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DOCCLARE - I find the same thing !
It's best not to start !

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Hi, everyone,

it's my last day of week 3. All went well until I had to eat a pizza yesterday - I really had to: I have to empty the freezer before moving house next week and I am too food conscious to throw it away. Something in the pizza (the fat? hidden sugar?) really gets me craving sweets afterwards. And since I was quite viruous at Easter I had some chocolate eggs left over. Well, the best thing I can say is: I was able to stop after one. But the cravings went on. Had a hard night. But still: All in all the cravings get less the less sweets I have.

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Abby - I think that those of us with sweet teeth will always be on a journey but through the grace of God, we can keep it under control.


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Okay, I think I have a grip on this week and am ready to press into week 4. May be repeating this challenge for a time until I get it all down good. emoticon This is a journey. "Success is a journey, not a destination" (unknown). emoticon and so can I!

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Hi Kiki,
Yes, I do make and sell jewelry. I travel around Arizona and set up at shows and events. I also have a ArtFire account: http://ChrystalCanyonCreationsLLC.artfire.
com, but between taking care of my 2 year old grandson full time and making jewelry, the website is not updated as often as it needs to be.

I hope we can beat this thing...I have a lot of weight to lose and I am determined!!!

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Jewelmaker - BTW do you really make jewellery? I had the same kind of day yesterday. From being so tired from the packing to come home and the 3 day drive, I was exhausted and the only good thing I ate all day was breakfast. Oh, wait, I did cook fish for supper and mine was grilled - ok, so I ate 2 good meals - LOL. But my sweet tooth was nagging me to death and of course, I gave in and ate a small pecan log - tasted good at first and then I thought I'd be sick. Today, I seem to be back on track. We will beat this thing or at least get it under control.


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I had one of those really busy days yesterday...more so than normal. As a result, I did not consume all my meals and snacks. Dinner was eaten at 8:00 at night. By that time I was so tired, I downed a bowl of soup and went to bed. Today, I am finding that I could just munch all day long. Sweet tooth is very active. I had a good breakfast, am trying to drink plenty of water and fill up on good snacks such as pears and cheese. It will take a lot of will power and diversions to get me though this day without over eating.

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This is day one in week 3 - I didn't think I'd make it but I'm doing okay. After a bad day yesteday I'm back on track today. Week 1, I stayed away from candy and Week 2, I stayed away from cookies, although the cookies was far harder than the candy. For this week, I'm just gonna focus on everything and try to moderate the sweets. I know I can get along with the sweets but enjoy them so will try in add 1 sweet to my day. Good luck to everyone in Week 3 - we can beat this sugar craving that we all seem to have.


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Sugar for now is still an emotional battle for me, but after a few minutes of thinking and of anger at my children, I decided, or it was decided for me that I would even eliminate some of the artificial sweeteners. (My kids snuck in and out of the house the other day eating the sweetener packets, maybe they should be the ones on this team!) I didn't buy any more and since I only use it in my morning coffee decided that the sweetened creamer was more than sweet enough. It doesn't save me any calories when it comes to my coffee, but maybe it will help my sweet expectations a little.

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I have become a swapper.

In addition, I haved adopted the "to be MINDFUL and INTENTIONAL in all your ACTIONS". See SP article here www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?p
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I am doing better today and am ready to do the work to complete this week. Feeling the need to focus on "mindfulness" in my Spark journey for awhile, but, being a Christian, all the teams I found with that focus seem linked to Buddha, so I was uncomfortable with that focus. Unable to find a Christian team with that focus, I started a challenge team myself. It is set up to self-maintain, and I am amazed at how at rest I am with it. I know that whether anyone else joins me there or not, this is what I need for now, and I will complete the challenge, which is helping me to truly desire to be sweets free and tame this tooth. It is where my brain needs to be right now as I try to gain victory over the sweets that so greatly hurt my health and my Spark journey: flexing those spiritual muscles of alertness to God and awareness of how great His provision is. I feel peaceful today and ready to press forward.

Hope you all are doing well. Hugs to you!
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MICHELE142 - All the best, to you, and your team-mates !
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Enjoyed weeks one & two of the challenge, now ready for Week three.
Good Luck to everyone.

