Once upon a time, I used to keep a lot of treats (snacks, junk food, sweets) in the house. As you might imagine, I don't do that anymore. Even though I'm glad to say I don't crave sugary treats the way I used to, I still don't want those sorts of temptations around, for me or my family.
This transition has probably been easier for me than for a lot of people. Since my divorce, I'm a single mom, and while THAT isn't easy, it does mean that I'm the boss at home. I get to make the rules about what is allowed in the kitchen cupboards, without undergoing difficult negotiations with another adult in the house (partner, spouse, whatever). And while you better believe that my kids complained at first, they've adjusted. Now, I am happy to say, with the new rules in place, my kids are healthier too.
But what do you do if you don't get to make all the rules? What if someone in your household insists that just because YOU don't want to keep cookies around anymore, the rest of the family shouldn't have to suffer?
Well, first of all, as a member of the Thin Club, I hope you've learned by now that going without cookies (at least most of the time) doesn't exactly qualify as suffering. I also hope that you can, calmly and rationally, explain this to your family members, and that they are as supportive of your new lifestyle and your new priorities as you deserve.
The trick in all of this is to create a compromise that everyone can live with. If cookies are your Kryptonite, the one non-Thin Club food you just cannot pass up, make a deal with the other members of your household that none of you will buy cookies or keep them in the house.
Be sure to make it clear that they are welcome to have cookies elsewhere (e.g. in their desk at work), provided they don't break the new household rule. In exchange, though, you may need to live with other temptations, like potato chips, that aren't as hard for you personally to resist.
You face challenges like this every day when you leave the house. I promise you: you can learn to resist them in your cupboards at home, too.