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3/24/14 4:00 P

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I officially joined this group several weeks ago, but lost motivation when I failed. I have a renewed commitment to myself to get myself together and control myself. This will be my first day on this challenge and pledge to myself to rid my kitchen of all processed foods and sugary items, replacing my sweet cravings with fruit and keeping my sugar grams to less than 25!

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3/24/14 4:00 P

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sugar consumption. I guess you could say I was and everyday had to have a almond joy, butterfingers or snickers bar. they are my favorites and they are in front of the register when I left everyday. I also had to have a diet soda. 2. I haven't had any candy at all except if you call dark chocolate almonds(10) of them a candy everyday. diet soda, I have had a partial one because I got stomach flu and threw up for 6 hours I needed something to help. I replaced it with water. homemade goodies, cakes, brownies, etc. I would be the one that got most of it, because I would drink my green tea and eat on something good. still drink green tea but not as much and no goodies unless its and orange or nuts. these eating habits came from loneliness. down moods, and stress from work. retired jan 1 and much less stress. i am now working on me. better food, better snacks.

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3/24/14 11:07 A

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I've read some of the other posts and I agree with so many of the comments. One thing that does help me is to make sure I have some protein with every meal or snack -- it keeps me satisfied without cravings whereas sugary foods alone trigger my cravings.

Today is Day one of my Sweet Tooth Challenge. My plan is find substitutes for the sugary treats I find hard to resist -- fruit will be one substitute, and also low-sugar energy bars like Elevate Me protein bars and Larabar roasted nut energy bars.

Good Luck Everyone!

"Enough is as good as a feast." Old English proverb

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3/24/14 8:30 A

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My challenge goal is not to drop sugar completely, I can't see how that can be possible. But to take it one day at a time and start by drinking less coffee and tea, this will mean less sugar.

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3/23/14 9:12 A

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Hi everyone--Just checking in with my first post to this challenge. I read many posts and already I don't feel like such a freak for being a sugar addict. There really isn't anyone I see on a daily basis who can understand. They just say "Well then, don't eat it." Arrrrgh! Alcoholism runs in my family, and I know alcohol is metabolized as sugar, so I think it's just the same thing for me. Worst time is at night when my husband is here. There is so much tension and somehow I think eating something sweet will help that. But guess, what, there is still just as much tension and an increased need for more sugar. I think breaking that habit alone would result in big weight loss. I look forward to chatting with you all. Together we can do it.

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3/21/14 10:36 P

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Howdy all! emoticon

I have a serious addiction to sugar. If I can stay away from it, I'm okay. BUT, if I have even a little, I can't seem to stop myself! It's awful and I want to try and stop it. Or, at the very least, get it completely under control. That's why I've joined this challenge. I've become very conscious of sugars in my food, so that at least, I've been able to cut back on. However, if there is any chocolate in the house...forget about it! Okay, so here's to the 30 day challenge. I'll check back in a week after keeping my journal and seeing exactly where and why I'm losing control! emoticon

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3/20/14 12:49 P

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I have a real bad sweet tooth and I think sometimes eating is just like smoking its a habit. So I bought a bag of Dum Dums. They are 25 calories each, and it gives me something sweet and is better than eating a 280 snack cake.

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3/19/14 11:36 A

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I am back after being gone from Spark for a longtime. My low point hit the other day when I went to Target to buy some household goods. After I arrived home I went into the bathroom to wash my hands and saw chocolate stains on my shirt. I was horrified that I had gone out in public like that but it also made me realize how bad things had gotten because I was sneaking chocolate so my family wouldn't know. Just writing this makes me feel awful. I had lap band surgery in 20103 and was down to 172 and now I am at 190. Sugar is my major downfall... emoticon


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3/18/14 7:37 P

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Went to watch hubby bowl. I stayed away from the goodie table. We went to the store and I picked up some early strawberries. I then ate 1 cup of sliced strawberries as a appetizer to dinner. Yahoo for success for day on so far.

