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Food Bully

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

When I first started working for my office, I was stunned by how much food circulates in this place. They would bring in cake and ice cream AND go out to lunch on everyone’s birthday; FYI we have 10 birthdays in December alone, so that was 10 lunches out and 10 cakes and ice cream.

So I put out the suggestion that instead of having 10 cakes spaced throughout the month, we should just have one cake, at our monthly meeting; we can announce everyone who’s celebrating a birthday that month, we get cake, but we can still fit into our jeans at the end of the month.

It was excitedly accepted and has become the norm…more or less.

This month we had our staff meeting, with our cake and ice cream. We’ve been out to lunch twice to celebrate birthdays, plus the office party with food, desserts and candy; and this morning I came in to find the local food bully had brought in cupcakes and ice cream to celebrate boss’s birthday (FYI he really wasn’t that interested in celebrating his birthday separately, she insisted)

She is also insisting that the food and candy that was left over from the party be doled out slowly, so it will last, even though it’s been suggested that we just let people take it home to children and family, or that we put it downstairs where the rest of the building can help themselves. But she’s rejected those ideas.

She wants the candy and cakes here, under everyone’s noses.

The thing is, it’s not a temptation for her. She’s very fit, has never struggled with her weight, and doesn’t have a craving for junk food. Yet she likes to push these foods onto others, especially those who are struggling.

When it’s time for cake she will hand it out, and if you don’t take it, she will stand there, nagging at you and embarrassing you until take it and eat it.

If there’s one piece left, she will go around and guilt someone into taking it rather than just tossing it.

She is also the one who keeps an eagle eye on the left overs and makes notes if someone takes more than she thinks they should. She’s often running over to tell me all about how she saw so-and-so eating this, or taking that, and she suspects that they took all the chocolate chip cookies.

I tell her, “I don’t really care. The more cookies they eat, the fewer there are for me to be tempted by.” To which she will say, “Oh, I don’t care either. I just think it’s funny, they say they are on a diet for their diabetes but yet there in here eating cookies!”
I never say, “Well, if you’d let me take the cookies to the other offices in the building, then So-and-so wouldn’t have been tempted to eat them.” Instead I just nod and move on.

At this afternoons cupcake feast, the boss mentioned taking the next birthday person out to lunch tomorrow. That person thanked everyone but asked if we could skip it, since we'd had so much food the last couple of days as is.

But the food bully jumped right in and was reminding everyone that we will be going out to lunch tomorrow.

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BEACHCALSIX 12/18/2014 9:07PM

    Uugh, she sounds awful!

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CRACKERS4554 12/17/2014 5:19PM

    Hard to pass up, but good for you suggesting there be one cake a month.

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For the love of rowing

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Not too long ago I read an article that stated that the rowing machines were the gym’s most underrated piece of equipment. So I decided to give it a shot.

At my gym, the upper level is reserved for cardio workouts. The room is dominated by dozens of high-tech, cutting edge, brand new elliptical machines and an entire wall of treadmills.

But they only have two, older model rowing machines, located in a dark little corner, away from everything else.

OMG (and I don’t say that often, if ever). Mix cardio with about a thousand crunches and that’s the row machines. I really don’t know why I never bothered with them before. Just from the few times I’ve used them I have realized they are the gym’s most underrated piece of equipment.

I felt it in my back, shoulders, arms, thighs, calves, and most of all my belly. Talk about an “all over workout”. This is now my new go-to cardio.

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TEEPHOTO 12/11/2014 9:12PM

    The gym that I go to does not have any rowing machines but one that I visited years ago had one. I loved it! Most gyms don't have them now. Bummer.

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/11/2014 6:56PM

    If it's a Concept2 Rower, I am all in with you!! 10 minutes og that bad boy is worth an hour of elliptical!

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COOP9002 12/11/2014 6:27PM

    Good to hear you've found an exercise that you enjoy. Blessings on your journey.

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GEORGE815 12/11/2014 6:23PM

    Glad you found a new fitness tool!

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My next birthday present to myself.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

My birthday was this last weekend. As part of that, I sat down and wrote out a list of things I want to have accomplished by my next birthday.

Some were simple things, like watching less TV. Others are rather huge, like finishing a novel and changing my career.

Now that the list is complete, I am working on the strategies to accomplish as many of those goals as I can. Rather than just saying, “I want to finish a novel by next year”, I’m working on a plans that will help me accomplish those goals.

One of my goals, obviously, Lose 50-60lbs. My first step was getting up this morning and going to the gym; Check.

Another goal, Watch Less TV. So tonight when I get home, I will relax with Christmas Music and Christmas decorating, not a TV remote.

Next, Read More. So I’ll put together a list of the top 10 books I want to read over the next month or two. I might even poll friends and family for choice reads.

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MARGOH12 12/9/2014 12:04PM

    Great idea I hope you achieve all your goals and more!

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It’s rain, not acid.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

So granted I live in a desert and rain is a rare thing. But the way people act, it’s like they think its acid falling from the sky and not water.

I bike commute every day. I bike in 110 degree weather and I bike when it’s 30 degrees and raining. It’s really not that much of a difference to me. Granted getting splashed by cars sucks, but I’m going to be changing out of my bike clothes when I get to work either way.

What can I say, I’m stubborn.

So I find it amusing when people offer to drive me in because it’s going to be raining; or the people who come over just to see if I biked in today.

There is a certain amount of satisfaction I get being the, “Crazy girl who bikes in the rain.”

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ARUNNINGKAT 12/4/2014 6:58PM

    Haha it is always entertaining when people think that rain will make them melt or something! Bravo on biking no matter the weather!

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TIFFFIT 12/4/2014 6:29PM

    You and I must be neighbors. The rain in Phoenix today was like some magic trick that caused cars to move in random directions, but always into one another. People acted like the sky was falling, and I had to park in a lake at work. These are the days I'm really glad that my commute is short (but not so much that I"m out on my bike LOL)

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LEANIE64 12/4/2014 10:57AM

    Hey, I bet you are an inspiration to people..Even they don't openly show their are. Keep it up and you will be the poster child for Sparkpeople's healthy lifestyle. Have a great day and keep being stubborn. emoticon

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Small but Simple Update

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

So I didn't reach my goal. I had hoped that by today I would have lost 3lbs and would be at 190 or 189.

But I'm 191, and I'm ok with that. It's a move in the right direction.

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BEACHCALSIX 11/28/2014 12:15PM

    You still did an awesome job! You're practically there! emoticon emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/25/2014 2:35PM

    You are making progress...that's fabulous! emoticon

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