Breakfast has always been my most difficult meal to plan around. I know that most people would say that it is dinner, but that is easy for me. What makes breakfast so difficult is the fact that my morning schedule is so tightly timed that I barely have time to eat unless I do so in the car. I wake up at 5:30 AM, get ready for work, walk the dog, pack my lunch, and head off to work by 6:30 AM. In traffic, it takes me roughly an hour to get to work. I don’t start until 8 AM, but if I leave later than 6:30, I won’t get to work until after 8 AM because of traffic flow. This does not leave much time for preparing and eating the best of breakfasts.
In the past, and part of what got me to my lovely weight, I would stop by McDonald’s and order a # 4 (Sausage and Egg Biscuit with hash browns and a small diet coke). I don’t drink coffee, so soda was my morning caffeine. I would eat it in the car on the way to work and not have to worry about anything until recess time when I ate my snack and continued on with my day. Since I am anemic and have certain health requirements of taking pills with food, I have to eat breakfast within 60-90 minutes of waking up or I start to feel sick, usually consisting of being nauseous and dizzy.
Now that I’m back to seriously trying to lose weight, I have had to try and change my breakfast mentality. I have still been struggling with this because of the time factor. I have started packing lunch at night, I set out my clothes, have my school stuff packed, and that gives me a few extra minutes in the morning, but not always enough to fix something. I have learned that fruit, cheese, and hard boiled eggs in the car are great choices and easy to grab and walk out the door with, but not always filling. Remember that I’m used to eating a high calorie breakfast that fills me for at least three to four hours. A banana, an egg, and string cheese feel like a large snack for me. Because I’m still struggling and fighting with trying to change my breakfast selections there is the occasional time that I do stop at a donut shop for breakfast, but instead of the donut, I get a banana and a croissant. Much healthier than what I was getting at McDonald’s, but not quite right.
The other mentality that I have struggled with for years is the idea of eating in my car. Since I have an hour commute, I have grown accustomed to eating in my car rather than at home or at work. My car was also once my place to “hide” my food. If I wanted to eat something that I was not supposed to be or that I didn’t want my husband to see, I would eat it in my car and throw out the wrappers or bags before he saw them in my car. I have stopped doing that, but the habit still seems to nag at me. Now, I’m trying to change that habit into one of healthy eating.
For years I’ve heard my Weight Watchers leader tell me that I should try to stop eating in my car because it is first of all not a healthy habit and secondly it sticks with my old mentality of trying to hide my food. I admit that I really need help with this, but have yet to find a balance that truly works for me. I would love to hear any suggestions that anyone has to help me make better breakfast choices.
On a good note, I lost a pound, bringing my total to just over 15 pounds. This means that I hit my first big goal this week of losing 5% of my original weight. This is a huge step for me and takes me even closer to the goal that my doctor set for me. He said that if I can lose 10%, that my chances of getting pregnant on my own will be more realistic. Obviously, the more I lose though, the easier it will be. I want this way too much to stop now.
This week I’m reminded of a quote that my leader said today, “When you’re putting this off, then you’re probably putting it on.” This fits with how I have felt in the past, but now that I’m back to working hard for it, I will continue to take the weight off and never see it back again, unless of course it’s because I’m pregnant.