OT: The B-B-B-Battle of the Bulge

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OT: The B-B-B-Battle of the Bulge
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Thu, 11-14-2013 - 11:26pm

So how about at work, we have lunch catered 4-5 days a week.  Don't get me wrong - I love it but, In almost a month, only two lunches have been salads.  There is always a dessert, too.  I know I need protein (in the AM) to give me energy til lunch but I just don't want it.  I crave bagels, muffins or pancakes!  The thing is, by 10:30, it feels like all of that fuel is gone.  I'm ravished by lunch time.  Well, I've gained two pounds already.  Monday I told myself that I was going to start skipping dinner.  Have I skipped dinner this week?  Nooo.  The sickening thing is, I'm not even hungry in the evenings.  It's like a habit I can't break.  I don't want to join a gym because frankly, I've done that in the past and the gym rats kind of intimidate me.  Plus, I go for a while, get bored with it and money is wasted.  Does anyone have any tips or tricks?  I've thought about juicing, but I hear that the produce alone can get kind of expensive.  Has anyone tried protein shakes?  Do they taste good?  Are they filling?  Do you have enough energy to make it from one meal to the next?  I feel like if I could get on a healthier breakfast routine, start skipping dinner and fit in some exercise 3-4 days a week, I might be able to drop some weight - which needs to happen.  Soon.    

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 11-15-2013 - 8:20am
I wouldn't skip dinner. Unless you want to look into intermittent fasting, but even then you will need to watch what you're eating. I've lost 60 pounds total- the last 20 from January to May. I gained a few back, but have lost them again thank goodness. I track everything I eat (I use myplate, but there are lots of trackers out there) and try to exercise 4-5 times a week. I also try to make sure I eat a lot of protein. I stink at drinking water, but that's important too. That's pretty amazing that lunch is provided that often, but I'd have trouble staying away too. I'm sure there are others thinking the same things you are about gaining weight.
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Fri, 11-15-2013 - 8:40am

I'm absolutely ravenous when I wake up in the morning, so eating breakfast has never been a challenge. I eat a bowl of cereal (usually Special K with strawberries) with almond milk and have 8 oz. of orange juice. But a trick I learned a long time ago in a healthy living class was to have a fruit snack mid-morning. You could also have yogurt if you like that better. But at 9:30 I will have a piece of fresh fruit, and it really helps curb my appetite at lunch.

I have also found that as I have gotten older, if I eat a big lunch, I don't want much dinner. It certainly didn't use to be that way. Since I live alone, it's fairly easy for me to control what I eat, at least while at home. I simpy don't keep fattening snacks in the house, and I mostly freeze healthy portions of things like spaghetti sauce. I do like a little dessert every night, and I have been on a Luigi's Italian Ice kick for a long time--100 calories in a single-serve cup. Gotta love it.

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Fri, 11-15-2013 - 11:23am

Instead of trying to skp dinner completely, why don't you have something healthy like a salad?  I've found that if you buy those bags of premade salad it only takes a few minutes, then you can add stuff that you like--and make sure you use lo cal dressing & not too much.  It's actually healthy to eat your big meal in the middle of the day instead of at night because you will burn off more calories.  Hopefully the stuff is not too fattening & you should try not to eat the dessert.  I'd love to have free lunches--I work for a Chinese guy & we used to get Chinese lunch every Friday--I'm sure it cost him all of $20 since we only have a few people here, then he cut that out to "save money" for his vacations to the DR!

If you know you won't go to the gym, how about just taking a walk around the neighborhood (or after lunch) or getting workout DVDs that you can do at home?  We have a chain of gyms in our area that only costs $10/month because they only have machines & weights and not a lot of classes.

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Fri, 11-15-2013 - 12:59pm

I find frequent small meals works well for me.  That way, I never really get hungry.  And walking is great exercise.  

