Recently I’ve noticed from social media that it seems to be somebodies birthday every other day in local work places. As far as I can gather, it’s tradition for everyone to bring in a mountain of junk food to celebrate the occasion.
For anyone who’s on a weight loss journey, you’ll know that it’s already hard enough to resist temptation without a massive cake, a box of donuts, 10 bags of delicious crisps, 50 tray bakes and countless bags of sweets set in front of you.
There’s a lot of hatefulness disguised as kindness in todays society IMO. “Go on, just eat it. Sure you don’t need to lose weight!” Quite often if an individual can’t make a change for the better themself, you can be pretty sure they’ll try and drag you down with them. 100% not always the case, people genuinely do mean well, but be aware of those who don’t.
Put the shoe on the other foot, you know it’s someone’s birthday in work, normally everyone brings in cake, so I’ll have to do the same. Fair thought, however…my suggestion to everyone would be this… if you want to give someone a small gift or make a nice gesture, why not spend the same amount of money on a voucher for some healthy food, maybe Whyn Croft, or a voucher for an exercise class, or a small journal to write down their health/fitness goals in.
The moral of the ramble:
1. Treat your co-workers like you’d like to be treated. Support them in their health/fitness goals rather than unintentionally making life 10 times harder for them.
2. If you know someone is trying to lose weight and so are you, say something encouraging to them every so often. “I can see you’re still making healthy choices, great job, keep it going!”
3. Fat loss should be a gentle incline, not an impossibly steep mountain. Be mindful of others struggles and be supportive where you can. Positive mindsets are contagious.