That Devil the Mini-Bar

October 25, 2007 · 5 comments

As you probably know, a mini-bar is a small, private refrigerator often found in western-style hotel rooms.  Stocked with food and beverage they offer convenience at a hefty price.

The hotel I normally stay in is low-frills and does not have a mini-bar.  That’s a good thing.  Not because I am worried about the price, but the convenience.  It’s a big receptacle holding lots of chocolate I should be staying away from.

At some hotels you need a key to get into the mini-bar.  That’s meant as a deterrent for others but not for me, a key isn’t going to keep me away from taking a peek at what they have stocked up.  Sometimes, like in the hotel I stayed at last week, they take it a step further and have a key and a seal.  So first you have to break the seal, then you unlock it.  That wasn’t much of a deterrent either.

Despite the name “mini-bar” the problem they pose for me is not the alcohol within but the sweets.  Usually chocolate.  I am not locked into this weight loss plan enough yet to be able to stay away.  For example last week I had a wonderful brownie and ice cream dessert to top off the night but when I got back to the hotel room I still answered the devil’s call and opened up that mini-bar.  That bag of peanut M&Ms just looked so inviting.  And how about that almond Snicker’s?  I have never had one of those before.  I don’t like making decisions so I just took both.

I am not yet ready to be alone with chocolate.

The next time I stay at a hotel where I am given a mini-bar key I am going to have to refuse it.  At this point that is the only way I can stay away from the devil.

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John October 25, 2007 at 6:48 am

I am far too cheap to ever use the mini-bar. lol. It wouldn’t tempt me at all.

GroovyBabe October 25, 2007 at 11:25 am

I just had chocolate today for the first time in 20 weeks, it was a non event - I can finally take it or leave it. Actually I left it (after 10 minstrals) only because the xenical would make me pay if I didn’t!!!

JoLynn Braley October 25, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Hi John, that makes a lot of sense to refuse the key. It’s the same thing as not buying the junk food to have in the house - if you don’t have ready access to it, you’re just making it easier for yourself to stick to your healthy lifestyle.

john - from fat to fit October 25, 2007 at 9:58 pm

If only they all had keys! There are some hotels I stay at where there is nothing between me and those snacks but a thin cabinet door.

Sarah October 27, 2007 at 12:40 pm

I think you’re right to refuse the key next time. Only you know what you are capable of handling and you have to do what you have to do to stay on plan. You’d be pissed if somebody who knew that you were trying to eat healthy bought you a years supply of cheesecake to be delivered to your door every month wouldn’t you? Of course you would. They would be sabotaging your efforts. So you have every right to expect the same respect for yourself! Don’t tempt yourself.

I don’t keep chocolate for the very same reason. It’s just not safe. LOL

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