That’s what I’ve found myself saying lately while at work. Not out loud of course, but in my head. I knew that when I took this job that I would sitting down all day. Sure, I get up to go to the printer a lot, or I make my way to the restroom/lunchroom, but it’s not enough. I’ve started doing a lot of squats. Hello pancake butt! I DO NOT want that. I mean, who does?! Enough about the sitting. As I’m sitting on the couch writing this… 😉
Nothing prepared me for the amount of food that I would be coming across often. Now that I am on my healthy adventure, I want to take a closer look as to what goes into my body. There are a lot of sweets that come into that office. Cake. There is literally always cake. Someone’s birthday, this person is retiring, that person has been here 20 years, etc. I’ve never seen so many cakes in such a short amount of time. Yesterday, there were doughnuts. Um, yes please. Then there was Panera pastry this morning. Gimme. But not only are there sweets, there are savory food, too. Leftover Italian foods, sandwiches, bagels…. all thrown into the lunchroom for the people to eat. Yes, those foods can be lifesavers for when you didn’t have time to pack your own lunch or you ran out the door without it. But if you are trying to watch what you eat, it could not end up well.
As I’ve stated before, I love sweets. I want all the sugar all day everyday. Let’s be honest. And bread? Another weakness of mine. See where this is going?! Does anyone else encounter the food struggles of working in an office? Even if you don’t work in an office, my tips can be useful. And I hope they are!
How to stay strong and not give in:
- Ask yourself if what you want to eat is worth it. Truly worth it. If you had that doughnut, would you feel sluggish later on? Perhaps guilty? I know I would, and I want to stop feeling ashamed. I really wanted a doughnut yesterday, but when I asked myself if it was worth it, I answered no. But, that’s me.
- Have a stash of your own food. If you are feeling the temptation to cave into something that is off your list, head to your own stash of healthier items. Keep a combination of different food. Salty, crunchy, slightly sweet…
- Keep in mind WHY you are not eating a particular item. For me, it’s sugar. Why am I not eating refined sugar? Because I want to feel good. I want to become healthy. I don’t want to keep relying on sugar to improve my mood. I also want to look good. Don’t lose sight of your goals.
- You shouldn’t deprive yourself because you’ll most likely end up going overboard on what you’ve been not having. With that being said, if you do reach for that cupcake, then for the rest of the week try to be really on top of what you’re putting into your body. If you were saving that cupcake for Saturday and you end up having one on a Wednesday, then on Saturday, be really good with your meals.
- Pack your lunch. It’s a lot easier to do when you have leftovers. In my opinion, you will be less likely to eat leftover sandwiches or pizza in the lunchroom when you have your own cute lunchbox waiting for you in the
smellyfridge. No one likes to waste food. That’s money down the drain.
- Stay hydrated! You might be confusing hunger with just being thirsty. Reach for some water first before that bagel. If you are still hungry, then go for it. If you’re trying to be healthier, opt for perhaps only having half. I know, it’s tough. Trust me.
You are the one that is in control. If you want that piece of cake, have it. I just ask that you ask yourself why you want it and if it’s worth it. If you think it is, then go for it. 🙂 No judgement.
I hope these tricks/tips can help you in your day to day life at work. It’s just what I have come up with from my experience. Do you have any tips?