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10/14/14 7:04 P

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I decided to start over again. Yesterday made healthy muffins from Sparks. (carrot cake mix add a can of pumpkin recipe). Had family in everyone did love them. Today made sugar cookies. Ate 6 (I think) cookies.(made them for husband.RIGHT) Constantly thinking of sweets. So I am getting out control. Gain weight not so much sweet but eating healthy foods. (steel oats, apple, dried cranberry in slow cooker. (4 servings ate it all.) Taste so good I did it twice in last five days. Stopping it now. It won't be as hard as the first time where it was terrible addiction.Actually made me sick trying to stop. I did it never regret it. Don't buy cough drops with sugar in them because I suck on the whole small bag yesterday. Yes, I have a huge problem. I love sweets tasting foods.



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10/11/14 11:10 A

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Sweets are hard to give up and after dinner you crave them even more. Best wishes.

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I wish you well on your surgery.

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10/10/14 7:47 P

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I love your screen name. I wish I had thought of it. This is the longest fight I have ever had, going on 25 years now. I know that because it started when my eldest was born. I also made a list and I have it posted next to my bed so it is the first thing I see when I get up. Think it my help?

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10/10/14 7:18 P

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It's about to get harder/easier for me. On the 20th I am having gastric-bypass. So sooner than I was expecting.

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10/10/14 4:33 P

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I made a list too. These are important reasons and it's good to write them down. I was surprised how many effect others. I think I crave sweets all the time...even after a big special meal. Being careful after dinner is especially hard! emoticon

My screen name is not very positive BECAUSE IVE TRIED SO HARD FOR SO LONG but I am trying to keep moving forward with my tiny baby steps...changed it from weary skeptic to a more positive desire to be still in my spirit and active in my body!


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10/8/14 1:48 P

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It sounds like a good plan. Best wishes.

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10/8/14 11:27 A

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I made my list of things that leaving sugar out of my diet would accomplish! I will look at that list every time I am about to eat sugar.

Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain


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10/7/14 10:12 A

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10/6/14 12:08 A

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According to the quiz, I mostly can manage my cravings. I'm doing this because I'm tried of the sugar's call being something I have to fight to ignore. Also, it does make weight loss easier. I have a problem in that I'm not a fruits person. I'm limited to apples, bananas, canned pears, green grapes, prunes, raisins, and applesauce.

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10/5/14 3:30 P

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I find frozen fruit - blueberries, grapes, mangoes - are a good substitute for ice cream. Freezing them makes them taste sweeter somehow.

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10/5/14 3:28 P

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I love sugar. There I said it. I love it. I love the taste and the texture. Cotton candy is my idea of heaven. I loved smoking too - loved the taste, loved the feeling of taking a drag. I gave it up because I wanted to do something radically KIND for myself. Cigarettes are poison, killing me slowly. Sugar is poison, killing me slowly. I successfully quit smoking 66 days ago and I'm so glad I did. Time to address the sugar-poison addiction.

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10/3/14 11:29 A

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I really don't need to the quiz to tell me I craze sweets after a meal, I know that. Every night it's the same thing, eat dinner, then look for chocolate or ice cream.

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10/2/14 6:40 A

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Week one, second day. I actually made it out of the grocery store without buying cookies, candy or ice cream. Yahoo! The quiz game me a 2 but I don't know what that means. I'm having trouble sleeping so it's been suggested by "The Doctors show" to eat grapes or have some grape juice before bed to make me sleepy. Since it is now 3:30 am I hope it works soon. I did take 1/4 of a sleeping pill which usually lets me sleep 7 hours... still waiting.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
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9/29/14 11:04 A

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So, the quiz said I am more of a situational sugar person, and I would have to agree with that. Not only situations like someone bringing a box of doughnuts into the office, but also when dealing with emotional eating (i.e. my husband is out of town traveling for work the past 10 days and I turn to chocolate and cookies to fill the void).

I think what I need to work on is ways to channel my nervous energy or boredom into more productive time and stop letting sweets be my soother. Looking forward to this challenge and seeing where it take me...

