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How rude

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I usually wait for inspiration before writing my blog post. This one just fell in my lap.

I was just finishing lunch at my desk when a coworker came over to ask me a question. I just met her a couple of months ago when she became part of my department. She said something like, "Oh am I interrupting your lunch?" As I started to respond with "That's OK," she said, "Looks really healthy" in a sarcastic tone. I think it's rude to put your nose in other people's business, including to comment on their choice of food. I wouldn't say something like that to anyone, let alone a coworker I hardly know!

The scene: my aluminum foil that my healthy sandwich (sandwich thin, lots of boston lettuce, an entire vine tomato, one slice of low sodium muenster, and two slices of low sodium ham) was wrapped in was open on my desk, with nothing on it but baked doritos. I'm sure she thought they were regular doritos.

I just said nothing, and I didn't let my face show any emotion either. I wasn't even annoyed because apparently I must not care very much about her opinion. But, as Stephanie Tanner used to say, "HOW RUDE!"

  
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TIME_FLIES 8/5/2009 7:01AM

    Of course it depends on the spirit intended. It's a joke in my office that I don't like to eat "green" things. I might have said something about how much green you had on your sandwich. But had you worked with me you'd have known it was a joke and more on me than you.

By the way, you commented on my blog's 'wacky' summer weather and wondered where I lived. Western PA. Next week we might start getting above 85 degree days. Usually, we have 7 above 90 days, but we're not making it past 85 this year.

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CHERYLRG 8/4/2009 3:36PM

    Thanks for all the comments! I feel good about my reaction. I assume she *thought* she was being funny but I thought it was uncalled for. I'm glad to know it's not just that I'm being too sensitive.

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POSALMON 8/4/2009 1:53PM

    I agree with you. It is very annoying when people stick their nose in your business. I don't know why some people think that is okay! I never want to make anyone feel uncomfortable, so I try to think before I speak. Maybe someday your co-worker will figure that one out. Good for you for not taking the bait. It's usually better to just ignore that kind of nonsense.

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BECKIE4LOSINLBS 8/4/2009 1:07PM

    You have a lot more courage then i did back when i used to work.. if someone said something like that to me I would of snapped back at em with "something like at least i know whats in it.. " or "dont be jealous.. cuz i take time to make my own lunches.." Of course that would of been back when i actually didnt care how things went with my life.. props c

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EVVYSBABY 8/4/2009 12:40PM

    It's really too bad that people like this can't run it by the editor before they make remarks. A lot of people speak without thinking and sometimes think they are being helpful and they are not.

Good for you not to react as most of us would.

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CHERYLRG 8/4/2009 12:38PM

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TAURUSLLY 8/4/2009 12:30PM

    Ugh! People just feel so free to comment. I swear, if I didn't need the microwave for my food, I would eat my lunch in my classroom. Good for you not taking the bait. emoticon

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Peer pressure!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Last night I went out to dinner with my bf and his family. It was his mom's birthday a few days ago and she chose Olive Garden. I did my homework and stuck to my guns...at first. I ordered the herb-grilled salmon, which comes with steamed broccoli. It was very tasty and pretty low calorie, etc. I did have a breadstick but just one, and I had some salad. All I drank was water...

My bf's father, who I was sitting next to, asked if I was going to order dessert. I said I didn't know and hadn't looked at the menu. He was already perusing the menu and pointed out a few desserts he wanted to try. I guess I couldn't help myself. I wanted to be cool. I had dessert. Luckily we shared, but unluckily we ordered two desserts. I guess the good part is that we didn't finish either one, and my bf's aunt had some too.

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CHERYLRG 8/4/2009 3:38PM

    Trek and Po: You guys rule. Thanks for the great comments!!!

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POSALMON 8/4/2009 1:50PM

    I was in a very similar situation last week! My mom and I took my son to the "big city" to go school clothes shopping and I knew we would be going to Olive Garden because we never get to go there usually. I planned ahead and looked on their website. I figured if I watched the rest of my food carefully that day I could have soup, 1 breadstick, and half of the entree I wanted. So when I ordered I asked them to box up half the entree before bringing it out. I was feeling so good about my decisions, but guess what? It made me feel like crap anyway! Too many additives and WAY too much salt! My body just isn't used to it anymore. The scary thing to me was that I used to eat at places like that (and worse, can you say Taco Bell?) all the time and felt fine because my body was so used to it. Yuck!!!

Sounds like you did good, you planned ahead and enjoyed yourself. Don't feel guilty about a few bites of dessert, you know you're not going to make it an all the time thing.

