Thursday, July 03, 2014

Struggle At the Office

Our office used to consist of me, my boss and our assistant.  We also had a junior associate periodically.  So there were 3 or 4 of us and we had an unspoken arrangement that we would not be bringing junk food into the office.  I swim, my boss bikes, our assistant walks and does P90X.  Office snacks available for general consumption consisted of trail mix and granola bars.  We got birthday cake at the appropriate time, but since the assistant's and my birthdays are 3 days apart, cake happened twice a year.

Then the office grew.  We now have 9 people, but we knew we were in trouble when numbers 5 and 6 joined us at the beginning of March.  Within a week, number 5 had brought in donuts, cookies and cupcakes to share with everyone.  We also learned that number 6, probably one of the skinniest women I have ever seen in my life, lives on chocolate and pizza.

Now, in addition to trail mix, our office kitchen is also stocked with Nutter Butters (my personal kryptonite), those crappy crackers with cheese or peanut butter that are full of trans fats, and chocolate chip cookies.

I really miss the unspoken arrangement of no junk food.  It made it much, much easier to stick to my food plan.  Now I have to exercise actual willpower and not pick up that package of Nutter Butters.  It's hard, y'all.

1 comment:

abby said...

I know how you feel. I have a candy box sitting on my desk. We all took turns filling it with chocolate of various quality. I keep it on the end of the desk away from my computer. Lately none of us has been filling it. No temptations there.

I do provide my own healthy snacks. Fresh berries, an apple, orange, craisens, and almonds when I get the munchies. When I have time, I do peanut butter and celery or carrots and homemade hummus. I find both things are filling and I don't want anything until dinner when I eat them. It is easier to stay on track when there is something around and it's sitting right in front of me.