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JBH123

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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 21:41
So I need some serious help. My co-worker likes to bring in donuts and I have a very hard time resisting them. Has anyone dealt with this and have some strategies so I can successfully get past this type of sabotage?
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mwessinger

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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 21:46
Yep, defeated the donuts. Krispy Kreme is right down the street, so the donuts appear regularly around the office. I created a "blacklist" of foods that I have banished from my diet. It is a very short list, only about half a dozen items so far, but donuts are at the top. I decided that I want to lose weight and be healthy MORE than I want donuts. Once you make that type of commitment to yourself, it is easy to pass right by a full box and not even miss having any.
Lee2010

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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 21:55
I think you just have to make the decision that donuts aren't going to help you achieve what you want to, so there's no point eating them. What's a few minutes of gratification compared to a lifetime of feeling great about yourself?
gefd28

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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 21:59
I love doughnuts, I mean I REALLY love donuts. I have not blacklisted them, but there would have to be a very good reason to eat one. Whenever I'm tempted, I remind myself that the doughnut I'm looking at represents 20 minutes of extra running. Also, the average doughnut has about 1/3 my normal daily fat intake.

If I am going someplace that they will be serving doughnuts or I'm bringing them to a client, I always make sure I had a very big healthy breakfast so I wont be as tempted.

I'm on another forum (not diet related) and my icon is still a chocolate raised doughnut.

Did I say I love doughnuts?
AuntieJan

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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 22:08
If possible, don't go in the room where the donuts are until you are able to resist. That you need to work on. If they are in a break room/kitchen at your office, pack your HEALTHY foods and drinks for the day in a little cooler and take it with you to work.

Take your breaks somewhere else, a park, etc. Let others know you are making a healthy lifestyle change, don't beat people over the head with it but if others know you are trying to eat better / lose weight they will usually be supportive or at least understanding. When they see how great you look and feel they may join you!

Donuts are one of my favorites, but I really don't miss them at all because I know how much more time in the gym I'll have to spend for one... not worth it!

Good luck to you!
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LittleRedFla...

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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 22:10
@JBH123 Yes, absolutely I've faced the same thing with donuts. I had a co-worker actually saving me one or two donuts on a napkin on my desk for a while. That made it tough, but I decided at that point, I was going to resist just to prove that I could. I guess I'm pretty hard-headed! Good luck.
Lee2010

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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 22:18
Or, in a moment of weakness if you do pick up a donut and have a bite, quickly (before you really think about it) just chuck the rest in the trash. I know it's a total waste of food. But sometimes I do that.
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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 22:31
I keep Caramel Brownie Luna Bar Minis in my desk at work. When the donuts show up, I eat a Luna Bar. It's very satisfying and I don't have to feel guilty or starve myself to make up for the calories. Also -- and this is a really odd approach -- I've discovered that once I eat a very good version of something, a bad version no longer appeals to me. Donuts are a good example: There's an old German bakery in my neighborhood that makes the most delicious donuts on earth. I mean better than Krispy Kreme. All other donuts taste heavy and greasy by comparison. So once every two months or so, I fill a small thermos with non-fat milk and take myself to Dinkel's for a fresh made chocolate donut. I savor my donut and milk, and I'm satisfied. I find that this approach makes me somewhat more immune to the average donut or sweet roll that shows up in the office. Yeah -- I know -- bettr not to eat them at all, but I'm human, and I can't imagine a lifetime without a chocolate donut.
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Posted: 16 Mar 2011, 23:27
Hermiones Mom wrote:
Yeah -- I know -- bettr not to eat them at all, but I'm human, and I can't imagine a lifetime without a chocolate donut.


Actually, I think your approach is absolutely perfect. You should absolutely enjoy the "sometimes foods" you love - I mean really enjoy them in moderation and infrequently not snuck from an office break room and eaten in a hurry and then feeling guilty about it.

That seems like just what you are doing Smile
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fredmugs

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 06:20
I work on a Navy base and looking at fat ass sailors is all the motivation I need to stay away from donuts.

The cookie jar on the other hand poses a much larger problem for me.
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mdep1229

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 08:12
That's easy, I don't even like chocolate doughnuts! Laughing Actually, for the most part I cannot stand the food people bring into the office - mostly junk.

No, seriously, you have to ask the question: is that greasy chocolate doughnut worth X calories? Or would you rather "spend" the same amount on something better, like really good dark chocolate?

It also helps if you have a good, filling breakfast before showing up for work.

JBH123

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 08:47
I work in a bull pen type of area so the donuts come in fresh in the morning and they are usually right next to my desk. I also work with a bunch of guys (5 to be exact) who are not struggling with weight.

I will work on making sure I eat a nice breakfast in the mornings and if I just don't have time to do that, I like the idea of taking a bite (or two) and chucking the rest.

Yesterday I just ended up incorporating it into my calorie count and it worked out.

