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12/11/13 2:39 A

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Major problems in the huddle wall tonight, for me, keep getting error messages! Anyway, just want to say hi, hope you are all staying warm, finished this challenge and it really opened my eyes and helped me make decisions before I stuffed my face!

Thanks to all who shared and gave me great advice and help

Kat, Co-Leader of the "Living with Hepatitis C Team"

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12/6/13 1:35 P

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really did well these last two weeks no goodies for me

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by samantha
Hello! Well, I have to admit that I had sugar the other day and it had been about 8 weeks since I had eaten it. After taking 6 years to figure out how to break this addiction, I realized that I want to live my life with balance. I don’t want to live in the ‘prison’ that you can never have sugar again yet I DO want to live in the freedom of NOT being addicted to sugar. I recently ate a little bit at an event I attended, then made myself stop and also disciplined myself to NOT eat anymore the next day or the day after.

This took practice - over about 6 years, BELIEVE ME... I was not always able to do that. That really is one of the keys to NOT allowing your sugar addiction to come back. I have come on and off a sugar addiction over 50 times and that is one thing I really learned to practice.

The ‘old me’ used to eat sugar once and it was all downhill from there. Gorging, craving, crashing, binging, etc... nonstop. That ‘just one’ would turn into another 3-month sugar binge, but thankfully I don’t do that anymore and it’s been about 2 years. Whew!

I encourage you to start thinking about the possibility of breaking free from a sugar addiction. It’s a trap from which I am so glad to be free from. It all starts with believing that you really can be free from it and desiring to be. That is the first step. Do you think you are there yet?


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11/25/13 1:49 P

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The past 4 weeks have helped me to focus my attention to tame my sweet tooth.
I will be back to visit often!



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11/25/13 12:33 P

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My plan is to avoid buying refined sweets that are on-hand in the house. I can't seem to engage with a stash of sweets in anything approximating moderation.

So perhaps dessert if I'm out to a dinner on the occasions I do that, and fruits in the house otherwise.

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11/19/13 12:47 P

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My ongoing plan with sugar is to continue monitoring it but not with an eye to never eat sugar again, rather to eat it when I wish but in moderation.

I've been doing that for a while now and it seems the best approach.

I used to buy into the idea of being a sugar "addict" and make unworkable vows never to touch it again.

But with age comes wisdom and I know I will eat sugar forever, but my lust for it diminishes as I turn to it less and less and I NEVER add sugar to anything. I occasionally eat a gluten free cookie or other sweet treat and I eat non sweet food that has added sugar in it, but I really have brought my consumption of all sugar (even that naturally found in food such as fruit, veggies, gluten free grains and dairy or alternative milk products) down considerably.

A main motivator I have in this is that sugar impacts blood pressure control (according to my medical providers) and I have an avid interest in controlling BP.

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11/19/13 8:26 A

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I do best with no cookies, cakes in the house, and in general, candy is not a problem. It is easier not starting than it is stopping. That said, I do not binge exactly...I just make many trips in a day to have a small portion...yeah, slow motion binging. I do, however track everything, and stay within my allowances. But, if I use the calories on sweetened things, I am leaving out nutrition. So, my sweets are at least providing something now...pumpkin custard, no crust for instance. Personally, I do not use artificial sweeteners. And never soda. So, I feel if I am careful to incorporate a fruit or vegetable in my dessert, and keep to small controlled servings that I can bake something each week, and track it daily. If I lose control, I will go back to fresh fruit only as my dessert.

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11/12/13 7:50 A

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Hey Laurel! We started at the same weight and have lost the same amount. Well, you've lost one more pound than me, but that's OK, lol. Good for us.

I had a bad weekend using the excuse it was my birthday weekend. Waaay overindulged and don't feel so good as a result.

My goal is to not overindulge so badly.

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10/28/13 2:32 P

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This is the end of week 4 for me. During the first week, I over indulged on bad added sugar. During weeks 2-3, I went cold turkey...no added bad sugar. That was lot easier to do than allowing some bad sugar. This last week, I allowed some sugar.

The no bad sugar had a positive affect on my rheumatoid arthritis. The less I have, tne better I felt.

My goals are to restrict the added sugar to three treats a week or one really gooey, sugary treat a week. I think not allowing myself a treat a day will remind me it is better not to indulge.

