For those who don’t know, I work as a freelance writer from home. That setup has plenty of advantages, but in my eyes, there are some additional struggles that come along with it — especially when I tell you that my ‘office’ is set up in my breakfast nook next to the refrigerator and pantry!
Moving to Long Beach and downsizing to a smaller apartment meant having to forgo (for now) the second bedroom/den that I used to have in Colorado and making do with the space I have — though I love my office setup! It has corner windows and plenty of space/light for what I need; however, being relegated to a kitchen space isn’t always a safe bet when I am trying to stay on track.
Despite the challenges, I’ve been able to overcome a lot of the temptation by keeping myself on track and focused. For those who work in an office, some of the temptations are the same — when I worked outside the home, it was always hard to avoid snacks and treats left in the break room, especially when I was stressed out and famished. Here are a few tips that have worked for me and a few other ideas I’ve learned along the way:
- Eat something in the morning — When I’m satisfied, I’m not tempted to snack or graze off schedule. Before I get started working, I have something — anything — that curbs hunger until snack or lunchtime. One of my favorite, easy things to grab are the BelVita Breakfast Biscuits. I eat these with my coffee or a diet soda to get my brain juices flowing for the morning ahead. When I have more time to spare, I usually cook up something substantial like oatmeal or scrambled eggs.
- Schedule your meals — This has been essential to avoiding the unnecessary snacks and junk that I would otherwise be tempted to eat. I’ve gone so far as to schedule notifications on my iPhone through the Weight Watchers app — even if I am not hungry, the prompt reminds me to have a small snack so I avoid reaching the famished stage later during the day. Currently, I’ve been loving small snacks such as apples with almond butter, blue cheese with pears, or just a cheddar cheese stick and an orange.
- Bring your own snacks — If you work in an office, put plenty of healthy snacks in your purse or drawer so you can easily grab them when hunger strikes. I know the feeling all too well — you become starved, stumble into the break room and wolf down some day old doughnuts without second thought. Been there, done that!
I leave temptations out of sight, so they become out of mind — what are some things you do to make your work space safer?
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