SparkPeople All 'Bout Choice Team Messageboard We make choices everyday, Let's choose to eat healthy and move more. SparkPeople All 'Bout Choice Team Messageboard Power Challenge P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positive for/about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> ____________________________ <BR> 25 points daily points <BR> <BR> December 4, 2020 <BR> P = I kept ... Sat, 5 Dec 2020 07:42:14 EST Why Sugar is called the "White Death" <link><BR>r-white-death/?mpweb=144-9161880-41852<BR>1411 </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2020 20:25:03 EST Gratitude Challenge (8/21 - 8-27) Friday 8/21 <BR> 1. a good cup of coffee before starting my day <BR> 2. Trixie - my dog <BR> 3. Sunshine (rain was predicted for today) <BR> <BR> Saturday 8/22 <BR> 1. Bug Repellent <BR> 2. Health <BR> 3. My sister <BR> <BR> Sunday 8/23 <BR> 1. Joe and Steph <BR> 2. Carl <BR> 3. Ivory <BR> <BR> Monday 8/24 <BR> 1. Skeeter Beater <BR> 2. smell after the rain <BR> 3. my parents <BR> <BR> Tuesday 8/25 <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> Wednesday 8/26 <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> Thurs... Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:19:29 EST Power Challenge (8/21 - 8/27) P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positive for/about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> ____________________________ <BR> 25 points daily points <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> P = 5 ate plann... Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:14:13 EST What I ate <img src=""> Wed, 9 Jan 2019 08:21:10 EST New Hi everyone! I'm new to the team. I have been off and on sparkpeople a few times and making another go of it today. I have recently been doing beachbody workouts and lost 10 pounds. Hoping to find some more motivation here! Mon, 6 Aug 2018 12:10:06 EST PLU Stickers Have you ever noticed those little stickers on fresh produce? What do they mean? They are placed there to identify bulk produce and will help insure that you pay the proper price for your items since organic produce usually costs more than conventionally grown. <BR> <BR> The PLU codes are usually 4- or 5- digits, with the organically grown itens having a 9 placed before the 3000 or 4000 number series. <BR> <BR> Then we have the controversial #8, it has been said that is the number used to i... Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:59:56 EST Are Fruit and Vegetable Juices Bad for you? I am following some groups that say do not drink your calories. This is said to include juicing fruits and vegetables. The reason for this is because the juicing separates the fiber and can cause a sugar spike. However, the juice of fruits and vegetables still contain the vitamins and mineral content. <BR> <BR> Juicing can be a way to add in those servings of fruits and vegetables that you might not get otherwise. So, while you can get fiber from other foods, I think it is still best to eat... Thu, 7 Jun 2018 09:11:19 EST Sweet Tooth? "White sugar is 1 of the deadliest food sources on the planet and should be eliminated completely when possible. While we're wired to have a sweet tooth, there are healthier ways to fulfill those cravings. <BR> <BR> Honey is full of vitamins and trace minerals, along with antibiotic properties. Pure maple syrup contains over 20 health-promoting compound;, while blackstrap molasses is high in iron, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium. <BR> <BR> Stevia helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin le... Wed, 9 May 2018 09:30:44 EST Include fruits and vegetables It is easier than you think to eat more fruits and vegetables every day. Eat 2 fruits for breakfast, add another at lunch, and grab a banana for a snack.Wahlah! There are 4 servings. <BR> <BR> As for vegetables, have a salad with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, spinach, tomato, and mushrooms. Add some peas, corn, broccoli and cauliflower. And there you have added lots of veggies. <BR> <BR> It is easy peasy to add fruits and vegetables each day. Mon, 9 Apr 2018 21:35:47 EST What's For Breakfast April 6. 2018 <BR> <BR> Coffee <BR> Spring Mix - 2 ounces <BR> Banana -1 <BR> Clementine - 1 <BR> black grapes - 1/2 cup Fri, 6 Apr 2018 09:36:28 EST Engine 2 7-Day Rescue Guidelines Enjoy the Simple Seven: <BR> 1. All Vegetables: Leafy greens, potatoes, squash and more <BR> 2. Whole fruit: Fresh or frozen (thawed -- no smoothies!) <BR> 3. Intact Whole Grains: Brown rice, oats (steel cut or rolled), quinoa, farro, bulgur <BR> 4, 100% Whole Grain Items: Breads, pastas and tortillas (watch out for added oils) <BR> 5. Legumes: Black Beans, lentils, pinto beans, chickpeas, split peas, oil-free hummus <BR> 6. Extra Flavor: Herbs spices, vinegars, hot sauce, mustard. ketchup, B... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 09:19:39 EST My choice to eat: Since my team page is All 'bout Choices, I am going to keep a thread on What I am choosing to eat. Perhaps if I know others may or may not read this diary, I'll be more true to my plan and not pig out on junk. <BR> <BR> Feel free to add your own thread, but please do it day by day and edit your original post to keep it more readable as a diary of food eaten on a particular day. Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:00:49 EST January 2018 Challenge <link><BR>0-day-challenge-ideas/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a link of things to do for 30 days. Pick one for the month of January. <BR> <BR> I choose #16 - Drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> <BR> I choose this one because I am so dehydrated and when that happens I often reach for a bag of chips, which I really no longer like because some times they are too greasy and other times they are too salty. I find that interesting because I also thought the f... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:50:15 EST Change of name of team My name is Nancy and I am working on changing my mindset to eating food, real food. A tidbit I learned from the Beck Diet Solution is that eating is not automatic and every time we put something in our mouth, it first begins with a thought. We think on that thought and then we make a choice to act or not act upon that thought. <BR> <BR> So, with that in mind, I changed the name of this team to All 'Bout Choice. I was sort of thinking it being basic, like the ABC's, to making healthy choices ... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:47:56 EST 5 Essentials for Fat Loss <BR> Below in an excerpt from: <link><BR>e-fit-womans-guide-to-body-fat-9235 </link> <BR> <BR> Essentials for Healthy Fat Loss <BR> <BR> Keep your body fat in check with these Oxygen-approved strategies: <BR> <BR> 1. Strength train. Adding weights into your routine not only makes you stronger and leaner, it also increases your metabolism and helps you burn more fat. <BR> <BR> 2.Eat clean foods, such as whole grains. A 2009 study in the Journal of Nu... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:57:07 EST Why you cannot lose weight 1. You only do cardio. Running is great, but if you want to lose weight, you should also add some strength training to the mix and build up your muscle mass. <BR> <BR> 2. You eat too many processed foods. Most of the overly processed food are full of sugar, fat, and/or salt. Too often, those processed foods also have refined grains with most of the "good" stuff from whole grains stripped away. Instead, focus more on eating whole foods that are as close to how nature intended them to be eaten... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:03:47 EST newbie Hi everyone. I'm Angela and I'm a second year medical student on the east coast. I've been an on/off user of Spark People and similar sites over the past few years, but since starting medical school, I've found keeping healthy is something I've been struggling with a lot, and I put on quite a bit of weight. I'm looking to regain my activity level and fitness, as well as lose weight, so that I can maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout graduate school into my professional career. <BR> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:34:27 EST POWER CHALLENGE FOR February 6-12 Copy and paste template in reply, edit your post throughout the week. (Don't add new one for each day, 1 post for the week) <BR> <BR> P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positive about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the s... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:55:47 EST Power Challenge (template 2017) *** (do not respond to this here - see separate thread for current week)*** <BR> Copy this template and reply in current week thread. <BR> <BR> Edit your post for each day, DO NOT create new reply for different day. <BR> <BR> P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positive about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:44:42 EST Hi from the UK! I'm doing the Lords Table Course! Just want to introduce myself... <BR> <BR> I'm 53, a born again Christian, and I live in the UK. <BR> My goal weight is 10 st 10 (150 pounds) <BR> <BR> I'm currently around 15 st 1 (211 pounds). <BR> <BR> I've recently started the Lord's Table Course (day 12 today), and have stayed off of snacks and sugar (by any name) for the last 8 days. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:14:37 EST even thin people have health issues I have been following some facebook groups and I am noticing that some are having some chronic issues even though they seem to be fairly healthy and of the proper weight. This is a wake up call for me because my weight is where it should be on the charts, but my body fat % is too high. <BR> <BR> I exercise regularly but I eat way too much junk. I really need to get with it and be serious about eliminating junk food, especially since that in what those chips and candy are: junk. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:16:34 EST Quote for the day "We just eat too damn much" ~ Governor Tommy Thompson (R-Wis), U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Today, NBC, 2004 <BR> <BR> Well, ain't that the truth. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:00:47 EST 10 ways to cut back on Sugar I found an old workbook for a diet bootcamp by Jonny Bowden and thought this list is appropriate for this team. It is basically common sense, but I find that when it comes to battling the sweet tooth that sometimes common sense goes out the window. <BR> <BR> Top 10 Ways to Cut Back on Sugar <BR> <BR> 1. Don’t add it to foods. This is the easiest and most basic way to immediately reduce the amount of sugar you’re eating. Biggest targets are: cereal, tea, and coffee. <BR> <BR> 2. Don’t be ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:21:35 EST Eating is not automatic Eating is not automatic, whatever we put in our mouth first starts with a thought. <BR> <BR> Wow! Now there is a thought, I do not automatically stuff those chips in my mouth as if some alien creature has taken over my mind. Before I put anything in my mouth, I first think about what I am going to do. <BR> <BR> I suffer from "open bag syndrome" and it is apparent if I am driving and there is an open bag of potato chips in the car. I will mindlessly eat and eat and eat until the bag is empt... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:05:08 EST Go ahead and eat that treat that is tempting yo,,, but only after you have a healthy sensible item first and then wait 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> That is the advice in The Campbell Plan. That may be just what I need to do to tame my sweet tooth for that junk I have been eating. <BR> <BR> Instead of a candy bar, I'll choose a piece of fruit first. The idea behind this advice is that you won't want to eat the junk after the 15 minutes is up or if you do eat, it won't taste as good as you were hoping. <BR> <BR> I can see how that will be true be... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:20:12 EST My name is Nancy My name is Nancy and I was the team leader that has gone astray. I need to get back to being mindful of taming my sweet tooth. I am tired of it having control of too many aspects of my life. <BR> <BR> I am currently attempting a whole food plant based diet and am successful about 75% of the time. But, those boxes of Milk Duds call my name when I am out and about. Lately, though, I am finding that I do not enjoy them as much as I used to; our relationship just does not seem the same the more... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:49:43 EST Newby Wow I am the queen of sugar <BR> Buy it hide it stuff it in my body <BR> Today the scale 177 its huge amount I have gained in a couple of months <BR> Really going to try Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:11:36 EST Slaying the Sugary Beast <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Great strategies Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:46:38 EST Hi Everyone I'm not new to SparkPeople but just started using the Fitbit tracker & reset my account and goals. I am looking for new Spark Friends and other Fitbit users to buddy up with & work on my goals for a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:04:49 EST Hi, I am new to this team. Foods containing sugar have become a big problem for me in the last year or so. I need to find a way to control these sugar cravings. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:19:47 EST Me? A Runner?! Yes!! After a week of eating junk food and no running, I went for a run this morning and it felt so good. I did not expect it to feel as good as it did because I was expecting to be huffing and puffing soon after I started. I run on hilly terrain and hills get the best of me too often. But, not today. <BR> <BR> Although it was not my fastest, I had the thoughts: "Hey, I am actually running!" "I am a RUNNER!" Back in my younger days, I would have never thought that I would actually like running, s... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:26:52 EST Chocolate Toxic?! Yesterday, as I was shopping at Costco I stopped in front of the Almond Roca toffee display. Next to it was a lady doing a demo on some other product and she said, "Those are really good, but I won't buy them because I'll eat the whole bag." I told her that is why I won't buy a lot of items because I, too, end up eating the whole bag. <BR> <BR> She told me of a time when she bought 2 pounds of See's Candy, then visited a friend and together they ate the 2 pounds of candy in one sitting. The ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:31:39 EST Time for me to get back on track I have not been sparking for a while. It seems I lost my spark and have not been able to find it. but I think I can see the glow off in the distance. I am struggling with not eating the things that I know are not good for me, And to be honest, I am getting tired of not being able to resist the temptation. <BR> <BR> I am noticing that the more I eat foods that are close to their natural state as possible the more fake food just doesn't taste as good as I thought it would. That is what I nee... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:59:54 EST Hidden sugars To give you an idea of just how common added sugar is in your daily diet, check out this list of everyday foods, based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Nutrient Database: <BR> <BR> Plain bagel: 5.05 grams of sugar, 4.8 of which are added <BR> Whole-wheat bread (one slice): 5.57 grams of sugar, 5.0 of which are added <BR> Regular sodas: 8.97 grams of sugar, all of it added <BR> Fruit punch: 11.29 grams of sugar, 4.4 of which are added <BR> Bowl of corn flakes: 6.11 ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:20:38 EST Hi, my name is Meghan, and I am a chocoholic. Cookies, brownies, candy, hot chocolate, ice cream -- I can't get enough of sugary, chocolatey snacks. I've tried not keeping it in the house, but when the craving hits, I find I can't help but run to the store to get my sugar fix. <BR> <BR> I've tried and failed a lot to get healthy in the past, partially because I set my expectations too high and get discouraged when I'm not a perfect, healthy eater within the first few days. <BR> <BR> This time, I'm counting the little things. I portio... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:51:37 EST How Successful was your 4th? I started my day with exercise, had oatmeal and berries for breakfast. At the picnic, I had lettuce salad, veggies and baked beans. I splurged on a very naughty strawberry and whipped cream dessert. <BR> <BR> But once I got home, I blew it. I think I did not get enough calories because I ate and ate and ate some more. However, I was down a pound this morning. So I will need to make smart choices this week. <BR> <BR> How about you? Was you day a success or are you joining me in a fresh star... