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8/24/11 4:04 P

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I agree about enlisting the help of other teachers at your site. By nature, we are a kind and nurturing bunch and my department has been very supportive of my efforts to lose weight. They have even been known to tell the "cake pushers" at faculty meetings to keep the sweet stuff away from all of us.

When I first started teaching, I used to worry about alienating people or being the "obnoxious food nazi" so I munched down on whatever was offered. Many pounds later, I realized that I have to take care of my health or I won't be physically able to do my job well. For me, that's what it comes down to. So, maybe I'm annoying, but I bring my own food everywhere and try to keep away from eating the junk in the lounge.

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8/23/11 11:37 P

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I actually can't wait until I start back to school. It is easier for me to eat better during the school year than at home with a kitchen just around the corner. I also let others know I'm working on my health and even though they don't ever say anything I feel that I need to be extra good. I do find breakfast is the hardest also, but I just learned to make things and freeze them so that I can make a good breakfast in one minute in the microwave. Good luck and hang in there you will find a routine and forget why you were nervous in the first place.

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8/23/11 1:21 P

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I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one struggling these first few days back to work with not having the energy to work out. I was getting in about 4-5 hours of working out each week since school ended, but now I feel so sluggish and wiped out by the end of the day I just want to grab a nap! Yesterday I skipped on my spinning class and circuit training class, but tonight I'm going to REALLY try to make it to spinning and attend the rest of the classes that I have on my agenda for the week.

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8/22/11 1:11 P

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Amanda - Great job on getting up and getting that DVD done! I feel so good when I workout before school, but I know how the school year sometimes has us hitting that snooze button. We can do it!
Miscanela - I think you did pretty good considering how you had a catered breakfast and lunch. There is always so much temptation there! I guess the budget cuts are helping me as we had lunch on our own and I got a healthy veggie wrap at a local deli. Hope you have a wonderful year!

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8/21/11 9:20 P

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Could you walk right after school, before the drive home? You could also do 15 min. before and 15 after.


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8/21/11 9:12 P

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So I was doing pretty good at work until Friday. 1 cake doughnut, 4 pecan sandies, and 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream with nuts. Yeah. Sugar is definitely a trigger food for me. I did get to play dodgeball for 30 minutes as a team building activity in the afternoon. I need to make certain that I stay on track. I haven't been as consistent with my exercise already :-( I'm not thrilled about that because I was doing good. I'm going to try to do some Wii exercises before bed tonight.
Does anyone have any suggestions how to deal with the early morning workouts? I live about 45 minutes away from school, and I have to leave around 6 a.m. I could walk at my school and change there for the day. Other suggestions?

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8/15/11 7:36 P

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Today was rough because administration had a catered breakfast and a catered lunch! ~ugh~ double ~UGH~

I came prepared. BUT

My fail was drinking caffeinated coffee and eating a small guava pastry!
I have been drinking decaf all summer and have not eaten sweets.
The coffee this morning and pastry did not sit well with me...ugh! I got sick to my stomach!!!!!!!!


Lesson learned! Just eat and drink what I bring to school.

Hoping tomorrow is a better day! emoticon emoticon

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I'm not a "morning person" either... but if I don't work out before school - it won't happen. With tutoring, meetings, and grading, my evenings aren't "predictable" enough to be regular with my workouts. I can't always "schedule" at say 5pm or at 7pm. Whereas my mornings are "routine". I can...ugh... get up at 5am to get my workout in. With the start of school, I'm using shorter (30 min v. 45 -60min) dvds. And I lay out all my workout gear (step, dumbbells, etc.) and put the dvd in the machine the night before, so all I have to do is push play in the morning. So far, so good! 1 for 1! emoticon

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8/15/11 3:14 P

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My time frame seems to be the opposite ~I want to workout in the mornings before school, but I go absolutely beet red and am drenched after my workouts. It takes me a good solid 20 minutes to stop sweating buckets! I'm trying to figure out how to get myself to cool down so that I can shower and keep fresh before school starts!
I have been gathering containers to use to bring my food to school and I've got a kettle and a microwave already (would rather have a mini fridge to keep things cold tho!)
~NDLUSK don't forget during the first 2 weeks we are going through so many adjustments and mentally our bodies are almost on "high alert" as we get to know our new students and introduce them to our classroom routines. It is very exhausting! Remember when we were younger and were given permission for naps? Maybe you need to be good to yourself and have a short nap when you get home for work and then get a workout in before or after dinner.
Kind of like re-charging your batteries so to speak! It doesn't have to be a long term thing...just something to help you get over these next few weeks! (good luck!)

