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8/31/17 2:58 P

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I would love to have ALL OF YOU be my Sparkfriends. I have worked from home for a good while now. I even was team leader of Sparkteam Work At Home Haven, but no activity.

I use the crockpot almost every day. I often call the crockpot my "husband".

I do like to take a break here and there to boost productivity.

No uncomfortable dressing either. They say you should dress in professional clothes even when WAH. I disagree.

Checkout my Sparkpage if you'd like to be Sparkfriends!

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8/29/17 11:18 A

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This is ALL so true. If its not there, you cannot eat it. I do the same thing. And fresh veggies are cheaper than a fast food meal anymore.

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8/26/17 5:08 A

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Great post for me right now-I not only work out of my home BUT I own a private DESSERT company! Yes, it is in my home! So I spend my days dealing with 10 lbs. of butter, bags of sugar & flour and TONS (it seems) of Chocolate & heavy cream & nuts of all kinds! And I need to taste the batters and the finished products, and then the days set aside for creating new recipes. I had lost 93 lbs. over the last year & 1/2, but this year have gained 40 back just from the business. There are a lot of great tips here to help me get back on track and restructure what I am doing-thanks!



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8/26/17 5:05 A

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I SO get you! I have been working from home for 6 years and the weight has just piled on. I find it difficult not to reach for the food and snack while I'm working. My solutions = if I feel like snacking, go for a 5 minute walk (the outside fresh air seems to help the cravings) or put on a great piece of music and sing and dance around the room for a couple of minutes. You can't do either of those things quite so easily if you don't work from home ha ha!



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8/21/17 8:14 P

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When I work from home, I have to sit in a different room than the kitchen. I know that there is a great table there, and lots of light, but it's filled with thoughts of eating and cooking, and then more eating.

I have to work in another place, where I can focus on work and not food. And, I take breaks to look at SparkPeople. I need to connect to others, and SP helps.



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8/15/17 9:41 A

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I've actually had more success staying on my diet when working from home. Why?

- I can more easily take an exercise break to deal with stress;
- Water's always within easy reach;
- I control what's IN the fridge, even if its contents are convenient;
- I cook lunch, I don't have to "nuke" it or eat it out of the vending machine (or overpriced cafeteria, or nice restaurant nearby) - easier on the wallet, too!

The main thing is not to have junk food readily available. Pack that fridge and cupboard with low-cal, high nutrient foods. Make it EASY to choose well. And grab water before anything else.

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8/11/17 12:16 P

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Yes it is! I took over a guest bedroom to create an actual office. My available hours are 7 - 4. I have a regimented day which helps a ton. I get up at 6, take my dogs for a mile or mile and a half walk, then breakfast, then work. It is ALWAYS a challenge. The key for me lately is WATER WATER WATER. I make myself drink a quart in the morning and a quart in the afternoon. I come down to make lunch or grab a small lunch. I do crock pot meals, or cook up chicken legs for quick easy meal ideas. AND don't forget, start your day with protein. If your mind if wandering, you may not have enough protein in your day.

I understand your dilemma also because right in the kitchen, it is too easy to go, oh hey, a little snack. I think the key here is that you have to plan your entire day just like you would plan your daily task, planning your food is a task right along with your duties.

You can do it!!



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8/8/17 3:57 P

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i have been working from home for about 10 years an the struggle is so real on eating healthy!

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8/3/17 9:15 A

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The key is to have a structure/plan. I first of all don't purchase anything that is healthy (if it's not in the houe then I won't be tempted to have it). I also excercise 6 days a week (I try to do it in the mornings because this makes me more energised). Try to meal planning...this really helps in stopping you from overeating or eating bad stuff.

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8/1/17 1:46 A

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Excellent advice. I'm on a sorta low-carb diet. I'll just add for snacking, I have fruits, and low-carb friendly snacks ($2 meat-cheese-nut packs) around the house. Unless you're on a strict low-carb diet, fruits are good for you, and have sugar to keep you going. Because I'm cheap (: I don't touch the packs unless it's a midnight snack.

As said, don't buy the bad stuff. Plenty of good stuff out there to try first!

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7/31/17 3:32 P

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i know all to well about over eating its a daily struggle for me.

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7/27/17 11:00 P

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I had this same problem this past week. I was teleworking, and not only was i with ALL my FOOD ALL DAY, I moved around even less than in our tiny office. I wanted to go out and take a walk but figured if the wrong person saw me they'd complain to my boss about why wasn't I working. It's happened before - small town.

