Making Better Food Choices

Two hotdogs, large Mr. Pibb, grab bag of chips. Two packs of Nutty Bars, One full row of Oreos. Two packs Little Debbie Zebra cakes. What do these things have in common? It was food I would consume regularly before I started my weight loss journey. Before I started to log my food I really had no idea what the calorie count was of any of it. But more importantly I didn’t care. I ate because these things tasted good or was easy to pick up at work in Food Avenue.

Now that I log my food I realize just how many calories I was consuming on a daily basis. It really surprises me that I was not heavier than 400 lbs. I have to assume that since my mobility was still good I was burning a good part of those calories off. But in all honesty it was getting harder and harder to maintain that weight the older I got. And it wasn’t even my weight that prompted me to start losing. It was the prospect of having to go to the hospital more and more from weight related conditions.

As I sat down to lunch the other day I realized just how far I have come in the past 22 months. Not just from a weight stand point. But from a nutrition one as well. Now my lunch is a turkey and provolone sandwich with a small bag of chips, baby carrots and a granny apple. All this for about 500-600 calories. That is the equivalent of one hotdog I was eating before.

I now value nutrition over convenience. And I think that is the tradeoff you have to decide for yourself if it’s worth it. I decided early on that I would not only have to find time to exercise, but to prepare meals that are better for me. It’s not easy, especially in the beginning, to change gears and make time for better nutrition. But as time goes on, like most things, it gets easier. You pick up tricks to make preparation faster and easier. But always with the thought in mind that it’s worth the effort.

And now I don’t crave those things that I used to eat on a daily basis. Mainly because I don’t get satisfied from those things anymore. If you are beginning your weight loss journey then make the decision to make nutritious food a priority. Even if it takes a bit longer than you are used too. I know from experience, it’s worth it in the long run.

Bon Appetite!