Can't call this a reboot yet....

Thursday, May 13, 2010

One thing I have discovered in the last couple of weeks: Work makes me fat. Seriously. And dehydrated. I haven't been able to work as much recently because I was in tech week for a show I am in, and I have been able to keep my calorie counts down and my water intake up. And it's been great. It's been like starting over and losing 4 pounds of water weight is a great jumpstart to my new restart. But next week my show will be over and I will be back at work with a vengeance, because let's face it I need the money....

So I've tried to identify the problems I have at work:
1. No time to drink enough water. I'm standing at a hostess stand all day and I only get a short break for family meal.
Solution? Bring a water bottle to work so I can better track how much water I am drinking throughout the day. Also, try to drink a lot before work so I can jumpstart my intake.

2. Family meal is high calorie, hard to measure, and sometimes just gross.
Solution? Cook for 3-4 days in advance, have lots of portable snacks ready to go, and have a high protein breakfast before leaving for work.

3. We sometimes keep chocolate and other snacks at the desk and I always fall prey to them....
Solution? Leave room in my calorie budget for a small square or two of chocolate, and have my own healthier snacks to munch on late at night.

4. The hours are long and I always want to eat on my way home.
Solution? Save room in my calorie budget for a snack AT HOME, and don't buy snacks on my way to the subway.

Those are my four main issues, but I'm glad to realize that I do still have some willpower these days. I thought I had lost all of the good habits I spent last year building. It has been nice to have this break in my normal routine and see that I still have what it takes. Now all I need to do is keep it up. I'm afraid to call this a reboot, as I think I posted a "starting over" blog about every 6 weeks last summer. I'm tired of starting over, I just want to be in a rut - in a good way!
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    Wow, this sounds like a great plan! I know you posted a couple weeks ago, so I'm curious how your progress is going? I've worked in the restaurant industry for 8 years now and it is so hard to resist the temptation of everything and to lead a healthy lifestyle. I started bringing in my own food and water bottles every day. At first I got weird looks from my coworkers, wondering why I wasn't opting for a free meal already cooked for me, but soon they got used to it and a couple others started following suit! I hope you are going great with it and I'd love to hear about how it is going!
    3277 days ago
    I imagine you are really hungry during your commute home... Is there fruit somewhere along your route?

    Also-- good plan to budget for those desk snacks... how about piggybacking? Allow yourself to have that chocolate only after having a glass (or two) of water..... As you reach for it, stop and say "Water first."

    I love that you have strategies! Having a plan is key, to anything we put our mind too! In my mid-forties, I am still trying to apply this principle to areas in my life - and things go much more smoothly when thought through ahead of time.

    Hope your show is a big success! (I see the neon lights!)
    3295 days ago
    It's cool you found ways around problem areas. It is just too easy to stand there and throw up your hands for the day and say "I'll do better tomorrow". Kudos..
    3296 days ago
  • EGORDON12020
    It's good to recognize where we fall short sometimes. It's knowing that we can move forward and the learning from those shortcomings that make us better people. Have a plan of attack is definitely much better than fly (or falling) from the seat of our pants. These are great ideas and I will be using them when I start school back up in June. =) Way to go on the weight loss!
    3296 days ago
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