Friday, November 06, 2009
Note: The names are changed to protect the not-so-innocent. I am sure you can crack my secret code.
Another sleepless night. I wasn't actually hungry but I found myself wanting to go to a chain hamburger place that rhymes with Schmack Schmonalds. Instead, I fired up my trusty internets and decided to look up the nutritional value of my favorite meal. The restuarant has a well-developed website that allows you to build a meal out of your favorite items and then get nutrition info on the entire order. So I entered in one of my favorite meals. 2 two-patty cheeseburgers, fries and a Coke (both large). I was shocked and disgusted by the numbers I was shown. That particular combo is......wait for it.......
1690 calories and 70 grams of fat. I almost puked. Just knowing that last month that would have been my lunch and now it is as many calories as I eat in a day was truly revealing. I checked some of my other old haunts to stare the ghost of meals past right in the face. Junior Carl's Guacamole and Bacon burger, fried zucchini (a little treat I would give myself on rough days), fries and coke comes at 2120 calories and 138 grams of fat. Jack in the Bocks Bacon Ultima Chesseburger with (you guessed it) fries and a coke: 2110 calories and 92 grams of fat. Windy's, Burger Prince, they are all ther same. I selected different sandwiches to create different meals, all with large fries and large Coke. The lightest meal that I found was 1380 calories and 54 grams of fat.
Not to say that these were the healthiest things on the menu. Each place has salads and grilled chicken sandwiches and fruit trays and of course diet coke and water. They have lots of better optons, but I never ate those things. I made differnt choices.
Looking back on my old eating habits, it is no wonder I got to be this heavy. It was no big deal for me to have those meals a few times a week. Maybe even twice in the same day if things were really hectic. A days worth of calories, horked down so fast during my lunch break that I would barely remember tasting it. And that's not counting the days when I tacked on a slice of pie or shake or cookie because I "deserved to splurge". My dear sweet arteries, what have I done to you?!?
You do what you know. And when you know better, you do better. I know that the drive-thru no longer holds the sway over me it once did. And I also know by taking an active role in selecting the foods I eat, I am one step closer to my goals. The information, the resources, the support, it is all out there. All here. In the cyberwebs warm glowing warming glow. So I say research, get in the forums, blog, read blogs. You might be suprised about what you find. I know I sure was.