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3/3/15 11:00 A

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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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3/2/15 11:30 P

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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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2/22/15 7:14 P

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

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2/22/15 4:56 P

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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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2/22/15 3:03 P

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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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2/16/15 3:35 P

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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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2/15/15 10:31 P

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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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2/15/15 9:41 P

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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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2/15/15 5:25 P

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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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2/15/15 4:15 P

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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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2/10/15 11:33 P

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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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2/10/15 1:50 P

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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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2/7/15 12:00 A

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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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2/4/15 10:56 A

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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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2/4/15 6:48 A

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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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2/4/15 2:05 A

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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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2/3/15 9:00 P

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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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2/3/15 3:54 P

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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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2/3/15 2:37 P

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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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2/3/15 5:29 A

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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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2/2/15 11:39 P

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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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2/2/15 11:38 P

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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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2/2/15 7:37 P

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Hi all
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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2/2/15 5:54 A

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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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2/1/15 8:43 P

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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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2/1/15 6:19 P

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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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2/1/15 5:59 P

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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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2/1/15 3:17 P

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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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1/28/15 11:02 A

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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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1/28/15 1:02 A

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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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I don't know if I ever posted on this team, but I took the test for sugar cravings and I tested out SUPER HIGH!!!!! So I'm hoping this team can give me some ideas for avoiding sweets. I know that if you stop eating them, the cravings stop, but I have an emotional craving for sweets, so that is not going away. I'm starting over again today and keeping a journal so I can better understand what is emotionally going on.

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today is the first day, I know i need to do something about my sugar cravings because i have a hard time resisting temptation and it is a hug contributing factor to my weight.

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What brings you to this challenge? I always HAVE to have something sweet and my weight is NOT going down. I've only been going up and I feel pretty hopeless.

How is your week going? Starting off pretty bad. I've been overeating like crazy and more than half the time I'm not even hungry. I wish I could get it under control.

What have you learned about your sugar cravings so far? That I'm not the only one. I consider myself a sugar addict and this is been a life struggle.

What do you hope to accomplish at the end of 4 weeks? Join the goals, check in every day, and keep active in discussion. Eventually with lots of practice, it's bound to sink in (hopefully).

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1/19/15 8:51 A

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First week - trying to cut down sweets but that darn sweet tooth gets me after dinner

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I need to get away from sugar. Sugar comes mostly in the form of anything covered in chocolate from the Bulk Barn store. About 18 months ago I started to work with a nutritionist. I was off sugar and eating a nutrient diet for about 6 months before I started 'wandering'. Over the past year I have slipped back to old habits when I have been confronted with stressful situations. I have gained back 30 of the 40 pounds I lost and most importantly I don't feel as well as I did before. I have an appointment with that nutritionist again this week. I haven't seen her since my dad passed in August. I expect to be embarrassed. I also expect to get back on track. Fingers crossed. Toes too.

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My plan: Consume 1 organic, dark chocolate square per day, if I have an overwhelming urge to eat sweets. That way, I'm not saying "none" but rather "moderation."
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This week I learned a lot about when I crave the sweets. On week day mornings I want caffeine And I don't drink coffee and I don't like the taste of diet soda, so I was drinking a large soda. I would crave a chocolate treat again late afternoon or the drive home from work. I had my period start this week so my chocolate craving was worse. I started consistently tracking my food intake this week again and realized how many of my calories come from beverages. I drank 64 oz of water a day or more this week and that partially helped my sweet beverage problem. My goal for this weekend is to remove the sweets from the cupboards. I realized a small serving of a sweet May be enough to get rid of the craving. I am also looking for healthier snack options that are still satisfying. Look forward to week 2 of the challenge

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Am just starting out on my sugar-free journey. Just signed up to spark last night - love the app too! I have Sarah Wilson's "I quit sugar" books that are just fabulous. Have done a shop that took absolutely forever but still have to clean out the cupboards of sugary stuff.
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Yay you, indeed!!!


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Holy cow, today is the 7th day of no sweets, tomorrow I start on week two and I am still hanging in there. Yay me

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It's great hearing about the first week challenge and how people are handling things. I'm learning alot. If I could have followed my wishes and put a big blanket over my head throughout the month of December and not come out until about mid-January,l I would have been in good shape. But no......I couldn't do that and keep my job! lol. Great job everybody. Baby steps to our goals. We didn't develop those cravings overnight. We learned them over time, so it will take time to "tame" the shrew!!

