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4/1/12 2:41 P

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1. Keep tracking. I wish it was as easy to track sugar as other things like calcium.
2. Substitute for everything at least once. Keep changes I can live with and portion control the foods I don't want to do without. I've liked most of the changes fortunately.
3. Keep exercising.
4. Celebrate in moderation only on very special days.
5.Don't drink any sugar except an occasional glass of red wine

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4/1/12 12:51 P

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What are your long-term goals for dealing with sugar?

My goal is to be able to enjoy sweets/sugar in moderation, not to banish them from my diet. I need to pay attention to portion sizes. I plan to allow myself to have a sweet a day if I want it.
I plan to continue to practice substituting healthier snacks for sweets.

What have you learned during this challenge?

I have to substitute healthier options for snacks instead of reaching for a sweet. I've also learned that I don't have to have a sweet every day. I've found that if I get an urge for a sweet I can delay that urge and sometimes short circuit it by getting a big drink of water and doing something that occupies my hands/mind.



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4/1/12 10:13 A

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I've learned to be vigilant in reading all labels. I've also learned to tweak recipes to make them lower in carbs. I've learned to love Almond Breeze unsweetened Almond/Coconut milk, which makes a great low carb milkshake when blended with Hershey's sugarfree chocolate syrup, a packet of Splenda and ice. A yummy treat when the urge hits. I'm learning to appreciate alternate forms of flour like almond flour. I'm actually going to bake muffins today with only 2.5 net effective carbs. Yum!

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4/1/12 9:38 A

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One of my temptation is soy sauce

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enny


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4/1/12 1:29 A

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For me it's reading food labels like soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce. They all have sugar, and although I don't use vast quantities, it's still present. Alot of the carbs we eat like breads and pastas turn to sugar in our body as part of the digestion process so we are already getting sugar without adding extras in the form of soda, cakes, sweets etc.
Awareness is the key.

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3/31/12 6:09 P

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I think that in order to stick to my eating less sugar over time I need to allow a small amount into my diet each day. But it should still be something healthier like dark chocolate which has some benefits, or natural sugars instead of artificial ones from candy or other junk food!! I think I have been doing a LOT better with not eating candy and other sugary treats overall. Maybe not in the last couple days, but even so I know I am able to do better the next day because I don't feel like it has so much of a hold on me anymore!! :) I can't believe I started doing this challenge almost 4 weeks ago already!! I know that time flies by so fast so if I make all my small eating decisions count it will add up to feeling and looking great in what will seem like no time at all once it is accomplished!! :)

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I am feeling waayyyy better entering my week 4.
What i have learnt is--I can do without sugar. As far as you don't eat sugar containing stuff, you don't feel like having one but as soon as you put one piece of sugary food there you go . You can not stop.
I have learnt that I can control my urge for sweet.
Only problem is the time ( when you have hormonal changes) you are so desperate to have sugar and that is very difficult time to control myself. after that 2--3 days i am good again.
But I will try to overcome that too! Wish me luck! emoticon

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3/31/12 4:14 P

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I love CANDY but now I know how easy that "want" is to replace. In four weeks, I have had no candy. That's really saying something for me.. I couldn't go a day without candy. This time of year is easy to replace that "need" with fruit.. that's what I have done. I've been eating blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, bananas and pineapple. I am really going to try to stick to this. I am type II diabetic and I need to take care of myself. I am proud of what I have done in these 4 weeks... I am also proud of the fact that with the sweets I have stopped eating chips. I haven't had any chips and I think I may be able to live without them. Thank you everyone for any support you have given me in this challenge...

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3/31/12 3:22 P

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My long term plan is to rely on fruit in place of processed sugary treats and if I do indulge only in small portions and plan it ahead of time. I am keeping a "cleaner" pantry and fridge. I have learned that after cutting candy and pastry out, when I taste them now they don't taste very good to me. I have also come to find out I do have more energy without the sugars. I have started reading all labels on prepared foods and not just focusing on the numbers but actually looking at the ingredients.

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3/31/12 7:46 A

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I plan on sticking with healthy fruits. They seem to have just enough sweetness to satisfy my cravings. After cutting out my other trigger sweet treats i barely crave them. When i am surrounded my them i tempted slightly but my self control kicks in and i pass. I want to try and limit myself if i do want something other than fruit to only once per week. I do like to indulge on skinny cow mint ice cream sandwiches as a treat sometimes :)
Good luck everyone!!