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9/28/14 9:41 A

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I can avoid sugar during a meal. I just want to end every meal with a sweet and a beverage. I don't have to snack but I might if bored. If I am stressed I may backslide completely.

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9/28/14 9:11 A

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Im in my first week too; Sugar is such a pat of my life. My Husband weighs right on his ideal body weight; he eats sugar every evening. He savors every bite daintly. Growing up he had to sneak it because neither of his Parents allowed him to have it. I on the other hand had it all the time. However, our metabolisms are completely different. Mine non-existent.
I agree with your reward and consolation system. I see the pattern in my own life. Sugar is in your face 24/7.

Yes BBQ sauce is High Fructose Corn Syrup, with a few spices, and a touch of tomato. How did the herb chicken come out? How much did you enjoy it?

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9/27/14 9:15 A

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I have been addicted to chocolate, cookies, hershey candies that I started today with a bad attitude about giving up the thing that replaced my smoking habit. In my mind I have to have some type of release.

My goal is to add in more exercise, to take better care of my housekeeping and investigate opportunities to socialize. I love to socialize and in my rural area there is little opportunity for that.

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9/26/14 4:49 P

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I'm proud of myself for not touching the chocolate cake that I made for my family this week - at first I was tempted to try some - but then I remembered that I need to be strong! emoticon

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9/25/14 6:32 A

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You already have analysed your problem with sugar and what causes you to consume it.
You also know how to conquer the problem by keeping an eye on yourself.
I think that you already have some control on how to conquer this challenge.
Best wishes.

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I'm in first week, but already been tackling the sugar addiction before getting official. Here's what I've noticed about me. First, most the sugary stuff (cookies, ice cream, etc.) is either a reward or consolation for whatever (bad day, tough situation, frustration, procrastination, sleeplessness and so on). Second, I'm really use to a lot of sweet taste; it is taking awhile for the naturally sweet things to taste sweet enough. In fact I'm noticing there's lot of foods that normally sugar is added (in some form), such as: berries, oatmeal, cooked carrots. I just discovered self sabotaging, by planning to BBQ chicken. With lots of sugary BBQ sauce of course! New plan. Roasted chicken with herbs. I'm keeping an eye out on me!



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9/21/14 6:47 A

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Have a healthy day!

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9/20/14 8:02 P

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Thank you

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9/20/14 6:13 P

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Your goal is great. I'm sure that you will be able to follow your plan and eat some cake too. ( by having limited amounts ) Best wishes in your journey to tame your sweet tooth.

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9/20/14 1:28 P

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My goal is to eat less refined sugar and sub it with a healthy alternative. Cakes are more of my weakness than any other stuff emoticon The quiz said I'm in control of my sugar but I'd still like to make healthier choices.

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9/19/14 9:30 A

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BEST WISHES IN YOUR CHALLENGE. DRINKING WATER IS A VERY GOOD IDEA.

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9/19/14 7:00 A

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Just took the sweet tooth quiz and found out I am a situational snicker. I did kind of know this. Sugar is a problem at work where it is always around. At home I don't have as much of a problem because it isn't there. I also crave when I am stressed or over Hungary. I have been drinking tons of water when a craving strikes and that has been helping.

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9/17/14 10:14 A

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Right now you have a handful of challenges ahead of you. Be faithful to yourself and continue to follow Spark people closely and you will prevail. Best wishes in your journey.

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9/17/14 8:04 A

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I just signed up yesterday after having my last binge on chocolate!!! It's an addiction with me. My problem is we just got off the road from traveling in our RV for several months and moved in with my MIL. She is 93 and can't live alone anymore so we are living with her to see that she is taken care of. The emotional eating started the minute I walked in the door. The over eating I can deal with, but I made the mistake of bringing candy and brownies in the house. I was on a run after that!!! Tired of feeling sick and having chocolate cravings. It's like drugs!!! I know sugar won't disappear from the house completely since I don't live here alone, but I just want to get a handle on the addiction and get busy with my weight loss/exercise program. No since in starting if I don't break the sugar habit. Eileen

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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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Keep up the great work that you are doing.

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

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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.

I have my goals set. Now, it's time to start. Wish me luck! emoticon

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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