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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.

Work hard. Eat right.


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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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So close....

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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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8/7/14 6:49 P

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Doing good.

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

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8/7/14 1:49 A

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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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7/21/14 8:09 P

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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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7/21/14 11:54 A
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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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7/20/14 3:34 P

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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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7/13/14 9:01 A

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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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7/12/14 6:48 P

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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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7/12/14 4:14 P

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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.

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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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7/6/14 2:30 P

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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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7/2/14 7:44 P

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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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6/20/14 12:46 A

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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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6/16/14 11:27 P

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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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6/16/14 12:02 A

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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 STAY ON TRACK
I choice to conquer!!!!!

Who I am really keeps surprising me.

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6/14/14 7:01 A

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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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Doing good without cookies, don't even hear them calling me. Got a good buy on sugar free dark chocolate, can't wait to try one tonight after dinner.

I AM A FIGHTER, A WARRIOR I AM DETERMINED TO NOT BE OVER WEIGHT . I WILL STAY ON TRACK
I choice to conquer!!!!!

Who I am really keeps surprising me.

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Moving straight forward. Whew!

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I have some nice sweet peaches in my fruit bowl calling me time to take a sweet break.

I AM A FIGHTER, A WARRIOR I AM DETERMINED TO NOT BE OVER WEIGHT . I WILL STAY ON TRACK
I choice to conquer!!!!!

Who I am really keeps surprising me.

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Stocked my fridge with tons of fresh fruits and veggies and bypassed all the sweet treats. I did indulge later this evening with a small piece of chocolate cake, but it was only one small piece. I am so happy right now.

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Got my new big dark chocolate candy bar and ate only one small square.
Last night I had addict dreams of eating cake. Today I went to the supermarket and looked at the slices of cake that were half off and even picked up a few and looked closely at them. But I did not buy one. Cakes were not what I pigged out on, cookies were. I am not ready to buy cookies again. I don't think I could at this time eat them with moderation. Maybe in a month or two.

I AM A FIGHTER, A WARRIOR I AM DETERMINED TO NOT BE OVER WEIGHT . I WILL STAY ON TRACK
I choice to conquer!!!!!

Who I am really keeps surprising me.

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Fruits are our allies in this challenge emoticon Being moderate so far. I've also started ST after a long time without any. Though I have to be very careful because every time I raise my exercise a notch, my hunger feelings get out of control.

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It's week 4! I'm doing well with being more aware of cravings for sweets and being able to avoid them. Substituting a fruit helps. I've also increased my activity level, and am taking in very little gluten. I feel much better than I did when I started this challenge.

I also love all the positive posts, thank you and congratulations everyone!

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You know, I hadn't thought about it like that, but the title of this team is "TAME Your Sweet Tooth"; not necessarily kill it!!! emoticon

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Welcome week 4. I'm doing good. I'm having a small sweet after lunch and dinner without overdoing it. I plan to stay strong at this. I'm not planning to be sugar free at all, but to ingest sugary stuff in moderation. I hope I can do it!

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Had only one square of dark chocolate yesterday. I am buying a new bar today of a different kind. It is one I had before and really liked.

I AM A FIGHTER, A WARRIOR I AM DETERMINED TO NOT BE OVER WEIGHT . I WILL STAY ON TRACK
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Just starting Week 4 of my sucrose fast. I've been virtually sucrose-free for the last 3 weeks. The only sucrose I had was in my breakfast cereal (which I had about 3 or 4 times), one morning I had syrup on my pancakes, and one day for lunch I had a PBJ cuz I forgot that I was supposed to be avoiding jelly, which was strange because I had purposely avoided it just that morning. Here I go into the final stretch ... :)

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Time sure does fly and it's week 4 already. Well, I can say I still eat my sweet treats but I keep my portions to one and done. I get to enjoy what I love in moderation and still lose weight. Now that to me is bliss.

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Starting week 4 and so happy it was not that hard to retreat from the sweets! ........... Good habits formed and plan to continue! emoticon fo everyone!!! emoticon

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Day two of week 4, baked hubby muffins and was not tempted to eat them emoticon emoticon emoticon

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These posts are so positive! I wish everyone continued success!!

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week 4 , doing great still . keeping with plan not to have sugary treats .

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I think this step...planning how I am going to move forward with reducing sugar in my diet...is a critical one to "Taming My Sweet Tooth". This has been a great challenge for me, with lots of helpful tips. One I've found most useful is to keep a bowl of fruit, ready to eat, and to reach for it rather than for something sugary, especially when I walk in the door after work. As I move forward it is unrealistic for me to say I am going to live sugar free, but what I do want to do is to live proactively regarding sugar--that means I want to plan my sugary treats purposefully and to choose them wisely. This means less sugary stuff in the house (too easy to just "grab and go") and always keeping fruit on hand, especially the fruits that I enjoy the most (even if they aren't the cheapest). I hope to also, somehow, incorporate into my life (maybe on Sundays) a time to sit down and look ahead at my week and see what events/specials etc I have coming up and to think about whether/what I want to eat at those events. For instance, I know we are celebrating my birthday today, and I will have a piece of whatever my husband and the grandkids have chosen to buy for me to enjoy. Maybe I will even allow myself a large piece, but only today! Finally, I've figured out strategies to stay out of the chocolate drawer at work--mostly with fruit. I need to pack easy to eat fruit EVERY time I am going to work. I'm happy with the progress I've made with sugar, and I sure don't want to go back to where I was.

