I'm in a somewhat similar situation - in that my work schedule will change with the start of the school year. For the past month, I've been able to work from home, and have been somewhat consistent with preparing healthy meals, and exercising more often. I too, have been concerned about how things will go when I have to work more regular hours.
Also, I should note, I'm pretty sure it can be done -- a few years ago I lost quite a bit of weight, much of it during the school term. Over past few years, I have almost regained all of it - the difference, I think is planning, and tracking.
On the planning front: I'm not so great about having an actual "meal" while at work - as I recall, I would have a healthy breakfast, 2-3 smaller "snacks" while at work, and plan for a healthy dinner (typically something semi-convenient or easy); to facilitate dinner, I would usually make some batch recipes during the weekend - very convenient to have healthy, home-made meals or portions in the freezer). Occassionally, the slow cooker might also make an appearance. At work, I might have things like greek yogurt, fruit, almonds, cheese, maybe veg and dip; sometimes i might bring a wrap type sandwich or "pre-planned" leftovers, like a quinoa or pasta salad.
With my current schedule, I typically exercise in the evening - I am thinking that I would like to move this to before work - not sure if it will "take" as I am so not a morning person (heck, i'm not too much of an exercise person, either!). I decided today, that rather than wait for my fall schedule, I would just try to incorporate the habit now. (haven't started that yet, but I think i will within the next week or so). I am also planning to have some "back up" exercise plans that I can do easily at home, in case the day does not go as planned.
Along those lines, I think for the next month or so, I will begin to "adjust" my stay at home schedule to something closer to the one I will have in the fall.
About a week or two before the start of classes, I will be sure to make a few extra freezer meals, and stock up on healthy back up options for the busier time of year.
I hope that was helpful. I already feel like the summer is going by tooo quickly, but it is a good time to assess, adjust and plan for the upcoming months.
| Pounds lost: 8.0