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SORCHA89
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4/3/11 3:50 A

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I'm just trying to choose better food options. I already cut soda out of my life years ago so it's been a challange to consciously pick "good for you" foods over the ones that are easier/taste better.

Looking foward :)


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Over the past years, I've concluded to some main factors that make me gain & not lose weight.. Is eating at night [3-4 hours before bed] is a huge mistake! The biggest mistake possible..

Weighing myself each morning makes me super conscious & I need to do it every day.

Doing Yoga each morning, even just for 10 minutes] really helps a ton on cutting down on stress [which makes us all gain]

Eating more fruits & veggies with less carbs like a heavenly cleanse to my body..

& a new one I've found is taking a hot shower after an intense workout helps keep the calories burning.. wish I could still go to a sauna!





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I'm trying to cut down on chocolate and eating late at night

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That's it! I was reading through other people's habits trying to identify with one of them and when I read yours it totally rang a bell. I am TERRIBLE about snacking mindlessly late at night. I will try to not eat anything after dinner.

Also, I have an awful habit of eating while I'm bored. I need to work on being able to discern when I'm truly hungry and when I'm just trying to distract myself.


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Mine is coffee and ice cream. I gave up last year.

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one of my many weaknesses is sweets. I will give up candy and cookies....one week shouldn't be difficult, right? baby steps...


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Geez.. I cant really think of anything, dont do salt, barely do sugar so I guess I just need to keep doing things in moderation.

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Well, so far-so good with Challenge #2 (using my Balance Board for at least 5 minutes a day). I have been using it while I watch the evening (those 5 minutes go by very quickly, and I've ended up doing extra minutes several times). Having an afternoon cup of tea instead of coffee has actually become more of a habit than a challenge, since I've been doing it for several weeks. (Don't look for me to give up that morning cup of coffee any time soon--waking up and enjoying that first cup of coffee is one of my favorite times of the day.)


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Reminding myself to drink more water...

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Good for you, getting rid of soda! I'm still working on the exercise. I've gotten three days in so far this week. Its actually getting easier. Finally! My mouse has been broken, had to get a new one.

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3j good for you! That's the way to do it--think small! Coffee is better for you anyway.
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I am in the process of giving up sodas, I mean I never drank water unless I had too, I would have 6 to 7 12 ounce cans of soda a day, now on Monday I had 1, Tuesday 2, and today only 1, it's my morning coffee, LOL, I am working towards no soda, and that is my goal for tomorrow!

I will be embracing my inner Weeble and will not fall down, but just roll back up and keep on going!!



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Hi Heidi--Nice to hear from you again.

Going vegan definitely is a most challenging lifestyle change. I wish you much success as you take those transitional steps from "vegetarian" to "vegan". I've commented before, I consider myself a "flexitarian", but consume very little red meat or poultry. This "semi-vegetarian" lifestyle seems to be a good fit for me at this time, although I continually try to make the transition to a full "vegetarian" lifestyle.




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Hi, friends! And welcome newbies! I'm sorry I've been MIA for about a week. I've been very busy trying to learn how to be a vegan. I only have so much spare time, as we all do, and needed to spend it, for now, in researching new recipes and cooking macrobiotic and vegan foods. So at least I'm sticking to the goal: definitely vegetarian, but aiming for vegan with a macrobiotic slant.

I'll check in tomorrow when I've got that next 5 spare minutes!
P.S. Fran, welcome back to the light side! Can't wait to hear how your cholesterol levels and inflammation respond to the return to veganism! Please, anyone, share your favorite foods and recipes!!!!
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Thanks for the welcomes!
First day and I did pretty good! Brekkies was whole wheat toast w/ sunflower seed butter and a grapefruit, lunch was pad thai (mercy, I love that stuff! but it was calorie friendly), snack was some tropical fruit salad, and dinner was black bean quesedillas. I used some mushrooms and threw in some extra veggies to anticipate my need for the "m" word, but I'll be darned they were so filling with al those veggies, I ate HALF of what I was planning!

Hope it's ok to post meals. I know it's not exactly stellar reading material, but it will keep me honest.

thanks again everyone. See you tomorrow!
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Welcome Fran, good to have you! You can do it! I finally walked on the treadmill 30 mins this morning. Its been at least a month!

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Hello Everyone,
New to Sparkpeople, and found this board to be a fun start because of all the positive thoughts!

