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10/10/13 2:02 P

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I learned something the hard way this week. I've been chewing sugar free gum when I want something sweet or just want to chew. Off and on along this challenge I have gotten very uncomfortable with gas and bloating and other digestive problems. I became very ill this week and had a lot of these complaints along with stomach pain. Somewhere I read that sorbitol could cause these problems. The gums I've been chewing lists sorbitol as the first ingredient. So, I've got to find another substitute. The herbal tea I drank to sooth my tummy really helped. maybe herbal tea would be a better choice. Does anyone have a suggestion for just wanting to chew. I find I really want to do this when I'm stressed.

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10/3/13 10:58 A

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I really feel that this challenge gives you the tools and resources. Doing the footwork isn't easy and if it is nearly impossible you not alone. It takes time and it can creep back in pretty easily. I just try to hang in there and when I slip it isn't nearly as hard or a far down or for as long ,since I have learned a little about my boundaries.






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9/29/13 10:10 A

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It is awfully hard for me.. after all these years I still find I want to turn to sugary foods for comfort. whatever emotion I may be feeling espeically anger.. I turn to something that is so soothing it calms even the worst of of days. That being said today i still feel these things but now when look in the mirror and see how far I have come.. I dont want to go back

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9/28/13 7:27 A

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This week started off great. But yesterday I felt as if I needed something different. When I was at my weekly FTL meeting I wanted a doughnut. I ended up eating one cake doughnut.I did not drink the soda that was with it. The doughnut did not have chocolate are anything. I enjoyed it but now I am back to the routine again.

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9/17/13 10:18 P

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Week 3 for me. I haven't eliminated as much as I would like but I have really cut down:

Hot Tea- I now drink it plain instead of adding honey

Breakfast smoothie-switched my vanilla (sweetened) protein powder for an unflavored variety

Chocolate jar at work- I've limited it to a couple days per week instead of every day.

What I need to work on-
Diet soda- I have been drinking more than usual. Need to limit to every once in awhile treat
Chocolate jar at work- Need to limit to every once in awhile treat

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9/11/13 8:40 A

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Still having problems this time with the challenge. I don't usually have sweets in the house. My Niece is living with me now so I buy dessert.
I have know idea why, because I don't think sugar is good for any of us.
I will probably do the challenge over again next month.
Well I am still going to persist and keep this going

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9/9/13 4:51 P

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Had a not so good tasting lunch and had to run to grocery store. Had difficult time making it through the store without buying sweets. I was shocked with how hard it really was. Made me realized how powerful those cravings can get.



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9/8/13 2:19 P

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Week 3

I fell off the wagon for 2 days emoticon
I am going to pick myself up and start all over again. Only the older ones will remember this song.

Here is to week 3 emoticon

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9/6/13 1:24 P

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Into week three , for the first time (seriously) I struggled last night. Could not get enough to eat. First time I went over in 3 weeks. This morning I finally realize it's 3 days to tom . For the three days before hand , I've ALWAYS had horrible cravings and never get a full feeling. At least there was a reason for it. Didn't make it better though !

I wish guys had this issue so they understood !! I'll have to keep a close eye on this week so I don't slow down the progress I've made so far !

If you don't love yourself....how can you expect others to.


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9/4/13 10:20 A

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Yay for week three!

I think I'm doing well. Already did the fruit swap at week one and it has been helping me. Had a few cravings in the last few nights. Gave in and ate a couple of protein bars last night, but besides the first couple of days on week 1, that's as much artificial sugar as I've had. I feel good about it. I'm wondering if my cravings were more of an overall calorie thing. I'm going to experiment a bit and see. I may become a permanent/ongoing member of this challenge!

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9/1/13 10:22 A

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I am looking forward to week three and what new insights it will bring me. I have been swapping since then end of week one and have success with it.
I am beginning to recognize that TOO sweet feeling in my gut, interesting feeling. I am now learning to pay attention to what it is telling me.
I am also focusing on the emotional setups in my life-
I am working on a strategy for the coming weekend. I will be at a conference where they have a table they refer to as "The Trough" it's a total minefield. I usually just try and stay away from it for the whole weekend with limited success....
I'll post back and let you know how it went.

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8/30/13 2:07 P

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8/27/13 7:15 P

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Week 3 tips did not help me much. I already knew a lot of them.
Best thing I have learned from this challenge is that I am "Situational" in my sugar craving.
Now when I am out & see something, I take the tie to ask myself if I Really Want it, or just think I do because it is there. I am hoping this self knowledge helps me in the coming seasonal get togethers.