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3/30/12 5:35 P

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It's great to read how well my fellow Sparklers have been doing on this challenge. Well done everyone! Your posts make for some impressive and encouraging reading.

I don't feel that I've done so well. I'm still a long way off taming my sweet tooth and/or going sugar-free for a day or more.

However, as I've said before, I have made some positive changes and substitutions so I'm heading in the right direction. I need to do this challenge again.

Edited by: SLIMLEAF at: 3/30/2012 (17:35)
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I was really proud of myself yesterday. A friend of mine brought cupcakes with frosting and inch thick! for everyone to enjoy. BC (before challenge) I would've thought nothing of helping myself. But I am practicing more self-control and I like that.

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3/30/12 1:32 P

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Well I can say I'm glad lenten services are about over, because this week was the last soup/sandwich meal before services and there is always dessert. I've allowed myself to have dessert because I usually don't have it in the house. I am not having Easter this year either so I won't have the easter candy setting around, not buying any either. If I want some chocolate I have come to say, yes...buy one candy bar...no more for the rest of the week. Dessert too, only allowing myself one to MAYBE two a week and figure it in my meal plans. I plan on moderation so the cravings will not be so bad and watch the bad carbs. I still plan on having my sugarfree gum for my sweet tooth...that's what works the best for me.


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3/29/12 2:28 P

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Blogged it.

Still tracking... forever tracking! That's what keeps me accountable to myself-- seeing it stare back at me.

Bottom line: A little natural sugar a couple of times/week, and 1/2 portions of some fabulous desserty thing 2/week. That's it. I've cut the overprocessed stuff OUT. Goodbye, syonara, toodaloo, etc.

Cheers everyone, on a pretty rigorous 4 weeks!!
K:)

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3/29/12 2:26 P

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week 4 has been a challenge because I have been on vacation...however, the most sugary thing I have had besides my daily flavored coffee creamer is one cookie and dried fruit mix...On the plane here I had cookies, but they were more like a cross between graham crackers and biscotti...I really haven't had fried foods either...I haven't been tracking however...

My goals for the long term are: (and some of them are taken from some of yours because they are such good ideas....

1)to track and eat this stuff in moderation
2)if I need to in the future, I will do this challenge again to keep me honest and working on it
3)eat more fruit and really pay attention to if I am craving, hungry, bored or just thirsty

It is unrealistic to think that for me I will never eat anything sugary again...this challenge has been great because I am more mindful of food labels and ingredient lists...I have learned a lot about different types of sugars and which are more "healthy" and naturally occuring...

I am going to extend my week 4 out a few more days since I was a little bit behind with being on vacation...here is hoping that with easter around the corner I will fight the urge to binge on cadbury cream eggs and whopper eggs...as well as those damn jelly beans!!! If I can stay away from the community jelly bean dish at work I should be fine!!!!

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3/29/12 1:32 P

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I have learned that if I keep myself from having any sugar at all I binge after a few days so I am going to let myself have alittle bit and hope I don't binge any more. Maybe if I can make it for longer than a few days maybe I won't binge but it seems like even if I don't crave sugar all of a sudden I have eaten alot of it. The challenge goes on.

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3/29/12 11:38 A

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I went on a vegetable and protein diet on Monday. I will be honest I used a flavored creamer in coffee in morning but limited myself to two cups. I did have two really low in sugar graham cracker granola bar...otherwise vegetables, protein and lots of water......anyway I have lost 6 lbs so far this week.........proud of myself, because I really think I am addicted to sugar....... emoticon

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3/29/12 10:31 A

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Thanks for sharing everybody.

For a healthier life!

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3/29/12 10:30 A

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I have completed week four and one week without any sugar except for a little maple syrup. I am not really craving sugar but would like to have sweets like donuts or cookies but since I know from this challenge that I can't handle them I will hopefully resist and stick with fresh fruit choices instead. I also try to go forward with a plan and stick to it. I am going to go on the south beach diet next week which will also cut out my fruit for two weeks but that is okay, the sweetness of fruit is intoxicating to me and I just hunger for more. The south beach helps me to get over this hunger and I can control the amount of fruit better. I am hoping these two things will help me make the scale start going down again.
Good luck to everyone!

