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Struggle At the Office

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Our office used to consist of me, my boss and our assistant. We also had a junior associate periodically. So there were 3 or 4 of us and we had an unspoken arrangement that we would not be bringing junk food into the office. I swim, my boss bikes, our assistant walks and does P90X. Office snacks available for general consumption consisted of trail mix and granola bars. We got birthday cake at the appropriate time, but since the assistant's and my birthdays are 3 days apart, cake happened twice a year.

Then the office grew. We now have 9 people, but we knew we were in trouble when numbers 5 and 6 joined us at the beginning of March. Within a week, number 5 had brought in donuts, cookies and cupcakes to share with everyone. We also learned that number 6, probably one of the skinniest women I have ever seen in my life, lives on chocolate and pizza.

Now, in addition to trail mix, our office kitchen is also stocked with Nutter Butters (my personal kryptonite), those crappy crackers with cheese or peanut butter that are full of trans fats, and chocolate chip cookies.

I really miss the unspoken arrangement of no junk food. It made it much, much easier to stick to my food plan. Now I have to exercise actual willpower and not pick up that package of Nutter Butters. It's hard, y'all.
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    Definitely bring your own! You're only gonna be tempted when you're vulnerable.
    2024 days ago
    Ugh... why do people think they are being "nice" when they share that garbage? It seems like when a new person joins an existing group, they should ask what people like before they bring in food.

    Do you bring in your own stash of snacks just for you? Maybe that would help you stay away from the kryptonite.
    2025 days ago
    nutterbutters! I see the appeal. I love them too.

    Good luck staying out of the kitchen.
    2025 days ago
    Maybe you and the other original co-workers could explain to "5 and 6" about your feelings about junk food and issues and they could either not bring the junk to the office, or at least stash it in an area where you don't go? (Or they could just bring what they would eat and keep it in their desks)?

    Most people would cooperate, I would think.
    2025 days ago
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