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5% Challenge _Triggers

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Assignment 4 is about trigger foods. What are they and what can I do to avoid giving in?

Trigger foods for me fall into two categories: OMG THIS TASTES SO GOOD and DONT WANNA/CANT COOK BUT I NEED SOMETHING NOW

My trigger foods in the first group are the foods that I really crave or have always loved: cheesecake, cookies, chips, white chocolate, sunny d, koolaid, coke, massive amounts of cheese, greasy fried food

And the foods in the second category spring more from a desire to end my feelings of hunger, but lack sufficient effort to cook... or I'm not home and cant cook: any fast food joint, marie calendars pot pies (omg those things have almost 1000 calories!), frozen dinners, etc

Thankfully emotions dont spur me to eat... aside from "omg I LOOOOOOOVE cheesecake, gimme!)

Do you see a pattern? Generally, I will eat whatever is handy and easiest... but the foods themselves are mostly sweet, but I do crave some salty too.

How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should?

*Plan: If I am not genuinely hungry, if I have a trigger, I will go immediately and drink a glass of water. If I am hungry, I will assess if what I'm wanting is part of the meal I have planned. If not, I will focus on making the meal I have planned and eating it as mindfully as I am capable. If it's not time for the meal, I will drink a glass of water to help control the "hunger" feeling.

I will also plan for in between "snacks" on an as needed basis. Hunger only, not for cravings.


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LOSINGLINNDY 3/11/2012 10:35PM

    This is an insightful blog. You have really thought this through. Another thing you can do is cook extra and freeze some so you can grab healthy food from the freezer when you do not want to cook. emoticon

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 3/11/2012 10:29AM

    I could finish a whole one too! Especially if it has graham crust!

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CAPECODBABE 3/11/2012 10:15AM

    Half the battle is recognizing the problem. emoticon

You are heading in the right direction! emoticon

Cheesecake yum! I could finish a whole one. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 3/11/2012 3:35AM

    You put a lot of thought into this and recognized a pattern. I should you will manage your triggers and succeed!

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DOWNPORT 3/10/2012 10:57PM

    You have a great plan here! You have recognised your triggers and have outlined ways to deal with them! Well done and good luck!
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Sweet Tooth Challenge Week 2

Friday, March 09, 2012

Today is Day 1 of week 2 of the Sweet Tooth challenge.

Week one was very revealing of my sugary cravings and now it's time to tackle those cravings.

My top 3 sources of sugar comes from:

*Drinks: sweet tea and juice primarily.... once in a blue moon, soda.
*Desserts: Ice cream, cookies, candies
*Foods: cereal, added to recipes

Now, while I know that sugar is found in many many more places, there are some forms of sugar, I do not plan to give up entirely.... Ketchup is a big one for me. I can try a sugar free kind, but if I don't like it, well... I'm gonna stick to the regular version and I will be perfectly happy with that.

What I am focusing on this week is my top 3 listed above. For this week, I am not going to eat any primarily sugary food or drink. No sweet tea, no sunny d, and definitely no ice cream.

What I'm not going to do:
*Go buy sugar free versions of every single thing in my pantry. One thing at a time, please.
*Freak out if somewhere I go doesn't have splenda or an unsweetened version of something. I'll just drink water.
*Beat myself up about any of this.

So, now that I've set my goals, I added it to my goals to track on SP and I'm going to make a streak out of it. My plan is to hit at least 7 days, but I'm going to keep it up as long as I can. I want to see what kind of streak I can hit!

Of course, this will have to start tomorrow, as I drank some sunny d with breakfast before I decided on these goals.

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LOSINGLINNDY 3/10/2012 9:40PM

    emoticon You have set doable goals. I agree we you that there are a few things with limited sugar that one does not have to give up. For me it is lite ranch dressing.

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POETICBLONDE 3/9/2012 10:49PM

    Those are good goals. Starting out with small changes, and just recognizing what you want to work on. This looks like a really good challenge, I want to start this one when I'm done with the stress one.

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Spring Challenge Commitment

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I'm feeling very nervous about this challenge. Honestly, I've never done one, and I'm not quite sure to expect.... but from what I can see, the group is really demanding commitment from it's members. Which is totally cool, and something more groups really ought to do....

That said... it scares me. To be completely honest, I have problems with "follow through" and I've never completed a challenge on spark inside an allotted time frame given by whatever team issued the challenge. I've failed so many times, I feel like its inevitable.

