So far so good for me today. Just my Tbsp of honey with cinnamon for breakfast (suppposedly helps keep arthritis discomfort low. We'll see if it works . . .) and 2 almond cookies with lunch. Probably one very small sweet thing for dessert at supper. Staying well within calorie range today.
break rooms can be a danger zone!!!!! people don't realize that instead of making cookies, "with love," they can make healthy food with just as much love! that is why i gave up baking and candy making yrs. ago.
Fitness Minutes: (1,130) Posts: 23 3/15/12 6:14 P
I like your positive spin on taking the long way. :) When I used to work the break room snacks were the biggest temptation!! I keep hearing people mention gum as a good distraction, I'll have to try it!
Pounds lost: 5.4
Fitness Minutes: (21,239) Posts: 5,357 3/15/12 7:39 A
I guess we all have to figure out ways to outsmart ourselves and you have thought of some good ones! The "sugar ban" is getting easier for me, too. Micro-waved sliced apples with a few raisins and pumpkin pie spice for breakfast seems to satisfy my sweet tooth for most of the day. I can bypass any doughnuts that appear at the office with no problem. I enjoy wine with dinner at night, so I bought small bottles of Pinot Grigio- about six ounces each. If I am tempted by candy during the day, I remind myself of that little bottle of wine waiting at home...eat the candy- no wine. I only have one bottle and it is divine! Works for me!
Not only are you taming the sweet tooth but you are finding ways to add more activity in your day by taking the long way around the break room. I hope you have a nice place to eat that is quiet and you can relax rather than stress over the other food in the lunch/ break room. We have a nice park close to work I use then after lunch I can have a little walk before going back. You really have a great plan
current weight: 19.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (72,550) Posts: 6,335 3/14/12 9:15 P
This week has been much better. I think I stressed myself out when I didn't have to change my habits but just kept track because I was noticing all the time I was eating sugar and wondering how in the world I was going to do this.
Tuesday I went to the grocery store to get lunch- I chose the salad bar and I put together a good salad that was very similar to the ones I've learned to make from here Spark. When it came to "sweet" side, nothing looked appetizing. I passed up the puddings, jellos, and cake. I went to the check out ( and if you read my message from week 1 challenge-this is where I have a panic attack) This time no sweat!
Another trigger was the work break room with all the free goodies. I made sure I loaded my draw with all different types of gum. Cinnamon seems to work the best at curving my sweet cravings. I bought flavored water. I make sure I have 32oz of plain water before I treat myself with the flavored water. I avoid even walking by the break room. That means I have to take the long way sometimes, but means more steps in my day.
I also spread my meals out through out the day. I eat part of my breakfast at home and bring the second part to work to eat as a snack which helps me get to lunch without starving. I eat the main part of lunch-not in the break room. I go elsewhere that way it keeps me away from what's in there, keeps me from being influenced by other people's lunches, and I get away from work so I can de stress for a few. I save my fruit as my afternoon snack and I have my gum as my 3 o'clock pick me up.
Today only had one sweet thing and I was satisfied. I am starting to believe that I can do this.
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