I tracked my colleague’s mood while she was dieting
One of the comments to come through my comment box was that I need to pay more attention to my colleagues. This makes sense. Sometimes I can be in a world of my own, I need to try harder with those around me.
So, when one of the girls in the office said she was doing a juice diet for a whole week I saw my chance to be supportive. I endeavoured to observe her behaviour and moods throughout the week to check she was ok, give her some support and show how attentive I can be. My scientific findings can be seen in the pics or in full below.
7/10 COMMITMENT TO DIET
Subject has snapped once already- but only at herself . She feels tolerable and optimistic. She seems relaxed. Good opening scores
Strange seat position noted – hunching up on chair – reported light headedness, loss of focus. Asked a colleague to narrate their pizza eating in unusually extensive detail.
Subject is ‘not all there’, tiredness evident and has moaned extensively about the traffic she is soon to face (this is not unusual behaviour from her). Commitment has reduced but a good day overall
Subject seems well. She feels she is learning and has become quite philosophical (NB: Keep an eye on this). Optimism levels high
Reported memory loss. Pizza cravings strong (recurring theme) – also cheese craving kicking in.
Strong scores, commitment wanes in afternoons as expected. Subject cheery but constant food thoughts. Some ‘shittiness’ in mood in morning – cause undetermined. 5pm saw extreme ‘hunger rumblings’
Worried today. Subject is snappy, irritable. Describes herself as ‘shitty’ ‘annoyed’ and ‘disgusted in myself’
Snapped at boyfriend lots last night- short temper.
Negative body image- weighed herself last night (results lower than hoped for)
Feels bloated and ‘like I look preg’. Subject also has a wisdom tooth coming through adding to irritability. Cannot stop thinking about spag bol
Additional notes: She is chewing her headphones constantly
She went ballistic at colleague who brought in McDonalds to the office at lunchtime
Initially quite defensive when questioned. Feeling non-plussed. However, slight rise in score due to another colleague showed real interest and wants to also try the diet – feeling more determined as a result
Morale is low because she has to drink the ‘green juice’ all day – apparently the worst one (taste test confirmed this)
Boyfriend bought sausage and chips last night – ‘bastard’
Subject also snapped at colleagues on group email
Extreme desire for a pig in blanket – specifically, ’10 big ones’
Face like thunder – subject is very down. Some nausea. Feels ‘shitty’ ‘aggressive’ and ‘intolerable’ describes being at ‘all time low’
Long periods thinking about Christmas dinner today. Desperate for food. Green juice is taking toll as feared. Commitment very shaky.
Loud cried of ‘I’m out, I’m out!!’ Subject slumped in chair. Struggles to hold head up.
Fantasising about ‘lunchtime special’ at local takeaway – apparently this is chips, curry and rice combo.
Seriously concerned subject will not see out the night
Subject rejuvenated by end in sight- ‘satisfied’ but signs of tiredness and some trepidation. She is dreading the ‘free food’ supplied by work on a Friday
Remarkable scores! Subject has really pulled through and end in sight. Seems happy- some of this down to ‘Friday feeling’ – just one more night to go.
Subject has completed the diet! Managed to hold off eating until attending the wedding
Subject successfully managed to fit into the wedding dress- goal achieved. Subject reported weight loss of between 6-7 lb – fantastic results
Subject ate first solid food at the wedding meal. When asked to describe how first solid food was received subject reported ‘absolutely smashed it right in’