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    Juggling work and eating

    I have absolutely no idea what any of you guys and dolls do for a livin', it honestly looks like you all somehow have money and spend the day training and eating, which would be awesome.

    Anyhoo, after college i'm planning on taking a gap year before university - serious clean bulk time, however, i may not be able to manage meals every 2 hours due to working or whatever.

    If you don't mind me asking, how do you manage work and training/eating?
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    I wake up at 5:30 3 days per week to train, so directly after i have meal 1. Then, during school, I"ll pick up something decently healthy and a small amount of it. Directly after school, I work until 10pm. Luckily, I work at a grocery store So i always pick up something healthy to eat for dinner. Oh, and sometimes right after school I eat something. So that's 4 meals per day if i'm counting right.
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    breakfast 745am
    work 9-5 (eat every 2 hours or so)
    supper 6
    workout 6:30
    eat 8pm
    It's a pain in the ass at first to balance work and eating but when you get used to it it's second nature.

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    I eat three meals and drink two shakes.

    Shake one on waking up. Breakfast. Work. Lunch break. Work. Dinner or Gym. Shake or Dinner (depending on gym day or not).

    1600 calories or 3000 calories... both easy to handle with that.

    My biggeest meals are breakfast and lunch. Stuffs me until I get home.
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    Try and cook meals ahead of time, and store them in your fridge, in tupperwear. Every few days I will cook up some spagetti with meat sauce and veggies, and refrigerate about 5 of them.
    Ill eat one or two per day, along with a bag of almonds that I carry with me and munch on all day. Ill eat my breakfast in the morning, and have 2 bulking shakes as well; one in the morning, and one before bed. It really depends on your schedule man, but in the end it comes down to planning.
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    I work in a typical office setting and my eating is as follows:

    6:30AM- breakfast
    9:30AM- snack at work (mixed nuts & fruit or protein shake)
    Noon- lunch
    4PM- second lunch (wrap of some kind)
    6PM- protein shake at the gym
    9PM- dinner
    10:30PM- bedtime protein shake
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    I work in a typical cubicle filled office. My meal schedule is as follows:
    7:30 AM: Meal 1
    10:00 AM: Meal 2
    Noon: Meal 3
    4:00: Meal 4
    7:00: Meal 5
    I have a 6th meal if I feel like my calories or protein might be lacking, or in the form of my post-workout shake.

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    i dont eat, thats why i dont weigh alot.
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    8:00- Wakeup
    8:30- 600 calorie breakfast
    12:00- 300 calorie lunch/snack
    5:00- 300 calorie pre-workout meal
    7:30- 2500 calorie dinner
    9:00- 400-500 calorie pre-bedtime snack.

    Why? I can't eat much during the day. Makes me tired, and it's hard to bring food to work.

    Works for me. Stuff yourself when you can, don't worry about it when you can't.
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    Depending on where you work, you might be able to snack on some food ... protein bars, mixed nuts, pre-mixed shakes, etc. You can probably have a fair amount of calories that way while working, and then add in a breakfast/lunch/dinner.

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    i bring a lunch everyday, but most of my cals at work are liquid.


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    My calories mostly come from liquids. I eat maybe one solid meal a day. Usually a protein shake in the morning, one after class, one after lifting, and one after school or work again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBB View Post
    i bring a lunch everyday, but most of my cals at work are liquid.
    Ditto. I'm at the office from 730-8 till 530-6 on light days, more on heavy work days.

    I take 5 minute breaks to fire down protein shakes throughout the day... keep the nitrean and opticen under my desk with a shaker cup and then just add water from the lunchroom. Too easy.

    Doesn't have to be protein powder though. Do you have a fridge at work? Are you allowed to eat at your desk? Throw some cottage cheese in the fridge and you have instant quality calories whenever you need them. Got a little more time and facilities? Bring cans of tuna to work and put some salsa in the fridge. Tuna + salsa = fast, tasty and high protein/lowfat/lowcarb nearly-instant meal. Cheap, too.

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    I just bring my food to work. Just get an understanding boss. My manager has no problem with me eating or snacking throughout my shift as long as it doesnt interfere with my work. Sometimes I'll even take my food with me to the bathroom. Scarf it down real quick and I'm done. If anyone asks, I was just taking a dump.

    It can be done.....Alot of people also use shakes to supplement.
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    I always carry a bunch of ziploc bags: protein, maltodextrin, oats, digestive enzymes, and my ever-faithful shake-y cup. My bottom desk drawer at the office is dominated by a big tub of protein, plus more of the above.

    Since I'm a corporate trainer, my teaching schedule's here, there and everywhere, so while I'll have lunch anywhere between noon and 2, I'll usually squeeze in two shakes, sometimes even three if lunch is early. Luckily, I can sip these when I'm teaching, so squeezing them in isn't a problem.

