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Posted: 16 Oct 2012, 20:59
Candy corn and M&Ms are attacking my will power, how do say no when you want to say yes?

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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 07:34
Who says you can't have just a little bit...if you deny those candy's then you will probably eat all of it, but if you eat a couple of bits a day without indulging then it will probably be alright. It's all about the control. Good Luck!

Example: A lady at work likes to bring in goodies all the time, some days I can be in control and other days it looks just so good. So she brought in brownies yesterday top off with carmel, chocolate chip and pretzel. Instead of your normal square piece I just had a sliver of a piece, enough to get rid of that craving. My hardest is that it is there, if its not there I'm fine.
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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 08:26
I love this topic because it shows how different we all are. Some, like Jamie (Wyatt), can take a nibble and be satisfied. Others, like me, need to stay as far away as possible. One bite and I need to eat the whole bag.
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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 09:36
AHH I AM HAVING THIS PROBLEM TOO!!!!!! reeses are EVERYWHERE!!!!!!! I cant escape. and there is no way I can have one without it turning into ten. Does anyone else feel depressed almost that we have to restrict ourselves so much. It drives me crazy!

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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 09:57
10 isn't bad.
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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 12:17
I wouldn't buy them at all, so they weren't around the house. Instead, carve a pumpkin, have crisp apples around to snack on, cut out construction paper witches to celebrate. Our kids don't need candies, our partners/spouses don't, and neighborhood kids don't need them (hand out quarters instead if you must participate).

We all need to find ways to learn to eat healthily forever, or the weight will come back. Best of luck with your learning!

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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 12:23
I don't intend on buying candy until the day of Halloween. I'll leave a big bowl on the porch after we have to put our kids down and hope it is all gone by the next day. Mine are too small to know what is in their bucket is all about dressing up so their candy will be added to the bowl. My hisband doesn't have a sweet tooth so I need it gone!

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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 13:27
I feel very lucky for not liking candies Smile I used to LOVE them, but when I first moved to North America at 19, found my first job, and got my first paycheck ($98 that I though was a fortune!), I spent it all on candies. I ate so much of it, that now I only crave high quality dark chocolate. Fortunately, it's not a common Halloween option Smile

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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 15:12
I agree - who needs them? If you don't want to be tempted, then don't buy them. Turn out your lights and don't give out the candy. Or you could do pretzels and mandarin oranges. Or wait until the day of and buy candy that you don't like.

If it is at the office that becomes difficult, then remember your long term goals. It is not worth sacrificing your long term goal for short term pleasure. If you want to be successful forever, then you need to learn to deal with the little stresses. Halloween is the first holiday that you must make it through. You need to take this as a learning time and preparation for the next big holiday.

I've been at this for almost 2 years and last Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's... I did not give in. I counted every day and stayed under my target each day. Some people say that you need to enjoy life and it's okay to splurge here and there, but for me, I think it just makes it too easy to get off the wagon. When you give in, it makes it so much harder to say no next time. And it makes it so much easier to say "I can have just one more bite or it won't hurt b/c it did not hurt last time". I think you have to take every opportunity to learn how to be a thin person - learn how to think like a thin person and eat like a thin person. If I just have to taste something, it's a bite and that's it. If you can't handle just a bite, then maybe you need to wait until you know you can control it.

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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 18:07
For me it depends on how I am feeling and where I am at. When I first start a program, I am totally committed, and won't slip even a little. When I did Atkins and Christmas came around, I would take the treats, smell them, and hand them off to my staff.

I notice that now as I have done the South Beach program for several months, and I realize that this is a marathon, not a sprint, I will treat myself to a taste of this or that here and there, but I always write it down, and then I can't complain when the scale doesn't go the way I want it to. I will eventually decide that a little piece of candy isn't worth it, but having a once-a-year piece of lava cake at my favorite restaurant totally is.

