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SARAIAB Posts: 61
5/16/12 2:58 P

I can relate. It's hard to have that will power and people don't seem to understand sometimes. While I appreciate the concept that ARCHIMEDESII explained - yes we should be able to eat in moderation - I understand what you mean because I have been there where 4 out of 5 days in the week you are tempted by treats that can really derail you. For me it is hard to have snacks in moderation. I don't want a small cake, I want the whole big piece.

All I can say is hang in there, and don't beat yourself up, keep doing what you are doing. I like the idea of having stuff on hand as snacking alternatives. I measure out a small portion of sunflower seeds (the ones still in the shell) each day and snack on those, or grapes, or an applie - it keeps me busy when the coworkers are in the lobby enjoying the leftover Hors d'œuvres from the event before.

I DO try to give myself treats here and there like a small handful of m&m's out of the candy machine, or a york peppermint patty because it keeps me sane, but the portions are moderate and don't get me off course. Speaking of which, think i'm going to get some m&m's.

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5/16/12 12:14 P

Have you tried bringing your own healthy items to the bake sale? One of my fav treats is Chef Meg's chocolate fondue that you can find on sparkrecipes.com. Just making sure I eat one serving is my goal. There are alot of dessert options on there, and Coach Stepfanie just came out with a vegan cookbook that I am looking over.

I can't live life without treats, but I can live life without being obese because of them. Tell the BF how much this means to you and that you need him to be supportive. He won't figure it out otherwise.

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5/16/12 12:11 P

Jenny,

You're being too hard on yourself. You don't have to give up treats to lose weight and be healthy. Spark People has never been about deprivation. It's all about moderation and portion control. There is no reason you can't have ONE small brownie or even a small cup cake once in a while. As long as you don't do it every single day, there is absolutely no reason you can't have a treat.

I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was worried I'd gain weight. Do you really want to go through life never eating another brownie because you're worried about your weight ? That's not healthy.

The fact is, an occasional donut, brownie, beer, glass of wine, cookie, etc... CAN all be a part of a healthy life style as long as you are mindful of the portion. This isn't about will power. it's just a matter of making better choices, not great or perfect choices. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

I lost weight and I never gave up chocolate, cheese, pasta, rice, donuts, etc.... I just watched my portion sizes. I indulged, but didn't over indulge too often.



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5/16/12 11:35 A

Jenny,

All foods are permitted, especially with a little planning. However, you should never feel the need to give into your goals just because someone else thinks you should. While it may seem difficult at first, by telling people of your goals, this may discourage them from making such comments and tempting you with food.

Healthy living should not be putting you in a foul-mood. It's about empowering you to make the choices that are BEST for you, even if other people don't quite get it.

Be Strong!
Coach Nancy

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5/16/12 11:08 A

I'm trying so hard to take this weight off....but all these bake sales at work are driving me crazy. There was one last week, and when I said out loud to my co-workers that I had to avoid the bake sale, one of my colleagues came back started tempting me with a brownie, when I said I really have to watch what I am eating she did not get the hint to shut up and she just kept going on about it. This made me want to cry.

Then today there is another bake sale to launch our health charity fundraising drive no less...its absolutely driving me insane. So far I have been strong and I know I won't get anything....its just so ****ing hard. The worst part my birthday was yesterday and while I enjoy all the celebrations and good wishes, I tried very hard to limit my cake intake. I think I did a good job at it. We had a staff meeting and they made such a big deal about getting a cake for me. I wanted to run from the room....but before I knew it there was a piece infront of me. I managed that by only having a small piece and I did log it and stayed within my ranges yesterday.

When I talk to my boyfriend about it he just does not get it. He is constantly talking about junkie food he is eating and says things to me like....I think you need to eat more....you don't need to loose weight....

This is such a lonely process and I am in such a foul mood.....

Help!!!!

jenny

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