I would like to join the challenge. My mission is getting back to meat free eating. Was a vegetarian years ago, but slid back. Now it's an issue of high LDL, and I have read a veg. diet helps with inflammation.

Look forward to meeting you all. Have a great Monday!
Peace,
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sushah You're welcome! Keep up your good work! let me know how you're doing!!!! It's raining here---I won't walk this afternoon.emoticon


 
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SUSHAH
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Yakiimo,

Thank you for your reply to my post regarding clarification of my "second" Challenge.

I purchased the Balance Board determined to add a new type of workout to my daily routine. Because this new activity will be added to my current fitness routine, I wanted to set a specific "daily minutes" goal as a way to gradually transition from the idea of a "challenge" to the formation of a "habit". I know that by reaching my established "challenge goal" of using the Balance Board for at least 5 minutes every day, the "challenge" will soon become "habit"--and this habit will become a regular part of my daily fitness plan.

Staying physically active is important to me, and the addition of a new activity (such as the Balance Board) adds variety to my fitness routine and helps keep it interesting.



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sushah when I first started jogging (27 years ago!) I started at 1 minute, thought I would die! Within a month, it was a mile, then 8 months later, it was 5 miles! Although I no longer jog( slipped disks in my back) I have been faithfully exercising 4x/wk now for 27 years! Keep up the good work!


 
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I want to clarify the goal of my second challenge which I discussed in my previous post. My goal of wanting to take time every day to do "just 5 minutes" on my Balance Board should be interpreted to mean that I want to do "at least 5 minutes" on the Board--not "only 5 minutes". I believe that by taking time to do "at least 5 minutes", those first 5 minutes may extend into 6,7,10 or even 15 minutes. I merely wanted to establish a starting point hoping to work on from there. If 5 minutes is all I can do sometimes, that's okay, because I will have accomplished my goal. In order to give myself more incentive with both of these challenges, I think I will track them as "streaks" in order to chart my progress.



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I've been too busy to get to the boards lately. My water has been much better, but still don't seem to have the push to exercise. My motivation has really been lacking in this area!

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SUSHAH
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Let me think now--do I have "one???" more bad habit I want to kick? After reviewing my LIST of possible challenges, I believe I have settled on one. This is not so much a challenge of "eliminating" a bad habit, but rather one of "adding" a good habit. Just as my first challenge involved taking time to relax with a cup of tea in the afternoon, my second challenge will involve taking time every day to do "just 5 minutes" on my "SparkPeople Anti-Burst Balance Board". Both challenges will be beneficial to my overall lifestyle--Challenge #1 is helping me reduce my daily caffeine intake, and Challenge #2 will increase my daily physical activity. Although I am already physically active, these "5 minutes" will add a different type of fitness activity to my regular routine. I look forward to starting this new challenge.
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Good for you, Susah! How cool that this very message board has helped us to kick a bad habit and form a good new one! It worked!!!! !!!!! !!!!!

My goal for this week is to stay within my calorie limit set by sparkpeople. (1200-1550) Today I was 1507. Yay me! It's really hard for me, for some reason. It never used to be so difficult for me to stay in my calorie range, but this time around, I've really battled with expecting more to eat each day. I'm not sure why. My sister says that when your body holds extra fat, the fat itself craves more food to stay there on your hips/thighs/upper arms... you get the point. So I'm just spending more time looking in the mirror at myself, and telling myself, "Heidi, you are not happy at this weight. That fat isn't healthy. It's okay to be hungry today, you're obviously not starving!" It worked for me today.

Hope everyone is sticking with whichever goal they've set. Please update if you've changed it, so we can all support each other. Susah, let me know when you've figured out your newest challenge. Think of a bad habit. Have you got just one more to kick???!!!emoticon

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First things first--
HEIDIDID,
It's a good thing I heeded your "warning"(lol) about the cookies and made sure I was not too hungry when I baked a batch. Afternoon tea is so much more enjoyable (thanks to the addition of some delicious cookies).
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My challenge of substituting herbal tea for coffee in the afternoon is still going well, although I sometimes enjoy a cup of broth or hot chocolate (I warm up a cup of unsweetened chocolate almond milk).
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Since I seem to be doing fairly well with my current challenge, I am now thinking of another one I can tackle. Have to make sure it's one I can stick with (even on a temporary basis). I'll need to give this some thought.
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What's my challenge to myself again??? Still off caffeine! Yay! Sugar, not so successful at that one. But continuing to be mostly vegan.

