Each day, millions of people commute to work via public transportation or personal vehicle. Along the way, many of us will stop for a quick breakfast that we can eat on the run. If it is a choice between more sleep or getting up to make breakfast, sleep wins every time for me. You wake up to your morning routine to sit in traffic. Some of us will sit at a desk for eight hours or more while others are out and about on their feet. After breakfast, add some kind of fancy mocha type drink, go out to eat at lunch, a soft drink of some kind later in the day, and then add a mid-afternoon snack before going home to dinner and you have had a calorie packed day that looks more like 4500 calories instead of 2000.
It is so easy to amass all these empty calories if you don’t think about what you put into your body. Your car is leading you to this path of destruction every time it answers the beep of the drive thru. You start wearing yoga pants and then the next time you have to wear something that requires a zipper, it does not fit. You are then left wondering what happened. Where did this extra weight come from?
On more than one occasion, I have just skipped breakfast and started the day with a candy bar and a bag of chips, don’t judge me. I have also gone a whole day sitting at my desk not letting water touch my lips. Wait a minute, we need water, and I am dehydrating myself. I had plenty to drink that day, it just was not water.
The end of the day comes, and guess what, you are too tired to cook. So you stop at the drive thru on the way home and take in another 900 calories. You can let your commute to work kill you or figure out a way to prepare more healthy options for yourself. I spend 4 to 5 hours each Sunday preparing lunch and dinner for the week. I needed to stop the weight gain and I wanted to feel better, try preparing your meals in advance and notice the changes.