Weight Loss Support - Those of you that work full time.....

02-19-2007, 12:52 AM
What do you eat for breakfast? I need something fast because I have 2 little ones to get to daycare and have to be to work by 7. I would like something I could eat on my way to work.

I then have a break at 9:30....what are some good snacks?

And lunch.....what should I bring. My hubby and I work together so we eat lunch together. We have been in a bad habit of getting little personal pizzas because we don't have much time.

Sorry if I should've posted this somewhere else. I'm new to all of this.

02-19-2007, 01:13 AM
I keep it simple for breakfast during the work week - usually, a bowl of cereal (this, of course, would be tough to eat while traveling to work) and some fruit, or plain yogurt with fruit. Doesn't get much faster than that. Or you could make yourself a smoothie for the road - I don't think you'd want to make it in advance, but you could have all the ingredients cut up the night before, and just blend it quickly in the morning. For snacks, I'll eat string cheese, sometimes with crackers. Lunch is usually something that I can pack the night before - sometimes I'll bring in soup or chili that I've made in advance - and an occasional lean cuisine works too, although I try not to overdo it there, since they tend to be high in sodium. The old standby of a turkey sandwich with an apple works fine too.

02-19-2007, 01:19 AM
I work full time and go to school full time, so I feel your pain! Breakfast is usually a ready to go can of slimfast ( not the best, but it's fast! ). Then I take a break around 10:30am and have cottage cheese, yogurt, or lowfat cheese and whole wheat crackers. Lunch is either left overs from the day before or Lean Cuisine with fruit and salad. Afternoon snack could be fruit, cheese stick, oatmeal, cereal with skim milk. I don't ever go into the cafeteria at work, because I know I will walk out with something I should not be eating. I work 12 hour shifts, so I am gone 8am-10pm. I eat dinner when I get home..........left overs, lean cuisine, cereal. Whatever is fast. On my days off I have school most of the day so I pack my food with me, the cafeteria is full of high fat crap so I never eat there. I keep a little cooler with ice packs in my car with fruit, cheese sticks, slimfast, water. Also, when I get home from school I cook. I also cook on the weekends so I have something fast in my fridge.

It's hard to do, but possible with some organization and planning. Good luck!


02-19-2007, 01:22 AM
Thanks! I love cottage cheese, cheese and wheat crackers. I'll have to remember those! I have een eating the crap out of cheese sticks the past few weeks. Yummy!

02-19-2007, 01:36 AM
I work full time, go to school full time, am studying for a GRE, and in training for my first triathlon. (I'm tired just typing that!) My only saving grace is PLANNING.

Once a month, I draw up menus. Dinners are spelled out in their entirety, so whoever gets home first can start the meal. Breakfast, lunch, and snack choices are listed on a "pick list." I make my lunch the night before. We also make crockpot soup or chili on Sunday to have for the week. My pick list for typical week will look something like this:


egg cups & tomato juice
yogurt & walnuts
cereal bar & soy milk


salad w/dressing
leftover chili or soup
leftover chicken w/green beans

SNACKS (2/day):

cereal bar
apple & low fat cheese
kiwi & walnuts
yogurt & walnuts
string cheese
celery & low fat cheese

I'll also grab an apple or cereal bar if I know I'll be working out between work & class or class & home.

Good luck to you on your weight loss journey! :)

02-19-2007, 01:49 AM
Nasty looking but tasty and high in protein....1/2 lowfat cottage cheese, 1/2 c fat free plain yogurt mixed with a tablespoon of sugar free preserves.

Low carb whole wheat bread toasted with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

Oatmeal mixed with splenda, cinnamon, salt and canned peaches.

Did I mention I'm cheap and lazy? :D

02-19-2007, 02:00 AM
If you search around the site, you might be able to find a good low calorie recipe for a breakfast muffin that you can bake on the weekends, then take one with you to eat in the car.

02-19-2007, 02:11 AM
I get a smoothie from Jamba Juice.

02-19-2007, 02:20 AM
I'm always on the quest to fit in veggies at breakfast, so I've been having two slices of whole wheat bread.. toasted with 1 tomato, thinly sliced cheese, cucumber, and lettuce. I also put light mayo and mustard on it. It's very yummy, and filling! It's the quickest breakfast I've found that fits all my needs. Another thing I've done is layer frozen fruit and fat free yogurt, and put it into the fridge for later.. so yummy!

There are great ideas around, experiment until you find what works :)


02-19-2007, 02:29 AM
I get 100% whole wheat<make sure the first ingredient listed is WHOLE WHEAT, not enriched flour>, slice one piece in half, cus they're pretty good sized, tops with shredded meat, I do a bunch of chicken, pork, beef whatever on the weekends, I just toss an extra whatever in while I'm making dinner on weekends, and shredd it, and weigh it all out in 1-2 ounce servings, then use it during week. Anyway, grab the bread, toss an ounce or two of meat/poultry on it, with fresh spinach leaves, tomatoe and some cheese, and let that toast in the morning. Another good one, is frozen fruit, no sugar added!, tossed into some plain, non fat yogurt and make my own, I normally add ground flax seed and a tsp of honey to it too.

