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Poll: Does Your Workplace Sabotage Your Diet?

bonus points for naming the company...

Thu. Mar 8, 8:11am

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haha! My work is the biggest temptation zone I face. Forget the coffe stand with super yummy brownies right downstairs, and you still have the candy, trail mix, and mini-chocolate bars that are always on the filing cabinet. Then there are all the well meaning coworkers who bring in doughnuts, cookies, brownies, etc. Oh, and don't forget all the parent-coworkers selling girlscout cookies and cookie dough and cheesecakes - yes, elementary kids are selling whole cheesecakes now!

It's a mine field!

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 9:40 AM

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My office is pretty terrible between birthday cakes and cookies in the kitchen. A while back I decided that I just wasn't going to eat anything free at work (unless it was exceptional in some way). No commercial cheesecake, no sheetcakes from the grocery store, no hershey kisses, etc. This is hard somedays, but actually a real good move for me in terms of cutting out the extra cals that sneak up on you.

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 9:51 AM

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Yes, constant barrage. There are only 20 people in the office, but every day, at least one is bound to bring in something homemade and leave it out in the kitchen or bring mini candy bars to a meeting or want to go out to lunch...

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 10:11 AM

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umm ... yeah! I work in a real estate office. There's always someone looking to win the favor of the realtors (title companies, insurance companies, mortgage companies, etc.) who brings in free goodies. I'm getting pretty good at ignoring these treats though!

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 10:29 AM

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I guess I'm in a really lucky situation! I work in a small office and everyone here is pretty health conscious. We even had a company wide fitness challenge! At staff meetings, yes we do have cakes and brownies, but people know to also get veggies, hummus, water, etc.

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 10:56 AM

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It tries to!

This week alone we got three deliveries of candy and cookies from vendors, someone made brownies, we ordered pizza for a coworkers birthday, someone brought in thin mints and there is a gumball machine full of peanut m-and-ms...and I only work with 5 other people!

I beat these temptations by having a drawer full of healthy snacks - dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruit, granola bars. If I need something sweet I reach for a few dried apricots - that usually does the trick.

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 11:55 AM

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My old workplace was terrible for weight, but so much fun to work (Allstate headquarters in Northbrook, IL). Tons of camaraderie. One group brought in a huge spread of food every single Thursday morning, and it was very unusual for a day to go by when no one brought in food.

My new workplace is much better; there's almost never free food around! At first, it was quite the adjustment. But now, I'm so much thinner!

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 11:55 AM

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It sure did today- staff meeting this morning:

"We're closing our doors as of today."

"We've been losing money for the last year."

Really? is that why we hired on 2 new staff just a month ago? Is that why we just dropped a bundle on a bunch of equipment we really didn't need?

So, I got laid off. No severance. Fantastic. Plus, My wife and I are having a baby. So that's even better.

So, yeah, my workplace is definitely sabotaging my diet.

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 12:01 PM

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Last poster, I'm so sorry to hear about your job. Everything happens for a reason?

My current job doesn't sabotage me at all, I work with family and we are all health concious.
However, in my last job we went out to lunch all the time, ate snacks together all day everyday... Needless to say I gained 20 pounds. Happy to say I lost it all too!

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 1:05 PM

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Wow, I didn't realize how lucky I am! We don't have a candy dish, or anyone with kids selling things, or anyone who bakes stuff for the office, or any birthday cakes for that matter. Sometimes when we're doing a big project the boss will buy us cupcakes and cookies but they're bakery-made so I usually enjoy the indulgence. I don't know if I could resist the temptations on a daily basis... I guess I would try to be like the poster who only indulges in "special" treats, not run-of-the-mill stuff.

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 1:14 PM

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