Monday, January 23, 2012

Packing Your Lunch

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One of the things I have changed to help keep my weight off is going home for lunch every day. Thankfully I live close to home, so that is not an issue for me. I can think about what I want to make for myself and know that it is going to be healthy.

For those of you who watch their weight and strive to make the right choices, if you can't go home for lunch what do you usually do? Do you go out and get fast food? Do you go to places like Wal-Mart and pick up a salad that is healthy?

Before starting Nutrisystem's, I would make my own lunch and take it too work. Most of the time it consisted of left over casserole of some sort from the night before. However, I would go to lunch frequently with my girlfriend from work.

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I remember thinking “I only ate this or that I should be losing weight”...HA! I had no clue what I was talking about because I had no knowledge of a calorie. All the meals I ordered ranged between 800 to 1200 calories that I know NOW.

There are 2 things I recommend to you if you want to lose weight. First and foremost, start logging your foods into a database like My Daily Plate. Learn how many calories you are consuming a day. I bet after your first day you will then realize why you are gaining and not losing.

Second, I recommend buying healthy foods and start making your lunch and taking it to work instead of going out every day. Its easy to get out of the pattern your in, the hardest part is doing it for the first time.  


How do you handle lunch time at work?

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30 comments:

  1. I agree with the points you make in this post. It's always good to eat what you made yourself.
    I pack my lunch and snacks the evening before and then into a little cooler box the next morning for the whole day at work. 

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  2. I take bread, cheese, onion and baked beans to work and make up my sandwiches in my lunch hour. I find this food ideal for energy and for running and biking after school!

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  3. Thanks M! I do not like going out to lunch anymore and eating unknown foods. Great choice!

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  4. Now that is an interesting combination Paul! Hey that is great, you've learned what works well for your body!

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  5. You are right on Sheri! Some people don't want to log because it tells the truth if you put in the truth & then a person would have to do the hard work. And right on with eating out - so many hidden calories!!! Studies all prove that those that eat out less lose more weight & keep it off. Gerat post!

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  6. I really need to work on my office lunches. I like those Green Giant steamer veggies when I'm too lazy to make something.

    :-) Marion

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  7. Good choice Marion!!!

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  8. Yes, that's a very good plan, and one that I always recommend. Snacks too for the office, if needed, so you can avoid all the available temptations that people for some reason feel they need to have at work (while they are complaining about their weight no doubt)!

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  9. I am homeschooling my teen so we are out of the house (yes, home-schooling does not mean stay at home) all the time. I do not like eating out so I pack our food. I bought nice stainless steel boxes I can toss whatever is in the fridge into. Veggies, eggs, leftover chicken, you name it.
    I do not log my food anymore. I used to until I realized that I never went back to actually analyze the data. 

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  10. You got that right, my sister-in-law home schools her kids and she runs around like mad. :)

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  11. Hi Sheri! I did a post about your blog today. I hope you like it.
    :-) Marion

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  12. Hi Sherri, found your blog from Affection For Fitness and loved reading your last few posts.  I, too struggle with weight along with a chronic illness (rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease), so we have a common bond.  I will enjoy keeping up with you.  I also began the 17-day Diet the day after Thanksgiving and have had MUCH success with it.  Does your friend Marcelle have a blog?  Sharon

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  13. Really?!!!! I can't wait to read it!! Thanks my friend!

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  14. How exciting! Thank you Sharon for stopping by and visiting my blog! Marcelle just stopped her weight loss blog, but if you are interested in joining our little online Group of ladies let me know and I will send you the link. Marcelle is the Leader of the Group and I just love her.

    I am sorry to hear about your struggles with RA and Thyroid. Boy, I know that is no fun! I love the 17 Day Diet too! I love how it lean's me up!

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  15. I have no idea why my above comment is showing up as SBBLWB.  My name is Sharon and my blog is: http://gainsandlosseslifethroughsharonseyes.blogspot.com/

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  16. These comment apps drive me crazy! Never can get them the same can you? :)
    Thanks for leaving your blog, I will most definitely be reading up on you!

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  17. We eat at home 99 percent of the time, but my hubby and oldest daughter do not. We pack lunches for them because of cost and health. The junk out at restaurants is expensive and for the most part awful for you.

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  18. I agree Diane! I am disliking more and more eating out because I know what crap they put in the food and the cooks do not care about us.

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  19. Hi Sheri. I found your blog through Marion. My Mom was diabetic for 27 years and there have been several other people on her side of the family who have had it. It's always kind of in the back of mind that because of the genetic connection, I may one day find myself with the disease. I work hard at trying to stay healthy with diet and exercise and I'm looking forward to reading your blog. Keep up the good work. :)

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  20. Wow thank you so much Caron for stopping by!! By the way, I love how you spell your name! :)

    I am sorry to hear this disease runs in your family. Is it Type 1 or Type 2? Both can be controlled, more hope if its Type 2 that can be reversed through proper eating and exercise.

    I look forward to hearing more from you and getting to learn more about you for sure!

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  21. Testing because every time I go to post here there is a glitch. 

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  22. Testing because every time I go to post here there is a glitch. 

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  23. Sorry Jane! Don't know why. No comment system ever seems to work for everybody.

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  24. Decline


    ~Sheri
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  25. Even before I "discovered" healthy eating, I brought my lunch to work. I usually bring (healthy) levftovers. Otherwise I have a Lean Cuisine Spa Cuisine entree (I really love them!) and a salad and an orange. That's my "formula." Even if I have a lunch meeting I bring my own food.  The heavy food we get at work is just not that good and certainly not worth the calories.

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  26. Sounds like you were on the right track!!

    Once you get in the rhythm it's so easy to do. Health can be easy!

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  27. Bringing home made lunches and snacks is the best way of sticking to your diet and maintaining your weight.

    http://weightlossthesearchfortheskinnierme.blogspot.com/

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  28. It certainly is part of it, easier to control what goes in your body that way. :)

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