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6/19/12 2:53 P

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This is my first day and I am not really craving a lot of sweets today but that's because yesterday I did really bad so today I am getting serious and sticking to my goals. I have PCOS and pre-diabetes so I don't have a choice anymore but to stick to my goals if I want to be healthy.

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6/19/12 2:38 A

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My motivation for this challenge is to help get my sugar intake lowered dramatically as I have PCOS and diabetes II runs in my family. I will be 38 next month and it is time for me to take care of myself. :)

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Hello everyone!
I hope you all are well. I joined this group a while ago but am officially starting it today. My plan is to cut out candy and sweets for the week to start off with. I do have frosted mini what's at home and I will allow myself a portion of those every other day. They fill me up and have fiber. But I think in future I will not purchase them, my dad gave me a box. :)
I also will try being more aware of what I am feeling when I am craving sweets. I'm definitely an emotional eater and that is my biggest obstacle right now.
I'm happy to be here and get support and provide support.
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I love my sweets and/or carbs always in the afternoon, sometimes at night, and anytime I'm tired... my challenge goal is to not buy any refined sugary stuff/simple carbs, snack on fruits/vegetables, and if I break and eat processed sugar, measure out one portion and leave it at that. Certainly will be a challenge!

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6/19/12 12:59 A

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My goal is to minimize the sugar cravings. Although I have great will power, my weakness is usually weekends, especially now with summer picnics and everyone bringing in cookies or cupcakes. If I eat something sweet, my cravings get worse. I also have PCOS, so sweets just makes the glucose intolerance worse. I think I will learn quite a bit from the journal for the first week.

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6/18/12 11:04 P

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Completely agree with TIGRKITTN (cute username too), I have such a hard time stopping. I gave up sugar for the day (my first day on this challenge) and now I'm scared that I should give it up for life because I feel better energy-wise, but I looooooovvvvveeee my sugar =(
It's definitely all about moderation, but sometimes I just get into that mindset that I've already failed if I have one. So at the moment my main goal is to not have any of the oreo cookies in my pantry (or any other sweet things that come in multiples) for these 4 weeks.

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6/18/12 11:59 A

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I'd like to be able to eat ONE cookie or other sweet treat and then STOP - somehow I'm just compelled to eat more and more, like the sugar was a drug. I don't like the idea of having to cut everything sweet out of my life forever, but I've got to be able to control it.

I've noticed since starting on Sparkpeople that some sweet things (like the Fiber One bars that have chocolate) taste *excessively* sweet, and things like fruit and salad are starting to taste better to me - but if someone handed me a pint of Ben and Jerry's right now it would be totally gone faster than you can say "sugar addict"!

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6/18/12 11:53 A

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hello. I'm back after being absent for 2-3 weeks. i didn't follow the weekly challenges the first time, but i intend to do better this time!!

my goals for week one are to record all sweets i eat or drink and keep a journal of how they effect me!! I'm suspicious that even bananas and artificial sweeteners make me crave more sweets and i hope to find out if that's true!

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6/18/12 7:17 A

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I'm ready to cut out sugar! I usually have a chocolate bar or something at lunchtime or early afternoon, or if I'm stressed out. It's going to be hard - it's such a habit! I got a pack of gum today to give me something else to have on hand if a craving hits. Day 2!

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6/17/12 11:49 P

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Sugar, especially baked goods are my biggest trigger for my binge eating disorder. Once before I was able to abstain from it and after a few weeks the cravings decreased and anything sweet tasted too sweet. I'm hoping to do that again now! emoticon

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6/17/12 1:08 P

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My goal this week is no mindless eating of chocolate. At work, I would grab a handful of chocolate, sit at my desk and work/eat it. Within minutes the candy is gone and I can't remember eating it, enjoying it and how many pieces I ate. Tomorrow if I want chocolate I will eat it, enjoy a few pieces at my desk not working, and track it.

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6/15/12 11:40 P

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Most of my calories in a day's eating come from sweet stuff. Since I work around food all day and the kitchen is constantly baking, I find it very hard to resist the fresh muffins, cookies or cinnamon buns. However, the result has been that in the past 2 yrs, I have gained 50 lbs. I need to become more aware of my sugar cravings and find ways to manage them. I think this is a great place to start doing that! Good luck!

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6/15/12 2:55 P

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I agree it is substance abuse and i need toto do this as I cant carry on being controlled by a food

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6/15/12 2:28 P

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Desperate times call for desperate measures so I decided to get help in taming the monkey on my back. I'm tired of being ruled by a SUBSTANCE and not by me. I'm new to Sparkpeople and am still learning what it can do. I joined on 4/25/12 (my 64th birthday!) with the goal of celebrating a smashing 65th. I hope to learn the meaning of "moderation." My biggest challenge this week will be my fear of change.
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6/14/12 11:36 P

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I crave carbs in the evenings, partially due to skipping breakfast and lunch; substituting coffee for nutrition. Eating 3 meals and 1-2 snacks everyday has been the biggest change this week. I still "want chocolate" but recognize it as an emotional need rather than a hunger need. I have decided to "tame my sweet tooth" both as diabetes prevention and to live longer. I discovered I could eat cereal without 2 teaspoons of sugar and mangos are quite tasty.

