Sunday, February 27, 2011

Packing food for the workday

While preparing our food for tomorrow's workday this evening, I realized something.  I hate to prepare all of the various foods, but I am so thankful for them during the workday. 

This is a hard thing to reconcile for sure.  I spend between 30 and 45 minutes each night preparing food for the next day.  This time doesn't include the time I spend entering the information into my Weight Watchers Points Plus Tracker. 

The benefits of packing lunch far outweigh the "inconvenience":
  • I spend a lot less money.  I tend to purchase items on sale or make big batches of soup or leftovers for lunch.
  • I know how to track the Points Plus values of foods I pack.  When I eat in restaurants, I have to guess how many servings, how many teaspoons/tablespoons of sauce, how many ounces of meat, etc.
  • I actually eat a serving, versus several servings, as I measure carefully when packing my lunch at home.
  • I save a lot of time.  If I am eating out at work, I have to decide where I am going, get there, wait in line/be waited on, and get back to work. 

My normal day:
So.... Here's the question:  Do you ever grow weary of planning and/or packing meals?  How do you move past it?  I need some inspiration from all of y'all!


  1. Wow...let me say, you are doing AWESOME with your food choices! I know it's WW but I'm definitely impressed! I don't spend near as much time as you do - I prepare a sanwich or a salad the morning of but it doesn't take much time.

  2. Great post! I'm on the road a lot, and I try to pack for a couple of days ... but it's a lot of work. The benefits are great, but I need to be better about it! Kuddos to you for doing it!

  3. Great lists!!! Thanks for putting this together. :)