Oh, I'd have a tough time with that as well! Something I've started doing, which has helped me a lot, has been resisting temptation one day at a time - telling myself, "I can go one day with out it. It will always be there tomorrow."
That's helped me keep an unopened candy bar in the freezer for almost a month now. It's become almost a crutch for me. I don't buy candy because I know I have that bar in the freezer. And I just keep thinking my craving might be stronger tomorrow, but it never is.
7/22/13 2:02 P
I used to work at a well-known and ubiquitous coffee shop. I'm sure you can guess which one. We were allowed to "sample" pastries. I quickly packed on ten pounds.
It does get easier as time goes by. But you do have to focus on what you are doing, what you are eating. It's very easy to nibble on that stuff if it's everywhere.
Temptations are everywhere, but there's nothing requiring you to give in to those temptations.
7/22/13 7:25 A
I work at a marina. In the store we have just about every kind of junk food, candy chips ice cream soda there is. Plus I can order whatever I want from the restaurant. It's mostly fried food, high calorie, high carb, high fat.
Every day I pack my food, lunches and snacks plus an emergency, omg I'm so hungry I can't stand it I want to eat something-type extra thing. I don't often need the extra thing (could be a fruit & nut granola bar, could be a high fiber brownie, could be a little trail mix), but just knowing I've got it can stop me from starting in on the junk food.
The thing is, all that stuff in the store and the restaurant is there today and was there yesterday and wll be there tomorrow and next week and next month and next year. It is not anything "special". It is not so special that it warrants my eating it today and tomorrow and every day. And eating that type of stuff is what got me to being ready for a lifestyle change. It does not contribute to the goals I have now. And I want what I want now, more than I want a candy bar or some hush puppies or a grilled cheeseburger every day.
Doesn't mean I don't have treats here and there-- but I plan for them in my Tracker, and work them into my calorie range. I second the suggestion to set yourself up for some rewards based on how many days in a row you stay within your calorie range. I'd have to say (speaking for myself here) tracking my food and staying within my range was the number one most helpful thing, with my loss.
My mother worked in a candy factory during WW2 and she was allowed to eat all the candy she wanted. After about two weeks she was sick of it and afterwards she never ate candy. She even hated the smell of it when we'd go into the FiveAndDime Store and pass the Candy Counter. Maybe you will get so you dislike the smell of the bakery.
7/21/13 1:47 P
Set up a reward system for getting through the day only eating what you bring from home. Make it something you really want. Assuming you are permitted to eat some of the bake goods do something to make the one you are taking unappetizing, stir it into a glass of water for example. Or poor salt over it. Practice saying I choose to eat healthy and this______doesn't work for me right now. Good luck
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7 7/21/13 12:30 P
Temptation is everywhere. This is why I gained 10 pounds in 3 months. How do I keep myself on track with my goals? Any tips?
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