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3/28/15 12:57 A

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Stress eating is my biggest problem. That is when I crave sweets the most.
Also when i'm bored or tired.
Ice cream and chocolate is my go to sweet.

I have been doing really well since I started. keeping focus on my goals has been helping a lot.
Also having meal plans leaves me less vulnerable to "whatever"

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3/26/15 11:22 P

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mine is sweets in general but I definately can get out of control on certain candies (hot tamales, sour cherries, conversation hearts for valentines, jelly beans at easter) just to name a few.
I am doing okay on the candy 33 days so far. However still need to get the cakes, cupcakes, cookies and the other stuff in check. Perhaps 1 thing at a time and one day at at time.

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3/25/15 7:22 P

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I'm Susan and I'm a sugar addict.

I'm sure most of my problem is emotional eating so it's going to take a lot to straighten me out but I'm trying.

I have gone without sweets for a couple of months before and I've found out that if you don't start eating a sweet in the morning, you most likely won't crave a sweet the rest of the day. For those months, I did not crave any sweets. But then all of a sudden, I fell off the wagon.

Anyway, I'm not giving up. PS. Leacy, I know exactly what you're talking about when you read about other's trials.



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3/25/15 12:55 A

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Hi my name is Leacy

I generally have a pretty good handle on my sweet tooth since I started eating "clean" or really clean-er. Once I start adding in processed foods again I have problems wanting more sugar.
As I'm reading all of these posts on exactly the kinds of favorite sweets are everyone's downfalls I'm realizing participating in the discussion group is going to be difficult for me because it is actually making me want to go out and buy a bunch of chocolate or cookies or whatever.


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3/24/15 11:16 A

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Since August I have been craving what I would call seasonal or holiday sweets. For example August-October I ate bags of candy corn, then in November I started eating boxes of chocolate covered cherries. I then moved on to Valentine's Day candy and now finally I can't get enough of Easter candy especially cadbury eggs. I am trying very hard to stop eating these items.

I feel my craving of sweets is the most intense in the late afternoon when I get off of work. I'm trying to use this as my exercise time instead to keep me distracted.

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3/23/15 3:58 P

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I'm still trying to stay away from it (sweets) but not being so successful!

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3/22/15 10:54 P

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My sweet eating is linked to my emotions. I went hog wild this week because it would have been the due date of my miscarried baby. I dealt with it by eating cookies, Culvers and blended coffee drinks. Oh and doughnuts. Ouch.

My challenge is going to be finding alternatives because stress will not go away and I have another miscarried baby due date coming up in July, sadly.

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3/22/15 7:11 A

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Week one went well. Yesterday I had a little, went out for dinner my husband and daughter had a dessert and I only had a few bites instead if my own dessert. emoticon

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3/21/15 7:46 A

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3/21/15 7:42 A

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emoticon I see myself in many of the comments here...finished week 1goals. The times I feel my sugar cravings are at work, at lunch time when I buy my lunch. I always get something sweet ..a cookie, a cookie bar... I have afternoon cravings, around 3pm, and then at night, the time between being done with evening chores and bedtime. So what to do? I will pack my lunch and stay out of the cafeteria. Sub fruit for cookie. Afternoon, will have 1 serving of almonds with a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips. Not sure what to do at night yet...

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3/20/15 3:38 P

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I'm getting there also! Slowly, but at least I still have some peanut butter still in the jar, same for the jelly. Ice cream is still in the freezer. Have done good with other sweet foods. However, come midnight, I can't help myself. It's overwhelming. So I think it better to give in than to go nuts about it. I think (hope) eventually it will get better!

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3/20/15 3:38 P

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because I am out and about today running errands with the kids I find myself craving sugar and wanting to stop for a slurpee or fast food. I bought granola bars and ate one for 140 calories. I hope this satisfies the crave. I am trying to eat it nice and slow! emoticon

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3/20/15 1:48 P

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Although I am on week 1, I realize I have made great progress in my weight loss journey of passing up sweets in public and even at home. My biggest challenge is wanting sweets when I am on the computer at work or at home.I chew sugarfree gum, eat mints, and pig out on caramel popcorn. It's OK to have a sweet (dessert) once a week, but I hate this CRAVING!

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3/19/15 7:16 P

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3/19/15 3:08 P

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That describes me too.