Things do not change; we change.
-Henry David Thoreau

A man who WANTS something will find a way.
A man who deosn't, will find an EXCUSE" Stephen Dolly

SUCCESS is maintaining your Enthusiasm between Failures"


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving savely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and saying "WOW, what a ride!"


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8/23/13 8:09 A

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I seem to be doing better than I thought. I had to eat a croissant the other morning for breakfast ( as I was out for bloodwork and did not plan to take a breakfast with me - lesson learned) and I felt really bad about eating it, but I was so hungry and the bar had only that or potato chips. Otherwise I have not had a sweet and am not searching for any sweets either. I hope this keeps up. I am determined right now and that helps alot. Also as I am a new diabetic I had already cut out some sugar although not enough.

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8/22/13 9:42 A

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I know what you mean, KLB037, and I don't think you're being weird about it at all. I think the cravings for sugar are so ingrained in most of us by now that it IS a weird feeling not to miss it or crave it. I know I've had the same thoughts as well recently. I have been trying to use this time to tell myself it's ok to pass on the sugar because I literally do not want it. I'm also not letting old cravings and memories get the better of me when my mind is telling me that I used to crave sugar, so why don't I still? I think this whole process is about retraining the mind as well as the body, so you're doing great!

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8/19/13 9:01 A

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Last day of week 3!! Once again everyone ordered ice cream yesterday, but I did not and it didn't really bother me. I hope I am turning the corner here. Weigh in tomorrow, I can't wait.



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8/18/13 4:24 P

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I'm doing good in substituting fruit for sweet snacks! Also drinking water instead of flavored waters. That helps me get used to no sweet taste in my mouth. Not buying sweet snacks at the store either. Yea!

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8/18/13 10:48 A

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I'm in week three. I still eat some sweets, but they taste too sweet, now. I am trying to eat more fruit and veg and drink more water. I find that I want to sleep less. Can't get to sleep as early as I used to, and also wake up earlier in the morning.

Cleaning out the pantry is not an option, since it is shared with a partner who is definitely not ready for sugar free.

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8/18/13 8:36 A

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I have 2 days left in week 3. I have found this week harder than the others, not because I'm craving anything, I'm just so tired. I have been taking steps to get better sleep though. I did have a diet root beer on Friday, but it was in place of the ice cream cones my family was eating. I didn't really miss the ice cream, but kept thinking I should. Yesterday my co-workers ordered ice cream, but I just declined and stayed busy while they ate (in the other room). It's about that time, the time I always sabatoge myself, it's not that I'm disappointed to not crave too often, I just feel like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Anyway, day 20 and doing well, but I feel weird about it. Maybe I'm just weird anyway :)



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8/14/13 3:09 P

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I haven't done too well this week. I find myself wanting chocolate all the time. Today I had a cup of sugar free hot chocolate with a dollop of chocolate whipped cream. Not too bad and it did help with the chocolate fix.

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8/14/13 2:17 P

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I'm moving onto Week 4 today, but before I do, I want to post the things I learned during Week 3.

1. If I go without sugar for long enough, things I used to crave all the time suddenly become TOO sweet. My one dip into soda was dissatisfying, so I wasn't suddenly craving it all the time again. I no longer have any desire to drink it!
2. I like a lot of alternatives to added sugar (like fruit! LOVE fruit!). If I keep my refrigerator stocked with fresh fruits, I don't crave ice cream or chocolate as much.
3. That being said, I'm not interested in giving up all added sugars. Tried doing the plain yogurt for a while, but it just wasn't for me, no matter what I tried to do with it. Adding sugar-free chocolate syrup wasn't bad, but the sugar-free chocolate syrup isn't something I want to eat on a daily basis. Yogurt is a necessary source of protein and calcium for me, particularly since I'm not drinking as much milk (don't want to drink my calories). So, I'm going to continue eating fruit-on-the-bottom Greek yogurts. They have added sugar, but not as much as non-greek, so I'm okay with it.

See you all in Week 4!

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8/14/13 10:53 A

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While in Oklahoma yesterday I stopped at the produce store and got peaches, plums, radishes, and cukes...all set for a few days...plan on getting onions and tomatoes today so will have plenty of good salad makings for this week..

God's gift to you: a clean slate every day: your gift to God: what you put on that slate....

Most people watch what they eat from Christmas to New Year's when they should be watching what they eat from New Year's to Christmas


Do your best today; do better tomorrow

The more I sit...the hungrier I get!!!!!

