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Eating on a Tough Schedule


#1

I am a UPS package car driver in dallas,tx; have started to get serious about my body and not use my job as an excuse for not exercising.
I am doing cardio and weights and I am eating right.
as well as taking a mutitude of vitamins from Life extension.

My question is in regards to eating and my schedule.
They say you are supposed to eat around 6 times per day, small meals that is.
I don't get home from work until close to 8:30 or 9. Is that to late for me to eat my big salad and chicken for my big meal? If so, then what are your suggestions?


#2

You don’t eat big meals, you eat 5-6 small ones. A chicken breast with a salad is a small meal.

A small meal can be a serving of almonds in the middle of your shift.

Define “doing cardio and weights and eating right.” That means alot of different thing to different people.


#3

Cardio- tonight I rode a statonary bike for 20 minutes- 7 miles it registered.
Weights- I have a bench outside with some basic weights, a beginner Joe Wilder set.
Eating right- I have eliminated all soft drinks the last month.
I eat chicken and turkey, i day a week I have beef.
During the day while i am working, I eat fruit and usually stop at a subway now for lumch.
I take plenty of vitamins and supplements as well.


#4

Well, I would suggest making your meals for the day the night or morning before you head out to work, and take a lunchbox with you. You can pack sandwiches, drinks, and whatever else you want to eat during the day.

About stationary bikes…they tend to register a greater distance than what you actually “rode.” It calculates the distance by measuring RPMs to resistance level, so at a relatively low level, you can give the gears inside the bike more RPMs than your legs are actually doing.

Your diet sounds like it’s going in the right direction, definitely. I say try to eat as much beef during the week as possible, unless that’s just the way your budge works out. I don’t know about the others around here, but I think eating Subway is great.

Also, how many calories are you getting a day? What’s your nutrient breakdown like?


#5

[quote]Padilla7921 wrote:
Well, I would suggest making your meals for the day the night or morning before you head out to work, and take a lunchbox with you. You can pack sandwiches, drinks, and whatever else you want to eat during the day.
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^ What he said. For tough schedules, preparation is the answer.