Surviving the Cube: Part 1

How I Landed the Cube Life

Simpletic Nutrition was founded in April on the basis of providing nutrition counseling and communication services to adults to further the cause of preventing overweight, obesity, and chronic disease.

The vision was to provide these services at low/no cost. Unfortunately as the business advisor frequently pointed out, that makes pretty bad business sense. I’m not a businesswomen, I just have knowledge in an area that can help people and I just want to do that – help people.

Parts of the process of starting a business involves proposals, contracts and agreements galore and, as I’m still in the active phase of becoming an insurance provider to provide Simpletic Nutrition services as a part of my client’s health plans, I’m in a major waiting period.

During this waiting period, a job opened that would give me the opportunity to work with managing a breastfeeding program within WIC. Since I’ve been breastfeeding for the past 3 years, a passion for the subject, and enjoy program management, I jumped on the opportunity.

There’s this one thing, though. Now that I’m living in a cube for 42.5 hours a week, I’m in a similar position as many of my clients that have the absolute hardest time maintaining their health. I work full time with very little time at home to shop, prepare meals, and exercise. There is no convenient access to fitness equipment. There is no nursing home kitchen to graze leftovers from for lunch. There is simply my cube, an empty, locked exercise room, and an open market filled with goodies downstairs.

It's Not Easy

Now more than ever, I have to walk the walk just like my clients do. And BOY OH BOY is it hard! Environmental barriers everywhere! This has solidified the idea in my mind that healthy living has to be simplified in such a way that it can be sprinkled into daily life.

A fan to keep you cool while you weigh yourself and watch YouTube.

A fan to keep you cool while you weigh yourself and watch YouTube.

The market downstairs does greater damage to the welfare of the people in the building than the “exercise room” does that requires a liability release form in order to get special badge permissions to enter the empty room... I need to make it clear, though: I am not dissing on my workplace. I love my job, and the people that I work with from the bottom to the top are awesome and truly doing their best to promote health throughout Tennessee within their means. It's tough making decisions for the welfare of employees in government positions, because critics are loud (and everywhere), budgets are TIGHT, and the people we serve are the main priority. I mean, can you imagine what the people would say if a government building spent their hard earned money to buy their employees the luxury of standing desks?! I can just imagine... 

Example of how much one costs...

Example of how much one costs...

This is the first of what will become a series of blog posts journaling my experiences attempting to succeed at this full-time-cubicle-resident/breastfeeding/potty-training/meal-prepping/freelance-writing/side-hustling/mom/wife thing. I’ll describe the steps I’m taking to not let the office environment fail me and my physical health. Happy to have you following along!

My next post will go into detail about what I eat while I’m here. Spoiler: it involves a lunch bag.

What's In Your Bag?

Share what you eat for lunch in the comments - inquiring minds want to know what great things are in your bag!