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7/20/14 1:42 A

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I've been trying to cut back on sugar, but made no specific goal yet. Already, I avoid artificial sweeteners, which I believe are even worse nutritionally than sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. My family is unwilling to forego sugar, so my goals need to work with sugar in the house.

1) Keep fresh fruit on hand and serve it in lieu of sugar sweetener to stave off cravings: fresh or frozen fruit in our breakfast cereal; fresh fruit available for lunch & snack; and low or no added sugar desserts at dinner.

2) Experiment with less sweet baked desserts, cookies, and cakes (no more than a tablespoon of sugar per serving) to figure out how we can happily forego excess without feeling deprived. Limit sweeter treats to no more than once daily,

3) When baking sweet treats, bake small batches for one meal/day at a time. When given sweets, serve single, moderate portions, then share or toss what is left unless it is likely that we/I can save it and meter it out without overindulging. Share!

Edited by: VIENNA61 at: 7/20/2014 (01:43)
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7/14/14 9:16 P

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I too have similar evening triggers. I truly believe that the moment I relax in the evening, which is usually an hour after dinner, my mind starts telling me that I deserve a sweet reward in the form of food. I am not hungry. In fact, I rarely feel hungry in the evening, but I always feel like I want to eat. I don't expect that feeling to go away, but I'd surely like to minimize it so that my evening eating becomes the exception rather than the rule.

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I notice that if I just sit around reading or watching tv I tend to want a sugary snack. In order to avoid this, I have been keeping my hands busy when watching tv by crocheting or taking care of my hands and nails. When I read, I have been going outside which breaks my pattern of sitting at the table and eating while I read.

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I have to agree with the original poster, I am good until after dinner, then my sweet tooth kicks in and I just HAVE to have something, chocolate is the top choice.

Like others I have issues with grabbing something when I am bored/nothing to do. Like yesterday I went shopping later than usual, so I was hungry when doing grocery shopping. I was doing well until I got to the check out and my stomach grumbled big time looking at the chocolate bars there.

I gave in this time and got a bar, but gave half to my mother in law. Normally I would go a bit earlier, so I was just starting to feel hungry and could grab a fruit smoothie or just wait until I got home for a salad or soup. I know to fix that just make sure I shop earlier in the day, but it's only partially in my control. I am trying to convince my mother in law to go earlier.

As for boredom, I am working on that. In the morning I am usually pretty good if I am bored, I will grab a (natural) granola bar or a piece of fruit. If I have yoghurt I'll go for that sometimes. In the afternoon around 3, it kicks in and I try to just have a cup of tea to keep me going until my afternoon workout. After the workout its time to make dinner and then I am set until an hour or 2 after dinner, I can be almost asleep but I still want something sweet.

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7/9/14 11:31 A

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My biggest trigger is boredom at night sitting and watching t.v. I do great until then and then I think I have to have something in my hand. I'm trying to redirect this by sewing or crocheting. Or just going to bed. I also am triggered by things not going the way they should. Had an appointment Monday night, person didn't show up so I had 2 not one icing cookie. Need to do something for me that doesn't involve food. 3rd trigger is when I don't feel good I feel I deserve an icing cookie or 3.

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7/9/14 10:18 A

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Good morning! A beautiful morning here.
My biggest thing to watch is stress from caretaking for my husband. I get frustrated and stressed , then think i can eat what ever i want. I did well last week and leave the candy jar alone but it is when, as I may have said, I see a pastry from one of the bakerys that isn't there very often so buy it tho I do track it and don't pig out on it.
I would never give up my flavored coffee!!! It is one of the things that i look forward to when waking up. I don't know if there are calories in it just coffee beans with some flavor. i grind my own and just use 2% milk in it which I track. Not going to take that away from myself but could probably cut back on it a bit.
i have also bought those bags of candy bits and keep it in the fridge and when i feel i want something sweet i will take out just what one serving is and put the bag away. And I don't do that often cause i forget to buy it a lot. emoticon
Coffee is done so i will enjoy a cup with more Spark friends before hubby gets up and the round of pills and meds need to be given as well as breakfast. Have a great day! Georgine

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3 things I am getting rid of this week: flavored coffee and frozen coffee drinks, ice cream, chocolate bars(even if I track them it is still empty calories). THEY GOTTA GO!!!!!

