On Sack Lunches, Fruit and Starting Somewhere


Lately, I’ve been the type of person to grab a packet of flavored oatmeal or a frozen breakfast sandwich and coffee in the morning before work. Microwave. 1 Minute. Done.

But that hasn’t been a good practice because by mid-morning, I’m hungry. And I usually end up spending a ton of money, or eating junk food, while I’m at work.

Yesterday, I was the only person sitting in a Marriott conference room eating. Even the person leading the conference mentioned that it was “a treat” to be able to eat while working. (Really? I think it should be more commonplace to bring fruit or a snack. It’s not as if I’m frying up fish in the back of the room. It’s a PEACH! I’m a fruit fatty apparently.).  Two people had Starbucks cups. One had a Burger King cup. And two people had reusable water bottles. I was one.

Part of my List for the year included Eat better, and Lose 10 lb. And there’s no reason not to get started, even if I was in a seminar. Getting started is typically the HARDEST part for me. After a few days it’s nearly a routine to pick healthy items, prep them, count the Weight Watchers Points and take them with wherever I’m going. But the thought of doing all this work ahead of time? Ughhhhhh. My lazy, carb-loving self does not want to chop an apple, TYVM.

Yesterday, I woke up at 6:30 a.m. so I could get ready and prep food. The above photo is what I packed:

  • 1 water bottle (a mix of strawberry and tap water)
  • Coffee, 2 tbsp creamer
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 peach, cut
  • 3 c. grapes
  • 1 apple, cut
  • 1/2 c. Fage 0% Fat Yogurt
  • 1 Yoplait Yogurt
  • 1 Chocolate chip bar
  • 1 sandwich with 2 slices Sara Lee bread, 1 slice Provolone cheese, 4 slices Premium Deli ham

This was going to get me from breakfast to dinner. Turns out that by the time the conference ended, I didn’t eat the Yoplait yogurt. Which left me with more wiggle room for dinner. While I may have gone over my points for the day (two pieces of pizza and 3/4 of a decadent cookie for dinner), at least I got started.

It’s not easy for me. Probably for similar reasons why sticking to a budget can be difficult—you’re limiting yourself. You’ve one day woken up and said, “I can’t have everything.”

WHAT? I’m the boss of me. I could go to Taco Bell and order everything on the breakfast menu right now if I wanted to! (But, I’m really not. ‘Cause blerghhh)

No one likes to be told they can’t do something, or that they have limitations. Especially me.

Have you seen the NutriGrain bar commercial that says, “One good decision leads to another”? It’s another of my mottos for life these days.

I’ve got my fully charged Fitbit on. Coffee, fruit and oatmeal at my side. A sunny day and a dog that is looking at me pathetically as he sits next to his leash. Let’s see how far these good decisions go today.

On Sack Lunches, Fruit and Starting Somewhere

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