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9/20/13 11:28 A

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You might also make sure that if you know the time they do this, to eat a large apple or something that is filling for you so you don't start thinking about it and talk yourself into it. (honey nut cheerios are my go to when I'm craving something sweet).

If you don't love yourself....how can you expect others to.


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ELLY2017 Posts: 59
9/19/13 10:17 P

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Thank you all for your great ideas. When it comes to my work place, I think Smart4Andrea is spot on. When I've refused cake - however nice I am about it - people push and push and act hurt - at least some of the time. Maybe it is me feeling that because I'm overweight, how credible am I going to be saying I don't want any? emoticon

Ah well. The last cake we had I took a small piece and slowly ate the cake part but not the frosting (easy to do because I didn't like the frosting!) I have also done the save it for later routine and then thrown it out, but as a sugar addict, that is a hard road to go down.

emoticon Still, next time this happens - we have 2 more birthdays coming up in the next 4 weeks, I'm going to say no thank you! You all made me feel strong.

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9/19/13 1:41 P

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First , decided if it is going to trigger you to indulge later on. That's my first question to myself.

If it won't, then either leave room on your calories to have a small piece (only if you want it)

No one would "seriously" be offended. They would probably be happy because more is left for them. Be honest and say that you're really trying to cut down on sugar and you'd rather not at this time. They will respect you more for being honest.

Another option ....... if you can (I personally couldn't do this because it would trigger me to eat it having it in my hands) is taking the small piece to your desk and throwing it away. I have done this once I'm under sugar control . Once everyone has a piece, I've thrown sweets in trash and poured water on it so I wouldn't get desperate. lol


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9/18/13 1:33 P

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Yeah, spell check does that to me sometimes:)
Well, I don't know environment you work in, but as a general rule people just play nice.
Subconsciously some may hold a grudge, especially when it comes to women.

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9/18/13 4:36 A

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I'm assuming you mean 'condescending'. That's why you smile when you say it, so people know you're not being anything of the sort.
I say it all the time at work and nobody has been offended/felt condescended to/called me an ass in over a year. It works.

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9/17/13 4:26 P

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First thing, ask yourself do you want it..cause if you do - go ahead and eat it and enjoy it as much as you can. If you don't want it - you don't, it's your decision when to you cake or anything for that matter, not your coworkers, friends or even family.

Completely other thing stop your coworkers from hating you:)
Saying "I don't eat things like that" is only good for your family or close friends, coworkers would most likely see that as condensation and an ass in general:)

There're plenty of good excuses:
1. Give it a little taste, complement the cake and save it for later, later just throw it away:)
2. Safe it for "after" lunch. Yeah...trash can here you go!)
3. Having a big dinner is great excuse.
4. I already had some it was great!
5. You wan't to try the other one/

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9/17/13 3:39 P

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Why say no?!?

Suggestion1: Your office always brings in sweets for birthdays, prepare ahead of time and adjust your meal plan for the day. It's your birthday...a day to celebrate without regret.

Suggestion 2: Take over cutting the cake and hand it all out and spend more time talking with the people you are celebrating with (if possible). Keep the decoration (i.e., the candle) and smile whenever you look at it. Smiling increases both endorphins and serotonin -- the good stuff and much better for you than the sugar.

Suggestion 3: I've used this one as well...I cut a piece of cake for myself and held it on my desk. After spending time with my coworkers and printing out a thank you note to passed around to everyone I took my cake and walked it to the main guards desk (someone who would not be called in to participate in the party festivities.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

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9/17/13 5:26 A

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See if you can just get a tiny bit. Otherwise just say "Thanks so much, but I don't eat things like cake any more" with a smile.

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ELLY2017 Posts: 59
9/16/13 9:43 P

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Birthday cake at work - how do you say no without seeming like you aren't a team player? emoticon

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