A Sad Day at Work

By Jimslin Latest Reply 2014-03-22 18:43:47 -0500
Started 2011-08-31 11:35:24 -0500

My bosses arranged for an ice cream truck to be outside for an hour. Little tickets were handed out for each employee to enjoy a soft serve cone (with sprinkles, no less!). I gave my ticket back, said thanks but I can't. This made me very sad because I love ice cream. But on the other hand, I was very good to say no.

43 replies

peewee0618 2014-03-04 18:19:39 -0600 Report

This happens all the time at my job since there are not a lot of diabetics. So I just stopped going. They know that I can't eat cake, ice cream, cookies.

Fefe12 2013-08-29 03:35:33 -0500 Report

Next time don't let it be a sad day. Just because you made a healthy choice doesn't mean its a sad day, it should be a day of rejoicing. They made the unhealthy one.

Nana_anna 2013-04-19 13:38:10 -0500 Report

What a nice thing for them to do though. I am sorry for your sad day. I know that isn't fun, watching other's enjoy our favorite foods. Its to bad they didn't offer you something else. Maybe next time they can be aware of a diabetics need. Hugs to you.

mama dunf
mama dunf 2011-09-03 16:40:37 -0500 Report

I used to work for a major retail company. Every Friday, we would have a store meeting in the snack bar. Drinks were free and the bakery brought in donuts. They thought muffins would be good for those who didn't want donuts. No one would listen to the diabetics until one of the managers found out he was diabetic. Then fresh fruit was offered along with the donuts and drinks. They found out that more people wanted fruit than donuts. More and more donuts were going into the trash at the end of the day. Alittle education goes a long way sometimes.

robertoj 2011-09-04 10:29:46 -0500 Report

That is big part of the problem; we often think (or do't think) that it isn't a problem if it doesn't affect us. I have been guilty as well (no doubt) and that is why I believe in advocating for others when I don't have a dog in the race.

mama dunf
mama dunf 2011-09-04 10:55:59 -0500 Report

You know I think we've all been guilty at one time or another. We just need to stand up for ourselves and do what WE know is right for us. I use to hide the fact I was diabetic. Ashamed of it in fact. But any more I test where ever, when ever needed. I try not to offend others, but I do what's right for me. There are some in my family who constantly ask how I'm doing, but when it comes to having dinner
with them, I can count on having no vegies, only carbs to eat. I've learned to eat before I go. Some people answered this with "just a bite or two wouldn't hurt". Well maybe a bite or two is what got us in this shape. Remember the old potato chip ad that said "Bet you can't eat just one!?!?!" How right is that statement.

robertoj 2011-09-04 11:27:37 -0500 Report

YOU GO GIRL LOL :D I love that attitude it tells me you care about yourself and you cannot do that without faith.

ston3xc 2011-09-03 09:02:42 -0500 Report

Three little spoonfuls, savoring the creamy, cool, smoothness, slipping down your throat, YUMMM! You won't even mind throwing the rest away!:)

Benitabeaux 2011-09-02 21:25:05 -0500 Report

Perhaps you could have taken your blood sugar and depending on the number…had a lick of the soft serve kind as it is usually made of skim milk and not as bad as other ice creams…then took the stairs and done some extra exercise…sometimes it is the mood altering experience that makes us exercise more…ice cream is one of my weak areas…I try to keep some low fat, ice cream cups, or bar to fill in that need. Good job of passing it up…and keep a snack you can have handy.

Abby888 2011-09-02 15:18:53 -0500 Report

I was out walking the other night and what comes right towards me on the road but an ice cream truck! It followed me for about a 1/2 mile. Ugh

greatgrama 2011-09-02 21:38:26 -0500 Report

Oh my, well you know what they say Oppertunity only knocks once but temptation leans on the doorbell. Good job for resisting. I'm not sure I could of held out that long.

Richknowbody 2011-09-02 08:51:52 -0500 Report

I could pass on the ice cream, But if they were those yellow Lays potato chips, I would have caved. I just totally love them.
I am lucky in that, I can just take more insulin to compensate for the ice cream.
Well done on being strong. Won't power is more important than will power.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-08 10:23:08 -0500 Report

I do agree with you,its too bad the local trucks donot have suagr free ice cream aboard, so many need to have a teat, crave for so sweets, YEt these dummies dont get te message of having something for diabetics aboard! Grandpa Bill

Arethia Cowden
Arethia Cowden 2011-09-01 17:34:29 -0500 Report

Sorry you couldnt have icecream and your will power is awesome!! I dont think I could have done that. I think I would have had a lick or two and then threw the rest away but since everyones diabetes is different I wouldnt say that would have been a choice for you. Next time if you know that your boss is going to do that ask him or have your co-workers bring some sweet treats for you that you can enjoy without feeling left out.

