Even though Nicole Newbie is in her third year of teaching, she still made a rookie error when she started a brand-new diet in the last two weeks of a school term.
“I was determined to kick start my new cleanse on Monday morning because ‘Misery starts on a Monday’”, said Nicole. “So, I had a wheatgrass shake for breakfast first thing Monday morning before going to school and walking into the staff common room at 7.43am.” It was at 7.44am that things went sideways.”
Greeting Nicole that Monday was the start of 10 days of morning teas sitting before her on the large communal table.
“Pavlova, finger buns, pound cake – basically everything that was high in sugar and fat – was laid out before me.”
Despite this, Nicole did great to resist, right up until she went back to the common room at morning tea time.
“Little boys, sausage rolls, a carved-up barbeque chicken, I thought I was doing well until the chocolate mud cake came out,” sighed Nicole.
And not just any chocolate mud cake, but one from the local Cheesecake Factory.
“Yeah, that’s when the dam broke. There isn’t a kale grass shake that can beat a cheesecake. By the end of morning tea, I’d had at least 8,000 calories”, sighed Nicole.
Still determined, Nicole resolved to start fresh on Tuesday before the Principal announced it was Anna’s birthday so there will be an extra morning tea tomorrow. Helping herself to a second piece of mud cake, Nicole told herself that Wednesday was now the day.
Not if her staff common room morning tea has anything to say about.