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3/18/14 1:37 P

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I know what it is like to have a cheesecake call to me from the fridge. I don't eat it all in one sitting, I just eat it all one piece at a time. By the end of the day I have eaten the whole thing. I really want to be able to have it in the house without this happening instead of always going out for my indulgence. Right now I feel like a prisoner of my cravings. I want to be in control of them. That is my real goal in this. Once I break the craving habit I should be able to enjoy a treat now and then without going overboard. Well here it goes, 30 days to a new habit called enjoy but under control.


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3/17/14 10:50 A

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Hi Everyone,

My goal is to work on reducing my sugar intake near the RDI level (50g or less of sugar each day).

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3/17/14 10:28 A

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I have been known to gorge on sugary things like candy bars and baked goods. My boyfriend would tell me its not normal to eat half a pie at once. Obviously I know that. But my will power was weak and it was all I could think about. I can't keep living like that. Literally. That is unhealthy behavior and I am going to knock it off. I am enjoying trying new healthy recipes and planning meals in advance. That part is totally key for me, because otherwise I will eat any junk food I can find. I lost 7 pounds in week one. My snacks and meals are much more healthy than before, and I haven't gorged on sweets all week.

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3/14/14 10:45 A

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Hi, I came across this challenge and decided to join. After reading a few things, from week 1, not sure, if this is an accurate challenge for me to join. I took the quiz and it pretty much told me that I have complete control over my sweet intake, that its ok to sometimes indulge myself or treat myself-not to deprive.

I am not a big sweet tooth eater. During the holidays or a special occasion/party/event I might taste or have a few bites of this or that.

It bothers me sometimes, I have to say, that I rarely can eat any sweets, cakes or cookies and even some standard foods, due to being allergic to eggs.
My kids and husband eat snacks all the time. Which can get nerve racking. But what can I do. I just get over it.
But Ice-cream doesn't have eggs in it. And once in a while, I do treat myself to a few scoops. I can live with that :)



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3/12/14 4:02 P

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I always crave sweets when I'm tired, because my body is wanting fuel. And it wants fuel NOW. I also tend to crave sweets in the evening, after dinner, especially if I'm studying or watching tv. If I don't have something sweet to chew on, I get antsy. I hope I'll be able to cut back my sugar intake. Maybe I'll even be able to replace dessert with fruit.

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3/11/14 10:12 P

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Surprising myself. More fruit and very few an made sweets. emoticon

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3/11/14 12:06 P

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I am pretty sure I can give up most things sweet but my COFFEE what do I do about my coffee? I am going to gradually reduce the amount of sugar in it over 4 weeks. Wish me luck

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3/10/14 4:50 P

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I usually try to hunt sweets down if I'm stressed. I don't buy chocolate and candy much but my husband and daughter do. It is very difficult to leave their stash alone when I'm stressed otherwise I can stay away from sweets.
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3/10/14 9:43 A

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My personal goals this week are to simply log all my food, and get some exercise. I'm about to go right now and get some new shoes to give me a push in the right direction regarding exercise, and if I have a little money left over, I may also get a pedometer. Making little changes into habits will hopefully lead to a lifetime of wellness.

I should also mention that I'm currently riding out a craving, lol. Just trying to wait it out for now. Y'all have a lovely day!

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3/8/14 6:59 P

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Hi, this is Dawn in Southwest Missouri.

I crave chocolate all of the time. Every evening after dinner all I can think about it having a gooey fudge brownie with dark chocolate icing on top. Ghiradelli makes a really good mix. I am also a fan of dark chocolate truffles by Godiva. If it's not good chocolate, it's not worth having. Baked goods are my downfall, cookies, cakes, donuts. Chocolate no bake cookies are another addiction (They have peanut butter and oatmeal, so they have to healthy, right? Wrong! Think of all the sugar and butter in those things.)

I have been really good about tracking my eating in the Nutrition tracker for the last three weeks and have not had any cakes or cookies or brownies in the house, but I still crave them. Every day.