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10/21/13 2:03 P

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I am not sure how to turn them down yet. My mind is to eat for a lot of different reasons and also since I have enough restrictions between 8 different allergies.

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10/21/13 11:44 A

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Yesterday someone offered me a mint, one of those after dinner peppermints, I took it as a reflex and then dropped it like it was on fire, lol! I was like, no thank you, I'm not eating sugar. Accepting treats and candies, especially in October, is almost a reflex. I am feeling really goog going into week 4. I do not eat a lot of sugar and it has been generally easy to cut out the occasional sugar. Most of the time, I crave chocolate, not sugar specifically. I have a great double chocolate yerba matte tea that I drink when I want a little bit of chocolate.
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10/11/13 10:02 P

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Well I made it to week 4, but I still crave sugar. I am happy to say that I put a piece of sugar free hard candy in my mouth instead of Oreo's, in which I could eat and eat and eat (one time I ate a whole package in one day & I didn't buy them, my mom did).
My long-term goal , that I am going to work at, is to only have one desert (small) per day. And if there is pie, only a small amount (I go crazy over pumpkin pie). emoticon But I am going to cut down on sugar where possible. I actually did cut down on sugar once before, so I know I can do it. Just got to keep motivated. emoticon

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10/7/13 12:28 P

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I have had a hard time completing week 4. I have had something sweet for the last 3 days. I need to get back on track.

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9/30/13 12:39 P

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I have gotten to the point that I have not had candies for 11 days if I make it through today.

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I have known for years that sugar is my enemy. Yes, like many of you, once I start eating it I just want more. I don't know why I have been so blessed, as has been my whole family, with no diabetes issues. I do know that sugar affects my arthritic joints, big time and that has helped me to avoid sugary foods. I do on occasion have a treat but it is not a daily indulgence and I will work to keep it that way.

"You have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body." 1 Cor. 6:20


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9/27/13 10:34 P

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My long term plan is to only have sugar in moderation, not every day. I have cut added sugar from my tea and protein smoothies. I need to reduce my diet soda intake to every once in awhile rather than every day.

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9/20/13 11:41 A

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Last night was probably the hardest in two weeks. It just came on and I wanted sugar. I was able to get through it and have some honey nut cheerios. If I'm still having those intense cravings, then I know I'm not ready to have a treat yet.

I dreamed of walking through my elementary school at Halloween and there was candy every where. I was trying to figure out how to get some without anyone noticing. LOL True Story !! Maybe next week I'll be able to let myself have a small piece without trouble.

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


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9/19/13 1:46 P

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I learned from past mistakes (and I keep getting back here again because I ignore them)
that I CAN NOT have more than 2 treats (candy, cake, etc.) a week or it will trigger all those cravings again.

This is why the holidays throw me under the bus everytime. We go to two different dinners in the one week and bring home leftovers. BAM!! The following days I'm eating pie and sweet potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then it takes me months to get back

This year, for the holidays, I will not bring home leftovers (if I can keep my mom from sneaking those pies to my son) . I won't go back for seconds because I don't need to.

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


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9/17/13 10:19 A

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Last week I gave much thought to what my plan would look like, and I have decided that If I choose to eat sugar it will be only once per day and only three times per week. I feel this is something that I can do and I feel good about how this plan will fit into my life.

A healthy lifestyle is a journey not a destination.


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The first 2 weeks I was feeling pretty smug and on target, then I went off the rails in week 3 emoticon - not that I ate so very much sugar, but knowing I'd eaten a lot more than I meant to seemed to open the flood gates of a general over-eating marathon. So - I'm in week 4 but still struggling - I think it is a fear of commitment to goals because I have a tendency to quickly rebel against anything that seems restrictive. Sigh. I'm not giving up. emoticon

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No definite long term goals yet.

Ideas I am playing around with:

Rewards
Birthday and Holiday ok with moderation
At the end of the day ONLY if under calorie goal

What do y'all think?

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Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. refitrev.com/instructors/ebeck/


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I am still big time struggling here.

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9/8/13 10:11 P

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I learned that I don't necessarily eat as much sugar as I thought I did. I do feel better and worry less when I limit my sweets, so I will have to think about this...that will be my goal for the week, and I will come back and post it when I finish the week and the challenge.

