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DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/14/13 11:48 P

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having some cake on your birthday.

I'd gladly be the red-headed step child rather than feel ashamed of myself for celebrating. :) Besides, red hair is awesome.

DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/14/13 11:29 P

Wow, so many replies!

Anyway, the best way to deal with cravings I've found is to stop saying you "can't" have something to yourself in your head. I actually learned this from a book I found that deals in part with addictive thinking. When you tell yourself you can't have something, it triggers a rebellious response. Instead, I tell myself " I can, but I'd feel better if I don't. " But I also don't pretend like I NEVER will have whatever item it is. Don't FIGHT the food, accept it as part of your life but NOT your whole life. Soda is delicious, but feeling healthy goes so far beyond that. Feeling good about yourself is so completely worth cutting down your soda intake.

Like chocolate cake, for example. I don't NEED it that second, and if it's been awhile and I feel like I want some, I'll have a bit. If I just had a slice of chocolate cake recently or I'm pushing my calorie budget, I just tell myself " It'll be around all of my life... I really would feel better if I didn't anyway. " Does that always make it easy? No. But I REALLY want to feel healthy and good.

The temptation of fast food I conquer either by cooking something delicious and nutricious (like couscous, delicious) OR I get a healthy option at the restaurant... Like a salad with grilled chicken, or a sandwich and fruit. I cold-turkeyed soda, but I might have some every so often in the future.

Small changes make BIG results. Do things that you find sustainable. Sparkpeople also has really helpful information for cravings.

When you see that first pound come off, it'll be so worth it. You'll be so proud of yourself.

CIRANDELLA SparkPoints: (0)
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4/13/13 7:59 P

Am retired, but isn't it something how offices are mine fields of heavily sugared, buttery creations? And EVERYONE is expected to partake?

Good for you, for holding your grand - YEAH!!!! emoticon

ARMYWIFEKASS SparkPoints: (3,072)
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4/13/13 7:32 P

I face to temptations everyday, mostly fast good and soda, haven't tried figured out how to fight them yet..

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (556,060)
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4/13/13 4:33 P

No temptations today and congratulations to you for not partaking.

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (315,589)
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4/13/13 2:52 P

Well, I'd either think I died and went to heaven, was still dreaming, or it was my birthday! Anything sweet wouldn't be appetizing to me in the morning, anyway. Anything too sweet wouldn't be appetizing to me at any time. I'm the kind of person who scoops off the icing of the cake and tosses it, then may eat the cake......especially if its dark chocolate. I really prefer a tart dessert or unsweetened fresh fruit.

4/13/13 11:28 A

People will eat anything at the office. You would think that they didn't have any food at home. I remember one time a travel agent brought in one of those huge chocolate chip cookies for one of our employees' birthday. The employee, unfortunately, was out of the office for the morning. Another employee in the office just couldn't wait until the birthday person got back to the office, so cut a small piece out of the cookie. It wasn't 1/2 hour before the cookie was gone, and the birthday person never even got to see it at all.

I often threatened to cut left-over brussel sprouts in half and put toothpicks in the pieces and take them to work to see if they would be eaten.


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Edited by: PATTIJOHNSON at: 4/13/2013 (11:29)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
4/12/13 10:48 P

"our culture encourages people to eat almost 24 hrs. a day, and then, on the other side of it's mouth, gets rude if people are overweight."

Yup!!!! Really annoying, isn't it! Food, food everywhere, and our job is to either pit ourselves against it and resist, or somehow manage to eat it while miraculously not converting any of it to body mass......

Funny, the vast majority of people at my work are not overweight or not-much-overweight. Out of about 75 employees, I'm one of hmmm 3? maybe 4 that are "obese"?? And yet our lunchroom is just treacherous. I am starting to think that the reason most of the treat-bringers are on the thin side is BECAUSE they are bringing the excess food OUT of their home and leaving it for others to consume.... one of those others being formerly-me! But not anymore :)

4/12/13 10:25 P work place is totally "fitness" obsessed, ETHELMERZ. If you aren't thin, run marathons, and look fantastic, you are treated like a red-headed stepchild. It definitely makes the choice of whether to eat the cake or not, a more treacherous one.

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (539,600)
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4/12/13 9:42 P

The lunch I ordered today came with fries. I gave them away!

ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,290
4/12/13 9:32 P

This food at work thing was just beginning back when I quit work, 38 yrs. ago, and then it was just having to celebrate every danged workers Birthday, complete with cake, gift and card, and everyone was expected to contribute to that. Seems it's gotten way outta hand over the years, potlucks, bake offs, appetizer meetings, on and on and on, and it's also a time waster. But no one seems to stop it, from any company, either.......................our culture encourages people to eat almost 24 hrs. a day, and then, on the other side of it's mouth, gets rude if people are overweight.

4/12/13 9:03 P

My birthday is coming up, and my department at work ALWAYS gets cake for people on their birthday. So, some day soon, I will walk into the front office, and everyone will be waiting for me, smiling and offering cake.

I intend to eat it.


MAGGIEVAN SparkPoints: (204,392)
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4/12/13 5:02 P

No because I am controlling the food environment. How did it happen that you woke up to a table full of cake? Is it a surprise birthday celebration?

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
4/12/13 4:09 P

I went into the break room at work this morning to fill up my water, and decided to wander over to the other side of the room to see what goodies had been brought in today. There were cupcakes and cookies, and I was reminded why I never go in the breakroom. I walked out of there as fast as I could, before I could start negotiating with myself!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (240,959)
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4/12/13 3:57 P

I went to the grocery after my 6AM trip to the gym. They were BAKING. And it smelled like HEAVEN.

but I just went back to the produce dept (they didn't have what I was looking for), then over to health foods and dairy. I've stayed on track all week. Not about to ruin it now!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
4/12/13 3:40 P

There's stuff in the lunch room at work almost every single day. Donuts or "Timbits" (donut hole). Twizzler red licorice. A homemade apple pie. Leftover pizza from a meeting. Chips. Popcorn. There is ALWAYS something in there.

I don't even bother eating lunch in the lunch room these days. I eat at my desk, then go out for a walk at lunch.

DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/12/13 2:58 P

Cake and cookies that is. I haven't partaken, and I probably won't, but the old me would've immediately. Cake for breakfast? The old me, from just a couple weeks ago, would've said yes.

Anybody else facing an awkwardly timed temptation today? Lol....

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