Hi, Marcy - I telecommute much of the time, too, so understand the issues you're facing. Here are a few of my keys to keeping weight under control in your situation.
1) Get a pedometer and wear it constantly. It doesn't have to be expensive - just reliable and easy to use. (I like the Elite, with aligator clip back, by Walk4life.) I aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps a day but when I started I set a goal of 5K, then 7500. I log it every day in a little notebook.
I advise this because it helps keep you moving! I jog in place while waiting at the microwave, heating a cup of tea, taking part in conference calls. I set a goal of 2,000 steps by noon and go from there. Not only does this burn calories but it helps keep your blood circulating and clears the head!
I take a "virtual jump rope" break every couple of hours, do jumping jacks, or go do a few laps of my neighborhood at lunch time.
I've also made a rule - no eating at my desk. Tea is o.k., water's o.k. You can put this in your special goals in the tracker to help develop the habit.
I keep lots of "ready veggies" on hand so that, if I have the muchies, it's not going to eat up my calorie allotment for the day. Snow peas, zucchini sticks, baby zukes are all great.
I've also learned to analyze an attack of the munchies - many times it's really a means of procrastination or dealing with a stressful situation. I really, really try to work through those urges and get the work done and out of my hair, rather than putting it off by taking a break.
If I MUST take a break I go drink a few glasses of water, feed the birds, put laundry in - anything I can think of that's productive rather than eating.
I try to keep good, healthy food in the house. I track throughout the day - and pre-track lunch, which I'm otherwise inclined to let get out of hand. Seeing my calorie consumption in black and white helps tremendously and I tend to put the breaks on in time, rather than after the fact.
Working at home CAN be supportive of your health and fitness goals - your former commute time can be used to work out, you can fix a healthy lunch/snacks without restrictions on space in a communal fridge, you don't have exposure to the "goodies" brought to the office. It can also be a huge challenge, as you know, but if you see it as an opportunity to control your time, space and environment it can be wonderful. I've telecommuted for 1.5 years now and I've lost more weight and kept it off - it CAN be done!
I would also second the suggestion that you read Gary Taubes' books, referenced by another poster. They're truly food for thought.
Good luck - keep me posted!
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