Good Evening!

Big news: Mike and I finished Orange Is The New Black yesterday.

I loved the finale, but I don’t think Mike was quite as impressed. Overall, awesome season.

Moving right along. Does anyone else have serious problems not falling victim to workplace treats and eats? I can’t believe I haven’t talked about this earlier. I really struggle when it comes to saying “no” to sweets and pretty much any kind of food at work. Honestly, I’d say about 50 percent of the time I actually feel pressured to partake in the eating by my co-workers. They mean well.

I typically pack all my meals for work. That normally includes two snacks and lunch. Sometimes I’ll pack dinner if I know it’s going to be a long day.

Lunch, Dinner & Snack

Lunch, Dinner & Snack

I work in news and am constantly running around half the state for stories. Most of the time I pack things that I can eat on the go without too much hassle. That said, when I am in the office it’s really difficult to avoid all the cookies, donuts and candy that seem to constantly be floating around.

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Also working in news, I usually have a photographer on the road with me. I am one of probably two people at my work who packs food ahead of time. Any time I’m out on a story, whoever I’m with will want to stop and eat lunch, and normally offer to pay when I try to decline by telling them I have my lunch. About half the time I succumb to the pressure. Today was one of those days. 

What really bothers me is that a lot of times my lunch will go bad before I can get home for dinner. Anytime I pack a sandwich, like today, it will get soggy and disgusting in no time. It doesn’t make it any easier that I have such a problem wasting food.

However, the more serious problem is picking on sweets when I’m actually in the office. I must admit, I contribute to the constant flow of cookies, but I seem to be able to control myself around my own baking. Is there really a way to avoid picking up one too many sugar cookies?

Today, I picked up one of the huge nut bars my co-worker brought in. I ate half of it and it was delicious. But about half way through, I really stopped to think ‘do I really need this whole thing?’. I didn’t. So, I threw the rest away. As much as I hate wasting food, I was proud of myself for just stopping and thinking for a second. Maybe that’s all it takes to control your cravings in the office. Just stop and think before mindlessly grabbing the glazed cake donut or chocolate chip cookie. You might be the odd one out at the office, but at least you’ll feel great about yourself.

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