Turtle 2011-09-01 17:25:05 -0500 Report

AWWW I am sorry. That would be so hard to do. I probably would have had the ice cream and taken it into account for what I ate for the rest of the day. I control my diabetes with diet and exercise and no meds at this time. You did a great job tho and should be proud of yourself. If you have an employee fridge ask if you can keep 1 or 2 cans of glucerna for yourself or keep a diabetic safe snack bar in your desk. That way, if something like that happens again, you will have a treat too. It comes in handy if you feel like you are crashing too.

Nellie Belle
Nellie Belle 2011-09-01 17:21:07 -0500 Report

I am sorry you could let your self enjoy the treat… You could have planned ahead a figured it into you meal plan for the day…Maybe it was just more fun to give back the ticket..Pat your self on the back

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-01 11:29:51 -0500 Report

I was told if your diabetes numbers re inder control WHY NOT ENJOY a treat on occassion! It's nice to say NO if you feel like doing so! I do treat myself once in a "blue moon" to a treat, like summer ice crea cone, small please! This way we wil not feel deprived of your favorite item, yest YOU willl comtrol your brain to say no other times when need be! Life is tooooo short to deprive oyurself of some pleasures, This is my opinion, You are stuck with it! Grandpa Bill

Marytea 2011-09-01 08:29:54 -0500 Report

I don't know what your boss is like, but if you are comfortable why not tell him or her that the ice cream truck was a lovely idea but there are some folks at work who were unable to enjoy it. Thank him/her for his thoughtfulness in any case. Just up his awareness gently. some folks are well meaning but just don't think.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-09-01 06:55:17 -0500 Report

Nobody likes to feel like they are outside looking in while everybody else is having fun. I am hypoglycemic so I would have been standing next to you looking longingly at that ice cream. I would have reminded myself that I was taking care of myself as well as avoiding some nasty consequences. Kind of ice cold comfort, I know (no pun intended). Sometimes a little self-righteousness comes in handy.

Jupeto 2011-09-01 06:24:09 -0500 Report

Yey - you passed the test. Hee is something you could have done though. Ususally they have something for diabetics - softserve yogurt or even a frozen yogurt. I am not a fan of yogurt but if everyone else is having ice cream - i will have a frozen yogurt. Good job though - hard to do but you are getting there.

robertoj 2011-08-31 21:49:58 -0500 Report

I'm sure that part of the sadness was from not being a part of. My guess is that someone else was diabetic and they ate it anyway. You are definitely my hero today.

jayabee52 2011-08-31 21:33:40 -0500 Report

That was really good of you to say no! I love ice cream too! Not sure if I would have resisted the temptation.

realsis77 2011-08-31 13:59:39 -0500 Report

Good for you! You have some willpower! Knowing me id try to sneek a cone then get very ill from the sugar! (When I eat sugar I get very sleepy and ill if I don't take my insulin right away! Espically with ice cream which I love). But you displayed true will power! Good job! I honestly can't say id have been that good if I were in your shoes! Ha ha. Just be proud of your self! Do a little something special for yourself that does not involve food, like get a pedicure,or manicure,or massage! You deserve it! :)

GabbyPA 2011-08-31 13:03:13 -0500 Report

You are very strong! I don't think I would have been so good. I can eat ice cream without bad spikes, but that doesn't mean I should.

Gemm 2011-08-31 12:44:18 -0500 Report

Whooooo Hoooo and kudos to you for saying no :) It is sad when we have to forgo some of our favorite things.

I love ice cream too, but I love myself more. I know how hard it is to say no to something I love but also know how rewarding it can feel to make that decision to take care of me rather than give in to something that is bad for me.

Thankfully there are some sugar-free ice creams out now and I also have recipes to make some of my own - just used old recipes that came with my ice cream maker and replaced the sugar with Splenda :) This way I can still have my ice cream and can tailor make it for me and my husband - also diabetic - and can even make some that I never see in the stores :) using some of my home-made jams and jellies as ribbons in them or just fresh or frozen fruits with no added sugars. We still need to be careful not to eat too much but at least this way we can still have some and don't feel deprived. I also use Splenda in my baking though here too we can have some cookies, pies etc. but can't over eat them.

MewElla 2011-08-31 12:33:33 -0500 Report

I know it must have made you sad, but Hey, I am proud of you…YOU are taking care of yourself…HI FI!!

AuntieM234 2011-08-31 12:08:11 -0500 Report

Yes, you were VERY good to say no to the ice cream. Don't be sad, be proud, and keep saying NO to such offers! ;-) Mara

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