If I am exposed to cakes, cookies, brownies, or donuts, it is very difficult to control myself. Much as I love the Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, I don't think I will buy any this year. I could eat a whole sleeve in one seating and that really wreaks havoc with my weight.

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3/8/14 9:08 A

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I believe that sugar is an addiction, it can be overcome. I live with an out of control insulin dependent type II diabetic (my husband), it is scary. I have stopped all sweets except fruit & yogurt.

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3/8/14 7:50 A

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Today will be my biggest challenge day of this week. I need to bake my DH something he likes and resist even a portion. I have my fruit and I WILL meet the challenge!

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:3-4.


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3/7/14 6:48 P

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My week has been about managing nighttime/before bed snacking. I have made it three days so far with no low blood sugars.
Are dried apricots a good alternative for Craisins?

Joyfully keeping on...keeping on!


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3/7/14 12:36 P

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GOLFGMA, My favorite sandwich combo as of late has been almond butter and fresh sliced strawberries, omitting any extra sugar all together. Also, I'm a huge fan of Ezekiel bread. I know it isn't for everyone, but it has definitely worked for me.

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3/7/14 11:30 A

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Granola bars are my big downfall. They are so easy to grab for a snack but full of sugar. I need to start going more whole food for my snacks, I think I will start adding almonds.

One thing I love to replace things like M&Ms with are craisins, but they are also chock full of sugar. Anyone have a suggestion?

I successfully negotiated an open back of Dove dark chocolates last night and had only 1. This is huge for me, normally I would have 5 minimum. The bag is still open today so it remains a challenge for me.

Keen to be lean in 2014!


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3/7/14 8:53 A

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I have been able to make it this week with no cookies (gave up my animal crackers) no candy, no cake , no pie. I have had fruit, but, tried to keep them the lower sugar ones even though I had purchased grapes the week before. They are high in sugar. I am more aware of the sugar content in foods that aren't sweets such as crackers. I was a little puzzled when selecting a jelly for my grandson to have with his peanut butter. There was low sugar, no sugar (artificial sweetner) and then there was the all fruit selections which I finally selected, Polanders or Smuckers all fruit seemed good.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:3-4.


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3/6/14 10:53 A

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3/6/14 3:02 A

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3/5/14 9:48 P

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Well today is my first day. Still trying to figure all this out. I know I need to curb my sweet tooth. I seem to crave sweets after lunch and after dinner. I try to distract myself so I don't think about it but I usually give in. Hoping this challenge will get me on the right track with my sweet tooth.

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What brings you to this challenge?
Seemed like a great way to kickoff my new habits.

How is your week going?
Well, I'm one day in...so far, so good?

What have you learned about your sugar cravings so far?
Basically, if it's in the house, I will eat it, in unreasonable amounts until it's gone. I have kids, and when we do bake cookies or have candy I limit them to 1-2 pieces a day. I, however, work from home and will eat a piece here and there all day. Since it's spread out, it doesnt seem like much, but I get to the end of the day and it's been 5 cookies or 10 pieces of candy! There are choc kisses in the house currently and i asked hubs to hide them from me. With me it's definitely out of sight, out of mind.

What do you hope to accomplish at the end of 4 weeks?
To eat sweets only onspecial occassions, and not on a daily basis.

Keen to be lean in 2014!


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3/5/14 9:53 A

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This is my first week. I answered the questionnaire and it says I am a "situational sweet eater".
In looking at my patterns I see that I want something sweet after dinner (supper). I have to have dessert--in fact, I was eating through supper so I could get to dessert! Since joining SP in January I have found that all is well until close to bedtime. Then it gets really tough. I have tried to switch to a healthy snack and have factored it in to my nutrition tracker, but unless I have a low blood sugar during the night I should not need it.
Last evening was THE FIRST time I've gone to bed without eating and I woke up with blood sugar readings well within range. emoticon

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This is my first week, day 2 and my reason for cutting back on sweets has always been about the extra calories and losing excess weight. When I am tired or bored my favorite thing has been to sit a minute with a cup of decaf and something sweet. I am trying to switch to snacks that are good for me without adding too many calories and fat. emoticon

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:3-4.


