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10/16/14 10:30 P

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I've learned so much about myself and triggers that lead to eating sweets, over eating, skipping exercise, not pursuing my talents--all because to this sweet challenge.

My long term going forward is being mindful of my feeling full. Mindful of a crave versus a need, and specifically for sweets I plan to have sugary stuff only maybe on my birthday and I may eat a piece of 86% dark chocolate on occasion.

There are so many things about that addiction that I am glad to be rid of. I do not want to go back to that sick state.

Joyfully keeping on...keeping on!


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10/12/14 10:27 A

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This is the first challenge I have really done well with. I'm so aware of that chocolate in the pantry (not mine) and just tell myself "no chocolate for the month of October!" and walk away. The cravings are getting less and less ; )

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10/12/14 8:22 A

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This Challenge has been enlightening for me. Being more aware of eating sugary foods helped me realize that I crave more sweets after eating them. I do best not starting.

My plan is to:
1. Avoid additional sweeteners, and eat natural sugars such as fruits.
2. Moderation when eating sweetened food.
3. Choose an alternate such as gum, veggie, fruit, water, when craving sweets.

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10/2/14 7:47 P

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My plan is to:

-Do this challenge at least every other month to keep me on check
-Try to substitute sweet cravings with healthier choices
-If I do eat a sweet, I will do it in moderation
-I will continue to keep my journal to keep me aware of when I have a trigger. (I found that if I go straight to my journal and type in my feelings, I am less likely to cave in to the craving.

This is what's been working so far and I love the changes. I am no longer dizzy or feeling sick as much as before.

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10/1/14 4:54 A

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tracking my food has had 2 consequences for me:
-I realized how much unnecessary sugar I was eating every day
-I started feeling guilty before eating sweets, and preferred passing on the sweets than having to put them in my nutrition tracker.

I feel much more energized, and the cravings have gone down, especially in the evening.

The one trigger I still have is stress. When I am really bothered, I turn to sugar for comfort (and feel horrible afterwards). I need to work on that and find other ways to cope with stress.

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9/20/14 12:47 P

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This challenge has helped keep me mindful of what I want to achieve. There is a definite change to my palate and I'm reaching for fruit rather than anything that gives an instant sugar fix.

Not long to the end of the 4 weeks and I have decided to set myself a fresh 4 week challenge so that I maintain my progress.

'Defeat is a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.'



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9/17/14 3:51 A

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Only fix enough dessert for one meal. . . No leftovers!

No-guilt dessert nights: birthdays, sugar-free desserts or fruit desserts

Sugar-free options. . . Fruit smoothie 1ce a day, sugar free gum

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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9/15/14 10:58 A

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I have cut way back on sweets in the past month. Maybe once a week I will have a granola bar and make sure to only have one. I am not buying the sweets I used to and that helps. I now have fruit, or veggies, or greek yogurt when I get the cravings.
Thank you.
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9/4/14 4:06 P

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For the long term, I plan to stay away from sweets as it is too easy to want more. When I have sweets on occasion, I will plan out my serving size before eating and slowly enjoy (savor) each bite!

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9/3/14 8:27 A

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My long term plan is to keep most sweets out of the house. Keep healthy alternatives in house consistently. Get enough rest so tiredness doesn't drive me to eat sweets.





Being overweight is hard.
Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining your weight is hard.

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8/25/14 3:12 P

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My plan is to mostly stay away from sugar. It's so easy to let it get out of hand. Once in a while is ok, but I can't let it get out of control like that again. I feel a lot better since cutting out most sugars.

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8/22/14 9:01 P

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I have been able to not have any sugar after dinner since I have been working this challenge!

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8/22/14 1:03 A

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Need to focus.
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8/17/14 10:41 A

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This challenge has definitely been life-long for me, at least the past 50 years LOL! It ebbs and flows, this attraction to sugar. I know for me it is related to stress (and I've had a lot of it over the past few years) and my metabolism changing so much. It's like re-learning about my body all over again!

