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If you give a mouse a cookie... a co-worker's sabotage

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Seriously... sometimes I feel like the little mouse in this story. I'm never satisfied with just one cookie or sweet or snack. I've been really good recently. I haven't been letting the junk in the house or taking it to work.


I have a co-worker who keeps bringing junk into work. Yesterday was a prime example. She brought chocolate covered donut holes into work. Everyone in the office appreciates it. Except me. The thing is.. I wouldn't care if she participated in eating these yummy little morsels she brings in, but she doesn't. She never takes one bite. She just leaves them in plain view. The thing that is even more aggravating is that she knew that the donuts would bug me, and (my other co-workers told me) she ripped the nutrition information off on purpose, because she knew I would look at it.

I told my Momma about it and she related to me the story of a co-worker who did similar things. Mom said this woman would bake and bake and bake and then never take one slice or sliver of pie or cake. She said it was a type of control mechanism. The thing about it is, I don't have that strong of willpower. It's everything within me to eat only one.

I even jokingly told my co-worker today. (Because I'm really good at making something that bothers me light-hearted) "We should make a rule for the office. You can only bring snacks and treats in, if you eat them too." Time will tell if she'll abide by this. Especially since I made a big deal about it, because this isn't the first time.

Now, as I reflect on the situation further, I think that she was competing with me in a weird way. I made too many healthy banana nut muffins over the weekend (off of a SP recipe btw). We have a really small office. Our weekly avg. is 5 ppl. So, I brought one in for everyone in the office. They were super healthy with flax seed, wheat flour and around only 140 calories. Everyday she eats 2-3 pack of 90-100 calorie snacks. I told her, "Eating a muffin would be better for you then that, it's not processed." She only ate a sliver of it, because I insisted. She told me the next day she gave it to her boyfriend that night and he said it was delicious. I mean really... WHAT THE HELL? I bring in healthy muffins and she brings in junkfood. IT'S NOT THE SAME THING... Ughhh.

Well maybe this test will teach me better self control. I can't control what she does. I can only control how I react to it.
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    I would take a lovely fruit plate into work - just for me - but have it on my desk where it could be seen. Then if the donuts arrive you already have something better.
    2376 days ago
    What she does is all of her business...I mean, don't get me wrong her behavior would also get under my skin, but ultimately don't waste your time on trying to understand her somewhat twisted motivations. emoticon
    (Have you ever read "The Four Agreements" ?)

    Cultivate self care. Think about you first & foremost !
    And keep treating you with delicious unprocessed food !

    (I wish I had such a nice coworker who you'd cook some delicious & healthy desserts ! arggggggggggggg emoticon )

    2376 days ago
  • JOHGLO2011
    I'm guessing this behavior will stop when she sees that it isn't bothering you. I know, easier said than done. But look at it as a challenge - see how many days you can go without eating her sweets. I'm thinking you can do better than you think! Good luck!
    2376 days ago
    Or maybe co-worker is doing tit for tat and didn't appreciate "Eating a muffin would be better for you then that, it's not processed."

    Or maybe she had her treat at home and removes teh rest of teh box from her house as a form of will power. Which is why I send teh spousal unit to work with sweets all the time. Because it's the way for me not to eat the whole cake if I send it with him.
    2376 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Keep doing what you are doing!
    2376 days ago
    maybe the coworker is jealous?? it's possible.
    2376 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Remember, the mouse does not have a Spark voice that tells him, "IT'S A TRAP, IT'S A TRAP!" Coworker IS controlling you.. Your indifference and bringing in your own stuff is YOU in control.
    2376 days ago
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