Oh ya. Within my daily calories. I'm burning more than I'm eating, but I''ve strayed over the limit most recent days. By about 200-500. So, this week I'm recommiting!

How is everyone else doing?????

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Susah, you're a crack up! Just make half a batch, not a double batch (which is always my mistake)!

Today, friends, I met my goal to stay in the calorie limit! Yay me! How did everyone else do? BTW - I've given up trying to give up all sugar as well as coffee and most animal products. So shoot me. I'm flirting with giving up the sugar. I hope that counting my calories helps that to occur more organically. Not so forced. That being said, I had a slice of Marie Callendar's pie this afternoon. So it became my dinner. Back to the sugar effort tomorrow...

g'nite!

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SUSHAH
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2/4/10 6:57 P

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Dear HEIDIDID:
Thank you very much for the "WARNING" about the cookies - but really, do you think that is going to stop me from baking a batch to try - OF COURSE NOT!!!!! The only ingredient I was missing was walnuts, and I went shopping today, so that is no longer an issue. Bearing in mind everything you have said, I will probably make sure I do not make them when I am hungry (sort of similar to the rule about not going grocery shopping when you're hungry). Now, the question is--should I make them tonight, or wait til tomorrow???? Decisions, decisions.....
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Danger! Danger! Do not make the cookies! They are addictive and you won't just eat one. Well, at least I can't. They're so filling and nourishing feeling, that I used them as my main food source yesterday. How embarrassing. I ate 600 calories worth. Ugg. Needless to say, I didn't keep to my goal this week of staying within my caloric range.

Still, the good news is that I only exceeded my calories by about 200, and that's because my freezer got turned off (little hands at work) and I had to cook up all this food that is really scrummy but not on the plan (1 lb of fish, two danish pastry rolls someone bought me 6 months ago...). NO, I didn't have to partake in the scrummies, but I did - just a little bit.

And the other great news owing to this challenge board is that I didn't even crave coffee once yesterday. This new good habit definitely took hold. I craved my big ol glass of water with greens. It was so hard giving up coffee that I'm loathe to drink a single cup of caffeinated again, because I just love the freedom that comes with not depending on it to shake me out of the morning foggies. (and the afternoon foggies...)

So thanks, everybody, for continuing to post. I hope you all had success yesterday, but if not, let's start today fresh, knowing we are in charge!
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Read your blog and got the recipe. emoticonemoticon
These cookies sound so good.



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Susah, and anyone else interested, I just posted a blog with the recipe. Bon apetit!!!!!

:) heidi

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Will be looking forward to your blog. I've been wanting to try those cookies ever since you first mentioned them (should go good with my afternoon tea!!)



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YAAAAAY! I kept within my calorie limit today. Goofed, though, on the no sugar. I had three girl scout thin mints. And a little bit of light chocolate silk. Still, progress on the former Heidi, who would've had minimum 10 thin mints. No joke.

My calories were right on track today. yay me!

Susah, how cool that you've rediscovered your enjoyment of an avo cup of herbal. Which kind?

And as for the recipe for the no sugar added cookies... no time to type it up tonight, but I'll tell you what. I'll blog a recipe (I don't know how else to do a recipe for everyone to see.) I'll let y'all know when I've got it typed up.

Till tomorrow! Good job, team!

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do you have the whole grain no sugar cookie recipe???

I'm still trying not to eat at night, except fruits and veggies. I'm finding this very hard. I managed one night so far. But I'm eating less in the evening. Well all I can do is keep trying.

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I've done great on my challenge (after giving myself a second chance) of substituting herbal tea for my afternoon cup of coffee. I have always enjoyed herbal tea, and this challenge has provided me with a reason to drink more tea and cut down on coffee (cut down--not eliminate!). emoticon



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Eeek! 2:55pm and I've used up all but 100 calories! I'd better reign it in! How are you all doing on your challenges?

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I'm so proud of all of us for keeping this up! Thanks, guys, for not abandoning these postings and for continuing to post new challenges for yourselves on here.