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i am pretty well aware of hidden sugars thanks to my doctor's weight management classes he hosts during the winter once a month. Triggers? I can't remember if I said my husband is a recovering alcoholic and he craves sugar so we have a BIG Halloween pumpkin bowl on the kitchen table and i buy pastry or bake for him. Of course, the trouble is, me getting into any of it.I try to pick candy and pastry i don't care for and that works a lot of the time. Lately, I have been craving something sweet after a meal which i never did before?? sometimes i grab gum and head it off, other times i cut a piece off whatever. tracking definitely helps and had been doing it til this weekend. I am a caretaker for my husband and sometimes it is very stressful so then start to "treat myself saying why not?" My doctor is teaching that sugar and bad carbs are why people are heavy and don't lose so i try and stay with what he teaches. He teaches and has patients at several area hospitals and I may lose him this month from the clinic so he can go into it full time. O am not happy as I have known him and his family since he was a little boy. So--if it is to be it is up to me--and that is a fact! Georgine

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7/6/14 10:48 A

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I have been reading labels like crazy since joining this team, I am shocked and amazed at the hidden and added sugars in the foods we eat. especially the bottled sauces and ketchups, salad dressings etc etc no wonder we are all hooked
seriously trying to eat clean this week and se where it takes me

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Like Kacey I think salty food like chips is A Trigger for Sweets, as is like Sue sugar in the a.m. I 'll continue to try not to add sugars to my coffee or tea as I Started to last week. And this week, Look for ways to cut back on other "hidden" added sugar stuffs like ketchup, sauces , dressings, yogurt. I will learn to make my own or buy less sugar / sugar free versions.

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7/2/14 1:29 P

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Diet pop is a big trigger for me. I had cut it out completely and did well but I noticed that it's crept back into my routine. The more diet pop I drink, the more sweet I want of other things (like chocolate, cookies etc.).

So starting with NO POP JULY. And also limit (maybe not 'eliminate' but definitely limit)my chocolate intake.



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Avoiding chips like the plague. They are such a trigger for me lately. It is interesting to se how my triggers will shift over time...

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Good for you!

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Vending machine, donuts and McDonalds. Brought fresh fruit to eat instead.

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Reeses Cups, sugar in the morning - makes me hungry all day, M&M's, any baked sweets. I'll just say no!

I'll stick to sugar free or natural like fruit.

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My trigger is frustration; so I'm watching for it and making a choice not to head to sugar - but DO something else instead (like walk if time allows or take deep breaths - feel the feeling without coating it with sugar).

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6/18/14 6:03 A

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Triggers that I am avoiding are food that have high sugar gram, I am already working on my M&M peanut, this month.

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Forgot I posted mine!

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Chocolate is a big trigger and my MIL brought some over a week or two ago- a chocolate bar (some fancy kind.) I have been able to resist but I was really tired and in a lot of pain last night and I ate the whole thing! Ugh!

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6/10/14 1:12 A

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My triggers is fudge. Way dangerous to bring into my house. Whoa

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No way I could eat only a couple of tablespoons of ice cream! emoticon

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6/8/14 7:31 P

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My trigger is icecream! If it's in the house( Iam not the only one who buys it).
I did go the past 2- night w/o.
If I do eat it lately I have a very small tablespoon. Then I don't feel so deprived.
Other than that most of my sugar comes from fruit.
Good luck everyone!

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My triggers are any sweets that people bring me because I don't keep them in my house, I keep telling my MIL not to bring me stuff but she doesn't listen. LOL. Fatigue is also a big trigger. When I am tired, I crave carbs, especially sweets. I need to learn to pace myself so I don't get over tired.

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Hey, I love the punch card idea! Thanks!

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I totally fell off the taming my sweet tooth wagon these past 2 weeks. I find that when I have candy and pastries I want more, they are triggers for me. My plan/goal is to not have these items, and to maintain my food intake throughout the day so I don't become too hungry and develop cravings.

My goal is to have a streak of 7 days of no candy, pastry, sugary intake. At the end of the successful 7 days I will treat myself to something such as new earrings.



Every day brings new choices.

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I like the punch card idea, thank you!



Every day brings new choices.

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6/4/14 2:46 A

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Triggers?
I must say I have found that the chocolates that my hubby gives me, the pizza that comes home with the guys(has hidden sugars galore!) and late night cravings.
Trying to stay away from the chocolates...been 10 days so far without my favs; need to
do something about the late night cravings and snacks, maybe eating something a little earlier
in the evening so I do not get the cravings.

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Will be avoiding cookies after dinner and will work at not buying them in the first place. Went three nights in a row with not having any sweets after dinner by saying to myself "I simply don't need you."

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Tiredness is a big trigger for me. I will over eat, binge on sugar foods and drink too much soda when tired. If I sleep well, I rarely crave sugary foods and drinks. I'm trying to work out more, get more sunlight in the AM hours and power down the electronics an hour before bedtime. If I do these things I sleep much better and therefore avoid the tiredness trigger.