My plan for long term is to keep finding alternatives to reaching for that sweet (and salt, as it turns out). The more I read in these forums, the more I learn.

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8/13/14 11:40 A

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I got my Sweet Tooth Challenge Trophy yesterday!
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This challenge will be life-long, or until it becomes second nature. Very happy about the accountability.

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8/12/14 12:28 A

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I'm doing pretty well most of the day. Evenings all snacks are a big temptation still. I suspect it would be best if I had none at all, but failing that, I'm trying to opt for "less bad."

After avoiding most sugar, I gave myself permission this morning to indulge in scones for breakfast, in a measured amount. It was nice to have an "allowed" treat. As much as I like the idea of completely avoiding sugar, probably it's more sustainable and realistic of me to go without sugar for a certain number of days per week, and save my allotted sugar for a treat I really enjoy.

I succeeded in redirecting a brownie gift to my DH's office this week, which surely I would have consumed all in a day otherwise. One guilt-free scone for breakfast was a good reward for a brownie meltdown averted.

Today is my day to make good health choices.


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8/10/14 11:13 P

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Stress seems to trigger the Sweet Tooth.
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8/8/14 9:35 A

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The 12th is my last day of the 4 week challenge.
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8/7/14 8:36 P

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My long term goal is to keep sweets out of the house. Like everybody here if its not in the house I won't even think about it, but if it is, I rarely can resist the temptation. If I do get the urge for a sweet treat I go out for a walk or do something to take my mind off the craving. It passes pretty fast.

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Doing good.

Another longterm goal: continue checking in with this Challenge for accountability.

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I will continue to keep in mind that I can't go beyond 26g/day.

Longterm goal:
If it's out of the house, it's not in my mouth.
Allow myself a treat when the cravings are more than I can handle.

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8/2/14 1:41 A

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On vacation I kept a tighter rein on the menu than usual, and was delighted with the results--no snacks for me, just tiny snacks for the kids, and healthy meals. The family wanted s'mores and those were harder for me to resist.

Lesson learned: if it's not easily available or on the menu, I do fine without sugar.
If it is right in front of me, I can only resist it some of the time.

Action plan: Limit the type and volume of sweets in the house. When buying or baking sugary desserts, only get/make enough for one event. Have several healthy meals plans with the necessary groceries ready to go so I'm ready to cook and don't slide into unhealthy choices because they are easier.

Today is my day to make good health choices.


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7/28/14 5:18 A

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I'm not really sure what to do for a long term sugar goal. I really need to lose weight and I am really having a hard time and the weight loss is really slow going. I was hoping to lose 20 lbs this summer but so far I've only lost 7. I am hoping that cutting back on sugar will help some.

I have pretty much cut out sweets other than my occasional Pepsi Next and I like to have a cup of coffee with a little cinnamon vanilla creamer a couple times a day. I have cut back the amount of creamer I use to 1.5 tbs now. I think I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing for now to hopefully lose more weight. I'm really watching labels and trying to avoid artificial sweeteners too. I don't crave sweets anymore but I don't want to cut out my coffee totally. I usually go without any about 3 days a week and have unsweetened tea instead.

That's the best plan I've got.

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week 4 is trying to keep my sodium down. it has been high lately. every thing that is good is high in sodium. couldn't believe cottage is 700 sodium. my eggbeaters are 360, peanut butter is high. what isn't high other than straight vegetables. having hard time with this but plan on working on it. I don't want to give up foods I like that I thought I should be eating.
well that's my plan this week.

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7/25/14 8:06 A

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I 'm like SueArnold, My goals are to limit added sugars, read labels carefully, add reduced /sugar free products to my pantry/ fridge, and eat more fruit to satisfy my sweet -tooth . I Need to limit sugary coffee drinks and other sweet beverages, that might set off a sweet attack. I 'm not going to totally eliminate sugar, either just choose more wisely. emoticon emoticon


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I know how you feel Moodykeys. I try to pace myself as best I can and when I need something cold I try to go for some watermelon. Its nice and cold, is loaded with water and tastes great.
Your doing a great job, keep it up.

