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How to bow out gracefully?

Monday, February 02, 2015

At the department meeting today, the Director of Admissions indicated that she had made a batch of gluten free muffins just special for me. I ate one. It was pretty good, but I'd just had a bowl of oatmeal and I wasn't hungry, and besides I'm fighting a pre-diabetic condition. I'd gone over to get a strawberry, just one, and a cup of coffee.
What should I have done?
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    Good to think about new ways to handle the situation so next time you can feel better about how to react. It was generous of her to think about you.

    I don't know how you like to handle things. Others have shared some strategies. If you feel that you really cannot totally say "no thanks" some options:

    Thank her for her generosity. Then take one for later and share that you are full from breakfast.

    "I'm going to save it for later when I'm hungry since I just ate breakfast." Then let her know how you liked it after you ate it.

    Take it, thank her, then toss it.

    When dealing with someone who is higher up and if you're a nice person, it can get sticky.

    If you do feel comfortable enough with this person, you can also share that you're reducing your calories to improve your health so unplanned eating opportunities can make it hard to say no because it really looks good.

    I like Pickie98's response especially. :)

    1512 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    I agree with JONPLANE .. always vest to be up front, it is after all your well being
    that is important and people understand that..

    Keep up the good work..

    1512 days ago
    Both great options! Thanks to both of you.
    1512 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Take a muffin, explain that you JUST ate and smile, thank them. NO other explanation necessary. Any mature human would understand. Maybe ask for the recipe!!
    1512 days ago
    Be honest and say what you just posted, and then graciously take one for later. You can always report back on it in a day or two. I once went to an upscale dinner at a popular restaurant hosted by our department director and only ate the small container of blueberries that I brought with me. I was able to explain my diet to everone and enjoy their company while maintaining my healthy diet.
    1512 days ago
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