Thursday, July 22, 2010
Starting Monday August 2nd, I'll be increasing my work hours and changing officially from a consultant to an employee. The nonprofit agency I work for does a lot of good and I'm proud to be associated with it. My thought today, though, is about how to manage lunches.
I work in a small town where there are few good choices at restaurants. There are a lot of veggies available in the southern cooking cafe next to our office. Unfortunately they are "seasoned" in such things as bacon grease. Biscuits and corn bread aren't whole grain by any stretch of the imagination and the meat choices tend to be meatloaf, fried fish,and pork chops that are far from lean. There's a barbecue restaurant, two pizza places and a couple Mexican eateries. The only chain is McDonald's. So, eating out is not particularly appealing and healthy choices are almost nonexistent. There are restaurants in the town 10 miles north with much better choices, but driving 20 extra miles on a lunch hour isn't very good.
I have taken my lunches many times - salad, leftovers, beans/rice, etc. I can do it again. It is not a perfect solution. I really miss getting out of the office. A lot of times I need to de-stress. Sometimes I just need to catch my breath and rest my brain. When the weather is nice, I have gone to the park to picnic and walk. I will again in October, but now it's too hot and humid. I have chugged/gobbled lunch and then relaxed at the library. My agency is too small to have a breakroom or good space for eating. I don't like eating a meal at my desk. I find when I relax at a meal and really enjoy it it is much more satisfying.
I must admit I lost most of my 80 pounds while working full time at this agency. So there is no reason for me to gain now because I'll be working there. I have improved my eating since being home more, especially reducing sodium. I'm just going to have to give it some thought, make plans, and keep my commitment to healthy eating, no matter what.
Any of your suggestions, though, would be welcome. -Marsha