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 08:37:17 EST Hi i'm new Hi, I've been a regular on sparks for a few years on and off but keep coming back to it as the support is awesome! My weight is up and down still but more up than down recently lol, I welcome support here and I give loads of support back I find if you add friends you start to become familiar with different ones and get to know people here. I look forward to making a few new friends this group is very energetic I like that. All the best of luck to everybody and thanks for the invite. Fri, 22 May 2015 21:14:45 EST Anyone up for a summer challenge? I'm needing some motivation. Does anyone have time for a challenge this summer? Any ideas? Thu, 21 May 2015 20:06:08 EST Has anyone seen the show Supersize vs Super Skinny I watch episodes on youtube. It is a UK program where there are the two extremes, those that overeat and those that do not eat enough and the doctor pairs them and they switch eating for a period of time and eat or not eat what their opposite eats. The idea is to "shock" them into seeing the error of their way of eating. <BR> <BR> The program also gives some insight on eating disorders. It is interesting to watch, and even helpful in understanding my eating patterns. It is not helpful in lea... Fri, 15 May 2015 08:31:04 EST What Do You Do To Tame The Sweet Tooth? I am frustrated, a few years ago I was at my lowest weight ever in my adult life. Unfortunately, it was achieved by a low-carb paleo style diet. I got to where I could not stand eating animal products and my hubby developed kidney stone after kidney stone. It was when I went off that diet, that I answered the call from the peanut buster parfaits at the Dairy Queen. I weaned myself off them a couple years ago, but I am finding myself right back there again. Arghhhh! It is so frustrating; I nee... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:32:30 EST Hey! I am new here! I am new to this group, sadly not to being addicted to sugar. I am doing better than I was, however I still crave soda more than I'd like. I have way too much sugar almost daily and I really need to focus on not taking in so much. I've always loved candy but now I must stop with it. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:31:18 EST articles about quitting sugar <link><BR>ar </link> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:14:54 EST Accountability Journal March 18 My eating is out of control so I am going to post what I eat, I tried doing it private but that does not seem to help me much. I do not like using the food tracker because I do not eat a lot of processed ready made foods and it is a pain to log in my recipes in order to track what I eat so I will just list the foods I eat. Other than the junk food, I make mostly low fat meals. <BR> <BR> As you can see I started my day out bad: <BR> 4 cups coffee, black <BR> 6 oreo cookies <BR> <BR> 1 cu... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:17:59 EST Update, what's going on with me anyways? I have not been posting much on here lately because I have been in a slump ~ just cannot seem to stick with a program of any kind. I will start something, then stop it and go on a binge then start something new again. It has become a vicious cycle. <BR> <BR> It is cold here in central MN and I am tired of winter. But that seems to be the norm for this part of the country this time of year. However, the daylight is now getting longer and spring is around the corner, time to start focusing ag... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:04:32 EST Been Busy... I have been busy these past few weeks and have not even logged onto Spark People. I am amazed some time by how much time slips away when I am online. <BR> <BR> I am currently reviewing Accounting by taking an online course because my son-in-law wants me to take over the finance portion for his business. He grows vegetables and mushrooms. Since my hubby and get some of the excess, we so want his business to succeed. <BR> <BR> I am currently attempting to go strictly whole food plant based a... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:44:47 EST Eating sugar makes stupid <link><BR>eats-sugar-jacked/ </link> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:10:38 EST Daily motivation Post one reason why you want to cut sugar out or limit it every day. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:51:06 EST 100 day challenge: max 1 portion of sugar per week I joined the 100 day challenge team. My challenge starts in the morning. Part of it is to refrain from sugar/sweeteners, with a max of 1 meal per week that includes some sugar. I'll be checking in here each week to post how I've done. <BR> <BR> <em>471</em> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:45:07 EST How long does it take for you ... to be comfortable not eating sugar? How many days does it take for you to move through withdrawal? <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 04:02:57 EST So confusing I find it so confusing. <BR> <BR> I just read an article at SP about 'moderation', basically. But I've not been able to do it. <BR> <BR> I can wonder what is best for me in the long run. Cut foods out (like sugar) or try to eat them in moderation. <BR> <BR> If we do not need sugar to survive, then why eat it? If we have to go through cravings / withdrawal if we stop having it, why would we start eating it again? <BR> <BR> To be social? To 'treat' ourselves? I wonder if it is not safer... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:04:16 EST What do you think of this article? I came across this article today, it may well have been posted before, but I am wondering what is your opinion on it ? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1663&page=4 </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:01:12 EST Struggling - could use some support This is my day 7 of being sugar free and I'm struggling. <BR> <BR> I just moved, everything in the house is chaos, we cannot find our stuff, the efforts to organize the house are much bigger than we knew, and I tried to balance our checkbook today and realized we are exceeding our budget. Oh, and my father spent the night in hospital with heart complaints, seems he's okay but I'm going 'crazy' making umpteen phone calls with siblings and mom etcetera. <BR> <BR> Urges to eat chocolate are ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:05:39 EST The Holidays are Coming... Do you have a plan to set into action BEFORE the season begins? If so, please share Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:54:07 EST Question about this team Is it for those who want to cut sugar out completely or is it for those who want to learn to 'moderate' their sugar consumption? Sun, 12 Oct 2014 03:05:29 EST hello Hello, I'm Christina, I have been a member of this team before when I used a different account. In the past years I have cut sugar out of my diet quite a few times. I would relapse though but it is becoming more and more clear to me that I am very sensitive to sugar: eating a little leads to huge cravings. So to me sugar, and cocoa too, are addictive. I think I need to let that realization sink in and act on it. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 03:04:03 EST I am back! I do not know what has been my problem, but my eating has gotten out of control and I need to get a grip on the knot on the end of the rope or I am going to fall into a black hole and not find my way out. I have been eating lots of chips and candy and I do not know why. <BR> <BR> I just logged my food for the day and if it were not for the baked potatoes (plain) all I ate was junk, junk and more junk. Today was supposed to be my turn-around day. Ha! <BR> <BR> I just completed 20 miles on th... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:56:43 EST Hello! I'm new...again Hi!! I'm Shelly and I just rejoined Spark! I had an account a long time ago but didn't utilize it like I should've! I'm an 8th grade teacher and have about 30 pounds to lose. I'm trying not to focus on the scale too much... I just want to feel good and healthy!! I tend to do well for awhile and then once I have a hiccup it goes downhill from there..I love how Spark is community based and I look forward to interacting with all of you, keeping each other on track, and exchanging advice :) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:39:53 EST HI Just a quick hello. Just a 42 year old trying to control some problems that are getting out of control. I really believe I am addicted to sugar. When I eat anything sweet, I get a calming effect that just kind of takes over. It completely changes my mood. I can't go a day without some kind of sugary sweet goodness. My sugary drugs of choice are chocolate, cookies, pie and sugary lattes and mochas. When I get my mind set on one of these sugary items, I have to have it or else I can't stop thin... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:07:50 EST How do you get back on track? I am at a point where I am not seeing progress and it is because I cannot seem to stop eating the junk. I know better but keep shoveling it in. I really need to get back to doing what is right for my body. <BR> <BR> My hubby in going to be going up north for hunting and I am hoping to use this time to refocus. He does not eat the best and I find myself falling into the bad habits I am trying to avoid because it is so much easier to go with the flow rather than do the "salmon going up the ri... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:57:18 EST I know better, but... Sometimes after I eat things that are good for me, whole foods and not overly processed, I feel so good afterwards. Then when I eat junk and realize that if it is not making me feel sluggish and unenergized, I wonder why do I eat that stuff over and over. Why is it that I give in to the temptation over and over? <BR> <BR> One reason is that I do not have a plan. I am not planning ahead as to what I am going to eat and therefore, I do not have anything prepared and so out of convenience I gra... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:30:27 EST I am not doing very well with my goal for July But at least I am aware of what I am eating and that is good Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:14:47 EST Sugar, Sugar, Sugar everywhere I have tracked my food and even without eating a lot of candy and cookies I am amazed at the sugar content of food. I think that as long as it is coming from foods in their natural state that there is not too much cause for alarm because there is the benefit of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber from the whole food. <BR> <BR> I just found it interesting that if I want to cut back on sugar instead of grabbing a piece of fruit that perhaps I should consider broccoli, cauliflower, or peppers in... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:37:43 EST What are your goals for July? My #1 goal is basic: track my food and activity. <BR> <BR> I have been slacking in this and I need to get back on track because I am noticing that what I eat has an influence on others, especially my grandchildren. Tracking will help me be more aware of what I am eating and where I need to make changes. <BR> <BR> This time, though, I am going to pay attention to the sugar grams and see how much I am actually consuming and make it a goal to get it close to only the recommended limit of 25 gr... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:33:54 EST Escaping the dietary pleasure trap This is interesting... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:44:39 EST UGH! I do not know if I have a cold or if I am having a bout with allergies because of all the dust and pollen in the air. But I sure am feeling miserable. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 06:52:04 EST Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Using Sugar <link> </link> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:37:57 EST Hello My name is Keriann and I am addicted to sugar. I was able to tame it for a couple of years and was able to lose about 60 lbs, but I started eating it more often and have gained 30 lbs back. It is time to tame it once again and start losing again. I have been addicted to sugar since I was a kid. It has caused many problems for me, including the obvious of weight gain and teeth issues. Now that I have children, ages 5 and 8 years old, I want to be a great role model for them and I cannot n... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:24:01 EST Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 produce list for 2014 Summer time is when the majority increase the produce... check out this list for which ones contain the most/least pesticides <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 25 May 2014 08:15:49 EST Be Prepared Preparation seems to be a key for me to staying on track. Whenever I do not plan ahead my meals and what I am going to eat, I seem to just grab anything that is nearby whether it is a good choice or not; without a plan there is really no blueprint for success. <BR> <BR> Do you plan you meals on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Share your success and what works for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 07:44:41 EST Made the Change for Better Health I'm 57 years old and have about 60 lbs. total to lose to get to a point where I'll feel I'm at a healthier weight. Once I reach that weight, then I'll decide if I want to go lower. <BR> On April 30th of this year I cut out 98% of regular sugars and 100% of diet sugar/diet foods. <BR> I feel this is what I need to do to help my over all health. I've gone thru the withdrawal period already, which wasn't a lot of fun, but it could have been worse. And since the 1st of this month I am now down 6... Sun, 18 May 2014 13:11:55 EST Pulled out my juicer I usually make smoothies but I decided to add a green juice for a 7 day challenge. I juiced an apple, pear, celery, and romaine lettuce. It was so good, but did not seem as filling as a smoothie. <BR> <BR> What do you prefer: Juice or Smoothie? Mon, 12 May 2014 23:05:59 EST 1 week til the next 10k race I had to make a choice as to which race to do for next weekend, a 5k or 10k. I chose the 10k because I was not able to do the half marathon last month and ran the 10k instead and discovered that I enjoy that distance. It is challenging but not too much. I thought it'd be interesting to see if I can improve my 10k times if I focus on that distance this season. <BR> <BR> I had a bad week for getting my runs in this week. My schedule just did not allow me to get in the distance I wanted to. Plu... Sat, 10 May 2014 08:47:41 EST Sugar and Memory What we eat affects more than just our weight <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-trouble-with-your-memory </link> Mon, 5 May 2014 10:16:32 EST New format of team pages, What do you think? Fri, 2 May 2014 09:57:25 EST Coincidence? Lately, I have been craving certain not good for me foods and when I am at the store, the items are not to be found. How awesome is that? <BR> <BR> I did not buy something different, I went without. I survived the moment. Often I eat just for the sake of eating, but this time I was actually craving the crunch and salty taste. I wanted corn chips for some odd reason. At the grocery store, I did not see one bag of corn chips. I read the labels on the potato chips and put them back on the shelf... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:38:22 EST I've been behaving and really paying attention to what, when and why I am eating for the majority of the time and I think that was enough to finally break through that plateau. I am down 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> 5 more to go til my goal. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:37:42 EST Whole Foods or just busier? I have been focusing on eating whole foods and what a difference that makes in my appetite. I find that I am not grazing as much. Although this could be because we finally have some decent weather and most of the snow has melted. It is so nice to go outside without a jacket. The sun feels so warm now. <BR> <BR> I have been doing some yard work, my son-in-law has been cutting down trees to prep a site for a vineyard and I have been hauling the branches away. It makes it harder to eat just fo... