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  • The holidays are really tough for me

    Not for emotional or family problems. People keep bringing me Alcohol and junk food at work (typically during lunch). Today, I came back from lunch to a gift box of whiskey, a container of cookies and cake. Then there's people bringing craft beers, cheese and meat. This wouldn't be a problem if I didn't have such horrible self control.

    I'm not sure why it's so common for people to bring me alcohol though, I've never given my dentist a vodka flight or my hair stylist a pack of Bud Light. Part of me wants to blame shows like Mad Men for setting that stereotype. Then again my boss told me about the "glory days" of the printing industry, where every Friday afternoon, everyone would get drunk and smoke pot behind the building.
    "I used to wonder what friendship could be, Until you all shared its magic with me." - Jesus Christ

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    Here in Utah, alcohol isn't typically the problem. Beer on one's breath at work is often grounds for dismissal at many businesses. Actually bringing it to work could result in having a security guard permanently escort you off the premises. Cakes, candy and cookies, on the other hand, seem to accumulate around every corner like bugs on a windshield.

    Just today for example, I had to go way out of my way and turn down four separate invitations to join in the semi-weekly potluck lunch where, this time of year, giant piles of fudge, brownies, cakes, donuts and various other sugar- and chocolate-laced objects are brought in by the armfuls and substitute for actual food.

    Here, have a big piece of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. While you're at it take two pieces, and be sure to eat a dozen of these brownies before they gone. I made them myself last night with you in mind, so you have to have eat them or I'll be disappointed.

    Aggghhh!

    It's totally permissible to bloat out to 400 pounds stuffing one's face with pie and ice cream on the way to coronary bypass surgery and diabetes, but any mention of liquor, noooooo, that's Satan's temptation toward a life of misery and an eternity in Hell.

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    • #3
      Peer pressure is a powerful thing . . .

      I have given up booze until after Valentine's day (long story) and for me it's easy to say no. We get cakes etc. at work and I usually have one piece to be sociable but that's my limit. I have done the pigging out thing in the past and always regretted it later. Having lost the weight I feel so much better. I sometimes feel like I am alone in a world of crazy fat people who can't see what they're doing with their diet. My co-workers laugh at my salad for lunch and I sneer at their everythingburger dripping with fat. We still get on OK.
      Time flies like an arrow - fruit flies like a banana

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      • #4
        Yeah, it's started here too. Clients and vendors sending everything from cookies, popcorn and fruit baskets, to a really nice bottle of booze.
        It's only a couple weeks out of the year. Like StudioMonkey said, it is possible to limit yourself. For me, all I have to do is read the ingredient listing. If it's longer than maybe 8 items, it isn't worth eating anyway.

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        • #5
          Just when I thought why the hell I never receive alkohol or sweet stuff for the holidays, the postman rang and brought me a nice little parcel filled with fine itallian chocolates! I don't know about u guys but knoe I am really happy, maybe because these Italians put alkohol in everything that is made of chocolate.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by StudioMonkey View Post
            Peer pressure is a powerful thing . . .

            I have given up booze until after Valentine's day (long story) and for me it's easy to say no. We get cakes etc. at work and I usually have one piece to be sociable but that's my limit. I have done the pigging out thing in the past and always regretted it later. Having lost the weight I feel so much better. I sometimes feel like I am alone in a world of crazy fat people who can't see what they're doing with their diet. My co-workers laugh at my salad for lunch and I sneer at their everythingburger dripping with fat. We still get on OK.

            Yep! The weight loss thing. I lost a lot of weight and I'm always cautious about gaining it back after seeing so many people do it. I was up to about 250 at my heaviest. After cutting out fast food and alcohol I dropped down to 145 in about a year because of how little actual food I ate. Now I'm up to about 156, which seems like a health weight for someone my height (6ft4).
            "I used to wonder what friendship could be, Until you all shared its magic with me." - Jesus Christ

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            • #7
              can you regift the booze? (obviously carefully)

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