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By Karlie Tipton
January 20, 2012
Now that the holiday season has come to a close, I thought it was finally safe to stow away the semi-work appropriate elastic-banded pants. I was wrong. Being healthy in an office environment is never easy, no matter what time of year it is.
If you’re attempting to gain a large amount of weight for a role in an upcoming movie, this is just the place for you. If not, the food situation around Oklahoma Today can be a bit daunting. Granted, I am responsible for my own nutritional destiny, but let’s face it: A microwave-heated Lean Cuisine will never be as good as a burger and fries from the food court. Not to mention the buffet of delicious candy, snacks, and baked goods our office seems to receive on a weekly basis. It may be someone’s leftover birthday cupcakes they just wanted to share or food we needed to photograph that a vendor didn’t want back or extras from another OTRD department event, but there always seems some delicious confection lingering around the halls, taunting all who refuse to partake. Who has the willpower to refuse a Hello Dolly made by our wonderful circulation assistant Angela Blalock or a cherry pie from Arbuckle Original Fried Pies, anyway?
And this type of workplace is not exactly conducive to exercise—or any type of movement—either. With all of the tools I need right at my fingertips, from Google to email, I find little reason to get up from my chair. Sometimes I even find myself rolling the three feet to the printer rather than walking the distance. Not only does sitting all day take its toll, but more often than not, the only time I see the sun is walking to and from my car (and not even then if it’s winter and I leave too late).
But making excuses for why I’m tired or malnourished or not fitting into the pants that I just got for Christmas won’t help anything. There are small changes I and other employees can make. For instance, Nathan Gunter installed a standing desk in his office. I’m not that ambitious, but I can at least take a quick walk around the underground tunnels after lunch or down to the Myriad Gardens if the wind chill isn’t 7. I can—and this may sound crazy to some—get up to respond to emails every so often. I can psych myself up to eat that Lean Cuisine that’s been sitting in the freezer for three weeks. I cannot refuse a good Hello Dolly, but maybe I can just eat a couple bites and then place them out of my line of vision.
If I can just focus on the small changes I can make and learn to deal with the ones I can’t, I may just be able to pack up those sweat pants by Spring Break.