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Overall, I think I am doing pretty well with this challenge. I have learned some of my triggers and have been able to stay away from them more than I used to. I think for long-term goals, it would definitely be unrealistic for me to say that I will not eat candy or sweets at work. But I think if I can not over-indulge, this would be good. I also have noticed that I no longer go to the pantry after I eat meals to gets something sweet to snack on. And if I do, then I try to catch myself and go to the refrigerator for some fruit instead. I would like to be able to continue this.

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8/29/13 8:37 P

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I kind of agree with DUBLREED, not sure this needs to be a 4 week challenge.
I did learn a lot in week one, and can see how week 2 would help people not aware of where a lot sugar hides in our foods. Last week, can't say it did much for me.

I am intrigued with the question week asks....what ARE my sugar goals?
It was never about going totally without.
I am one of those who noticed that once I cut back a lot my cravings went way down.
So, that will be usefull. But long term sugar goal?
Not sure, will have to think on that one.....
One thing is that I no longer buy chocolate just to have in the house.
I do have a box of the Chocolate Krave cereal that I keep on hand for if I am REALLY needing a chocolate fix. Great news is, it has been there now for 3 weeks and only about 1/4 eaten. I used to buy it & eat a box in about 4 days.
Progress? I like to think so.

Good Luck to all who are stuggling with this complex issue. With Hiliday right around the corner, I am really counting on these lessons to help me thru without gaining this year.
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Tomorrow is the last day of this challenge for me and I feel like I've learned a lot from it. It seems that the less sugar I eat, the less I get hit by cravings for it and the less I want it. I have been pretty consistent when it comes to not eating too much added sugar, although I have struggled with it several times as well. The nice thing was that once I started cutting out the sugar, my weight just started free-falling. I liked that and it helped me to stay motivated and on track. I am so glad I took this challenge and stuck with it.

"The odds of hitting a target go up dramatically when you aim at it."


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8/28/13 10:25 P

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so far 2 small mint type candies 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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I am still up with candies when it comes to what I want.

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been scarfing candy nearly every day this week-------none so far today....may have to go back to week one....

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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8/26/13 7:02 A

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I made it to Safeway and binged on sweets.

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8/26/13 6:29 A

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I've been doing really good with cutting out the sugar. I've had no sweets. Last night I almost had a hard candy - - not thinking....but fortunately I started thinking in time and decided I didn't want it afterall. I don't feel ready yet to add a small bit of sugar everyday or a larger dessert once a week ( for examples) . I don't trust myself not to ruin everything at this point. I will wait another week at least. I think

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8/22/13 9:40 A

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I did great for 3 weeks, then when I didn't lose as much as I wanted I started eating. Off the plan for 2 days, but back on today. I hope it's not like starting all over. I know if I don't start again right now I will gain it all back and be so mad at myself. So I am getting on track right now! Week 4.



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Well, I made it through the challenge. The funny thing is that after week 2, there really wasn't much to do. I don't know that this necessarily needs to be a four-week challenge, but whatever. I have learned about my tolerances, what swaps work and what aren't worth it, and where I will allow myself to let the occasional sugary treat in.

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Doing pretty good not keeping sweets in the house. My downfall is the social outings so am trying to control those to only once or twice a week and trying to eat less in that setting.


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i have been cutting down on my sugary sweets and while i havent noticed any difference in my weight or anything, i find it easier to turn down the sweets. my best friends bachelorette party was this past weekend and we had candy, ice cream, cookies, cake, smores... and i honestly just didnt even want it so all i had was a few (small) pieces of candy. whoo!

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One by one, over the course of this challenge, I have eliminated most of the obviously sugary things I've eaten...except one, and that is sweet iced tea. I usually have a large cupful in the morning and sip it throughout the day. I still have not been able to eliminate that, so it's something I will need to work on in the weeks to come.

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My cravings have been out of control the past few days! I've done a good job of not over-indulging and finding healthy substitutes. I either had a 100-calorie jello pudding pack (but only one!), ate some fresh fruit, drank a glass of water, or some combination of these things. I have run out of pudding, so if I get more in the future, I will be sure to get the sugar-free variety instead of the fat free type. But, in general, I will try to avoid buying it altogether.

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My plan is to reduce my sweet snacks, and try to replace them with more fruit.

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My long term goal is to replace sweets with fruits and veggies and be really assertive when it comes to parties and other social occasions.