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:17:27 EST Do you know what you eat and are you honest ? I have been watching some UK television series, Supersize v Superskinny and Secret Eaters and I am seeing some of my behaviors being shown. But the most important thing I am learning is that I need to eat to provide my body with the nutrient it needs to function. <BR> <BR> In Secret Eaters the biggest revelation was that most people will underestimate how much they eat. In one episode they showed the woman popping things into her mouth as she was cooking and she consumed an additional 800 c... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:50:49 EST Sugar-induced fatigue Does anyone suffer from fatigue when you go overboard on the sugar or is this just a myth? I am looking for ways to increase my energy level and I'm wondering if cutting the sugar would really help. I don't know that I've ever been off it long enough to really see a difference. And what do you do until you get yourself 'detoxed'. I'm so tired of being tired. <BR> Any good supplements that you've tried? <BR> <BR> PS: I've heard all the standard remedies (get enough sleep, up the protein, che... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 22:09:33 EST Attitude makes a difference I feel like I am "springing" forward in reaching my goals. It has been a long and frustrating winter. But now that we changed the clocks and there is more daylight in the evening hours I feel like my attitude is getting "lighter" also. <BR> <BR> I struggled with my eating these past few months and realized that I eat the wrong foods when I am frustrated and feel overwhelmed with the demands put on me. I also came to acknowledge that I have been harboring resentment and unforgiveness towards ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:06:37 EST Sugar Addict Right Here <em>524</em> everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Christina, I am 27, and married to a wonderful man while currently living in PA with him and our cat. <BR> <BR> But what he doesn't know is I am cheating on him with a pint of ice cream! <em>468</em> <BR> <BR> Obviously, I am new to the group but not so new to weight issues especially emotional eating and an overwhelming, what feels like an addiction to sweets. I wake up wanting donuts and cakes, I will eat dessert for dinner if I have the... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:53:08 EST Reading Eat More Weigh Less by Dean Ornish His program is so much more than just what foods to eat. It is about stress relief and having a support system. I think that my success in dependent on these factors also. He talked about how it was back when neighborhoods had a sense of community and everyone knew their neighbors. It is not that way now. We all keep pretty much to ourselves now and do not really know who lives next door. <BR> <BR> Just goes to show that we are so much more than just a number on the scale. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:07:06 EST Hello Hello, everyone! After much frustration with myself and my sweet tooth, I have decided that I need to reach out for some support and encouragement from people in a similar situation. I have to the conclusion that I can no longer have sweets anywhere near me...not for a very long time if ever. It's an Achilles heel. I have had no self control. Anyone out there have similar feelings? How do you work through it? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:27:36 EST Beginning each day with a green smoothie My husband and I made a challenge to lose a certain number of pounds by our anniversary. We are starting each day with a green smoothie (banana, berries. dates and greens). I like doing it because when I start my day with a smoothie I feel so different throughout the morning. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 10 pounds and I am tired of not have the strength to say no to junk food and the almost constant overeating. The smoothie in the morning helps me stay focus on eating better and paying attentio... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:15:15 EST Spring ~ a time of new beginnings I love spring because of the feeling of starting over and coming alive again after a season of being dormant. However, this year winter seems to be hanging on and my weight and eating the wrong types of food are slow to let go also. <BR> <BR> But the daylight hours are now longer and that has given me a feeling of it is time to get with some type of program, I mean like I really need to focus on better nutrition. I really need to stop eating so much junk food and release its hold on me. <BR... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:40:46 EST Sugar increase risk or growth of cancer The question was about eating meat if you have colon cancer, but this is motivation for me to get that sugar out of my diet: <BR> <BR> "...Animal products promote anabolic hormones, especially IGF-1, which can induce cell proliferation, increasing the risk or growth of cancer. The same is true for sugar. ..." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>03_20.aspx?utm_source=Social%20Media&u<BR>tm_medium=Facebook%20and%20Twitter&utm<BR>_campaign=Ask%20the%20Dr%203.20.14 </link>... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:05:10 EST Forget the label, read the ingredient list I wrote to a company once and received a similar response "We are not going to tell you what is in our product" IMO, the ingredient list is more important than the label. <BR> <BR> If you must buy processed foods, try to eat foods with 5 ingredients or less <BR> <BR> <link><BR>04/the-ingredient-list-know-whats-in-y<BR>our-food/ </link> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:24:17 EST Focus on What You Can Do Often when it comes to dieting the list of don'ts start to outnumber the do's. To avoid getting discouraged because of the do not eat this and do not eat that; start to focus on the what you can do: I can resist that candy bar and instead eat a piece of fruit that is healthier for me. <BR> <BR> If you find yourself focus on the don'ts, remember the reasons why you started this journey and keep the benefits in the front of your mind Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:17:15 EST Update March 7, 2014 These past few weeks have been difficult! The weather is finally warming up and soon I will be able to take the grandsons outside to wear off some of that excess energy. If I could only bottle some of it up; I'd be a millionaire. <BR> <BR> My eating habits have been suitable to needing to have that extra fat for the long lean winter, but I am slowly refocusing on eating the necessary foods to fuel my body and be healthy. It is a struggle but I think once I get the correct mindset things wil... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:59:55 EST A New face. Helllo!! Its me Jessica Harper. <BR> I had another sparkpage but my mobile app isn't allowing me to access it so I had to create a new page!! <BR> I have been out of the swing of things and the spark community for a while now and I need to get back in desperately. <BR> I am also looking for a female accountability partner if anyone is interested. Just someone to encourage and be encouraged by, as well as tough questions and fitness/food/cheat day accountability. <BR> <BR> Hope you all ha... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:17:32 EST Use that negativity to your advantage I was reading on old issue of OnFitness and found an article about kicking the sugar cravings. One of the suggestions was to eat mindfully. Now, we have all heard this before, to pay attention to the foods we eat. Usually it is meant to pay attention to the taste, texture and smell, but this article put a different twist on "eat mindfully". <BR> <BR> The author of this article suggested to think about the effects on your body that the food you are about to eat will have. If you are holding a... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:06:29 EST It is so much easier to cheat... It is so much easier for me to cheat (that is, eat nonhealthy food) whenever I do not have a plan as to what to eat for the day. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to cheat if I do not prepare for those moments of temptation. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to cheat if I blame others for my decisions. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to cheat whenever I do not take responsibility for my actions. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to cheat when I go to the grocery store and see all the processed, pa... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:57:01 EST Since January 18, 2014 I have lost....... 9 pounds!!!!! I weighed! That is almost a 10 pound bag of know how heavy those things are??? LOL! Just had to brag for a moment!!! <BR> <BR> ~~Linda Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:18:13 EST Update Feb 4 How's everyone doing with the goals you set for the new year? I am still trying to get in the swing of things. I am watching my grandson while my daughter works and he is a handful. Busy, busy, busy. And he seems to be very angry about something. My cat and dog are so nervous when he is here that it adds to the negative energy. <BR> <BR> He is only 2 1/2 and he said he is mad because his mommy has to go to the store (work). Plus whenever my other grandchildren are here it adds to his frustra... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:29:00 EST Sugar tooth is changing her ways Hello team, This is my first post on spark people. I am lucky that I don't like bread products. I don't struggle with pasta, bread, cookies, tortillas or any of those kinds of things. It's straight up sugar for me <em>334</em> . I always have candy ... any kind of candy. I have to figure out how to balance this. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:20:59 EST Hello My name is Courtney. And I LOVE COOKIES. Nice to meet you. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:54:27 EST Intro.... Hi - just wanted to quickly introduce myself. I'm in my early 50's and have been steadily gaining weight because of a sugar addiction and compulsive overeating. I'm stressed from looking after my 88 year old mother and, since my husband has a brain injury, from doing the majority of the household management. I really, really need support! Today is 'day one' again for about the zillionth time...lately I haven't been able to make two days straight without binge eating, so wish me luck! <BR> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:36:24 EST Week one down..... I have not had any junk food in 7 days. For me, that is HUGE. No chocolate, no cookies, no running to the store because i want to munch. If the scale is correct at my house, i am down five pounds today! Woo-hoo! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:59:16 EST Hello! New here.......... ...But I have been friends with 'sweets' for a long, long time! It's always been my go-to snack, even if that meant getting in the car and driving to a store to buy candy bars and whatnot. There...I have admitted it. They say admitting it is half the battle, but...I don't think so lol. I think it'a lot harder than that... <BR> <BR> It's a battle I fight everyday, even tho I seem to lose the battle daily. I can't help it...sweets taste good. Chocolate...cookies and milk..... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:26:19 EST where to start and what to do? I really need to give up sugar but need advice from the experience of others. I am totally addicted to sugar-chocolate and candy -sours and gummies...whatever it is, I'll take it. I see my 10 year old daughter modelling the same behaviour and it scares me so much! Even tonight after dinner, she said "is there anything chocolate I can eat"? She wasnt hungry, obviously. I stopped buying goldfish crackers etc and try to keep only popcorn as a snack. I need so advice though. I know that in order ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:06:29 EST Who am I if not an addict? Hi! First, I guess I'm not exactly brand-new... but I do tend to get discouraged when I post to other boards and don't get any responses. (I know we get points when we post to message boards, but isn't it more about the sense of community? I mean, I write/ speak up when I need to feel like I'm in a real group, not just so I can increase my sparkpoints. Does anybody end up feeling the same way?) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am DESPERATE to tame my sweet tooth. I feel like I've lived my life so lo... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:52:48 EST Hello I am new here, not new to Sparkpeople. I am overweight to begin with, have been most of my adult life. Now I have been diagnosed with NASH or non alcoholic steato hepatitis or "fatty liver". My dr has put me on a gluten free, lactose free diet and so far I haven't been faithful with it. I know, that I know, that I know this diet is what I need for my liver and my weight. <BR> I read last night that 95% of fatty liver patients develop it from high fructose corn syrup and that 98% of that ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:01:24 EST Update Jan 14, 2014 I think I can say I am back on track. Finally, it was a struggle; especially since my husband and I developed a fondness for the Kirkland brand of European Cookies from Costco. We would buy some for gifts but always ended up eating them before we wrapped them. I am so glad that it was a seasonal item and they are no longer available. <BR> <BR> Imagine how I felt when I was cleaning up the spare bedroom and underneath a pile of blankets was a forgotten box of cookies. My first thought was,"I ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:30:03 EST Update Dec 26 I survived the first round of the holidays. I just gathered with my daughters' and grandkids. This meant that I was not surrounded with all that temptation that goes with the holiday. <BR> <BR> My oldest daughter attempted to make our traditional soft cookie, but she is not as very good cook or baker and that meant I did not binge on them. But, oh I do miss my mom's soft sugar cookie recipe. I was tempted to bake some to get my fix but I decided that I can do just fine without them. <BR> <... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:00:30 EST OutSmart Trigger #7 #7. Hungry all the time <BR> <BR> This is the last of the series and this trigger is one that I definitely struggle with constantly. However, it is not that I am hungry but just think I am. Last night I experienced feeling "hungry" just hours after I ate, I should say overate because we were at a buffet and I was definitely stuffed. But within 90 minutes I felt "hungry". I was shopping at the time and it was so tempting to want to buy a snack to get rid of that feeling. <BR> <BR> I resisted... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 10:05:33 EST Hello! Hi guys! This group caught my eye. I have a major sweet tooth and I'd really like to get a handle on it. I think the sugar cravings largely come from how I was raised, we always had a dessert after lunch and dinner. So now, I always feel the desire to eat something sweet. Now that I'm living on my own, it is sooooooo easy to go overboard on the sweets. I'll buy a candy bar or a bag of m&ms and before I know it, it's gone :( Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:46:15 EST Sabotagers They surround me daily and they are my family members. My daughter calls me up and tells me that the little store up the road now sells Riesens (chocolate covered caramels). These are the one thing I try to find when I want something sweet and chocolatey. Plus they are imported from Germany and they taste so much better than they USA stuff like Rolos. <BR> <BR> Fortunately for me, I really do not crave these; I just look for them at gas stations when I am out and doing errands. I limit when... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:50:03 EST Outsmart trigger #6 #6 Emotions <BR> <BR> Feeling angry, bored, or blue can cause one to turn to food to feel better. But somehow the feeling of pleasure is only momentary and afterwards the feelings of shame, guilt and lack of self-worth can be worse than what caused you to eat in the first place. <BR> <BR> For the past six months I have been dealing with some emotional struggles and I kept turning to food to feel better (read Kirkland European Cookies here). But they really did not make me feel better, they ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:16:55 EST One day down! 2 squares (not bars) of chocolate! Hi all - I'm new here but jeez oh man I feel GREAT. I only ate 2 squares of dark chocolate tonight instead of the whole (or even half) the bar. Baby steps, right? It's amazing how empowering it is to just recognize my limits; it's not like I WANTED to eat the whole/ half bar and stopped myself (though I'm sure those days will come). I just let myself have a little treat for staying within my calorie goal for the day and it was PERFECT. