My goal right now is finalize a week long meal plan in advance because I don’t want to find myself in a situation where I’m hungry and making a snap decision. The biggest challenge for me will likely be lunch, with not many quick options beyond a salad. Breakfast has always been a bit easier, but my goal is to scale back my typical breakfast portions so I’m eating more often during the day, just in smaller amounts.
I’m most worried about the 1AM to 3AM timeframe, which has been a challenge for me since I began working a second shift position. I tend to be hungry when I get home after work and depending on how stressful my day was, I tend to crave things that are far from healthy. I used to pat myself on the back since I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs to get through my times of stress, but I’ve since come to realize that eating half a tube of cookie dough at 2AM isn’t the best move either. My current strategy to overcome that hungry time in the morning is to potentially go to the gym for thirty minutes after work. I tend to have a little more willpower when I’ve worked out for a while. Then I figure I’ll brush my teeth once I get home with the realization that if I eat something after that, I’ll have to brush them again.
I’m sure I’ll continue to fine tune my strategies as we get closer to March 1st. Please continue to check back with me as I head down this road, I appreciate your support.