02-19-2007, 09:06 AM
Did I mention I'm cheap and lazy? :D

You're a trip chick_in_the_hat :) LOL!

A bowl of *whole grain* (NOT the instant) cereal or oats are extremely filling; a 1/2 cup dry is 150 calories and gets much bigger after cooking in water. I add a tablespoon of nuts to fill me up or if its not sweetened I add a tablespoon of sugar free blueberry preserves; I often add a cup of berries or a banana also while cooking and the fruit mushes up. I use Kashi brand (in the packets) or Irish oats; I put 1/2 cup in bowl, 2/3 water and fruit and/or nuts, cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 mins. You will be full for hours on this.

For lunch, I've been eating simple clean sandwiches. Usually turkey breast or ham with one slice cheese and some greens and tomato w/ a splash of vinegar over the veggies. Subway sandwiches are convenient and lo cal but I get it w/ double meat and extra veggies as its almost all bread (you can split a large one with DH and it will be cheaper). Or you can bring a portion of deli meat, cheese and bread and quickly make the sandwiches at your lunch time (I hate soggy sandwiches).

Another quickie that is very filling: FF yogurt w/ 1 tablespoon walnuts. Nuts are expensive and very high in calories, but I find they really fill me up when I'm hungry, and once I'm satisfied I'm not in danger of eating more and more to curb my hunger. So definitely worth it.

02-19-2007, 09:47 AM
I have a couple things I do. I will either make a smoothie for breakfast or I'll eat some premade steel cut oats. My favorite recipe right now is:

1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
1 cup of steel cut oats
4 scoops of vanilla protein powder
1 tsp (or more) of pumpkin pie spice or a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves or just plain cinnamon.
6 cups of water (or so, may need more)
dash of salt

I put that all in my rice cooker the day before and then portion it out in the morning to eat. It is good cold or hot. I will also sometimes add walnuts to it.

02-19-2007, 11:31 AM
Made from scratch wholewheat/ oatbran waffles or pancakes with syrup. I've been having this for breakfast for years, even when my kids were still little. It really doesn't take long- sometimes it takes longer for the skillet or waffle iron to heat up than for me to mix the batter.

I see no reason to eat yucky food just because I'm on a diet, or in a hurry. For me it's worth it to get up 5 minutes earlier and have a real meal.

Edit- and I do work full time.

02-19-2007, 11:43 AM
I think the key to all of it is planning. Something I felt I was so good at. I guess this is one of the things I've never really planned out.

But I already wrote myself a list and I'm off to the store after my dr appt. I should be able to get some good things for lunch and snacks at work. I am going to stick with smaller portions at night and then focus later on changing that too. I just figure I'll stick with it if I do slight changes. Ease myself into things.

02-19-2007, 11:55 AM
Check out our planning thread! I work full time and post my daily meals in there.

Todat for example:

breaskfast - quaker instant oatmeal supreme - maple and walnuts; banana
snacks - mini oranges; arrowroot cookies; cottage cheese w/fruit container
lunch - left overs from last night - small amount of thin rice noodles with some stir fry veggies and chicken breast

-another thing I love for breakfast is a toasted english muffin with some sliced deli meat
-a banana with peanut butter
-toast and tomato

and a variation of all of them! i dont like cerel because it doesnt keep my full, but sometimes I will have it mixed it with some yogurt

02-19-2007, 05:03 PM
Oh nelie, you just about gave me a heart attack! I thought you were making a list of all of the things you ate for breakfast, not the list for the recipe! So my thought process went something like this:

1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree That's kind of gross.. but okay whatever works for her.
1 cup of steel cut oats Mmm... oatmeal.
4 scoops of vanilla protein powder This chick is hardcore.
1 tsp (or more) of pumpkin pie spice or a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves or just plain cinnamon. Wait...wtf...

At which point I went and read what you originially posted before. Oh jeeze.

Anyways, here's a muffin recipe:

Banana Muffins Low Calorie Recipe
1-1/4 cup unbleached flour
1 tablespoon unbleached flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar - packed
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup mashed bananas - mashed
1/4 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
1egg white, whipped

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

Prepare six muffin pans with cooking spray and flour; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice.

In another mixing bowl, combine bananas, milk, sour cream, and egg white.

Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients just until moistened.

Use an ice cream scoop to fill muffin pans 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes, or until light brown.

Recipe makes six servings.

Nutrition information per two slices:
Calories: 150
Total Fat: 1g
Protein: 4g
Cholesterol: 1mg
Carbohydrate: 35g
Sodium: 143
Calories from fat: 4-percent

02-19-2007, 05:28 PM
My job has a toaster oven, so I have a whole wheat english muffin and a cup of milk and that holds me till till lunch. You could always toast at home and bring it in.