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went to Syracuse, n.y. car show walked around 350 acres of 9000 cars displayed and 400 vendors. I did slip and eat a small ice cream cone. first sweet I have had since jan. I 2014. I think I earned that one. wasn't craving sweets, it was I needed something really cold. it was hot doing all that walking. hubby figured we walked about 22 miles in two days. plus after supper, each night, I took a walk to the mall next store to our hotel. I know crazy but had to walk off dinner because I felt too full.. hope you had great weekend.

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7/20/14 4:32 P

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Sweet tooth challenge has been a success.
Looking for a new challenge.
Any suggestions?

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I am so glad this challenge is over. I had a hard time with it. There were some days I had no problem and other days where I couldn't stop thinking about or wanting sweets. I noticed that once I started to eat something sweet, I would continue to want it, and next thing I knew I was after polishing off a whole bag of gummy bears.
I drink lots of water and eat something with protein to fill me up so that I don't crave sugar so much. I did learn that when you are protein deprived you crave sweets, so my solution is eat protein. Guess what? It works.

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7/20/14 9:12 A

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No sweet tooth cravings for months now.
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7/19/14 12:34 P

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I learned a lot. Now I have to find my next challenge!

On my way to a healthier life.

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7/19/14 11:19 A

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Made it! And it really wasn't that difficult. I have no worries about going back to the amount of sugar I was eating before the challenge...I haven't missed it NEARLY as much as I thought I would!
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7/13/14 4:06 P

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Sweet tooth is taking a hike!

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I'm starting week 4 today.

For a 1st attempt at my long term goals . . .

I want to limit my refined and hidden sugar intake. I do not plan to eliminate it, just limit it. All things in moderation.

I will continue to use sugar free/reduced products. Additionally keep fruit a favorite go to item. I had a peach yesterday that was wonderful!

Onward and forward through this week.!

Good luck to all!

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On my way to a healthier life.

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I wasn't hungry when I left for a 1 pm appointment.
Thought it would only take an hour.
I miscalculated.
It took 2 1/2 hours and I was starving!
Tried drinking almost 9 cups of flavored vinegar water.
Didn't work!
Stopped by Walmart on the way home.
The Atkins chocolate hazelnut crunch bar was screaming at me.
I ate one on the way home.
It tasted so good and filled that large hole in the stomach.
Only had 3 carbs!

Drank more water while cooking a very lean hamburger (8 ounces).
My tummy is very happy and so am I.
Still have some calories left for later if necessary.
Very grateful for SP!

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I'm waiting to start week 4 as soon as I get the email. . .

On my way to a healthier life.

Sue from Texas
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7/11/14 8:12 A

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Have done very well so far.
No fattening sweet stuff the whole challenge.
Love the accountability.
Thanks SP

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I had a sweet tooth that you would not believe. I could go long spurts with no sweets, but once I ate anything sweet, the dam would burst and I would everything in sight. I have worked hard to curb my sweet tooth. Now, late at night, I will chew Extra sugar-free gum. I also will allow one piece of dark chocolate. Since I have been doing that, I don't need it every day. I take one piece and put the rest away. Then, I get busy and do something, anything to keep me busy. After a few minutes, the craving passes and I am fine.

This plan is my future going forward.

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I agree with you Irishlady1970 about staying clear of those temptations, when I go to the store I steer clear from the candy isle.

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Moderation is key to keeping my sweet tooth satisfied. It works for me, but may not work for everyone. There are some things that I just can't control myself around so I steer clear of those temptations.

