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9/17/14 12:39 A

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Hi I'm Lea, I'm new.
Goals are - to reduce my sweet in take or use a natural alternative if I must. This is just the beginning to slowly cut back.



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9/14/14 6:19 A

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Keep up the great work that you are doing.

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9/14/14 6:15 A

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You are doing great. Keep up the good work.

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9/13/14 9:13 A

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This may not be the team for you, but it does give much information about sugar. The information itself will make you aware of what to have and what to avoid. The challenge doesn't state that we should stop having sugar, it just make us aware of what we are eating and decide what to have.
Best wishes on your journey.

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9/12/14 7:43 P

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I finished my first week but am not sure this is the team for me. I will never stop eating at least some sweets.

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9/11/14 6:05 P

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GGARZA2013, I do have pinterest and I pinned a yogurt drop recipe. I'll have to try it soon, before all the warm weather disappears.

Ophelie, I agree. Tracking seems to make the food/calories/sugar more "official" in my mind.

Yesterday was my last day of week 1 and I definitely found some of my triggers and am ready to tackle them. Eating sugar early in the day (including sugary cereal or pancakes) seems to intensify my sugar cravings, working in the kitchen makes me want sugar, and not eating enough during the day will lead to sugar cravings at night.

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9/10/14 2:13 P

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Yes, tracking does help us to see all those foods that we shouldn't be eating but still do. We also see those foods we think are safe but aren't.
I especially like the fact that it also shows the nutrients and which ones we are lacking or having too much of.
Tracking does "open up your eyes".
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9/10/14 11:00 A

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I seem to go for sweets after lunch, and in the evening. Basically, when I used to have my "tastiest" cigarettes of the day as a smoker. I quit over 2 years ago, and I have totally replaced nicotine with sugar/chocolate. These past days tracking have been a good eye opener. It put down on paper what I already knew, but kept on dismissing.

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9/10/14 9:47 A

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Thank you for the idea of pre tracking.

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9/9/14 9:21 P

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Bethartemis,

I don't know if you use Pinterest but I found a pin on how to make yogurt drops. They are easy to make and such a good, low cal snack. They are quickly becoming my favorite snack.

I like your idea of pre-tracking. Every night I find myself low on calories, fiber, and other nutrients. I think I will try that. Planning my meals has never worked out for me but it doesn't hurt to give it one more try.

Keep up the great work!

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9/9/14 12:29 P

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Now that you know when your triggers strike, you need to plan how to avoid them.
You should have an activity planned or a proper snack to eat.
Good luck on overcoming your sugar triggers.

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9/9/14 10:30 A

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I always seem to reach for sweet stuff an hour or two after lunch. That's my trigger time when I need to get up and do something. Also night time is a dangerous hour for me, and I'll fool myself by not reaching for cookies or ice cream, but sugary cereal that's pretty much just as bad. :P

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You have a good head start on the knowledge of sugar. Good luck on your journey.

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9/9/14 1:20 A

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I took the quiz about being out of control with sugar and sugar cravings and it was an eye opener to me. I don't crave sugar nearly as much as I thought. As far as what I've been doing lately to avoid sweets, I have been mostly eating fruit. I also have been snacking on sugar free pudding, low fat yogart and jello. I think the hardest time for me as far as eating sweets goes is when I'm traveling or special occasions or holidays.

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9/8/14 8:34 P

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I just figured out why I love sugar so much and it is part of the way my family has always celebrated. Over coming the things with a Family are not as easy as with ones own self.

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9/8/14 7:47 P

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GGARZA2013- It sounds like you have found the right place. We all seem to have similar goals here and I've already been encouraged.

Today, I tried something new and it seemed to work. After dinner, I wanted to snack even though I wasn't particularly hungry. I made it through cleaning the kitchen and then decided, "I will bring a snack over to the computer with me and after tracking my food, if I have room for it, I will track it and then eat it." I sat down with my Kind bar and figured out that I was low on protein. By the time I had tracked the food and reflected on what I ate today, I wasn't particularly hungry. I decided to swap the candy bar for some greek yogurt with chocolate chips and that option is now sitting in the fridge waiting for me but already tracked so I can enjoy it later.

