Workout Wednesday: Office Sweets

My day in a nutshell starts at 4:45am, head off to the gym by 5am, come home from the gym by 6:15am, take a quick shower, get dressed and ready for work, leave for work, an hour later arrive at work, 8.5 hours later, drive home, eat some dinner, blog for an hour, get ready for bed, journal while in bed, fall asleep, and REPEAT!

Exhausting? Yes but worth every minute. For the longest time I never had an actual work schedule. I was an independent contractor for about a year and made my own schedule. I did whatever I wanted, but it didn’t help me to get to my own goal of becoming a LPC. I work as a healthcare communicator in the greater Philadelphia region. No it is not in the counseling field, but I took it because I really want to work for a suicide hotline. I needed to become comfortable talking to strangers on the phone and working in a call center will help you do just that.

However, with any office jobs comes office sweets! Every month, a local bakery delivers cupcakes to celebrate all the employees’ birthdays for that month. Every Friday, another local bakery delivers bagels. And they are very good! The first Friday, I ate 2.5 bagels. Yea… I used to eat a bagel for breakfast every morning. I stopped a couple years ago and only eat bagels once in awhile. I don’t really like bagels anyway. The only bagels I will eat when absolutely necessary are Panera Bread’s and Manhattan Bagels. Yet, whatever bakery makes and delivers bagels to my work are OUT OF THIS WORLD! They are so good! With that said, I have to figure out how to handle this bagel situation…

Healthy Tips I learned:

  • I drink two glasses of water when I first wake up. It gets your internal organs working and helps your digestive tract.
  • I don’t eat carbs after 2pm. You will never be able to burn them and will just end sitting in your stomach.
  • You don’t digest food while you work out. That’s why I never eat before working out.
  • You have to eat breakfast within 90 minutes of waking up.
  • I learned I need to have a sweet everyday to curb cravings. I have a piece of dark chocolate after lunch or after dinner. Think of it as your reward for all the healthy eating you did that day.

I take everything in stride and eat everything in moderation. If you are eating healthy 60% of the time and working out 40% of the time, one treat will not hurt you. This is why I don’t believe in cheat days or cheat meals. Remember that line in Erin Brockovich where she whispered to her boss to have a f-cking cup of coffee… Think of that line when you are reaching for a treat to celebrate your best friend’s birthday, your sister’s wedding, or a glass a wine during a girl night’s in.


How do you handle your eating when it comes to office sweets? Coworkers sabotage your goal of being healthy, losing weight, or staying on your diet? Tips and tricks needed!!


As always, kisses on the peace sign fingers and love…

XO Jenn



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