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I am not ready to bring back M&M peanuts in the pictures yet, its only close to a month since I had them and its to soon bring them back in the food process I can slowly bring in other sweets in the pictures but in moderation

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This is a huge challenge and I haven't done my best with it. When I get so tired from overdoing it, then I crave carbs and sweets. I am not going to cut sugar out entirely because I believe that we can do all things in moderation but I am going to be more mindful of my sugar intake, especially those hidden sugars. I am glad to have learned a lot through this challenge.

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emoticon Its over and I am so glad I got through this huge challenge. I have learned so much from fellow sparkies, and exchanged my sugar habits for healthier choices. I have to say eating less sugar keeps the hunger bug at bay. I found that eating carbs especially sugar made me eat more as I did not appear to be satisfied with what I ate. Congratulations to everyone who finished the challenge. emoticon

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Well, I have finished with this 28 day challenge, but will keep on checking in.
It keeps me accountable, and everyone is so supportive and helpful here.
I mentioned my goals in an earlier post, but just want to say I am staying sugar
free as much as possible and finishing up strong. No added sugar today.
I'm finding more things to make without sugar and intend on using more natural
sugar options as time goes forward.

Keep up the good work everyone!


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I'll be wrapping up my 30-day sucrose fast in 3 days. I had a few instances of food items with added sugar over the last month, but nothing even remotely like what I was doing before. After this, it should be quite easy to limit my sugar intake to twice a week. It should ... I'm not saying it will, but I now know that I can say no, and that it can wait, I know that sweets aren't for all day every day. I know that I am in control of what I eat, and not the other way around. I know that a minor slip-up is not a reason for a major give-up (I just made that up lol :). Most importantly, I KNOW THAT I CAN DO THIS!

Forgive yourself and move on.

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This has been an learning experience for me.
Some of the things I have learned:
1) Sugar, simple carbs and sugar substitutes make me want to eat more food.
2) I need to keep my sugar intake to a minimum.
3) How to make healthy swaps for sugary treats and how to make some new healthy treats.
4) Keeping my sugar intake to around 10mgs a day will help me to lose weight.

Some of my future goals:
1) To keep trying to keep my sugar intake below 25gms a day, and 10mgs if possible.
2) To continue to use more fruits and veggies in my meals and snacks.
3) Look for more new ways to make healthy treats without adding all the sugar.
4) Keep on checking in on the team to keep accountable.


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Moderation wasn't what I practiced today emoticon Got to fight back. I was doing pretty well, argh!

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While reprogramming my brain and body with this challenge I've learned that moderation is key for me. I tend to be an all or nothing kind of person. Will I never eat sweets again, no, but I know how to handle myself now. One may be okay but none is okay also.

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Every day is a challenge and how we deal with it can make you or break you. Try baby steps before you take giant steps and eventually you will get to the finish line.

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I haven't completely tamed my sweet tooth, but I feel that it is more under control. I am concerned that I will be going out to eat tonight. Today is my 34th wedding anniversary. Sometimes fancy restaurants are my downfall. Wish me luck!

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I did not eat any dark chocolate yesterday as I was doing a juice fast, 100% juices. I thought I would wake up starving as I went to bed hungry but no I feel the same way I do most mornings.

Week 4 is almost over and I think the sweet tooth is tamed some but do not want to test it with trigger foods like cookies, ice cream and milk chocolate. Some day I may be able to eat them again but I want to hold off a little longer so I can get stronger.

I AM A FIGHTER, A WARRIOR I AM DETERMINED TO NOT BE OVER WEIGHT !!!!! I WILL NOT GIVE UP OR GIVE IN!!!!!
I WILL CONQUER!!!!

Who I am really keeps surprising me.

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Almost over week 4 emoticon

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Is it over yet? These past few weeks have been very hard. Sweet treats keep calling my name. I try so hard to ignore their whispers and some days I give in. When I do give in I indulge in one serving and the whispers disappear. I don't think I will ever give up sugar entirely because I enjoy it so much, but I can compromise.

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