Wednesday, January 19, 2011

...the stomach has a limited capacity...or it should...

I was at a loooong meeting at work today. It's important to clarify that I was really enjoying the meeting...but, if you've read this blog long enough, I'm sure you know what's coming next: I always have a hard time sitting still for a long time, and this very productive, valuable and really inspiring meeting was 5 hours long.

At a certain point I had to start finding strategies for either keeping still/paying attention while in my seat, or simply giving myself acceptable reasons to get up and move around.

I do this thing sometimes, where I just rotate my ankle. You can do it under the table, it's not noisy, and I enjoy feeling my brain shift from white noise to comprehension of the conversation at hand, as I begin to circle my foot. It's literally like flipping a switch and suddenly I'm enjoying the conversation because I can HEAR it! And follow it!

Opening and closing my pen cap was another good one (it's a quiet cap).

My other strategy may have been less, um...grown up, but it helped: I kept getting up to go grab a cookie off of the plate of cookies on the other side of the room. I was able to move in a direction that wasn't disruptive to the conversation...I ate about...5 of them? (Large ones...) And 3 brownies. This strategy might not be the best for everyone but I still have weight to gain back after my Christmas-era explosion of illness. I knew I'd gone beyond the realm of normal cookie consumption however when the Executive Assistant happened to be at the table with me and said, with a genuine smile "you CANNOT eat more of those cookies". I took one more. And I know how I roll, I know that when my brain is in that mode, I'm going to hear more and be a more productive participant if I can get up and move around.

And MMMMMMM cookies! (I have no shame...)

4 comments:

  1. lol. I just aviod meetings that are more than 30mins long.

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  2. A FIVE-HOUR meeting? Good grief!

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  3. If I didn't have an e-x-p-a-n-d-a-b-l-e stomach...I'm not sure how I'd make it through long meetings...family get-togethers...etc. (Of course...I've gained and lost the same 20 pounds many times over.)

    Maybe a squishy ball might be good in those meetings? You could always say you need it to exercise your hand from all the typing at the computer.

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  4. Haha, right (I found it! I found it!)...the key here was less the cookies and more the getting up to walk around the room. I can't help wondering if the psychologist that was moderating this meeting was curious at any point about my frequent motion...lol, probably not but I felt conspicuous even though I was trying not to be!

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