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9/8/14 2:08 P

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Done with week 1, going to week 2 feed. Yippee kiyo kiyay.

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9/8/14 2:01 P

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I don't really mind the sugar cravings, I just wish I could choose my sugary snacks better. Instead of a donut, maybe some grapes. Instead of a piece of cake, maybe some Special K bars or yogurt. I honestly want to make healthier choices and prevent myself from going back to the old habits. I want to be able to have my cake and eat it too...in moderation. I want to be able to say no when I feel that I shouldn't eat something and not feel guilty for overeating when I indulge myself in a taste. I want to get as far away from diabetes as possible. Having been right at the line of that illness, I can assure you that it is horrible to deal with.

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It seems that the methods that you are using are working well for you. Continue doing what you are doing and you will succeed. Best wishes on your journey.

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9/7/14 11:29 A

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Nearing the end of my first week on this challenge and it actually has not been that bad. But I have also been working on getting back on track altogether so that helps.

My hardest time is after I eat lunch, I always want something sweet and I will usually indulge (unfortunately) in my husbands double-stuff Oreo cookies and I'll have 4 (2 servings). This week I have decided to wait til I get back to work and eat a sugar free Russel Stover candy (which I keep in my desk), if I absolutely have to have something and the craving doesn't subside. A serving is three pieces, but one is usually sufficient and I have an easier time with will power at work than I do at home, so this has been working for me this week.

I also have a hard time later in the evening, so I have invested in fat free ice cream and that helps in the evenings on the nights that I absolutely have to have something.

This week has actually gone pretty well, so I hope I can make it through this challenge and continue to stay on track with the sugar issues.

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9/7/14 9:43 A

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We all have our battles and I, too, have my moments with sugar. I have found that when I feel the danger of a big sugar attack coming my way, I eat a very small piece of something sweet and then do something that will keep me busy for a while. I satisfy my sweet tooth and by keeping myself busy, I don't go back for more.
I don't think that I will ever give up sugar altogether, but I think that I can control how much I do have. Right now keeping myself busy doing something else works for me.


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9/7/14 12:40 A

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OMGoodness! I love milk duds!! No way that box would have survived the freezer!

Well, went to the wedding and reception afterward. It was an old-country style affair and the reception took place in a barn. Looked really neat with bales of hay and the decorations. There were about 200 people there and the line was soooooo long. But my allergies came to the rescue. So a couple girlfriends and I went to a restaurant. I'm sitting here with red eyes and a runny nose, sneezing every so often. But the great news is I was again successful in meeting my goal. Normally I love Pepsi with my meals when I eat out, but I had water instead. Then I ate only half the meal and brought the rest home.

Looks like today was successful for XNANNY and BETHARTEMIS as well. Great day ladies!!

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9/6/14 9:20 P

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I did alright today. I had a bowl of sugary cereal followed by a few milk duds in the afternoon but ate a reasonable portion. Tonight, I went to a barbecue and only had a small bit of banana pudding and bite of brownie. My plan for the rest of the night is to sip on some tea as I Spark and watch TV.

Observation: it took so much willpower to not eat the whole box of milk duds. Having open candy in the freezer is a trigger. As is eating the first piece of candy.

Xnanny, I completely understand the "because they were in the house" problem. Hopefully a later week in the challenge will address it/help us overcome it.

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9/6/14 9:04 P

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I did have Ice Cream and Cookies late last night, just because they where in the house. So that means that indigestion is not the only trigger for eating sweets for me.

