(Closed) I’ve been working 50 hour weeks AKA F-you Diet, Hello Hamburger

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yikes, I feel your pain. Is slow cooker/big meals split into small batches an option? (not sure what you do or if you can store food at work). I’ve also called Fiance and asked him to start dinner on long days. I usually cook because I like it, but if I know he has something on the table, I won’t stop on the way home.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Fiance works 85 hours a week plus travel time so we cook really large batches and vacuum seal and freeze. We even do this with quiche for breakfast. Every morning you grab 3-4 bags and bring them to work, the bags are microwave safe which makes things really easy.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@naturalysam:  What machine/brand of system do you guys use? That sounds great!

I work in healthcare. 12 hour days are not unheard of 6 days a week. But I refuse to let my health suffer!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You can do it!  I’ve been on longer days, and for the last several years, I’ve worked around 45-50 hours a week.  I guess I just always make time for putting some meals together/bringing leftovers to work, and hitting the gym.  At least it’s only for a month!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

What does your Fiance do? Is he able to pick up some of the slack for a few weeks? I totally get being exhausted and overworked, but these are the times it’s probably more important to take care of yourself as much as possible. It sucks that they’re giving you such an unhealthy schedule, I hope you’re able to take a bit of time off when tax season is over!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@pfinarffle:  We use foodsaver which we bought at a store called canadian tire and get our refill bags at costco.

In  december we did 20 different recipes in batches ranging from 14 to 40 portions each which was a stock for a few months lol.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would say if you have time to get/eat fried food, then you have time to eat a Lean Cuisine or make a quick healthy meal.  I know Lean Cuisines and such aren’t a great long-term strategy, but if it’s only for a month, and it’s that or fried food, it could help.

Also, gather together some stuff you can make quick, like ingredients for a meal-sized salad.  Even grilled chicken/rice/veggie could be a good meal to fall back on.  Between me/husband’s work and gym/training schedule, we’re out of the house from 7:30am-7:30/8pm each night.  And I make/cook breakfast and dinner, and bring a lunch with me to work every day.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used to make excuses until I finally realized that the only one I was hurting was myself.

It doesn’t take any longer to make a lunch with a whole grain, high fibre wrap, chicken and avocado for a healthy fat, than it does to make it with mayo, ham and cheese.

Get a steamer. You can do a piece of chicken or fish, and veggies in less than 15 minutes. When you cook, do 3-4 portions and freeze them.

Shopping for healthy food also doesn’t take any longer. If it isn’t in your house, you are less likely to eat it.

You do have a horrendous schedule right now, but hopefully this too shall pass.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I completely understand–try getting little snacks that you can have handy though, to curb the ravenous late-day meals… maybe some baby carrots, yogurt, granola bars, or fruit?  That would be an easy segway to bringing more nutritious meals to work as well.  It’s got to be expensive to eat fast food all the time!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

thankfully we have active jobs but I use to take the stairs everywhere when I was in an office to stay fit. We have cut down eating out at work to 2 times a week and eating out at home to once a week. We also try to eat while on our home from work and not as soon as we come home when were crashing in bed (door to door time is over 16 hours which leaves a max 8 hours for showers and walking the dog and sleeping etc.). Another thing I use is Ensure as a meal replacement when i dont have time to eat at work. I am a celiac so eating out is extremely difficult and we have to cook a lot from scratch.

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