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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Week 1

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I know that sweets are my greatest downfall. I like fried foods, but I can take them or leave them. I love sweets, and I have a very hard time "leaving" them. I've said for years that I'm a chocoholic, and I believe that it really is true - I just don't have an "off" button for chocolate.

Enter SparkPeople's Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge: A 4-week Detox for Sugar Addicts. (Sounds good to me.)

The purpose of week 1 is to find out if your sugar cravings are out of control. (I'm pretty sure mine are.) Here is the action plan:

1. Assess your current sugar habits (by taking an assessment).

My result: I have situational struggles. No surprise here. I have the best of intentions every food day at work, every holiday, and every time I visit my mom. But then reality hits, and I eat what I want to eat. (sigh)

2. List the reasons you want to cut back.

I am a chocoholic and I want to break this sugar addition! Sweets, and chocolate specifically, are my alcohol. Ditching sweets alone won't help me lose weight. I'm changing my lifestyle, and I want to be able to say "no" to sweets, just like I do with alcohol. I want to be in control of it!

3. Record your sugar habits all week long.

Awareness is the first step to everything you want to change. I can't change what I am doing, saying, eating, etc. until I am aware of the current state. So for week one, in the Note section of my nutrition log, I will be recording when and why I have cravings for sweets and if I give into them. I need to figure out what my triggers are and when they happen before I will be able to manage them.

4. Learn how to earn your trophy:

Woohoo! Another trophy. I love SparkPeople, and I giggle when I think about how I get excited when I win a trophy or earn points. Points are worth what? Points. Ok, but I still like earning them!

I am sure this will be a challenge for me, especially since I have a birthday and a weekend away during these four weeks, but I can do this. I want to do it, and I need to do it. I'm commited, I'm in!!

Care to join me?
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    2253 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/25/2012 6:06:17 AM
    I'm with you on this one. No cake, pie, ice cream, candy, donuts or anything like this for me until I pass my NASM personal trainer exam on April 9. It's been over 4 weeks now since my last piece of cake! Honestly, I've notice that my sugar cravings are not as strong as they were before I started. Thanks for the blog and motivational push.
    2253 days ago
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    2262 days ago
    I don't have a problem with a particular food but want to wish you good luck with the challenge. I hope you ace it!!
    2269 days ago
    Never underestimate the power of SparkPoints.... :)
    2270 days ago
    I am a chocoholic too! I did really well from October until about a month ago. I have really been struggling for the last few weeks, and I need to really get on the ball with it too! Good Luck to ya!
    2271 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    what a wonderful blog,sunshine! thanks for sharing! have a terrific day!
    2271 days ago
    Great blog Sunshine! Good food for thought, pun intended. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm hoping writing down my thoughts during this challenge helps to eliminate the cravings/addiction to sweets/carbs......Patti
    2271 days ago
    I gave sugar up in 2004, best thing I ever did for myself.

    I have always had issues with portion control. I was able to lose 100lbs and have been able to keep it off.

    If I can do it anyone can....

    Good luck!
    2271 days ago
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