Need Desperate Help with a food issue!

  • Ok so I really need to be sucessful with this challenge.....I am tired of people telling me that I can't do this!  Here is my challenge:

    I work in a resturant!  But not just any I work in a Mexican Food Resturaunt that has some of the most delicious food that I know of...I am addicted to our chilie rellenos (500 calories for just one and no I won't mention how fattening it is).

    Some of you will say hey it's easy just don't eat at work, I have tried, believe me I have is my problem:

    I work at 10 am usually to open the store or 11 am if I am not opening.....I don't get a lunch break until usually 3 sometimes 4 in the afternoon (this is our lunch shift) I then usually take 10-15 minutes to do my checkouts from lunch and grab a quick bite to eat then I am back on the floor working until close which is usually 10 or 11pm depending on the night and sometimes my late night customers wont leave even if we are closed so then I am not leaving work until 11 or sometimes 12 at night.  After I get off work is when I have time to go to the gym because I also work a second job that goes from 730 am until 3 pm during the week (my resturant gig is on the weekends and mondays after I get off my 2nd job)

    I find myself really hungry sometimes during shift and I am too busy to make something to eat so I "snack" on our tortilla chips and salsa and I eat plain flour tortillas  or I am eating at like 9 or 10 o'clock at night......



  • Wow. That's a lot to deal with. I used to work in a restaurant, so I feel your pain. What I did first was look into healthy food choices on the menu, kid-size them and asked the chefs to tweak them to your needs for lunch and dinner (chicken salad w/ salsa, a grilled fish taco on a whole what tortilla, etc); or better yet, bring your own food and just take bites when you can. The other thing I would do was keep a least two protein bars on me. I could eat one in less than two minutes (don't need a lunch break). I would also keep my phone on me (on "silent" or "airplane mode") to keep the time and make sure the babysitter hadn't called, and the wallpaper was my "before" pic so I was constantly reminded to keep eating well. Drink as much water as you can. These are just some suggestions; they helped me!

    Good luck

    "The joy of life is the fruit of discipline" -S. Randall

  • evesix32 ~

    I definitely can appreciate your situation. I have 3 children. I set them up poorly with their eating habits up until about 2-3 years ago. I have slowly started introducing healthier options. However, we still have a number of items in the house that are definitely not healthy. I have to make their breakfast...not healthy. I have to make their lunches...not all healthy. I have to buy their groceries and put them away. I have to open the pantry and refrigerator and look past all the junk that is in their for them.

    Now, I will say that I am making a conscious decision to start removing the junk from their lives. I have the right to do that in my own house. You don't have the right to do that in the restaurant you work in. However, you need to reestablish your mindset. When I make frozen waffles with syrup for my kiddos for breakfast, or scoop ice cream after a movie...I don't even look at it like it's food. It's NOT FOR ME! I have planned my meals already. This stuff was not included. I don't even take a single piece of popcorn when I pop some for them during a movie. I WANT IT BAD! I WANT A HEALTHY BODY! I WANT TO LOVE ME!

    The answer is really an easy one...doing it takes courage. You need to shift gears in your head. Do you want to settle for your current situation or do you want to be victorious, confident and incredibly fit and healthy? Your choice.

    Keep the faith!

    Faithful Renee :0)

  • I'm with Renee, this is not about where you work or the constraints that you perceive in your schedule.  Planning what you are going to eat and when will win the day for you.  Yes it does mean that at the beginning of your day you will do some packing for the day.

    Once a week I do some cooking for myself and package a several complete meal of one protein, one carb and lots of veggies.  I put these in containers for the week and toss them in the fridge.  I also package up one portion of cottage cheese and a piece of fruit together.  Bars and Ready to Drink shakes can help as well, I myself like using real food though.

    The solution to your situation is about your planning and commitment to make this work and to start creating a more healthy and fit evesix32.  You know this in your heart.  Committing to BFL is going to take the mindset change that Renee spoke of.  Guess what?  You can do it.

  • Just for fun, I uploaded a picture of my prepared meals in the media gallery.  They might not show up until tomorrow.

  • Very tough situation indeed and this is where preparation comes in.  

    Know that you are going into a not so ideal situation.

    Every night, plan your day to get through the situation.

    Eat every two hours at work.

    This is just my humble advice.

    Three times a week at lunch at work, our company had lunch catered in - chinese one day, thai another, and my favourite, pizza on fridays :O  I wanted to jump on that pizza like a Hyena on trapped hippo.

    I ate just before it arrived and felt great when it was gone and I didn't touch it.  Look at each successful period of not eating the junk as a goal achieved, it will get easier every time.

  • You have some great suggestions here form everyone.

    Like Katiebug, I keep "authorized" options around me and I make sure I eat "on schedule," even if that means I'm drinking a protein drink and eating a cup of raw carrots. I try to only do that for my snacks, and to make sure I take time out for "real" food (a frozen Turkey Burger, a cup of steamed veggies, 1/2 a sweet potato) that I prepared the day before at least for lunch and dinner. Basically, as long as I keep my tummy happy with good proteins, the cravings subside. (Thank goodness for Free Days, though!)

    Perhaps, if you truly love the food that much (and who wouldn't?) use your "Free Day" as your incentive. Allow yourself to eat at work on your Free Day, but stick hard to the plan the rest of the time?

    I feel your pain - my husband and I are foodies by nature, and I don't think I'd be able to work in a restaurant and do this very well. I'd have to keep as far from the food as possible! :)

    That said, YOU CAN DO IT! You're in this for YOU. You're in this for your own personal goals. Keep those goals in the forefront of your mind and, like another poster here said, keep that "before" pic available. If you want to make change, you have to change! :)

    Keep us posted - this is the place to go to for support!!

    "The limits you are living with right now, in every aspect of your existence, have been created by your mind. They are perceptions. And they are holding you back. You are capable of far more than you think you are." -Bill Phillips

  • Keep a duffel bag with your planned meals that fall in your shifts.

    Make it convenient by having easy access to your meals. Like James said - maybe have a couple protein shakes you can down really fast when there is no time, and real food when you got a minute to eat.

    There are no limits except the ones you set.

    Plan your day, know your schedule, know yourself, and make it happen.

    We're pulling for you!

    You Can!!!

    "What you put in, is what you are going to get back."

    - Terry

  • This is mean- but it helps ME. Try to picture how much better everyone in the restaurant would look if they went on the Body For Life program.  That said, you will feel bad for the people stuffing their bodies full of unhealthy and fatty foods and you will shake your head and think to yourself  "If only they knew...". Be their example.

    Stacy Lynn

  • Nice, Stacy!

    "What you put in, is what you are going to get back."

    - Terry