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11/5/14 10:23 P

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Oh my gosh, I've had the munchies so bad this week! I haven't had a soda since Sat. but I'm craving salt really bad. I've been going way overboard on trail mix and some oatmeal stuff that I mix here at home. It gives me heartburn and makes me bloated, but I eat it anyway. How stupid is that?!

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10/12/14 3:09 P

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Yes, I am cutting out sugar completely, that means no candy, chocolate, ice cream etcetera.
I am not worrying right now about small amounts of sugar like in ketchup or other condiments or in a frozen vegetable - things I do not eat often nor a lot of, and that would be hard to substitute. I don't drink soda.

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10/12/14 2:49 P

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Are you cutting sugar completely, or is there a certain food that you're trying to avoid? I'm struggling with Coke right now and trying to stay off of it completely. I get really tired at work, though, and use it for a pick-me-up since I don't drink coffee.


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10/12/14 2:55 A

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I would like a challenge, I think (depends on whether it is doable for me). I cut out sugar yesterday.

How can we support one another?

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10/3/14 9:31 P

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Just wondering if anyone would be interested in a challenge of some kind; maybe an accountability sort of thing? Really needing to get the eating under control and not getting it done on my own.

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9/6/14 3:33 P

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emoticon peel, roll one end in dark choklit then chopped nuts, freeze, eat...

I use a small banana or break a large one in 1/2.

I find this doesn't trigger my sweet tooth like ice cream. Some times the super dark choklit will help to break my sweet craving, like a square in the evening with my evening snack. That is when I crave sweets the most...

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7/3/14 8:51 P

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Starting the month off right! Within calorie range 2 days. Had a can of energy drink on Sun. and a beer tonight. Sugar consumption is down the last couple days so I'm feeling pretty good.

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Have been indulging in ice cream the last couple days and not within calorie range, but I'm doing it today. Had an energy drink but the rest of the day has been, and will be, good food. Determined to get it done!

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6/3/14 6:30 P

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I usually peel them and chop them up before I put them in the freezer. They don't turn brown unless you leave the peel on. I love using berries as well.

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Can't imagine using frozen bananas for anything; don't they turn dark? I used a banana in a protein shake once and it was pretty disgusting. I do love to make protein shakes with blueberries or strawberries, though. Usually I use milk but with blueberries I can just use ice and it makes a pretty tasty treat.

Managed to come within calorie range the last 2 days. emoticon

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6/2/14 10:11 A

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I love using frozen bananas! I made a banana peanut butter ice cream by adding some chocolate PB2. It was heavenly emoticon

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Ice cream is my downfall too. I am wanting to switch to banana "ice cream" but my frozen bananas keep going into the smoothies.

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6/1/14 10:02 P

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ONE serving of ice cream!? You can do that?! emoticon I had ice cream last night on top of 3 beers and 2 slices of pizza and I think I probably had 3 servings.
However, today I not only came within calorie range, I was able to stay away from the beer and Coke in the fridge. Red letter day!

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5/31/14 11:21 P

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emoticon Oatmeal cookies sound delicious right now. Haha... I didn't do so well on Friday night. Had some ice cream with chocolate sauce on it. I can say I did keep it to one serving though.

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5/30/14 9:56 P

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emoticon GIRLGETTINGFIT! I'm not doing so well. I'm still recovering from too much sugar on Memorial Day and I baked oatmeal cookies tonight. I'll have help eating them tomorrow at the yard sale. emoticon

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Good Morning everyone emoticon I managed to cut way back on the sugar yesterday. I wish I could say I did not have any at all, but I did have a Fiber One Chocolate Brownie with some organic peanut butter (just peanuts and salt) on it for dessert last night. Today my goal is to only have sugars that are in foods naturally, like fruits and veggies. emoticon

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5/27/14 7:52 P

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emoticon Hope everyone had a great weekend! We stayed home and got quite a bit accomplished. We moved a month ago and are still unpacking and settling in. It has finally warmed up so we're getting flowers and garden planted and the outside spruced up a bit. This place has a nice lawn area, but not a nice lawn so that will be our project this summer; just keeping the weeds mowed and encouraging what little grass there is to grow.

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5/18/14 5:24 P

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Generally stuff like bread and condiments don't bother me.

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5/18/14 4:21 P

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Oh...years, maybe. emoticon I'm not willing to cut it completely, but have really been working on cutting back for a year anyway.
I started noticing how is affects me (fatigue, trouble breathing, etc.) and just decided that I need to cut back. I stay away from the obvious sources, like candy and pop, and just try to limit other sources, like bread.

