on the progress you've made...I love the suggestions offered and hope you find one that works for you!
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I suggest you have a snack such as a banana with you and as you exit the building have it in hand. If you are tempted just start eating the banana and keep walking. You should have something post workout so be prepared with something healthy. this may get you past the bakery shop and to your car quickly without feeling an urge to get something sweet
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Fitness Minutes: (3,383) Posts: 422 3/14/13 10:13 A
You're so welcome! I wonder also if smelling an essential oil, like peppermint (not that it's convenient to carry an oil bottle, LOL) would distract you from the bakery odors when you're at various stops. You could even dab it on your wrist and take a whiff :). Good plan re the water bottle! Anyway, good luck; let me know how it goes.
current weight: 157.0
Fitness Minutes: (90,016) Posts: 8,612 3/14/13 9:44 A
Thank you so much FlashandHold for the encouragement. I know I need to start writing down more of the test that come out of giving up the sweets (^_^). Actually I use public transportation(decreasing my carbon foot print) and some times that triggers a stop to the bakery(especially if the wait is more than 5 minutes).
I will use your suggestions and carry my water with me because it is funny that you mention carrying water. I leave my water bottle at work and do not think to have it at the gym, just use the sink and a cup of water.
Thank you again for the words of support and good luck on your journey.
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Fitness Minutes: (40) Posts: 166 3/14/13 9:29 A
Meg, it might help to carry a bottle of maybe some healthy tea (a cool herbal tea with Stevia, if that doesn't trigger anything for you). Or carry gum and pop it into your mouth before you pass the bakery. Also, maybe carry some wheat crackers in your gym bag -- maybe your workout is making you feel a bit hungry? I usually down nuts before I work out and that carries me if I can get home to regular food pretty soon after the gym. It's ironic that there's a bakery near your gym :(!! I have the same problem, though. When I'm out and about, my thoughts turn to stops I could make for a "treat." I'm also trying to resolve NOT to eat in the car. Not sure if you're on foot or driving, but if you eliminate "car eating," that might help, if you're guilty of that like I am.
current weight: 157.0
Fitness Minutes: (10,233) Posts: 46 3/14/13 9:20 A
Hello, I saw this goal about Taming the sweet tooth and realized I need help with it (^_^). Yesterday was a hard day, my gym is literally right next door to a bakery and there was a week moment with purchasing a lemon bar.
I have been doing well most days and not having any sugar, unless it is naturally derived. Any suggestions on how to leave places alone that are close to my activities.
Thank you and Good luck on continuing this journey Meg
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