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I really like how JDRAKE8171 put it: I look for sweets at the end of a meal like the punctuation at the end of a sentence (or something to that effect). Yep, that's me.

Plus, I love chocolate. Any time of day or night, chocolate chocolate chocolate. Cookies, candy, frozen yogurt, granola bars, whatever. Before joining this challenge, I had cut back from 6 pieces of chocolate candy on a daily basis, to just 1 per day. I didn't feel that was enough, so I decided to go on a sucrose fast.

I'm also an emotional chocolate-eater. If I start to get upset or agitated or frustrated, that is a pretty severe trigger for my sweet-seeking. This is definitely one I have to work on.

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My worst trigger - cookies. In my mind a serving is the whole bag, and they don' even have to be good cookies. Best way to handle it is to keep them out of the house totally. Ice cream, candy are not a problem, it's just cookies. Thankfully I will draw the line at stale cookies, assuming they last long enough to go stale! emoticon

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My triggers are my morning coffee, sweets within sight, and at the end of a meal. This week, I am cutting my morning coffee sugar in half. I am adding one tsp sugar and one tsp splenda. That saves 32 calories per cup. I only put sugar in that first cup of coffee, the rest of the morning, I can drink it black.

The next trigger is anything sweet that might be lying in plain sight. I am putting the brownies in the freezer this morning and making my husband take them to work tomorrow. I will have sweets in the house that I can control for the rest of the summer (at least).

Lastly, the end of a meal. I want to learn to eat a nice bowl of fruit for dessert. This is usually easy to do in the summer time. Hopefully, once I kick the sugar habit, I can keep it kicked throughout the school year.

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My blogging revealed some very specific times that I look for the sweets. After meals, like a period at the end of a sentence. My meal doesn't feel complete without something sweet at the end. I can't avoid the end of a meal...the trigger, so I'm looking for something to substitute for the sweet that I crave to complete the meal. Maybe a cup of tea and a bowl of berries. Or maybe going for a walk, in nice weather. I need to develop a new habit.

The next trigger I need to deal with is boredom and/or stress at work. This week I've been too busy to head to the chocolate drawer, or to even think about it! But I know that isn't always the case. I need to include my own substitute--dark chocolate covered pretzel crisps-in my lunch bag, so I can have those instead of what is in the chocolate drawer at work.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away...and, remember "slow and steady wins the race".


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I definitely eat a lot of sugar when I'm bored or stressed. I also eat a lot of sugar at school when it's readily available in the teachers' lounge. One goal for this week are to avoid drinking sugary drinks and drink my cucumber lemon water again. If I drink juice, I can pour less and water it down. I will also make sure that I have good snacks for mid-morning and after school because those are the times that I tend to snack more and seek treats around the school. I will only eat when I'm hungry, and I'll eat the healthy food I pack before I other food that people have brought in. Hopefully I can follow through!

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My triggers are planning and stress.

Like most people who have posted on this page, as soon as I'm stressed out - or tired for that matter - I CRAVE chocolate and sweets. If I feel like I am in control of my day, I don't crave those foods.

After last week, I learned a very valuable lesson: if I plan ahead, my cravings aren't as bad. Last week I made sure I had plenty to eat and I was always planning a meal or two ahead - at breakfast, I would plan lunch and dinner so that I could be sure I was going to get enough fruits and veggies. Last week was SUPER successful in terms of eating within my ranges. I'm pretty proud of myself!

Now I just need to keep up the good work!

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pending on the day, if I am not freaking out...if so potato chips and ice cream. So I try not to bring it in the house.

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Cookies are my downfall. As long as I leave these alone I won't have to worry about starting a feeding frenzy. Now if I could just stop thinking about them!!

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can't seem to avoid it.

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Ok, so now I'm addicted to Nutella. So much for that being a healthy substitute. I've kept myself at this point (week 2) until I can get this craving thing under control.


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stress is a part of my challenge too. no matter how hard I try to avoid it something comes up to push my stress buttons like my mortgage going up. I keep on top of my bills and some ahead to not be so stressed out and something comes along to change my plans. I use to get stressed out because i had 4 boys ,plus my husband I was raising. I would go into the field that's next to our land and scream as loud as I could and then return to the house feeling better. good luck in finding that stress relief place. its not easy.

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Week One I decided to make sure I filled up on fruits and vegetables at every snack and meal, and I felt great. Satisfied and not deprived. Until movie night, when I got a box of Reeses Pieces. But I moved on the next day and did fine.

My triggers are stress and fatigue, and I had plenty of that over the weekend. I need to find a new way of dealing with both. When I'm feeling stressed, I think I need to make myself walk away, go outside, get some fresh air. Even if it's just for five minutes. Fatigue is a little harder. It's not like I can lay my head on my desk and take a quick nap (well, maybe at lunch). It just seems easier to eat something. But I know that isn't the answer.