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2/28/14 2:39 P

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Hi! I am now recovering from a c-section and trying my hardest to loose all this weight. I always fall off track and eat un needed food that is always something sweet. As of today my weakness is the chocolate covered strawberry frappe from McDonald's. I grab one every time I pass a mcdonalds in medium. I realize now how long I have to workout in order to burn it off so and that the frappe wasn't the only sweet junk food I was eating. I have a sweet tooth...big time. I also catch myself waking up around 2 or 3 am going in the fridge and grabbing yogurt and granola bars and trail mix and my kids cookies all at one time and then going back to sleep. Thus I can't lose weight. So I want to see if this challenge will help me at all. I am going to try my hardest. But those frappes are so good!!

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After monitoring my sugar intake all week I have discovered that QT frozen cappuccinos and cake donuts from HyVee are the main things that I REALLY have a problem with. We have had Girl Scout cookies in the house for weeks and those don't draw me at all ... but I can't seem to live without the QT and the donuts. I knew that they were a problem in my diet overall but I didn't realize how OFTEN I was going for them :/
I am not a moderation type person though so I will be cutting them out completely so that I can move on with my other healthier goals without those bad habits hanging over my head. The funny thing is that I LOVE fruits and veggies for snacks so it shouldn't be so hard but I feel like I NEED the QT and the donuts :/
Hoping the withdrawals don't make me TOO horrendous for the family and co-workers, lol, because tomorrow and the weekend may be very long for all of us :P
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Ok, Week 1 is done. I'm here to get my cravings under control. I don't subscribe to the idea that I need to completely remove treats from my diet b/c I want to enjoy my life and, for me, that means I need to indulge occasionally. Pregnancy really threw "occasionally" out the window, though, and I want to get back to a lifestyle where I'm not consuming sugary treats every day.

After reviewing my log for the week, I noticed that I craved sweets most frequently when I was tired. Which, for this mother of 2 young ones, is around naptime and bedtime. The mid-day cravings are a bit more easy to control, because I just eat something else. At the end of the day, though, when I've eaten my meals and healthy snacks, it's much easier to justify popping something chocolate covered into my mouth.

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2/26/14 6:12 A

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I sure hope so.

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A big challenge day as I went out to a breakfast buffet. I stayed away from sweets and enjoyed salad. My behavior in the past would be to come home and have sweets, but not today!! I think the longer you go without them the easier it gets.

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Today is Day 7 of first week challenge for me. All I was supposed to do was track my sugar intake. I not only did that, but cut back too. I'm very proud of myself. This first week the only sweets I had was 1/2 cup of Coke one evening, while eating out at Mexican restaurant, and once I nabbed some Reece cups. emoticon And the other night I had a Klondike bar, which wasn't too bad. Heading into Week 2 challenge tomorrow.

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2/22/14 7:48 A

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OK, I am officially done with Week One, including the small reset from last weekend. Yesterday, Day 7 out of 10 that I remained sugar free, was my easiest day yet. I'm developing clarity that while the sugary object might look enticing, it's going to end up causing suffering once I ingest it and begin to experience the effects of elevated and crashed blood sugar, the sugar 'fog,' the subsequent cravings for more, the inevitable weight gain. Insanity!

My go-to free food for times I think I'm hungry is baby carrots and spicy herb tea. Knowing I can eat and drink as much of these items as I wish is very mentally appeasing.

Moving on to Week Two, again after four separate attempts to get through Week One before succeeding, so hang in there everyone!

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Melissa ... those 3 o'clock munchies are difficult. To keep me from picking in the afternoon during dinner prep, I keep a tub of ready to eat raw veggies at hand. Extra benefit, they take the edge off my appetite so I don't need as much dinner to be satisfied.

Today was easier ... I got a little hungry, but didn't crave sweets.

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Two more days and I'm outa' here and onto Week Two, yippee!