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Finally made it to week 4!!
I have been successful with my morning coffee, using Splenda and fat free/sugar free creamers. Sweets no longer have a place in my daily lunch, I will have a greek yogurt and fill up on ice water instead of sweet tea. After dinner instead of ice cream I will occasionally have a small thing of sugar free frozen yogurt, but that will be limited to just once a week.
I have become more aware of added sugars in everyday foods and learned what names they hide under. emoticon

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4 weeks down. I still have issues with over sugar consumption, but it is getting easier to pick healthier options. My love of Dr. Pepper has greatly diminished. I think I've had maybe 2 in recent weeks. It has also been easier to avoid the overly decadent desserts. I allowed myself dessert this week and was able to enjoy a well earned indulgence while limiting myself to an appropriate portion size!

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Thanks for the great update on making it all the way through! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

For those of us approaching the end of our challenges as well, what does everyone think?

I have no intention of reverting to the sluggishness, the semi-illness feelings, etc, that plagued me when sugar ruled my eating experiences. I like the idea of The No Sugar Team. Can we start a discussion about this?

TWEETYFIT60 (Pam) thanks for your contributions and we'll see you soon wherever!

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Today is my official last day of this month long challenge. emoticon Indigobear on you turning down the chocolate bar. I also had the good fortune of turning down Easter candy that was reduced (I also love a good bargain) and when dining out this past weekend, I opted out of ordering dessert (even though it was only $1.99--brownie bites at Applebees).

I just want to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and meeting many of the people here on this challenge. I just feel like since I have already gotten off the majority of the sugar that had crept back into my life, I do not want to revert to my old habits.

I have expressed the idea of extending this challenge into a separate team here on SP. I am involved in a couple of teams as well as other challenges so after a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided that I will not personally create a new team at this time. However, if someone else here would like to step up to the plate (baseball not dinner emoticon ) I would love to be a part of it. I agree with Pfer that we need to keep it as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, which I think is what everyone really wants. So, please keep me in mind if any one here would like to keep all of this going in the form of a no-sugar team. PM if you are looking for members.

Until then, it has been a pleasure to know and be with all of you as you have "tamed your sweet tooth."

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

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Small steps for me, as well but I am mostly off sugar. No more late snacks and no sweets in the house!

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I'm in my 4th week of the Challenge and I find it's still a series of small steps and battles each day -- sometimes feels like one step forward, two steps back! However, i picked up a large milk chocolate bar at the store but then left it behind as i was paying for other groceries, so that was success!

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keeping as much sugar out as I can.

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Just finished week four. Tonight I had a bowl of strawberries no extra sugar and no ice cream. I no longer need to add sweeteners to my food. Nature knows best.

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been on this little to no sugar for 3 months now. my son buys me large can of deluxe nuts instead of candy when he gives me a gift. he knows I love them as a snack.. if I have a birthday cake to make for someone I will use betty crocker sugarfee cake mix german chocolate or yellow. I don't like their icing so I may make my own using dark chocolate or that's where I will end up with a little sugar. really want a sweet that looks great, I would also make sugarfee brownies just as good as the real thing. these are ways I will cope with my sugar fix in the future. and dark choc. almonds of course.

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I am at the end of the challenge and am so happy I did this!
My next thing to do is make sure my extended or far away family knows not to give me presents of candy as a "special treat". My daughter used to arrive with a big box of Good 'n Plenty's . And Easter was hard last year - not gonna happen this year!
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I am just completing this challenge and found it to be very helpful. I have just completed finishing THE TAME YOUR SWEET TOOTH CHALLENGE. Because of this I saw that I have a problem with addiction to sugary foods and drinks. When I drank socially I always wanted a sweet mixed drink. I haven't had any sugary pop in almost a year. My thing was caramel apple lolypops and I am proud to say that I have not had one through all of last month. I am planning to have this once in awhile, but if it again becomes an obsession or addiction, I am prepared to give it up again and I will always chart and log my sweets as part of my daily allowable calories.
I may also have a problem with Jolly Ranchers candy. Three pieces of this candy is a serving and I found out that I was craving them and looking forward to having my 3 pieces as my night time snack.
At least now, after this last month I am even more aware of my sweet addiction but am not quite willing to entirely quit any refined sugar yet but do have a renewed awareness of the effect that sugar, at certain times, has on my mind and triggers my sugar addiction, but hey, at least I am now more aware. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thanks for a great almost sugar free month and that's not an April Fools statement. Lol

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great job everyone on crubing your sweets. I don't really miss them much any more I feel like I am getting enough sugar in very very small amounts that it is enough for me. I find after the 17th day of the third month of going pretty much without sugar, if I have something that has some in it, like a granola cereal it seems too sweet. lol. but its true. keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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Everything tastes so much better since starting this challenge!
I think the sugary taste of stuff was masking some other great flavors.
Now my sweets are fruits in various forms (plain, smoothies and dried) or an occasional graham cracker snack.

