I used to skip lunch in my younger days and just work through it, especially in the summer when it was too hot to eat. Genetics finally caught up with me a couple of years ago and I developed typeII diabetes. Now I have to stop for lunch or else take an unexpected nap I may not wake up from. I take a sandwich with me most days unless I know I'll be working close to some place I can eat semi-healthy. 6'4" and 235lbs.
I'm 5'10, 175 lbs on a good day, I must confess to eating while working which is why i pulled the sandwich out of my pouch. I've made up many panels with a lunch nearby. I've been told driving & eating is illegal, but i ride around with a sandwich hanging outta my face using the baggie to keep my no-lox hands off anyways. I suppose this is all my own lack of discipline, but i just can't stand still when it's this busy. Fred, wear that med-alert tag there...mine should read 'keep hands & feet away from mouth'
Eat ? Who's got time, especially on a service, just suck it up until you are done, right? When I would do a service change power cut old rope down, thats when you really kick it into high gear, push, push and d*** it it better all go right the first time. Well one day my son brought my lunch by at the job-site, and I was flying around as usual he took one look at me and said, "Pop, Chill out", I cut him off short and sent him on his way, what do kids know anyway. After complaining to my Doctor about stomach problems and finding out I had an ulcer, it all catches up with you, Tom's right nothing is more important than your health. So I make sure I eat now, and I have slowed down the job will get done and it goes much smoother when I am calm.
I'm way better than I used to be. Lunch used to consist of a full (shrimp, fries, salad, roll for instance) dinner meal. Of course I'd become tired, so I'd eat a candy bar or 2 in the afternoon, before coming home for dinner. If I packed a lunch I'd eat in on the way to the job. It got me @ 5'8" to over 210 lbs. Now I just eat something at break in the morning. We're required by law to take a 1/2 hour lunch break, which I usually use "exploring" neighborhood pawn shops, sporting goods stores, and the like. Still love my dinners, and still drink a whole pot of muddy coffee in the morn, but the weight's comin' off fairly quickly.
Ever wonder why so many people who have worked hard to build a business either die young and leave it to spoiled kids or are not in good enough health to enjoy their fruits in old age? Had I stayed in contracting I may have been one of those. The only medical exams I had when contracting was for a Class II flight physical and after I fell through a ceiling. The flight physical just determined I could see and breathe. The fall examination showed I had a tumor on a kidney.
After I became an employee last February (and aquired access to the deep pockets of Aetna) I had a physical. High Triglycreides. Prime candidate to Type II diabetes. Was put on megadosages of Niacin, told to exercise, told to eat regular meals and nutritious snacks, no caffeine, few sweets and lots of vegetables, and referred to a nutritionist. Also was sent to a sleep specialist for a sleep apnea study. Am now using a CPAP when I sleep to keep snoring from causing my blood oxygen from dropping too low. I have lost 30 pounds in the last 5 months and do not fall asleep at the computer as bad. I generally feel a lot better than I ever felt during the last 20 years. I wouldn't give up the way I feel now for any successful business.
I am not saying business will always ruin your health. It will if you let it, just like any habit or lifestyle that is not good for you. Keep your eye on the prize, but know what you are paying for it.