02-19-2007, 05:30 PM
I always take a quickie breakfast with me;

I do either eggbeaters or an egg with FFree cheese, baby spinach (or leftover asperagus), slice of ham, spray a soup bowl with PAM, cook 2 mins in microwave....take a 1/2 wrap or small flour tortilla...micorwave 30-45 seconds until warm....wrap egg in it, then place in wax paper & foil.

snacktime AM---1/2 package of weightcontrol oatmeal, fresh fruit on hand, water /splenda, microwave it......I'm full until around 2PM, then soup for lunch & maybe salad or sandwich.

02-19-2007, 05:57 PM
Fortunately, I have the luxury of eating breakfast at work in office - but with only a communal microwave & fridge my breakfast usually consists of some combination of oatmeal / cold cereal / fresh fruit / cottage cheese / yogurt + my daily coffee.

And as bad as it may, seem -- sometimes after full-dinner nights I pretty much skip breakfast altogether 'cause I don't feel hungry (but usually will have a mid-morning snack of crackers or a little cheese or fruit later in the day.)

02-19-2007, 08:02 PM
When I was working, I varied my breakfast. Sometimes a bowl of Kashi cereal with skim milk, sometimes oatmeal in the microwave with some raisins and cinamon, sometimes I'd boil eggs in the evening to have in the morning, or make egg salad with them and put them on a whole wheat bagel in the morning, or have the whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese or 100% fruit spread, or I'd put together an omlett mixture and stick it in the fridge and just drop it onto a hot skillet in the morning, or whole wheat french toast. If you have the egg mixture in the fridge and the skillet out and ready, it makes it quick to do in the morning. I'd add a little brown sugar to my egg mix instead of using syrup on the toast.

For snacks, I'd take green/red/yellow peppers, tomatoes and snow peas with some light ranch dressing, or wrap some light cream cheese and turkey into a low carb whole wheat wrap or cream cheese and veggies in the wrap, or put some PB on celery, even an apple is filling, or dip the apple in yogurt or smear a bit of PB on it or on a banana. The possibilities there are also endless.

For lunch AND dinner, I prepared my meals on the weekends and froze them. Whatever you're doing for dinner, why not increase it for lunch the next day? The possibilities there are more than endless...switch your ground beef with ground turkey and you have turkey meatloaf, stuffed green peppers (use brown rice too), cabbage rolls (don't forget the low sodium or no salt added tomato paste/sauce). Whole wheat pastas replace your white pasta. I'd make a baked casserole with turkey sausage, no salt added tomatoes, whole wheat pasta and fat free mozarella with black olives, green peppers, onions...whatever you like in there. But whatever I made, I'd split up into freezer bags and freeze for the week. And of course you could sometimes go the standard sandwhich route, or grill a turkey burger and wrap it, put your veggies into a baggie and a wrap in another, and put your turkey burger wrap together at work the next day if you have a microwave to nuke the meat. And when all else fails, a Healthy Choice, Weight Watchers, Amy's, etc. frozen meal isn't going to hurt a thing.

02-19-2007, 10:27 PM
For breakfast during the week, I eat a bowl of cereal with milk. I have this everyday and never get tired of it, but then I :love: cereal. I try to find cereal that is around 120-140 calories per cup. For the past few months it has Kashi Go Lean.

My morning snack is always a hot beverage, either decaf coffee or tea. If I am especially hungry, I'll have a piece of fruit, whatever is in season.

Here are some of my favorite quick lunches (all of these can be made in advance):

1/2 can tuna mixed with 1/2 serving sun-dried tomatoes (soaked in water, not oil), 2 tbsp hummus, and 1 tbsp capers on whole wheat bread.
1/2 can tuna with 1 serving Trade Joe's egg white salad on whole wheat bread.
1/2 can tuna with mango, cilantro, cumin, and a 1/2 tsp olive oil on a whole wheat tortilla or 1/2 an avocado
1 cup brown rice with 8 oz cooked butternut squash, 1/2 can 98% fat free chicken, laughing cow cheese wedge, sea salt, pepper, and cinnamon.
2 oz lunch meat (I look for meat that is 60 calories per 2 oz serving) with laughing cow cheese wedge or light cheese and various other toppings (grilled onions, grilled peppers, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, chutneys, tapenades, arugula, and/or lettuce) on whole wheat bread.
Lean cuisine entres (esp. the panini).
PB&J on whole wheat.

I would also have a salad with most of the above, but the salad pretty much has to made fresh. You could have some crudites (carrots, red pepper, celery, cauliflower) dipped in hummus or a piece of fruit instead.

Beach Patrol
02-20-2007, 11:40 AM
Breakfast -

while I'm doing something else, I boil two eggs. I eat those with 4-6 slices of deli turkey breast, a slice of 2% cheddar cheese, & an 8oz glass of skim milk.

OR -
an apple, a slice of whole grain toast with a smidge of real butter, and an 8oz glass of skim milk.

OR -
one serving of Oatmeal (the instant kind!) with a banana, a few strawberries & a 8oz skim milk.

OR -
4 oz fat-free Strawberry/banana yogurt, 4 oz skim milk, one banana & 5 strawberries & ice in a blender til smooth. TOTALLY YUM & TOTALLY HEALTHY!

When I'm in a super hurry, I usually go for the apple & the 2% cheese because it's so easily portable & I can drive while eating. :D