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8/15/11 10:04 A

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My first few days back started last Wednesday, and they were rough. I didn't have a problem with eating, I brought my lunch just in case the food provided was not healthy. I drank plenty of water and I avoided all sweets. My problem was finding the energy to work out. By the time I got home I was too mentally exhausted to even try and motivate myself. Someone suggested working out in the morning, but know myself this will not work. I have to be at school by 7:30 and trying to work out before that would be a nightmare (I don't tend to be a morning person). I would do okay the first week then after that I would just keep hitting snooze on my alarm. Even during the summer I workout best during the late afternoon. I have already talked with my husband about sticking with my workout schedule, but I need some other ideas for motivation. Anyone going through my situation?

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8/14/11 11:07 P

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Carrie, I'm going to take your advice and exercise before school every day. This week will be a trial period since I'll be in getting my classroom ready. Next Monday is the kid's ice cream social and then away we go.

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8/14/11 8:51 P

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I'm with you. My principal ordered lunch for everyone from the deli. Luckily, I helped shop for the rest of the food and there is fruit included. Lunch is served to the whole district on Tues., but there's usually a healthier option. I'll pack my snacks.


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8/14/11 8:36 P

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We start tomorrow. My lunch is in the fridege and we bought extra fruit. I have a new pack of sugar free gum and my water bottle. I am about to go lay out my clothes for tomorrow.

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8/13/11 8:24 P

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Snacks at meetings, treats for birthdays, homemade soup once a week.....our school is dubbed "Calorie High"....oh yeah it's going to be a struggle.....

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I have armed myself with a calorie counter on my DS. I have my Personal Training Walking and My Weight Loss coach as well. My goal is to look up everything that I even think about putting in my mouth. That will give me think time-do I really want to add that to my tracker? Our school is tiny and food is set out in the main office during the first week back. I have learned so far that having a variety of healthy foods is my saving grace. I plan to carry a lot of good things with me-all properly proportioned and sugar free gum for meetings. There are always snacks at our meetings. emoticon

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8/13/11 10:25 A

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It was my first week back and it was TOUGH staying on my diet. Well, I can't exactly say "staying on my diet;" what was tough was finding the time to eat. I brought healthy lunches, but didn't make myself take the time to completely eat them. I've given up my prep this year, and often someone or something needs to be taken care of during my 30 minute lunch. I'm going to have to give myself permission to drop everything and pay attention to the things that will keep me healthy.

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8/12/11 8:27 P

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Am I ever nervous!!
I don't start back for awhile yet....and I've really been working hard this summer changing my eating habits and my exercise habits (well.....I didn't really have an exercise habit before this summer....so it's a brand new experience!)
I just know as we all do how hectic school start up is.....and I'm usually the last one on my list of priorities.
Hopefully this will be the fall start up that will be different!
My youngest is going into grade 12 and can drive and drop me off at my school with my bike on nice days so that I can ride home ~ and I've joined a gym 2 blocks away from the school that I teach at with the intent on working out after school! (So far I'm attending the gym during the day)
It's the mental exhaustion that I know I can't prepare for....learning 120 new names (4classes of approx 30 students) settling everyone into classroom routines etc....and it's usually this that finds me wanting a snooze after work and not a walk or a workout!
A big hug to all of you who have started back already! (my time is coming....)
Have a good weekend!

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8/12/11 6:23 P

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Awesome to see this and know that I am not alone. I have been doing well this summer but I am worried about school starting... (Although I don't start officially until Sept 7th...) Trying to figure out how to be smart about packing ahead and not getting led astray by others who grab fast food everyday...

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8/12/11 11:29 A

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Well, first day back will be this Monday. How are we starting off the year? With a breakfast. I need the encouragment to keep making healthy choices and stay on track! Here's hoping that there will be some fruit, etc as options!!javascript:void(0)

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8/12/11 8:26 A

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I'm definitely nervous about trying to maintain what I've put into practice this summer. In the past returning to work and the increased activity within my sorority once colleges start back is when I need the most support, and haven't gotten it, or when I throw everything out the window. But, I'm tired of yo-yoing between gaining and losing these 10-15lbs. Definitely hoping this time will be different.