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3/29/12 10:09 A

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My longterm goal is to find a healthy balance where I CAN eat sugary sweets once in a while and not backslide.

I've learned that I CAN go without sugary treats and it's actually not that hard (most of the time) if 1. I get enough sleep, but not too much, 2. I exercise regularly (That really seems to make a big difference), 3. I don't skip meals (which I shouldn't do anyway since I get low blood sugar--yech). So, basically, if I do what I should be doing anyway, it isn't so hard to skip sugar. I was VERY surprised by that, but very pleased as well. (My quiz results in the beginning said my sugar cravings are out of control, which I already knew.)

I think I will still need to really watch it for the next few months and stay conscious of it, but I'm very hopeful.

Something else: In the last few weeks since cutting back sugar so much (well, not counting fruit and naturally occuring sugars), I haven't gotten any of the awful headaches I've been getting on a fairly regular basis since last August! Mild headaches, yes. Splitting headaches that feel like my eye is being scraped out with a rusty spork? No. Hmmm. Very curious. . . Anyone else notice something like this? (Edit: Oh! Less low blood sugar bouts, too. Nice! )

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3/28/12 9:42 P

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That's a very good idea! Great job!

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3/28/12 9:34 P

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Hi,
I have not been posting but have kept a written journal and food journal. Just by writing down everything I have eaten and the amount I ate really opened my eyes to what I was doing. I have finally began to drop a few pounds and my sugar cravings are almost nothing right now. My long term goal is to keep the food journal and reach for fruit more often.



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3/28/12 8:58 P

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The two areas that I really have to watch myself are desserts and being in a situation where there are cookies etc at a meeting or gathering where there isn't real food. My triggers are when I get tired and especially hungry and haven't planned my evening meal properly (like I don't have any dinner food at my house!). I have to stop at the grocery store and have no will power, so go for the desserts as well as dinner. If I'm at a meeting (which isn't all that often) I will take a cookie (or something sweet) without thinking, and then I can't stop.

So I'm learning to preplan all my meals, make sure I have enough good food around that I want to eat so I don't skip meals (and therefore get really hungry), and, at those meetings to think first then not take a snack.

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3/28/12 5:38 P

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I started this journey thinking it was going to be so hard for me. But I've really learned that with willpower and belief in yourself you can do it. I found when I got the urge to eat sweets I would find something else to take my mind off of that. I found walking at work, drinking water, etc. has really helped. We've had chocolate in my department for two weeks and I have not been near it for 2 weeks. I'm going to keep trying to do this.

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3/28/12 2:08 P

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I have really been able to target my triggers, recognize when I'm nearing that breaking point and then trying distractions like water and walks. I will continue to pay close attention, be more mindful of the types of sweets I bring into the house and also minimize portion overload - i.e., a small portion of dark chocolate (60% or more) is very satisfying, but I find that I cannot over eat it. So by keeping ghiardelli in the house, I am less likely to put myself into a sugar coma should a craving get the best of me.

This challenge has been an eye opener for me - thank you SP!!

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3/28/12 1:14 P

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I started this journey with Lent which is over in about 10 days. I have been pretty good about not eating desserts and extra sugar during this time. I do need to figure out what my long term plan is.

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3/28/12 12:53 P

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What are your long-term goals for dealing with sugar?
I plan to continue moderating what and how much sweet stuff I have.
Have fruit on hand daily and try and eat fruit with every meal.
Be mindful of calorie content always.
Eat half, leave some behind, share with others, etc.
Seek out healthy sweets at the grocery store.

What have you learned during this challenge?
I've learned that I can do this! It is a challenge, but I can continually progress through it. Cravings can go away if you give them time and distraction. Fruit is a great substitution. There are great sweet options out there just have to find them!



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3/28/12 11:50 A

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I still am fighting to not give in to my sugary cravings. Granola bars are a tough one for me because they are so easy to grab and go...or if there is chocolate fudge syrup in the fridge...I have to very conscientiously close the door and walk away.
I know it is going to be a bumpy road to continue fighting my cravings...
but I will do it!

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3/28/12 11:36 A

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I have figured out that sweets are always welcomed, but by choice not by need. I can take or leave sugary sweets, but will settle for fruit. I have become more aware of sugar in foods, also, that sugar comes in many different names. Planning on sticking to the low/no sugar eating that I have become accustom to since starting Spark. Everyone has to have the right mindset to accomplish any addiction problem. If sugar or food were like cigarettes, you could just cut them out, but you need food to live, therefore, you must learn moderation. We all must learn this lesson, it just takes the right mindset. Good luck everyone, YOU CAN DO IT!