Energy is through the roof and I am moving with a bit less pain--reducing inflammation maybe?

Thanks you guys! Thanks SP.

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Not having so many sweets in the house is a very big help for me. My husband and daughter either are not bringing it in or they are getting better at hiding it. Also, I have not gone in search of sweets for awhile now. Having some sugar-free jello on hand has gotten me through my emotional times. I will try to keep some on hand. I make sure we have the small apples on the counter all the time and if we have bananas, I only eat half at a time. Maybe half in the morning then, the other half in the afternoon or evening.
Have definitely made progress with this challenge!
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I have found that this challenge has helped me lies the craving for sugar. I am not saying I do not have sugar it just seems to be less than before and I do not miss it as much. I do allow myself special treats within my limits but am not craving them so thank you team.
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Love my frilly coffee drinks! Usually go to a coffee stand once a week and get a flavored espresso beverage. Since starting this challenge I have not gone. I think after finishing this challenge and the Official 30-Day 'Fit Food' Challenge I will allow myself one frilly coffee drink a week but, the challenge will be to control myself from ending in a downward sugar spiral and resisting the donuts, cupcakes, etc... that were beginning to creep into my weekly habits more regularly before starting this challenge.

I have also stopped communication with several people that have really bad food habits. I believe they were starting to take me down with them! NO WAY! Not going to let that happen!!!

Here's to a less sweet future (figuratively speaking of course (: )

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Read an article last night regarding 4 ways to cut down on sugar. I will write a blog about this a little later.

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I enjoyed some Smucker's all fruit on toast this morning and found I liked it. Coffee (decaf) and wheat toast along with turkey sausage and egg whites made a good start to my day. Making changes here and there sure make a difference.

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I am so used to eating fruit now instead of cookies, cake etc. I don't really even miss them anymore. I now read labels for sugar content, I no longer use sugar unless it comes in food naturally, I try eat more fresh food rather than pre packaged.

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Week four will be remembering all the things I've learned and tracking as usual. As warmer weather gets near I will have less triggers to worry about because, as I mentioned before , I love coffee and usually want something sweet to go with the coffee. I don't drink as much coffee in summertime. I am concerned about learning moderation because when I eat a little I want a lot. I am better to stay away from sweets and fats as much as possible.

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I had a little trouble getting to Week 4 but I think I'm good now. I know I cannot totally cut sweets out all together because I will binge from the idea I can't have it. I must learn MODERATION and I know the trick to that is tracking, tracking, tracking! I tend to binge when I 1) allow myself to get too hungry between meals (forgetting to eat my planned e\healthy snack) or 2) I don't track and feel I've already blown it so I will REALLY enjoy food and start new the next day. My plan is to stay on track with my snacks and to TRACK!

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I believe that my cravings are getting better.
Doing much better with the sauces and sweets.
Plus, I got a job working at the grocery store twice a week.
(Talk about a good birthday present!)
Sorry it was my last week but I wish you all the best of luck!
Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!
Your friend forever in Fitness and Healthy Eating, Holly

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On week 4. Sorry it took so long to get here.
Been job hunting (finally got on at the local grocery store).
Glad to be learning to bag and all. However, don't want to bring home the junk.
So, I'm hoping to finally decrease my sauce and sweet cravings.
(I have been starting to enjoy the veggies more which is a good thing.)
Will also start working more on the water as well. I know I will need it.
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I am prone to making impulsive choices, but I've also been known to plan a donut run. The vast majority of the people in my life have never known me at the weight I am right now. I was an obese child who grew into an equally obese adult, and I'm 65. The people helping me deal with my health issues are preaching moderation and once a week is the recurring theme. Coming to terms with this truth is rather daunting.

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Just starting Week 4 and having a rough two days. I know I need to do a better job of tracking when I eat a dinner that is difficult to track. I will put down SOMETHING. Not having that calorie budget to be accountable to leads to over eating on sweets. I know abstaining from sweets is not the answer for me, I must learn moderation.

Edited by: LEANNARW at: 3/13/2014 (17:29)
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3/6/14 7:19 P

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Well, I made it to Week 4 and now have to commit to a long-term management plan. I am going to stick with my mostly-wheat-free diet because that seems to cancel the sugar cravings. I will allow a snack of dark chocolate-covered almonds or a small square of dark chocolate with my afternoon tea. I will also make a concerted effort to avoid ALL phony sugars because everyone seems totally confused about what is safe or not safe. I will just try to limit sugar, period.

So -- off I go into the real world! emoticon + emoticon

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