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:59:57 EST Outsmart Trigger #5 #5. I am too tired to eat well <BR> <BR> This one is closely linked to the second trigger, too busy. For me, when I am tired it is easy to just grab something quick like a candy bar for a quick-pick-me-up. In fact, when I know I will be doing a lot af yard work, I usually pick up candy bars because I can eat one quick and get a sugar rush. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, that candy bar is loaded with more than just sugar and the sugar it has is not what I should be eating anyway. A banana or appl... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:54:15 EST Outsmart Triggers part 4 Trigger # 4 <BR> Refined Carbs and Sweets Snacking <BR> <BR> More often than not, these types of foods have little or no fiber in them and these are digested quickly causing our blood sugar to spike and then fall rapidly. Then we get hungry again and eat some more. Also, for me, when I eat a lot of refined carbs, I find that I eat a lot in a short amount of time (quickly) and eat more than I really should before I get the signal that I am full. <BR> <BR> One way to outsmart this trigger, is... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:49:27 EST had success, lost success, what happened? Hi Everyone, <BR> I am trying to get started with SparkPeople because I need to lose weight. I have a question and I hope someone might know what I'm talking about here and have some suggestions. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I got sick of my weight going up and up and, after making numerous unsuccessful attempts, I finally managed to lose about 35 pounds. The thing is, I had been struggling with my weight for ages (over 15 years) and honestly, to this day, I cannot figure out what changed. Fo... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:26:24 EST Outsmarting Triggers part 3 #3 Stress Eating/Emotional Eating <BR> I am sure we are all familiar with this trigger. We get stressed is a situation and turn to food for comfort. The article I am reading (see first post in series) is connecting this with “the fight-or-flight reaction to stress”. <BR> <BR> I know there are some reactions that happen in our brain when we eat certain foods. I recall one time I got into an argument with my daughter and it put me in a foul mood. I tried to shake it off, but couldn’t rid mys... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:38:48 EST Cut it out or learn to limit sugar? What is your goal? Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:24:11 EST Outsmarting the Triggers Part 2 Trigger #2 <BR> Eating on the Go <BR> <BR> It is a busy season, tis the time to go shopping, visiting family and friends,etc. Often it will interfere with meal times and the quickest thing to do is grab something quick to eat. Unfortunately, many of the quick things to eat are not the healthiest to eat and because you are in a hurry, you will eat whatever you grabbed with haste. <BR> <BR> My favorite grab and go items are chips and Resen's chocolate covered caramels. Too often those are eat... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:44:23 EST Outsmarting the Triggers Part 1 I am getting my inspiration for this post from Natural Health July/Aug 2004 ~ yes, my pack-rat tendencies are being revealed; I have stacks of old magazines I cannot bear to get rid of. Here is my justification "See, I am rereading the articles." <BR> <BR> From Taming the Primal Appetite by Peter Jaret (what follows is my interpretation) <BR> <BR> 1. "Lack" of Willpower <BR> We have to eat, there is no way of getting around that fact. There problem lies within what are we wanting to eat. I... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:22:57 EST Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful day Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:11:36 EST Holiday Challenge Well the holidays season is upon us and while for many it is a happy time, there are those who struggle with this time of year. In the past, I worked in costumer service for a catalog company and had to deal with a lot of mean people this time of year, especially December. I went for years dreading this time of year. <BR> <BR> So for the Holiday Challenge let's spread encouragement to our fellow Sparkers: post here on the message board an encouraging thought, visit someone's page and wish ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:05:07 EST Update 11/20 I am currently without a vehicle and so I am stuck at home. I live out in the country and the closest store is the little gas station 1 1/2 miles from home. (I tracked on my garmin one day just to see how far it is from home.) Not having a vehicle means no trips into town. No trips into town means no shopping. No shopping means I am not buying junk food. Not buying junk food means I am not eating it. <BR> <BR> Guess what? I am surviving without eating it. Not having it accessible has given m... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:39:59 EST Raise your hand if you are here... I am curious as to how many are active on my team. <BR> <BR> Please reply with a wave... <em>213</em> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:20:18 EST Who likes the new start page? I am not a fan of the change but I am finding it is growing on me. However, I am not interested in the majority of what's on there and have to scroll down to get to where I want to be. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:25:52 EST Statins Have you heard about the new recommendations? <BR> check out this site: <BR> <link><BR>tter/# </link> part 2 in particular. <BR> <BR> What do you think? I think too much focus is on taking a pill for one condition rather than diet and lifestyle for overall benefit. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:21:10 EST uPDATE 11/15 Today is my "baby's" 30th birthday! She's 30 and I am getting old. <BR> <BR> The weather was beautiful here in MN, sunny and little wind. Feels more like a day in September rather than November. I managed to run/walk a little over 5 miles. I really did not feel like running but it was too nice of a day not to. <BR> <BR> I am currently reading Eat For Health by Joel Furhman to get in the proper mindset to start eating healthier. Until I am ready to go full steam ahead, I am making sure I ea... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:02:35 EST Update 11/11 Today is the day I am committing, that is I'm committing not being committed (heehee). I need some humor today. <BR> <BR> I always pick up this magazine in the health food section of the grocery store I visit and there is an ad for Almased in every issue. I was intrigued by the claims so I decided to give it a try when I saw the store actually had it in stock. <BR> <BR> It is made with fermented soy, honey and yogurt. It is a German product. It claims to retain muscle mass while losing fa... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:28:10 EST Update Nov 8 Arrrrrgh! I'm stressing; but I managed to get to the gym this morning before things went wrong. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:38:04 EST Update Nov 3 I am struggling with this sweet tooth monster. It has a grip an me and I am getting frustrated with its hold on me. I am dealing with some negativity in my life and it seems I am turning to food for comfort. I have to stop this trend. <BR> <BR> I was in a middle of a project and needed to run to town for an item. I thought great, I'll stop at Costco and get me some of those Hagan Daaz bars (a 15 pack for $10.99). I am so happy to say that I never did walk into the doors of Costco. I told mys... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:28:40 EST What is your reason to cut out / cut back? Why do you want to eat no sugar, or less sugar? What are your reasons? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:12:28 EST ChristaSP Hi... I used to be at SP as 'ChristinaSP', but I closed that account and now go by 'ChristaSP'. So I was a member of this team before. <BR> <BR> I have this ongoing feeling of wonder about sugar. I've cut it out of my diet several times - the longest time was 6 weeks (when my intention was to go without for 3 months or more). <BR> <BR> It's like I can't live with sugar, and can't live without it. Or so it seems. There are times when I try to eat it 'in moderation' but then I often end up... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:46:42 EST Update Sept 22, the monster won a few battles I am feeling like such a failure. I have been on an eating binge and I cannot believe how much junk I have been eating. I gained about 8 pounds over these past few months and I am getting tired of it. <BR> <BR> So, it is time to get serious again and learn to put that monster back in its place. The other day I was shopping and because I am doing yard work, I thought I'd pick up some snacks. As I stood in the candy aisle, a voice in my head seemed to shout,"IF YOU DO NOT BUY IT, YOU WILL NOT... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:46:33 EST What do you think of this? <link><BR>y-sh-t-without-saying-a-word-this-6-mi<BR>nute-short-film-will-make-you-speechless/ </link> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:53:34 EST Update August 7 Wow! I cannot believe haw much time has passed since my last update. I am taking some online courses and so my computer time is spent a bit more productively. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with taming the sweet tooth and am experiencing a couple of victories. Slow and steady wins the race. The best way for me to combat cravings is to eat more foods that are high nutrient and low calorie (think greens here). <BR> <BR> I am finding that I am eating something sweet after dinner just for the ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:20:14 EST How I keep from eating my beloved sweets 24/7 Yes I admit I do on occasion still eat sweets. My weakness is anything that's chocolate(unfortunately i dont really like dark chocolate), has any type of creamy filling or has whipped cream in or on it...actually when it comes to whipped cream all I need is a big bowl and a spoon...LOL <BR> So to keep myself from eating these items 24 hours a day 7 days a week I do something that is very simple yet difficult to do...I only buy/order 1 item at a time. So there are no boxes of twinkies in the... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:13:29 EST Challenge: Why do I want to eat Healthy Foods? I wonder almost daily why do I continue to eat foods that are not health supporting. I can never come up with a decent answer. I eat those items because I choose to. Simply that, I choose to eat them. <BR> <BR> I have a list by my computer monitor that I look at every day but I do not really see it. So, today, I challenge myself to ask myself why do I want to eat healthy foods (not necessarily in any particular order): <BR> <BR> 1. To be healthy <BR> 2. To perform better while doing daily ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:19:51 EST Update July 18 I have been busy and not spending a lot of time at the computer, is a good thing because that means I am spending less time sitting. Has anyone seen the new report that the amount of time sitting has a direct correlation to your lifespan? Even if you are getting in your 30 - 50 minutes of exercise, if you spend the rest of the day sitting you sort of wipe out some of the benefits of exercise. I guess the lesson for me is be active all throughout the day. <BR> <BR> I am working on eating bett... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:12:21 EST Sugar every day! I've been on maternity leave for eight weeks and have been overdoing it on sugar every day! The combination of a lack of sleep and being home every day is really doing me in. I'm not an all or nothing girl (I believe in everything in moderation), but I'm definitely going overboard. Not anymore! Being healthier for me and my baby starts NOW. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:17:34 EST Update July 7 I finished a 10k yesterday and beat my time from last year. But did not reach my "dream" time'. I am getting a bit better with my eating but still have a long way to go. Sugar seems to have a hold on me. I am trying not to eat as often as I had been in the past and am finding that when I wait a bit, when I do eat the food tastes so much better. If I focus on chewing the food, I can actually taste the different items in the dish. <BR> <BR> My husband is finally wanting to get serious about lo... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:58:06 EST Update June 30 With all the storms, my internet service has been down for what seems like forever and a day. However, not being able to log on made me realize how much time I spend online and not really accomplishing anything. <BR> <BR> I found this website: <link> </link> and found it is a great place to take some classes and learn something new. I am currently enrolled in a nutrition class and when I pulled out an old textbook I had purchased years ago, I realized how ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:22:53 EST solution day one Is anyone else thinking about sugar when we should be preparing for the spark solution? (starting tomorrow) I read the book, prepared my kitchen, and know that I can get in the fitness. But still that "forbidden sugar" will call to me. Just looking for some back up plans. thanks! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:56:50 EST SUGAR-AHOLIC Hello all. I am a sugar aholic. I love sugar and I crave it often. I love all kinds. I fall for every temptation people offer to me <em>24</em> <BR> Most of the time i regret it...but most of the time i just say to myself, "well, i can just go to the gym and work it off" <BR> Wonder how much i would have "worked off" if I would not have fallen for the sweet temptation. <BR> I have been a spark member for a while...but have slacked off a bit. <em>252</em> I love this program and i... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:20:36 EST How to Stop Sugar Cravings <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=134 </link> <BR> <BR> It basically comes down to plan and prepare Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:33:29 EST New Sweet Hi everyone, I'm Zee from Australia. I have a terrible sweet tooth and I think that is primarily what kills my diet options. I love chocolate, mostly. Once I stop for long enough, I don't miss these things, but my problem is that (aside from my soda addiction) I've never been able to stop for long enough. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:18:50 EST New from NC Trying to get back into SP again. I did well a year ago, but fell off and it has taken an entire year to slowly get back on. I have to confess, I am a SUGAR addict. I know it hurts me physically and mentally. This is my second day without sugar being the 5th or higher ingredient in what I eat. Although I am not banning substitutes if I really want something sweet, I am trying to avoid them because I know I can abuse them as well, and what I've been reading about them doesn't make them sound l... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:18:22 EST Just joined taming the sweet tooth my name is Katie. I have actually so far been 4 days sweets free since June 6,2013. I needed the extra support to keep me accountable help me keep away from it. I joined the taming the sweet tooth challenge. my first goal is sweets since that is my biggest weakness. I am finding when I eat sugary foods that causes me to binge eat. That is something else I am working on as well. took steps by taking a binge eating class for 60 days. its to help me address these issues. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:13:58 EST June 9, update Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I have not been online much lately. I have been busy with yard work, a running class with my granddaughter, and studies from a couple of online courses. With all that going on, there just does not seem to be enough time for Spark People. My computer time, which is also my coffee time, is first thing in the morning, but I am using that time to get my assignments completed rather than spend time on Spark People. <BR> <BR> Priorities change with events. One thing t... