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February 17, 2013 6:37 AM
I commute about an hour each way to work, and I find that the drive home is the hardest part of the day for me. After a long and stressful day at work, it's just too easy to stop by McDonald's or Dairy Queen and get something that is more calories than I should eat in a day. Even if I bring a healthy snack to eat on the way home, that doesn't necessarily stop me from pulling over to get something else. Are there other commuters who have found strategies to avoid this drive-through dilemma?
February 17, 2013 6:40 AM
I find it easy to picture myself at the weight I want to be and know that giving into the "sabotaging foods" calling will only set me back and not push me forward. Hope this helps
February 17, 2013 7:05 AM
Lately I've been rewarding myself with money!

Every time I'm tempted to eat out but make a conscious decision to eat at home, I take the money I would've spent and it goes into my vacation jar.
February 17, 2013 7:08 AM
I just have to make sure that I have a snack that's satisfying enough to sustain me. I crank the tunes to keep my mind from food.
February 17, 2013 7:44 AM
I don't commute anymore, but when I did, I found that if I knew I had a nice, hot meal waiting for me at home I didn't have much temptation to stop elsewhere. Examples, crock pot supper, a plate of leftovers all set up and just waiting to be microwaved, etc. Just knowing what the plan was for dinner helped, even if it wasn't made yet. Plus, with logging, if I log in my plan at the start of the day, it's less temptation to change it because of the inconvenience and missing out on my goals. I've learned that for me, the quote "when you fail to plan, you plan to fail" is really true. Hope this helps, happy driving! flowerforyou
February 17, 2013 7:46 AM
Honestly it sounds like you are looking for an excuse to stop and get fast food. It's an hour! You can go an hour without eating. It's really not that difficult. If it is that difficult than arrange your calories so that you can fit in your drive through meals.
February 17, 2013 7:50 AM
How about an audible book playing in the car so that your journey goes quickly and your brain is occupied?
February 17, 2013 7:52 AM
I commuted an hour and a half each way during the summer, and honestly, by the time 4:00 rolled around I was so eager to get home that stopping for food would have just been an annoyance, even if I felt like indulging! I also had places to be - I took a class at the gym at 6, so I was always in a hurry to get home. Maybe aim for something like that, if you take gym classes?

I also second audiobooks - I listened to the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series while I was commuting and I would have punched someone who suggested I turn the book off for even five minutes to get a burger. :)
February 17, 2013 9:19 AM
Coffee and Sirius satellite radio :)
February 17, 2013 9:41 AM
I just keep food in my car so when I get out of school (an hr away) so when I get to my car, I have something to eat. I love fast food but I hate spending the money on it.
February 17, 2013 9:44 AM
Audio books, gum, a mint to sucks on, and I carry a granola bar in my purse. I pass a Krispy Kreme every day! They smell sooo good but then I pop a mint.
February 18, 2013 6:15 PM
Thank you for all of the great suggestions! Today, I tried saving part of my lunch for the ride home, and I ended up not even eating it. I'm going to keep doing this, and see if I can curb my bad habits.
February 18, 2013 6:20 PM
I have a 45 mile commute each way, and I've been doing it for 25 years. How do I deal with it? First and formost, I found a friend to car pool with. I do drive 10 miles to meet up with her, but she loves to drive, so i pay her $35/month for gas. It makes the drive much easier, and it saves me wear and tear on my car...not to mention she is great company!
February 20, 2013 11:22 AM
On the weekend -- fix 5 small, healthy treats to have waiting on you each day when you get home. Hopefully, this will refocus your thoughts away from driving through a fast food place. Just think about getting home to the treat that is waiting for you.
February 20, 2013 11:40 AM
I just tell myself that I would get home later and it would only lengthen my commute.. that and chew gum..
February 20, 2013 11:51 AM
I have a 40 minute drive one way to work everyday. The only thing that saves me is Audiobooks. I check them out from the library constantly. That way I get sucked into the story and then presto I am home. Didn't even think about stopping anywhere, but I was a kid that loved story time so maybe this just works for me. I don't know. Give it a try- worse case scenario you would have listen to a couple books.
February 20, 2013 11:55 AM
I commute about an hour each way, also. Like someone else mentioned, it helps when I know I have dinner in the crockpot or I already have planned out what I'm going to cook. I like to tell my husband and kids, too, so in my mind I've already made a commitment regarding dinner.