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9/6/14 1:03 P

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It didn't occur to me until today that past environments that I visit or return to for whatever reason brings cravings raging to the surface. Today I took my little guy to get a prescription filled and as I walked into the pharmacy (I usually don't frequent this one unless my little guy is sick and we gave to go to a clinic open on the weekends) and walk my usual route to the pharmacy window, I wanted to grab junk food and sugar coated anything! So I decided to just grab a bag of peanuts for a snack. Next to the regular peanuts were........TOFFEE PEANUTS....my most favorite type of peanut snack. For kicks and giggles I picked it up the bag and read the calories, etc., and said, "Self, the calories are not bad, it won't hurt you." But I new from past experience I would not be satisfied 1/4 cup (1 serving), I'd want the whole stinking bag and there are about 8 servings in the bag.

Knowing that my fellow sweet tooth team are working hard on this challenge gave me the strength to put it down. I didn't want to come on here and make a confession that I blew it, over-indulged, or got ill from it. Oh, I know it wouldn't be the end of the world, but still.....

It seems that wherever I go I remember, "Oh, yeah, when I would go here, I'd buy this great yummy, sweet thing to eat". It seems my whole life revolved around sugary things. There's not a place in my life I've been that I haven't had some type of sugar in my diet. It's going to take more than a four week challenge to modify my brain waves.

Anyway, the bottom line is that I made a choice that made me feel successful and kept me on track.

How's ya'll doing? Having a great weekend so far? Maybe to early to tell? Looking forward to hearing about it.

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9/5/14 10:02 P

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Isn't it weird how one day we can rock on and then the next day the rock's on us? Well, XNANNY, you have been able to list a trigger for yourself. I guess now you have to figure out what caused the indigestion to eliminate that trigger. Hope you have a terrific weekend.

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Welcome, BETHARTEMIS! I think this is a great forum! I joined four days ago and it has been encouraging to see what others are doing to overcome sugar. Sorry to hear you're experiencing side effects (withdrawals I prefer to say to myself hee hee). That happened when I reduced significantly my caffeine intake. Horrible.

Tomorrow I'll be attending a wedding so will be able put all the training to the test! Hope everyone's weekend is a super one! Looking forward to hearing the experiences.

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My name is Beth and I am on Day 2 of my first week. Like Sun66Shine and VALLITTLEMAMA5, I cannot seem to get just a little sugar. I hope to follow the steps in the challenge as closely as possible but I reached my breaking point yesterday and am not willing to go back to my previous sugar habits. I believe that refined sugar is addictive and as I post, my head is throbbing from not consuming sugar to meet my cravings. From experience, the first few days are the worst. This week, I will keep a record of what sparks my cravings for sugar as I try to detox a bit.

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful day and is ready for the weekend!

-Beth

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I had no sugar yesterday but today was a different story. I think that indigestion is one thing that makes me want sweets. At lest that was the way it went today. I do like sweeties and will never stop having some but less would be better.

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Thank you, SOMAR12570, didn't mean to get preachy. Long day yesterday. No excuse to take it out on my battle buddies.

I hope everyone has a spectacular day!

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You are welcome. Keep up the the good work.

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You should do what works for you. SP gives us guidelines to follow and we choose what we
feel most comfortable with. We try it and if it does not work, we try something else.
Good luck.

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Yes, that is true. However, I had already started weening myself off from sweets before I joined the challenge. Plus, when it comes to bake sales for me there's no "sampling a little of this or that". It's all or nothing. Having had this fight for 29 years, I've finally learned this about myself.

The reason I joined this challenge was to be able to be among a group of wonderful people who also share this horrible struggle. For some, this is just another hurdle like all the others to reach a healthy weight. However, for me, there is no "trigger" and it's not just another "bad habit". I can be happy, sad, lonely, stressed, mad, depressed, confused, asleep, tranquil, active, loved, busy, bored, any time of the month and regardless, want sugar. And I'm not talking about the kind found in a sweet apple. I mean processed sugar. As a kid I used to add it to my water. For some, it's more than a "sweet tooth". It's like alcohol is to an alcoholic or cocaine is to a drug addict. It's an addiction that's recreational, it's social, it's misery, it's solitude and eventually, it kills.

