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8/30/14 12:20 P

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Thank you Somar. That was a very helpful article.

'Defeat is a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.'



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Very proud of your success. Keep up the good work.

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my goal is to stay pretty much sugar free. keep eating lots of veg, fruits and lean meat. with only whole grain breads or pastas. this is working for me and I am sticking to it. even though I had a long plateau before the scale started moving again, I have an average of 1 pound a week. I have been on this healthy eating for 8 months x 4 weeks a month and I have lose 32 pounds. so I just don't give up and stick to it no matter what. right now the scale is moving and I am not complaining. 63 more pounds to go. wish me luck and I hope your venture is paying off for you too.

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Read the article
"Defend yourself against diet saboteurs"

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8/28/14 4:34 P

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Hi. I've been working on reducing my sugar intake since getting diagnosed with NASH (Non-alcoholic liver disease) a couple of months ago.

This Challenge is a wonderful resource and I'm really pleased to have found a place for support.

I've been working through the Week 1 information. The hardest part for me is dealing with social situations where people either encourage you to take large portions or look rather offended if you refuse. Does anyone have a way around this please? I don't always feel it's appropriate to give my medical history.

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Amy, thanks for the question. I am just starting this challenge this week. You have nailed it--I
give myself permission to eat sweets when I am alone. I always feel guilty about it, but I do
it anyway. And I used to be satisfied with 1 cookie and stop. Now that isn't the case. I
realize now I can't use sugar as a reward for a job done. I do believe that I can tame the craving as I get sugar out of my system.

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You are doing great, Keep it up,

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8/18/14 1:41 P

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Hi all,
Just finishing up my week 1 tasks. I think subbing herbal tea or dried fruit when I am having a craving works pretty well for me.

Managed to blog a few times, which was super fun!

Off to see what week 2 holds for me. :)
Have a great day!

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THAT WAS A GOOD SWITCH.

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NOT BUYING ANY IS A SMART DECISION.

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I had prunes instead of chocolate last ......day 1

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Try with all your might, it is not easy. Best wishes on your journey.

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I need to do something about my chocolate addiction.......didn't buy any to-day so we will see how long it lasts

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I think that many people probably do what you do. When you are by yourself there's the freedom of having no witnesses. When you are in the company of others you need to show
that you are accountable for the choices you make. I have been known to loose control when I'm alone.

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8/9/14 8:25 P

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Did pretty well today but I had some sugar in my coffee while driving to my in-laws, and a Popsicle at their house with the kids after dinner. But I didn't give in to sugary treats when we stopped at rest areas so that is good. I packed snacks for myself and my little guy to eat in the car.

Here's a question. How do each of you draw the line for what amount or situations in which you feel it's okay to eat some sugar? I'm sure it's different for everyone. I find that when I eat sugary treats in private, that's when I lose control and feel guilty. Versus a Popsicle with my kids at the in-laws, i feel okay about that because it's a shared family experience, and I can limit myself. I'd be curious to hear other team members thoughts on this!

Hope everyone had a great day!
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You are so welcome.
So far today I haven't had any, but I too had very little sleep
and I am exhausted. I think that I might have some coffee
with a little sugar.
Have a great day.

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8/8/14 1:41 P

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Thanks for the warm welcome back! I blogged for the first time on SP yesterday and it was such a pleasant surprise to see two team members from here comment on my page. I'm feeling the sparkpeople love! Thank you!

Off to a good start today so far. Although I was tired, I still hit the gym this morning and I am sipping some black tea right now to stave off the afternoon slump instead of grabbing some chocolate that I know is in the pantry. I did measure 2 tsp of sugar into my morning coffee instead of having stevia like I sometimes do, but I thought about the fact that I was extra tired and really craving that sugar. Lesson learned: I am going to bed earlier tonight!

Knowing that there are people rooting for me and who might read what I write is certainly a new way to keep myself honest about what I'm eating. :)

Hope everyone is having a great and sugar-free day!
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Amy, best wishes in your return to this challenge. The battle against sugar is a difficult one.
Even when you think you've won, it comes back to tempt you.