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8/10/11 11:06 P

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I am fortunate that I have a small fridge, microwave, coffeepot/tiny toaster combo. I plan for the week, what I will have for lunch, shop for it and take it to school.

This school year I am concerned because my schedule is going to be quite hectic and I tend to react by eating/and or grazing too frequently.(I need to plan for that accordingly)

I love the fit and fresh containers as well as the lock & locks.

Returning to work on the 15th, which is a teacher workday...classes begin on the 22nd. I am already going in tomorrow to set up my classroom(moved to another room! bleh) try to settle in and begin to get my mind out of "vacation" mode.

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8/10/11 6:56 P

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I'm going to do my best to incorporate & model healthy living & eating in my classroom. I'm hoping that will help me stay accountable.

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I just discovered Larabars and Clif bars! They are great (and some are gluten free!) I just stocked up and took them straight to my classroom - no eating them at home!
I have to have some chocolate (with peanut butter is better) too!

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I have seen the Fit and Fresh containers at Target also. I find that I usually do better during the school year with my eating habits as long as I give myself a strict "no eating extra treats" rule for those pesky cakes and treats that show up in the lounge. I love the ideas that many have shared of having a stash of healthy treats at work. For me, this will have to be some kind of healthy snack with chocolate included...maybe a trial mix or Kashi Chocolate cherry granola bar. There somehow always seems to be an abundance of chocolate available at my school and by having a healthy snack to curb that craving I will be setting myself up for success. For breakfasts on the go I like to have some Larabars or Clif bars around the house. I grab one of those and a piece of fruit on days that I am rushed.

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8/9/11 11:21 A

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I think you can find the Fit n' Fresh containers on the web.
I eat 6 small meals a day. Most snacks and most days lunch are eaten with the kids. I usually have no planning time or breaks. On a good day I'll get 30 min. to plan.


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8/9/11 8:05 A

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When our team gets together for lunch I usually just order a salad. Everyone knows I am watching what I eat so they don't say much about me skipping out on all of the good stuff. I also keep a stock of fruit and healthy snacks in my room, purse and car for the drive to and from school. I get to school early and leave late so exercise will have to be at night once school starts. I am hopeful that I can keep it up at least most nights and then back to morning work outs on the weekends.

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8/8/11 10:46 P

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Wow! You don't eat breakfast or lunch? No way could I do that! I would be on the floor. My problem is my plan time is right after lunch so I have an 1:30 for lunch and plan. Sometimes it is easy to run down to the store and get something fried from the deli. This year, I need to plan my lunches the night before so I can't use "don't have anything to eat" as an excuse. Also I have to have a snack at 3:30 as soon as the kids leave. I need to make sure my snacks are healthy and not some sugary snack.

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8/8/11 5:58 P

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The Fit and Fresh containers sound interesting, I am not sure that I have seen them in stores..Please share the best place to get them. I am loving all of the tips. I have two different classes, so that is two lunches but I try not to eat school lunches...I will take smart ones or something light. By the time snack rolls around I am usually shaky from getting hungry so I hope to have healthy snacks available this year, a piece of fruit or soemthing.

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8/8/11 2:24 P

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I love my Fit n Fresh containers!

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8/5/11 11:01 A

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When I have not had access to a small fridge I used Fit n Fresh containers to pack cold stuff in - they have little built in ice packs and come in small sizes for snacks or a bigger size perfect for salad on the bottom and a 1/2 sandwich or other snack items on the top!

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8/5/11 9:27 A

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One of my worries is team lunches. We usually get 2 teams of teachers together (whoever has a lunch time around our team's) and plan to order lunch to celebrate birthdays, and someone makes a dessert. It usually ends up happening about once or twice a month. Then there's happy hour, or the usual suggestion on Friday that we order food together. The restaurants chosen don't always have healthy choices, but I feel like I'm alienating myself from the team comraderie when I say "no, I packed a lunch" every week. Any suggestions on how to deal with this, but still feel like I'm socializing with my team?