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Yesterday was a really hard day for me, I wanted some sugar, candy, cookies anything sweet. I cut up two oranges and ate them, they were really good, later on I ate some dried apples from a Christmas fruit tray. I made it through one more day without sugar. Whew.

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Already had 2 cookies. Sigh.
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The first part of the week I did well. I know that stress and lack of sleep, staying up late to complete school work, are my biggest triggers and I did pretty well...until Friday and Saturday. Friday was dinner w/ friends and Saturday was spent all day at my desk working... I'm not going to beat myself up about it. It's all a learning lesson. Just keep moving forward with baby steps.

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I am still reading literature and figuring out what to cut first. I need to clean out my cupboards from Xmas because my kids were here and there are items in my kitchen that I wouldn't normally eat.

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I started this team because the months of November and December I was out of control on my sweets. Now that work is started back( I work at a college) my cravings for something sweet has increased. I know that I eat sweets when I am stressed. Sometimes, I do really good and other times I do not. This last week I had pie, cupcakes and a piece of cake. I am hoping to improved on my will power to say no.

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Way to go, Jamjojam! That might seem like a small thing, but it's the small victories that make the big difference.


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Day 2 sugar free. I went to Vons, it's $5 Friday. They had slices of ice cream cake 2-$5.00. I wanted some, I opened the cold case freezer door , picked it up and put the cake back in. A small victory. I just kept saying to myself, no sugar, no sugar no sugar.

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This is Day 5 of not having any sugar of any kind. I have eaten some stevia-sweetened things, which has no effect on my blood sugar, and does not cause any sugar or carb cravings. So far so good!

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I purged my kitchen of sugar. I threw away my white sugar and even the plastic container I keep it in. I cut a big hole in the 2 pound bag of brown sugar and put it down the garbage disposal. My plan was to make caramels out of the brown sugar. I can whip up fudge or caramels really fast. No more. I want to kill the sugar urge in me.

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Hi everyone. Sweets can be so triggering, and emotions (for me) can trigger wanting sweets. I am working on being more present, more aware of my feelings and my reactions so that I will make healthier choices and avoid the sugary treats.

How is everyone doing? Week 1 is challenging, but so worth it!

JoFindsHealth, what is the role of the Candy Person? Is it to have treats available for everyone? If so perhaps you could have things that youre not fond of, and also gum in the candy bowl. Also, could the role be shared by others?

CindyPray, youre doing great. Having an apple and gum are such good choices.

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Reviewing and reducing my sugar consumption after the holidays. Too many sweet things have increased my cravings for it.

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Hi Jofindshealth...

I too love to bake, and I find chewing gum while baking really stops the licks, bites & tastes. During the Holidays I did so much baking in my kitchen as a activity with friends & family that I keep a pack of gum right on the counter. It really works for me.

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Day 3 - Sugar Free. I'm still having times of sugar cravings, especially around 3pm, and after dinner when I was having a dessert over the Holidays.

I chose an apple at 3pm, and enjoyed each bite.

I chose dry roasted nuts after dinner. It worked.



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I'm starting with avoiding pop beginning January 1st. I never kept much pop in the house until the last few months which I got "for company". Needless to say I drank most of it. So...I've stocked up on sparkling water to get my fizz craving settled, but I still won't be drinking pop. I also keep a bottle of water in the car, so I'm not tempted to get pop when I get gas.

My next challenges to overcome:
1) I'm the "candy lady" at work. I inherited it, and only reason I've kept it up is because it allows me to visit with people that I otherwise wouldn't talk to. But this also means I constantly have candy on my desk, and therefore I see it ALL.DAY.LONG. I usually don't give in until after lunch, but I usually have at least 3 of the mini candy bars, which needs to STOP!

2) I LOVE to bake and try new recipes. Enough said.

Suggestions?

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Day one, no sweets...

You'll never know when you take your last chance
You'll never know when you dance your last dance

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Actually started cutting out sweets on New Year's Day so I am so excited to be a part of this challenge. I am doing OK so far, I will take all the help I can get. emoticon

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DAY 1 FOR ME! emoticon

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I'm looking forward to gaining control over sugar, rather than sugar controlling me. After meals if I don't have a sweet I will think about it until I find myself in the kitchen scarfing something without actually even tasting it.