Anyway, I snacked way more than I should have. I did get some workouts in after work, but I realized that by taking my food each day to our remote office, I was saving myself some temptation.

It's funny though - on the weekends when I'm busy at home doing my own stuff, I often have to remind myself to stop and eat so I don't get lightheaded. So I think it's maybe work that's the trigger, more than the location!

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7/27/17 7:38 P

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Used to work at home long ago. Back then, I would make foods in the crock pot or slow cooker. I tried lots of recipes until I found my favorites. Slow cooked foods don't taste good until they are finished--so not too much temptation to snack before they are finished. If you have to have something--stock up on fruits, veggies, and salads. That way they are easy, quick, don't derail your work or your diet plans, and are still nourishing. So what about that huge crock full of yummy dinner? Before digging in--I put it in planned left over containers with equal portions of food. Now I have FREEZER meals to take out, thaw and reheat. I found cooking one big meal a week was enough variety to have freezer meals for myself for a month or two of that same meal. I would eat one portion that night--and save the others for once a night over the course of the duration of the # of serving sizes the meal provided. There is calorie counting, portion control, and good nutrition (no preservatives, no additives, no junk food, and in my case--no allergens) while at the same time it is FROZEN so I can't just eat it at 3PM when I get low energy or something--so I turn to fruit and veggies. It also makes shopping less expensive and less time consuming--as well as cooking and cleanup is also less time consuming. Because I was making a new freezer meal recipe each week, I could go a couple of months without boredom and switch things up so each night (and lunches too) I could eat something different without blowing it. I didn't keep snacks or sweets in the house other than fresh fruits and veggies and these frozen goods. Worked like a charm--and left me enough time to focus on work and other chores. Hope y 'all find what works best for you.



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7/27/17 2:13 P

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Coffee. I actually even use it at the office now. its warm and comforting, tasty and delicious and less than 50 calories the way I make it. plus it can make you feel full.

I usually drink a cup of coffee between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner.



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What if you divide your breakfast & lunch so you eat 4 times a day with less food each time and you could eat 100 calorie less for supper and use the 100 for a evening snack? I eat this way and do not have a problem at home with eating. I lost 46 pounds in what will be 1 year 6 months on August 1, 2017. I also lost 10 inches off my waist and body fat on my scale went from 50% to 27% in that time. About half the fat is gone and muscle is added and I do not lift weights, it is from light exercise and less fat.

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda. WEight is not accurate, it was weught 2 weeks a go but went up & down. Will track on the weekend & majke the loss accurate.


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7/26/17 7:02 P

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I keep a structured schedule with exercise and meals at specific times. I also don't keep food around that isn't in my eating plan.

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7/20/17 11:24 A

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great post great suggestions.... i need to put a sticker in my car, i have nothing bad in my house and need to make a trip to the store (which unfortunately doesn;t stop me)


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7/20/17 11:22 A

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great post, i work from home for a couple of years now (well, either home or travel) and i must say, traveling is easier on my diet than eating home.
I like your strategy with tea... gum makes me more hungry. i started keeping a set of weights and resistance on my desk and try to work out for 2 min. each time i wanna eat. other than 1 day /2 weeks it works.


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I have been working from home for more than 15 years. I will admit those first few years, it was hard to get that under control since like most of us here, I had a tendency to use food to cope with life including big things and small such as boredom. I do love working from home, but just like typing to you all on this forum, it is a little different than the interaction you have when you talk to people face to face.

But when pounds started to creep on (I'm a life member of Weight Watchers and first reached that goal in 2001), I knew I needed to do something to help stay on plan.

Mostly it was just a resolve to stick closer to my plan, but some tricks I do that seem to help is keep a supply of gum and herbal teas on hand. I have those when I know it is not time to eat and will not be time to eat for awhile, but still find myself wanting something.
My latest tea is Red Rose Strawberry Cheesecake. It says on the box that this is like having a slice of cheesecake. I have bad news: it is NOT! emoticon

But it does have a nice flavor and I like it for what it is: a hot, satisfying beverage that can calm my screaming appetite when I want something but know it is not time for a meal.






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GREAT post...since retired, this DOES apply to me also!

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I got so I paid attention to when I was "stopping" to get a snack. I was surprised when I'd find myself in front of the refrigerator to think back and realize I'd had a "scary"/intense thought of some sort or was working on something hard that I was afraid I wouldn't/couldn't do well, etc.