It's sooooo tempting to stop on the way home when we have to pass 4 Mexican restaurants and a cold margarita sounds so good!
February 20, 2013 11:56 AM
My commute home is at least an hour and a half. I understand what you mean! By then I am just so tired that the thought of going home and cooking sounds horrible. To help resist the temptation on the way home, I drink my Shakeology then. I also find it helps me with energy and at the end of the day is when I need it the most. As far as being too exhausted that the thought of cooking seems "difficult". I really try to have things in the crock pot or already prepared for week days, or even breakfast for dinner. That really helps since I know it will be ready or just popped in the microwave when I get home.
February 20, 2013 12:01 PM
Thankfully (though also unthankfully), I take public transportation. Thsi allows me to crochet or read my kindle during the commute:D
February 20, 2013 12:10 PM
That used to be one of my biggest issues - sneaking food in the car. I'd stop at the grocery store for boxes of snack cakes and eat about half on the way home, or stop at McD's for a burger and soda, or stop for an ice cream sundae in the summer. Hubs always wondered why his "plump" wife didn't seem to eat much...and I didn't confess until a year or so ago.

It sounds to me like you need some snack analysis. Think about what you're craving and why. Are you really hungry or are you just bored? I would assume you're just bored. I don't know about you but listening to the same radio stations day after day is horrible. They're not bad in the morning when the funny DJs are on doing their schtick but the drive home is SO boring.
But, if you really think you're hungry, you may need to look at what you're eating. Make sure you're getting plenty of healthy fats and protein - both of which will keep you full longer.

For drive-home boredom, my solution is to listen to audiobooks (from the library so they're free/cheap). I've been able to get so many more books "read" this way, even catching up on some classics that I've wanted to read for years. I'm currently listening to the Dexter series and it's really good!

Point is, bored eating is such a horrible thing for anyone trying to lose weight. I've been at this for three years now and still have to fight with myself on the weekends sometimes.

Another thought for motivation - maybe do like people who quit smoking do and save up the money you would've spent at the drive-thru to buy something you really want (clothes, a trip, pay off car, etc)

Good luck!

p.s. These days the only thing I stop at McD's for is their ice cream cones - it's a nice little treat for only 170 calories.
Edited by MinnieInMaine On February 20, 2013 12:11 PM
February 20, 2013 12:28 PM
Audio books are great for long commutes. I used to pick them up from the local library. I recommend the Outlander series (written by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter). I enjoyed Davina's readings so much that even when I didn't have a commute I bought the audiobook instead of the physical book and listened to her reading while I walked or did housework. (My library didn't have then full series.)

When I had a long commute like that, I hated it. It's part of the reason I resigned and found something that was closer to home.

I didn't get fast food on the way home though because my commute was through the middle of nowhere. I did get fast food once I got home though when no one wanted to cook....
Edited by BamBam125 On February 20, 2013 12:33 PM
February 20, 2013 12:32 PM
Good music, a stick of gum, and a large bottle of water. I'm also able to weave in and around streets so I tend to pass very little retail..
Edited by atomiclauren On February 20, 2013 12:32 PM
February 20, 2013 12:44 PM
I never eat and drive. Too many crazy drivers I have to pay attention to.
February 20, 2013 12:44 PM
My commute is only about 15 minutes, but I still used to do the "stop and get fast food" thing because it was "easier" than going home and cooking. I was just making excuses. You have to train yourself to not eat or even want those foods anymore. I never (seriously, never) get the urge to eat fast food anymore. There is a McDonald's right next to my grocery store, and I get a wave of nausea when I get out of the car and smell the stench of the food coming from over there. It's not even a decision for me anymore. You will get there, but you have to practice.
February 20, 2013 12:47 PM
Audio books from the library (free) I am learning Spanish


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