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8/4/11 9:43 P

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Suzy - I get in my workouts before school. I teach elementary and don't have to be in until 8:30, so I get up at 5:00 to do a workout at the gym at 6:00. If I don't go before school, I have a million excuses as to why I can't go after school.

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7/29/11 8:44 P

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Wow! It's nice to know I'm not alone in this!

I am lucky- my husband is a teacher too, and an early riser, so he and I are planning to work out before we head off to our schools. He has proven he can do it- we just have to motivate my sleep loving self to get up and go! I know from when I had a 9-5 office job and did not have to be at work at 7:15 am that I feel really good all day if I work out early, so I need to remind myself of that. Besides, if you exercise before work, you don't have to feel guilty for wanting some quiet time when you get home, right?

I usually pack our lunches the night before, and have cooked up healthy recipes in advance to keep us on the right track in the past, too. We just need to do that more consistently. And maybe I should teach my husband how to cook!

There is a Zumba studio across the street from my school that a lot of the teachers go to (the owner's daughters attend our school, so we know her) and we've talked about organizing staff Zumba classes. I know another school in our district had an instructor come to their campus once a week after work. Has anyone else tried something like that?

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I always try to pack my lunch the night before. That way, I can make sure the portions don't put me over my calorie goal for the day. I'm still worried about getting in the exercise that I do all summer. I don't want to yo-yo with my weight anymore, up in winter, down in summer. What kinds of exercise do you get in during the school year and how do you fit it all in? It seems that teaching takes over all of my time.

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7/28/11 11:02 A

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I too keep healthy snacks at my desk, I used to skip lunch ( I refuse to eat cafeteria food) I am a very picky eater. Now I bring my lunch and I always have something in the fridge just in case I forget or run short of time in the mornings

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7/28/11 10:42 A

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I agree with a quick breakfast you can eat on the road, or pre-make something you can quickly eat. I like to boil eggs and keep them in the fridge already peeled. In the morning, I'll have a hard boiled egg, and a serving of the Kashi Heart to Heart crackers (they're kind of like triscuits). I take a piece of fruit to eat in the car.

Keep your desk stocked with pre-portioned snacks. Almonds are great, as are those Kashi crackers I mentioned above (the roasted garlic ones are soooo good!). Keep apples or oranges.

On Sunday nights, I'll cook something, portion it out, and freeze it--I make enough for a week so I can just grab it and go in the morning. It's kind of like a homemade tv dinner. :)

I actually think teaching helps keep me on track--I can't snack mindlessly because I'm working, and keeping busy keeps me from thinking about food so much.

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This is a concern of mine too! I've worked so hard to make progress this summer I sure don't want to blow it now! I'm frustrated because they made us get rid of our small personal fridges in our rooms! emoticon Last year I kept fruit, cheese sticks, and yogurt in there. So I am having to rethink my plan. I will definitely be taking my lunch each day. I will try to pack cold items so I don't have to spend my time waiting on the microwave. I like the idea of packing up the salads on the weekend. Great ideas everyone! Thanks for sharing!

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I love the idea of keeping almonds in your purse. I am always ravenous when I come home, and I eat junk instead of making myself a meal.

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7/23/11 9:41 A

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Great topic! This has been on my mind too. I'm pretty sure I can stick to the healthy eating if I avoid the tempting baked goods that show up at school ( all the skinny teachers bake, eat a piece, and then bring it to school to get it out of their house). My worry is that I'll be so busy I won't be able to stick to my exercise program. I won't have time to get in my 60 minutes in the morning (I leave for school at 6:30 - 7 a.m.) and I'm worried I'll be too pooped by the time I get home at 4:30 or 5. I plan on moving my elliptical machine in front of the T.V. so then it will be "in my face" and I'll be more likely to work out while I watch instead of vegging in front of the T.V.

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I'm concerned about this too. I'm putting together whole day meal plans that I can rely on when school starts. I plan to join a gym that's on my way to school and go for an hour before school. I know that getting up early enough to do that is going to be a real challenge, but it's the only way I'll fit exercise in on school days. Then there's the ever-present cake and donuts in the faculty room...... I'm going to keep some frozen treats in the freezer there for birthdays and special occasions. I think if I plan for every situation I'll be okay.

