Welcome to my Fatboy series. This is a chronicle of my journey after weight loss surgery in January 2012 at the University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery.
The vending machine at The Daily News’ offices is evil. I am talking E-V-I-L, evil.
When I find myself in the middle of the day hungry for a snack, I get up to look at the machine and can never find anything healthy or even low calorie. The stuff with claims to be healthy aren’t.
I'm sure many of you are in the same boat. Why is it most vending machines don’t carry apples, bananas or other healthy items?
I have tried to remember to stop by the store and buy healthy stuff to put in the fridge, but it would sure be easier if vending machine folks would consider stocking healthier stuff.
I think there’d be a market for it and they would make money.
Or would they?
A bag of chips is about 30 cents and sells in the vending machine for 60 cents. A nice 100 perfect profit on the chips that have a long shelf life in the machine.
That’s 97 cents a pound, which is about six apples or 16 cents an apple. If the vending machine sold it for 60 cents, it’s a bigger profit — but not when you consider that it would only last a few days. When the machine dispensed it, the apple would get bruised, etc. Plus imagine how it would fit in the slots.
So probably not the best value for the vending machine guy.
I am trying to encourage our vending machine owner to seek out healthier snacks, but of course he has to make some money and the demand has to be there.
To be fair, our vending machine gurus have added no-calorie sodas to the machines and filtered water is now free instead of $1 a bottle.
How do you deal with the evil vending machines where you work?
Here is this week's tip from Shellie Long, owner and trainer at Yes I Can! Transform Fitness Studio.
Many people struggle to make changes because the lack of planning ahead. Most people today live crazy, fast paced life getting off work getting kids to football practice or dealing with homework or just exhaustion from the day and the last thing they want to do is go to the grocery store and cook.
That is why you will find a fast food chain on every corner. To avoid that pitfall, you must plan ahead. How?
One of the simplest ways is to cook a variety of meals on the weekend and freeze them for the week. Another is finding crock-pot recipes that are ready for you when you come home.
Dinner is just one area of struggle for many families. What about lunch? What about when you are on the go? We all know this. It is nothing new.
Take leftovers from the night before to work or make your lunch. Plan when you go out for a day of shopping or an all day work conference you will be attending.
I never leave the house without food if I am going to be gone longer than three hours. If you don’t have a plan for what you are eating, you know the trend ... you will be so hungry and will give yourself permission to drive thru. “It’s just this once after all,” you will say.
Don’t fool yourself. Your body will start to crave those foods again and you will start the cycle all over. Don’t excuse yourself.
There is no excuse after all. It’s just some time and commitment.
— Shellie Long