I Have A Problem With Keeping My Eating Out Spending Low... How Can I Discipline Myself?

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Chris's Comment
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I find myself at Walmart, I procure all of my healthy necessary desires as fsr ss eating goes, I even allow myself a couple goodies to contain the beast. I tell myself I will koderate my food intake, but then something happens, I eat lack the desire to cook after having driven 10 hours, or had a 20+ hour day, because you know, i'm a flatbedder. I have my steaks that I LOVE, brocolli and spinach in cream which I love!

The vegis are easy, i nuke them, they are dismantled within a week, never to be seen again, but the steaks and other meats sit in my freezer, just staying all frozen and what not. Those tasty buzzards taunt me. Then I go to Denny's because they have steak I don't have to personally cook and amazing lemonade.

I find the time to work out like a beast znd I have a body that some desire, but rarely find the time to cook.

My main spenders are ihop, denny's, huddle house, and pilot coffee.

I have added up my last 8 months and I spend an average of $900 a month on easy food.

What can I do to curb my desire for easy food and reduce my spending? I need an idea of how to discipline myself.

When I am home, my lady motivates me, she doesn't really cook much, but I like to give her the best, so I cook when I am home with her and my son. Then again, when i'm there the only work I'm doing is not tiring in the least bit. Is my desire for more money just not enough or am I just an undisciplined fool?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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You lost me at this:

I find the time to work out like a beast znd I have a body that some desire,

Pictures requested. lol sorry couldnt resist.

Honestly, I would love the motivation for both the workout and cooking. My friend has one of those NuWave ovens and throws the steak in and 20 min later its done and great. I havent done that yet tho. George Foremans are great, but still require cleaning.

Maybe cook then freeze some things while home, then just nuke them OTR. I admit, im a spend too much on junk chick. i need to stop... so advice please. I buy good stuff then it goes bad and i toss it out.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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OMG man! 900 a month? Maybe you need to stop bathing so the food places will kick you out before you spend your money. You just need to adjust your methods so it’s simpler and easier to stay in your truck and eat. I seldom eat at any retail eatery and I eat very well. And i don’t even have a microwave. Get creative because how long can you sustain that spending level?

Feanor K.'s Comment
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One idea would be to cook up a lot of dishes on your home-time (things like rice and chicken or beef-heavy chili/spaghetti are tasty and easy to nuke) and store them in your fridge so all you gotta do is warm them up. Seal them well and they will last a long time. If you got a freezer you could put some in there as well if you are out for long periods, and rotate them to the fridge as it gets low.

I also workout frequently and I know the pain of road spending. Double scoop protein shakes also keep the hunger under control and are very cheap. Personally I load up on protein rich canned food (mostly beans as I'm vegetarian) and Minute rice. Combine and nuke and you have a decent meal in a couple minutes. Add a few slices of bread, maybe some PB and a protein shake and I can easily hit 3200 calories and my protein for the day for dirt cheap.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Vacuum sealer and a microwave

Cook at home and seal meal size portions.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Microwavable Campbell's soup. 2 bucks, and 2 minutes in the microwave.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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This is a concern of mine as well. Prior to my training starting i was doing well on a low carb diet for my Dot physical. Things have gone sideways these past 2 months on me as ive let myself go. Oddly enough i decided to get back on the diet starting tomorrow. It shouldn't be a problem here at the hotel i can do eggs and protein for breakfast and buffets seem to be a decent option for lunch i can always find something. But on the road scares me. Im pretty sure i could figure it out but when im with a trainer who knows, its his truck so his rules.

I dont want to be presumptuous but it might be a good idea for a recipe category in the forums for eating healthy and avoiding the OTR eating pitfalls.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I see horribly obese drivers almost every day. It is a real occupational hazard. I believe it takes a very disciplined person to become a good driver. We need to tap into that discipline to regulate our eating in addition to our driving. It would be sad if your tractor axle weights exceed legal limits just because of the driver.

Many companies offer free counseling for drivers in this area.

Tractor Man's Comment
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My Son and Daughter in law have told me about the "Instant Pot". I have looked into it briefly, think I will pick one up. Sounds perfect for using on the road. They said there are a million recipies online.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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My Son and Daughter in law have told me about the "Instant Pot". I have looked into it briefly, think I will pick one up. Sounds perfect for using on the road. They said there are a million recipies online.

I have the CrockPot version of that. It's amazing. I've cooked all of my meats in it all winter long and it's fantastic.

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