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BECKIE4LOSINLBS 8/4/2009 1:10PM

    Its nice that your bf's family are cool and not judgemental like that.. When i used to date I always had problems with the "in-laws" I never understood why i got with skinny decent buff guys and yet thier family hated me.. =\\ not like i chose them first.. eh.. oh well im happy you had a good night out..

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CHERYLRG 8/4/2009 12:37PM

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MSSUNBUG 8/3/2009 5:13PM

    Try not to beat yourself up. I'm not the biggest fan of OG's food, but their desserts... man, they're hard to pass up! lol. But it's in the past now, and no sense in beating yourself up. Go forward and make better choices this week--and then that minor indiscretion will be no more than a blip on your radar! :-)

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Good week!

Friday, July 31, 2009

I had a pretty good week in terms of food and eating. Two nights this week I didn't have anything to eat after dinner! This is pretty huge for me...very rare in the past. Perhaps it's a new trend.

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CHERYLRG 7/31/2009 8:34PM

    Thanks!!!

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POSALMON 7/31/2009 8:19PM

    Great job! I know the after dinner thing is a big problem for me as well, so congratulations!!

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Workday lunch

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I almost always bring my lunch to work, and I almost always have a balanced, healthy sandwich. I have a multi-grain or rye sandwich thin, lots of Boston lettuce, about a teaspoon of mustard, 1 slice of low sodium cheese (various kinds), and 2-3 slices of low sodium cold cuts (various kinds). For a while I was eating it along with a snack bag of pretzels, baked chips, baked cheetos, etc. A few days ago I started eating a clementine in place of the snack bag. I've cut my lunch down about 100 calories by doing this one simple thing. I still get to eat a "side dish" with my sandwich and I'm still just as full. If I get hungry later in the afternoon (which I almost always do), I can eat the snack bag then. It's working out really well and keeping me fuller longer! I wanted to share in case anyone else wants to give it a try. It's certainly not rocket science but sometimes I get into a routine and stop thinking about what I'm doing, so this was a great change!

  
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POSALMON 7/31/2009 1:04PM

    I have tweaked my workday eating as well. I work at a school and in my position I am, unfortunately, able to graze during the day if I don't watch it. So I like to bring whole wheat crackers and cottage cheese with a side of berries for breakfast- it is something I can munch on throughout the morning if I want. I usually do soup and salad for lunch so that I can save one or the other for later in the day when I get the afternoon burn out and need something to keep going. It's so important to not only pay attention to good eating habits, but to be able to adapt them to our own lifestyles!


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CHERYLRG 7/30/2009 4:11PM

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POOHBEAR920 7/30/2009 3:53PM

  It's amazing what one little change does! Good job!

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GRAMPIAN 7/30/2009 3:42PM

  Good move! And of course you can vary the fruit.

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Dealing with other people's perspectives

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

So...last night, I brushed my teeth and I was getting ready for bed. My boyfriend came in and we were talking for a bit, but he wasn't going to bed yet. I said something about how I didn't have any snacks or dessert that night after dinner. I was proud of myself because eating late-night or after dinner snacks has been one of my downfalls for a very long time. It's sort of a big thing when I don't, for me. However, from his perspective, this isn't a big deal because it's not something he's struggled with, and he doesn't even think about snacking or desserts most of the time. So, he said something like, "You don't need to have dessert every night." The way he said it, I think the "you" was more general than specifically about me, but either way, he totally missed my point. I almost made a bigger deal about it, but we started talking about something else and I didn't bring it up again. I did think, "This'll be a good topic for tomorrow's blog." :) Anyway, I know he didn't mean anything bad by it. In fact, he's been supportive in a lot of ways, when I explicitly ask for it or explain why I need some support. It might be one of those Venus/Mars things, but it was a little frustrating for me. Anyone else have similar experiences?

  
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CHERYLRG 7/29/2009 1:22PM

    So I'm not alone. :) Well, I didn't think I was. It's just so crazy sometimes how different people have such different ideas about the same thing. Anyway, thanks so much for writing!

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SUNSHINEPOINTE 7/29/2009 12:33PM

    I go through that with my boyfriend a little when it comes to cravings. I get SUPER intense cravings for things, especially around TOM (this week it happens to be for buffalo cheese fries) and despite waiting until my weekends for indulgences I talk about it incessantly all week. He doesn't get the obsession with food, he's just like meh - food is what I eat to live. So when I talk cravings he kind of gives me the "is that on your diet" spiel and whatnot. I tell him actually yes, it is, smile, and move on. It can be frustrating but don't let it get to you - it's just a misunderstanding.

p.s. Both my boyfriend and I can relate to late night snacking though! Try keeping fresh fruit on hand, or sugar free popsicles. I find it really helps!

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