Post # 1
I posted something similar to this a few months back, but it’s just out of control now. I’ve started up an exercise regimen and work out pretty much 5 days a week for around 45 min to an hour. In 2 months, I haven’t lost a thing. My weight fluctuates by 2 or 3 pounds on an almost daily basis which is aggravating and defeating. So as if that isn’t bad enough, I work in an office that is literally obsessed with food. We get massive bagels almost daily for breakfast, large muffins, cakes, cookies, 14 pizza pies for an office of less than 25, big soft pretzels…I mean you name it we have it!!! I very rarely break down and eat any of this crap, but it’s SO irritating to watch everyone else gorge on it everyday. Without a second thought, 75% of the office is in the kitchen gathering food like it’s their last meal. How do you deal with something like this without letting it totally sabotage your weight loss efforts??
Also, most people here don’t bring lunch. They eat out. So I’m sitting in the kitchen with my little measily sandwich and they have a whole spread of food! By the time I get home I feel so deprived I end up overeating L
Post # 3
Instead of a sandwich every day, try changing it up? Maybe one day have leftovers from the night before, or a salad. I always bring yogurt, fresh fruit and some other healthy snacks so that when I do get the desire to snack, I can have something that is good for me!
Post # 4
@arsing89: youre right. i should try to be a bit more creative with lunch. im vegetarian and i dont really know how to cook so well, so i struggle trying to figure out what i can make!
Post # 5
@Pixie26: People at my office love food too, but we don’t take it as far as your office seems to.
There are some really simple and easy recipes online that you could try out (try foodnetwork or allrecipes). Make slightly more than you need for dinner and immediately set some aside to bring for lunch.
Soup works really well for lunch during the winter. You can see about getting pre-made soup from the store that comes in a microwavable container.
And see about adding a side salad. You can put all sorts of stuff into a salad to make it more interesting. And if you have leftover grilled meat from dinner, you can throw it on top for an easy lunch. And drink lots of water – it helps flush toxins out of your body and keeps everything moving smoothly.
As for your weight, have you measured yourself or noticed that your clothes fit differently? Sometimes your weight doesn’t drop, but your body still shrinks due to fat being replaced by muscle.
Post # 6
@Pixie26: A few years ago I lost a lot of weight. I too worked in an office where food was abundant.
The only thing sabotaging your diet is you. If you have been working out for 2 months and haven’t lost any weight, you either don’t have any weight to lose (have you lost inches but not weight?- don’t forget building muscle weighs more than the same amount of fat) are eating too much, or, aren’t eating the right foods.
Are you working out at a gym? Most gyms have access to a nutritionist. If yours does, schedule a consultation to help plan your diet. If not, there is lots of good information online. You can also see a dietitian or nutritionist privately.
Post # 7
I really highly suggest using a calorie tracker, if you are not yet. My Fitness Pal is great. It will help you quantize your eating, and understand your habits. If you see that “OMG, when I get home I have 5 times the amount of calories I have eaten the rest of the day,” its a lot easier to put a stop to the eating.
Do you have any vegitarian cook books? Just having recipies is a great place to start if you are new to cooking.
Post # 8
@Pixie26: I have this issue also, and it’s made my weightloss that much more difficult. Our patients and pharmaceutical companies bring us nonstop food. There’s always a spread in the back. I’ve lost over 30lbs in 4-5 months, though. So, I’ve found what works for me. First, I don’t go in the break room, if I think I will be tempted. I’d rather exercise my lunch break away vs. eat for an hour. However, I am fortunate to be able to skip my lunch break altogether and leave an hour earlier each day. I also force myself to step away and eat 5-6 mini meals per day… high in fiber and protein, so that I prevent myself from getting hungry (making all that yummy food seem that much more tempting)… And, lastly, I bring healthy alternatives to what I know I will be tempted by, so that I don’t feel I am missing out at much. So, instead of a bagel, I may do a homeade breakfast wrap with a whole wheat tortilla, egg whites, spinach and salsa. Or, when I crave one of their donuts or cupcakes, I do a sugar-free pudding or one serving of chocolate PB2 instead. I can’t deprive myself entirely and rely solely on self-control, or I will cave. I do always make sure to maintain my calorie defecit though, regardless of what I eat.
Post # 9
I’m confused, you said you rarely eat the stuff they bring in, but it’s sabotaging you? Don’t you mean it’s tempting you (and you aren’t giving in)?
You just have to not eat it. Pre-pack all your meals and snacks. Make sure you’re getting the right nutrition and aren’t eating too much or too little for weight loss. And keep up the hard work at the gym!
Post # 10
@Pixie26: join weight watchers! The app is so so so awesome. You can learn how to “budget” calories for your treats and still lose weight. I love it.
Post # 11
I kind of want to work in your office!
But I totally understand how frustrating that would be. We don’t have a lot of food at our office, but there is always candy and people are constantly bringing in baked goods or other treats they’ve made themselves, so it can be hard to avoid these things at my place of work, too.
I’ve found that making sure I ALWAYS have healthy (but yummy) snacks on hand really helps to curb the cravings. If someone brings in a plate of brownies and I don’t feel like I should have one, I’ll eat some nuts or carrots and hummus or whatever. It curbs the craving without going overboard.
ETA: Have you thought about juicing? I just started and I LOVE it. I feel SO much better, have more energy and get hungry less often. Plus, since you’re a vegetarian, it’d be perfect for your diet – tons of fruits and veggies. It’s so easy to do, too, and despite the ingredients you put into some of the juices, they taste surprisingly good!
Post # 12
@Pixie26: Omg I would LOVE for my work to have all that food. As a vegetarian, you should definitely be loading up on tons of fresh fruit and veggies. According to the raw food diet, you can eat as much fruit and vegetables as you want (some eat like 15 peaches in one meal!), and can be good for your body to mono-meal (eat all the same food for one meal) because it helps your body register when you’re full faster. Since you’re not a raw foodie, you could also have yummy peanut butter and other nuts. I like to have peanut butter on bananas, apples, carrots, toast, or rice cakes. Very good, healthy, filling fat. I also recently tried these “Lots of Everything!” crackers, gluten free, full of “oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa, and amaranth.” (But they are very garlic-y, if you plan to have them at work. haha.) Good luck.
Post # 13
The key word that I noticed in your OP is “sandwich”. If that’s what you’re having every day, it might be hard to lose weight because of all of the bread you’re ingesting. Try having salads, wraps, smoothies, etc. That should make a difference.
Post # 14
Write down EVERYTHING you eat. Every single thing. Apparently it is a huge help keeping a food journal when trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
Post # 15
@Pixie26: I work in an office too that often has a lot of food around. I just think to myself about how much healthier my choice is than everyone else’s. Sure it’s judgemental but it’s only in my head and it helps me. I also consider how long it takes to work off junk food – a lot of laps on the track. I mix it up at lunch, bring different things, and eat snacks throughout the day (fruit, vegetables, yogurt, etc. so I never get properly hungry).
Post # 16
The only thing that can sabotage your diet is you. My office has a lot of treats too and most of my coworkers eat out, I eat my healthy lunch every single day and rarely give in to the treats. It doesn’t make me feel deprived, it makes me feel good to say no.