Thursday, October 31, 2013
So i've been working the graveyard shift in a fast food joint for almost 2 years now. I've been with the company for over 12. We get free food, but there are hardly any healthy choices. About 90% of our menu is deep fried food. They do have apple sauce and juice, but one cannot live on that alone. The night shift, during weekdays can be boring. Most people snack during the shift. And of course, it's all the wrong foods.
I've been trying to bring some of my own food. But as far as I can remember, I never really cared for "brown bagging it." I remember in elementary school, I would save my change so I could get a hot lunch every day. Of course that habit continued in middle school and high school. When I got to high school, we have a few different choices for our hot lunches. There was the traditional school lunch, we had a fried chicken place which served fried chicken sandwiches, tenders and fries then we had a taco bell.
In college, things changed a bit. My favorite go to "stand" was the salad stand. Of course adding all that dressing to the salad, didn't do much, but at least I was eating greens.
My first go at college, I did end up losing 50 pounds, but ended up putting that back on once I graduated, couldn't find a job, so I stayed with my fast food gig, and became a manager. Put the weight on and then some.
It's been over 6 years since I graduated, back in school again working on an associate's degree in Medical Administration Assistant. I'm now at the heaviest I've been, and I know I need to change, especially since it's a pain to have to order my scrubs online, since the ones in the stores don't fit. The buying clothes isn't the biggest pain. But I think those of us who have been overweight know there are various emotions along with it.
So now that I have started this journey on Sparkpeople.com, I plan on measuring what I eat, planning out my meals, leave the deep fried and bad foods at work to the customers, bring my lunch to work with me, move more and hopefully get myself to the gym more regularly.
So here I am, today, October 31, 2013 weighing in (albeit right after work) 295.8 pounds, starting a new program!