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3/19/15 2:43 P

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I have made some improvements in my sweet-eating habits. I hardly buy sweets any more so that makes it a bit easier to resist the cravings...but I do have to look for a substitute. It's usually a piece of fruit or cup of coffee or even a glass of cranberry juice with mineral water (half/half).

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3/19/15 2:24 P

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I just fell off the wagon without really beginning-with Girl Scout cookies that I bought a while ago and were delivered to my desk today. Tried to give them away and finally they were calling out to me.

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3/19/15 10:51 A

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You can do it Jaydee84! emoticon

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3/19/15 10:10 A

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I just signed on yesterday to do this Sugar Challenge. Last year I lost 30 pounds with help from Spark People, but after surgery early in December, about 15 of those pounds came back. I couldn't do the exercise routine I was on with my weight loss, and at 61 years old exercise is a must-do. Then along came Christmas and holiday goodies, and I found myself eating the things I thought I had given up for good. Worst of all, I stopped logging in to SparkPeople everyday to track food and just be part of the community.

Now I feel like I'm back to Square One and I've discovered that breaking old habits isn't permanent; I have stay on top of it. I felt so much better when my BMI was within the "normal" range, and I'm ready to get back to it. We're already into "summer" here in South Georgia with temps in the high 80s; I have my doctor's blessing to exercise and walk as before. Mentally I'm ready to lose the 15 pounds I regained and hopefully another 10 after that. The "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" Challenge is one of my first steps toward my new goals.


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3/19/15 9:09 A

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My hardest times with the sweets are mid afternoon and evening

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I'm getting so close to goal. Won't be long now.

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3/19/15 6:11 A

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I usually indulge in my sweet tooth at night while in bed while relaxing. according to the quiz, I am in control, which I guess is good. it just seems some times like ahhhhhh!

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3/19/15 1:58 A

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I find I overindulge mostly when I'm stressed and/or tired, usually in the afternoon and/or after dinner.

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3/18/15 7:39 P

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OMG, I am in trouble. I took the Sugar Habits Assessment while I was eating an apple fritter. So out of control...

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3/18/15 5:59 P

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I just joined this challenge, and the hardest part of my day is in the evening, when Im finally relaxing and tired. The rest of the day is no problem, generally.

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3/18/15 4:55 P

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Just joined this challenge.My most difficult time of the day is the evening hours after dinner.

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3/18/15 4:32 P

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I have two main times when I crave sugar... about 3pm and after dinner from 8-bedtime. If I sit down on the sofa to catch up on my shows, its worse. If I have some tea or coffee/espresso in the afternoon - this helps, but I like it sweet there too! I am working hard to make better more aware decisions, but its a challenge. However this is why I am here!

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3/18/15 3:25 P

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Just joined the challenge. Looking to get out this sugar for good.

Debbie

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I'm getting so close to goal. Won't be long now.

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3/18/15 1:46 P

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My real issue is combatting my after dinner sugar craving, if I fight it I end up overeating to much salted snacks th whole evening or I'll give in and end up munching on sweets the whole night.

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3/18/15 1:12 P

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just joined. I think my sugar is an all or nothing - I have a hard time using moderation. I'm looking forward to completing this challenge


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3/18/15 1:06 P

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Glad to join! I have a horrible problem with sugar and I'm currently trying to get it under control. After the initial 3 days of headaches, I feel much better without it! I know I need more veggies and I've been concentrating on getting 5 fruits and veggies a day. I'm trying to train my brain into thinking fruit is a 'dessert'! emoticon

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3/18/15 6:46 A

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I haven't found cutting out sugar so far to be too hard. It takes a lot more reading of ingredients on packages for sure. I started cutting out sugar before I saw this challenge and I'm happy to have steps to follow to keep me going in the right direction! Only a few foods are making me have any sort of cravings.

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3/17/15 8:29 A

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Just joined this challenge. I am excited for getting my cravings under control.

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3/16/15 7:26 A

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So far doing well. I told myself I could have WW ice cream after dinner if I had calories left and I have had left over calories the last 3 nights. Since I drink alot of water when I take my vitamin at night I am too full for the ice cream. I am very excited that I havent needed the ice cream emoticon

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3/15/15 10:16 P

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I could have written this post myself! I know exactly how you feel. Glad to know someone is going through the same thing as me!