    I'm one of those guys too who just finds it infinitely easier to drink calories. I have a tendency to fill up quickly.
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    maybe see if you can split your break/lunch time in half, and use it only for eating. so if you get a half hour break during your shift, take your first 15 minute break and eat. then later in the day, take the 2nd and eat again. that can be an easy way to getting in an extra meal if your manager is ok with that. or you can do what i did in the summer, run to the bathroom and eat a chicken breast with bread and run back to work.

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    I don't work full time like the OP asked, but this might give some insight of what it's like to balance classes and work and meals and training on a pretty full schedule.

    I'm a full time computer science student, taking three senior level classes and a junior level class. I also work part time as a computer programmer. Luckily they have a mini fridge and microwave in our break room at work. I'm taking 12 hours of classes and working 15 hours at work, and another 4.5 hours for one evening at the computer lab, so I'm running all over the place most of the time.

    Here's what my schedule looks like, if you're interested:

    8:30am meal 1
    Class from 9:05 to 10am on M/W/F, 9:30 to 10:50am on Tues/Thurs
    11am meal 2
    Class from 12:20 to 1:15pm on M/W/F
    1:30pm meal 3
    Work from 2pm-5pm on M/W/F, 11:30-2:30 on Tues/Thurs
    Class from 3:00 to 4:20pm on Tues/Thurs
    4:00pm meal 4 (on MWF, 4:30pm on Tues/Thurs)
    5:30-9:30pm - work in computer lab on Tuesday
    Lift at 6:00pm on M/W/F (and Sunday)
    PWO shake at 7:00
    PPWO meal at 8:30
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    I eat when I can and what I am allowed to. I don't think it's that vital. Yes, you should have some food after workout, but the rest just make sure you're high in protein, moderate in fat, very low in carbs and if you're on a cut not too high on the calories. Get it in when you can.
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    Thanks for all the response!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan View Post
    I don't work full time like the OP asked, but this might give some insight of what it's like to balance classes and work and meals and training on a pretty full schedule.

    I'm a full time computer science student, taking three senior level classes and a junior level class. I also work part time as a computer programmer. Luckily they have a mini fridge and microwave in our break room at work. I'm taking 12 hours of classes and working 15 hours at work, and another 4.5 hours for one evening at the computer lab, so I'm running all over the place most of the time.
    Here's what my schedule looks like, if you're interested:

    8:30am meal 1
    Class from 9:05 to 10am on M/W/F, 9:30 to 10:50am on Tues/Thurs
    11am meal 2
    Class from 12:20 to 1:15pm on M/W/F
    1:30pm meal 3
    Work from 2pm-5pm on M/W/F, 11:30-2:30 on Tues/Thurs
    Class from 3:00 to 4:20pm on Tues/Thurs
    4:00pm meal 4 (on MWF, 4:30pm on Tues/Thurs)
    5:30-9:30pm - work in computer lab on Tuesday
    Lift at 6:00pm on M/W/F (and Sunday)
    PWO shake at 7:00
    PPWO meal at 8:30
    OK, do you sleep? That's nuts!
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    4am meal 1
    6am shake
    9am meal 2
    11am shake
    1pm meal 3
    3pm shake
    5:30pm Pre workout nutrition
    7:30 PWO nutrition
    9pm Meal 4
    11pm shake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portboy View Post
    Thanks for all the response!



    OK, do you sleep? That's nuts!
    I think this means, "12 hours of class a week, 15 hours of work a week, and 4.5 hours of work a day at the lab."

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    I try to do eat every three hours or so, although there are days (like today) when I'm operating at a caloric deficit.

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    I too am a CS student. I am taking 18hrs of class, and I work about 30hrs/week. Here is my eating schedule:

    6:15am - Breakfast at home; protein shake with milk
    9:15am - snack on my way from work to class; usually pistachios
    12:00pm - lunch between classes; varies everyday
    3:15 - snack on my way from class back to work; more pistachios
    6:30 or 7:00 - dinner as soon as I get home from work; varies
    7:30 - gym (mon, wed, fri)
    8:30 - protein shake on gym days
    10:00 - snack before bed; 1 cup cottage cheese

    On days when I don't have class (like over the summer) I just eat at my desk every 3 hrs. My boss is fine with it. I haven't thought about taking a jug of Nitrean up there! I think I will do that this summer though.
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    typical for me:

    8:30 -- Meal 1: shake
    10:30 to 11 -- Meal 2: breakfast
    1 pm or thereabouts -- Meal 3: lunch
    4:30 pm or thereabouts -- Meal 4: snack
    7 pm or thereabouts -- Meal 5: dinner
    10 pm or thereabouts -- Meal 6: shake

    that's a rough pattern. some days 4 is dinner, 5 is a shake and 6 is cottage cheese.

    some days (like today where I'm filing merger documents in three different states and running around like a chicken with my head cut off), I don't get to eat lunch until 2:30.

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