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Why I Didn’t Say "No" to Cupcakes


One of my coworkers brought in homemade chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes to the office this week. While I normally say no to office temptations, these looked too good to be true! Especially after she described how she made the frosting, cookie dough, and batter from scratch. What hard work!

After wrestling with my “no” for about an hour in the privacy of my own office, and after watching my fellow coworkers dive in and hearing their continuous praise over the delightful dessert, I caved. I grabbed a cupcake and took it to my office, telling myself I would only eat half and give the other half away.

I cut it dutifully with a plastic knife as the cookie dough called my name from deep within the cake batter. I ate the first half; it was absolutely divine and worth every calorie.

I left the other half on my desk, waiting for another coworker to come take it off my hands. I waited...and waited...but she never came. So I ate the other half! It was so delicious and sinful at the same time. My body is no longer used to such a rush of sugar, and I felt flushed and warm afterward, even a bit jittery.

I could beat myself up about the indiscretion, but I decided not to. One minor infraction won’t derail my weight-loss goals. It’s the cumulative effect of bad eating and unhealthy habits that ultimately cost you. And after all, sometimes a girl just needs a cupcake!

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.


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