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This is my first day of the challenge. I am really excited to work on my sugar cravings. I can usually control myself at home and I don't buy sweets or junk when I grocery shop. However, I work in a candy/ice cream shop and I struggle very hard to control myself at work. I would rate my sugar intake as out of control. This is a great opportunity!

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3/15/15 8:31 P

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I'm technically in week 2 but I'm posting here because I never did. I found out that you should remove all unnatural sugar from your diet. Organic sugar does not cause me the same cravings as food that is laced with dextrose, and saccharin. I have had no sugar cravings since I cut out all sugars that are not organic.

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3/13/15 11:57 A

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I'm glad to join this challenge:)

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3/13/15 8:14 A

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Stressful morning and was craving my chocolate but I didnt give in emoticon

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JULIEMK813, you are an inspiration! I love it that you walked up and down the candy section and then went to the produce section for apples! Today, I walked up and down the candy section but gave in to my cravings. Next time, I'll think of you, and I won't buy the candy! Thank you!

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3/12/15 10:29 P

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SWEETPEA1399 Thank you for your words, today I went to the store and walked up and down the candy section and said I can handle this and went to the produce section and decided fresh sweet apples will be perfect.

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3/12/15 6:51 P

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3/12/15 11:16 A

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good morning not craving my chocolate fix.

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3/12/15 8:00 A

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JULIEMK, You got this!! You will get it under control and please do not get down on yourself! emoticon emoticon

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3/12/15 7:58 A

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Thanks so much!! emoticon

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3/11/15 8:37 P

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@ SWEETPEA, you are a shining example!!!

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3/11/15 2:07 P

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I really need to get my sweet tooth under control. I was doing so good until valentine's day, now it's almost a daily battle. So frustrated with myself.

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3/11/15 9:04 A

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SO far the morning is going well. I didnt eat any chocolate after breakfast. I didnt even crave it :)

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3/11/15 8:54 A

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I am noticing that with having freggies on hand all the time now, that it is easier to grab that then to grab something that is not healthy for me.

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3/8/15 4:56 P

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Thank you so much RKOTTEK! I went shopping today and made sure I am stocked up on more fruits and veggies! That really does make a difference. emoticon

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The quiz said I am a situational sugar monger. I guess that shows progress because in the past I actively purchased and craved sugar. Now I mostly just crave it when I am around it. I stopped buying bags of candy bars etc. My husband will do the purchasing occasionally and then I can't resist. He mostly has limited his snacking to one or two nights a week. Nights are a nightmare if I know sugar is in the house.

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By cutting my carbs, I am cutting my sugar intake. Being Diabetic, my sugar readings in the AM have come down drastically from 170+ to 100 in 9 days. Again, just a matter of discipline - so far I am doing good. By cutting the carbs I don't have the cravings which always surprises me...

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3/7/15 7:47 P

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@ SWEETPEA, great effort at ur food substituting and journalising. A good start like this will help keeping you on track.
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I have noticed that I crave sweets now more than ever before. I have noticed that I crave them in the evenings when I have nothing to do and when I am watching tv. So last night I made sure that I snacked on carrots and fruit when I had that urge. So for today I am going to swap out my sweet craving for a fruit or vegetable.

The quiz I took stated that I am out of control. I can accept this. So I am going to continue to blog or journal about my cravings and such for the rest of this week.

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Hello everyone, so two days ago I realised I have gotten into some pretty bad habits lately I feel like I eat a lot more sweets than I used to. So I decided to give the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" Challenge a try.

First I took the quiz that was linked in the email, to assess my sugar habits. The results confused me I am told I am in control of my sugar cravings: "Congratulations! You are in control of your sugar cravings. Either you were lucky enough to have been born without a sweet tooth, or you simply know your limits around sweets. Either way, you refuse to let thoughts of sweets consume you."
I don't feel this to be accurate, although I answered the questions in the quiz truthfully. The truth is, I often crave sweets (when I say often I mean a couple of times per week, not several times per day), and now and then I give in to those cravings in a way that may be called sensible, and rarely go overboard. But all those little indulgences add up and I feel like they are ruining my efforts. Or maybe they are partly caused by my efforts I often feel I "deserve" a little something because I have been doing so good exercise-wise. And I think this has to stop. Sugar is like an addictive drug, if I indulge in sugary sweets several times per week even if it's only a little it always stays on my mind, and in my system.