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3/28/12 11:08 A

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For me, I plan to continue to have fruit every day. I find that fruit is more than sweet enough for me now, especially if it is in season. As for a larger dessert, I think that's something I'll save for special occasions or going out, so no more than 1x per week.

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I have fruit for dessert each day. I have one half a cup of frozen yogurt as a snack each day. We do not have rich desserts except for holidays and special occasions. Even now I am planning berries and frozen yogurt parfaits for Easter instead of sugary confections.

We cleaned out the pantry and have prioritized what we buy. I check labels in the store.


I am on my way to better health!


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I've learned that sugar is hidden in so many foods -- foods I wouldn't have thought about. I read labels more now.

I still enjoy dessert, but I've learned how to eat it in moderation. One of the biggest changes that I've made is splitting or sharing desserts. When I go out to eat at a sit-down restaurant I always ask for a doggie bag first and divide my meal so that I'm not tempted to keep eating or eat mindlessly because I'm busy talking. At a fast food restaurant, I'll split a sandwich and fries with whomever I'm with. I now do the same with dessert. If I have a taste for candy, I'll share the bag or bar with someone. I still get to taste it, but I'm able to stay in control . . . . because I still love chocolate and don't plan on giving it up completely - lol!!





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This 3 weeks were very usefull. I have learn a lot about sugar and realised that I don't need it. Now that I have any good reason for eating sugar I am able to avoid it and it feel so good. At last, I am no more addicted to sugar!

Of course I would like some deserts maybe once a week. So I will allow myself one or two desserts per week but not big ones. Just like one cookie or two piece of dark chocolate or something like that. I will continue to eat cereals, fruits, yogourt and other food that have sugar but also good nutrients. So I won't have raging hunger for sugar.

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3/28/12 9:19 A

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This week I am eating vegetables and protein. Drinking plenty of water and only using a flavorewd creamer in my coffee in the morning. This is day 3, really feel good. went for two walks yeaterday and walked in treadmill for 30 minutes. The man in my relationship suggested for me to try this for a week. It took me awhile to do this, but am glad I did. Sugar is n ot good for me and I know this. I am really liking the way I feel this morning. emoticon

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3/28/12 8:43 A

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I can't believe I made it through this challenge. I still have to discover (through an exam) what I can and cannot eat (in other words, IF I actually have reactive hypoglycemia) but I learned alot during this one. HUGS

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I have learned a lot about sugar in the last 3 weeks. It has really put me to thinking. I know I won't be able to stay off sugar completely. I need to be realistic about it, Too many times things are put before us.

My goals are:

1. Eat sweets in moderation.
2. Be more mindful of the sugar content.
3. Have fruits on hand for a sweet craving.
4. Try to limit sweets to just 1 after supper only.

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In the past four weeks I have read some extremely good articles on sweets / sugar that I would have other wised missed or skipped over because I felt I was already cutting back. Knowing now that ever 4 grams of sugar is a teaspoon of sugar has changed my mind on alot of things.

I will:
1. Be mindful of what I am putting in my mouth
2. Have fruits readily available at all times
3. If I am going to eat sweets it will be a 100 cal pack vs other foods
4. Drink plenty of water if I have the urge for something sweet.

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My long term goals are to eat sweets in moderation and not label food as good or bad. I will be especially careful at the grocery store to try not to bring home food with large amounts of hidden sugar. Be more proactive at making sugar free recipes for my family.

What I have learned: There are several ways to enjoy natural sugars and the added refined sugars are not necessary to have a nice dessert once in a while. I learned that i have the power within me to make the better choices and say "No thank you" when offered high sugar items by others. I have also learned that the food industry is addicted to sugar so I need to really understand all the different names for sugar ingredients

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3/28/12 2:45 A

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Moderation is my long term goal, I am off to London today and love flapjacks so I am hoping to be good and not use the excuse that I rarely go to England and eat too many of them



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3/27/12 11:59 P

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Longterm goals: eat sugary stuff in less-than-moderation : ) Low-cal cookies for dessert at lunch, fruit and low-cal cake (angel food, sponge, *very* small slice of fruitcake) for dessert at dinner. I know I will splurge on desserts occasionally when DW and I go for a restaurant meal--cut back on sweets the rest of that day and even the next. It's definitely do-able : )

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3/27/12 5:04 P

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I have learned that I generally want some kind of desert; and when I'm depressed, I want sweets. So if I keep fresh fruit in the house, that covers the sweet craving nicely; also, yogurt helps!