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3/23/14 9:44 P

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Thanks Toni for some good ideas. I have the same triggers. I am going to try out your ideas for substituting without depriving.

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I love chocolate...and cookies. This past week my accomplishment was to avoid the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that I made for my husband and son. That was a challenge, but I discovered that a rice cake with nutella was a pretty good substitute to satisfy the craving. Also an Oat & Chocolate Fiber One bar. Its a little crunchy and a little chocolate. That seems to be my main thing.

Also, I like to have a snack at night, so if I plan ahead to have a yogurt then, or something that's part of my day's allowance that would help... that chocolate pudding might work well.

I haven't really identified a third thing. It all revolves around the chocolate with a bit of crunch! and planning ahead


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3/10/14 9:40 A

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Ok So I have gone two weeks without any candy, cake or cookies. Maynot sound like much but I have not done that in 20 years. Made a 14 day commitment but the weird thing is I had no temptations. Weird like I received some sort of grace. I even cut a birthday cake and gave out pieces. I did not have a paczki on Fat Tuesday even though someone put like 3 dozen in my office. I know a time will come again when I am tempted so I am on the lookout. Now I have to concentrate on the rest of my diet! Thank you for your support.

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3/10/14 8:17 A

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So far, my strategy has been working well.

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Very clever idea. Hope it does the trick

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3/3/14 9:51 A

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Heading to the grocery store after my Saturday morning TRX class. Now I'm back to doing all my shopping on Friday evening. TRX is at the park district, so afterwards I head to the gym for 45 minutes of cardio. When I get home, I need to refuel, so I grab a Greek yogurt.

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My triggers is snacks that I made & r left out 4 me 2 see. I just can't walk away when they r there starring @me.

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Good idea with the punch cards and your plan to keep chocolate out of your home.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

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2/26/14 9:36 A

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I plan to avoid the bakery and cookie aisles at the grocery store.

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I LOVE that punch card idea ... for the sweets AND for the kids' chores ... what an awesome idea!

And I just can't keep chocolate in the house :( If it's here I will eat it ... and I don't even have chocolate chips because I will eat those as well (ALL of them). Now if I want something chocolate I actually have to leave the house to get it and that's just too much effort, lol.

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hey girls and guys if I eat sugar I have to self control what so ever I will keep shoveling in my mouth till im sick...ugh! Sometimes I think I'm going to go crazy if I don't have sugar it is so hard and it's only at night like after 9:00pm I work graveyard anyway thought I would vent thanks for listening guys

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I also like to keep dark chocolate chocolate chips on hand so I can eat just a few and satisfy my craving. emoticon

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I love chocolate and know I will never give it up completely. There are a few things I keep on hand for when I have that craving and these items do not make me feel guilty for indulging. Of course, I do not have them all at one time or even all in the same day....I choose one or two. Almost every day, I have a Ghiradelli dark chocolate square-70% cacao(45 calories); bite off tiny pieces, let melt in your mouth; one square will take awhile to consume and the craving is resolved. Other things I enjoy are: Jello Dark Chocolate Sugar Free Pudding (60 calories), Fiber One Chocolate 90 Calorie Chewy Bars, and Vitalicious VitaTops Deep Chocolate (100 Calories). Hope these suggestions help!

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My biggest sugar craving is chocolate. Especially boxed chocolates like Pot of Gold or those Lindor balls. If they're in the house I'll eat them. If they're not in the house and I have a sugar craving, I'll reach for the chocolate chips that are supposed to be for baking. With those I can control how much, usually just a small handful, because I don't like it as much.

Also chocolate bars, mostly brought home by my husband.

My plan is to stop buying these things! For me, that's pretty easy when I go to the grocery store - I just avoid the candy/chocolate aisle, and even when I do go down it, I seem to have control with not buying it there. But when I go to Shopper's Drug Mart across the street...I am so tempted by all the chocolate there.

I'm also telling my husband not buy any sugary treats for me anymore. It's a few times a week that he does buy me a chocolate bar, or brings home ice cream or mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches, or a cream-filled long John from the bakery across the street.

I tend to have my cravings in the evenings, and after meals. It's weird. Like I'll know I have a chocolate bar, but I have enough control to save it for after dinner, but once after dinner comes, I just can't not eat it, even if I'm stuffed.

I made a chore punch card for my kids, so I think I might make a sweet tooth punch card for myself. Every day that I go without giving in, I can get a hole punch in the card. Once I reach 7 hole punches, I can buy myself something not food related, most likely something fitness/fitness clothing related.

So...I'm off to make those hole punch cards!

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