Thank you for all of the good advice. One of the things I've been struggling with especially at work is snacking in the afternoons when I get bored and a little hungry. To combat that, my wife and I found some protein ball recipes that we (well, she) made yesterday, and I'm going to start packing a couple of those to fight off the afternoon snack cravings. The blueberry muffin ones with dried blueberries are actually really good , and day 1 seems to be going well.
My lunch about 80% of the days at work are a sandwich with deli meat, a little mayo, and a slice of colby jack cheese on 100% whole wheat bread, with a yogurt and some baby carrots. If we have some, I'll pack a fruit like an apple or mandarin orange, as well. Hydration I force myself to drink 2-3 Tervis tumblers (so 48-72 oz.) at work every day, then usually drink another 1-2 when I get home, depending on how hard my row is that evening.
As far as rest days, most of my rest days are because I have bowling (2 nights a week) that evening, and there's not enough time to prepare dinner, make sure my kid eats and feed myself before I have to be at the lanes, and by the time I get home it's after 9 pm, and I usually don't work out after that late as I don't feel I can give a full effort, and often just end up disappointed and feel like I'm just throwing up junk meters. With the Mud Season Challenge coming up, though, I plan to incorporate a morning 5k on one or both of these days, and my wife will have to understand and adjust so she will have to get our 3-year old ready if he's awake by that point.
I think I've said on here before I'm noticing some physical changes (legs getting smaller, especially in the thigh area, and my waist is getting smaller as well as I'm having to add new belt holes in my belt), so I know I'm making some progress. I also know that I could be doing much better with the weight loss if I start doing better about cutting out "bad days" on the diet. I'm having more good days and making some better decisions, but know that's where my big weakness is.