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Last day of week #3 for me. I got brave enough to step on the scales for the first time in quite a while. I thought I might have lost a liittle by the way my work pants felt on me. I was pleasantly surprised by the number. Don't really know how much of a loss it might be because I had been boycotting the scales of late, but it was definitely not a gain...and that is a good thing!
On to week #4. I am ready for it! I have my cupboards bare of sweets. I don't use substitutes for sugar in anything because I just don't like any of them. I found I would just as soon have it without anything. I do drink some Coke Zero from time to time and that tastes pretty good and my yogurt is sugar free also. I always have fruit on hand. I love oranges, apples, and grapes. I cut a grapefruit up last night like I would an orange and it was pretty tasty that way.
Has anyone tried the Stevia/sugar mix for baking? If you have do you like it. I was looking at it in the store and wondering is it was worth purchasing.

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I did good on the week 1 & 2 goals. Most of the things I had already started before the challenge. Looking at week 3 goals, Im all covered but the "stock up on sugar free". Thats a challenge for me because almost all low/no sugar sweets have aspartame, which I have to stay away from as much as possible.
Ive added apples and grapes to the frig, and used those instead of Easter candy. I bought 2 small bags of jelly beans, and I literally count out the 1 serv of 14. Thats my daily Easter treat.

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I did good over the East holiday. I managed to pass up all the sweets in the store, but then I get to work and there are 4 bags of jelly beans on the desk. I must admit I had about 10 of them before I got them out of reach. Once they were sealed up with a paper clip and put on the back desk, I forgot about them. I was suprised that I did (jelly beans are a weakness for me), but I did.

I bought some lowfat frozen greek yogurt to try when I am having an ice cream craving. It is in little portion control single cups (1/2 cup serving). I really liked the blue berry and the strawberry. They are just big enough to take away my craving, but not break the bank on my calories. Also got some nice grapes at the store. They are so sweet, it is almost like eating candy.

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I find the cravings for sweets are similiar to cravings for other addictive things. When I quit smoking I had to do it cold turkey. Just stop. I had to quit the sweets the same way. The cravings are getting easier to deal with as this is the third week. For me one sweet is too much and a thousand is not enough so I will not have just one.
Everyone handles these cravings differently so hope you will all find the way that works for you.
Cheers.


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I find the cravings for sweets are similiar to cravings for other addictive things. When I quit smoking I had to do it cold turkey. Just stop. I had to quit the sweets the same way. The cravings are getting easier to deal with as this is the third week. For me one sweet is too much and a thousand is not enough so I will not have just one.
Everyone handles these cravings differently so hope you will all find the way that works for you.
Cheers.


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Thanks, everyone, for answering my question about staying in a week and pressing on when completed. Week three is a hard one for me. But I know I must find a way to clear the cabinets of worthless choices. So I will remain in week 3 for now. BLESSings, Darlene

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I'm finding that I don't have a lot of cravings. My husband was eating ice-cream and cookies last night - and I tore off a little bite from one of them. Didn't want the ice-cream. I have added a bit of honey to a salad dressing if I needed a kick. I made an awesome meringue dessert for dinner for company last weekend but I only had a sliver. I don't expect to cut out sweets entirely but enjoy a taste of something from time to time. I also like dark chocolate and Greek Oikos yogurt. Also I find oranges and strawberries satisfy my sweet tooth. So I'm not struggling with this. Maybe too easy going about it?

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JULESRULES78 - You are in good company !
Don't worry about it, too much ; it happens to us ALL !I find that I fare
better, if I do not start eating ANY treats ! As it is, I usually start the day
with a vegetable/fruit smoothie, made with milk, and a whey protein powder -
sweet enough ! So, now I'm vowing - NO MORE SWEET TREATS - FRUITS &
VEGGIES ARE ENOUGH !
When a sweet treat is offered, just say,"I don't eat that, any more ."
Let's win this one !

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Birthday cake at the office yesterday. I guess it would have been ok had it not triggered a craving for more sugar. I had a strawberry orange muffin with my decaf last night that send me over my calories for the day (Must remember, decaf is a trigger!).

My biggest issue with the muffin is that I wasn't hungry. It was totally mindless and I was so full afterward. I have not felt that way in a long time. It was awful.

Today I will make healthy whole-food choices that fuel my body and I mind and that do not leave me feeling run down.

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I did pretty well with the sugar thing yesterday, but I have discovered that I am craving carbs more though, especially at night. I ate a serving of triscuit thins to try and satisfy that urge last night. I did eat my serving of dark choc. almonds which I spread out throughout the day and I indulged in a .5 serving of a generic Nutella before bedtime (less calories than the real thing). I ate a cup of grapes for an after lunch sweet treat.

