you bastards.

Greetings from Crock-pot island!

Today the island is quiet. There are no pounds of greenish-grey hot dogs dutifully steaming away in a nearby conference room. No, not today.. but there is talk of not one but TWO more events being planned. Yuck. I’m over it. I dealt with the SuperBowl – that’s enough.

St. Patrick’s Day is next week and then Spring! That means the customer service bandwagon is circling for a McShamrock themed food day on the 17th and then a “make your own taco day” in celebration of Spring on the 21st.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love me some tacos. I mean LOVE me some tacos.. but why are they planning two fatty events within 48 business hours between them? More over, what is so vernal about tacos? Shouldn’t we save those for Cinco de Mayo or something?

In reference to the St. Patrick’s themed event.. I get this one a bit more. There are Shamrock shake cupcakes and Irish soda bread and some sort of Irish “nut dessert” – I’m not sure if I want to know what’s going on with that – but there is no mention of corned beef and cabbage! What? That doesn’t even make sense. That’s the one thing I want on St. Mick’s day – in addition to about two gallons of Guinness, of course – and it’s not on the menu at all. So, I got to thinking.. I want that, but I don’t want to cook it and have all of it sitting around the house. If there’s more than enough on the stove, I have a hard time eating the appropriate portion. I’m thinking that maybe I’ll go out and hit the diner that night. My diner has excellent food, and while I know their portions are a bit out of control, I’ve gotten into the habit of asking them for a box as soon as the food comes to the table and dividing out my food right up front. It’s a great tool that I heard about a long time ago but never employed until recently. You should give it a whirl.

This means I’m going to stay far, far away from Crock-pot island next week, because I want to save lots of calories to enjoy a dinner I really want and a Guinness or two.

In semi-related news, someone ordered a bunch of pizza today – stinking up the office with delicious smells – and then they brought the leftovers into the kitchen/breakroom where I was fixin’ mah oatmeal. I managed to slip out of the room unscathed. I told myself that when I really want it I can have it, but I need to plan for it, not just be someone else’s garbage disposal.

Ugh. It’s exhausting to plan out how to circumvent all of this all the time, but it is a part of life and life is for living, not cowering or gluttony.

Question: How do you deal with too many office food parties and unexpected pizza surprises? Any tips or tricks, or do you not deal with it at all and take what you want?

  • I got nothing for you. :D

    The smell of pizza would drive me into pizza eating frenzy at this point in my diet. Out of sight out of mind has been my main diet tool, but how can you keep the aroma of fresh hot pizza away?

    That would be rough and tough to keep from devouring some pizza. Clothes pins on the nose? :D

    Good luck behaving with all the upcoming events.

    The Grumpy Man

    • Yeah aroma is rough! Scent is deeply rooted in the brain, so it triggers all kinds of neurons to fire along the way. I think that’s part of what makes it so challenging to deal with the aroma of fresh hot pizza – it’s not just about this moment, but about a whole series of moments and memories, whether we realize it or not.

      Do you think it’s okay to treat yourself to something like this on occasion? If so, how to you plan/prepare for it?

  • I haven’t been perfect in the last year. Full blown cheats include 2 medium pizzas for Lost finale, bbq ribs (twice), Taco Bell (6 times), Chinese Buffet.

    Those are the out right 100% cheats.

    On top of that I probably averaged 1 dinner out each month.

    So on average 2 bad meals a month. Even with those bad meals I still lost 120 pound in the last year. Those cheats don’t even include, Thanksgiving , Christmas and New Years.

    This doesn’t mean you should plan cheats, but it does mean that the diet won’t end if you cheat on the rare occasion. You just need to adjust your diet after a bad calories day. And don’t use one day of cheating as an excuse to throw in the towel on the whole thing. Just pick yourself up, brush yourself off and start over.

    The Grumpy Man

  • I could never resist the aroma of pizza,so well done…Eliza Keating

  • When there is lots of crap (I had customers visiting from NYC, so in a matter of three days there was Thai food, cookies, giant vats of Italian food, pizza, doughnuts, croissants and more) at the office or in meetings or at dinner afterwork, I preemptively bring my own food. So when the donuts came out as mid-morning snack, I brought out my nonfat yogurt with fruit. When it was time for people to eat copious amounts of Italian food followed by unreasonable mounts of tramisu, I had my kale and chicken soup and followed that with a chicken and tomato hot pot that I had made.

    Another time when this happened, I went away for a moment and had a protein shake mixed with fruit and ice that filled me up to a point where the thought of more food made me sick.

    I will say it is tough to watch people stuff their faces even when you are full… Like the other day, when everyone was eating fresh doughnuts, all I wanted was a doughnut and I don’t even like them.

    OK, way too long of a comment… must shut up now.

    • It’s so challenging! Kudos to you for finding health work-arounds for times like that. I try to bring in a snack for each break I have at work so the tank doesn’t run empty and send me into the danger zone. Some days it’s easier than others – but what can ya do?

      Thanks for reading!