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If you are not a breakfast eater or short on time- what about a protein shake or meal replacement you can drink on your long commute. Working lunches can drain you mentally- maybe you and your fellow teachers can try to talk about a break there. For your long drive home, some carrots or apples to crunch on may help with the before dinner hunger eating/noshing. I always have 100 cal packs of almonds in my purse. I stock fiber bars and nuts in my desk drawer. I am worried about my stress eating (I tend to nosh on choc after a parent meeting or during the gradecard crunch time). And fitting in the extra 3 hrs. of exercise I've been able to do this summer walking with friends. Good luck!

Lynn from SE Ohio

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Previous posters all have great advice! I can only my concern is making myself get up early to keep consistent with my workouts! That's always be my struggle area!

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Oh my! Thank you SO much for all the wonderful advice!! It is so motivating!

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Along that same line, I try to shop on Sat. or Sun. and spend a couple hrs. batch cooking. I put individual meals in containers so they are ready for the week. I'll take a bag of salad and keep it in my mini frig.


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One of girls I teach with makes up salads for the whole week and wraps them up. She grabs one every morning. I think I might take this idea but make up whole lunches and put them in bags, then just grab a bag in the morning with a piece of fruit.

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Wow..what a timely topic. Thanks for posting this. This could have been me posting!! Missing breakfast is my worst habit, a fact that my nutritionist and I realized and put it in writing. My goal--to eat breakfast every day. I also have a long commute, and my nutritionist gave me several examples. Planning ahead the night before will be key--she also suggested "grab and go breakfasts'' like a fruit smoothie or peanut butter toast. She said she makes oatmeal the night before with berries and eats it cold in the morning as a quick breakfast. Have some hardboiled eggs already cooked and peeled. At work, keep healthy snacks around. Lunch times are definitely challenging--our lunches are so early we often call them "second breakfast" because they serve at 10:40 and 11:15. I am also concerned about losing my good habits as well. Let's try to keep each other encouraged!!
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Keep healthy snacks everywhere! You are entitled to a lunch break! Find someone to cover your room if necessary. When I have lunch duty, I heat up my lunch about 5 minutes before duty and I can eat while I have lunch duty. Find the time! This is important to your health.

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I agree with the advice you've gotten so far. Always keep healthy snacks in your class and car. That way you aren't caught starving and then you just grab whatever. You really need to eat breakfast and pack lunch. I try to walk the halls for 10 min. over lunch on the days when I can. Otherwise I always end up working through lunch and get no breaks. I think that helps with the stress level.


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For myself, eating breakfast is a MUST.... and you realize that too... If push comes to shove, you may need to fix a breakfast for the road... perhaps creating a healthy breakfast burrito the night before... eating something is better than nothing...
As for lunch, I agree with the previous post, bring your own lunch.. to prevent binging or eating foods you really, really don't want to.. Of course, there will be days that you WILL want to allow yourself to indulge in the faculty meals, just remember portion control....

Also, try keeping some healthy snacks in your desk/car... almonds, 90 Calorie Fiber Bars, etc..
You CAN do this!!!

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I eat a big breakfast, lunch is bean soup and a banana, I have fruit (apple or banana) during my planning bell and again at the end of the day before I leave for home. I take the bean soup in a small thermos, the line for the microwave is too long, it is filling and easy to eat during those lunch time meetings.

You need to find something that works for you, going all day without eating is not good.

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As my trainings start and the expectations start that we start getting our classrooms ready, I am really feeling nervous about keeping my healthy eating habits at school. I commute 50 minutes each way and use to not eat breakfast as a means to save time. I have started getting up 15 minutes earlier to help with that and placing bowl, etc. out the night before. What worries me is the unspoken expectation that we have working lunches. Often times, people would need "one more thing" or just wanted to have a "short meeting" during this time. We also take turns doing lunch duties during our lunch time and the plan after that often gets scheduled with meetings. I HATE eating on the run. I don't feel satisfied and I fly through my food instead of savoring it. SOOO many times, I didn't get to have lunch or would skip it to save time.

That means there were some days that I didn't eat until after tutoring at 4:00. You can guess what happened! I have worked so hard to start new habits, I don't want to lose them! Any tips, suggestions, or advice would be great appreciated!

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