Hi, SparkiMG! No brilliant ideas but I know what you're saying. I prefer convenience store food or just going to a restaurant than eating at home, but that's because I work at home and I get tired of it. But when I go out on the road on an assignment or traveling these days, I try to have frozen meals and snacks on hand in a cooler. I make sandwiches, bars, etc., a few days ahead and freeze a supply, then take them in the cooler and just carry it around with me. If someone wants me to go to lunch, I just stash the cooler in their office fridge. No one thinks it's odd.
I do think a person can make good choices in fast food stops, restaurants and convenience stores, though. I guess sometimes I just want the yummy stuff instead of, for instance, the convenience store's fruit, yogurt, low fat cheese, crackers, bottled water or fruit juice, cottage cheese, baked chips, etc., even a slimfast and piece of fruit. At a restaurant I ususally want a piece of cheesecake or some heavy dessert instead of a piece of grilled chicken and vegetables and a glass of skim milk and NO dessert. Fast food isn't TOO bad these days. One of the chains has a veggie burger; they all have salads and one can skip the dressing or bring one's own bottle of low fat (one can carry this in the car); there's a yogurt parfait at one chain ... seems kind of high in calories compared to a home version, but still it's low fat and has fresh fruit. Also, delis in grocery stores and even the grocery store itself are good places to get a meal out in little time. Skipping fried chicken, of course, one can buy lowfat cheese and fruit, cottage cheese, yogurt, precooked and packaged chicken pieces all ready to eat and lowfat, slimfast and a huge variety of diet shakes and little bottles of low fat milk (I always go for the high fat stuff, though, sigh), crackers, rolls sold individually, even ONE cookie from the bakery.
It's hard. I find it hard, too, I guess the answer is not to give up eating what, where and when you like, but to carry a food journal and make wise choices and write them down so you know how much you've eaten by the time you finally arrive home for the day. Then one can usually have a nice little snack or meal and go to bed. Easier said than done, but ...
As you say, "Just do it!"
Have a great day.