My reasons for wanting to cut back on sugar are mostly that I want to break that cycle, and that I want to consume less calories, and that I want to eat cleaner.

I'll continue to watch my sugar habits for the rest of week one. I'm curious what changes this challenge will bring!


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Hi...
I just started the Challenge today. emoticon

I can't say I eat sweets EVERY day but, I REALLY STRUGGLE with them at times. Not sure if the hormonal swings have anything to do with the intensity of the cravings but...I think they might. I seem to have UNCONTROLLABLE cravings every few weeks. If there is ANYTHING sweet in the house at these times...I WILL eat it!! And not just SOME of it...I will eat most or ALL of it...especially ice cream.

Once I have commenced eating the sugar (like a hopped-up junkie)...it takes awhile to rein myself back in...usually about a week.

During that week of 'binging' on sugar, I usually get so disgusted with myself (as I'm cramming another cookie in my mouth) that I stop tracking my food and don't exercise every day...which is totally counter-producive!!

The worse part is...if I am totally honest with myself...I FEEL like total crap when I'm eating so much sugary junk. Not just the 'mental beating' because I KNOW I shouldn't be consuming so many calories, etc. but...my body feels 'bad'. I'm sluggish and just feel "BLAH". I think that HAS to have something to do with the insulin overload.

So....long story short...I joined this challenge to try to break the cycle. I saw an article online that interviewed several people (TV personalities and models mostly) about what they did to kick the 'sugar habit'...almost EVERY one of them said it took about 6 months of 'cold-turkey withdrawal' before they lost the sugar cravings altogether. I'm not sure I can (or even want to) do that but, it definitely makes me think that sugar is as addictive as any 'drug'.

That's all I've got for now....hope I didn't get too 'windy' for ya. emoticon

Have a great day everyone!


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Hi everyone, Today is my first day of the challenge. I decided to join this challenge when my craving for sweet kept increasing as did my weight. I want to be free of this sugar addiction and get back to a more comfortable weight.

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have had no sweet things for over a week now
apart from artificially sweetened coffee

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WEEK # 1 2/22/15 Sunday
---I feel that my main issue with sweets is that if they are there, I will eat them. When there is cake or donuts, chocolates or candy in the break room, then I want to eat some. But I can pass up the vending machine or cafeteria.
---Another issue is my daughter, she temps me in the store or when we are in town. I have a hard time passing or ignoring her suggestions. I know it is my own fault and weakness, but on my own I tend to be stronger.
---I have been working on this already so I am starting from now. I passed up donuts twice today at work and we don't have any chocolate or sweets at home right now.
---I plan on allowing my self occasional treats, but nothing big. And not as a reward. emoticon

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Trying to get back on track and lose this weight. I have passed up on temptation twice already this morning, donuts right under my nose, how mean. I can do this, I've done it before, 30 lbs by my next birthday. emoticon emoticon

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I want to make positive changes NOW in my life. My husband will be retiring in June and I want to get a head start, living on a limited income. Less money means cheaper food. Isn't it amazing that cheaper food is mostly sugar and things you can't have?

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I'm hoping to tame my snack tooth, not just sweets -- because sweets aren't my only problem. It'd be nice if they'd put a link for a personal blog on this forum. 8-)

Well looky what I found: Handy Link to Spark Journal, for any Sparker: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/planner
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Hi all. I joined this challenge a while ago, but did not complete it. I really need to hop on the wagon again!

My goal for this first week it to cut out the sweet snacks in between meals. Unfortunately we have a surplus of them in the house at the moment. I am going to try to substitute herbal tea if I need something to deal with stress, or a power nap (if possible) when tired, since I find those are the two triggers that cause me to eat sweets.


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Just read a few Sparkpeople articles today on healthy snacks.
These seem to be a good way to help keep cravings better under control.

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So I decided to join this group and tackle my sugar cravings because:

1) It's a significant hindrance on my weight loss attempts
2) It leaves a nasty taste in my mouth
3) I'm pretty sure it affects my mood and my sleep
4) It's all refined sugar I'm consuming which is disgustingly bad for me
5) I don't like feeling like I don't have control over my own wants!