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 09:38:21 EST Just joined/Eating it when you know you shouldn't Just joined...seeing books about why you should kick sugar, but not a lot of how. I used to wonder why I am eating junk when I know I shouldn' some kind of override and not caring..not realizing there is an addiction going on..some anger there at the food companies...what are they doing to us?? Anyway, making my choices now..hoping to get inspiration from this group and from Spark! Tue, 28 May 2013 05:03:45 EST May 18 update Wow! I ran a 5k race this morning and my time was 31:20. I am happy with the time because it means I am getting some of the speed back that I lost last year. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I went to my daughter's to celebrate my grandson's 2nd birthday. I was so proud of the food choices nhe made to serve. Not all were the best health wise, but there was enough to say that for a celebration, it was a fairly healthy meal. <BR> <BR> I also noticed that my daughter's friends were all overweight. It mad... Sat, 18 May 2013 22:15:09 EST May 13 update... Hi everyone! I hope you are all being successful in the battle against the sweet tooth. I have to admit with temptations every where and treats always being in plain sight that sometimes it just seems easier to just give in and grab that candy bar. <BR> <BR> However, as I change my diet and eat healthy wholesome foods as close to how nature intended them to be, I find that I do not like the taste of that junk food. It also helps to start thinking of that food as "junk". <BR> <BR> dictionar... Mon, 13 May 2013 09:48:13 EST May 2 Update Hi every one! I hope you are all being successful in taming that sweet tooth. I am making progress but am finding I am still encountering some glitches in my plan to subdue that little monster. <BR> <BR> I began to incorporate green smoothies into my diet these past few weeks and have noticed that my craving for sweets seem to be a lot less intense. Also I have been trying to eat more apples. An apple is a lot more satisfying than that bag of chips I was grabbing in the past. <BR> <BR> Also... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:48:18 EST sugar controls my life Hey there, I have been addicted to sugar for as long as I can remember. I am 41 yrs old and my main component of my diet is sugar. I know how bad sugar is for me and I hate the way it makes me feel, but good golly, it tastes so darn good !!!! I am hoping to give and receive encouragement and accountability from being part of this team. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:26:43 EST sugar controls my life Hey there, I have been addicted to sugar for as long as I can remember. I am 41 yrs old and my main component of my diet is sugar. I know how bad sugar is for me and I hate the way it makes me feel, but good golly, it tastes so darn good !!!! I am hoping to give and receive encouragement and accountability from being part of this team. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:25:05 EST Challenged by my sweet tooth! <em>40</em> I would like to reduce sugar and sugar substitutes and eat more fruits and veggies as well as other healthy foods. I find myself ever in the conundrum of stumbling into or deliberately seeking an unhealthy yucky snack which does not make me feel good for long except for momentary satisfaction. That said there was a tray of homemade peanut butter cookies in the lobby/common area and I did have one but it was a wholesome not frosted chocolate goodie. I am trying to make better cho... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:35:01 EST Hi there Hi, I have a HUGE sweet tooth and it really needs to be tamed! I have been a part of Sparkpeople for a little over a year and am doing well. I'm glad I found this team. Hopefully it will help to know that others struggle so much with sweets too. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:53:36 EST Ideal Weight Calculator <link><BR>ulator.html?ctype=standard&cage=54&cse<BR>x=f&cheightfeet=5&cheightinch=5.5&chei<BR>ghtmeter=180&x=50&y=10 </link> <BR> <BR> It gives results of 5 different formulas. <BR> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 11:00:50 EST As I sit here at work stuffing my face with an huge Easter Bunny!!!! <BR> <BR> ... I realize that my sweet tooth is out of control... I have gained about 10 pounds in the past few months due to my sweet tooth... And I can't get control of it. <BR> <BR> Hi all! <BR> i'm hoping to meet some great people where I can learn some stragegies to cope with this addiction!!!! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:56:41 EST Update from your leader Hello everyone, I thought I'd post a quick note to welcome all the new members. <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> I have just celebrated my 2nd year anniversary with Sparkpeople and I must say that these last 6 months have not been very successful in my taming the sweet tooth. It is like I hit a wall and could not break through. The weather here in MN has been cold and snowy, plus with the shorter daylight hours it was a dreary time for me. <BR> <BR> But, now with daylight savings time in aff... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:50:32 EST Hi! I have a sweet tooth! I have lots of sweet teeth actually...and I'm a type 2 diabetic. So I'm getting back in gear and getting healthy. I started this challenge 2 weeks ago and I have to restart- I did not do well. I am cleaning out the pantry TODAY! no more procrastination and no more secret chocolate hidden away. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 15:16:59 EST I got an "D" I use Diet Power to track my nutrition and one of it's feature is that it grades my nutrition. Yesterday, when I tracked my food, it graded my nutrition as a "D". I reviewed what I ate and realized that I hardly ate any vegetables and I gave in to my cravings and bought some bite sized candy bars. <BR> <BR> I would not have even bothered going down that candy aisle were it not for the fact that my husband asked me to buy a particular candy that the store I was at did not carry. So, there I w... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:51:45 EST Team Challenge: February 13-28 Please join me... I challenge all you wonderful Taming the Sweet Tooth team members to "spark" a fellow team member. <BR> <BR> Aim for 3 a day, but feel free to "spark" more ... <BR> <BR> Happy Sparkin' Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:39:37 EST How is everyone doing? The other day I got hit with that nasty stomach virus and had a couple of miserable days. It was what my mom refers to as the two bucket kind. But I am feeling better and after the first day I lost 3 pounds, not the way to lose. <BR> <BR> When I started eating again, I became very intent on putting food, real food in my body. Being so sick made me focus on wanting to be healthy and to do that I need to properly fuel my body. <BR> <BR> I gained some of the weight lost back, am feeling bette... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:13:44 EST Hello all... Hi, I joined spark when I started reading 'Beyond sugar shock' and am working on eliminating sugars and quickie carbs. While I am moving ahead in leaps and bounds there are still a few 'sticky' situations that will take some time and work. Hope to participate and learn and encourage and keep the motivation up until it all becomes second nature. :) Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:27:23 EST Team Challenge: February 1 -7 I do not know about you, but this winter is stating to take its toll on me. Here in MN, we have been having some bitter cold weather and that makes me want to just stay inside and not do much of anything. But I am training for a half marathon and need to be in shape. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food in a program called Diet Power and I realize that I am grabbing to many pieces of bread instead of eating more fruits and veggies. So, this weeks challenge will be to eat a minimum of two ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:36:30 EST I have found the perfect place! <BR> <BR> Hi, My name is Amber and I am a sugar addict. Anything smothered in chocolate or salted caramel I will put in my mouth. I need this group and am so happy I just happened to stumble across it! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:02:35 EST Ideas? This is a large team' but there seems to be very little interaction among the members. Any suggestions on how to make this team come alive? Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:07:41 EST January Challenge: 21-31 For this part of January I am going to focus on having a sunny disposition. This cold weather is getting to me and I am starting to be a bit crabby. <BR> <BR> So, here is a smile on my face <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Just signed up for the March of Dimes walk (April 13) to walk in honor of mf grandson who was born 10 1/2 weeks early and he is doing so well. He is caught up in his development in all but his speech. But then both of my daughter's were delayed so we are not too concerned at th... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:23:24 EST Hi again Hello, I have not been here for ages but really need to reduce my sugar. I am going to avoid processed sugar this week. This is going to be tough. My coffee sachet has a very small ammount of coffee so I will allow myself that and my homemade muesli has a little honey. Last week was not good. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:21:58 EST Hi Hi, My name is Eveline and I joined spark people a few years ago but have recently started using it again. While tracking my food intake its become apparent that I have a huge sugar problem. I work in an office and people constantly leave goodies and candies for our group, and during the 8 hours its hard to keep track of just how much I was eating in a week, until sparkpeople. I need all the help I can get cutting sugar out of my diet. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:23:24 EST Set Your Goal <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1794 </link> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:47:27 EST January challenge: Days 11-20 For these days I am going to focus on hydration because I do not drink enough liquids throughout the day. <BR> <BR> What will be your challenge? Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:58:53 EST Personal Resposibility As I am reading the latest issue of FitnessRX, I find an article on The Globesity Cure Fighting Fat and Winning. There is a box titled Personal Responsibility. It states that the major causes of obesity include lack of exercise and diets that are high in calories, the bad fats and refined sugars. <BR> <BR> That seems obvious, doesn't it? Yet, many people struggle with weight issues, myself included. I know that, for me, if I were not as active as I am I would be having some major issues wit... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:46:15 EST How is everyone doing? The new year is upon us and well under way. I am hoping to have better eating habits this year and am going to focus on getting back into shape. First on my agenda is training for a half marathon. I want to beat my last time. And then I want to start doing races with my granddaughter. <BR> I am looking forward to seeing what 2013 will bring. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:28:49 EST January Challenge, Day 1 - 10 For the next 10 days I will... <BR> <BR> exercise in some form for at least 15 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> What will you do? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:35:11 EST Good Things Jar <link><BR>down-to-2013-a-jar-of-good-things/ </link> <BR> <BR> Got your jar ready? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:24:30 EST Hello to Day 2 NO SUGAR Hello All, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team today. <BR> <BR> I'm on Day 2 of No Sugar and happy about it. Sugar and me are a bad mix. I get mentally ill when I"m on sugar. My body hurts and my sleep gets all messed up. It triggers binge eating episiodes. I've quit before in the past and am going to do it again. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being there. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:55:08 EST Hello I'm Amy and I am addicted to sugar. I hope that this can help. I know the impact that it has on my overall well being. I have recently been told by my doctor that it is having more of an impact on my health than I thought. I have the most achy joints and he seems to think this is the cause. I really want to change my diet and eat healthy. I need to loose around 15 pounds and I know that cleaning up my diet can help with this. I am fairly active with running and different cardio and even yoga ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:50:26 EST Defeat stress "... here are nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t/ipad/blogs/nine_ways_successful_peop<BR>le_de.html </link> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:32:45 EST how cancer feeds on sugar<BR>ancer-feeds-on-sugar.html Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:33:09 EST Holiday Challenge Dec. 13 - 31 Temptations galore at this time of year. I struggle everyday and 'tis the season for the sweet tooth! The Challenge for this season of giving is NOT to give in to the sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> I know this will be hard for me. especially since my mom makes her soft sugar cookies. We are having an early celebration this year, my hardest challenge will be in two days. UGH! <BR> <BR> Challenge: If you must have that treat, eat it mindfully and take your time to really experience the taste and text... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:06:57 EST Hi Hi... I joined this team because I take an interest in the effects of sugar on (my) health. <BR> I've cut it out several times over the past two years. At first when I started thinking about cutting sugar out I thought it'd be very hard, or impossible. to do. I realized this week that it's become easier. These days I usually avoid eating refined sugar unless I'm on a binge. <BR> Bingeing on and then no longer eating sugar for days up to weeks, taught me A LOT about the impact that this whit... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:38:11 EST Hi Everyone I am really trying to get a handle on my sweet tooth and just overall lack of self control when it comes to food. I never learned moderation because I never had to deal with the weight gain. I want to change because I know the stuff I am eating is really bad for me. My grandmother is a diabetic, so is my uncle and great grandpa and I have a lot of family history of health issues like cancer, high blood pressure, heart issues. I really want to change my eating habits and learn to eat healthier... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:30:03 EST Steps in Reaching Your Goal 1. KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL. <BR> There are now many software programs to choose from that will also tell the calories of the foods, so tracking is easier today than it was years ago. Also, make a note as to how you felt when you ate: your mood and hunger. This will help you recognize a pattern if you have a tendency to eat whenever you are bored, angry, frustrated, ect. <BR> 2. FIND A SUPPORT SYSTEM <BR> Or in other words, someone who will support and help you achieve your goals. It is important ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:07:34 EST A Diet of Unintended Consequences <BR> <BR> it is so true that we have been living and dying on a diet of unintended consequences. MY mind cannot erase how the food industry took some current nutritional study and then plastered on the box of Fruit Loops that it was a "Smart Choice". <BR> <BR> [quote] It's past time to learn how our good intentions can be corrupted. It's past time for us to digest the follies of our recent nutritional history. And it's past time for us to chew on the law of unintended consequences -- and ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:43:27 EST Hello! Hi, I'm new to this board. I have problems with my candy/sweet intake. There is so much at home, at work. I just shove the candy in and, then of course feel terrible. This vicious cycle just continues. I'm at a very low point right now. And of course I just want to have candy. I'll be good for a couple of minutes, but it's there and I'll eat it. I know I"m hurting myself, and I even cry over it. Now the holiday's are coming and I'm already feeling myself coming undone. I said no to... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 13:50:23 EST New to team Hello all. I wanted to check in, and introduce myself. I am a chocoholic, and will eat it until I am literally sick. I am kind of at a bad place right now with food (especially sweets). I have absolutely no control. My first thought is always about desserts. I am always concerned about whether I can start and stick to a diet (meal plan). Does it allow sweets and what kind? Before the end of the day I will inevitably lose control. I start and stop eating plans daily. I am out of contro... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:16:41 EST Addicted to Sugar? or not enough carbs? I am reading McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss and on page 32, he mentions how people say they are addicted to sugar laden foods and often they are on a carbohydrate deficient diet. Our bodies use carbohydrates for fuel and we tend to like sweet things. Carbohydrates are complex and simple. The complex carbohydrates are found in grains, potatoes, beans and vegetables. Simple carbohydrates are found in fruits and sweeteners. <BR> <BR> So, if we are not getting enough carbohydrates an... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 08:53:10 EST I overate yesterday My husband and I went out to eat at a buffet and I made good food choices for the first plate, a huge salad with lots of veggies. Then the second plate was loaded up with comfort food, mashed potatoes and gravy. But then came the coffee and dessert, cake and cookies. <BR> <BR> I was stuffed and uncomfortable. Then came the why's. Why did I eat those cookies, they did not even taste very good. Why did I eat so many. Why can I not stop eating when I feel satisfied? <BR> <BR> But today is a ne... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:08:54 EST Brand new introducing myself Hey Im Renee and LOVED the team name coz Lord know i have one heck of a sweet tooth!! Somthing like this can sure enough help me!! <BR> <BR> Please add me as friends...i need add me!!! i need to connect :) <BR> I look forward to meeting everyone! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:29:08 EST Motivation, Trivia or Just for Laughs It is a challenge to be motivated to be active and eat healthy, so to help us all I am adding this new challenge and ask that you share a motivational quote, exercise tip, trivia or even a joke or two. <BR> <BR> "Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were siting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says, "Ted, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains, I know you're about my age. How do you feel?" <BR> <BR> Ted says, " I feel like a newborn baby... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:36:31 EST Newbie I'm a Very overweight woman that has to get control of her eating and get the weight off. <BR> Been trying for a number of years and it's only lately that I seem to be getting anywhere. <BR> I have 50 lbs left to lose of the 60 lb goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:29:44 EST October challenge: Do just a bit extra each day It was suggested that we do a calorie out challenge. The idea is to just move about a bit more than you did yesterday. <BR> <BR> For me, since I am fairly active already, I am going to try to increase the number of push ups I can at one time. <BR> <BR> I can do 8 before I struggle. So, starting tomorrow and ending next Saturday, I hope to report that I am successful in adding one more each day. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck and post your progress on this thread. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 18:10:55 EST Tips to stay full longer Ever go on a "diet" and feel hungry all the time. Here is an article that gives you some tips on how to feel full and satisfied longer. I agree with most of what is written. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=673 </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:25:53 EST Today I will... enjoy the beautiful fall colors Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:12:15 EST Any ideas for an october challenge? There are a lot of members on this team and I just cannot seem to find what it will take to get some more interaction among all of us. So, I am asking for some help, Does any one have an idea for a challenge that we can do to get to know one another and become a more active team? <BR> I am open to any suggestions. <BR> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:09:36 EST Something to Lose I tried dieting recently in the past two years unsucessfully. I went to greater cincinati weight loss center and tried the hormone shots for weight loss and I was starving all the time and only lost 15 pounds and gained it right back. My Dr. is recommending HMR but I can't afford it. So I made up my own diet plan. I call it the 200 calorie diet. I have recipes that servings = 200 cal.each and then I eat every two hours 6 times a day. I have been doing it for the last week and it is working so... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:39:33 EST . <em>234</em> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:34:16 EST Frustrated... It seems like the more I learn about the food industry's drive for profit at the expense of the health of the consumer, the more frustrated I get. I have an experiment going on in my dining room. Back in August I purchased a package of Ho-Ho's, Twinkies and Snowball from a bakery thrift store. It is now two months past the expiration date and so far I am not able to detect any sign of molding or decay. <BR> <BR> And people want to eat that stuff? Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:05:42 EST September challenge: WIN I struggle daily in the battle against the sweet tooth. This month I want to feel like I am successful <BR> <BR> <BR> W - Water, I often do not drink enough water to stay properly hydrated <BR> <BR> I - Intent, why am I eating what I am eating? Am I truly hungry, bored, just because it is there? <BR> <BR> N - No! Say no to that so-called food item I know I should not be eating and replace that desire with something else. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:22:52 EST help <em>39</em> <BR> I suffer from depression and i feel really down at the moment . Everytime i feel down i always go for sweets and i dont know how to stop myself. I really need help!!!!! Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:38:28 EST Hello! I happened on this team when searching for teams to join. I am having a lot of fun on spark, have been on here before but am especially in need of it these days when my weight had been creeping up and so has my sugar consumption. I have a goal to cook at home more and avoid processed sugars. <BR> <BR> Just recently started on the spark healthy eating challenge, mostly for fun but also as an aide to my latest attempt to get off any processed sugar (including honey, agave, sucrose, etc.) as mu... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:33:26 EST New to the team! I've struggled with sugar for a long time and it's best if I just stick with minimal natural sweeteners. I have along history of wrestling with the sugar beast and know a lot of tricks and hope to learn some new ones here! Wed, 8 Aug 2012 20:49:52 EST August 2012 Challenge Well, a new month is almost upon us and for August I'd like to focus on why I need to cut back on sugar. I have found that as I educated myself on the factory farm issues with animal products it is easy for me to say "no" to those types of products. However, I still eat too much sugar so I am going to focus on wha t sugar does to my body. <BR> <BR> It is my goal for August to post something about sugar each day. This will be my new streak category. Any wagers on how long that streak will be... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 08:43:15 EST Adding greens... I am back to making green smoothies, mostly with Kale and some fruit and seed and I am noticing that just doing this is giving me the strength to say "no" to junk food (most of the time). <BR> I think it is because I take note of how good my body feels after a healthy smoothie and after candy bars, cookies, cake I feel like I did not do my body a favor eating it. I want to change my eating habits so I can be healthy in my old age. <BR> <BR> And besides, the Kale smoothie actually tastes bet... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:29:36 EST NEW TO TEAM AND STRUGGLING WITH CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS Hi, I'm new to this group. I've been trying to do SP but I can't get over my sugar and chocolate cravings and it's holding me back. I'm also an emotional eater. I'm so happy there is a group like this and I hope i can learn some tips to be more successful in my weight loss and overall health. <BR> Feel free to add me as a friend too! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:06:35 EST July check-in... How are you all doing with your goals for July? <BR> <BR> I am on my third week of my training program for a faster 5k, but I am not sure how I am doing. Last week, most of my runs were done while we had a heat advisory so I had to be careful. Even tried to get up early to beat the heat and did not quite make it early enough. <BR> <BR> I completed a 10k race on Saturday, my first and I was satisfied with my time. I crossed the finish line 5 minutes and 40 seconds sooner than the goal time I... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 08:38:43 EST New to the team! Hello all! My name is Holly and of course I am new to the team! Like most everyone here I struggle with that sweet tooth craving. Knowing I CAN'T have something seems to almost make it worse sometimes for me, so I am trying to remind myself I am changing my choices, and making better decisions for my health. I hope to stay on track as today I did have a candy bar. Taking it one step at a time! <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 05:12:19 EST July 2012 Challenge My challenge for this month is to incorporate a daily "green" smoothie. <BR> <BR> My goal is to have a different one each day. I'll post my recipes here so, you can all join me. <BR> <BR> July 1 - 7 <BR> July 1: <BR> 2 cup spinach <BR> 1/2 cup blueberries <BR> 1/2 cup raspberries <BR> 1/4 cup sunflower seeds <BR> 2 TABLESPOON RICE PROTEIN Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:32:59 EST Is it sugar? Check out Spark People's Quiz and post your results; <BR> <BR> I got 10 out of 10 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:31:28 EST How do you feel today? Use a emoticon <em>311</em> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:49:18 EST New here but glad to havee choosen this group Hi, I'm Courtney Barre. I've been happily married for 5 years Saturday. Just joined the site today upon the recommendation of my personal trainer. I came to this site to hopefully be more focused on losing weight and to make friends. I look forward to getting to know you guys better as we go. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:01:25 EST New to Team & Stop Only Sugar Diet Hi, <BR> I'm new to this team. My sister told me about the Stop Only Sugar Diet that my brother-in-law has had some success with.The idea of the diet is that you stop only sugar and you increase your fiber. I've been dabbling with it the last week or so. I get bored with plain water, so I've been drinking diet soft drinks which I used to strictly avoid. And I've recently bought stevia, which I'm going to experiment with. We'll see how it goes. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 21:58:04 EST How do you resist the urge....? A while back, donuts were my downfall. Everytime I went to the grocery store I would stop by the bakery to get a donut or two. One day, the store was out of the one type I wanted in the single case, but they had a package by the dozen. The dozen had the label and the ingredient list on the bottom of the container and it filled up almost the whole bottom of the package. Many of the items were unrecognizable and unpronouncable. <BR> <BR> Reading the ingredient list is what helps me resist man... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 16:25:06 EST It's time for some serious changes <em>213</em> Hi all, I joined this team today with the hopes of making some new friends and new, improved eating habits. <BR> <BR> In the past several years I have found some ways to moderate my intake of soda, sweets, and other empty calories but I need to work WAY harder at it. I want to have a "health buzz" from natural endorphin and happiness from eating healthy, not an artifical "caffeine buzz" from feeding my body things that it eventually seems to processes into belly fat. <BR>... Thu, 31 May 2012 17:03:59 EST Wake up call from Dentist... I took my young son to the dentist today and was shocked to find out that he already has cavities even though I have tried to limit his intake of candy, cookies, and sugary fruit juices. My plea to everyone on this team: if you can't do it for your diet, think of your teeth. You only get one set of them and there are many difficulties that come with fixing the damage! <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 May 2012 16:48:57 EST May 28 - June 3rd Let's see if I can actually remember to post this week. <BR> <BR> If you join me in this challenge, Please edit your original post so the weekly points will be all in one place. <BR> <BR> P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positive about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you staying hydrated? (1 point for each 8 ounces of water; maximum points 8) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points for each 15... Sun, 27 May 2012 09:35:51 EST P*O*W*E*R challenge May 21-27 P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positive about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you staying hydrated? (1 point for each 8 ounces of water; maximum points 8) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points for each 15 minutes) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday ----- <BR> Tuesday----- <BR> We... Mon, 21 May 2012 06:50:44 EST Sugar is a drug <link><BR>ug </link> <BR> <BR> Listen to Jamie Oliver's talk about changes we can make Fri, 11 May 2012 08:46:39 EST Vanilla Hi <BR> <BR> Just wondering, has anyone tried the using vanilla essence to suppress the urge to eat sweet stuff? I've heard that having it to hand, either mixing it with scentless hand cream or putting it on a wrist band so you can sniff it helps, but I've never actually got round to trying it. <BR> <BR> Melayahm Fri, 4 May 2012 01:10:46 EST Sugar is a Poison Ever since I became team leader I am trying to retrain my brain on things I choose to eat. I really need to keep articles such as this readily available to review <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ty-and-metabolic-syndrome-driven-fruct<BR>ose-sugar-diet </link> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 11:44:42 EST Is that really food? I was going through my emails the other day and came upon a link to Mike Adams' page and I started following links so I am not sure where this quote comes from exactly but it stated, "People will eat anything that is marketed to them as food." I though how true. <BR> <BR> So, my goal for April is to eat food, real food. I am going to read labels on everything packaged that I buy and if I figure a thrid grader cannot read the list of ingredients, then it will be put back on the shelf. That a... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 08:28:22 EST Its spring! Think Green Now is a wonderful time to incorporate greens into your diet. In addition to salads, throw some spinach or kale into soups, casseroles and even smoothies. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:41:17 EST I think I could use some assistance as team leader I recently went back to school and the homework is taking way too much of my time. I am thinking it would be wonderful if someone can help me be a team leader. <BR> Any one interested? Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:39:05 EST Diet Rookie Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Paula and I am a total diet newbie! I have been fortunate enough to not need to diet until now, I have put on a chunk of weight since I met my (now) fiance and became content! <BR> <BR> I really want to lose the weight for myself as I know how great I feel when I don't have to think 'Does my belly look huge in this'?, but also for my fiance because Chubby Paula isnt what he signed up for! haha! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day, your stories/... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:27:20 EST Be aware! Hi team! I am so glad to see that there is activity on this team. I aplogize that I am not on but I recently went back to school and the studying takes up a lot of my time. My old brain takes a bit longer to comprehend things than it used to. <BR> <BR> One thing that is helping me ave a bit of control over my cravings is being aware of what I am putting in my mouth and then paying attention to the taste and texture. I am finding that certain things I felt like I just had to have no longer ta... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:46:51 EST Thank you <em>304</em> Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team. My schedule is about to get much busier (this is a good thing, though), so I will have less time for Sparking. Because of my limited Sparktime, I have decide to reduce my SparkTeams by most. It's painful, but for the best. Thank you again. You've been wonderful. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Lisa Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:22:34 EST Curb Sugar Cravings? How do you guys curb ur sugar cravings? I feel like I literally cant control my sugar cravings, it fulfills something that nothing else does. Should I go on a sugar detox or do you guys have recommendations? Thu, 8 Mar 2012 03:06:02 EST Fifty and Flabby Hi All! <BR> <BR> I wanted to introduce myself to all of you. I just turned fifty last year, and I just don't feel fit or healthy. I went to the doctor and he told me that if I don't start drinking more water, than I will definitely get kidney stones. Yuck! <BR> <BR> I just don't like water! Mostly the taste, or the fact it has no taste.... <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for me? Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:29:24 EST Busy, but still here. In January, I went back to school and I cannot believe how my lifestyle, as well as my eating habits have changed. I registered the day before the semester started so I could only get into a couple of the classes. This turned out to be a good thing for me because I am spending a ot of time on the homework assigned. <BR> <BR> Many times during a break, I go down to the cafeteria for a quick pick me up. The only thing available that is healthy is a banana. I should mention that many times I s... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:39:16 EST New Mommy/ Newbie Here Chocolate and peanut butter are my weakness! I pray with the help of this group I can learn how to fight the triggers and what foods will be a better and tasty substitute. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:09:56 EST Nutrigrain, Special K bars, & Fiber One? Hi everyone, <BR> Ever since I joined this group, I have not tracked the days I did not eat sweets because on those days I would eat a snack that would be labeled at an "alternative." What I mean by this is that I would substitute a Speciak K bar for chocolate. But considering the Special K is a processed food, is it also a sweet or no? Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:51:38 EST Tracking Sugar? In light of the recent bad press concerning sugar, I decided I would like to add sugar to my food tracker. Not the fructose in fruit, or the lactose in milk, just plain ol' table sugar, or whatever is in drinks, cookies that sort of thing. I think (will have to google this) that table sugar is a combination of sucrose and another sugar. I go to the right place to add to the tracker, click add and save, but yet when I track my food, that catagory invariable comes up with a 0, which I know i... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:17:36 EST Hello! Hi SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I'm Sophie, I'm 18 and I've just joined the site :) <BR> I've lost 3 stone since July and am having trouble keeping my motivation up, so have joined the site in a bid to do so! Any advice anyone can give me would be great! <BR> I'm a boxer and avid kettlecise fan, so if anyone shares these interests then feel free to message me :) <BR> Currently in my first year of uni studying Psychology, and hope to do a doctorate in Clinical Psychology when I've finished. <BR>... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:04:56 EST Day 1 of start again We had a family challenge that it seems like no one was comitted to sticking with it.So, in my mind, I am doing it again; however, I am not going to tell any one. I am training for a half marathon and I keep reminding myself of last summer when I was eating the best and therefore, running better. <BR> <BR> I need to get serious. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:20:47 EST TEAM NEWBIE! Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to this team, and hope to continue getting and giving inspiration to stay sugar-free. I am going on nearly a year of being sugar-free (March is my aniversary), and couldn't have done it without blogging regularly on Sparkpeople. <BR> I am happy to have found this team, and hope to keep it going! <BR> Anna Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:17:46 EST School work is keeping me busy... and I don't have a lot of time to spare for Spark People. It is a struggle not buying junk food as a quick fix. I start my day with oatmeal, fruit, protein powder and allmonds. And attempt to have a huge salad with lots of veggies added. The greens make it easier to say no to junk food - like I did on break today, I went to the cafeteria to grab something, but the cashier was busy, so I did not get anything, Did an errand after class and had a huge salad for lunch. <BR> <BR> I hope you are a... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 14:03:05 EST Hungry or thirsty? I am finding that when I am a bit dehydrated I have a tendency to eat to more junk food. I really need to grab and glass of water first. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:53:56 EST January is almost over! How is every one doing on their 2012 goals. I am doing well on my half marathin training. I went back to school and had a bout of eating whatever and whenever -- woke up and said enough of that! I managed to get through yesterday without eating. Thanks to my granddaughter (age 9) who did the no junk food challenge we started in January. As I was looking at a mark down package of snickers she told me, "You not suppose to eat that, grandma." <BR> <BR> Out of the mouth of babes. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:50:00 EST Back to school and... I cannot believe how hard it is to find healthy snacks on campus. I need to remeber to prepare and bring my own eats. <BR> <BR> Any students here? What do you do to avoid the vending machine and cafeteria call? <BR> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:50:12 EST Hi! I'm new to spark. I'm Ru (short for Ruth). I'm new to Spark after struggling horribly with sugar over the holidays. I've always had a sweet tooth but found myself obsessing with the sweets in the house (usually I don't have have them here). I've now gotten rid of them all but am trying to decide if it's better to completely eliminate sweets from my diet, or as some recommend, allow myself a small treat regularly so as to not binge. There seems to be conflicting advice on this. So I'm wondering what has wo... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:30:24 EST New to team Hey, I was checking out some other featured teams and came across this one...totally fits me, can't keep my hands off the candy or out of the jar! <BR> <BR> I am 41 yo mother of 3 (20,3 & 7 mos) and a grandmother of 1 (3). I work full time and have a hectic schedule of keeping up with my little guys. Sit at a desk and get bored and go to the snack machine...grrrr... <BR> <BR> Tes Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:56:54 EST Did You make resolution for yourself, How' it goin Well, with the new year upon us, I hope you all made some realistic goals for yourselves. I have decided to go back to school and am taking some accounting classes. Totally new territory for me so I need to do some extra planning. I noticed that if I get hungry, there is not much to choose from and the price the college charges is high. That in itself causes frustration. <BR> <BR> I am going to run a half marathon this spring so my goal is to train smart so I can finish strong. <BR> <BR> B... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:45:02 EST Did You Meet Your Lack-of-Sugar Goal Yesterday? Yes I did. That makes 5 days in a row. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:52:54 EST Join me in a 6 week challenge... A couple of my family members have decided they want to start eating better and decided to eliminate most of the junk food from the diet for 6 weeks. Ha, I cheated three times the first day. But now I am serious... why do I want to continue to put things into my body that I know are not good for me?? <BR> <BR> I did well on day 2, except for the mints given at the end of a restaurant meal - I popped them into my mouth without thinking. So, I realize I need to focus on mindful eating, that is... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:21:55 EST Is sugar withdrawal a real thing? So, today and yesterday I have not eaten anything sugary besides fruit. No candy, no juice, no nothing....and I have had killer headaches....could I be going through withdrawal? I am not going to lie I ate candy and junky foods on a regular this is a shock to my system. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to handle the headaches without taking advil or tylenol? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 19:17:02 EST Hello-New-ish here... My name is Stephanie, I joined back in October, but kind of fell off the wagon before I even got started. I am currently trying to eat healthier and cut back on pop and sweets, getting ready to get back on the exercise bandwagon. I am married to a great guy for the last 13 years, and we have three terrific kids: two boys, ages 11 and 8, and a little girl, 3. I work a weird swing shift, so it is sometimes difficult for me to eat right and exercise when I want to, but I know I need to do bet... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:42:48 EST Why give up sugar or substitute it? When I read posts I see a LOT of discussion about substituting sugar with other "healthier" things such as honey, maple syrup, etc. But when I look at the food tracker 1 cup of honey = 1, 030 calories, 1 cup of maple syrup = 822 calories and granulated sugar = 774. I'm trying to lose tons of weight (70lb's by mid August). I like sugar! Perhaps we should substitute sugar when a recipe calls for honey? I'm really not trying to be a wise guy (I'm brand new here) but I think it is all about tota... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 09:50:26 EST I am committed! Hi, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have come very far with the emotional part of what keeps me heavy and now its time I must release this weight from my body. I am seeking out people who are interested in being committed to speaking everyday if not almost everyday for support, guidance, accountablility and whatever else would benefit us. I have found this tool to be very useful for me and if you feel that it helps you too, lets connect. Good luck to all and this ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 03:33:02 EST Brand new & Love candy & milk chocolate Hello, <BR> Just started my diet Monday. Brand new to Sparkpeople yesterday. <BR> Trying to have a jump start (to help motivate myself) & lose a lot of weight (12lb's + in 2 weeks) then go to a more reasonable diet for 4 - 7 months or more (UGH). The faster the better chances of sticking with it. <BR> <BR> I need real ideas. My favorite is candy & MILK chocolate. For the record - fruit could never replace real milk chocolate or Swedish Fish. I have a sweet tooth in general besides the candy... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:49:30 EST Day One--wobbly knees I haven't altogether parted with sugar together, but I have cut back A LOT. <BR> <BR> My greek yogurt breakfast had honey---that's probably a no/no, right? <BR> <BR> At lunch, I had SunChips and noticed SUGAR in the ingredients. Ate them anyway! I ordered a sub at Subway with honey mustard sauce. Sweet. it's gotta have sugar. <BR> <BR> And still, I feel sad, like a switch was turned off. And I've barely left the No More Sugar gate!! <BR> <BR> Would love some support. Anyone out there who... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 13:01:33 EST Hi, my name is Lou and I am a sugar addict I truly am. I wish there were a formal 12-step program for sugar addicts. <BR> <BR> I have arthritis in several parts of my body and I know the inflammation is caused very much by all the sugar I eat. I can't stop. It soothes me, I know temporarily, from all of my aches and pains and hurts. <BR> <BR> I need to stop it, just stop it and I need help and support. <BR> <BR> I'm very glad I found this group. Wed, 7 Dec 2011 09:14:05 EST Hi, I'm new here This group should be a great reminder to me to limit the sugar. I have eaten whole birthday cakes, whole bags of candy, whole cartons of ice cream, etc. in a day. I have started limited my sweets, but I'm still eating too much of them. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:39:36 EST Sugar feeds cancer I often think of this when I am tempted by a sugary "treat" - <BR> <BR> "Cancer feeds on sugar. This is why a radioactive glucose (sugar) dye is injected <BR> into your body to perform a PET scan to check for cancer. Cancer cells will utilize <BR> the sugars in the glucose and the scan will reveal where the dye has concentrated <BR> thus showing a growth or changes in tumor size... " <BR> <BR> See link below for full article <BR> <link><BR> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:26:01 EST Motivational tips 1.) Set Goals - during this holiday season sets short realistic goals. Keep them simple and attainable, that way youo have something to strive for and help you resist those temptations that are going to be everywhere. <BR> <BR> 2.) Make it fun - create a challenge for yourself and others by making a game out out of it. It is so much easy to stick with it if you are having fun and enjoy doing it. <BR> <BR> 3.) Make it convenient - remove obstacles that may hinder you from achieving your goal... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 04:55:44 EST Sweet tooth, sweet tooth,who's got... the sweet tooth? Remember the game button, button, who's got the button where we hide a button in a circle and someone has to guess who has the button? I just thought of that this morning and thought wouldn't it be great if we could just hide our sweet tooth, especially at this time of year. lol <BR> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 11:30:43 EST My downfall.. ...sweets! I love love love, this is the perfect group for me...I am trying to stop eating sweets...candy, pies, chocolate, coffeecakes, anything.....I will limit myself to one sweet a week!! I have to learn that fesh fruits are the best sweets out there for you!! Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:25:38 EST Complex Carbs Help With Cravings I am finding that when I include more complex carbs in my diet that I do not crave as much sweet things. I started to include sweet potatoes and regular potatoes in my meals and noticed a big difference in how often I am going through the cupboards looking for something sweet to eat. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:32:28 EST Holiday Season - how's the sweet tooth? Well, I started early - that chocolate cake with frosting was yummy and my downfall. So, to combat the holidays foods I am going to limit eating junk food to just one day a week. It is my thought that if I limit it to only one day, I can still have my cake and eat it too, but it is really my desire that if I limit the sweets to only one day that it will make me able to resist temptation on the other days and eventually get to the point where I can say NO to sugary, salty and fatty foods even ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:36:24 EST Cutting out sweets altogether -- work for you? Did you try to cut out sweets altogether for a certain amount of time? Did it work? If I have one cookie, or one piece of chocolate, or one spoonful of ice cream, I just want more and more. So planning a little treat for myself during the day often doesn't work. I wonder if I stop eating things like cookies, ice cream, etc., for a week or a few days, it'll make my cravings decrease. (Because it seems that the less I have, the less I want it.) Sugar can be like a drug sometimes... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:54:24 EST Those cravings getting the best of you? Then, fight back: <BR> <BR> 1.) PLAN AHEAD - Be prepared for those moments of temptations by preparing snacks and meals ahead of time. That way when you get hungry wou will have something that is readily available making it much easier to say no to that sugary treat. <BR> <BR> 2. COMMIT TO A GOAL - Have a specific goal that you want to achieve and then focus on the things you need to do to accomplish that goal. However, don't overwhelm yourself with too many goals at one time. Keep your lis... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 06:49:34 EST Hi I'm a newbie! Just wanted to introduce myself! Thanks for being there for my journey! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:08:50 EST Cupcake stare-down I had a stare-down with a six-pack of luscious-looking cupcakes in the grocery store yesterday. First I eyed them and walked on. Then I strolled back and looked at them again, wondering if I could pass off their purchase as buying dessert for my family (but actually eating at least one - and if I ate more than one there would not be enough for family and I'd probably just have to eat all six). I actually handled the packages, looking at the flavors. But I won the stare-down and finished g... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:32:22 EST Got a craving? If you have a craving for something and you know it is not really a choice for you, try distracting yourself with a different activity for 10 - 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> When I read this advice it reminded me a a toddler having a having a temper tantrum and we attempt to use the distraction method by offering the child something else to occupy his mind. <BR> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 08:18:05 EST New Here Hey. I want to introduce myself. I am a sucker for sweets, they are my downfall to my diet. I am looking forward to having this groups support. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:35:41 EST Time to "down-size" the closet! I needed some pants for church this morning and took a chance on some pants that have not fit for 2 years - and they fit! Woo-hoo! I'm moving my biggest pants out of the way! Sun, 6 Nov 2011 10:54:09 EST Should of been here a LONG time ago! My name is Isabell, and I am just addicted to junk food. Chocolate is the worst one, and if I can't find any chocolate I eat whatever else I can get my hands on. This isn't the worst it's been either, but I still can't eat "just one".To be honest I'm just addicted to food. I need help really bad!! Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:13:01 EST Hello :) Hi everyone! This is my first day using Spark People and this group definitely caught my eye because sweets are my biggest downfall. I have tried to lose weight before but every time I start to crave cookies and brownies and candy and I always give in. I've always had a sweet tooth my entire life so going without them is really hard! I could really use some advice and motivation. Looking forward to meeting everyone! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:30:24 EST new and sweet Hi I just joined spark 4 days ago. I have just been moaning about chomping on too many chocs on my blog so I thought it was time had better introduce myself and admit my addictions! <BR> <BR> If I swapped all my Choc with fruit and veg or nuts and seeds I would would one very healthy girl! I'm hoping this group will help me control my urges! Sat, 29 Oct 2011 16:41:02 EST Hi, newbie here... Hi, my name is jessy and I'm a sugar This intro might sound like it belongs in an AA meeting, but the reality of the matter is that I'm seriously addicted to sweets. I have tried to "go cold turkey" didn't work that well. <BR> Only last month did I finally succeed in a full 7 day streak, but then my time of the month showed up and I found myself craving chocolate like crazy. and yes I caved <em>39</em> <BR> So today I figured I needed a little help, and since I now have a ful... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 22:12:00 EST Big loss! After six weeks of changing my eating habits, and doing kickboxing five days each week, I have lost 3.5% body fat, 7.5 inches (in various places), and 14 pounds! Yay me! Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:34:05 EST I suck at trying to lose weight I joined this site mainly out of frustration...I'm such a healthy person, I stay physically active and almost always cook from scratch and vegetarian...but I can't seem to drop the 5 or 10 lbs to fit back nicely into my clothes! I would love to lose 15 ideally for that hot bod, but I can't even dream of that when 5 hasn't happened in around 3 months. <BR> <BR> I really need to be held accountable and to get over some things that are keeping me back from the things that sabotage my diet an... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:34:27 EST Gratitude Challenge Are you an emotional eater? Do you eat during times of stress? Have you ever noticed that we often do not have much difficulty controlling what we eat when we are relaxed and feeling good about ourselves and circumstances. <BR> <BR> So, how can we stay more positive amid the daily routines we have? How about thinking of things we have to be thankful for? This challenge is to help us stay focused on the positive things that we have. <BR> <BR> Please use this thread to post two things that y... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:15:21 EST Introducing Myself :D Hey everyone! Just looking to introduce myself. My name's Leanna and, just like the rest of you, I'm here to curve my sweet tooth. I'm looking forward to doing just that so that I might get closer to a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> I'll try to be as active in here as I can. Looking forward to getting know you all! Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:36:54 EST I have finally arrived to introduce myself I am a Licensed Massage Therapist who is not only trying to alleviate my patient's symptoms, but also searching for the cause of pain in their muscles. And, might I add, it's sooo much easier to do this when I'm sucking on a jolly rancher or grab a munchkin before my next patient. I realized, even though I am relieving you I'm taking it out on my body and telling myself that I'm burning off the calories in working on my patients. <BR> <BR> It is true that my massage therapy work is a workout... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:42:41 EST A Long Journey - wilbur I have been working on my health in increments for a long time. I am hoping that I get a boost to put the ball over the goal line on the last 25 lbs. I exercise a lot and the composition of my diet is fairly good. I guess I eat too many calories. I followed the Dukan diet and lost about 20 lbs but can't sustain the zero carbs forever. I am hoping to be brutally honest with myself regarding how much I am eating (and what I am eating). <BR> <BR> I am hoping to be fully engaged in the pr... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:15:00 EST START COUNTING SUGAR FREE DAYS Hi TEam <BR> <BR> THIS is <em>249</em> for me <BR> <BR> TIME I GET SERIOUS <BR> <BR> look temptation in the eye and be an overcomer of sugar not sugar over comming me ! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> any one to join in . we may have to start over a few times but we <em>306</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:03:43 EST Taming the sweet tooth Hi...I am a new member and love sweets also and now trying to loose weight so I fit in my swimsuit to go to Florida Sun, 23 Oct 2011 15:54:38 EST For the love of chocolate Hi my name is Erika and I love sweets. I grew up thinking that after every meal you need to have desert. And now that I'm 30 years old I still feel like this. Now I don't always go for the junk food type of desert but I feel that dinner is not complete without one. So i have been buying yogurts and trying to keep fresh fruits in the house, BUT ALL THE GOOD HEALTHY FOOD IS EXPENSIVE. It suck when your a single working mom and your child happens to be a 13year old bottomless pit. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:08:03 EST New to this Challenge I have a huge sweet tooth and I need help to get it under control. I have been with Spark People for over a year. <em>493</em> HELP! Sat, 22 Oct 2011 20:40:49 EST curbing cravings while others don't have to I have the hardest time with sugar. It is my one huge weakness. Its so hard for me but I give in a lot. Then I find myself running on my eliptical and my husband comes into the room to say hi, but has a brownie he's munching on! He knows it drives me nuts, but I catch him doing things like that all the time. Then I justify my sugar eating with his beer drinking, and think, if he can drink than I get a sweet in exchange. Even though I know it doesn't work that way. His body doesn't hold... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 18:39:00 EST After dinner sweets. I'm new to Sweet Tooth and I struggle with needing a sweet treat after my meals. Anyone else have the same problem? What do you do to curb that craving? Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:06:12 EST Update from team leader... First of all, I'd ike to extend a warm welcome to all the new members. I am so glad you have joined the team. Although this team has a lot of members, many of you have just joined recently, there does not seem to be much interaction between the team members. I am open to suggestions so this can be an interactive group. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 11:11:31 EST Newbie!! Hey all, <BR> <BR> My name is Erika and I am new to sparkpeople.. I join hoping to find the motivation to lose weight and chage my life. Just like many others I have tried losing weight many times but I always end up giving up. I guess you can say I'm impatient and when Idon't see results soon I give. I know I won't see major results within days, I don't expect to lose 10lbs in a week.. but I do like to see that my hardwork is paying off. I recently started working out, I went from doing no... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:20:13 EST i am new My name is anna i am new and i need help to lose 15lbs Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:05:35 EST NEW BEE Hi <BR> every one <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> kathy from sunny arizona <em>18</em> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:06:53 EST Hello. I'm new Hi. <BR> I'm new to Sparkspeople and to be honest i'm a little nervous about starting this weight loss adventure. I've lost weight before, but I always seem to gain it back. I know it probably is because I eat too much chocolate, ice cream, cookies..oh, the list goes on. But it's hard to put them down when they are so..comforting. Nevertheless i'm taking control of my sweet tooth and on my way to a healthier me. <BR> I'm hoping that this team will help me, and that I can meet other people w... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:06:35 EST Hello! My first posting. Hello! My name is Rosa. I'm a stay at home mom to 15 month old twins. I joined sparkpeople in the hopes that I could lose the 40 extra pounds that I have been carrying around for the last 12 years. I am also hoping to start exercising and get my spending under control. <BR> I've tried so many diets and while they all work I always lose motivation and gain the weight back. The same goes for my spending, I'll have periods of time where I am able to control it but then go off the deep up.... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:30:24 EST Hi my name is Justen I am motivated to live a healthier life and my first step is to get my weight to a more healthy level Sat, 15 Oct 2011 20:31:30 EST Arghhh! Man! I created this challenge and I cannot seem to keep up with the posting my results. I need to refocus and get with the program. Sat, 15 Oct 2011 11:11:07 EST New to the family Hello to all on the team. My name is JodiLynn and I am new as of October 13th. I am kind of nervous due to I have never turned to a website for help on getting my life under control, both physical as well as nutritionally. I have no idea where to start. <BR> I have never been a big exerciser, accept for housework and taking walks when we are camping. <BR> I don't know where to start at eating healthy and staying on a goal. I am hoping that the family can help me. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:36:21 EST I need all the help I can get..... Hi everyone. I started trying to lose weight, AGAIN, in July and was posting on facebook. I fell off the wagon 3 weeks ago which seems to be the trend for me. My goal is to lose 30 pounds, lower my cholesterol and be around a lot longer for my family...... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:31:54 EST I want my life back! I am new to this,..but I need to make changes. I am coming here for support as I have none to speak of On a daily basis when it comes to helping me feel and look better. Like many people my age, I have been so consumed with taking care of others, I forgot about me! I am (sadly) at the end of what was once a good marriage, and I am just tired of feeling like I don't matter and I cannot change my path in life. So, I am turning here in hopes of ideas, motivation and accountability and I welcome ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:55:26 EST New to the Group Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group and too I am on my journey to a healthier lifestyle and looking for support to curb the dreaded "sweet tooth". <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your support! :) <BR> <BR> Laila Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:02:56 EST Hello Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> While I have always enjoyed sweets, it has never presented a problem until menopause. Now over the last two years I have struggled to not eat sweets. This of course, only makes the craving worse. <BR> <BR> I am ready to make the sweets change! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:06:00 EST hiya! new to the team i just wanted to drop a note and say hi :) i'm new to the team and renew to sparkpeople. i had about 30 lbs to lose and my goal is to do that in 6 months! eep! hope everyone has a great day Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:48:33 EST P*O*W*E*R Challenge October 10 -16 P = POSITIVE -- do or say something positve about yourself (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you getting at least 64 ounces? (5 points) <BR> E = EXERCISE -- do at least 15 minutes (5 points) <BR> R = RELAX -- Spend 5 minutes in silence observing your surroundings and listening to the sounds around you. (5 points) <BR> ____________________________ <BR> 25 points daily points <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1: (October 10) <BR> P ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:41:29 EST Reintroducing myself Wow! when I took over the leadership of this team, we only had 434 members. And now look at the numbers!! This tells me there are a lot of people out there who want and need to tame the *Sweet Tooth*. <BR> <BR> I'd like to give a warm welcome to all the team members - both old and new. To reintroduce myself: My name is Nancy and I am a wife, mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 3. I never had a weight problem as a child but when I turned 30 my weight gain began. I found that my usually ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:16:32 EST Hi, I am new I started spark and lost 10 pounds, but then I gained!!!! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:26:17 EST HELLO THERE ALL YOU SPARK PEOPLE Hello my name is Bonnie and I'm a recent returnee to spark people......I joined a few years ago, but fell off because of my too busy lifestyle or just plain no motivation......Anyway I'm back with the program now and I'm doing good and I am truly trying now.....I recently joined the gym and am starting the spark lifestyle.....I want to encourage my daughter through action not words to get healthy and fit. Sun, 9 Oct 2011 10:11:35 EST Last Chance! I am so glad to meet everyone! We all have a common goal and there is strength in numbers! I really would like to lose 30 pounds by May 1, 2012!! Sun, 9 Oct 2011 08:41:11 EST Help! I am in trouble!! I can not believe I let myself gain weight this much. I am 5'2" and weighs 162 when my stomach is empty ( I refuse to weigh when I am full ) I need help, motivations and inspiration. Sun, 9 Oct 2011 04:39:32 EST