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Yesterday I was able to pass on the candies passed right under my nose. But I did have a glass of champagne. Alcohol is another dietary self-sabotage I'm trying to kick.

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Situational sugar craving here also. Day 3 starting, and still on track.....Still motivated by new yr goals. Pat on my back for refusing a friend's contribution of pie yesterday at a group meeting. I took the approach of thinking that she is just trying to clean out her frig, and that pie had been hanging around for a long time overdue. I imagined that it was dried out and stale.



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Today was pretty good. Eating vanilla greek yogurt (80 cals) with 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries and a few chopped pecans seems to be helping with the sugar cravings. The sweetness of the blueberries and the sourness of the yogurt, plus the crunch of the nuts is so yummy!

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I like that image of a sweaty hand......LOL!

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I'm also a member of the "Struggles with Situational Sugar" club! I have a lovely bunch of ladies at the office who bring in treats in the break room. And there's a candy dish. I have a hard time walking past all this.

Sometimes I picture a big sweaty hand just reached into the candy dish before me. Aversion therapy.

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At the moment I have very little control on my sugar cravings if it's right in front of me. I made the mistake of keeping around a box of Christmas cookies that were a gift, and scarfed several without even thinking about it. The remaining cookies got regifted! Hopefully if I stay smart about bringing sugar in the house, my willpower will improve. emoticon

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So far I have realized that my cravings are stronger in the afternoon and evening. I've managed to have a fruit at one of those times.....so far haven't conquered the mid afternoon or after dinner craving.......any suggestions? If I have cheese with my coffee in the afternoon, is that better than a sweet?

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I have situational struggles with sugar according to the quiz. I think that is quite true. Usually I see something that will having me craving sweets or am around them. I think if I can keep my favorites out of the house I'll be able to do good with this challenge!

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thoughtful too

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We had a great meeting at work today and everyone had decided that we are going to do a Biggest Loser competition. Our candy gal has decided that in order to support us she will no longer leave a candy dish out but a dish full of peanuts/almonds. Very nice of her :)

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I, too, am a situational sugar eater. But I know I follow a pattern....my body starts to crave a sweet at certain times and then I am obsessed till I get it.....I think this may be a hard habit to break. I'm hoping this challenge will start me on the right path.

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The quiz said I was a situational sugar person. So true. I can go without for awhile then if an event or food triggers me I eat it till it's gone.

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I love love love my sweets!!!!! I too have a lady at work who has candy out All the time, it is so bothersome, but i have been looking at it when i walk by and stating to myself "you don't need it." It's hard, because my own mother who is diabetic as well eats candy and has it around all the time too. I just can't seem to get away from it at all. Help, suggestions. ugh

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I, too, have a significant sweet tooth. We have a few women in my workplace that keep candy on their desk ALL the time. I've decided that I will no longer stop at their desk. My biggest problem is lattes.

My challenge goal - Stay away from the candy dishes and find an alternative to lattes.

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I have a significant sweet tooth, and I want to reduce the amount of sugar I take so I can get control of my cravings. I am tired of having my brain constantly thinking of high calorie food filled with sugar running my life...


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The quiz says I'm a situational sugar consumer. So true! I can do a pretty good job of controlling my sweets at home, but have a hard time at work where the sweets abound. It's a big challenge as I so enjoy the treats.

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So glad to see this challenge! My biggest problem is sweets and we know they're full of carbs -- I can't resist. Hoping this challenge will help me learn new habits about sweets and gain control over my cravings. I'm here to get it done!

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According to the quiz I have a situational sweet tooth. Yeah, that sounds about right. If I am in a situation where there is something sweet, I need to have it. I want to lessen my sweet tooth in the hopes that I will finally be able to take off these excess pounds and keep them off. My ultimate goal is to reach a healthy weight by my birthday in 2016. That gives me 13 months to take off about 73 pounds.

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Hey group, well I realize I do have a sweet tooth but it isn't as bad as I had thought. For example I eat just a small bit of some candy and then I am ok. I hope this challenge will tame my sweet tooth completely

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Last piece of Christmas cake is gone now hopefully I can get back to where I was. I feel like I got completely off track during the holidays..afraid to get on the scale

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Okay, ready to start. Sugar is a HUGE problem for me in the evenings after dinner and often after lunch I crave chocolote! Now that Christmas is over and done with and most of the sweets have letf the house, lets see if I can replace those evening cravings with Fruit :)

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