So THAT’S my current situation!! Dinner is sometimes my setback! Breakfast, easy… most days my all world wife cooks her boys (7 year old son, 10 year old son, and me) eggs. She even mixes in some veggies into my portion. I love a veggie scramble! If I don’t get breakfast at home, I will sometimes slide by Chic-fil-A for a breakfast burrito in a bowl. I like mine with no cheese and grilled chicken. By going grilled, in a bowl, with no cheese, I save lots calories, fat, sodium and carbs! I usually drink water, green tea, or an energy drink. I gave up on coffee a while back and energy drinks have recently become my replacement. Not the best choice I know, but I am working on it.

The probability for my lunch grub getting improper is a little higher than breakfast but not by much. I am blessed with multiple cafes that have healthy options AND have some favorites at nearby restaurants. I can slide over to RALLY POINT BAR & GRILL for grilled tuna and veggies. I can drop in at Moe’s and get a burrito bowl. When I do grab the burrito bowl, I keep it simple… meat, rice, corn salsa, and jalapenos. Every once in a while I hit Café Carolina for a flatbread with chicken and veggies. The fellas like Ruckus Pizza for meetings, so I will grab a margarita pizza from there. Not the best but not too bad from time to time. Then of course there is old faithful. Chic-fil-A! On good days I escape with grilled chicken and water. Sometimes it’s a grilled sandwich. Sometimes I choose grilled nuggets. On bad days, that grilled chicken is accompanied with fries and sweet tea! I USED to go there almost every day and nothing in my bag was grilled or lonely! I have to remind myself of that sometimes. It’s a work in progress and I have made progress over the years!

Next up is snacks. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. When I do, here recently it’s been Greek yogurt, an energy nut mix, or graham crackers and peanut butter. There is definitely room for improvement but still not too bad IMHO. Often times it depends on my workout for that day. If my workout was real proper, then I might go for the peanut butter and graham crackers. If not, I may not have a snack or go for something lighter like a small banana. I have a 45 minute commute, so I often times I will have the energy nut mix during my drive home. That’s also a great time for me to throwback some H2O!

THEN COMES DINNER… this is where I find myself running into setback situations! Actually it’s not even dinner most of the time! It’s what happens after dinner!!! My all world wife works hard to prepare great dinners for us. I think it’s a pleasant side effect from her participation in our Get Lean Challenges. Even when we eat out, I can usually hold it together. I have turned drinking water into a financial gain. If the whole family drinks water, then that’s at least a $10 saving in most places and usually more than that! So actually my BIGGEST problem is POST DINNER SNACKING!!! I am a late night snack machine! I can usually start with something decent but then the cravings get worse and I find myself with something sweet in my hands. If I don’t have anything I am ok, but if I get started, then it can get ugly. I know… that begs the question… Why do I let myself get started? That’s what I have to figure out. Maybe I have to limit carbs at dinner because when I have them, the cravings are stronger. Maybe I need to eat more calories throughout the day so my cravings aren’t so strong in the evening. Our kids keep us on the go so we often eat dinner late. Maybe “I” need to eat early and just hang out with the family when they have dinner.

The point to ALL this… I have worked myself to a place where I can focus on one thing and now I have to WORK on it. I have to figure out what is going to work for me and my schedule. Perhaps I can change one thing and be good. Perhaps it will take a series of changes. That I don’t know yet. I do know I am going to have to stick with it and find MY OWN WAY. I welcome all suggestions. They all help me figure out what works FOR ME. -jp

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8 thought on “THEN COMES DINNER…”

  1. Zoë C Playe says:

    Have you tried making “ice cream” out of frozen bananas and other fruits? Amazing!

    1. hype4lifefam says:

      I haven’t tried it yet. Do you have any favorite recipes?

      1. Anonymous says:

        It’s literally frozen fruit of your choice and the food processor you use for smoothies, etc. U can add a packet of Truvia, or anything to taste. Ie: banana and powdered peanut butter, oh and powered dark chocolate. Very little goes a long way! Let me know if u try it. I think the kids would love it!

  2. Mark K says:

    Get the kids an Ice Cream Pint Lock to keep dad’s spoon out of the sweets – (I use one to keep my step-daughter out of mine!)

    I find the best defense for sweets is keep them out of sight, as in out of the house. If I can’t find any in the pantry at 11pm, I won’t eat any.

    1. hype4lifefam says:

      LOL! I try to get upstairs away from the food as early as I can but during football season I am watching downstairs more.

  3. Carey says:

    I did not know chick Fil A did a burrito bowl – great to know!

  4. Carey says:

    Here’s what some other coaches I follow have to say about craving killers (I think a lot of them drink the cocoa every night!):

    Cocoa- Cocoa not only stimulates dopamine (the feel good hormone) and serotonin (the relaxation hormone) in the body AND let’s face it- the taste of chocolate makes everyone happy! Make an evening cocoa drink with hot water and Truvia or Stevia to sip and enjoy.
    Branch Chain Amino Acids- BCAAs are great for cravings because they balance blood sugar and decrease stress hormones in the body. Take 5 grams 3 times per day (pre-workout, post-workout and about 1.5 hours before your “craving time”). We like MRM Watermelon flavor which is sweetened with Stevia.

    1. hype4lifefam says:

      You are welcome and thanks Carey! So far my best choice has been to avoid sugary foods food/drinks in the evenings. I can manage much better that way. When my body gets a taste of it, I turn into a monster!

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