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Sat, 11-16-2013 - 11:04am

I get exercise DVDs from the library, that way I never get bored. They have DVDs for bellydancing, yoga, aerobics, hand weights, Latin dance moves, etc. I also use the exercise on demand on the cable channel, and record a few programs, one on PBS called The Body Electric and on the Jewish channel, Gilad's Body Sculpt.

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Sat, 11-16-2013 - 12:08pm

Thanks for all of the great tips.  Drug reps supply the lunches and usually bring b'fast once or twice a week, too. I love it because it's a money and time saver.  Obviously, the only draw back is that the meals provided are not always the healthiest.  I try not to fill up my plate but it's hard when you've only consumed carbs for breakfast and you feel like you're starving ;)  I think I need to add a healthy mid morning snack.  The only problem is finding the time.  We only get one break and that's lunch.  I do good to make it to the restroom a couple of times per day ;)

Exercise comes so easy during the warmer months, it's this time of year when I don't find the time to fit it in . . . gotta do it!  No way around it!  Thanks again!

 

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Sat, 11-16-2013 - 12:08pm

Can you have any input into what kind of food they bring for lunch? Maybe you can make a request that a green salad always be included, or that sometimes they bring lighter types of foods. If you're gaining weight then your coworkers might be gaining also and would appreciate lighter fare. If you cannot control what they serve, try to drink a lot of water with the meal so you feel full faster and eat less. And skip dessert at least some of the time.

Portion size is really important, we're so accustomed to huge portions that we forget what a serving is supposed to look like. Its easy to take in too many calories that way. You can take tiny portions of the more fattening stuff and larger portions of the healthier stuff. Juicing is the craze right now, and its while it can be healthy you can also take in a lot of calories if you're not careful about what you put in the blend and how much you consume. IMO its better to just eat the veggies and fruits----the chewing makes it take longer so there's time for the message of "I'm full" to register, and you get more fiber which helps you feel full.

Protein shakes tend to be high in calories, more appropriate for people who are trying to gain weight or who exercise really hard and need them for recovery post-workout.

Could you take an exercise class in the evening? Then you could burn off the lunch calories, it would keep you out of the kitchen longer at night, and maybe help you think about healthy eating at night.

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Sat, 11-16-2013 - 4:11pm

I was lucky enough to find a second hand treadmill for $100.  I use it as often as I can.  When I first got it, I used it for walking but now I run on it.  Never thought I would be able to run but I surprised myself.  I put music on my headphones, and a slide show on the computer, and just run.  I can see the photos and listen to music and times passes very quickly.  I don't have to go out to a gym which I know I wouldn't like.  It's my time and I just  let  my mind wander and my legs run.  It's amazing how fast time goes, and how great I feel after I run.  It is great for de-stressing after work.  I also get some great ideas while running, solve problems, etc.  

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Sat, 11-16-2013 - 4:15pm

Also, with my job I don't always get regular breaks.  I bring snacks that I can eat while working - bananas, apples, granola bars, cheese, hard boiled egg, etc.  That way, I can nibble and work and never get really hungry.

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Tue, 11-19-2013 - 8:11pm

wow CFK I love all of the suggestions you got. What a great group of people..

Well know what I would do to sovle this... How about just grabbing some veggies and water and taking a walk at lunch time...Eons ago when I had a desk job I would bring a little sandwich to work and then on lunch hour or maybe only half hour me and a co worker would take our little sandwich and go out walking.. We would eat and walk at same time... Back then though I was a bit fanatical and after work would maybe go to the gym twice a week.. Or if its nice out and you said work was close to home can you walk to work and back or even bike to work?? I have done that also just to get in some exercise...

If you have to tell the co workers and boss that you want to be healthy.. Heck isnt it a doctors office ?? So why the food and all. LOL

Well whatever you do stay away from the food because looking at it will make you want it.. Change your routine  in the office and dont go past the food ..or take a small portion and bring it to where you eat your lunch.. If you take what you need and leave the area you should be fine.. Yes fill up on veggies and fruits too.. Oh; and get some green tea decaf if necessary.. It burns up calories and curbs your appetite...

JMHO