I have, in the past, put books or other items in my fridge and cabinets, etc. so when I open a door I have to stop and "think" about what I really want. What are your reasons for/against mindless eating; put pictures in your cabinets, write quotes on address labels and paste them to cans, boxes, things in your fridge/cabinets.

Study your overeating and see what you overeat; really notice it and get it fixed in your head so you can't be comfortably clueless and unaware? Experiment with less hurtful things to overeat? I read once that if you crave sweet things you should eat a pickle (7 calories and not like you can eat a whole lot of them :-) and eating olives (4 calories) if you want something salty could help?

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7/14/17 2:07 A

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Quite challenging. Even at work, since it is sedentary, I can with you some of what I do. First, set an alarm - like every hour or two - when you will be reminded that you should get up and do some exercise like treadmill or a little stretching.

While working at home, you can also wear tennis shoes or jogging pants (since there's no dress code) once you are in attire, you may feel like you want to workout more.

Lastly would be discipline on the healthy eating habits. Stack the fridge with healthier food choices (the humble fruits and veggies) and avoid sugary drinks.

Educate. Not medicate.


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7/11/17 11:56 A

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plan, plan, plan - have healthy options ready to go - cherry tomatoes, cucumber, celery sticks, apple, grapes, bananas - i find i will grab the healthy option if it is there

and keep the temptation foods out of the house

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Just what I needed to hear thanks! I batched cooked work lunches, so I can do that again. Carrots and radishes make good crunchy food. Roasted vegetables. I can't do broth for some reason. Wish I could. I deserve a break from the keyboard so thats a great idea..eat at a table. Fruit makes me hungry and so does dairy. So out! I do better when I eat my vegs. Workout before breakfast is hard. Maybe I will start with 15 minutes and go from there.

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I've been based from my home office for five and a half of the past seven years. The last year plus of working exclusively from home with no required travel has been great for my health. I'm significantly leaner than when I had to travel regularly.

Some of these tips and redundant, but this is what works for me:
1. Workout every morning before breakfast. It sets the expectation that it's an on plan day.
2. Don't buy food that you wouldn't feel good about eating.
3. Have a lunch ready in the fridge and eat at about the same time every day.
4. Keep a water bottle with you all day. Finish the bottle if you think you want a snack.
5. Don't keep food nearby. Assume that anything you can easily see or reach is going to get eaten.
6. Stay busy. Most people aren't thinking about food while actively engaged with something else.
7. Try not to eat at your "desk". I eat breakfast before I start working and dinner after I finish. I try not to eat anything at my keyboard.



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I find that having some health salads prepared and sitting on the top shelf (front and center) helps me focus on grabbing for the better options when I do want to nosh. I make a combo of chopped cucumbers, grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, chickpeas, and a few black olives marinating in a little vinaigrette. In another container I have a 3 bean salad (chickpeas, kidney beans, and green beans), again in a little vinaigrette. When I want something crunchy, I have a small container of carrots sticks that I can dip into a lite dressing. I find color and variety, key to keeping my noshing satisfied and restrained. If I get a strong craving for 'carbs', I'll roast a cup of chickpeas with a little garlic and onion powder.
Choosing veggies instead of starch carbs keeps me less prone to overdo mindless eating.




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Each night, I would portion out breakfast, lunch, and a couple of snacks for the next day, as if you were going to an out-of-home job. Keep these things close to your workspace or towards the front of the fridge to help stop temptation from grabbing something else.

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I am a work in progress. My husband eats snacks (cookies, cakes, etc...) (he weighs 138 lbs). I am learning to not eat these things. It is a little tough since they are in the house. I find if I keep enough fruit in the fruit bowl that I am eating that instead of the junk. I plan and watch my mealtime calories closely and try to keep my snacks in a certain range (so far, so good). Idk how many believe in the power of prayer, but I do. I ask God everyday to help me stay on track. This is working for me.



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I have just the opposite problem! There is a snack box at work that is my devil! I have only healthy options at home (except when I go and get small pints of my trigger-food called ice cream!). I think it's about maintaining an even blood sugar. If you are consuming sweetener of any kind, you could be crashing and then wanting to eat again. Caffeine also irritates the stomach, so you might eat to soothe it. These are just guesses from my own experience! I start my day with three dates and herbal tea, first thing, to balance my blood sugar. Later in the morning I'll have a hard boiled egg and more tea. At different times on my timeline, a couple of doctors from different practices (and east vs western medicine too!) suggested I eat 5 meals a day and reducing calories. It helps to have lots of veggies, lean protein, and quick smoothie ingredients on hand!