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6/13/12 10:20 P

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My goal is to feel healthier and happier and get control of myself. My sugar cravings are out of control, according to the quiz, and I couldn't agree more. I suffer this the most when I am stressed and tired, which is quite frequently. I hope to only indulge in sweets on special events, that is my ultimate goal. I will also substitute my cravings with a sugar-free candy, gum, or fruit. I can do this. :) And so can you guys!!

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Well the quiz said that I was situational when it came to eating sugar. I did try to pick the best answer though some of the answers still didn't really fit me and I wished I could have done a fill in the blank, oh well. When I lose control is usually in private when other people aren't their to look at me crazy. Though if some one brings pie cake or something else I will always get a slice and sometimes two. What I'm really upset about is the lack of control I feel around not just sugary things but carbs too. Especially good fresh breads. I might check to see if there is a carb addicts challenge too. Sweet things are slightly better to control than carbs but not by much. I usually just don't bring it home as far as the sweet stuff goes.

Why I want to cut back... Easy- I want to be in control and not out of control, I don't want to feel like a zombie unthinkingly chasing after something. I'd much rather be the predator who controls the situation.

There is some emotional eating when I'm disappointed reaching for carbs, For instance I ate a muffin this morning instead of saving it for this evening when I had planned to eat it. (And yes I had been upset about a few things like my weigh in and my camera breaking). However I am proud to say that I only ate 1 muffin instead 3, so that is a small triumph.

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6/13/12 10:15 A

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My goal for the rest of this week is to substitute whole foods for sugary treats.

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6/13/12 8:40 A

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My goals are to cut down to sugar free pieces of candy in the afternoon when I crave it the most (and only having one or 2). Right now my sugar addiction is out of control.

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6/13/12 4:53 A

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My goal is to control my sweets intake in social situations and to learn how to curb my craving for sweets. I crave sweets at least once a day and that can make it difficult sometimes to not eat something that is unhealthy. Sometimes fruit just doesn't make the craving go away so I cave in. I am hoping to go at least 1 week without eating anything sweet that is unhealthy.

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My goal is to only eat sweets in moderate quantities and when they're really appealing (an interesting dessert in a nice restaurant, as opposed to scarfing down chocolate bars when I get home). The rest of the time I'd like to see what I can substitute out with fruit and generally healthier food.

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6/12/12 1:34 P

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TAMCOOPER1 - It sounds like you are doing a emoticon job !
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6/12/12 11:54 A

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My goal is for me to have control over sugar not the other way around. I have made great strides in having control and knowing what snacks not to have in the house but I'm not quite there.

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All the best, with your Goal !

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6/12/12 3:40 A

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My goal for this week is to not have any sugar for 6 days this week.

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Great goals! Wishing you success and a great journey to a healthier YOU!

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6/10/12 10:11 P

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My goal is really to be healthy. To cut back on my sugar intake and resist as much of it as possible.

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First week, final day (or something like that, anyway!). I learned what I already knew: when I want some sugar, I'll go to any means to have it. Fighting the craving is incredible difficult for me. But, perhaps, with the help of this challenge, I'll learn something new: that it is possible for me to live without sugar, or at least have it in extreme moderation (ie. only at birthday parties, weddings, etc.)




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6/9/12 11:19 A

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My main goal for this week is to replace high sugar, high fat sweets with healthy alternatives and with my birthday coming up that will be hard. No cake for me this year. I think with all the healthy alternatives out there I should be able to find something to replace it with.

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6/9/12 10:27 A

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my goal is to keep track of my sugar intake for diabetic reasons and because I also gotta loose weight.. And to understand when I crave it the most

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6/9/12 4:32 A

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Hello all!
My goal is to be more understanding of what triggers me to eat or crave sweets. I love carbs and crave bread and sweets and would very much like to get that under control. I know this group will be great for me!
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Last night I couldn't resist cake at my granddaughter's preschool graduation. emoticon

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6/8/12 8:11 A

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I have such a hard time resisting ice cream when my boyfriend has it for dessert. When he does , my plan is to get up and do the dishes so I don't have to sit there with him while he eats it, and I drool.

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6/8/12 12:32 A

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I am giving up my nightly popsicle. I recently gave up sweet tea with lemon which was hard for this Southerner!!

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6/7/12 11:14 P

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My goal is to cut my sweetener in my coffee to 1/2 per cup.

