I am still drinking water and exercising. It all comes down to the healthy eating. <BR> I am hoping that the rest of you are doing well. Have a good night. <BR> And a great Holiday (Labor Day). Your friend in Fitness and Healthy Eating, <BR> Holly <em>247</em> <em>223</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:42:25 EST See food problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x54732495 I know it when I see it. I loooove to grab something. sweet after seeing it advertised, or sitting on the counter, or in the break room, or flavor of the day or pumpkin spice latte.... See it talk about it etc. I see something sweet and I want it or something like it. <BR> <BR> I have become pretty good at resisting temptation and finding either replacements or small indulgences. I just née to be mindful and keep it in check because I easily think nothing of indulging multiple times a da... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:56:50 EST Something to celebrate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54724163 Just wanted to stop in and report as of yesterday I am now 55 days without sugar. I have had blueberries a few times, but not on consecutive days. I am back to working out at the gym, and the month of August I lost a total of 7 pounds. So being off sugar for 55 days, getting back to exercising, and losing weight, and sleeping better yep, that is something to celebrate. It can be done, its hard, but anything worth doing and doing right is hard. <BR> <BR> Joan Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:28:03 EST Refined sugar substitutes in baking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54723002 I love to bake but am horrified of refined sugar, sucralose, stevia, etc. Any tips? Who bakes with apple sauce, dates, prunes? What works? What can I bake without feeling it has poison in it? <em>375</em> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:16:32 EST No Fast Food = no sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54717862 The only way I can go through my sugar detox is to also cut out ALL fast food. <BR> <BR> Yes, we should be eating healthy, but sometimes we run through and grab a small hamburger when we are out longer than we thought. <BR> <BR> Just wanted others to know that if you are struggling with cutting out others sweets, that fast foods will also be a big trigger for sugar. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:17:56 EST Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x54711015 My triggers: <BR> <BR> Not enough sleep <BR> <BR> Not enough protein and fiber throughout the day <BR> <BR> Meds <BR> <BR> What I can do: <BR> <BR> I can try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I can eat more fiber/filling foods earlier in the day. I can't change my meds but I can rest when I need to instead of trying to eat to "stay awake". <BR> <BR> Foods to give up: <BR> <BR> AHHHH! If I say I want to give something up, then I can GUARANTEE eating it! I have NO will power! Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:48:49 EST Great tools here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54706107 I am loving this challenge already. I thought I was totally out of control, but I have discovered by tracking my sweet intake that I am actually in quite a routine. Keeping a journal has definitely helped. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:44:04 EST Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x54680904 I'm doing very good at substituting fruit, however I do still have the chocolate cravings. I see other people stating that sugary foods now taste too sweet. I'd love to get to that point. Not there yet though. My problem is that fresh fruit doesn't seem to keep very long which is frustrating because then I end up making multiple trips to the store. <BR> <BR> I have completely given up diet sodas for water. I think I was "scared straight" after a video I saw about the negative affects of dri... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:33:53 EST Eating sweets at night http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54652594 Hello everyone, my problem is I do great all day long, no cravings for sweets. Then after dinner when I am in bed all hell breaks loose. If I don't have anything sweet I will make something, i.e. peanut butter sandwich, my grandkids graham crackers etc. I like everyone else have a lot of stressful things going on in my life and this is probably how I am dealing with it. Anyone out there have any suggestions on how to tame this wild beast that comes alive at night? <em>24</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:40:14 EST introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x54652577 Hi! I am a 63 year old very active lady. Still working with kids in a K-5 school in the resource department as an Assistant Instructor. Quilting, crafting and gardening are things I like to do in what little spare time I have, sometimes I just carve out time for myself. <BR> I joined this team because this is something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. For me, the first bite is the lead to an end of whatever the sweet is in front of me. Sometimes when the urge comes o... