School is Making Me Sick.

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And by “sick” I mean…sickeningly FAT!

It’s become apparent to me that school isn’t good for my health.

And no, it’s not the swine flu.  Although that’s not helping.

It’s the food.

And no, it’s not the food in the cafeteria.I Don't Feel Well.  Or Look That Great.

It’s all of the other food.

Birthdays, holidays, early dismissals, donuts, fake holidays (Bosses’ Day), people baking for no apparent reason, concession stands, Halloween candy, Christmas cookies, vending machines, lunch meetings, breakfast meetings, and meetings just to get together to eat for no apparent reason.

It’s all very exhausting.

And fattening.

I used to eat better at school than I did at home.  Now, it’s just the opposite.

My world is upside down.

School is supposed to be good for you.  Now it’s just one sugar-laced treat after another.

The world of food has improved greatly for students.  The government has “encouraged” us to take out or limit access to pop machines.  We’ve put breakfast programs in place to make sure kids have a good meal to start the day.

We provide lunches with healthier choices.

We limit access to candy bars and chips.

Yet, it is getting worse by the day for adults.

And more importantly (in my mind at least), for me.

10 years ago I could lose 19 pounds during the course of the weekend.  This was accomplished by not Super Sizing my meal(s) at McDonald’s.

Now I gain weight after drinking a glass of water.

How do I know this?

Because I weigh after big meals. 

Which occur on a weekly basis at (of all places…) school.

This isn’t right.

School is supposed to be where you take your lunch.  Where you eat fruit.  Where you don’t snack.

Not a place where you eat 14 cookies, 3 cupcakes, and 8 snack size candy bars during your mid-morning snack.

School is undermining my good diet and exercise program.

I need some structure.  Not a food free-for-all.

Actually, I need some self-discipline.  Any chance someone can leave a cake pan full of that in the lounge?

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8 Responses to “School is Making Me Sick.”

  1. Unklar
    on Nov 29th, 2009
    @ 5:19 pm

    The week before Thanksgiving, I joyously went out and bought the Wii Fit Plus. I dutifully came home, selected my Mii, chose my trainer, and went through the initial benchmarking. Wii Fit maintained that I’m 4 years older than my astronomical age, but that didn’t discourage me.

    I did my first Wii Fit Workout the next day. I had gained 2 pounds in one day, but my WiiAge was now 5 years less than my astronomical age. Wii initially indicated that I should lose at least 20 pounds. I was encouraged, but then Thanksgiving happened.

    Now, I’m terrified to set foot back on the Wii Fit balance board. My WiiTrainer will probably, at the very least, laugh hysterically at me. My initial goal was to lose 5 pounds in the first month. I’m considering reinstalling the whole software package and taking a WiiMulligan.

  2. GingerTPLC
    on Nov 29th, 2009
    @ 5:19 pm

    I agree. I think we can actively suggest and encourage our colleagues to stop killing ourselves. Let’s see who can bring the tastiest, healthiest options to these things. Celebrate the awesomeness of good flavor–not just the flavor of salt, fat, and/or sugar.

    What a nice topic to be brought up (NOT by the Principal) during a staff meeting…unless of course, the Principal would like to be ridden out of town on a rail!

  3. Dave Sherman
    on Nov 29th, 2009
    @ 9:15 pm

    It’s called WILLPOWER. Give it a try. You will feel much better saying NO to all food brought in than you will if you eat the crap people bring in.

  4. Alfredo Reyes
    on Nov 29th, 2009
    @ 10:03 pm

    I wasn’t too happy when our school district became part of a Network for a Healthy California. It meant no more pizza parties, donut and cookies mornings, candy as incentives, and cakes for special occasions. After 2 years into the program, I’ve seen our kids shed pounds, enjoy healthy snacks, and become more aware of their overall health.

    I remember the complaints from students like it was yesterday. Today, it’s just part of our school culture.

  5. diane
    on Nov 29th, 2009
    @ 10:47 pm

    I hear you. Food to snack on and eat as you rush by is all too convenient and yes unhealthy. It can also be an quick cure for a stressful and harried day. Food is emotional for me and boy the treats can be a form of temporary relief. Chocolate is especially helpful.
    Not eating can be done. Just tell yourself you are allergic to fattening food.

  6. Lyn
    on Nov 30th, 2009
    @ 6:10 am

    Does it help that I eat nearly every single birthday treat that a student drops off in my office?
    I just feel so special they thought of me!

  7. mcorbett76
    on Nov 30th, 2009
    @ 7:31 pm

    I haven’t eaten sugar in over a year and a half, but I love to bake, so I baked cookes over the holiday and took them to school to share…so sorry! :D It’s a challenge to not eat the goodies at first, but you get used to it and now I can’t even imagine eating something sugar-y.

  8. Mrs Walter
    on Dec 2nd, 2009
    @ 11:15 am

    And the weekly Friday carry-in lunches . . . “Oy!”

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