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Some people are addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, or shopping. I am a sugar addict. Number one craving? Skittles. Close second is Starburst. If there is cake, I'm eating it. I don't turn down ice cream and I love sucrose filled drinks. It's a problem and that's why I'm doing something about it. I am going to refrain from eating any desserts, candy, muffins or the like for 52 weeks. There is one caveat — I will allow myself seven days out of the year where I can splurge. Any questions? Leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them.

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Still No Sugar and Still Craving It

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 4:55PM by mrb929 0 Comments -

It's been one month since I gave up sugar and it feels like it's been a year. Maybe that's an exaggeration but it really does feel like it's been much longer than 33 days. My kids got a couple of goodie bags filled with lollipops and Skittles the other day and ever since then, I've been dying to "taste the rainbow." In lieu of indulging myself, I've been snacking on bananas and raspberries. The fruit is tasty and sufficient but it doesn't give me near the satisfaction that a warm chocolate chip cookie or a roll of Mentos would. But then again, the "freshmakers" and Mrs. Field's aren't exactly known for their potassium or fiber content. At least my organs should appreciate my efforts - if not my taste buds.

And in case you're wondering, I'm saving my cheat day for the end of the month - hoping to share a little sheet cake with my littlest man who is about to turn the ripe old age of one. Most sugar gorging will be done near the tail end of the months - it's no accident that all the holidays tend to fall around then. Cheers to my own birthday cake, candy corn, pecan pie, and candy canes!



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Forgoing Galettes For Fruit

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 9:49PM by mrb929 0 Comments -
The huz and I celebrated our anniversary last night with a nice Berkeley dinner at Chez Panisse. Before we even left the house, I wondered if I should use a cheat day for the month. I decided ahead of time that my answer would be no - I'm saving myself for my trip next week instead. But when I saw the menu, I knew it was going to be tough. When the waiter asked if we had any allergies or issues with the set menu, I was a little embarrassed to tell him I was sugar-free at the moment so dessert was not necessary for me. He offered fruit and I accepted. And can I tell you, it was damn good. I don't often eat boysenberries but those things are tasty little buggers. Maybe it's that I've denied myself candy for a week but I swear they tasted like they were infused with popsicle juice. Between the boysenberries, raspberries, and fresh peaches, I was kind of in heaven. I'm not going to lie - I definitely coveted my man's fruity galette but all in all, I'd say it was a success and left me feeling satisfied and light. I don't think I could say the same had I indulged in the pastry option.

Here's to holding out for Yippy-I-O candy in Jackson Hole!



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Menacing Milky Ways and Muskateers

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 11:37PM by mrb929 0 Comments -
What's a girl to do when her husband is out of town for their wedding anniversary? Pawn the kids off on a babysitter and get her nails done, of course! That sounded so bratty but it's exactly what I did and I enjoyed every minute of it. Well, almost. This place has dishes of miniature candies for your taking and I never wanted to offend them so I always took my fair share. I'm pretty sure that every time I've gone there in the past, I've eaten the equivalent of an entire Snickers bar. That's not even close to miniature. While it's a nice touch for the patrons, it's just not doing me any favors. Today, however, I stared those damn candies down and turned my nose up at them and walked away. I may have lingered just a bit...



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Three Down, 362 to Go!

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 11:00PM by mrb929 0 Comments -

After three days of being sugar-free, it's quite obvious to me why I am doing this. As I made my kids their Mickey Mouse chocolate chip pancakes this morning, I had to reign myself in and not take a single nibble of their stacks. And when I was hungry for a snack in the middle of the day, I didn't sneak into the pantry for yogurt covered pretzels or dip into the glass jar of peanut butter cups. I popped a handful of champagne grapes instead. And to be honest, they were perfectly satisfying. The hard part, by far, is the late evening when I just want something sweet. I may try freezing some of the grapes just to trick myself into thinking i'm having some mochi balls. I bought a pack of Mentos sugar-free gum at Walgreens yesterday and it's not half bad.

Onto day four tomorrow. Sweet dreams, especially since that's the only place those kind of thoughts are allowed.



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I'm Sweet Enough Already

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 9:33AM by mrb929 0 Comments -

I don't know if I'm sweet enough already or if my body is full of enough sweets already but either way, I like the quote.

I made it through day one of no sweets and it made me realize how much I have been picking at calorie packed treats throughout the day. When I gave my son his chocolate covered pretzel after his lunch, I had to fight the urge to eat one (or four) myself. They're minature, but still. When my daughter didn't finish her yogurt, I had to rinse it out and recycle it quickly so I wouldn't be tempted to eat the rest. And after dinner last night, I was craving something sugary. Instead I drank a glass of water and painted. I probably should have had a glass of wine. Sounds more romantic. Who paints with water? That should have been reserved for the paintbrushes.  Anyway, one down, 364 to go.

So glad so many people are doing this with me. I hope it's going well for you!



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