I didn't get to go biking last night when I got home from work...it was way too cold and damp. It is supposed to be warmer today and I am hoping to get out this evening, if not on the bike then maybe a good walk. It is so hard to get motivated after a 12-hour shift. I get up at 4:45am and don't get home until 6:00pm, so I just want to sit and have a nap.

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finished up week 3 have found some wonderful ideas. bought a whole grain instant oatmeal with flax at health food grocery store. been cooling it and adding tropical fruit mix with no sugar added. Plus whatever other berries we have in the house. tastes so good and it is my entire dinner. we have been using no sugar flavored bottled water. We add fresh lime slice and a marchino cherry. beautiful, tasty, and makes it easy to cut out the pop. I have worked at cutting caffeine

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First day of week 3. What is awesome is that I'm already doing the steps specified for this week, so it should be pretty smooth. Strawberries, mango, and banana for breakfast; a morning snack of cantaloupe, and an apple and some broccoli before hitting the gym. It is amazing how sweet broccoli is when you start cutting processed sugars.

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I enjoy Greek yogurt, and almonds !

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How are you doing with your sugar swaps? - Pretty well. I am using Truvia for some sugar substitute and bananas and other fruits for other. I still use a teaspooon of sugar in my tea.

How do you bust your sugar cravings? - I eat more planned snacks. I have other alternatives when it's an emotional craving. I often come on SP or do some dancing. I may make tea at that time and just try to relax or if I'm really angry then I will try exercise.

What is your favorite low-sugar snack? - Lindt 85% cacao chocolate and also I love Oikos or Chobani greek yogurt.




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This is a lifestyle change to be healthy, not a diet and not a sprint to get there.. one day at a time, one pound at a time.. as long as it takes, starting again as often as possible.


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It has been a rough 3 weeks on this challenge (I repeated week 2). I have been able to pinpoint some of my triggers and my weaknesses. I am heading into week 3 with some clear goals in my head...finally!

1) I will try to not let my good exercise be sabotaged by having a sweet treat afterwards.
2) I will try to not let my car pull into that little ice cream shop this week.
3) I will try and get to bed one hour earlier than I normally do, so I won't be tempted to snack.
4) I will go for some type of exercise every day, hopefully a bike ride, after work this week.
5) I am going to restart the walk/run plan that I did back in the fall. I was even going to go on to the running plan next. I loved doing it, but cold weather and holidays came and I stopped.

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I still find myself mindlessly eating whatever is around - when my family gets together and we are sitting around the table together!!

I think I will have to have a "do over" of Week 3!!!

Back on track today... lost sight of my own good healthy eating over a very busy and stressful weekend!!

I threw a LOT of stuff out last night... much to my husbands dismay... but it is gone - and I can re-start my healthy lifestyle TODAY! Not tomorrow - but TODAY!!!

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I slipped up today, too !
I had a couple of Pecan Doodles, a hot-cross bun, and two slices of 100% whole-wheat
bread , plain and toasted ! I also had my fresh grapes, sliced into some fruit yogurt.

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I'm still seeing sweets as a treat or prized object. I wonder if I will ever retrain my thinking.

Dream it, do it!


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I got to get a handle on this. My son likes to surprise me with candy. I totally blew it tdy. Ate a kibg size snicker. I justify it by sayibg i dont want to hurt his feelings. My husb just shakes his head. I am gonna conquer this.

Got to think before i eat.

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I have gotten behind in my tracking. Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5 Have not yet been documented.
Day 3: Was a local election, I allowed my sugar to drop, and my significant other had brought some barbeque chicken pizza. I ate, naturally more than I should. One of the things I have learned to take note of from this challenge are sauces. This was quite a bit over the limit and the goal I have set for myself. Therefore, I didn't do as well as I would have liked in the sugar department, but when my levels are too low, it is the best of what is available.

Day:4 I read several of the recommended articles. Many of the I found the list of hidden sugars quite interesting. Many, I realize are the ones I use as more natural (so I thought) sweetening agents. I then looked through my cupboard to see just what I was getting. I am donating, and have thrown out several things with an amount I consider too high.

