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My job is making me fat …a.k.a. I have no willpower.

10 Jun

The Meeting Leftovers

This is the food that is placed on the communal table that happens to be right in front of my desk. It comes from breakfast meetings, lunch meetings, and afternoon, “why do we even need snacks in this meeting” meetings.  When the meeting is finished, it all comes back to my office space.

Sample Leftovers:
-sandwiches and wraps in all shapes and sizes
-assortment of cookies
-blueberry, apple, cherry danishes
-assortment of muffins
-chocolate, cheese and butter croissants

 The Catered Affair

We have been having a lot of events at my work lately –parties if you will, that are professionally catered with hot and cold food, wine, etc. When the event winds down, we assess how much food is left and so not to have it be a complete waste, our real task of the night kicks in – eating what’s left!  Well, it’s not that drastic. We usually try to give it away to the students who helped work the event but since by the end of the event our job is done, we do tend to indulge a bit before it goes in the trash.

Sample Catered Goodness:
-crackers and cheese
-cookies
-baked goods of every kind
-chicken skewers
-mini pizzas
-chips
-fruit and veggies with dip

The Baker’s Goodies

This is the co-worker who likes to bake but is smart enough to not get herself fat and as a result unloads her goodies on her unsuspecting colleagues. I had one of these at my old work. She claimed that she was allergic to sugar and flour etc. and couldn’t eat the cookies she made, so we all had to. Maybe she was indeed allergic to sugar because the sheer amount she put in them was shocking! Bless her heart.

A couple of days ago my colleague unloaded chocolate chip coconut squares. They were nowhere near healthy judging from the yummy buttery sugar base. When she brought them over she kind of plopped them on the communal table saying: “Here you go!” I think she was really saying: “Damn I overdosed on these over the weekend and it sure as hell cannot continue! Be gone sugary goodness!”

The Popular Coworker

This is when your colleague becomes your favourite person in the office by bringing in some purchased treat just for kicks: “Here’s your morning pick me up guys. Enjoy!” or “What a tough afternoon, this will make it all better!”

Sample Offerings:
-multiple Tim Horton’s Timbits
-Twizzlers Licorice

 

The Manger’s Bounty

I think part of the way my manager presents herself as a friendly person is the ever-present candy at her desk – always at least two varieties. She sometimes grabs a handful to share during a small meeting but usually they are there in front her desk, for people to graze over during a meeting in her office. And the best part – people, including me at times, have a tendency to go into her office just to grab some candy – both when she is there and when she is not!

Sample Bounty:
-Werther’s Originals
-Riesen Chocolate
-Hersey’s Kisses

 

So… you can see how my willpower is a bit strained.

What is your workplace feeding you? Do you exercise willpower?

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Heavily Impressionable…Easily Influenced

12 Feb

I have noticed that more and more when I see something, I want it. This mainly has to do with food. I am an advertiser’s dream.

When I’m walking in the mall, for example, and see someone with coffee – suddenly I want coffee! It’s become so bad that my boyfriend only has to look around to see what I’m referencing to understand my sudden need for a, b or c.

Commercials are the worst. I see chocolate – I want chocolate. I see cake – I want cake. I see cupcakes – I want cupcakes. It’s mainly the bad things too…there are no sudden cravings for salad, unfortunately.

 

Blogs are another issue. I follow A LOT of food bloggers partly because I love food and partly because I want/need to learn how to cook.  However, I am easily influenced into thinking that chocolate fudge s’mores in a mug is exactly what I need right now! Or peach pie would be really awesome to dig into this afternoon. Or maybe I should make these chocolate peanut butter cups for my family…which really means two for them and the rest for me because I’m such a squirrel.

Anyone else like this?

 

 

Lately, I’ve Been Feeling Like…

17 Nov

….A Certified Sugar Addict…

Someone Make It Stop!


(*overly sad whimper*)

 

“Sugar-free” comments and suggestions are always welcome 🙂

Chili!

26 Sep

Well hello there…. Want a peak? Ooh I know you do. 

Why don’t you come closer?…

 

Ah there you go. Welcome to my Friday night dinner.
Garnished with a sprinkling of scallions and shredded cheese.

Disclaimer: The boyfriend would want me to tell you that I was responsible for
the poorly cut scallions (and not him). They are supposed to be cut very thinly and not like the hack job seen above.

Anyway, I love chili, especially when the weather starts to get…well chilly.
You can get the recipe here. We only used half the amount of peppery stuff, chicken instead of turkey and nixed the beer because our drinks were already spiked 🙂

With fall comes yummy, hearty food like roasts and a great array of veggies. You can resist pumpkin, for example. Just put pumpkin on everything! You won’t be sorry. Mmm..I foresee something pumpkin-y in the near future.

What I am trying not to eat right about now is sweets. Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. Hahaha. But seriously, for this week, I’ve given up sweets. It’s just something that needs to be done (again!). I need to strengthen my willpower (again!). Today was HARD because as soon as I walked in the office there were two bite brownies and vanilla cupcakes. %!@#$  And in my fridge right now there are girl guide cookies and the really good kind that are mint and chocolate. #%!$%  Must be strong!

What are you eating tonight? If it’s desserty..don’t talk to me LOL…jk

N