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I have been where I could not go out due to a broken leg on my own. I am still that way which is controlling how much desert stuff I eat. I hope I will have control later when I can walk. I will try my best to walk past the stores when I get that far or at least pass the isle.

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I am closely monitoring my sugar intake again. I got away from doing that when I started this challenge although yesterday I blew the sugar monster right out of the water as I had waaaay too much sugar....this has continued through today but it ends today...

Yesterday i had cookies and ice cream. Today I've had coffee cake and a cinnamon roll with icing (it was home baked from a can). I did have only 1 roll because it is so sweet.

My long term goal is to become satisfied with a very small allowable amount of chocolate and enjoy a piece of cake or a cookie if I want one and do this without over doing or craving more.

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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My long-term goals for sugar-eating are essentially what I'm doing now. If I keep my refrigerator stocked with fresh fruits, I can go to those when I crave something sweet rather than driving to Dairy Queen. The idea of a lemon meringue pie blizzard doesn't even appeal to me anymore! I will pack snacks to take to school with me so I'm not tempted to get a mid-day candy bar from the vending machine. On a daily basis, my added sugar will come from fruit-on-the-bottom Greek yogurt, as it provides a lot of calcium and protein which I need to meet my nutritional goals (and I just can't do plain yogurt). I will keep soda out of the house, but allow myself three per week if I REALLY need it (I've only had one in the last two and a half weeks). Of course, I'll be attending a lot of recitals again, which means reception desserts. I'll pack snacks to eat during intermission so I'm not so tempted, but I'll allow myself a cookie or slice of cake as long as it's just every once in a while. I think my goals are reasonable, and I'm not setting myself up for failure (in the past, I would have made goals that flat-out eliminated sugar, and I would inevitably fail).

By cutting out my daily soda intake (I was probably drinking 3 or 4 sodas daily) as well as keeping a stocked fridge, which has helped me avoid trips to ice cream places, I have cut out my sweet tooth. This is the time of the month that I generally crave sugar the most, and it doesn't even appeal to me anymore!

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Completed week 4 now what?


Claudia


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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7/26/13 3:01 A

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All going well in week 4, very close to one month sugaless

Claudia


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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7/21/13 2:59 A

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Completed week 3 without sugar, this is the beginning of week 4.
21 days without sugar YAY.
Have formed an accountability group and it works great. My long term goal is to keep off sugar as I have done for the last 3 weeks.
Life is good!
Claudia

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Claudia


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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7/19/13 10:14 A

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I am here..long term sugar goal...eat sugar once a month during that time of month...that is when I crave it, and that is how I will limit it...

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7/13/13 4:38 P

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These last few weeks have been very enlightening. I am now looking more closely at labels before I buy to make sure there is not a lot of added sodium or sugar. If there is, I put it back on the shelf and look for an option that has the least amount of both. I've also learned that I can control the amount of sugar I eat daily and it isn't hard.

My future goals are to only have one sugary dessert two to three times a week if my calories allow it. If my calories do not, I choose a healthier, lower calorie option. I'm finding more and more of those lower calorie options that I like. I'm looking forward to finding more. Another thing I can do is make my own desserts. This way I can control the ingredients and keep it much healthier than a store-bought version.

Thank you for this challenge! It has changed my life!

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I've been getting better at waiting out my cravings and substituting. I'm going to keep at those two things to make sure they become ingrained in my brain. Chewing gum or having a sugar free mint in my mouth while I'm grocery shopping really helps me avoid buying sweets. Once I'm out of the store the craving usually goes away. I've been having less cravings so I think if I keep on doing what I'm doing now things will continue to improve.

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7/6/13 5:30 P

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this was the best challenge for me to start with. I have eliminated most sugar but I do still have a coffee syrup in my coffee each morning, this seems to be ok whereas regular sugar is a trigger.
I have had a little dessert once a week the last 3 weeks at our weekly neighbourhood potluck - I just take a very small serving and go home.

Not having it in my house is the best and only way - I am going to continue to allow myself a few treats so I don't feel deprived, but not on a schedule, and only where it fits into my daily caloric intake.

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So far, my sugar cravings have drastically decreased. I don't keep sweets in the house, so there is little opportunity to indulge. I look for reduced sugar versions of things I usually buy. I allow myself to enjoy sweets during special events because I often go without them, so I don't feel guilty about it.

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