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Thank you so much for asking this question. I have been struggling with the "secretary spread" because my job is sitting in front of a computer all day typing reports for hospitals and clinics.

I have been working from home for just over a year and went from maintaining my weight around 120-125 pounds to a doctor's office weigh in of 143 pounds in May and just weighed in today and I'm at 138.5 (apparently my scale was wrong for a while because I just noticed someone removed the little legs that help it be more accurate on carpet.

I have been looking for ideas on how to minimize snacking and/or ways to fit in exercise. Everyone here has given some good advice. I might just join those groups mentioned as well.



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I work 3, 12.5 hour days, so the other 4, I'm at home. When I'm hungry and I want a snack, I grab 4-5 almonds. I find they are a great snack because they are salty and I'll drink a bunch of water.



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K80DALY--your plan really has some sense behind it. I will need to implement some of those ideas.

Having the kitchen so easily accessible is a downfall. Every time a person fills their water or coffee, tea it is a looming temptation to grab a snack. Every time you meander out of your work area to another area of the house for one reason or another the kitchen is right there to distract you. Each bathroom break, the kitchen is there once again.

Another issue of working at home is being sedentary. I am not behind the computer all day as I have my own sewing and embroidery business. At the end of the day though my step count many only register 1500 -3000 steps. My feet and back may be sore but that is because I stood all day basically in one spot cutting fabric or was between the cutting table and one of the machines all day. The distance is short and the steps just do not add up.

At home we do not have the option of stairs vs elevator. Parking farther away from the entrance. Getting up and delivering the message in person, etc... like they do in an office environment.

That being said it is not only overeating and raiding the kitchen, but getting in enough movement is a challenge along with the many other challenges.



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For the longest while, I was team leader of a few work at home Sparkteams. There was hardly any interaction, so I left the teams a couple of days ago.

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If you do decide to join, would you pass along the tip? I will re-join.

As for snacks, I find Slim-Fast &/or a peanut butter sandwich to work. Occasionally, a lunch meat sandwich if I am super hungry. I do not starve myself with those 100 calorie snacks people recommend. 100 calorie snacks will not even fill up my big toe, so I would end up gorging. So, I satisfy the hunger in one big event and do not gorge or consume empty-calories.

You are probably saying too much sodium with the lunch meat. It is only a lunch. I am not consuming tons of sodium at every meal.

Again, won't you join the WAH Sparkteams? Kindly tell me if you do!

Thank you.
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Could you pack up your stuff and go to the library or starbucks?

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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Yeah, the best way to avoid snacking while working at home is not to have the snacks in the house to begin with. I find I can not buy them very easily, but once they're home, I can't not eat them with the same willpower.

Conversely, have the right kinds of snacks ready to go. Fresh vegetables like celery, cucumber, carrots, broccoli, etc, are easy to grab and snack on, especially if they're already pre-cut and ready to go.

Someone else mentioned it, but pre-portioning out your breakfast/lunch/dinner ahead of time as if you're going to an office can help reduce the temptation to eat more than the portion you intended.

When it comes to regaining health and losing weight, the difference between a 'diet' and intermittent fasting feels like the difference between trying to scale a shear cliff face and taking the air-conditioned elevator: a difficult struggle that is impossible to maintain vs. easy and comfortable.


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It can be tough! I've been working from home for 8 years now, and this is what works for me (not saying I've been able to stick to it the entire time!)

Pack a lunch and snacks as you would going to the office. Stick with what you packed.

Plan ahead your calories for the day. We are big menu planners here and always know what's for dinner, so I start with that and count back for breakfast, lunch and snacks to stay within goal.

Don't bring in items you don't want on your plan, or if you live with other people who like them (I do!), hide them. Seriously. Or have family members hide them. It's silly but it works.

Don't eat at your desk/while working. Honestly this has always been a work in progress for me, still trying to get there to unplug and enjoy lunch.

My children are home for the summer now. While this does present other challenges, one thing it helps with is sneaking snacks. I do on occasion make a mug cake or eat a twinkie or something, but with the kids home to see me do it, and want one themselves, it will definitely make me think twice about it.

Good luck!