I am SOOOO impressed with the no chocolate. My last challenge for myself was no sugar of any kind. Absolutely couldn't handle the headaches and nausea. But then I realized I could make those great whole grain, no sugar added cookies. They are life savers, but now I'm ready to reign it in again:

So my challenge for myself this week is to really watch my calories. I have been so excited with my newfound vegetarian lifestyle and lack of caffeine that I've let the discipline of counting the calories slip. And I've gained weight. I'm not upset about it, since I feel so marvelous with the dietary changes I've made (no coffee, dairy or meat feels SOOOO good!) Still, my weight loss plans have gone amiss, so I'm back to the nutrition counter. Okay, then, there's my challenge for this whole week! Stay in my 1200-1550 caloric range and chart EVERYTHING I eat.
Yay, team!!!
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Okay, I didn't make my 5 days of exercise last week, only 2. That is actually 2 more than I did the week before. I plan to actually make it this week and add a new challenge of getting my 8 glasses of water in. Good going with the chocolate Temporary!

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Hey, guys! I just wrapped up my seven days of getting in ALL OF MY WATER each day! It went great. One or two nights, I was having to chug a few glasses right before bed to get them in, but I still did it!

And yesterday I had my one serving of chocolate I was allowing myself for the past seven days. I did it on day 6, too, so I really held out even longer than I needed to. That meant I went 12 days without chocolate before having about an ounce or two last night.

Of course, when I told my husband to bring me home some chocolate from the store, he brought TWO bars home, so he finished the first bar last night after I had my share, but now there's a second one on the counter. It's so much harder to say no when it's in your face like that!

But hey, it's called a challenge for a reason, right? :)

So for my next seven days, I'd like to:
*again, only allow myself chocolate once out of the 7 days
*continue to hit my 8 glasses of water each day
*NEW challenge: be in bed by 11 pm each night!


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HEIDIDID,

O-o-oh, those cookies sound so good (the fact that they are also healthy is an added bonus). Now those I would absolutely enjoy with an afternoon cup of TEA! emoticon emoticon

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We all have not so great days,eh? Thanks for sharing, DaloresL and Susah. But chins up, friends! We're forming life long habits here, right? One day, if we continue to keep this up and establish new habits, we'll be able to have that afternoon cup of coffee on a long day of errand running without worrying that it's addictive. It'll do what it's designed to do: keep us up all night! Then we'll realize why we don't drink afternoon coffees anymore!

I have been so happy this past two days. Why? You may ask? Because after these days without coffee, I've found I've broken the addiction! I woke up two days in a row not craving that coffee. Usually, it was the "happy thought" that would get me going. Now I wake up with other things on my mind, miraculously!

My sugar kicking is not so easy. I made some cookies without sugar, but they did have xylitol and honey and applesauce. And those beloved Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips (more bitter than sweet). The cookies are jammed with whole grains, have no butter, and very limited fat. So they've been my helpful habit breaker where sugar is concerned. I'm going to continue with them for the next week, and see how I go from there. (33 cal per cookie and so darn healthy I can afford to eat a few a day without problems).

Here's to a brand new day, and to kicking the bad habits. Out with the bad old ones, in with the new healthy ones! We can do this!!!!


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These past two days have not gone so well for me. I had other things to do in the am and didn't get to work out. For some reason I also was much hungier. Tomorrow has got to go much better!

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emoticon Well, sorry to say I did not do so good today. I had spent all morning and early afternoon running errands and grocery shopping, and then came home and made a cup of coffee (instead of herbal tea). So, I'll restart my challenge tomorrow and, hopefully, I will make it through more than a few days. emoticon



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Everyone sounds like we're doing a great job with their personal goals: giving up snacks after dinner, sweet treats, drinking enough water every day, staying off chocolate...

I"m so glad we're all in this together! Today is my first day of actually not craving my morning coffee. Every other day for the past what, 10 days is it?, I've craved it but managed. Today I woke up refreshed and vibrant feeling and not even craving that coffee! The habit is forming! I craved a big drink of water!

As for no sugar - I wasn't specific about refined or not. I had a really really hard time with being totally off of any type of sweetener (refined or not). So I decided to take baby steps with this one, having conquered coffee. I made up a batch of no-sugar cookies, made with xylitol and honey and applesauce... only 33 calories per cookie, jam packed with whole grains. I am finding they help me to not feel deprived, and wow they're yummy! So for now, I'm giving up refined sugar, and aiming toward a substantial reduction in sweets of any kind.

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I'm doing good in my effort to substitute a cup of herbal tea for my (used to be) regular afternoon cup of coffee. In fact, I even enjoy a hot cup of vegetable broth once in a while (tastes especially good on a cold winter afternoon).



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Oh, and Heidi - are you still eating fruits and such? Is the no-sugar rule a no-processed-sugar rule?

