Peer Pressure in the Workplace

I have been really good these past 2 weeks and have brought my lunch to work each day (besides Subway last Tuesday, because I went grocery shopping after work) and eating at home for dinner. I noticed I have been feeling a lot better too, since I am not eating fast food or greasy food anymore. I really hope I can stick to this!

This week, my co-worker has been badgering me about getting Chinese food at our favorite takeout place. I kept telling her that I brought lunch and I didn't want to buy anything. I didn't tell her that I was trying to save money and not eat out, but somehow she convinced me yesterday that we should go get some. I guess I was mad at myself for breaking my good record on eating lunch at work. It saves me gas since I don't have to drive to get food and it also saves stress, money, and the long thought process around the "What should I eat today?" question. I brought this up to my BF since I was so hard on myself but he didn't seem to care and just said "Who cares! It's just one day" so I think I'm being too neurotic about this. Of course my PF blogger friends would understand so I knew I had to write out my feelings here. In the past our department also orders pizza, Chipotle, and bagels. It's always hard to say no when you don't want to feel left out.

How do you deal with workplace peer pressure?

I have chicken in the fridge, spring mix, cucumbers and my favorite asian salad dressing ready to go for this week so I'm looking forward to that. This weekend I'll be going to Orange County for my brother's volleyball tournament so I'm hoping that I'll still have enough time to make lunch when we get back on Sunday night. I'll also have to go grocery shopping on a weekday again. I noticed that I hate grocery shopping after work, because I'm usually drained and lazy and I am not thinking straight. I enjoy it more when I go on a weekend, in the morning.

I found this picture on pinterest and I want to keep this here so I can stay motivated on grocery shopping and not eating out. My budget is truly thanking me since it went off on a Starbucks and dining binge within the last few months.

And lastly, check out Fashion Chalet's Balenciaga giveaway. I would DIE for this bag! But I can't buy it - it's close to $2,000.


Michelle P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My work is very small, and there is no pressure, I'm the youngest by about 20 years, so no one wants to eat with me (HA!)

Newlyweds on a Budget said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've always brought my lunch to work and RARELY go out to eat so I think everyone knows now to ask me out to lunch. However, if someone does ask me (and it's been a handful of times) I say ok because it's just one day. I'd give yourself like 3 days out of the month that it's ok to go out to eat. If this was only the second time in two weeks, you're doing good!

btw--i live in orange county!! and i thin you should pack a snack pack for your brother's game so you don't get tempted!

Go and get the life you want! said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

When co-workers ask me to eat out I am honest with them and tell them that I am trying to eat better and save a little money. I always offer to eat my lunch with them so that we can catch-up, etc. If it's a co-workers birthday, I will definitely participate in that. But honestly, I don't think you should beat yourself up over it.

Money Pincher said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am lucky to have coworkers that don't go out to eat for lunch. We work in a small office, so it's not possible for all of us to go out to eat. However, they are always curious of what I bring for lunch. :) BF can get creative and make my food smell really good!

I love bringing my lunch because I can eat it whenever I am hungry and don't have to drag myself outside to buy or think of what to eat! I think it really keeps my stress level down :)

I love the Balenciaga Bag! I want one sooo badly hehe

~Carla~ said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm a SAHM so don't deall with this, but I'd probably pick 1-2 days a month to eat out with your co-workers. That way you're still "partaking", but saving $$ and crappy food by bringing your own throughout the rest of the month.

Sarah said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Tell them your on a diet and you can't eat anything but home cooked food :)

tinysarah said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My workplace is awful for eating out - it seems like every other day someone wants to go out, or use lunch as a 'networking opportunity'. I'm still figuring out how to politely decline, but it's not easy!

Niki said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think you have to give yourself a little bit of a leeway. You have been doing well.

I love the Pinterest thing and that bag. That bag is gorgeous.

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