Pizza parties, donut boxes, bagel platters, cupcakes and cookies for Suzie's birthday.
Without a doubt, one of the biggest temptations for my clients' lie at their workplace.
There are shitty snack foods, calorie bombs disguised as meals and sweets treats everywhere.
EVERY DAY is someone's birthday, retirement, promotion, baby shower, etc.
Or sometimes it's simply Wednesday and your employer tries to make up for the miserable work environment with the cheap and fattening thrill of a Snickers bar.
These types of foods use to be a "very special occasion" type of deal. As in ONE small indulgence every few weeks. Now, these foods aren't even considered indulgences anymore. It's just what people eat on a regular basis. And it's made us a very overweight, sad and disease ridden country. These foods are loaded with calories and DEVOID of nutrients.
Being that most people spend the majority of their time at work, it's a huge battle to stay away from the treats, snacks and fatty catered meals.
So you try to politely say "No thank you" and the jerk who is trying to get you to take a cupcake comes back with a smart remark like "Oh come on! Just have one. Are you on a diet or something?!"
They are seriously trying to make you feel BAD about making a good choice. You feel like you're being snobby. Rude.
I'm here to give you permission to tell them all to shove it.
Part of setting goals for yourself is having an action plan. A huge part of your diet success is being prepared for the triggers and weaknesses that may derail you from your plan.
This is where you need to make telling certain people at work about your goal a MUST.
You need to send out an email, go to their offices, call their desks....tell all of the HR people, the "office Moms", your co-worker that you always take breaks with...whomever regularly passes out the crappy foods that you're not interested.
You tell them that you don't want to be tempted because it is VERY important that you stay on track. You want this! You deserve a chance to succeed. You need to break some bad habits and you're going to count on them for help.
You tell them you're going to work hard to reach your goal and you would appreciate their support by not tempting you with treats and pizza. Invite them to make the changes with you.
Remember, a goal isn't a goal until you write it down and ANNOUNCE it to people. Until you do those things, it's simply a wish or a hope.
And when someone does offer you something you know you're not suppose to eat and you politely deny and they come back with a sly comment or try to make you feel bad about it...
you tell them "I DON'T eat that." You'll get a lot less flack for saying that you don't eat something instead of saying "I can't eat that."
Hell, lie and say you're intolerant. I don't care. Whatever it takes. Set yourself up for success.
Helping people reach their goals and providing them with as many tools as possible is a big part of what we do at SPSC. If you're ready to take your fitness and health goals seriously, we are here to help.
-Nicole Race, Co-Owner of St. Pete Strength and Conditioning, home of SPSC Crossfit