Okay so it’s really easy to avoid temptations at home because I just don’t buy food that’s going to throw me off my game. If I’m craving ice cream I’d have to go far out of my way to hop in the car, drive to the store and pay for it.
Where as if I’m at work, I have less control over your environment. I didn’t have this issue until just recently, and it’s 100X worse than just a few treats a co worker brings in. I’m packaging and smelling the tastiest cupcakes and baked goods in Waco and it takes everything in me not to shove everything in my mouth!
Not only that, but Magnolia often provides lunch. Some day’s it’s healthy wraps and sandwiches from McCallisters, other days it’s ChicFil a. So while most of my co workers eat what looks like super yummy foods that I’d also love to be eating.. it’s aligned with my personal goals.
To help me with this, ((and trust me, I do need help)), I do all of the following 10 suggestions. Sometimes I fail, but I’m getting better!
1: Bring your own food and fill yourself up! I personally bring my fish and veggies for lunch and extra just incase I get hungry. My problem is, when I see food I’m automatically hungry again. I can eat a full lunch and head back to the bakery only to hear my stomach growl again when I see all those cupcakes. Having extra with me will ensure I don’t give into my temptations when me eyes get hungry.
2: Drink lots of water
3: Tell a co-worker that you’re struggling with avoiding the temptations so they can help keep you accountable.
4: Bring in a healthy fruit or veggie tray to share.
5: Avoid the break room. Bring your lunch in a lunch pale with ice packs in it so you can keep it under your desk. This way the food is isolated to the break room, you won’t even have to see the sweet treats.
6: Have your goals as your desk top or phone screen saver as a nice constant reminder
7: Set a day where you allow yourself to eat the treats. One cup cake per week or 1 cheat meal per month so you can look forward to that date.
8: Have a healthy snack handy that suits your sweets cravings. Nature valley bars, choco/peanut butter protein bars, veggie chips etc.
9: Workout in the mornings before work. I don’t know about you, but post workout I’m more inclined to fuel my body with goodness. If you’re the kind of person that rationalizes “well I already work out to day so I guess it’s okay to have the cupcake…” then this tip may not work for you… you need to get your mind dedicated and focused on your goals.
10: Write down your health and fitness goals each morning so they are fresh on your mind and set your intentions for the day.