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SCTK519
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9/28/12 8:28 P

If you can at least try to cutback depending on how often you're digging into the candy dish. Are you taking candy every time you pass their desk? If you're not, what's stopping you from taking a piece the other times? Remind yourself of why you don't need or want the candy. I remind myself that I'm eating it because I'm bored and that I'd rather go out to eat with my husband or friends that weekend than have the candy. I also feel really bad if I'm eating several pieces a day since I'm not buying it.

Whatever you decide to try, don't write an anonymous note asking them not to bring in candy. It's not their job to make sure you stick to your diet; they do it to be nice and I know I'd be offended if someone asked me to not bring in treats to work anymore.



BUBBLEJ1
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9/28/12 7:56 P

Pretrack your day. You will see that, if you want dinner, you don't have room in your allowance to have the chocolate. Works for me. And my desk is the chocolate desk at my work. Right in front of me all day, but I don't eat it unless it is a dire emergency (as defined by me).



LUANN_IN_PA
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9/28/12 7:22 P

"I think Luann realised why it's there but meant that as a motivational reminder for YOU.

Those weren't your candies. She is happy for you to have them, but YOU aren't. So tell yourself "I did not buy those candies, so I will not have them." Try to imagine it as stealing even though you know she's put them there for colleagues to eat. Imagine you're "stealing" them from other colleagues who would like that candy but can't eat it if you already have!"

Yep - you understood it!



LEELOODIUM
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9/28/12 6:53 P

"Honestly, I don't think much of asking for suggestions and then posting to every single one you've received that that wouldn't work for you. If an idea doesn't work for you, then just ignore the post. You really make us feel like "why bother replying" when you do that. If you don't want advice - don't even ask. If you do want advice - don't shoot every piece you get down!"

that is interesting. i always felt bad not saying anything because i didn't want people to think i was ignoring them. that's a different perspective that i hadn't considered, but will certainly keep in mind.



UNIDENT
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9/28/12 6:41 P

Unfortunately, you have to find a way to deal with it.

No, it wouldn't be even remotely acceptable to ask her to remove them. She has every right to share delicious candies with the staff, and the other staff have every right to enjoy them, regardless of your own personal inability to refuse.

You gotta find SOMETHING that works for you. Maybe make yourself a deal - every piece of candy you eat, you need to do one HOUR on the treadmill? Then you can ask yourself each time "is it really worth an extra hour working out for this one bit?" I assume they're bite sized oferings too, not full sized bars? A whole hour for one little nibble? Try making that kind of deal with yourself.

Honestly, I don't think much of asking for suggestions and then posting to every single one you've received that that wouldn't work for you. If an idea doesn't work for you, then just ignore the post. You really make us feel like "why bother replying" when you do that. If you don't want advice - don't even ask. If you do want advice - don't shoot every piece you get down!

Edited by: UNIDENT at: 9/28/2012 (18:42)


LEELOODIUM
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9/28/12 6:37 P

Unident - since it really isn't stealing there's no way i could convince myself otherwise. I've tried all the mind games I can think of and they aren't working...sucks. I was just getting my candy cravings under control, too. Even if it was gross candy I could ignore it. There's another girl that's always asking if I want some of her homemade cookies - i don't like cookies that much so i can easily say no. But this other lady puts freakin' tootsie rolls out. Those are my absolute favorite candy. GRrrrrr....




LEELOODIUM
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9/28/12 6:28 P

I try bringing a lot of fruit with me but i eat all of it and the candy :( i'm feeling like this is just gonna be a lose situation. i thought of putting an anonymous note on her desk and asking her to please stop leaving candy out...would that be too weird?? haha oh the power of candy



UNIDENT
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9/28/12 6:26 P

I think Luann realised why it's there but meant that as a motivational reminder for YOU.

Those weren't your candies. She is happy for you to have them, but YOU aren't. So tell yourself "I did not buy those candies, so I will not have them." Try to imagine it as stealing even though you know she's put them there for colleagues to eat. Imagine you're "stealing" them from other colleagues who would like that candy but can't eat it if you already have!

It's a really tough one. I have this at my workplace too and struggle with it. Find some motivating phrase that works for you, whether it's maybe...

* I didn't buy it, it's not mine, so I won't eat it
* Those are for others and if I eat them, they can't have them
* That's "stealing"
* I don't want to work 40 extra minutes in the gym just to have that one chocolate
* That is not a good choice for me "right now"
* That would not help me achieve my goals
* I don't eat that kind of food any more
* I only eat treat foods when *I* buy them because *I* have earned them
* My evening self will be proud of me if I say 'no' right now
* I don't want that




STEPHEN_NANNY
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9/28/12 6:13 P

On day/situations where I'm surrounded by temptation, I make sure I have fresh fruit at the ready: apple, nectarine, peach, strawberries, grapes, whatever. When I see that chocolate bar and want it, I stuff my face with grapes. On a day where I O.D. on calories, I figure it can't be too bad if it comes from natural sources. And it takes care of that sugar craving.



LEELOODIUM
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9/28/12 6:07 P

luann it's for everyone - she puts it on her desk for everyone in the office. sheesh



LUANN_IN_PA
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9/28/12 6:05 P

You should remind yourself as you walk by that you should not be taking (stealing?) anything off anyone's desk.
Their stuff is theirs... not yours.



LEELOODIUM
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9/28/12 5:55 P

A lady at my work leaves candy - and I mean GOOD candy - out on her desk. She has kitkats, milkyway, snickers, butterfingers, twix!!! and it's free, just sitting there waiting for me to take some. How in the world can I avoid eating it?!? I probably consume 300 - 400 extra calories a day because of those things. Plus, since i've had some it makes it that much harder not to go for more sweets after I get off work.

I walk by her desk often and she's rarely at her desk so there's not the added pressure of her noticing that i'm taking the candy. I have zero self control; it's really embarrassing. I've thought about asking her to stop putting it on her desk but I don't know her that well so i'm not comfortable with that. Plus it might make me sound weird. What in the WORLD can I DO???



 
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