I have a friend in my theatre very much like you. Full time job, a son who is starting college this year, doing a lot of shows. She's actually getting married soon! I admire her so much because of all that she does and she always seems to come prepared to our shows with trail mix and protein bars. (very helpful when her fellow unprepared actors start passing out). I've learned a thing or two from her about always having healthy snack foods with me when I'm rehearsing and performing. Acting can take a lot out of you, so it's important to nourish your body before and during the shows.
current weight: 121.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,370) Posts: 96 11/30/13 9:56 A
Try to pack easy healthy snacks. When you don't eat, your body holds on to any food it does receive. Which can make you gain weight. Easy healthy snacks can be fruit such as apples, bananas, or oranges. You can pack cheese sticks along with turkey jerky or turkey snack stick, and of course always drink water when when you can. Pack more than one bottle. One for your bag and one for your car, maybe one for work. That way its always within reach and your less likely to go for something bad like pop. Hope this helps!
November Minutes: 225
Fitness Minutes: (16,112) Posts: 218 5/22/13 2:54 P
I seem to have a variation of this problem too. I have a full time job and a child (ok not so needy since he is a graduating high school senior) as well as being on stage, teching shows, assistant directing, prop mistressing and stage managing at least 2 shows at a time. I find that I just don't have any desire to eat and then my body starts freaking out and I end up gaining weight. This has all happened within the last year, so I am still learning to balance. Any tips?
Kermit the Frog - "I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey. As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you're going to are never on a map. And once you get that map out, you won't be able to refold it no matter how smart you are.
So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can, pull over and have a picnic with a pig. And if you can help it, never fly as cargo."
Pounds lost: 31.2
Fitness Minutes: (16,411) Posts: 460 1/25/13 3:52 P
Same here, especially when I had a full-time job that wasn't theatre-related. Whenever I worked a show, I was going straight to the theatre from my paying job, then straight home from there. It was hard not to hit a fast food place or go without eating entirely. I now carry meal replacement bars or protein bars with me if I'm facing this type of schedule. That way, even if I can't manage to grab some fruit or nuke a healthy frozen entree, I at least have something healthy-ish to get me through the evening.
I'm still working on that problem. I do costume design and build for several shows each year. The 6-week period prior to opening I am at the theater 80 hours per week. I try to plan ahead. I eat 3 meals and at least 2 snacks a day. Breakfast is often waffles with yogurt and berries, I eat apples and bananas for snacks, I keep small frozen entrees and small packs of frozen veggies at the theater for dinners, and I often make wraps for lunch - tortillas, tomatoes, light cream cheese, and alfalfa sprouts. I also rely on light soup (canned or frozen) and turkey sausage on a bun to add some variety.
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I love theater, but every single time I do it, all other responsibilities in my life take a back seat and weight loss goals go to the trunk so to speak. I find it almost impossible to exercise and I tend to have no time to eat so do the fast food thing which is exceedingly detrimental to weight loss goals.
Does anyone else have this problem and if you don't why? How do you put your theater responsibilities in its place?
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