I am really proud of myself. Through this challenge I really have reduced my sweet tooth snackings. Yes I still have my moments, but I am more aware now. The things that have worked for me: I have a dry erase calendar in easy view in my kitchen. I kept track of my moments of sweet tooth weakness and tracked what days were issues for me. I found that on days I was in a hurry and I hadn't properly planned and prepared meals ahead of time I snacked on chocolate chips. Through this realization I set aside a day or 2 to prep quick and easy meals. Reduce the amount of sweet stuff in the house. I really don't have anything but chocolate chips and marshmallows in the house now. If I have a cookie craving I have to go buy it and by purchasing 1 cookie in the bakery vs. a bag of cheap-o cookies, I am much more fulfilled by the great flavors. Freeze the sugar. As TRUCKERWIFE2 posted, she stuck Reeses pieces in the freezer. Before I reduced the sweet stuff in the house, I did this as well. By coming to the realization that I would have to defrost before enjoying my treat I ended up planing ahead for desert and it helped me stay on track with my food tracking.
I have also realized that it isn't the sweet stuff that I have issues with. My weight issues stem from empty calories with breads and other starches. I love Sourdough and butter. So through what I learned in this challenge I am going to work on my Bread issues in a similar fashion. Thanks for everyone's support.
current weight: 194.6
Fitness Minutes: (14,516) Posts: 729 10/17/12 1:37 A
Had a handful of Reeses pieces to see how I could handle it. Wanted more so I put some stuff on the freezer to deter me from getting into it. Earlier today I found dh's stash of candy while looking for some chicken. We have 2 working freezers. One at my house and a upright @ our rental. Will try to limit sweets to once every 2 or 3 weeks and in very small amounts as it affects how I feel. Have been slacking off the exercise and will try to get back on track in the morning. If I don't do it first thing I seem to fall apart later. I am in more control of my sugar eating than I have been in the past. Will be hard this week as we have 2 birthdays. Will make gluten free cake for younger dd. A new neighbor who cooks gluten free will help me decorate her cake.Not sure how we'll do it.
Pounds lost: 7.0
Fitness Minutes: (182,705) Posts: 44,559 9/29/12 4:44 P
My plan is to eat fruit if I want sweets or to grab a meat stick which seems to help. Remind myself when I see the sweets in my house especially the freezer where dh keeps the bulk of it, on how bad my low blood gets when I eat it. To continue eating a fruit and a protein with breakfast which is curbing my cravings.
Pounds lost: 7.0
Fitness Minutes: (182,705) Posts: 44,559 5/28/12 3:19 P
Good for you guys. You are making such great progress. I realized that this is my last day in this group and I now know what a serving is. It is also amazing because I find that a whole day will pass and other than my morning coffee, I've had nothing sweet to eat. One day my husband was buying desert and I bought a Kombucha (fermented tea). Drank only half of it. My desert wasn't even sweet. And I was totally cool with it. It felt great.
Good luck to you all as you continue to tame your sweet tooth PRAIRIECROCUS and PAULAAUTUMN.
Edited by: WRITINGDIVA1 at: 5/28/2012 (19:14)
The pounds are sliding off...
Pounds lost: 21.0
Fitness Minutes: (182,705) Posts: 44,559 4/13/12 5:50 P
Sounds like you are well on your way to being more aware of the sugar both seen and hidden that is a part of your diet. Congratulations on conquering your sugar habits and making new choices.
I have thought about having dessert only on weekends but it is so hard with my two boys and my husband always asking for some type of dessert every night after dinner. Thanks for your great example. I am going to try to limit myself to dessert twice a week and weekends only and then try to wean myself down to just weekends. It is going to be hard especially with everyone else still requesting and eating dessert during the week but think that I will live by your example and substitute yogurt or fruit for the ice cream, cookies, pie and cake that the rest of my family are eating.
And, I will save eating decadent chocolate cake for special occasions only!
Thanks for sharing your journey and what you have learned. You inspire me to learn from your experiences!
current weight: 176.2
Fitness Minutes: (819) Posts: 3 4/12/12 10:00 A
I know there will be times when I will have something sugary but I now have the tools to put into action so I can control things. It's not easy some days but I know I can do it and knowing I can is half the battle.
Have sugar free sweets if I want something sweet if I keep them away from DH he eats the lot if he sees them.
Moderate my sugar intake with things like chocolate. In other words if I really want some chocolate I get a small amount like a kitkat the one with two fingers not the four.
Desserts are now for Sunday only I use Greek yogurt and fruit during the week if I must have a dessert otherwise it is a apple or other fruit after a meal.
I have learnt I can say No to sweet things and even when DH buys chocolate I have not bought any for myself. That for me is a big step as I would often get some when he bought it.
Reading label's has shown me just how much sugar is added to foods DH loves tinned carrots and yes they have added sugar as well. I cooked fresh carrots added real freshly squeezed orange juice from a real orange not a carton to the water and a scant teaspoon of honey to help glaze them. DH tried them and liked it so tinned carrots are off the shopping list.
I have also learnt that when I go out for a meal I can stick to having fresh fruit salad rather than gooey cakes. Will I have cake? of course I will but now I can plan for it and have it a real treat on special occasions.
Easter has been and gone and I did have some chocolate but no where near what I used to have so I have tamed my sweet tooth. It is a work in progress but I am winning the battle.
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