My fancy habit tracker.
For some reason, I’ve been under the impression that if my eating habits at work are going well, then I must be doing just fine. I keep my low tech habit tracker (aka a Post-It note) at work so I can get my day started off well. I eat two meals a day at work during the week. That’s significant. But…
I counted up my meals at work vs. my meals at home, and they are nearly equal during a typical week:
Work meals = 10 per week (breakfast/lunch x 5 days per week)
Home meals = 11 per week (dinner x 7 days per week + breakfast/lunch x 2 days per week)
If you throw in a couple of evening treats, my at home habits hold a lot of weight…or, potential weight.
So, here are a few things that are helping me avoid a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation. First, I’ve been focusing on consistent portion sizes at every meal. I fill half of my plate with veggies, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with carbs. This makes it tough to go crazy and overeat at dinner.
I’m also pulling back on my habit of a sweet treat every evening. Sometimes I do, but sometimes I’m just fine without it. For instance, I ate french toast for dinner last night, so I figured that was sweet enough and skipped dessert. It’s nice to break free a little of my need for sugar all the time.
Another thing I’ve been working on at home is my water consumption. I’ve been drinking a ton of water at work, but I tend to forget at home. This is a work in progress, but aiming for a glass of water at and in between each meal is helping.
If you have any work vs. home routine struggles, or maybe weekday vs. weekend struggles, feel free to share them in the comments.