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I know what you mean. I am always amazed at how small healthy portions look! It's even worse when I'm really hungry. So I am really trying to remember the snacks so I don't feel as 'cheated' when looking at my meal portions.

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I decided to join this group because I know that overeating, especially sweets, is why I weigh the same as when I went to the hospital to deliver my daughter.... almost 8 months ago! I don't want to be in the "overweight" category before conceiving again but want to expand our family sooner rather than later. So hopefully I can gain better control over my eating, lose the weight and feel healthy again. ...And not have our children spaced 10 years apart!

I seriously cannot stop thinking about ice cream or chocolate. I try not to buy them, but I don't have the willpower to resist all the time. I also like pop too much. Flavored seltzer is pretty good, but doesn't quite cut it when I want a little boost from the sugar. Maybe I need to remember that I can have caffeine again since I'm not lactating anymore... but it screws with my sleep if I have I too late in the day!

Oh well, I know I'm rambling, I should probably have blogged this instead!


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I decided to join this team because I need to get my blood sugar under control. I have recently started using the meal planner here so I'm having some crazy-intense sugar cravings. My cravings are the worst after I eat a meal. It's like my body wants dessert after every meal!!! I just want to be able to eat a meal without fighting a sugar craving afterwards.

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I do the same thing... I overeat when I am stressed.

I've found going for a walk or exercising helps clear my brain and just deal with the stress as opposed to eating. I think the biggest obstacle is realizing you aren't hungry.... Your body just needs some feel good chemicals produced when we work out.

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Yesterday was day one for me. There were 2 times when I was really consumed with sugar. The first was at work when someone brought in a cream cheese dip with chocolate chips, which you spread on graham crackers. I didn't indulge because I didn't think I could control myself. Later in the day I found myself swimming in a sea of Hershey Kisses when I got the news that my car repairs were going to be $2,200. I've been out of work for 2 months and just start a part time job last week, so to say I was stunned would be an understatement.

My discoveries: I crave sweets at 2 very specific times; 1) When I'm stressed out, and 2) When I know it's around, since I didn't indulge the rest of the time I was at work my thoughts kept going back to the idea that it was there. Finally, I made a rule that every time I wanted to indulge I would walk the flight of stairs to ward off the craving. After the fourth time of walking the stairs I had started to forget about it because I started feeling good about the extra steps I was taking.

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I originally signed up for this challenge in April 2014; the time has finally come where I feel I am ready and able to participate in this challenge.

Yesterday was emoticon for me. I did have Hazelnut Creamer in my coffee and tea yesterday.

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We have a well meaning older lady who brings in huge platters of baked goods; they are amazing and I love them! Yesterday I realized there were cupcake brownies, and some cookies with cashews in them. I am so proud of myself for eating just "one" brownie...I know, should have been none, but really people! emoticon
However, I typically would have had to try the cookies too.
I find myself wanting something sweet after dinner, no exception. I sometimes eat a piece of chocolate, or some other little treat. I am trying to cut this down to something VERY SMALL, to just satisfy the ritual of it and not over indulge. Does that make sense? If I stop it altogether I think I would be stressed over that; I make a cup of instant coffee and sit with...something.

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I know what you mean KITKAT12344 re: meds in the evening. I used to use that as well as a reason to snack and have decided to have an some apple with mine and I find it really helps.

Yesterday I had NO sweets and my urge for them has diminished substantially now - especially as its been a few days since I have had anything really sugary as my 2 cookies yesterday weren't like bought ones and I don't have as many carbs either these days.

Its amazing how your body changes ... the saying is sooo true ... the less sweets you eat the less you crave them!

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today is my third day in week one of this challenge and i have learned that it is hard for me to resist sugar. which is not good at all. but my goal is to find the foods that temp me most and cut them from my diet. it will be hard but i have to start somewhere

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Today is my second day of the challenge, but it's funny because I did the week one already before (well part of it) I even knew what I would be doing when I saw this challenge. The part I already did was to journal and address when my sugar cravings attack. Mine are at night before bed. I have a med I have to take with food just before bed and this gave me an excuse to eat. I was finding that it was a sugary snack I was reaching for. The other trigger time is lunchtime a work. I have an extremely stressful job with lots of deadlines, and that pressure tends to make me want to reach for unhealthy foods. So, my goal is to fix that.

