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Office Enemies

by Meghann on August 20, 2009

I debated writing this post for fear people would say I’m depriving myself or that I’m secretly anorexic. I also feared it may be some sort of trigger for my readers recovering from eating disorders whom I never want to disrespect. But in the end I said screw it. This is an issue many Americans battle in an office setting and since my blog involves all issues that involve working a 40 hour work week, I wanted to share it.

Basically this afternoon I came face to face with my moral enemy… office birthday cake.

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It was our quarterly corporate meeting which meant lots of food, drink and cake afterwards.

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Now don’t get me wrong I’ve on more then one occasion on this blog had my share of cake, but today I really stopped and thought about it.

I considered that..

  • I wasn’t hungry in any shape or form
  • It was a store bought cake
  • Did I wanted it just because everyone else was eating it or if I really wanted chocolate

In the end I simply walked away from the cake room and decided to see what would happen. I participated in the office golf tournament finale, I enjoyed a glass of unsweet tea while chatting with co-workers and I took some left over veggie burgers home, that my co-worker practically shoved in my purse.

You know what I discovered? I didn’t miss the cake. I have no regrets about not eating it.

I took a minute to evaluate the situation and in the end was happy with my decision to walk away.

I was actually surprised how full my lunch kept me all day. Apparently my $25,000 sandwich is quite the tummy filler. My co-workers really did a great job bringing in lots of burgers, hot dogs, all the fixins.

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They even had veggie burgers!

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I just wish the metting had been at lunch time rather then 3:00. Then I may have been hungry and had some cake. ;)

Don’t worry though my hunger finally kicked in around 7:00 and I put together a great dinner.

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This was a soup wasn’t originally planned to be a soup, but evolved into a tasty one.

I started by sauteeing Onions, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Garlic, Mushrooms, Tomato and Kale in a little EVOO on the stove top. I then added the rest of my left over fish from last night, 1/4 cup of cooked cous cous and 1 cup of College Inn Thai Coconut Curry Broth. FInally I topped it all with red pepper flakes and fresh basil.

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The flavors combined perfectly. It was spicy with just a touch of sweetness. Yum!

And please don’t think I deprived myself from sweets today. Because after dinner my sweet tooth did make its presence known and I enjoyed the last of the mystery Oatmeal Date cookies from this weekend.

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Mmm.. these babies are rich. If you made them let me know, I would love the recipe!!

Alright m goal is to make it to bed early tonight. In order to do that I am going to run Maddie around the block a couple of times, I’m hoping to wear her down to exhaustion. Wish me luck!!

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