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Hi all! I am rejoining this challenge after taking a stab at it once before. I have situational issues with sugar. Stress and being tired definitely trigger me to want sweets. And if there is milk chocolate in the house I will eat it all (I do not normally buy it). This week I am trying to have herbal tea after dinner to help me sleep better instead of raiding the kids' candy stashes in the pantry. I'm looking forward to learning more about my triggers and substitutes.
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If you are determined then you can do it. Maybe you can start by having a little bit everyday and start to cut it to every other day until you can manage it to once a week.
I know that it's hard. but if want it bad enough it can happen.
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I am here primarily for one reason ...chocolate. emoticon I weird in the fact that I only like two fruits banana's and natural applesauce. My biggest problem is chocolate, I do not crave any other sweets, but chocolate is a huge problem. I find it really hard to substitute when you only crave one thing and nothing else hits the spot! emoticon
My goal is to learn portion control and limit my sugar/chocolate intake to once a week. (Meaning that once a week is not a free for all, I still have to maintain my correct serving size.)
I find that if I can accomplish this goal I will be able to control my craving's (hopefully.) by still rewarding myself once a week within limits.

So far I have done good but the week for me is only half way through.

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Welcome to the challenge and best wishes,
Start by reading the articles and start cutting back on the sweets.
It is difficult at first but with time you will do it.
When you get the urge to eat sweets do some sort of activity to keep
yourself busy. Exercise will keep your mind from thinking about sweets.
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Hello! I am joining this in hope of kicking my late night sweet splurges and to get healthy. Sugar does a number on me, and I never realized how hard it would be to cut back. Any tips and advice are welcome! I am hoping, and praying, to gain some control back

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sugar free candy and gum help and also a little exercise helps as well. Sometimes when I feel the need for sweets I will walk, go on the bike or dance, I don't do it for long periods of time and it takes the anxiety away.

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I am finding that when I'm bored, stressed or tired, I crave sweets. These three things happen to me daily. LOL!! I am so grateful for sugar free candy/gum. I was concerned that I would be jittery by quitting cold turkey, but so far so good.

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Sounds interesting. I will try to find it. Thanks

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Some great ideas here! Thank you!! My goal this week is to take the long way around at the office to avoid the numerous candy dishes.

Blessings,
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I'm an emotional sugar eater, when negativity is around that's the emotion that sets the sugar trigger. I'm also a bored sugar eater, so far I have been able to find walking in circles or walking outside when I become bored stopping me from grabbing sugar. I've walked outside three times now. I'm still looking for a resolve for my emotional eating. Received upsetting news today and failed myself looking for an alternative. Now still feeling down I will just have to "hide" outside until I feel sure of myself not to grab sugar.

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I really like Fage plain greek yogurt and I will just put cut up, fresh strawberries and blueberries in it. It is real Greek yogurt - not the yucky stuff that has fillers in it to make it seem thick and "Greek-like". If you've been eating that stuff then it will be a challenge to your taste buds at first because it is quite sour, but once you get used to it, it's really good and filling! Hope that helps!

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

NO, I AM NOT AWARE OF SUCH YOGURT.
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To me, the sugar shield is the willpower to say no to desserts. I'm very bad with sweets. My goal here is to knock out all the junkie desserts I eat. I realized yesterday that the yogurt I have this week is a Greek fruit on the bottom yogurt. It has a lot of sugar! Does anyone know of a good sugar free greek yogurt? emoticon

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WHAT IS THE SUGAR SHIELD? emoticon

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I LIKE THE IDEA OF NOT HAVING DESSERT DURING THE WEEK AND HAVING SOMETHING DELICIOUS DURING THE WEEKEND. THANK YOU FOR THAT IDEA,

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While I was at school, I was able to control my sweet tooth by not eating dessert in the dining hall during the week. On the weekends, limiting sweets was easy because the dining hall made cruddy desserts. I'm hoping to get to that point again where I can have the willpower to eat dessert only on the weekends and have one dessert each day. I've been binge eating desserts when I'm stressed, so I'm hoping to stop that.