If you really want a treat, go for no-sugar-added (and preservative free) dried fruits. Like dates or mangoes. OMG, those are so good, and they really taste like candy! You'll want to check serving sizes though because since they're dried, a serving is smaller than you'd expect. But they might be a nice replacement for some of your processed sugar cravings.


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I'm not actually planning on changing my name, lol.

When I first joined sparkpeople (back in 2006, I think), I chose temporary as my name because I figured I'd only need the site temporarily. I've discovered since then that it's really the only thing that keeps me on track, so I just keep coming back!

So my name's kind of a lie now, I'd guess, but I still never really considered changing it.

This challenge is definitely helping me out, too. I'm now 3 days in with my water, and 8 days in with no chocolate!


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emoticon HEIDIDID that is a lot to give up indeed. I am glad you are still holding up inspite of all the side effects. I am not ready to give up coffee yet. But I have managed to keep off from food after dinner for 5 nights in a row.

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Keep up that great work, TEMPORARY, and by the way, how long are you going to be 'TEMPORARY"? If and when you change your name on here, you'd better let us know so we can make you a spark friend.

Okay. Sugar headaches. That's an understatement. Either I'm pregnant, I have the stomach flu, or withdrawing from sugar is the most difficult task EVER. Beats the socks off of caffeine. I'm starting to reflect that maybe my 1/4 cup (I'm being honest, here) of dark chocolate chips every day over the last 5 days has actually been taking the sting out of giving up coffee. Because today, with no chocolate, no coffee... holy moly.

I'm ever more amazed at the strength and tenacity of the other sparkers out there. You guys are a fantastic inspiration to me to keep going. I almost gave in today, but thought about this challenge and you folks and didn't want to let you down. So thanks!!!
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Well, I finished my 7 days with no chocolate! Woohoo. So now I'm switching to only one serving of chocolate over the next seven days. And I mean, SERVING. Not a huge portion that I will count as one. :)

And I finished day 2 with my 8 glasses of water quite easily. It's not yet noon, and I've already had 2 today, and I'm about to go refill my water bottle!


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DaloresL, good for you! Are sugar withdrawal headaches like caffeine withdrawals? I am finding not headaches but terrible beastly cravings. I read that sugar addiction is like crack addiction, since it treats us the same way and we crave it the same way. I felt like a total crack addict today! Seeking the rush, just to get totally smacked down by the eventual blood sugar crash, then the ensuing cravings for another rush...

I bet the exercise will help you heaps. Are you drinking heaps of water? Come to think of it, it'll help me heaps, too. I'd better get moving and drink some more water.

Today went really well, up until about 2 hours ago. Earlier today I was able to go to our local Jewish deli and avoid buying any of their numerous cookies and sweet treats. I just got 1/4 cup of cabbage with 1/4 cup lox. Very proud of myself for dodging the sugar. But man it called to me. So later I bought some decaf sumatra coffee and had a small cup, with - here's the problem - "So Delicious" creamer (it is sweet, lemme tell you). That bit of sugary sweetness threw me off the wagon, and I found myself eating two slices of Milton's blueberry bread and another half cup of decaf with sweet stuff in it. Then there was the brie with fruit, as though the fruit made it healthy. Oh dear. Brie isn't sugar or caffeine,but it's still brie!

Still, I avoided everything but those two pieces of toasted bread and the 4 TBSP of So Delicious. I'm a heck of a lot better than I was last week. I'll strive tomorrow for total abstinence. It's really hard! Way harder for me than the caffeine in the morning!!!

How is everyone else doing???

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I've decided to add another challenge for myself for this week. I'm going to walk for 30 min at least 5 days this week. I haven't been keeping up with the exercising the past couple of months, so that will really help me. I made it today anyway. The first five mins was really hard, but I just made myself keep going. I do not seen to be having the sugar withdrawal headaches this week. How are you doing Heidi?

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Yes, "Wow" is the word du jour. Holy cow. Here am I, experimenting with becoming a vegetarian, while at the same time foregoing coffee and now sugar?! Call me insane!

But I believe it will get easier. So far today, though (and it's only noon), I'm having rather a rough time of it. Help, please.

How is everyone else doing?

Good work drinking your 8 glasses of water a day, TEMPORARY. I have the exact same problem, and am just waking up to the fact that I need to stop guzzling at 10pm to get my quota in. :) Drinking y 16 oz first thing in the morning is helping me quite a bit.