To lose my seat, I must move my feet!!

The difference between "TRY " and "TRIUMPH" is a little "UMPH"..


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8/14/13 10:20 A

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today's new day. i am proud to say that i did NOT cave in to accepting a soda my neighbor offered me or running out and buying candy. I am still in the throws of trying to figure what sort of lifestyle diet to follow. apparently the diabetic tracker i have allows me too many carbs, so without changing anything on the tracker, i am gonna try to cut the carb intake by half on my own. after i've lowered the carbs for at least a week, i'm gonna choose some kind of diet, whether it's the primal, atkins or vegetarian way to go.. i gotta do something because i don't like food ruling my life, i like to rule the food. i made a stinkin doctor's appt. i say it like that because i don't like goin to the stinkin doctor. i always feel that they will find something wrong. so. a new day is here and i hope to hit this one a lot better than days past.

Edited by: JO74555 at: 8/14/2013 (10:25)
Keeping my chin up... guarded, but up :)


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8/13/13 10:12 P

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bought fresh peaches today...

God's gift to you: a clean slate every day: your gift to God: what you put on that slate....

Most people watch what they eat from Christmas to New Year's when they should be watching what they eat from New Year's to Christmas


Do your best today; do better tomorrow

The more I sit...the hungrier I get!!!!!

To lose my seat, I must move my feet!!

The difference between "TRY " and "TRIUMPH" is a little "UMPH"..


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8/13/13 4:06 P

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I plan to try some of the healthy swaps featured in the slide show. I pinned some of the recipes to refer back to.

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8/13/13 2:19 P

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Had a soda last night for the first time in over two weeks. It didn't even taste good anymore. It was too sweet. I was worried that by drinking it, I would remember how much I loved it and start going back to drinking it all the time, but I'm pleased to say that the opposite has occurred!

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8/13/13 9:22 A

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I'm focusing on fruit this week. I love fruit.

Slow, but sure.


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8/12/13 8:37 P

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I eat fruit nearly everyday either fresh or frozen. I have it in various forms like in smoothies, as a snack, in a bowl with some milk, or on cereal. I have dried fruit on salads so getting enough fruit and or veggie intake isn't a problem for me. I do allow myself 2 small pieces of chocolate per day. This week there were a couple of days when I had more that the 2 pieces but my weight still went down. I am not going overboard like I was with the chocolate.

Chocolate is my down fall. I can take other sweets or leave them as I am not a big cake, cookie, or pie eater. By figuring the small pieces of chocolate into my calorie limits I have managed to significantly decrease sugar (chocolate) in my meal plans. So far I have only had significant cravings 1 or 2 days for the past 2 weeks.

I know this is a great accomplishment for me. Even my appetite has decreased since doing this challenge. A month ago I could eat a 12 inch Subway chicken breast sandwich in one sitting and now I make 2 meals when i get one---a huge improvement for me.

I do enjoy frozen yogurt 2 or 3 times a week at a much smaller serving than before doing this challenge. So I am not completely sugar free but have decreased my sugar intake a lot and I will continue to monitor it.

God's gift to you: a clean slate every day: your gift to God: what you put on that slate....

Most people watch what they eat from Christmas to New Year's when they should be watching what they eat from New Year's to Christmas


Do your best today; do better tomorrow

The more I sit...the hungrier I get!!!!!

To lose my seat, I must move my feet!!

The difference between "TRY " and "TRIUMPH" is a little "UMPH"..


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8/11/13 3:13 P

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I have tried all sorts of things to make this plain yogurt taste better. Even my smoothies just aren't as good with it. I find that I have to add splenda to make it taste better, and it still isn't even that great. But, school is coming up soon, and not only does it take a lot of time to mix fruit and splenda in, but I would have to find convenient containers so that I could pack it for lunch. I know myself well enough to know that I would just skip out on it altogether and end up throwing away entire tubs of yogurt because I was too busy/tired to spend that extra time making a yogurt that just doesn't taste as good. The individual Chobani cups are easy and delicious, and they still have less than 20g of sugar per serving. So, I think I'm going to just go back to that. I've cut added sugars out of my diet in so many other places - mainly, giving up soda and not always treating myself to ice cream and pastries - so I think it's okay. Like they always say on this website, it's about enjoying your favorite foods in moderation.

