Got the stickers and am on the new plan. Did ok over the weekend (was traveling), but when I got home Monday night, had to have wine time, and went for that second glass. But no wine tonight! I'm anxious to see what difference this makes after a week or two.
LEXINATRIX: Thanks for the link! I'm glad you asked your co-worker to consider taking the M&M dispenser down, but I'm even more happy for you that you told her you're going to start eating apples at the desk. You rock!
DKKWRITER: I have the same issue with wine, and I know that's my downfall. Here's the kicker, my fiancé is from France, and well, wine is usually with dinner. Usually during the week, I've been good, especially during school, but on the weekend or when I don't have classes, I don't do so well. I've had to compensate by exercising more. I think that's one way the french can get away with drinking wine so often. Oh, and just an FYI, not all french women are skinny. In fact, I see a lot of not skinny women there. haha. BUT, in Paris, it's different, there are a lot of skinny women, but that seems to be true in a lot of metro cities. AND I've digressed (sorry). Anyway.... I really like your idea of limiting to one glass 2-3 times a week, and using a sticker and a calendar. Keep us updated and I'll do the same, as I'm going to copy you.
Ok, I confess. I'm one of those who has a tall jar on my desk that I keep filled with M&Ms and it works for me because I don't eat them! (Rather have my chocolate calories in something more satisfying than those little bits of crunch. But the reason I have the M&Ms on my desk is because of this: I'm a communications director in a large organization that has lots of young people and children coming through. I keep the M&Ms on my desk to make them more comfortable and less shy. But if I really LOVED M&Ms, I wouldn't have it on my desk! Also, I have my own office, so my desk is way more than 6 feet away from anyone else!
But here's my problem with consuming calories I don't need and more than I want. Any help, suggestion, encouragement will be welcome! I've been on SP for about a month now, doing my logging and tracking of food and water consistently, and have realized I need to seriously cut back on wine.
I'm having 2-3 glasses way too often and then the wine is a food trigger. So, although I LOVE my wine time with my husband, it is affecting my "mood management" and my eating. But saying "no" when my husband offers me a glass of wine at the end of a long day has proven to be so hard for me! So this is what I'm going to try: I'm making a short-term goal from now through October 31 to restrict my wine to one glass 2-3 times a week. I'm also going to use stickers and a calender for the month and give myself a sticker for everyday I don't have wine. I'll see how the next two weeks go!
As for my coworker: she uses the candy as a way to lure people to her desk to visit her. She's desperately in need of near-constant attention, so this is her ploy to keep people stopping by her desk. (Nevermind that it's distracting and NOISY when people are cranking on the M&M dispensers!)
She hasn't moved the dispensers. When I asked if she'd move them to a table at the end of our row, she said "That ain't gonna happen." So I suggested then that I should be able to eat apples -- a healthy snack to which she's allergic -- at my desk then.
She got really quiet ... but still hasn't moved them. =P
Good for you for giving the article to your co-worker! I work at a small business and we don't have candy dishes, but I recently walked through a big office and all kinds of people had candy dishes and I just couldn't believe it. I wouldn't be able to think about work, I'd truly be thinking about candy all day long!
I printed a recent article quoting Wansink about how people with candy dishes near them at work ate on average 5 more candies a day than when the candy was at least 6 feet away. (Those 5 candies would be the equivalent in calories to 12 lbs/year.)
I gave the article to my coworker who has two HUGE M&M dispensers at her desk 4 feet away. =P
"Why We Eat More Than We Think Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 p.m. Carlson School of Management Auditorium, U of M West Bank Brian Wansink, author of the best-selling book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, will discuss the influence of advertising and marketing on eating habits. As director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, Wansink seeks to help companies develop “win-win” strategies to help people eat more nutritiously and control their food portions. In turn, companies are able to leverage those strategies to build their businesses in a fast-paced, competitive market place. Cost, including a reception is $45 (free to current U of M students). Registration is suggested."
Can register here: http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/Page7341. aspx On the site, it reads that RSVP is required, so register if you are interested
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