Okay, off to tidy the house, while avoiding thoughts of hot cups of sweetened coffee and cookies and ...
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Wow, abstaining from sugar is about as hardcore as abstaining from coffee! You really know how to pick 'em, lol.

I have great news though. Yesterday was the first day since I started tracking two weeks ago that I actually hit all 8 cups of water! ALL thanks to this challenge, too! I got them all down by 8:45, which turned out to be enough time to be able to get enough back out of me so that I didn't have to wake up in the middle of the night to pee.

I'm going to shoot to finish by 8 pm most nights, just to be sure. :)

But today is day two! Time to get more water.

And this is day 7 for me of no chocolate! My first week's challenge. There were a couple of days where I thought long and hard about it, but knowing I only said I'd give it up for 7 days made it easier to stick with. I talk like it's behind me already - but first I have to get through today! :)


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So, 21 days to form a habit, huh? I guess that means I'd better stick with my original goal of no coffee in the a.m. and on most days no coffee at all. I'd better also stick with the water with chlorophyll every morning.

This morning I had coffee. BUT the good news it that I didn't have it until about 10:30, after I'd had my water with green juice in it, and I didn't actually drink it out of necessity. More like socializing with my hubby. I also wanted to try out this new coconut-based creamer. Super yummy. Mental note: must avoid in future... or coffee consumption will rise.

My plans for this coming week are to continue not drinking a morning cup of coffee. And, most days, if not all days, to forego coffee completely.

I'm also going to continue my morning 16 oz of h2o with chlorophyll.

I'm also going to abstain from sugar. Just for this week, for starters. I know I am going to have a super hard time with this one, so please, friends, you who made that your challenge for last week, and those of you who've already made this commitment to your health, if you are still subscribing to this post, please please encourage me. I'm a serious sugar addict, and think I might fail at this one without a little help from my spark friends.:)

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To help reduce my coffee consumption (which is currently only 2-3 cups a day), I am going to challenge myself to substitute a cup of herbal tea for my afternoon cup of coffee.




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I have read that it takes 21 days to make a new habit. I think that it why PCRM keep having the vegan challenge for 21 days. If you make it that long then it becomes a lifestyle. This is only my fourth day and I don't think it has quite taken hold for me, so I would like to continue to replace the sweets. It has been a very long struggle for me.

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I like that idea, TEMPORARY. I found this morning that I actually had a headache until I had my 16 oz of chlorophyll water! Yay! I think this new habit is forming. I, too, will adjust my goals for the following week. I will allow coffee only as a treat (like maybe a small cup with friends one afternoon), not as a regular morning ritual. I'll keep up the habit of 16 ounces of water with chlorophyll in it first thing in the a.m. But I'm thinking of adding an new challenge, like no chocolate for the week.

Would anyone like to adjust their goals on here so we can support you???

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I would like to keep challenging myself, but I may change up what I'm focusing on next week. I'm staying away from chocolate this seven days, but I have other areas I need to focus on as well. So I might do something like:
*only allow chocolate once in the following seven days
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When I originally posted this challenge I didn't specify how long we'd give up our bad habit. I realized that was kind of unspecific and so I posted again that I thought I'd do it for a week. But hey, if some of us are trying to go further, fantastic! I'll keep logging in!

I managed to keep off of coffee this week every morning, during the biggest rainstorm San Diego has seen in decades. If I can give it up during that cold, hot drink-inducing week, I think I can probably continue to keep it up!

I would like to finish out 7 days of no coffee in the morning (I finally stopped having headaches yesterday, on day 5, was it?) so I'm going to continue this good habit: avoiding coffee as a wake-up tool, and using chlorophyll and greens to go in water instead. I think I read somewhere that you've got to do an action for a certain time period before it becomes a habit. I don't think a week is enough for me. Maybe a month is. My whole concept for myself issuing this challenge was so that I could chip away at bad habits and build new, good ones in their places, thereby becoming more the person I know I want to be!

What does anyone else want this forum to do??? DIGOBI, are you going to continue logging in for accountability??? Anyone else? Is anyone going to change to a different bad habit they think they can change???

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I am not giving up. I intend to continue this habit for a long time.
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I didn't see anywhere that the challenge was only for a week. I would like to give up sweets for at least 3 weeks. Last night there was a meeting at my house and I split a cookie with my Dad. Not too bad, I guess!

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I can't believe we're on the downhill side of the 7 days! Are you guys planning on switching up what you give up for the next 7 days or just continuing what you've already given up?