I'm an adult and I take responsibility for the consequences of my decisions, though it would be nice to be able to eat whatever I want and lose weight...without having to run 3 hours a day. Wink
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Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 21:22
I have my cheat day, and that is the day where I have my candies. This cheat day of course is still worked into my overall calories, so technically I get to have my cake and eat it too.

Seriously, I eat cake. On Saturday. Razz

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 05:25
It's okay to have some,just don't go over your RDI... it doesn't matter what you eat as long as you don't eat more calories than you burn!

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 11:55
Haha cake, what a great choice. I wish i didnt like candy so much! i cant help it. such a sweet tooth. I bought pretzels, dots (ew) and candy corn packets to hand out to the kids. thankfully I dont like either of those candies and pretzels are just ok. How can we put someone on the mood but we cant come up with zero calorie reeses peanut butter cups yet?!

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 12:30
Whenever I get that all consuming craving for chocolate I have small square of the highest % cocoa chocolate bar I can find - Usually 80% It is very strong tasting but I let it slowly melt in my mouth. That usually satisfies my need for chocolate without all that harmful sugar.

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 13:07
tortzblue, what kinda choc can u find thats 80 percent??

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 13:10
I agree - have ONE small bite or tiny sliver slice and let it melt on your tongue, stay in your mouth for as long as possible. Give your brain a chance to catch up to your taste buds. And while you're doing that, get as far away from the 'source' as possible so visually you aren't seeing 'more'. More often than not, for me, I find that practice satisifies the 'craving' and then I do compensate for it with adjusting the total RDI later but if I sit there in front of the entire bowl of candy, whole cake, tray of muffins, etc., my 'visual' stimulation wins over the mental satisfaction.

ONE other thing I have found works is something I read from a book about 'food is not your friend.' In this book the author changed that thought in that 'food is your friend, just not all of your friends are good for you.' Some friends take advantage by borrowing from us, getting us in trouble, etc.

So if craving a food that I know isn't that healthy for me, I will try to associate it with a past failed friend or even a current enemy. Like, 'Joe' is "MacNCheese...' and soon I no longer crave the M/C.

I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 14:06
I love Halloween.

I love the children in their cute costumes. I love their responses when I ask them about their costume. I love decorating the front yard and wearing a silly outfit to hand out treats. I enjoy everything about it!

This year we have carnival prizes for treats for most of the kids. For the youngest ones we try to give them something special (usually something like a giant Pixie Stix with a glittery star and ribbon streamers attached to the end of it). For the older teens, we have just the standard stuff... but surprisingly many want a spider ring or a carnival bracelet instead.

Sweet temptations can challenge our will power. Perhaps stocking up on sugar-free Fudgsicles may help. Chocolaty goodness at only 40 calories!

I hope you enjoy Halloween through the eyes of the children. It only comes once a year, and it can be so much fun.

And if all else fails, I received an email this morning for healthy Butterfingers --> RECIPE IS HERE
I'm not on a diet... I'm just learning to make smarter choices

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 14:27
I'll buy candy the week of Halloween and the bag doesn't get opened until it's time to hand it out. Usually, it will be gone by the end of the night so I don't have to worry about it, but if we do have some left and I feel like I want any I make sure it fits into my calories for the day. I've also taken leftover candy to work for people to nibble. My kids are only allowed a small amount and they get sick of it pretty fast so we end up throwing a bunch of theirs out. My hubby enjoys having the candy and I'm not going to tell him he can't have it as a treat once in a while, but I do put it up in the pantry where I will forget about it. If people at work bring candy or other treats in to the office and set them on the front desk (where I sit), and they mean for it to be for all employees I'll ask them if it's okay if I take it into the kitchen so everyone will see it and can enjoy it. Usually, no one has a problem with that and then it's out of sight out of mind.
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Posted: 19 Oct 2012, 16:10
Complete abstinence is not recommended for obvious reasons. suremeansyes has the right idea. I have my cake and eat it too everyday.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.

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