So although this challenge may have "suggestions" on what steps to take or how to proceed toward a weekly goal, some SP members may need to make slight adjustments or modifications based on their personal demons.

I'm glad that you feel you are able to comply with the suggested outline for Week 1. I look forward to seeing more posts from you logging your journey. Although we don't have the same issues, I still get encouragement from reading everyone's posts.

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I thought that week one was not to change your eating just to see what makes you want sugar. That is the way I will do it anyway.

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Woot woot!! Hello World!! I DID IT!!! The day started off terrible. I didn't prepare anything for breakfast and I was running late, but my husband packed me a healthy, homemade curry chicken and rice soup\. I added my vitamins to my lunch box and did my normal morning routine. Headed out the door, drove my little guy to school and headed to work. Happy little me glanced at my purse sitting next to me and I remember thinking, "what's missing?" OMGoodness!! I forgot my lunch box!!

And of all days to forget my lunch, A BAKE SALE AT WORK!! As you can see below I posted during the moments of the day that was hard and most challenging. But I didn't give in!! Later our Senior Food Scientist brought me a couple of rice cakes to taste test and soon after had a banana.

Then after work I had to run errands and pick up my little guy from daycare. By the time I got home it was after 8 pm. So my real last meal was yesterday's dinner. Taught me a few good lessons but the three that stand out most are:

1) Keep quick snacks on hand.
2) I won't die from a lack of food or sweets (just feel like it)
3) Saying no to sweets is okay

Going to bed a happy lady.

Thanks to everyone who gave me encouragement and support.

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True. I'm the same way. A little sugar is "teasing".

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I've gone cold turkey before. (A couple of times, actually.) The first three days are the hardest for me, with my brain feeling like it is "off" the whole day. I could triple my calorie intake on those three days, but if I don't have sugar, I still feel hungry. On day four, I feel great and energetic. I know SparkPeople doesn't recommend cold turkey, but I find that it's impossible to have "just a little sugar."

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SOMAR12570, I'm keeping this site open. It is giving me encouragement knowing there are 42,154 (I'm the 42,155th person) other people putting up a valiant fight to change their eating habits/choices. Thanks for your support! Today more than any so far I've needed it. Hope I can give it back some time.

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Good for you. Keep walking.

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9:45 am: One co-worker already feels like she wants to puke she ate so many sweets; says she wishes she hadn't.

9:50 am: Another co-worker with eyes bulging passes me in the hallway saying she just has to go see the food.

Food? Hmm.....

As you can see I'm at my desk at 9:55 am posting this so I went in the opposite direction.

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Got to work at 8:25 am and forgot about avoiding the break room (that's the way I come in to grab a cup of coffee on my way to my desk) because of the sweet treats loaded out on the tables for the bake sale. No worries. I didn't grab anything to go with my coffee....in fact, I was in a hurry to get through there I didn't even get my coffee.

9:05 am two people stopped by my station to let me know "there's some great stuff out there, want to go with me?". ugh!! WELL, OF COURSE, I WANT TO GO WITH YOU!!!! But I didn't. I'm guzzling water and eating some delicious lightly salted rice cakes that we produce. The rice cakes and the water mixture is WORKING making me feel full so it will trigger my brain NO MORE ROOM, STOP EATING!!

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STAY STRONG AND YOU WILL SUCCEED!

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DYLANSMOM - I hope you have a super 2nd day. I enjoyed your post because it was so honest and open.

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Today is bake sale at work....and last night instead of having visions filled with cupcakes, cookies and brownies, it was visions of.....KFC. Really?! First chips now this? Not indulging.

I never expected giving up sugar would have this side effect. Hmmm...I wonder if sugar is a secret ingredient in foods that commonly have a reputation of being a salty food.

Anyway, going cold turkey is what I did and funny things have happened which I wasn't prepared for. I hope, VALLITTLEMAMA5, if you go cold turkey, you share what experiences you have. I tried to find articles on this site which describe possible side-effects of going cold turkey, but they just outline what good omitting sugar is for the body.