My husband and I have been having a weekly date night - part of which involves a fondue made of dark chocolate with fruit dipped in it. This is my sweet treat of the week. :) I watch my calories, and my carb intake. If I know there's a special occasion - like a birthday party, I plan for it. As long as I'm smart and careful, I'm fine.


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3/27/12 9:40 A

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I have allowed myself a bit of sugar now and then. chocolate mostly. more satisfying when eating a little bit

For a healthier life!

enny


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3/27/12 8:55 A

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Between this challenge, the Mindful Eating challenge and the Healthy Cooking challenge, I have established weekly plans and routines. I can look at a doughnut or candy bar and say to myself, "What is in that for my body?". The answer is always, "Nothing". I view them as big chunks of lard. I have made a lot of SparkPeople recipes that taste wonderful and provide enough sweetness to satisfy that "sugar thing"...without any processed sugar! I have allowed myself two "sinful" treats in the last two months- a lemon bar made by a good friend and chocolate mousse (for our wedding anniversary- hooray for us!). That did not throw me off, because they were planned and incorporated into my daily calorie intake. I feel confident that I can continue this behavior for a lifetime. I know I will lose my weight slowly, always have, but I will not give up! Thank you, SparkPeople for teaching me so much!

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3/26/12 8:27 P

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I begin week 4 with renewed commitment. Last week was so challenging because of the outside influences. I navigated Book Club treats with substitutes then on the weekend went to a women's retreat and did okay despite the masses of comfort food, goodies and the final test - a chocolate fountain with marshmallos and cookie dough for dipping. I'm proud that I only ate the strawberries but when I got home I felt so deflated that last night I ate two whopping-sized cookies. I should have locked myself up for these 4 weeks. Oh well, I've still reduced sugar substantially and feel that I can continue to live without the nightly sweet treats - maybe I can kick the sugar addiction after all.

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3/26/12 11:03 A

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This weekend I allowed myself to have a cupcake at a family birthday. I cut it in half and found that I was satisfied with that amount. Having used surgery carbs as my go to comfort food for so long this was exciting. I finely feel as if I am in control and that I can allow myself a treat now and then as long as I am aware of what I am doing, why I want the item and a smaller amount.

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3/25/12 10:05 A

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My long term goals for dealing with sugar are: A) Always have fresh fruit in the house, B) Continue eating heathy snacks, and C0 Be "mindful" when I treat myself and enjoy every bite.
What I've learned from this challenge is that I CAN tame the sugar beast and rethink the way I'm eating. The biggest result of this challenge for me has been that not only have I learned healthier eating habits, but I've also moved out of the "morbidly obese" category!

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3/24/12 6:14 P

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Over the past 4 weeks I have become aware of my trigger times throughout the day and try to replace with healthier choices. In the past I would not allow myself any treats which set me up for failure. Currently such as birthdays I will have a piece of cake, but a smaller piece, and not go for seconds or thirds. When shopping and arriving at the check outs I don't focus on the goodies, I browse a magazine. I don't keep anything in my home that would tempt me, once or twice a week I will purchase something small, it seems to keep the cravings at bay, so far so good. This challenge has helped me think before doing. Positive vibes.

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3/22/12 10:40 P

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if I pre-portion my sweets in small amounts, and pack them in my lunch bag, it's easier to control. often times if I want it in the morning... I have to think about it and if i REALLY want it.... I usually don't and decide to save it for later in the afternoon... then when the afternoon comes around, I usually forget it's there.

fruit works to satisfy my sweet tooth too. and ice water keeps me distracted :)

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

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3/22/12 6:12 A

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I will limit my intake of cake, candy, doughnuts, pie, ice cream to one time per week.

A man's got to know his limitations.


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2/14/12 11:20 A

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Congratulations! You've made it to the final week of the challenge! Let's discuss the following closing points:

What are your long-term goals for dealing with sugar?
What have you learned during this challenge?

Thank you for participating!

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