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Vending Temptations

Every day at work I am responsible for going downstairs and collecting the mail, sorting it, and delivering it to the appropriate person in the office.  Yes, even after four and a half years here I still sit on the bottom rung of the ladder.  I don’t mind getting the mail really.  In fact, I actually welcome the opportunity to get away from my desk for a few minutes and take a little walk.

My problem with the mail responsibility is that the mail boxes sit right next to the big, fat vending machine that is full of chocolate and salty temptations.  There is no way to avoid seeing the contents of that cruel machine when I go to collect the mail.  Some days, if the mail doesn’t arrive on time, I have to visit that room two or three times.  Every single time I have to tell myself that I really don’t need any of that chocolatey goodness and I especially don’t need any greasy, salty potato chips.

I have worked really hard over the last six months to lose and keep off thirty-five pounds so I really can’t allow myself to indulge in that stuff.  I sometimes think if I even look at it for too long the pounds will start packing back on.  Some days I really want to give in, put my shiny quarters into the machine, and enjoy every bite of my prize that shoots out of the machine.  Then I remind myself that I still need to lose another twenty pounds to reach my goal and suddenly all that junk in the machine just doesn’t look as good anymore.

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  1. Sylvia Sylvia

    Ouch! That’s a tough one.

    Keep some pretzels (or some other okay snack) at your desk to help you out – celery and peanut butter, etc. And I’ve found drinking water when I think I’m hungry helps, too.

    Anyway, congrats on the 35#! Good luck on the rest!

  2. I’m so inspired (and a tad jealous) or your success!! I haven’t been the most successful at avoiding the naughty snacks. I think I need to be on the show Intervention seriously.
    I would love to see a photo of you in all your beautiful glory!!

  3. Or…you could simply let yourself have one of those forbidden snacks once in a while. There is a theory about disordered eating that making certain foods “forbidden” actually increases their appeal for us and can lead to bingeing. That is how it was for me anyways. I would be very good about not eating sweets and candybars and potato chips, etc and then whenever I was under stress, I would “break” and overeat those things.

    All I know is that since I started allowing myself to eat all of those bad foods as much as I want to eat them, I actually eat them less often than I did before. I walk past the vending machine at work several times a day and I get snacks from it every single time I want one (which this week has been zero times and last week was one time). I have a chocolate bar in my fridge that has been there for two weeks. I just havent felt like eating stuff from the vending machine.

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