If anyone knows or have read of an article of the negative side-effects to look for when cutting sugar, please share.

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I've been tracking now for a week. My cravings look pretty bad. I need to go cold turkey, I bet.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23


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Looks like tomorrow, my 4th Day on this challenge, will truly be a challenge. At my work a bake sale is being held to raise money for the local animal shelter. Experience from previous years tells me there's going to be some really decadent, mouth-watering, senses pleasing desserts.
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I find it hard to say, "Just one bite." I'll have to avoid that area all together during the 5 hours the sale is going on.

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My third day and something weird is happening. I'm swinging to salty stuff. I'm not caving in, but visions of lays kettle chips, bbq chips, ruffles ridged chips, etc., are calling my name. I know there is hidden sugar in these too. But what's keeping me from indulging on this overwhelming crave wave is I'm challenging myself to stay away from processed foods as much as possible since it impacts my daily calories. That's the only thing that's keeping me from double fisting some crunchy, salty chips....CALORIES and not feeling full afterward. Ugh! What other cravings will rear their ugly heads just by eliminating SUGAR?!

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I hope y'all are fairing better. It's almost like we're battle buddies but with food instead of military.



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Good luck on controlling those sugar urges. I wish you well.
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I decided a week ago that it was time to try to clean out my major food downfall which is sugar. I love donuts, cake and candy especially. For that week I did good no sugar (except what is in fruit and such naturally) and minimal artificial sweetener. Monday was my breaking point and I splurged all evening. Feeling like crap yesterday carrying over to today I found this challenge. I am going to give it another shot with support instead of on my own. This is day 1 for me. We can all do this!

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Today was Day 2 and I did fairly well. I was surprised at how sluggish, slow, and tired I felt. I didn't realize how the sugar had me zinging along at a high pace throughout the day. Since I reduced my sugar intake (I still had my two cups of coffee - white w/sugar and 3 Lindor Chocolate balls), the day was looooooooong. Interesting because I didn't think sugar affected me very much. Learned something new today.

I've been encouraged by the posts. Struggles seem to be inevitable so reading what others have to say and have experienced has been a huge help to know what to expect and how to handle the various challenges.

Looking forward to Day 3 of Week 1.

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I agree with you about this, Somar. Some days I find it difficult to find time to sit and eat properly when I'm in school, which leads to unbalanced eating later in the day. I don't know the answer. Most high energy 'grab-it' snacks, even the oaty good-for-you variety, are by nature sugar-heavy. Fruit with its slower burn rate, I guess.

Having a good week on the whole and looking forward to getting my Week 2 newsletter.

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I am trying to stay on track as well. Sugar has not been a big issue. Sometimes my problem is that I can not eat as much as I need too and when evening comes I am trying to make up for the foods that I did not eat and feel too full. Today I will try eating more during the day, so that I have completed my meals by evening.
Have a good day.

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week one of sept. well I am going to try to stay on track with my healthy eating. keep doing as much time on gazelle as I can. keep staying away from sweets even though I have had some craving for something sweet lately. don't know why. I have left it alone since jan 1. except for a couple of ice cream sandwiches when it was a terrible hot day. at least I didn't eat a gallon of ice cream like I would before. lol.

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Welcome to the challenge and best wishes in your journey.

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Hi, I was reading through posts and saw the recommendation to read the article "Defend yourself against diet saboteurs" by Rebecca Pratt. Nice recommendations and tips to keep in mind. Although I need to care about my health and what I put in my mouth, I really hate to offend or hurt others by refusing to eat what they put their heart into creating. Some individuals feel what they do best is create yummy goodies and when I say "no, thank you" it's considered a personal rejection. Got to work that one through, I'm sure all will turn out fine.

Today's my first day with the Week 1 of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge so will be alert to triggers, feelings, environment, etc., and log it all down. Thanks for a great challenge goal to participate in.

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Glad you read it.

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Thank you Somar. That was a very helpful article.

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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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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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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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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
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with a little sugar.
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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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