Thanks for all of the responses.
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41ants

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 09:35
Donuts have never been that appealing to me, but when I have a mid morning sweet craving I typically do 1 scoop of dbl choc whey isolate protein mixed with ICE COLD WATER. Works for me.
chmilz

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 11:15
depriving yourself of the food you love while trying to lead a healthier lifestyle will only hinder your progress and lead to binges and failure. Moderation is key. build it into your calories that day, or just accept the overage and know it was a delicious treat this once!
KK89

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 11:33
I agree with #chmilz

Moderation is good. Especially if your calorie counting. If you have a donut you can always have lower calorie items later to make up for it. I had a brownie this morning! Terrible I know.. But I couldn't resist! haha I often find that after I've indulged in something that is was not as tasty as I thought it would be and so I will steer clear in the future for the most part.

I understand about your work place sabotage dilemma though, at my job we get delicious pasta, baked goods and other treats. I try to have something sweet or savory (depending on what I'm craving) while everyone else is eating what I "think" I want to eat.

When there are cookies present I reach for a sweet hot tea or have a real fruit smoothy. Yumm!

Good Luck =)
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KK89

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 11:37
It also could be easier for me since I live in Canada and Tim Hortons donuts are not as yummy (they are lower calorie though!)
Keisha


The Difference between WANT and NEED is self control.
Its not about the food I cannot have, Its about the body I will not have if I eat that food.
SUGAR IS THE DEVIL xD
kelli_231

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 14:36
Sheer will-power and scary thoughts!

I think of my father and mother-and-law. My father died of complications from diabetes and shortly before he died he said he wished he'd taken care of it better. Since mid-January my mother-in-law has been in and out of the hospital--again, complications from diabetes. Seeing her there reminded me of my dad, and I have been filled with determination since the beginning of the year. Now to the doughnut story.

I teach in college and as my short semester was ending I picked up some doughnuts to take to my class. Since I was just feeding them, not filling them up, and because I live on a teacher's salary, I cut them in half when I got to the office so there would be enough for the whole class. The smell of doughnuts wafted through my small office. The glaze on the tips of my fingers enticed me. I didn't even have a bite! It was a real struggle, but I kept thinking of myself lying in one of those hospital beds because of what I do today. I know what a doughnut tastes like. I love them. These were good doughnuts--the bakery down the street from my house does a super-great job with them. They just weren't worth the cost.

Someday when I get to my goal weight and hold it for a while, I may splurge on a doughnut, but until then I just keep that hospital bed in sight. I really want to be healthy, and that's worth more to me than slight indulgence as insanely tempting as it may be.

And, you can't believe how great I feel being able to tell that story. (I tell it often just for the feeling of accomplishment, and I remember it often when faced with temptation) If I can resist the cloying pull of doughnuts, I can probably do anything! Smile

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 15:07
We always have oreos and hershey's miniatures at reception, which I walk by constantly. I've found that once you make the decision not to indulge and stick with it for a few days, it becomes easier to resist. On days when its really tough to stay away, I'll grab a piece of gum before I walk by, which effectively removes temptation (since you aren't going to eat an oreo with a piece of gum in your mouth!). Occasionally, when it just doesn't feel like I can resist, I'll look at my tracker- if I have room or some other treat that I can trade out, I'll have one oreo, enjoy it, and then go back to ignoring them. I probably have something once every week or two and it works fine for me, because my approach to food allows me to enjoy things in moderation.

The funny thing is that last summer, my eyes were bigger than my stomach at the grocery store and I ended up with WAY too much melon, so I chopped up an assortment of it, brought it to work, and put it next to the cookies. That disappeared just as quickly as the cookies did! So another way to fight the urge is to bring in something healthy of your own to share (which might also make the point, in a subtle fashion, that you're serious about eating healthy, so maybe they'll think twice about "encouraging" you to have a donut or cupcake next time around).
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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 15:12
I felt weak whenever I saw chocolates, candies or anything taboo to my weight loss goals at the office that I decided to fight back with over-saturation. I have a large bowl on the corner of my desk with all sorts of candies, chocolates, toffees, and it's been there for so long now that I just look at it and feel nothing! It had the added benefit for me to be more social with my co-workers and now they come and visit often. Very Happy
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Devrinator

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 15:23
I always hated the advice not to deprive myself. We all react differently to food, which is why different diets work for different people. If I cave and eat a donut, a monster will come out that will want to rip into more donuts.

I'm that way with donuts, too. I have to have a distraction strategy. I'm also honest. If someone goes, "Go ahead. One won't hurt you," I'd have to let them know It's a no go. For me, some foods are like alcohol to alcoholics. I can't just "do a little bit." There's nothing beneficial about a donut. My life won't be enhanced in any way, save for a few minutes of tongue-tingles, if I eat a donut.

Bring something with you that you can have. Create a tactic or a task that you do every time you see the donuts. Drink water as soon as they come in. Suggest healthier office snacks. Bring something in that's better! Don't cave, though. For most of us, if we could ever have been "okay," with just one, we'd be thin. Most of us don't deal well with "just one." You might be able to later on, but if you're afraid of it, stay away from it.

Try gum or something. Maybe pack a spicey snack that's healthy and that you like.

Overall, you'll be fine. Don't think of it as hard. Remind yourself of all the good reasons to eat healthy foods!



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