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8/10/13 6:18 P

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I ended up giving into my sugar cravings last night. I went to Meijer to get some new fitness stuff, and walking past all the pies and cakes on display made me crave something sweet. So, I came home and had some fresh fruit and a fat free jello pudding 100 calorie pack. I know the pudding has a lot of sugar in it (17g, yikes), but it was better than buying one of the pies, which I would have done in the past. I also had about 14 calories left to eat even after the fruit, so I didn't go overboard in any of my nutritional goals. I bought the jello pudding cups before starting this challenge, and when I have finished all of them, I will switch to the sugar-free type.

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8/10/13 10:21 A

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LOL @ snarf the whole handful... something i have most definitely been guilty of doing. One at a time is much more satisfying, and i do my best to remind myself of that. I found a great swap out for hash browns (potatoes) for breakfast. Instead, I brown up some leftover spaghetti squash (1 c.), adding garlic, pepper, just a pinch of kosher salt, a sprinkle of onion powder and a lil bit of smart balance butter (1 tsp) for flavor. i also find my cravings are much more controlled during the day than the evening. I've been keeping crunchy snacks, like carrots and cucumbers cut up and I dip them in a greek yogurt, 0% french onion dip. for sweets, i've been checking out the paleo or primal recipes for their baked goods. So far, I'm not disappointed. Good luck to us all. Again I say, this is not easy.

Keeping my chin up... guarded, but up :)


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8/8/13 10:48 A

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I find that this time of year it is easy to load up on great fruit. I love the peaches, local plums, & local berries. We froze 50 pounds of blueberries for the winter but with 4 of us that will go pretty quick. We have lots of apple & pear trees in the yard so I have lots of fruit thru November. The winter is harder but I do look forward to citrus.

I bought some popsicle molds and have been making all fruit pops for a family treat in the evenings. Cantalope pops were not a big hit with the kiddos but peach ones were great.

I am finding that when I've got a huge crazy/carb craving in the evenings a big handful of almonds really helps. I give myself the ok to have a pretty big serving (I have a pretty little bowl & I count 30 almonds in there). I eat them one at a time, not snarf the whole handful. There are times when you're more hungy that others and it is easy to get way off track.

“To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates


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8/8/13 6:37 A

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Hey week three! I am rerunning both week two and three at the same time. Week three is something I can work with. I love fruit and I know that it tastes a lot better when I am not eating all the additional sugar. so I actually think combining the two weeks will work terrifically for me!

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8/7/13 10:02 P

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Great suggestions! I will definitely try that with the frozen fruit. That's actually exactly how I make smoothies. I mix frozen fruit and plain yogurt in the blender, and it's really delicious.

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I didn't do well in planning my sweet treats in week 2, but I was definitely more conscious of what I'm reaching for. I do like fruit and I'm trying to substitute that instead of sugary treats. ICANLOSEMORE, like you I do the frozen fruit with yogurt, usually frozen blueberries or frozen cherries, and by the time I'm ready for my snack mid-morning it's nicely thawed and a very satisfying snack. I've been using the Dannon fat-free, sugar free vanilla flavored yogurt, but I may try it with the plain greek yogurt since I'm trying to cut down on artificial sweeteners.

"Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb

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8/7/13 4:36 P

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Dublreed, like you I used to hate plain yogurt. I never really liked the fruit on the bottom yogurt though so this may not work for you. I found if I use frozen fruit and let it sit in the yogurt to thaw a little or even thaw it in the microwave, it will add some juice that favors the whole dish. I use the fruit without added sugar, just fruit. Sounds like you are really figuring out what works for you. That is really the key. We are all different.

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8/7/13 4:20 P

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Hello, Week 3!

I'm pretty excited for this week, especially since I didn't have problems during week 2. I did come to an epiphany, though. I am more likely to crave sugary treats when my fridge isn't stocked. I have never had a problem buying unhealthy things when I do my groceries (unless it's that time of the month), but when I am running low and looking for a quick snack, I am more likely to head to the DQ or even to the bakery. I used to have a habit of only going to the grocery store when I had absolutely no at-home lunch or dinner options, so my challenge now is to make sure I do groceries even before the fridge is empty.

As far as sugar swaps go, I LOVE fresh fruit, so this week should be easy! Another great swap that my boyfriend introduced to me is to take a cup of plain Greek yogurt and add one serving (two tablespoons) of chocolate syrup. I only had one tiny bite of his concoction because I was afraid it would trigger my need for chocolate, but because Greek yogurt is so tart, there was just a whisper of chocolate. I bought sugar-free chocolate syrup (only 15 calories per serving!), so hopefully it will still be good.