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How long have you been working on cutting out the sugar?

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Thought I had it all under control and then the cravings hit today. emoticon Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

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This is a very powerful and motivating lecture on sugar addiction

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The last 2 days I have been really trying to cut down on my sugar & today I eat only 13 grams of sugar,I am proud of myself for doing that

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Yeah, you really need to watch that. I'm reading a book called 'Salt, Sugar, Fat' that talks about all the sugar in breakfast cereal. Quite an eye-opener! Some of them contain are over 50% sugar.

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I eat breakfast this morning & not looking at how much sugar was in what I eat,I eat 35 grams of sugar,I am so upset with myself,Iam going to have to always see how much sugar is in it

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4/18/14 8:38 P

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Me too! It was almost 80 degrees here, but the wind blew about 20 mph. Tired of that, too.

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Today was a beautiful day it was in the 60's ,I think spring has finally sprung ,thank goodness tired of the nasty weather

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We had a little snow today, but not much. It's supposed to be 40 tomorrow and in the mid 60s by Wed.
I made my calorie range the last 3 days. emoticon I'm feeling pretty confident that I can do this on a regular basis. Went to the grocery store today and 75% of my purchases was produce. I'm ready to take on another week!

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I am sorry to hear about the snow. I hope it warms up soon for you!

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I am so tired of the snow! I woke up to it snowing again. It did not help to see a newscast reminding us that last year it snowed on May 3 ~ yeah, that reads May

Been off track and am tired of eating junk ~ starting new today

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Good luck! I don't envy you for that drive.

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I've been way off, too. Getting back tomorrow. I'm going to stay off the energy drink for the next couple days and I have my supper planned. That's really what's hurting me right now. I've changed jobs and am driving an hour to and from work, getting home at 7 pm. Not a good time to try to decide what to have for supper. So tomorrow I'm going to have a chocolate protein shake with milk and munch on carrot sticks; that will take care of the urge to snack and the sweet cravings, too.
Wish me luck! emoticon

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I've been off track with my eating for a couple of days. I feel like I am back on track today.

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I definitely need to work on asking myself that before I eat. I talk myself into eating just that one bite, then that sets off the eating for the day. If I would just talk myself out of that one bite....

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Ha! I love that phrase "eater's remorse", I think I now have a name for how I feel too often. Too often I ask myself "Why did I just eat that?" I am learning to ask why I want to eat something BEFORE I eat it

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Perfect phrase! Fits me to a tee!

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Thanks for the tips.....

I think I suffer from "eater's remorse" which is similar to buyer's remorse. lol The only problem is that when I eat without analyzing whether it is worth the extra calories, I can't return the calories later.

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Hi there! emoticon to the team! There's a couple different ways that I've handled those kinds of situations. The first is to just go ahead and have a piece of cake, but ONLY one, if it's something that you hardly ever have and really like. You can usually fit one piece into your calorie range on any given day if you're really careful the rest of the day. Doing that may involve staying out of the chips and other muchies, though.
I've also found that I can say 'no' to the first piece (cookie, doughnut, etc.) but not the follow up. If it's something that I have available on a regular basis anyway, I can pass. And, if I am really honest, I can assess the treat and decide whether it really looks that good. Many times in the past I've indulged in something that really didn't look all that good in the first place, but I just wanted something to eat.

Take a step back and ask yourself why you want this (fill in the blank). You may decide in the end that it's really not worth it.

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Good morning. I am new to this team. I joined because I really have a problem turning down sweets.

Yesterday, we had a cookout for our granddaughter's birthday. The temp was in the teens so needless to say, we ate inside. I made a pound cake with caramel sauce. There was also chips/dip and bratwurst. Again, I didn't hold myself back from eating that piece of cake, and I also had chips and dip. Any suggestions, on how to handle this in the future?

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Nothing like a good 'housecleaning' to get you back on track, huh? emoticon Having a little trouble in that area. Came down with a sore throat last week and have been soothing it with Coke. Drank the last one tonight and thinking I won't be getting anymore.

I've discovered Jessica Smith's workouts and have been enjoying her ab routines.

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I hope every one is settling in to their routines and focusing on their goals. I have come to realize that negative thoughts really do a number on me and need to find positive things to think about.

I overate yesterday, but seem to be back on track (but that's because I ate all the treats in the house).

Started my training for the half marathon that will be in April.

