Staying Accountable for Halloween Candy

by Annie on October 23, 2009 · 4 comments

in Healthy Living

Welcome to Small Steps to Health where we do not take orders from a cookie!

I have a problem with maintaining my healthy eating habits this time of year.  My cube neighbors are placing bowlful of candies at their desk and trying to outdo one another with the best candies.  This means chocolate.  And what woman can resist chocolate!  Sure there is some antioxidant in chocolate that is good for your health, but that is not found in the milk chocolate bars with the cute Halloween pictures on them!

Take a look at what I am facing at work:

Cube Neighbor 1

Cube Neighbor 2 Cube Neighbor 3 Cube neighbor 4

One of the first steps to changing any kind of behavior is holding yourself accountable, whether it is through food journaling or taking pictures of everything that goes into your mouth, just as long as you have something that provides a visual on how much you have been eating.

I can do that.  I can hold myself accountable by providing a visual on how much Halloween candy I am eating.  Here is my great idea of tracking how much candy I have been eating at work:

monitor of shame monitor of shame closeup

Maybe I will have the other side taped with candy wrappers by the time Halloween rolls around.  So is my brilliant idea of holding myself accountable to all the Halloween candy I have been eating working?  Well… I get a lot of questions from my co-workers about my “monitor of shame.”  I feel two seconds of guilt, one second of hesitation, and then I shove another candy in my mouth.  Oh well, I tried.  And it is Halloween.  I deserve some fun!

Warning to my readers:  I might make the same excuse for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.  I just love this time of year!  :D

Until next time and thanks for stopping by.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dr. J October 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Why don’t you bring healthy snacks like fruit/veg or even popcorn (air popped plain) and set an example for others. Either that or just do like years past, and regret it until next year when it happens all over again.

OK, I’ve got my Mr. Meanie white coat on, but doctors have to do that on occasion. It’s called tough love :-)

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asithi October 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Dr J – that sounds like a good suggestion, except for the fact that I am the president of the “cookie bake-off” contest our office will be hosting next month. :D

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Dr. J October 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm

And probably the deserving dinner so many times that the trophy is named after you!!!
.-= Dr. J´s last blog ..Halloween treats that won’t contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic =-.

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Dr. J October 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm

spell check grrr. Winner!!
.-= Dr. J´s last blog ..Halloween treats that won’t contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic =-.

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