Step 2: Get Rid of Fast Food

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Okay, so I did a pretty good job with Step 1. I had no nicotine for the whole week and I was caffeine-free for six of seven days. My goal this week is to get rid of the fast food. This means no McDonald's, no Wendy's, no B.K., none of that. I am allowing myself to eat at a sit-down restaurant twice this week, but I can't go anywhere with a drive-thru. That means that I cannot eat at the bagel shop where I work. It's not good for me. It's never been good for me. And I believe my body will thank me.

1/27/13 - No caffeine, nicotine, or fast food...and I did it! Yaaay! So today, instead of eating lunch where I work, I went to the Publix next door and grabbed some sushi for lunch. Then, for dinner I made another grocery store run (even though I already had food in the house). I love that some grocery stores are open late at night, so when I feel like I need to go, I can just get up and go. It's interesting, though. I don't always go because I'm hungry and have no food. Sometimes I go just to get out and do something that I'll enjoy. Hmmm. Maybe I need to find something else constructive to do at night.
1/28/13 - Yay! No caffeine, nicotine, or fast food today. But I did walk into a bakery and buy a muffin and a piece of banana bread. I ate at home all day...literally all day. I cut out fast food but I must have eaten a million calories. I ate so much I was sleepy afterward. I think this means that I need to find a way to make myself do meaningful things with my newfound free time.
1/29/13 - Hmmm, so far so good with the no fast food goal today. No nicotine. I can't truly say I didn't have any caffeine because I drank a chai tea latte. Today, I've used up my two "eating out" passes. I went to lunch at Panera and had dinner at Maggiano's. I have to eat at home (or from the grocery store) for the next four days. Oh boy, I don't know if I can make it. **Note: I did finish the day without eating fast food. I have to decide if I'm giving these things up for good or if I'm only giving them up for these five weeks. I'll work this plan for now and make that decision when my five weeks are done.
1/30/13 - Sucky day at work, but I stuck to my commitment. No caffeine. No nicotine. No fast food. I didn't eat out. Feels kinda good to keep my commitment to myself.
1/31/13 - No caffeine, no nicotine, and no fast food. However, I did break my rule about eating out and had Mexican food at a sit-down restaurant.
2/1/13 - No caffeine, no nicotine, and no fast food. But I ate out twice today. Emotionally, was a very happy day. I got to see old friends and my first graders. I never realized how much I missed their hugs!
2/2/13 - No caffeine, no nicotine, and no fast food. I ate both meals at home today.
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    Lilshine, I TOTALLY understand. It's so easy to get addicted to the drive-thru. It's fast, it's convenient, and you start to really like it after awhile. Unfortunately, I've put on some major pounds in the last few years because of my drive-thru habit. At one time, I was going through a drive-thru for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I had to cut back. It was a drain on my finances and my blood pressure was out of control because of all of the sodium in the food. My blood pressure still isn't where it needs to be, but it's much better than when I was a hardcore drive-thru junkie. LOL. And I've seen my food dollars go much further since I've become acquainted with my local grocery stores again. The best thing for me to do is cook in batches and have something waiting when I get home.
    1879 days ago
    Now that's something I need to work on. I eat out a LOT since my nest is now empty. I have no desire to cook so I stop or drive thru. I'm trying to cut back but so far not so good.
    1881 days ago
    Thanks Jasi and Puddlejumper!

    @ Jasi: You're right. I've stopped fast food before and felt it's effects on my stomach when I started to eat it again. It's amazing how often I've made my body "adjust" to all types of crappy food...crappy food in large amounts. I actually feel a lot better without the caffeine and I'm starting not to miss it. I'm grateful that smoking was a habit that I never picked up, because I think it would be almost as hard as losing weight is for me.
    Once you quit, you'll be doing your lungs, heart, and brain a big favor. But take it a step at a time. You're making permanent changes and those are never easy. emoticon
    1881 days ago
  • JASI27
    Getting rid of fast food was no big deal for me, now take my smokes and coffee and I am pretty sure I would have a melt down. I haven't eaten McDonalds in almost 3 years and just removing that one, removed the rest for me as well because I can't stand the grease anymore. I have switched to 90% organic diet, but allow myself to treat as well. Once you start eating whole foods on a regular basis, that fast food sure does a number on you and you wonder how in the world your body ever adjusted to eating it in the first place.
    I want to quit smoking but have decided to tackle one demon at a time, so once I reach my goal weight, I will stop smoking.
    Good luck to you, and remember to tell yourself you choose not to eat at those places not that you can't. It works way better.
    1882 days ago
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