Have a great week!

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Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you bring 2014 in with a bang!

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Pies are gone so I guess it's time to cut the sugar a little more. I've been off bread and pasta since Wed. but it's not helping; maybe another week without it and cut the sugar too. I think I made up for the missing bread with an over abundance of sugar.

Here's to a healthy new year!

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Starting to detox: I made fudge and cookies last weekend and they are all given away or eaten so now I'm detoxing. I had a little ice cream this evening but that's all the sugar I've had today. Tomorrow will be harder; I'm off work and we're going to finish up our shopping. Hoping to eat at Subway; wanting to try their new pastrami sub.

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Hi Vicky! Welcome.
I'm sorry you're dealing with these tough circumstances.
Have you tried giving up sugar before? It could be that what works for me will not work for you and we all need to find our own way. But what helped me was to use fruit (pieces of apple and pear, for example) and raisins to replace sugar, for example in my yoghurt that I had for breakfast and sometimes for dessert.
If you have questions please post them, I'll do my best to answer!

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emoticon to the team, Vickie! It's great to have you. That's really frustrating to be told that you're going to gain weight no matter what you do. Cutting sugar and watching your calories will at least keep you healthier in the meantime.

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I am new here and have lots of health issues including weight gain. I am losing my eyesight because of psoratic arthiritis and have to take humira and methotrexate which is chemo to control the infection in my body i have gained i have gained about 30 lbs and they say no matter what i eat i will continue to gain but i thought i would quit sugar till christmas and see if i can lose some weight . Can anyone help guide me never done this !

sunrise141 caption of the team GOD ANSWERS PRAYER.My first name is Vickie. Just got off of predisone have gained weight and quite logging my food but am starting back today logging what i eat and cutting down on sugar !


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Well, I've come within range 2 days but I'm stuck at home today. We were going shopping and to take my sis out for dinner for her BD, but we're experiencing blizzard conditions right now. It's been snowing since yesterday morning and the wind is blowing about 20 mph. Oh well, guess I'll have to work on some cross stitch or quilting projects to keep myself out of the kitchen.

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emoticon Nancy! I've already hit my goal for fitness minutes for the year. I'm focusing on eating this month and starting the scale going down instead of up. I've had a gain every time I've been on the scale ever since I got this new scale a couple weeks ago. emoticon

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Happy December! My goal for this month is to reach my 600 mile goal of running for the year ~ 60 miles to go, that's 15 a week. I am curious to see how close I can get.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Getting on the elliptical and then some yoga before everyone gets here.

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emoticon Jessica! emoticon to the team!
A couple things that may help the sugar cravings after a meal are fruit (like an apple to clean your palate) or chewing gum. Fruit has enough sugar in it to sometimes satisfy the craving for sugar. Brushing your teeth, if possible, helps sometimes, too.
As far as sticking to a diet, I did really well in the beginning following Spark's quick start program. Going forward, I like to make sure I get at least 3 - 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day and TRACK, TRACK, TRACK! I've found that I just can't eat right unless I track what I'm eating. I think I just need to see it in writing to know that I'm on track.

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11/19/13 10:41 A

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Hi Jessica, welcome!
I think it is important to realize that not eating sugar (and eating clean in general) becomes (much) easier after the first few days. So if you can manage to get through the first say, 5 days without eating sugar (and hopefully, eating lots of vegetables) you will notice that the cravings become less, and when you do have them they become easier to resist!

Christina



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11/19/13 9:41 A

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This is my first time posting so please let me know if I am doing it wrong :)

I tend to have a lack of discipline and when I start a new health streak I end up giving up after just a day or so. I blame it mostly on cravings, and the need to want to eat sweets after every meal. I am posting to ask for advice on how to cut the cravings and stick to an eating plan. My body thinks I'm hungry even when I just ate (like belly growling kinda hungry). It's crazy and I get so discouraged.

I did the visalus shakes for breakfast and lunch a couple months ago and went from 150 to 141 where I seem to be stuck! Any advice?

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Well, the beast was running wild again today! Had a very bad day nutritionally; I'm glad there was no pop in the house and nothing open in town. I did manage to refuse the energy drink that we've got tucked in a cupboard. I keep it there rather than in the fridge so it's not as handy. I'm not sure why the cravings are so bad all of a sudden; I've never had a stretch this long. Hope I get together soon.

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11/16/13 7:40 A

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Lisa I bet there's a connection! I often get a headache and cold like symptoms when I clean up my diet!

Christina



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