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I love the Sugar Shield! I need all the armour I can get! I was actually able to resist that cake all day today!

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I love the 'sugar shield' concept ... am going to use that in my daily battles with all things junk!
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Put on your sugar shield and be strong. emoticon emoticon

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So today I get to work and there is cake on the table! I must stay strong! No cake for me! emoticon

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HI, WELCOME TO THE FORUM. TO GIVE UP OR CUT DOWN ON SUGAR YOU JUST FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS IN THE CHALLENGE. FIND OUT WHAT THERE IS TO KNOW AND SWAP FOODS FOR OTHER FOODS. YOU LOVE ICE CREAM, THEN FIND ONE THAT IS SUGAR FREE, THERE ARE MANY OPTIONS OUT THERE.
I WISH YOU SUCCESS IN YOUR JOURNEY. IT TAKES TIME TO CHANGE BUT YOU CAN DO IT ONE STEP AT A TIME.

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Hi I'm new to the team as of yesterday. This year I was back into my fitness and healthy eating for the months of May and June but my back which is quite bad acted up in June and totally derailed me. Yesterday I really saw myself, in the mirror, and didn't like what I saw so I vowed to get back to my healthy regime again. I really have to quit sugar because I know what negative effects it had on me, depression, anxiety, et al. I really need to quit sugar cold turkey so I'm not sure I want to continue eating sugar like I normally do, even if it's just for one week. I will, instead, document my cravings but won't be eating my sugary treats this week. Is that O.K.?

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Hi, welcome to the forum. Follow the directions on the challenge and you will find out so many things about sugar. You will be surprised about the foods that have lots of sugar in them and how to eliminate it in your healthy eating. Best wishes on your journey.

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I was jogging the other day and all I could think about was whether I like cookies or ice cream more! I was debating which was the better treat to waste my calories on. While I can usually stay within my calorie count for the day sometimes I don't and I can see how this sugar problem is really out of control for me! I shouldn't be thinking about it even during exercise!!!! : ( I have been a member of sparkpeople for a year now and have never posted anything on the forums. I have also been a member of this challenge for quite awhile and am finally going to put some effort into it starting with this post! I hope I can do this, er I KNOW I can do this and I wish us all the best for attempting to curb our sugar cravings!

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Hi everyone! Day one for me. I know I have a serious issue with sugar. I deal with hypoglycemia on a daily basis now and I know that it is because my eating habits are so out of whack. I actually gave up sugar for one week and on day 7 felt better than I had in years but it was Easter Sunday and so I didn't even make it through breakfast before going right back to sweets. I am nervous to try again because I feel like a failure no matter what I do lately but that is probably just the depression and anxiety I've been feeling since my diet is so bad. Ready to do this! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi, and welcome. Sugar does bring us much pleasure. I know that if I'm not careful one piece of chocolate or one cookie can turn into a sugar catastrophe. I wish you much success
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Hi Everyone,
I'm new to the forum.
Sugar is such a crutch. I feel so good when I'm in control of it and it doesn't control me.
I'm really trying to lose some weight and I know that giving in to those sugar cravings don't help me to reach my goal. I'm hoping this challenge will help me.
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I SO wish I could do that! Maybe someday but right now I can't have it in the house. Not only that but if I have ANYthing with sugar in it my cravings will be turned on for OTHER sugar. Fortunately the natural sugars in fruit don't set me off or I'd REALLY be in trouble!

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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I am so glad that you were able to do that,
It is what we all need to do on a daily basis.
We need to learn to eat the things that we love
but in moderation. We need to have a small
portion and put the rest away till another day
or share it with someone else. It's not easy to do,
but we need be true to ourselves.

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Today is the last day for Week 1. I'll start Week 2 tomorrow.
Yesterday I accomplished something I'm truly pleased about. My husband bought me one of my favorite treats (ever!) and rather than refuse, I let him. I didn't start craving it till after dinner. So I took a walk to allow the calories. When I got home, I had tea, relaxed, THEN only ate 1/4 of the treat. Put the rest back in the fridge and went to bed. I thought of the calories, the regret I'd have if I ate the whole thing, all my hard work I've put in to working out and it stopped me from devouring the whole thing.
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Thank you! I am really excited about getting sugar out of my diet...totally! I know it is going to be a challenge, but I have already started a trek to getting and staying healthy. I look forward to the forums, the support, and most of all the information that will assist in my eradicating sugar from my diet.