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6/26/17 9:23 A

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I'm amazed at how much I can snack and stay within my range if I've planned it in advance. It would be so easy if there were no trigger foods in the house, but I don't live alone and not everyone is too keen on giving up their triscuits and granola bars.

So - what works for me most days (because if you never have a bad day, you're probably a very boring person):

...100 calorie packs of nuts - lots of varieties available, so mix 'em up
...Pre-cut fruit in the fridge - I thinly slice 4 different kinds - apple, pear, nectarine, plum (whatever is looking best in the produce section that week) - and divvy them up in 4 different containers. So easy to just grab out of the fridge and because they're sliced thin, there's plenty of hand-to-mouth (watch for sticky fingers on the keyboard/mouse, though)
...Fresh berries next to the sink. I walk in to the kitchen to fill up my water, I'll pop a strawberry or two and walk right back out without thinking of opening the fridge or pantry.
...Carrot and/or celery sticks with Greek yogurt dressing
...Simply 7 Quinoa Chips - those things are GOOOOOD! And you can safely eat a fair number in a single serving when you need that salty/crunchy fix
...and finally, drink as much water as possible without drowning. 32oz between meals/snacks and you'll find you're not thinking of food so much. Maybe it's that hand-to-mouth thing again.

I also keep my breakfast and lunch on the small side and snack at least once in the am and once in the pm.

That's what works for me the majority of the time and I hope it helps at least a little.

What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.


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6/25/17 9:52 A

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I eat something small every 3 hours, 5-6 times a day, this way I am not hungry & less work to do & no snacking because of all the times I eat something. Most people who eat 200-250 calories each time would not overeat at that range. I eat the correct daily calories with the correct nutrition. It is good if you have little time to prepare foods..

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda. WEight is not accurate, it was weught 2 weeks a go but went up & down. Will track on the weekend & majke the loss accurate.


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6/25/17 7:47 A

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The first thing that I would say to do is to buy ingredients. Which means if you want something that you have to make it. Which means you will think twice before making a cake as opposed to just eating a Little Debbie.

The second thing that I would do is to find some way to differentiate from the work table and the dinner table. If they have to be the same table, get a little cart or bookshelf with drawers/boxes that you can pack away your work supplies in. When you set up your work stuff, make the rule that you can't eat at the table and you have to put everything away first. Once you clear your work supplies off, get out a tablecloth and some sort of a centerpiece to mark the table as the eating table. When the eating table stuff is out, you can't work at the table.

Plan in meals and snacks throughout the day and stick to that schedule. It could be as simple as the last five to ten minutes of every hour you walk to the mailbox and take a bathroom break. At 10 AM and 3:30 PM you make a snack and at 12:30 you make and eat lunch, or whatever works best with your hunger and what you are doing. Print out and hourly schedule to keep in that room and set alarms to let you know when it's time until you get into the swing of the new schedule.

-google first. ask questions later.

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6/25/17 7:08 A

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Currently, I telecommute 3 days a week and am in the office 2 days a week. Within the next week or two, I will be a full time telecommuter. For me, it's almost easier to be at home as I do not have vending machines that accept credit cards, a coffee shop, a tea shop, a convenience store, and a cafeteria within my own 4 walls like at work.

To help me make smart choices, I know I can't bring snack foods or desserts into my home often as I will eat them ASAP. I batch cook things for lunches like soups and stews and portion out things for snacks.

For example.I love apples but eat them more readily if they are cut up. So, I bought some brightly containers that fit a serving or two of apple slices. I mark the containers with masking tape and then write the weight in grams on the tape. For cottage cheese, I portion a 24 ounce container into single servings, label the portions with expiration date and amount, and it's ready for an easy snack.

Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


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6/24/17 10:24 P

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I do my nutrition tracker in advance and refer to that during the day when needed. It helps keep me on track.
You may want to make a plan for your meals and snacks during the day. If you prepare them in advance and have them ready you'll be more likely to stay on track. If you find yourself getting up for something, consider a cup of tea or coffee. You want to find something that helps you break that habit of snacking more than you may have planned.
You can also keep chopped veggies in the fridge so they're easy to grab if you have to have something. Fruits and hard boiled eggs are easy to have on hand too.
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6/24/17 4:44 P

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Hi,

Anyone have tips for staying on plan while working from home? I find it too easy to get food and end up overeating. And to complicate matters, the only place I can fit in a "home office" (i.e. folding table) is in my dining room/main room/kitchen. So no help there!

Thanks! Jackie

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