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One more successful evening without snacking. Drank a lot of water instead. emoticon

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I will not eat anything but a little veggies and fruit after 8pm (excepted Wed, I'm done teaching at 8 and need to eat something then, so after 9 on that day)

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You can start right away. What will you do to avoid snacking?

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when does the challenge start.

I'll need to stop eating at night.

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Thanks, DELORESL! I'm proud to say that today is day three and I'm still on track.

Today, I found myself snuffling the coffeepot! Seriously! I was holding it up to my sniffer for a good long drag of the sumptuous smell. But instead of pouring myself a cuppa, I made a small cup of minty green tea.

Yay for all of us!!! If you goofed up, I reckon it's a good idea to share it here, too, so we can all encourage each other.

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Heidi, don't beat yourself up. Coffee is very addicting! I just didn't grow up around caffeine, so it is not a big deal to me. I think I crave sugar, which is very bad for me. Two days down, wow!

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I went to the g-store today, and my husband asked me to pick up some chocolate soy pudding, and thanks to this challenge, I had a reason to say NO WAY. Neither of us needed it anyway.

One more day behind me!


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Okay. Another day of trading my morning cuppa for 16 ounces of chorophyll and green juice. So far I'm still experiencing a constant mild headache, but also quite a sense of accomplishment.

My tools: Lots of water. Three cups of green tea this afternoon. Spending time breathing fresh rainy air.

You all put me to shame. All I am giving up is one little bad morning habit and you all are doing amazing things like cutting out sugar completely!!! I think I've given myself the easiest of all the challenges on this forum!

BTW - something I learned during a brief period of forced abstinence from sugar is that sometimes it's accompanied with gremlins, so watch out and I recommend warning loved ones that these gremlins might increase one's moodiness until sugar is out of the system completely! Good luck to all of us !!! Good work!!!!

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My first day of not eating aweets & junk food has gone well. I brought veggies to work to snack on.

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I try to never eat after 7 except for when we might have a later supper for some reason. Otherwise, supper is the last meal and no snacks.
I still have not had another nut even tho' the bag is right in my vision. Yeah, I am gaining on it and because of that I will be losing. LOL
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I realized AFTER joining this challenge and giving up chocolate that this week is the ONE WEEK that comes each month where I want chocolate more than anything! How cruel I was to do this to myself.

But I also kind of dig the fact that I have to work that much harder, and I know I can do anything for seven days, so I will stick with it. :)


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My weakness is with sweets and bread, salt and fats. My challenge is to give up refined sweets and bread for the rest of this week.

I've already greatly reduced my intake of my beloved decaf coffee. I am drinking herbal tea now. As of the first of the year, I've given up cheese and dairy products which I was eating like no tomorrow prior to that, and my increased weight gain and increased allergic reactions was proof pudding that I needed to get them out of my diet. I've also given up eating salmon and shrimp which I ate at restaurants because it was so hard to find something that was Vegan or Vegetarian at the places we ate at. Foregoing fish has been easy.

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Stop snacking and munching after 7:00pm That is my biggest weakness and I eat mindlessly while watching stupid TV programs. My challenge is to stop eating after dinner. No late night snacking!!!

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I want to give up all sugar. It feeds cancer cells and is highly addictive and causes so many other problems. I love Chocolate, ice cream and sweets and so far this one has been extremely difficult for me. So, for this first week no candy or cake or such. I am in the process of using up everything in the house that has any sugar in it ans will not buy any more. My husband gave up sugar of any kind, including honey, years ago to fight his cancer, so we already don't buy things with sugar in it for him.


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Yay! So many of us on here, now! We can do it! The sweets are my next priority. So I"m inspired and motivated by all of you giving that one up. If you all can do it for a week, I'll maybe join you next week on that one, assuming my body survives the lack of caffeine! :) JONIBEE, holy cow. You are amazing. No coffee, sugar, wheat, and now now oily nuts?! You are such an inspiration. You've already conquered everything we want to conquer! Remember, everybody, to post whether you were able to stick to it or not. LEt's not give up!!! emoticon

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I need to stop eating sweets. Someone left thin mints at work and had several handfulls already today. I snack when feeling bored.

