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LISS2013 SparkPoints: (816)
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12/31/12 3:32 P

Thank you so much for the encouragement and the tips. I'm back from holiday break on
Thursday, let me see who it goes and I'll keep you posted.

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12/31/12 7:38 A

Hope this helps. It is important to start your day off with a breakfast.

MRSALLYP SparkPoints: (0)
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12/31/12 2:13 A

I'm at work for 7am so I find that making my smoothie to eat on the way into work helps me get in my breakfast nice and early in the morning and then I just have a small snack around 10ish

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12/30/12 6:54 P


MYRTROSE SparkPoints: (52,492)
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12/30/12 9:40 A

Prepare in advance!
I'm up at 5am, at work by 6, and home anytime between 4-6pm, if I'm lucky. I also have 2 kids and a fiancé to handle, so cooking can be a real pain on weeknights.
Simplify your breakfasts, I have 2 basic breakfasts that I rotate between, so there's nothing to think about. If all you can do is a coffee mug before breakfast, buy some high fiber instant oatmeal packs. Put that in your mug and add hot water!
Lunch is usually leftovers from dinner. I throw in some extra frozen veggies. That keeps my lunch cool and I can nuke everything for a nice, hot, satisfying meal.
Most importantly, have everything ready to grab and go for the morning. I pack up my breakfasts a week in advance. Get some cheap, small reusable containers at the dollar store. I have a ton of .5 cup, 1 cup, 1.5 cup and 2 cup containers.
Cook extra food for dinner and pack up the leftovers and use them for lunches.
I cook in bulk on the weekends so I have food ready to go during the week. I make chili, soup, cook meats in bulk, make spaghetti sauce, etc.
As for the afternoon snack, plan it into your calories for the day. I make sure I leave enough calories to have a substantial snack in the afternoon. I use the nutrition tracker to plan everything out for the week in advance, so there's no room for me to wonder what I should eat. I already know what I'm going to eat and if I get hungry I can tell myself "No, I'm going to eat my planned food in x minutes."
If you keep your meals simple, it's easy to track for the week. You can always go back and edit if you decide to have something different or more elaborate.
I find it really helps me to have everything pre-planned. Some nights I'm just too exhausted to even think, and the temptation to just grab whatever is overwhelming. If food is ready to go, then I know I can make a fast, healthy choice.

LISS2013 SparkPoints: (816)
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12/30/12 12:21 A

I wake up every morning at 5 am to be at work by 6:30 a.m. I do not get to have a real breakfast until 8:30 or maybe 9:00 a.m. I only get by with a large coffee mug. Lunch for me is between 12 - 12:30 pm and I'm home by 3:00 and I'm so starving that when I get home I eat everything and anything I can get my hands to. I eat dinner between 5:30 -6:30 pm and a night snack. I need real help balancing my meals to work with my schedule. Any advice I would greatly appreciated.

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