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Okay, so it's not like a real crisis. But still! [Apr. 27th, 2005|01:35 pm]
Zoethe
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Oi! The dilemmas!!!

Walked in this morning to discover that the small token of appreciation that we get for Staff Appreciation Day consisted of:

1. A nice, personally written card

2. A $15.00 gift certificate to House of Blues (so I might actually eat lunch there someday after all).

3. A small, gold box of Godiva chocolates.

I looked upon that box with horror.

Four-and-a-half hours later, I am still looking upon it with horror.

As most all of you know, I have been revamping my life so as to get into shape and lose weight - thus far to 46 pounds of good success since the first of the year. I hesitate to call what I'm doing a "diet" since that implies self-deprevation and misery. Nothing is off-limits, but anything that doesn't qualify as good for me has to be properly accounted for and better be damned well worth the indulgence.

So the question becomes, is it really worth it to veer offplan for four Godiva chocolates? (Don't bother with the "you could just eat one and throw the rest away/give the rest away/eat only one a day" responses. I know me. If I break the seal, I will eat them all.) Part of me says, "just give them away," while another part says, "Dude! Godiva!!"

And so the little box still sits here (ironically, right next to the cup of Christmas candies that have been on my desk since Christmas and provided no temptation at all). What should I do?

(Yeah, I know. I'm too lame to create a poll, okay?)
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2005-04-27 05:52 pm (UTC)
I believe chocolates tend to be about 50 calories apiece. So 4 would be 200. Can't you cut 200 calories somewhere else? Salad for lunch? Extra time on the Nordic Track tonight? Or eat 50 calories a day less for the next 4 days?
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2005-04-27 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ok, according to this site, 3 pieces of Godiva chocolate are 220 calories, so four should be about 300. If you can plan to shave an extra 300 calories this week, then go for it. If not, give them to your favorite coworker.
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[User Picture]From: redherring
2005-04-27 05:52 pm (UTC)
Will they be delicious? If so, then you obviously get to eat them. If you cannot be trusted to eat just one per day and that's what you think you should do, give them to a friend who will only give you one per day.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-04-27 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That's not a bad idea. But I know it'll be all or nothing....
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[User Picture]From: melanie
2005-04-27 05:54 pm (UTC)
are they "well worth the indulgence?" if so, then they are totally within the rules.

also, eating them all at once is probably better than eating one a day, in terms of calorie impact. sometimes, actually, i've found that when i'm trying to lose weight and i'm hitting a plateau, having a small indulgence such as this will kickstart a drop in weight. i can't tell you how many times i've splurged, then awakened the next day to find the scale lower than ever.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-04-27 06:01 pm (UTC)
Good point. I've had a couple instances of eating chocolate and losing the next day.
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[User Picture]From: sneakingyoda
2005-04-27 05:54 pm (UTC)
Eat em, it's not like your going to go out and buy another box right? take it slow, try to share em, or eat every last one.

you'll find that it might just be too sweet to handle, and the temptation will solve itself.

face it woman. chocolate is a good thing. :) *yes I AM evil.*
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[User Picture]From: off_coloratura
2005-04-27 06:23 pm (UTC)
When I eat good chocolate slow and really savor it, one piece is usually enough...I get sick of the sweet pretty fast. When you eat the first one really take your time and see if you really do want another one. If you do, then you do.
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[User Picture]From: ladymeshel
2005-04-27 05:57 pm (UTC)
I say eat them...not necessrily today, but some day when you "need" them. If it were a Snickers bar....I'd say...GIVE IT AWAY! But Godiva is so yummmmmmmmmmy...it is worth the splurge once or twice a year without feelings of guilt.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-04-27 06:02 pm (UTC)
Well, exactly. The generic chocolates on my desk = no temptation. But this is Godiva!
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From: appleblossomtru
2005-04-27 06:00 pm (UTC)
My vote? Take them home, ask hubby to hide them, and have him give you one per week. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-04-27 06:04 pm (UTC)
That seems like a lot of work. Which is ridiculous, but still.

And he might fall prey to temptation. Which would seriously piss me off. Which is also ridiculous, but still.

There is no logic when chocolate is involved.
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[User Picture]From: his_angel
2005-04-27 06:04 pm (UTC)
You said yourself you don't want to think of it as a diet because then it feels like you are depriving yourself. It sounds like to me that if you don't eat {at least one of} them that you may feel as such. So why not take them home and share them? If you just share with Ferrett then that's 2 for each of you. Then you aren't depriving yourself and you didn't eat the whole box.

