@CoralSnake: That's some great advice. I've been trying to substitute some of my usual sugary treats with healthier options, like sugar-free Jello and popsicles. Cutting out soda completely would probably save me tons of empty calories, so I'm trying to wean myself off of it gradually. The lack of caffeine has been giving me headaches, though. I do like some brands of diet soda, like diet Sprite & diet A&W but ALL of the diet colas are gross, imho. xD Maybe it's just because I'm used to the real stuff (and indeed, there is no earthly substitute for a candy bar).
@Arei: That's pretty much what I've been trying to do–just have a little sweet and then put them away. I've noticed that if I go preoccupy myself with something when I'm in the middle of a craving, the craving sometimes just goes away. Also, I've been keeping "safe" treats that have less calories and take longer to eat, like candy canes. The peppermint in candy canes seems to quell my appetite as well.
@omnichild: Oh yeah, green tea is fabulous! I've been taking these green tea extract supplements and I swear they seem to be giving me more energy. Haven't tried drinking it though because, well, it isn't sweet. xD I usually add a little Splenda when I want to add some sweetness, but I've heard Splenda isn't good for you? Maybe a spoonful of honey would be better. I do love tea, though. There's this honey-chamomile tea I buy at a local supermarket that is just, so amazing (although it always makes me sleepy). I don't really have any place to buy tea except the the grocery store (small-town life, ugh), but at least I know that they do stock green tea, so I'll go pick some up later this week and see how it goes.
@Cream-of-Chicken: 94lbs, huh… (just kidding, good for you xD). Your exercise routine sounds a little like mine–I usually spend at least an hour a day on the treadmill and another 30 minutes to an hour doing crunches and lifting weights, ect. Exercise isn't my problem, because I love to exercise. It's just unfortunately, I also love to eat and am usually eating stuff that isn't good for me. So, I've got this fat coating over my muscles which is just…well, gross.
I think I need to be switching up my exercise routine soon, though. I've been doing the same things over and over again, and I think I've hit a fitness plateau. Usually I just plug in my headphones and my body kinda goes into autopilot. Need to mix it up to keep it challenging, I think.