I apologize for the length of this post, but I have just one more thing to say! I love yogurt, but I HATE plain yogurt. Even though the Chobani fruit yogurts fit into the acceptable yogurts from one of the sugar-related articles, there is still some added sugar. So, I'm going to try to add flavors (the aforementioned sugar-free chocolate syrup when I have a craving, but also fresh fruits). I never feel like this is as satisfying as the yogurt that already has fruit at the bottom, but because I'm taming my sweet tooth, maybe I'll be happier with it this time around.

Good luck, everyone!

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8/5/13 11:22 A

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Many weeks later I am on my weeek 3.

I've finally figured out that sugar is not my friend but I cannot at this point go completely cold turkey. However, good solid choices that satisfy the need are helping.

Maria cookies and banana when I just need that bit of sating. Wow it worked.

Can work again.

See ya round this week, this week.

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i have actually been doing fairly well with my sugar intake and i havent even been really thinking about it. i was on vacation monday through wednesday so i did have a couple of sodas, and there is a lot of sugar in the liqour i was drinking, but when my boyfriend and i went to get ice cream, i got a pretzel instead and tried to still be good about what i was eating.

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7/21/13 10:54 A

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I was doing pretty good until the last couple of days, have had some sweets, not nearly as much as in my past. I am doing better about keeping the amount small and moderate. I think I will limit it to one time per week when I can have a York Mint Patty, my favorite sweet item in the world and the calories are not as high as others. I know that I will not be able to completely leave sweets along so if I can limit it to just 1x per week than I will at least of conquered the daily habit.

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7/21/13 2:56 A

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Completed week 3 without sugar
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My current weight is 83.1kg my goal is 78kg by end of March.

Not doing cardio at the moment so my goal is cardio 5 times a week; Pilates once a week.
Mindful breathing or heart breathing every day.


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7/15/13 9:02 A

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I had sugar over the weekend it made me feel like *rap.....back off the sugar now....

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7/14/13 5:14 P

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Just completed week 2. Fruit is a trigger for me, so no fruit.
The sugarless life is good.
Claudia

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My current weight is 83.1kg my goal is 78kg by end of March.

Not doing cardio at the moment so my goal is cardio 5 times a week; Pilates once a week.
Mindful breathing or heart breathing every day.


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7/13/13 5:20 A

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Fruit is so good this year - much better than last year!

We're really enjoying peaches right now!

~Nancy

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7/12/13 9:54 A

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Whoo Hoo focus on fruit week....this is wonderful....I am actually enjoying fruit much more than sugar right now...

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7/8/13 9:49 A

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Not being able to eat strawberries must be really hard. Hope you don't develop any more fruit allergies. I do ok without sugar as long as I don't start. I can't have a little without ending up having a lot. I did find I do better if I have a protein snack rather than a fruit snack when I crave sweets. And sometimes just a glass of ice water will do the trick.

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7/3/13 9:50 A

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I have to admit that I haven't done well with the sugar swaps. I have done well with cutting out a lot of sugary snacks altogether. I simply made the decision to check my nutrition tracker in the evening when I want an evening snack or desert. If my tracker gives me enough room to have one ice cream treat, I will. If it doesn't or I don't have time to check, I simple say no or opt for the healthier, lower calorie treat.

I've discovered the best ways for me to bust my sugar cravings are to simply not keep sugary foods in my house (this is hard for my husband as he is not doing this challenge and wants one several times a day) and keep myself busy. I tend to reach for the sugary snacks more when they are around and when I am bored. So far these two things have been working.

I don't really have a favorite low-sugar snack. I'm not big into the artificial sweeteners (they taste like medicine to me or give me a headache after a few days). If I'm going to have sugar, I want the real stuff. I am going to try to opt for a piece of fruit rather than ice cream or cake. This is going to be tough as I am finding out that I am allergic to some of my favorite fruits (strawberries is the most recent and my biggest favorite). It's something I have plenty of time to figure out even after this challenge is over.

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7/2/13 10:51 A

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Fruit seems to be a good swap for me.

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I'm doing quite well with my sugar swaps. I bust my sugar cravings by either grabbing something naturally sweet (like fruit) or turning to a reduced or no sugar version of what I'm craving. My favorite low-sugar snack is unsalted nuts.

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This week I've done something different....every night right before bed, I'm allowing a small piece of dark chocolate. I'm finding I'm satisfied with it and not obsessing over sugar near as much as I used to. It's a milestone for me.

Still staying away from most sugary foods. They make me feel terrible, but I love them and can't trust myself to stop.

~Nancy

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