Friday, October 03, 2008
I was at the gym yesterday morning and noticed they were setting up for a large staff meeting. They had the basketball court filled with tables and chairs. When I looked in (the basketball court's mesh-like "walls" are transparent) some of the staff members were already there. Among the faces I recognized were fitness class instructors and some personal trainers I've seen around the gym.
I also noticed something kind of ironic: a table full of Panera bagels and Dunkin' Donuts! Ha ha ha ha ha!! Well, what's a breakfast meeting without donuts, bagels and muffins, right?
OK, I'm not saying that people who make a career out of fitness have to have perfect diets and can never eat a treat. I am by no means perfect with my eating habits. Far from it, actually. In fact, I ate TEN cookies last night in one sitting!! (I don't know what got into me.) But I just find it amusing there was nothing healthier offered to a roomful of fitness professionals for breakfast than bagels as big as your head and sugary donuts.
As in any workplace, it seems like breakfast-meeting planners don't have an ounce of creativity when it comes to the food. Sure, it's easy to just drive over to Panera or DD. But they could offer fruit, cheese, nuts, veggies (why not?), trail mix, instant oatmeal, low-sugar cereal or smoothies (they make and sell smoothies right there on site anyway)!
After all, aren't they supposed to be setting an example for the rest of us? Their members might be watching. I was!