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Hi everyone! Today is my third day of this challenge. I've learned that I have massive sugar cravings in the evenings while watching TV so am staying away from it and working on the computer, reading, studying instead. So far, so good, but I'm not kidding myself, this is only the third day. I'm finding having my list of reasons to quit sugar posted in several places in the house makes me more aware of why I'm doing this. Am feeling remarkably calm about this. emoticon

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Hi everyone! Today is my third day of this challenge. I've learned that I have massive sugar cravings in the evenings while watching TV so am staying away from it and working on the computer, reading, studying instead. So far, so good, but I'm not kidding myself, this is only the third day. I'm finding having my list of reasons to quit sugar posted in several places in the house makes me more aware of why I'm doing this. Am feeling remarkably calm about this. emoticon

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Hi everyone! Today is my third day of this challenge. I've learned that I have massive sugar cravings in the evenings while watching TV so am staying away from it and working on the computer, reading, studying instead. So far, so good, but I'm not kidding myself, this is only the third day. I'm finding having my list of reasons to quit sugar posted in several places in the house makes me more aware of why I'm doing this. Am feeling remarkably calm about this. emoticon

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Am feeling pretty happy today. Was faced with one of my full on evening cravings yesterday avo/evening and I even made 2x dozen choc cookies but I only had max of 2!!

Can't believe how controlled I was considering how I usually binge and feel the following day so am more determined than ever.

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Was trying to respond to RKOTTEK. Think the water bottle idea w/ added prepack lemon is a great idea.

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That's a Great idea. Thanks. Have to try it.

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Hello everyone...I joined this challenge to rid myself of the ridiculous amount of sugar cravings I have. It isn't just the real sugars, it is mostly the aspartame. I am not looking to cut sugars completely, but to keep it at a normal level that I can control. I am out of control and the quiz was absolutely right in telling me something I already know. February is a tough month with birthdays which means cakes usually and ice cream; then Valentine's day, and lots of starchy comfort foods that people crave with the cabin fever we get this time of year. I am planning with all I have to beat this and win the challenge. I look forward to all of the support on this board.

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i started this challenge today my goal is to reduce my sugur intake this week by 75% because i am a diabetic and need to control my blood sugar levels and also i am dieting so want to lose weight.

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I keep a 2 litre plastic bottle in the fridge, so I can be sure how much water I am drinking each day. I have a mug of this each time with a squirt of prepacked lemon juice in it, each time.

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I do drink water while at work, but I need to increase the amount. I also work at a retail store and walk by food all of the time!

Thanks for offering your suggestion!

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A lot of times when I am craving something sweet, I am actually thirsty! And I've neglected drinking enough water... Or I haven't had any fruit.

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I came to this challenge to find answer on how to control my sugar and to find others who will be supportive.

My week is better, but I struggled with wanting extra vanilla in my coffee! I finally bought sugar free and it wasn't bad.

I have a difficult time with my sugar cravings when I am at work. I now know where the candy stash is and have a hard time keeping my hands out of the jar!

I hope to have a better understanding of what sugar does to my body and how much sugar really is in the carbs I eat. Looking for healthier menu ideas!

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i love cooking too, but, also have to be careful to avoid booze, as well

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What brings you to this challenge? I love cooking and eating healthy foods, but I can't seem to control my sweet tooth. I'm hoping this challenge offers me some new tools.

How is your week going? Most days are pretty good! I eat a healthy breakfast (oatmeal and yogurt), and then leftovers (stuffed pepper soup) for lunch. Then I usually make a healthy dinner. And apple for a snack. But more and more I am also having ice cream and chocolate and baked goods. And I'm gaining weight when I want to lose - so badly.

What have you learned about your sugar cravings so far? That I need help.

What do you hope to accomplish at the end of 4 weeks? Push past this hurdle, and have some new healthy habits.

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Sugar is definitely my problem, and then, of course, not eating right.....need to chg = day one.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28


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Hi there! I have been decreasing the amount of sugar I eat for two weeks now. I have been following the program by Jorge Cruise which has you eating more protein and good fat while counting sugar grams. I must say my cravings for sugar have gone from a 9 to a 3 and I am very satisfied with my meals. I am also following the Beck Diet Solution which helps with behavior modification and teaches you how to think as a thin person. I have much more energy and the bloat is going down! Looking forward to these next 4 weeks!

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