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What to give up? that's a challenge! I think I already told you all that I am an easy keeper, very hypothyroid and cannot lose weight on a 1000 cal diet. In my old days of just trying to lose weight to take fat off my tummy so it would release my spine from so much pain and maybe get rid of the right leg sciatica, I had already given up many things. I do not drink coffee or black tea just herbal, but mostly alkaline water. My husband had been trying to get me to give up sugar for years (he has) but that was so hard because I have a real sweet tooth, but a few months ago I finally managed that one, Eureka! Had to give up wheat long ago because of a gluten intolerance. Now, since the heart attacks and the life or death scare, I had some more challenges and read dr Esselstyn's book and am following it but boy is that one hard, now no nuts. my husband had just brought me home a big bag of raw cashews, whole. what a treat, I usually buy the cheaper, cashew pieces because they are cheaper. I ate a few before getting into the book. I had a few while reading the book, then I got to the place of, if I wanted to get my heart , healthy, no nuts except a few soaked almonds in our morning green smoothie. I have not had a cashew for 3 days now! Can I make it a week.? Last night, going past the bag, I almost took 6, but closed the bag up again without any. I was doing so well with my weight that I thought I would treat myself, but I didn't. I guess that is my challenge. No more cashews or any other oily nuts, for a week. If it is to be, it is up to me.


Edited by: JONIBEE1 at: 1/19/2010 (09:36)
I am following Dr Esselstyn's book to Reverse Heart Disease.
My goal is to get one pound slimmer every week until I reach 140, and then stay there forever, healthy.


I notice that my weight always comes up as Kg but believe me, I never weighed 210 Kg LOL It should be reading pounds (that is what my scale says), and I cannot seem to change it so wanted you to know. LOL



'IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME'



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1/19/10 9:09 A

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Hi - I'm in for this!
My nasty habit, is sweets.. I am craving them the past few days, and bought a box of 6 packs of quaker oat crunch things that were 90 cal per pack.. by end of day, I had consumed all of them (ended up being my "dinner" on my tracker).. So for 7 days - NO SWEETS... no cadbury 100 cal thin chocolate, or other low call sweets.. sigh.. I CAN DO THIS! :-)

As for coffee, I gave that up long ago, however, I am a (or was) a black tea drinker, mugs and mugs of it a day (and my mug holds 16 oz btw)... I have switched to one green tea in the morning, and strictly herbal no caffeine for the rest of the day. Had a good number of headaches for doing that cold turkey, but feel better for it and don't miss it now either.

There is only ONE thing that any one of us is ultimately in control of....that's YOURSELF! ~LTS~


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1/19/10 8:16 A

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I gave up coffee as of the 1st of the year. I thought I would miss it, but suprisingly I don't. My bad habit to give up will be a snack (it never turns out to be healthy) at night.


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1/19/10 5:59 A

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Part of me wants to give up coffee, too, but part of me isn't ready! My husband makes a huge pot every morning and it just smells so good.

So for my goal for this week, I will say ZERO chocolate. I don't eat it daily, but when I do eat it, I'll end up making some sort of treats and eating way more of them than I should at once. So none of that for at least seven days. Should be doable. :)

Maybe next time I can try for the coffee!


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1/19/10 3:56 A

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Mine is Ground nuts(peanuts). I will reduce it to once a week.

"No, no, you''re not thinking; you''re just being logical." - Neils Bohr


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1/19/10 1:07 A

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Yay,Veganfaery!

And to everyone who may take this challenge, maybe I should stipulate that in this challenge we give this a go for a week, to make it more doable. If we take such challenges a week at a time, maybe once we try out the new habit and give it a fair go for a week, we'll find that it sticks. I'll be here to encourage you this week and I'll keep encouraging you as long as you can keep it up!

Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy - think about such things.


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1/19/10 12:45 A

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I am challenging myself to start getting eight hours sleep per night....starting tomorrow as it's already well past midnight here.

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1/19/10 12:33 A

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I think this is how the moderator wants us to post new challenges??? I hope so! I've been reading a lot lately about how to clean up our diets, and so I'm issuing a challenge to any and all who'll accept: please look at your diet and lifestyle and pick one nasty habit you'd like to trade for a beautiful, healthy, life-giving habit. Then respond to this thread to keep yourself accountable and to build relationships with other people on the team.

Mine is coffee. I love it. It is not returning the love. I'm challenging myself to forego my morning cup of joe with half and half for a great big 16 ounce green drink (Greens to Go, got 'em at Costco, and they're super yummy, even if not the perfect green powder on the market. Baby steps!).

What's your nasty habit? What's your alternative???

Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy - think about such things.


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