Though you mentioned in another post about being a plateau. Is eating the chocolate going to make you feel guilty?

If it were me I'd eat the chocolate. Then again I've only managed to lose 5 lbs this year. :/

His ~angel~
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[User Picture]From: old_hedwig
2005-04-27 06:04 pm (UTC)
Eat them. Something you eat one day a year is not going to hurt you. If its something like candy from the machine down the hall or french fries in the cafeteria, giving in one day just sets you up to give in again the next. Expensive candy that is not generally available, that you are unlikely to buy for yourself and that other people are not going to buy for you monthly, let alone daily, is a safe indulgence. Or take them home, eat 2 and give 2 to the spousal unit.
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2005-04-27 06:07 pm (UTC)
I think you should send them to someone who needs to gain weight... like me. :D
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[User Picture]From: pandora7
2005-04-27 06:07 pm (UTC)
Eat them, love them, and don't torture yourself about it. Dude, Godiva! ;)
~P
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[User Picture]From: kalieris
2005-04-27 06:32 pm (UTC)
AWESOME hair in your icon. *covets*
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[User Picture]From: ohhjuliet
2005-04-27 06:07 pm (UTC)
You have done so fantastically, you deserve the chocolates if you really want them. But you KNOW that if you bounce up a little, you're going to blame the chocolates and blame the induldgence. I say give them away and treat yourself to something not so bad that you might stay away from.
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[User Picture]From: dwagoner
2005-04-27 06:09 pm (UTC)

Throw them...

They are just frickin' candy. You can buy more if you want it. Use it as a point of pride that you don't care about filthy little balls of dirty sugar and grease.
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From: tessbelle
2005-04-27 06:11 pm (UTC)
Give them to someone else who might be having a hard day. They might appreciate the gesture, so you'll feel good in two ways. :)
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[User Picture]From: virginiadare
2005-04-27 06:14 pm (UTC)
i think you should give it away. i didn't read the other comments. you can always buy yourself some later. they really aren't that good anyhow.
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[User Picture]From: elfwench
2005-04-27 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'll eat them for you! I have no qualms. :)

But, seriously, unless you are like addicted to sweets and eating them would inspire a binge, I don't think four little bonbons is going to hurt.
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[User Picture]From: dakiwiboid
2005-04-27 06:20 pm (UTC)

Eat them.

Although I don't really think that Godiva is the very best chocolate, it's good chocolate. Good chocolate is more satisfying than bad, and thus less of a risk to your life plan. It won't send you into a binge of icky eating habits, and as others have said, you will probably lose weight afterwards.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2005-04-28 02:29 am (UTC)

Re: Eat them.

Just curious;what is on your list of very best chocolate? I like to be shown new direction. :)
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[User Picture]From: kalieris
2005-04-27 06:33 pm (UTC)
I second this.
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2005-04-27 06:36 pm (UTC)
Eat the chocolate. Jog an extra mile. Be happy.
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[User Picture]From: jadziaesq
2005-04-27 06:37 pm (UTC)
I don't think that you shold ever deprive yourself of something that you do not get on a daily basis and it is a special occassion. So indulge and sacrfice something else for it or do an extra workout this week to make up for it.
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[User Picture]From: shermel
2005-04-27 06:39 pm (UTC)
Take them home, do something you find really relaxing and luxurious (like a deep, hot bubbly bath. Sitting out in the sunshine among flowers. Y'know?) and eat them very, very slowly.

If your gonna indulge, do it properly.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-04-27 07:07 pm (UTC)
This, I like!!!
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[User Picture]From: happydog
2005-04-27 06:52 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEAT THEM NOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW
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[User Picture]From: jadziaesq
2005-04-27 09:01 pm (UTC)
LOLOLOL!!
I agree!!!
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[User Picture]From: weirman
2005-04-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
Personally, when working toward a goal like working out more and eating better and losing weight, I think it's good to reward yourself. So I'd suggest going ahead and eating those chocolates and think of them as a reward for all the progress you'd made and to make up for all the times in the future when you'll eat more healthy instead of gorging on things that aren't good for you.

Think of it as a reward, enjoy it, and then go right back to what you're doing.

That's my suggestion.
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[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2005-04-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm with the "eat them" crowd, or the "split them with co-worker" crowd. Whichever you think would work. :)
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[User Picture]From: myrrhdusa
2005-04-27 07:00 pm (UTC)
Eat the chocolate. Look upon it as a gift from the gods--if the guilt is too much than do a little more exercise today.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-04-27 07:18 pm (UTC)
But they all got their own box!
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