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The Office Trap

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I came to the realization that the biggest obstacle to my weight lose plan is not fast food, or sugary treats, or even metabolism. The biggest obstacle is Office Politics.

Last week a co-worker had a birthday. The boss closed the office and everyone went to the co-worker's favorite Mexican restaurant, a place where the lowest calorie option was a less then appetizing salad at 300 calories. I figured it’s a onetime thing; I’ll have what I want. So I chose a burrito with chicken. We got back to the office and at 3pm they announce that everyone was to assemble in the break room to sing Happy Birthday and have cake. And of course, in an office as small as mine if I had stayed behind it would have been noticed. I tried to turn down the cake slice, but literally everyone stopped, looked at me, and insisted that I take it. I either eat the cake or forever be the giant B who refused to celebrate his birthday. Sigh.

Yesterday, I was informed that yet another co-worker will be having a birthday this Thursday, and again they will be closing the office to go to lunch. Luckily, this co-worker is also trying to lose weight, so there will probably not be a cake. Hopefully.

Then this morning we had our Monthly Staff Meeting, which includes Bagels, Cream Cheese, and Juice. I knew this was coming and decided to eat a hearty breakfast so I wouldn’t indulge in 300/400+ calorie bagel. There I am setting through this meeting with the smell of toasting bagels positively drenching the room. By the end of the meeting I was starving, my stomach was even growling. (Seriously, how does that happen? Any other day and that breakfast would have kept me full and happy well into lunch.) The result was, I caved and had half a Rosemary bagel.

This string of incidents made me realize just how much of a trap office life is. You have all the factors for weight gain: captive audience, high stress, low activity, high calories, wide opportunities for grazing, bad lighting, etc. (And we haven’t even hit the season of baked goods and left over candy yet.)

While I am responsible for my own actions and my own self control, it becomes rather difficult when you’re stuck in a room watching 15 other people eating bagels; or the office lunch meetings which usually involves, all you can eat greasy pizza.
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    I'm not a big fan of cake, so I usually pass. People used to think it was weird, but now they are just used to the fact that I will join the celebration, but I will not eat the cake. Are they really going to make me eat something I don't like?
    2030 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    A long time ago, one of my friends told me to picture somebody going to the bathroom, not washing their hands, then making the food they were about to eat. I also picture it with flies laying maggots on it.. gag.......

    as far as the eating out, the chef WILL make sauteed`(with Pam) a fajita veggies on the grill for you if you just ask them. Skip the tortillas, drink water,, then when you get to the office, if you refuse cake, others can be told that you do not feel well after all that food.

    Eating a Glucerna or some protein bar before the meting or in your car. will stave off the pains if washed down with tea or water,,
    Another way to have your cake, but not eat it too, is to let them put it on your plate, take it back to our office and tell them you are taking it home for later.. toss it or whatever,,
    2030 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/3/2012 2:39:55 PM
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