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ANARIE Posts: 13,185
1/1/14 11:01 P

EelPie and others said exactly what I was thinking. You're actually lucky; you know exactly what obstacles are coming! It sounds like you've done this type of volunteer stint before and you know what tempted and sidetracked you then, and that means that with just a little reflection, you can pretty easily figure out how to get around the roadblocks. That means that everything is going to be a matter of choice-- you choose whether you're going to set things up so you stay where you want to be, or whether you're going to "go with the flow" even if that means you delay your goals half a month.

For me, when I know I'm going to have late nights, it's important to have a meal pretty much ready to go when I do get home. If I can get myself to do that, so all I have to do is warm it up or boil some water, I actually can do better those days than on regular work days, because I go right to that meal instead of having a snack at 6 and dinner at 8 or 9. Think about casseroles and batch cooking things that taste good reheated, or look up some healthy slow-cooker recipes you've never tried, so you'll have a new and interesting dish to look forward to.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,723
1/1/14 7:51 P

It's the usual "repeat and repent" theme, use this volunteer gig as a good way to get up and move around, drink seltzer water or coffee, drink more, eat less, wear tighter clothes, it may give you more of an incentive than if you just stayed at home, in fact!! Use this chance to get back on your routine............go for it!

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (565,393)
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1/1/14 7:13 P

Stay positive and move forward!!!! Good luck and may God bless you!!!!!

CARRIESUEM81 SparkPoints: (553)
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1/1/14 6:22 P

Yes I agree w/ what I'm reading. Do a full grocery shop and fill the fridge w/ healthy meals you could take in containers etc and good liquids and snacks as well. Best of luck. Also, joining different boards on here and keeping active on them as well and track, track, track your food, and even blog if that's your thing. Gets everything out in the air for ya~~ emoticon

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/1/14 6:16 P

I would pack a small ice chest with fruits, veggies and lean meats. It's all about planning.

MSHUTTLE58 SparkPoints: (1,569)
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1/1/14 2:48 P

Thanks!! Those are good suggestions!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/1/14 2:44 P

Knowing that you are going to be faced with half a month where staying on a "diet" may be hit or miss, makes this the perfect time to start planning for it!

Take your own nutritious food for lunches/dinners/snacks. Even try and pack 2 filling nutritious low calories snacks per day. Don't get to the point where you are so hungry that you are gazing at the snack bar with loving eyes ;)

If you post in the diet nutrition area, you will get a ton of suggestions on things you can take with you to help you stay on track!

Good luck :)

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
1/1/14 2:29 P

No, keeping on.

MSHUTTLE58 SparkPoints: (1,569)
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1/1/14 2:26 P

I really did not fare well this holiday season. Oh, I didn't pig out necessarily but consumed many things that were hard to "spark" and therefore, I consumed too much in general! I have started over with my goals changing just a bit. This won't be easy either as half of this month I will be volunteering at a film festival meaning long days and some evenings and snacking where I can -- always a dubious endeavor. But, I need to lose weight and not just so I can fit back into my clothes but for my poor arthritic knees! So, I will give it another try and will look to this community for success storied etc.

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