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ncuneo
05-21-2010, 12:10 PM
So early this week my boss brought in a hugh frosting smoothered chocolate cake. Usually this would have been an issue, but the frosting just looked so sweet and waxy so I haven't even thought about it and it's been there ALL week.

But today he brought in two huge bags of giant chocolate cover chocolate chip cookies!!! Cookies have always been a HUGE weekness for me. Fortunatly I usually have no cravings in the AM, but after lunch is going to be a problem. TOM is next week too so I've got a raging sweet tooth this week. Ugh! This is the hardest part of all this. I know I can do and I know I'll feel great for staying strong and there was a loss on the scale this morning, so I'm motivated, but they look sooooo good! What is your favorite course of action in these situations?????


lights76
05-21-2010, 12:14 PM
Hate to say it but I would just eat one. I know that sounds weird but I feel like I exercise enough and watch my food intake 99% of the time so having a cookie from time to time is not going to kill my diet plans, if anything, it makes me work a little harder at the gym - run 1 mile more, take an extra class...

MaezieZ
05-21-2010, 12:18 PM
I don't have an answer, but I can sympathize. The "treat" table sits right outside my cubicle. And if there's donuts they call to me. Luckily the donuts/cake/cookies don't last long so I try to hold out with my healthy snacks or by chewing gum. When someone brings fruit, it lasts for days!

Good luck and I'll be anxious to see what others say.


ncuneo
05-21-2010, 12:26 PM
Hate to say it but I would just eat one.

I think this would be my choice, but I seem to have an issue with just one. So I think this is something I will inact once I hit maintenance as long as it is just one or 1/2 of one. But in the past that has been worse for me b/c generally it's never just one and becomes 2 or 3 and resisting the 2 and 3rd one is harder than not eating one at all. I have A LOT of work to do in this area and I wish I could find a good book or something to deal with temptations and cravings. I really don't want to be battling this internal diagolog the rest of my life...but unfortunately I probably will...

Beach Patrol
05-21-2010, 12:33 PM
What is your favorite course of action in these situations?????

At my current TOM, I believe I'd have flung those :censored: cookies right at the boss's unsuspecting head.

:dizzy: :D

SCraver
05-21-2010, 12:47 PM
I used to have a co-worker that I wasn't particularly fond of. She came over to my cubicle one day and was showing me all the poison ivy she had up and down her arms. Then she pointed to her INNER THIGH and said she had it there to.

When she was done with her horrifying demonstration... she took my big canister of Jelly Belly's and reached her nasty arm into it and dug out a few jelly beans. I never touched the canister again. I let some of my other coworkers know about it. And then I eventually just threw it away. (I was so pissed, b/c I would only have a couple here and there for a bit of a low cal/no fat treat)

Anywho - my point is... if someone brings in something I don't want to eat, I just imagine someone with nasty hands touching it. Eew! Imagine someone scratching their inner thigh and then fondling your cookie!

*poof* Done. No more craving.

nationalparker
05-21-2010, 12:48 PM
Maybe set a time that you'll enjoy and savor one - about 15 minutes before you leave the office for the day. Then you know it's coming up... BUT if the time comes/goes without you remembering at that time, just pack up and leave for the day without indulging and think how you'll feel on the way home :) Probably like temptation stared you in the eyes all day and you stared back and WON! And that sets a precedent.

I did great yesterday and then indulged in one otis spunkmeyer cookie at a local community theatre performance, thinking, oh, 150 calories, give or take. Looked it up this morning ... 270 calories. SO not worth that amount to me. If I'd known last night what I know now... grr. :)

effie12
05-21-2010, 01:14 PM
I used to have a co-worker that I wasn't particularly fond of. She came over to my cubicle one day and was showing me all the poison ivy she had up and down her arms. Then she pointed to her INNER THIGH and said she had it there to.

When she was done with her horrifying demonstration... she took my big canister of Jelly Belly's and reached her nasty arm into it and dug out a few jelly beans. I never touched the canister again. I let some of my other coworkers know about it. And then I eventually just threw it away. (I was so pissed, b/c I would only have a couple here and there for a bit of a low cal/no fat treat)

Anywho - my point is... if someone brings in something I don't want to eat, I just imagine someone with nasty hands touching it. Eew! Imagine someone scratching their inner thigh and then fondling your cookie!

*poof* Done. No more craving.

AHHHH! That is absolutely horrifying. I think I would have kicked her, or smacked her hand out of my jar, but the damage would have probably already been done. Blerg.

As for the OP's question, I would take one if I thought I could stick it out with just one. Maybe break it up into little pieces and munch on one bit every time I had a particular craving for it. If I didn't think I could keep with just the one, I would avoid, avoid, avoid. Maybe bring my own healthy sweet treat, and make sure I'm chewing gum every time I pass the table. Good luck!

TornadoSiren
05-21-2010, 01:16 PM
As for eating just one. Live a little..but what you should do is grab that cookie as you are on your way out the door to go home! Grab it and run! That way, you cant get to a second!

TornadoSiren
05-21-2010, 01:17 PM
And for the poison ivy coworker..all I can say is... EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

beerab
05-21-2010, 01:25 PM
I agree to wait till the end of the day. Tell yourself you can have one then IF there are still any cookies left.

