12 Steps - that's how far this snack tray is located from my desk where I spend 11 hours a day. Early each morning the company baker makes fresh treats, and a galley employee drops this tray off every day around 7:30 am, in my work area and several other areas in the plant. Trays of the daily snacks are also located in the break rooms, and in the galley on the end of the salad bar. During the 7 or 8 months of production, these snacks are available 24 hours a day. Donuts, maple bars, cinnamon twists, pound cake, muffins of several varieties, croissants, brownies and endless varieties of cookies, right next to the coffee pot. We return the aluminum pan each night when we go to the galley for supper, and it is returned full each morning.
For those working on the production end of things, the snack tray is a source of badly needed calories, eaten hastily with a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate on the mid morning and mid afternoon break periods before returning to a day full of physical labor. For those of us that have wound up in the white collar jobs, sitting at computers most of the day, working on often intense, deadline oriented tasks, the snack tray is deadly. Indeed, I call it the "Death Tray". The combination pictured in the top photo is particularly lethal.
As you know, Goldfish and I are both focusing on getting healthier this year, and are making good progress. For me, the Death Tray has to be off limits, despite its proximity, because opening that window can end badly if I am having a high stress day. How do you deal with stress and what are your most challenging temptations?