Yesterday was easy save one scary moment, when I scooped ice cream for my husband and almost dove into the container with a spoon. The only thing stopping me is that I really did not want to have to start Week One over again, so I refrained.

Find I'm very hungry around 3:00 pm, much more so than at dinner, so I'm moving some of my dinner calories to then, finding I don't miss them at all come dinner. I'm also making a cup of cinnamon herb tea a regular part of my evening, which has been working well.

It's getting easier in that the sugar urge frequency is diminishing, but have to say the urges, when they do hit, are still pretty hard to withstand.

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2/20/14 10:30 P

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A good day. I found a new trick that is helping quite a bit ... it was on Dr. Oz ... it's adding natural barley to your meals. It REALLY keeps you from getting hungry! Thee first time I ate it, adding it to my lunchtime soup, I wasn't even hungry for dinner.

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2/20/14 10:48 A

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Last night, successful day #6 out of 9, was the easiest one yet. I'm now beginning to be able to observe my sugar cravings, rather than simply giving in to them. I'm also now noting that they hit, then subside, so if I can just sit quietly for a few minutes, they do go away.

And the relief when they do go away? Amazing and wonderful. Just a few more days and I'll be ready, finally, to move on to Week Two. Took me at least four attempts before making it this far into Week One, so hang in there everyone!



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2/20/14 10:45 A

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Same with me Leannarw. I'm having to relearn how to satisfy my between meal hunger with nutritional food rather than fake food. An apple, plus a little something else, seems to do the trick. Bulk and flavor!

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Today was much easier. I realize I must eat small (healthy) snacks between meals to keep from getting too hungry. If not, I start grabbing anything and everything in sight!

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Just back from an amazing hiking weekend and with one day post-home under my belt I've learned another good lesson. I caved over the weekend after a long day of hiking, when faced with unbelievable goodies brought by others to the potluck dinner. That opened the flood gates and I ingested sugar like crazy, both that day and our second/last day together. Which carried over to Monday. Good gosh!

Because we burned, literally, thousands of calories over the weekend no weight was gained, but that is beside the point. The feeling of not being in control is what I'm working to correct, as well as the lousy sensation of blood sugar spiking than dropping.

But yesterday at home I pulled myself back together, and it was much less difficult to navigate than my first Day One last week. I returned home from an evening event sincerely hungry, but grabbed a handful of pretzels filled with peanut butter instead of sweets, and I was OK with that. I'm also making lots of cinnamon herb tea in response to sweet cravings, which is also working well.

The lesson I learned is that I need to do a better job planning ahead for group meals, parties, etc. I'm getting a good handle on my at-home lifestyle, which is terrific, and massive progress, since of course that's where the majority of my time is spent.

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Had a had time after dinner ... craved sweets ... but didn't give in. Trying ti figure out why yesterday was easier.

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It has been 10 days since I have had any sweets! But I really ate well then. There was 50feet of various sweets just waiting for me. I was at a retreat for church ladies and the hotel went above and beyond in presentation of these delectible goodies. I could not resist so I gave myself permission to enjoy it. And I did! And I took some home. They sat on the kitchen table until someone else ate them! Yay for me. So, what have I learned? That I can imbibe sweets on occasion and do without the rest of the time. I have even resisted the cookies my husband has on the counter!

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Yesterday was my first day and I found myself wanting sweets after both lunch and dinner. Today was much easier with no sugar cravings and that was even with helping the grandkids decorate cookies!

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I did really well yesterday, I didn't crave chocolate, etc. I ate a banana and some yogurt to satisfy any sweet craving I had. I am less stressed than last week, so I hope my sugar cravings will not be as strong. We can do it, it does take positive thinking. Tell ourselves, I don't want that piece of chocolate, instead I want a nice apple or banana. Sometimes other people try to sabotage us. We have to remain strong.

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today I was doing great until my step son brought some donuts. I went from eating 2 chocolate donuts to eating salty snack crackers I've used most if not all my calories on stupid junk food. I wasn't even hungry. I see donuts I eat.


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