Two Mini-bar Strategies

November 13, 2007 · 5 comments

The last time I wrote about That Devil the Mini-Bar I opined that the only way I was going to conquer it was to avoid getting a key in the first place.  I’m in Chicago for a couple of days at the same hotel, and will be tempted by it yet again (not to mention having a planned lunch and dinner again, which is always tough for me).  It may not be the approach I take, however.

There are two clear approaches for addressing the mini-bar:

Avoidance
This is the easier of the two as long as you prepare for it ahead of time.  Assuming you are at a hotel where the mini-bar is locked (I am) then when you check-in you simply request they keep the key.  Very simple, and unless you’ve managed to pack a hacksaw or you give in later and ask for one, totally foolproof.  Except of course if you order extra room service instead of attacking the mini-bar, then you didn’t do yourself any favors.

Willpower
Here you accept the mini-bar and it’s key as a challenge to be conquered.   Can you resist it’s charms?  That is the challenge.  This is real life here, you can’t always avoid but you can remain resolute.

I’m not checking in until tonight.  I’m still on the fence as to which approach I will take.  I am leaning, however, toward accepting the challenge of willpower.

Wish me luck, as I may need it!

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Half Man November 13, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Personally, I don’t put much stock in will-power. For me, it’s a set up for failure. If I manage to get through a challenge on will-power, I get a false sense of security and I think I can just will myself through any situation. However, success in one test does not make the next test any easier.

A wise person once told me that the best of people will do the worst of things, given the right circumstances. With that in mind, I try to take every opportunity to avoid situations that test my will-power. Certainly, I cannot avoid every test. When they come, I try to stack things in my favor rather than tackle them head on.

My 2 cents is that 1) don’t get the key, and 2) find something you can do away from the temptation of getting that key until you are too tired to do anything but sleep. (e.g. go to a bookstore or the movies or a sports game, even a local high school game, etc…)

Whatever you choose to do, I hope it works out.

Violet November 13, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Good luck John! I found your site by the Weblog awards and am really enjoying it. You’ll have to report to us whether you conquered the key!

diana the scale junkie November 13, 2007 at 10:38 pm

Stay strong John, mini bars come and go but your health is forever

Steve November 13, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Think of the cost man….what is it $10 for a tiny bottle.

I’d go for the no key approach and disconnect the phone, that way if you really, really want it you’d have to go down and look someone in the eye and ask for it.

Shame is a good deterrent :)

john - from fat to fit November 14, 2007 at 7:42 am

You would think cost woud be a good deterrent but it really isn’t.

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