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Day 1 of Week 1 for me. I'm not to worried to start this challenge. The hard part will be Day 5 when I go back to work after my vacation. That's when I want a piece of candy or chocolate to get me thru the afternoon. Planning on taking grapes or strawberries with me so I can replace those cravings. Wish me luck!!! I'll keep you posted on how it goes!

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6/7/12 5:39 P

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1st week, final day. It went well today. No sweets!!! That is an accomplishment. I still have to stay focused, but I did substitute a homemade smoothie last night for ice cream. It made me feel so much better and not weighted down as when I have ice cream.

This challenge has made me realize I truly am an emotional eater. Always need that sweet bite!

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6/6/12 8:07 P

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1st week, 6th day. It went better today. I still ate a bite-size peppermint patty. Ice cream is gone again, don't think I will bring it back----it's voice is too loud, and I can't resist. I read today how sugar can irritate arrhythmias. This challenge is good for me and it will be interesting to see if my arrhythmias lessen as I avoid the added sugar and sweets. Good luck to all of you.

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My goals for week 1 are

1. To only indulge my sweet tooth on the weekend
2. To have hot cocoa , chocolate pb fiber bars, or sweetened yougurt in place of high calorie sweets

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Found that I can curb the cravings with bowl of lightly sweetened whole grain cereal or a small glass of skim milk ovaltine. Then I make sure to find something to keep me busy. emoticon

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6/5/12 6:25 P

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Boy, this gets a bit tuff but I am learning. Horrible day today with a lot of arrhythmias which make me very, very tired. That is when I reach for sweets, thinking they will give me a bit of a zip. Only one bite-size peppermint patty and one/half cup ice cream cone. When I thought I might like another, I had a decaf skim latte instead. I am with all of you.

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@ SOPHIALARA I know the feeling. I have to admit that I've been through that far too many times. Yes, it is embarassing and it makes you feel horrible. But the first thing we have to do is accept our problem and be honest with ourselves. You just did that. And that's how I decided to start this challenge and get back on track with Sparkpeople. One thing I do when I get these cravings is drink a glass of water. I know it sounds too simple, but it works for me.The best thing you can do right now is to stay focused on your goals and stay positive. You can do it! We all can! Much blessings and good luck on your journey!

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Okay. It's time to get honest with myself and others. Last night's binge started out innocently enough with a piece of bread and mayonnaise. The first one was so delicious, I helped myself to a second. This is after eating a very satisfying dinner, mind you! After that, I made myself a sandwich with almond butter, sugar, and banana. Then a couple pieces of sourdough toast with lots of butter. The very, truly embarrassing thing is that my husband caught me! He knows I have a problem with binge eating, and I was mortified. I feel fat, ugly, guilty, and disgusted with myself. I know I have a problem with sugar (all of that bread turns into sugar in my body, and it makes me crave more sugar/flour.) I'm looking forward to participating in this challenge. I certainly need it!




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Thanks for hanging in there with me. Today is going better with a bit more discipline. I find I am trying to do too much too fast. I also seem to do better having healthy food made up ahead of time, then it is ready when it is time to eat. Had only one peppermint patty today---no ice cream. Need to stay in tune to when the sweet cravings start.

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I am on the last day of the first week. There were no real surprises noticed. As usual, I wanted candy when I was tired, bored, or stressed. I rarely wanted sweets because I just wanted the taste. Those times when I was just craving the taste, I could control. It was harder to control when I was tired or stressed. I found good substitutes, but when none were available, I tried to watch the portion.

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Hi all. This is day 6 for me. My problem is eating stuff like cake, cookies. If I start, I can't stop. So best not to start at all. I did not totally eliminated sugar from my diet. I have some frozen yogurt, which I actually forget about, but it is there if I want some. I satisfy my desire for sweets by eating fresh fruit. Right now we are getting amazing cherries. I also have some 72% dark chocolate. I find I can eat just one piece and be satisfied. I decided this was better than no chocolate because if I have no chocolate, I wind up mixing my cooking cocoa with peanut butter and sugar and eating it.

Hats off to you Lyn! To never eat sugary stuff again, wow. That is really challenging. I know it can be done because I did it in the past. The longer you eat healthy the easier it is to stick with it. I feel better when I eat right. Sometimes my emotions cloud my judgment and then I fall off the wagon. That is another reason I joined SparkPeople, to keep me on track. I have a long road ahead of me and need all the support I can get.

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Oh yeah! I completed week one without going totally insane. Sure I had a few cravings, but I am so focused on my goal right now that not even a "small" piece of chocolate will ruin it. I am so proud of going through the whole weekend without ruining my challenge. Hope you guys are doing great as well! Stay strong! Stay positive!

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For me not have them available - otherwise the temptation is to great! Good luck - be strong!

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Hi all,
this is only day 4 for me, and i'm struggling, especially at times when I find everyone else reaching for the sweets i.e. after dinner. Any tips on how to resist?
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