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:38:46 EST Restarting Week Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x55583x54650516 This challenge really is working for me. <BR> Started back on more veggies and water and less sweets. <BR> However, the phone and computer was out for two days last week. <BR> So, I couldn't do my homework or track my food. <BR> I am deciding to restart week four. Hope you are all doing well. <BR> Have a great Sunday my friends. Holly <em>247</em> to you all! <BR> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:05:50 EST Tracking Sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54631303 I can't seem to figure out how to get the nutritional tracker to track my 'Sugars' -- I see it on the nutritional info when I enter in my foods... I even added all the different sugar nutrients to track (sucrose, glucose, galactose, etc.) None of those showed up with any sugars even on my frosted mini wheats (which I'll never buy again) which have 11g per serving... am I missing something or is this just something you have to track on your own? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:43:02 EST Gooey Butter Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x54584657 So, a church member brought us half a pan. I ate 2 pieces and then tracked it on my tracker. YIKES!!!!!!!!!!! I just consumed half of my calories for the DAY! Ay yaya! <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:35:13 EST Figuring out Why and What http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54583639 I've spent this first week being mindful of sugar and sugar-like products in my diet. One thing that I've discovered is that products with High Fructose Corn Syrup are definite craving triggers. Consuming something with that product will always make me want more and, I've noticed, can reinstitute the cravings even when I think it's under control..... <BR> <BR> Have others discovered this as well? <BR> <BR> (forgot to sign this with my name - Miranda) Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:46:15 EST Over-fifty Mom trying to reel-in appetite http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x54583161 Forgot to note in original post that I go by Miranda :) <BR> <BR> I am an over-fifty Mom who finds herself disgusted with having gained so much weight over the years and, yet, struggling to control the intake. A doctor suggested that I consider weight loss surgery, but I think a better, and healthier option, is to learn to control it myself, despite repeated failure. My motto is "Never give up" ;) Sweets have always been a problem for me, although I could extend that to carbohydrates in ge... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:56:27 EST Your Afternoon Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22645x55583x54581004 Starting Week Two today. Afternoon snacks around the office are a huge trigger for me. When I hit that 2:30pm slump it's way too easy to go grab a candy bar or a lollipop. I know that if I'm prepared, I will make better choices, but I don't always do a good job preparing! <BR> <BR> So, what are your favorite go-to-don't-feed-the-sweet-tooth snacks during the work day? They can be frozen or refrigerated snacks as well as goodies you can keep in your desk. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:47:01 EST My Week Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22646x55583x54564243 I can't believe it is the end of week three and the begging of four for me. <BR> This challenge has really flown by. Sweet tooth is getting better. <BR> Drinking more water, eating more veggies, and doing dark chocolate once in a while. <BR> I am trying to do the whole healthy eating thing for me this time around. <BR> Plus, we have diabetes in our family and I am trying not to get it. <BR> I hope that you are all doing well with this challenge as well. <BR> Have a good day and a great week! ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 06:38:16 EST Why I wish to eliminate sugar from my diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22644x55583x54558168 One of the reasons I want to eliminate sugar from my diet is due to articles I have read linking sugar to growth in cancer. Sugar is very addictive and habit forming. My goal is to eliminate most sugars from my diet as cancer prevention, and to keep blood sugar levels steady. I want to be a good role model, teach my children better eating habits and I don’t want anything to control me (other than the Holy Spirit!). <BR> <BR> This week, I plan on really looking at the sugar content of the fo... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:58:48 EST week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22647x55583x54550293 Today is the end of week 4 after I had to restart in the middle of my original week 4 lol but I have done good this time I have only had sugar once in a while mostly in my coffee but even then my coffee is no where as sweet as it was before I started this challenge. I feel amazing I feel so much more energized which is funny cause I always figured that consuming sugar would allow me to feel more energized which was not the case. my sugar detox has made it so I can feel the days when I endulge... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:59:29 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x55583x54526547 Hi! Just introducing myself here... I have a serious sweet tooth...eating ice cream as I type! Hoping this challenge will help! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:18:52 EST