PeanutsMom704
05-21-2010, 01:56 PM
I feel for you, cookies are my biggest weakness too. I can easily pass on cake, but I hate having to pass on the cookies. I just keep trying to visualize the scale tomorrow morning and how much I'd rather see a lower number over having the cookie, no matter how much I'd enjoy it.

BUT I will say that if I make a decision to go ahead and have a treat, I let myself enjoy it thoroughly and savor it and not feel guilty about it at all. Yes, I want to stay on plan and yes, I want to reach my goal (or a minigoal along the way). But I do not consider myself as being "on a diet" - I'm just living the way I live, and the way I'm going to live for the rest of my life. And there will be times when I choose to have that cookie - but I want to make sure it's a mindful choice and I don't eat something just because it's there.

My Body in Motion
05-21-2010, 02:03 PM
What I do to avoid temptation like that is I brush my teeth and use mouthwash. Nothing but water tastes good with a minty mouth. By the time the minty-ness wears off, hopefully the sweets will be gone!

StuffedBunny
05-21-2010, 02:10 PM
:hungry: COOKIES!?! WHERE?! :hungry:

:p

Tai
05-21-2010, 03:11 PM
Step away from the cookies! If you're able to eat just one; that's great. I'm not good with this for most foods, so I just look at it like it's not a food for me. Like so many foods in the grocery store; they're just not things I eat so i ignore them!

ncuneo
05-21-2010, 04:06 PM
I agree to wait till the end of the day. Tell yourself you can have one then IF there are still any cookies left.

This is a great idea! In my office the likelyness that something will even be there at the end of the day is pretty slim. And if there is they'll be all broken or the only ones left will be the icky kinds or kinds I can resist (i.e. peanut butter, double chocolate). I will likely also tell myself that I've made it that far, why bother and to just go home and get a good dinner.

So far I've done great and barely thought about them. I have a great lunch today w/ a sweet snack for later, so I think I'll survive this one, great tips though, any more?

Nada
05-21-2010, 04:22 PM
Procrastination works for me and I don't have to wait until the end of the day. By mid-afternoon everything brought in the morning is usually gone.

VermontMom
05-21-2010, 04:57 PM
First...congrats on your success so far!! :bravo:

second...congrats on your success today!

I have been tempted alot lately but I have been going down slowly on the scale and I just keep thinking of my equations of eating sparingly but nutritiously and working out have been giving me results...and I want to see that number on the scale keep going down! so that helps me.

Also, remember that...'just because something is there, doesn't mean you have to eat it!' What if your (mean) boss didn't bring anything in? It wouldn't be there, and it wouldn't be a temptation. So hang in there!




Anywho - my point is... if someone brings in something I don't want to eat, I just imagine someone with nasty hands touching it. Eew! Imagine someone scratching their inner thigh and then fondling your cookie!


:rofl: :rofl: :devil:

luciddepths
05-21-2010, 05:04 PM
HAHHAA beach patrol, thats funny!!!

Yah, im gonna say DONT DO IT.....when i get cravings i drink alot of water and chew gum.. and if there is a 25cent vending machine, ill get ONE 25cent worth of candy, that seems to have helped me! into not getting a donut or cake.

Renwomin
05-21-2010, 05:09 PM
We have far too many food days and food celebrations around here. A lot of the times I look at all the junk and am not even tempted. But occasionally I really am tempted. If it doesn't seem to be a passing fancy then I take a small taste of whatever it is I'm being tempted by and really focus on exactly what it tastes like. The VAST majority of the time it tastes absolutely disgusting to me and I immediately don't want it anymore. I'm finding that I have less and less of these "gotta have that" moments because of this strategy. But I have to admit that it backfires on me every once in a while and something tastes good to me. In those cases I will have just a small portion whatever it is and I allow myself to enjoy it. I haven't had a time yet when a small piece has turned into gorging myself. (Thank goodness!)

I really don't know if this strategy will work for you, but it does work for me.

I'm really looking at my diet modification as a life long change and not just something I'm doing to lose weight. I'm not going to not eat cheesecake for the rest of my life for instance. But I can try to find healthy alternatives to it or alternately make the sacrifices that I need to make to eat cheesecake on an occasional basis. What is NOT an option for me is slipping back to my old lifestyle of eating horrible, high calorie foods without making the sacrifices of cutting back or exercising more to do so.

wannabeahotmama
05-21-2010, 07:56 PM
There is NO way I could let myself have just ONE cookie at work. It would be an epic failure. I might consider taking one home with me to have later so even if I wanted more it would not be there. I think that many of us have to deal with people bringing unhealthy food at work. The managers at work like to reward us with food, ALWAYS unhealthy. I can never eat what they provide and I always complain that there are no healthy options and it is not really fair to people who actually care about what they are eating. HAHA I am a pain in the butt, but on the other hand if I vocalize my disgust I am much less likely to be a hypocrite in front of everyone and go back and eat some.

ncuneo
05-21-2010, 08:04 PM
Well I'm still hanging in there...It's 4:00 right now. Fortunatly I'm not hungry like I usually am at this time. I think my sweet high protien on plan snack helped with that. Also today is a gym day so I leave early (4:30) and I just signed up for a free trial at a new gym that I'm hoping to use today and the last thing I need is a sugar coma while lifting weights!