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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

SparkCoach suggested participants blog about progress with SparkCoach challenges. Today's challenge is to put tempting food out of sight. To tell the truth, I think I am beyond this challenge. With my husband (chips, snack crackers, cookies, chocolate candy, jam, ice cream, desserts, pizza, fries, croutons, burgers, fatty meats, beans with ham, cheese) and grandkids (full fat or 2% milk products, sweetened yogurt, raisins, fruit snacks, cereals, peanut butter, applesauce/mixed fruit you suck) I just have to look at stuff and know it is not for me. I understand that research and common sense says you are less likely to indulge in trigger foods if they are out of sight. I'll remember that for the next time I'm struggling. Recently my struggles have not been about food that is sitting out, but overeating things that I am suppose to eat like the main dish or oatmeal and nonfat milk.

Yesterday's exercise challenge was easy for me (warm up, exercise, cool down, stretch) as I already wrote. The day before was giving up all sweets, even artificial sweetener, a very hard one for me even just for one day. I didn't do it the day it was assigned; I needed a day to prepare mentally. All in all I was successful. Only fruit I had all day was unsweetened applesauce. I had no sugar and no Splenda packets. My one slip was I poured a glass of diet cranberry juice and honestly drank it without thinking. It isn't even something I usually have. I bought it for Christmas and still have some left. So I'm thinking I should try that challenge again and go for 100%.

Hoping you are having a great day! What challenges are you currently undertaking and how is it going?? Do challenges help you?
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    Congratulations on meeting your challenges.
    The site of food isn't a real temptation for me either. I just plan to eat more than I should.
    Challenges: every day I list my exercise goal for the morning an evening and then do them.
    That's about as much of a challenge as I give myself.
    2476 days ago
    I'm trying to eat fruit or veggies every time I snack. It has really helped me to cut down on late night eating! See you tomorrow night for the team dinner!
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    2477 days ago
    My challenge for today is to do all the things at the
    office that annoy DH, like sorting invoices for tax
    prep. He thinks it looks so messy but that's the only
    way to get it done.
    2477 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I actually am like you...I have been totally off sugar or sweets for 134 days today and love it...I feel GOOD, but when I get a horrible nervous urge...I eat the things I DO allow myself but TOO much. I do have high fiber bread as toast or else oatmeal...I had to laugh when you said that!

    I do have to say, this process has helped me to maintain...just not at the weight I want to be at! But nowhere NEAR the weight I came from so one day I shall conquer that too!

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    Comment edited on: 1/9/2013 9:27:58 AM
  • DRB13_1
    I had to leave Mom's over the holidays because of CAKES.
    Managed NOT to have a birthday cake this year...and my hips thank me LOL

    Best wishes on reaching ALL your goals
    2477 days ago
    I would have trouble giving up the artificial sweetner also.. I agre with you,, it is impossible to hide all trigger foods. I try to keep as many as possible out of the house..but there is also the job where they are everywhere. I like challenges as they keep me focused. I am doing the Mardi Gras challenge. emoticon
    2477 days ago
    You're doing great Marsha!
    My challenge is to be content with LB workouts while my shoulder heals from a Rotator Cuff injury, I am getting edgy not working out! LOL
    2477 days ago
    When the will power is exhausted with other challenges, I find it tougher to resist: when life is not otherwise too stressful, I'm much less tempted by the junk food. But in general for me, most of maintenance is avoiding temptation by managing the environment as much as possible. There are left over Christmas goodies at work and I'm trying hard to ignore them (with pretty good success: and tracking if I submit!)
    2477 days ago
    I do find that the Sparkcoach challenges are sometimes not terribly relevant, but I carry on with the program, at least it helps with all the daily reporting.

    Right with you on the unhealthy food around the house, all the responsibility of my DH. I usually pretend it does not exist, and I can even watch him sit and eat cake and ice cream with a reasonable amount of equinamity (helps when I observe his physical appearance).

    My challenge continues to be emotional binge eating, but I am working at the program, and slowly losing weight.
    2477 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Now that I am not checking in daily for my Whole30, I find I am slipping back into those "not so good for me" habits. I suppose I will always need the accountability and challenge to keep me on track!

    Why is it that we can avoid our BH's snacks, but then overindulge in the things that are good for us? Is it just another way of compensating for what we can't have? I was tucked into bed last night and dear Bob comes up and starts talking about snacks, chocolate, etc. WHY??? My brain was already turned off for the evening and he got it all stirred up again! emoticon I think I gained a pound just thinking about it emoticon
    2477 days ago
    Some days it is easy to bypass whatever treats the work crowd has brought in... but OTHER days, not so much. Stress is a contributing factor, as always.

    As they say, "discipline is remembering what we really want". Good job with the challenges, Marsha! emoticon
    2477 days ago
    Trying to resist all the Christmas candy. It is not mine to throw away.
    2477 days ago
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