Day 5: I have always been aware that hormones play a major factor in how much sugar I want. Having kept a journal, and really paying more attention, I can really see that this is when I need to have a plan in place.

Day 6 I have been making the effort to eat more fruit. It has been a neglected nutrient, and is a good habit to develop. I rarely crave sweets on their own. However, I see other sugars I do get. Today is Easter, and I was not as in control of what was in my food. I do, however, watch portions. In terms of finding alternatives I will begin with hot teas, and pleasurable distractions. If I continue to really want the sweets I will go for the previously mentioned cocoa. Sometimes, I will go as far as a square of 99% dark chocolate. Today was difficult. for me. I have had a combination of stressful events, and hormonal ups and downs. Not one of my better days.

Day 7- I really had no cravings for sweets today. I did, eat a small peanutbutter cup when my sugar dropped extremely low, and that was all available. It really didn't even taste all that
special.
Tonight for several reasons, and I am not certain if it was a sugar craving, or stress, but I made a cup of my special Unsweetened baking chocolate, soymilk, vanilla cocoa.

Looking forward to week 4. emoticon

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This week was a little rough for me and a lot tougher than the first two weeks. I had a cupcake midweek and a chocolate milkshake today. I will try to do better next week.

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Today was good in terms of sweets. Not so good in other areas. I did get a recumbent bike today, and when I make the decision where to put it should be pedaling my day away tomorrow.

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So far so good. Jr got to go home today emoticon . DD and I got pedicures today. It was nice. Now time to relax and rest.

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Bye 180's,170's,160's,150's,140's. Hello 135 ( New Goal).

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Things are going pretty well. I still don't add any extra sugar to my diet.

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emoticon Easter candy.....so far, so good;

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Good for you, HUNGRYWOMAN2 !

I'm achieving a victory, right now, over ALL the monsters in my kitchen !
I'm refusing to eat ANYTHING, even though my tummy is growling a bit !
I have a weigh-in, for one of my Teams, on Saturday morning !
I want to have a good result, at that weigh-in !
I'll report back here, tomorrow, to tell you how I did !

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4/6/12 9:49 P

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I have been extremely remiss in tracking the last three days. They have been so full. I have my journal of what I have done, learned, and as always I do track my food. My plan is to transfer the journal onto the site where it belongs. I do want to complete what I have begun. It has opened my eyes to a few things.

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Jelly Beans! I know if I can resist my favorite Easter treat I can do anything! Reflecting and tracking has helped get me thru this 3rd week of the challenge.

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

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So far so good today. The Easter Bunny made rounds on the floor today and Jr got a basket of candy. That's not bothering me. I'm so thankful for that. I packed me healthy foods and snacks to get me through this day. I hope he can go home today instead of tomorrow. We'll see.

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Bye 180's,170's,160's,150's,140's. Hello 135 ( New Goal).

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emoticon Desserts all around last night. So far, that episode I won!

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I have done great all day long - then blew last night eating 5 pieces of Easter Candy and a 1/2 of a Hershey bar. I know where my mouth was - but, I sure don't know where my head was!!!

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I really like Week 3's Action Plan !
Stocking up on foods that reflect my low-sugar goals , should help to keep
me eating the right things ! I like the idea of making sensible sugar swaps,
because I just LOVE fresh fruit ! Eating fresh fruits is also very good for your
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I still have my " I NEED CHOCOLATE NOW" swings, but have been working past it. I bought my girls Easter candy that I know they will like, but candy I don't care for and more things that aren't candy so I don't turn them into sugar/chocolate junkies like me.

I have found chewing gum is a great substitute when I have a craving.

Taking a deep breath......

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Well, this life-long-sweet-tooth junkie is surprised that I have been able to make some healthier sugar swaps while on this challenge without devouring all of the chocolates and candies that are in my pantry! My main problem is my late-night snacking, especially on weekends. Weekends are the WORST for me! Slowly, but surely, I'm learning to enjoy more fruit and veggies as I limit my sugar intake.

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A small success on my challenge! Went to a meeting last night and of course there are always treats at the end of the meeting. Cupcakes with icing, tapioca pudding and of course jelly beans. I skipped the cupcakes; had only 2 jelly beans and had the pudding. In the past I would have indulged in all three with way more jelly beans. So in the scheme of things a success. My goal was to be able to go some where and have an occasional treat without going overboard. Now to continue to advance until maybe next time no jelly beans. Enjoy everyones messages

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