But yet I always try again. I sign up for some other challenge. I haven't given up hope... even if the naysayer inside me tells me I have. I can't have given up if I keep trying, right?

So to ignore the negativity oozing from my past and in a huge effort to stomp it out, I present the following:

I commit to exercising 5/7 days each week.

I commit to drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.

I commit to eating food that's good for my body, nourishes me and energizes me.

I commit to posting on the team daily, keeping track of my fitness minutes and team points.

I commit to seeing this challenge through to the very last week.


March 17th, here I come!

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    Thanks so much for the support!

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DOWNPORT 3/9/2012 6:21AM

    These challenges are just great - and a lot of fun too! I am sure you will be pleased that you joined! If you don't do so good one day - get back on track the next! Hey! We all do that from time to time! You have set out great goals - good luck!

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VIXSTERLU 3/9/2012 12:39AM

    If you fall off the wagon, get back on! It took me 5 weeks to finish the challenge. Week 4 I got sick and had a little problem with my back, but instead of cruising thru to the end (and just marking off that I finished week 4, when I really didn't), I did a 'do over' for week 4 and finished strong. The videos are totally doable. YOU GOT THIS!

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Taming this Sweet tooth!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I joined SP's official Taming your Sweet Tooth Challenge a few days go.

All I gotta say is WOW. This may just be the single most important thing I've done for myself.

The first step is to take a quiz regarding your attitude towards sugar.... I honestly was surprised about my results: Out of Control

I've never cut any food out of my diet (and I don't intend to), because I truly believe in moderation. But I truly didn't realize exactly how LITTLE moderation I was practicing!

Part of week one is to just observe your habits, not to change them. And I'm just flabbergasted. In the past week, I've eaten ice cream, sweettarts and girlscout cookies.

But that's not where the sugar ends...

I've also had koolaid, sweet tea, sunny delight and dipped my strawberries in sugar.

And we can't forget about the carbs either.... which you might as well just call sugar.

This week has been EYE OPENING for sure!

I think its time to control this sugar bug once and for all!

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    Thanks, gaylin, I will have to give that a try!

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LOSINGLINNDY 3/9/2012 12:48AM

    My sugar cravings and eating were also out of control. But I went for ice cream and candy being that I am allergic to wheat. What helped me get it under control over a period of time was having some kind of protein with every meal. I started with breakfast and dinner and then added lunch. The breakfast protein was the most importnant step. Some days I still have cravings, and on others I get to the eata of the day and realize I have not been thinking of food all day. This is a major step for me.

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STEADFASTNSEE 3/6/2012 11:11AM

  THANK YOU! I think you just answered my question that I posted on the team! Best to you! HUGS Laurie

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Wow, I think today will be my day off lol

Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm exhausted!

Yesterday morning, I rearranged my living room, not once, but three times trying to find a set up that would fit three couches (we just bought one, and will be selling the two we already had). We don't have any storage options, so I had to make it work.

Well, after the third try, I finally found a semi workable setup that involved one of the couches being propped against the wall on its side.

I did this alllllllll by myself while fiance and his son were off at a birthday party full of fun, cake, and face paint. Sigh.

Oh, and did I mention that all that work was for nothing. NOTHING.

The darned couch would NOT fit in the back on my dad's suv. So my lovely, comfy, couch is not in my livingroom right now. Grr. Now, I have to wait until moving day when we have our uhaul. Boo.

And then, I still had to go to the grocery store!

By the time I got home, I couldn't take a step without wincing. Lets just say, getting up in the middle of the night to pee was a horrible experience.

Last night, I told fiance that at least I got some exercise in... and he's like "how?" cause he knows I didn't do a "workout". And I'm like, "do you have any freaking idea how much WORK it is to move couches that weigh almost as much you do?????" He didn't seem to believe me.

But the sore muscles in my upper body this morning completely justify my statement! It was ST and cardio combined lol.

So aside from filling up the boxes in the pic above, I'm not doing nuthin' today. lol

I gots to recover lol.

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LOSINGLINNDY 3/5/2012 8:01PM

    Sure sounds like a lot of work .Good idea to take it easy today with some minor stretching. So sorry you could not get you new couch moved in. Must have been a great disappointment. But now it will be new in your new home. Feel better tomorrow.


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    Thanks! I should be good tomorrow!

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CEKER9 3/5/2012 2:23PM

    I can attest to the moving workout! I think it is probably the best more thorough workout you could get! I trust your soreness goes away *real* soon! Good luck with your move!

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