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i can not stop eating these little snack sized candy bars in my office. it's like i have no control at all. i'm going to move the box to another space in the office. that's the first step. for some reason, though, i've been unable to stop eating junk this week. help!

Thu. Dec 7, 4:54pm

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Thank god I'm not alone. Mine sits on my receptionists desk, and I can't avoid going past there. I've had at least 6 today.

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 5:16 PM

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Who "owns" those bars??? Self-management (getting rid of bars) is much easier than self-control!

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 6:08 PM

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It is Christmas. try sticking a piec of gum in your mouth1

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 8:12 PM

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I hear you - I don't 'own' any candy, but the candy dish for the entire dept is right outside my cube - it's been there since the dawn of time and if it came to the candy dish goes or I do - they'd keep the candy dish. Oh, and it better stay right where it is.... *sigh* People have been filling it non-stop for the past week....

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 9:52 PM

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I have one rule- I only eat what I bring.
I like to control what I eat, and that is the only way I can do it. Does it take some self control,-maybe, but I make sure I bring things I want to eat, a wonderful sandwich, some ripe fruit, and some sort of veggies, I am good all afternoon.

Thursday, December 07, 2006, 11:49 PM

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I keep a hot drink on my desk. Herbal fruity teas are soothing and comforting, they keep my mouth occupied, and they lessen the desire to pop candy. Good luck to all of us! Dieting is not for sissies!

Friday, December 08, 2006, 10:39 AM

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Thanks, all. I did move the candy out of my office. They were all packaged up to use as centerpieces at an event I have coming up in a couple of weeks. I had to move them to another space and hide them away.

Friday, December 08, 2006, 3:59 PM

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I swear by tea. I try to always have a mug around when I get the munchies. I even found a chocolate/hazelnut flavor by Stash which is great for when you feel like eating something sweet.

Friday, December 08, 2006, 5:40 PM

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I can't "just have one". Once I have one, I want more & more, so I don't even kid myself into thinking that "one won't hurt" bc when it turns into 10, it does. It's harder for me to stop once I've started than to not have any at all. Is anyone else like that?

Friday, December 08, 2006, 6:51 PM

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Every time you walk by that bowl and see the food, it is a cue for you to eat. If you can move the bowl so it's out of sight, that would be excellent. If you can't move the candy, can you take a different route around the office so that you don't walk past the bowl, or at least limit the number of times you pass by it?

Also, recognize that everyone has several impulse moments each day when you're tempted to overeat or eat junk foods. You're having an impulse moment every time you pass by or think about that bowl of candy. The impulse moment only lasts a couple of minutes at most, so if you can make it past the bowl without taking any and get involved doing something else, the impulse will pass.

Lastly, try to find something you can do that's incompatible with eating the candy. If you must walk past the candy bowl, can you make sure that you've got your hands full so that you can't just grab a bar on the way by?

Saturday, December 09, 2006, 3:38 AM

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I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY feel your pain. I find it VERY difficult to have "just one" or "just three" or even "just five." For me, I have to 100% ban myself from eating this stuff, or there is just no end. When I first started my current weight loss journey, I was working in an office that had trainings, meetings, etc., complete with muffins, cookies and other snacks for participants, several times per week. It was KILLER not to continue my regular practices of eating these goodies which seemed to be crawling around and calling out my name everywhere one turned in the office. So, I had to just say no to everything. At the beginning, it was close to impossible, but I kept at it. As I began to lose weight, my colleagues noticed and told me I was looking great. Only then did I disclose that I was working on eating better and losing weight. Most people were pretty supportive. I'm in a different office now and I have one friend and colleague who has been thin all her life, seems to have no problems with portion control or sweets in moderation, and she tries to get me to eat unhealthy snacks insisting that just one won't hurt my diet (which I am sure is true, if only it were just one). Other than that, again I find that most people--once they (a) know and (b) can actually see that you are trying to improve your eating habits--will support your efforts and provide encouragement. Once you solicit a few colleagues to notice and care that you are trying to lay off the candy, that may help in staying away.

Saturday, December 09, 2006, 9:29 AM

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I am also one of those people that just shouldn't have anything with sugar in it. In the last couple of years, I have come to realize that it's partially phisiological. When I'm passing on desserts or sweet snacks, I explain it to people in physical terms rather than a lack of will power :-)

Monday, December 11, 2006, 2:27 PM

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That's a great tip. (passing on sweets based on physical reasons). I'll have to use that. What, specifically, do you say?

Monday, December 11, 2006, 2:54 PM

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stick youself with a pin every time you see the bowl of treats. maybe you will start to associate the candy with pain (like pavlov's dog).

Monday, December 11, 2006, 3:24 PM

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I'll never figure out why the people who keep re-stocking these candy dishes don't eat the stuff themselves.

They must secretly enjoy taunting us....maybe they need a website too.

Monday, December 11, 2006, 7:45 PM

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the restocker

Our boss restocks, but never eats the candy either...he uses the candy basket to control us. He will keep it full for weeks then just cut us off. We have gone almost a week with nothing in the basket. Today he walked by and asked us how we were holding out with candy. It's not good around here..everyones grouchy without the candy. he is so cruel.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 3:32 PM

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 3:50 PM

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Timely topic

There's a birthday in my office today. I didn't know in advance, or I would have baked a healthy treat. Someone brought in a chocolate cake and walked past my office to put it in the kitchen, and that triggered a major chocolate craving for me.

If I had some fat free chocolate pudding or ice cream bars, that would have solved my problem, but I don't have any with me today.

I finally walked over to the Student Union (I work at a large university) and bought a Three Musketeers bar. They have less fat, so I thought that might mitigate the damage, right?

Brought the candy bar back to my office, opened it, and took a bite. Tasted awful. Took a couple more bites, which tasted even worse.

Wait a minute -- I'm stuffing this garbage into my mouth and it doesn't even taste good?????

I just tossed the rest of it into the trash can.

It's T minus 8 minutes til birthday cake time, so I still have to face that one.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 3:54 PM

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Read intuitive eating

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 10:56 PM

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Candy is everywhere

This thread was from last year, but nothing has changed, has it. the office xmas candy is back with a vengency.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 1:31 AM

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Sigh... it's tough. Stuff yourself with healthy snacks. Know that the season will pass soon.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 7:36 AM

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The candy jar sits right behind my desk on a filing cabinet. I haven't touched it in months, but it often calls my name.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 3:07 PM

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I work in a program that provides incentive for Emotionally Disabled students to maintain proper behavior. Our cabniet is stuffed with candy of all shapes, sizes, and calorie content. I have come to the understanding that I can have a peice if I REALLY REALLY want, but I can only eat half. I throw away the otherr half before I even take a bite (otherwise my impluse control is gone and a WHOLE candy bar doesn't seem like such a bad idea).

BTW we tried using non-food incentives, or healthy alternitives but the kids went on strike. Stupid teenagers with their bad eating habits.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 4:45 PM

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Keep a roll of life savers or some sugar free hard candy or something in your desk. Very few calories but it will help with the craving for sweets. Works for me at work.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 9:41 PM

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keep some drinking chocolate with you. it's better than hot cocoa, and usually made with dark chocolate, which is very good for you.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 10:31 PM

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