The Case of the Doughnuts

Have you ever tried to resist a doughnut all day?  How about for two consecutive work days?

It is NOT easy, especially not when said box of doughnuts sits itself right behind your cubicle, and every time you get up, you take a longing glance in its direction, maybe counting how many are still left, how many have been eaten and save you the misery of fighting that temptation, how glistening the glaze looks, how crisp the sprinkles look.  Need I go on?

This happened to me on Friday. My lovely coworker dropped off a box of doughnuts as a farewell gift, which was very, very sweet of her. The problem for me with doughnuts is that I never have just one doughnut. As my boyfriend stated, whoever thought of the idea of doughnuts for breakfast was a jackass – it’s cake for breakfast! It’s a scam!

I watched the box of doughnuts slowly decrease down to four and a half – one of my coworkers was eyeing them all day just like me, but she actually was able to control herself and only eat one bite! I was impressed. Now, I’ve tried a lot of diets (for short duration) over the years, and I do believe that you can get away with a little indulgence a few times a week. So long as it is only a little indulgence! But once I get the taste of doughnut in me, I want more, even if they are a little stale or bland. There’s a trigger that goes off which I have never figured out how to control. The only solution I’ve discovered so far is when another very sweet coworker of mine brought in molasses cookies. Everyone talked about how delicious they were all day; yet, I resisted the first day! On the second day with the leftovers, I ended up taking the very last cookie. Oh my goodness, was it delicious! However, I was smart this time because I could not eat any more cookies. I successfully timed it and forced the hand to self-control.

I think people are becoming more accepting of the fact that it’s okay to not indulge when someone bakes or brings in pastries. To tell you the truth, I don’t know a single person who actually believes that pastries are healthy (I’m sure you can make a healthy variety, but that’s not the kind that’s brought in, and even if it is, it’s still probably not super healthy). If I had better self-control, I would absolutely grab a pastry, but history has shown that I never have one pastry.

I’m also not the only one with little will power, probably not even close to the only one. I even made zombie cupcakes a while back and ended up eating three of them! To tell you the truth, I made them partly because I intended for others to eat them, so I could just think about how yummy the cupcakes are. I didn’t intend to eat any! That plan backfired.

I’m all on board for social occasions and pastries, and I appreciate that others may be able to eat fewer of them than me. I’m just going to be resisting that urge a little more from now on, and setting the example that it’s okay to indulge on some days and not indulge on most days. It doesn’t mean I don’t like you or your food (that’s probably about as far from the truth as possible!), it just means that every time I have a little success with weight loss and working out, I sabotage myself and it’s really, really difficult for me to recover from that. The only reason why “cheating” doesn’t work is because I overindulge. If you can “cheat” within a reasonable amount, more power to you!!  And let me know the secret 😉

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