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Hi, welcome to the forum. Just follow the directions on the challenge and you will find out so many things about sugar. You will be surprised about the foods that have lots of sugar in them and how to eliminate it in your healthy eating. Best wishes on your journey.

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New to forum trying to learn to eliminate sweets from my diet totally.

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7/20/14 5:32 P

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PS... Thanks Somar12570 for staying consistent with this thread. Us newbies need a voice bringing direction/help on this Challenge.

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7/20/14 5:30 P

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2 more days in Week 1 to go. No sweets today. Was craving chocolate yesterday pretty strong. Ended up getting an ALT Larabar to take the edge off. Bought some veggies at a local Farmers Market today.
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7/19/14 8:58 P

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I hope that you are able to go cold turkey. If not then try cutting down on them and see if that works. Good luck on taming your sweet tooth. I know that it is difficult to do

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7/19/14 8:34 P

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I am so used to buying sweets that I just went to the grocery store for bananas for my protein shake and came home with weight watchers candies. Luckily I have a daughter in college who will take them to school with her! Lol! I'm trying to go cold turkey because it is so out of control. The sweets are delicious but never fill me and have no nutritional value. I guess I could tell myself dark chocolate is good for me but I personally can't control myself so I'm going to try for at least two weeks without and see how I feel. Baby steps, right??

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7/19/14 9:54 A

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Great! Having anything in moderation is key to loosing weight,
Continue to do what you are doing.

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7/18/14 11:17 P

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Week 1 going good. I did eat something sweet in moderation today. 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the afternoon.
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7/18/14 2:19 P

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HI, WELCOME TO THIS CHALLENGE. GO TO COMNUNITY AND CLICK. THEN CLICK ON CHALLENGE CENTRAL AND THEN ON Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge'. THERE YOU WILL FIND THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS CHALLENGE. emoticon emoticon

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I'm new to this challenge but it is intriguing to me. I have a WICKED sweet tooth!! I'm hoping this group can be a motivation to me to help tame this beast! :)

I'm learning how to navigate Spark People as well so I hope this is the best place to post. How does this challenge work?

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7/18/14 11:18 A

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Starting the four week challenge today, after a breakfast of Eggo waffles with syrup (ehhhh). My biggest struggle with sweets is when I'm at work, I work in a chain pharmacy where candy is always on sale. It's an interesting world we live in when an end cap for Ghiradelli chocolate is directly across the aisle from diabetic supplies.

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7/17/14 8:04 P

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I had something similar happen to me. I had a small slice of pie and that led to an uncontrollable need for other foods that are off limits. I gave in to the cravings and it was devastating to me.
I realized that there are some foods that just set me up for more carbohydrates and I need to stay away from them.

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7/17/14 7:13 P

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So I started picking at homemade cookies at work today. Eating unraveled when I got home.
Don't even know how to acct for this in the taking account of cravings.


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7/17/14 7:09 P

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I've never had carob. I will try it.. Thank you for the info.

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LADYPIIXEL, I know some people have used Carob to replace chocolate. It doesn't taste the same but for replacement, it might work. I've also heard that people who crave chocolate, might have a Magnesium deficiency.

Ok, for me, I'm on Week 1, Day 2.

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7/16/14 10:00 A

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I know that feeling very well. Whenever there is something sweet in the house, I feel its presence. I usually do keep away but when I'm at my weakest I give in and have some.
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7/16/14 8:53 A

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day 6 - week 1

My son's girl friend made him a cake to help him feel better. A realization is that when the sweets are in my house they scream for me constantly. I had a piece(probably bigger than I needed to)
Even this morning it is screaming for me already. I am glad it is his and not mine to eat. But I will be very aware of its presence until its gone.

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