Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I was walking by a coworker's cube after picking up my lunch-time Americano (no cream, no sugar, just black) and saw he was eating a Wendy's meal. The scent of the fries and the smells of the burger wafted to me and I couldn't help but think, "I want a burger dammit!"
I didn't go out and get a Wendy's or Jack in the Box's or any franchise's burger and fries, you'll be happy to note. (At least, that made me happy.) But I did pout about it for about 15 seconds before moving on with my life.
Then I had a cool conversation with my boss about weight loss. I was talking about "eating normally" and he brought up (wisely), "Once you get to your goal, though, you won't ever REALLY eat normally."
There is a bit of truth to that, especially if you see what "normally" means in the American mindset. "Normally" being fast food a few times a week, maybe some restaurants. "Normally" includes burgers, fries, chips, beer, mixed drinks, specialty lattes, fattening desserts, and everything in between.
The thing is, I have to change what my "normally" is. I can't eat what I used to eat last year, else I'll end up back at 268 pounds. I have to make a new "normally" - a "normally" that includes more fruits and veggies, more lean meats, and less fast food/restaurant outings.
Will I miss that burger? Of course...even now, a part of me aches for it. But I've lost 84 pounds - no small amount! I'm healthier than I have been in years. I've had tons of energy for my job, for moving into my new apartment (and climbing stairs - I have no doubt that the stairs would have winded me last year!), for enjoying my life.
The other thing is: I was imaging the burger as being juicy, flavor-filled with crunchy, salty fries. Imagine if I thought of the burger instead as being greasy, covered in a soggy bun with limp fries with a sour taste. All of a sudden, I don't WANT to eat this burger. All of a sudden, my lean chicken salads with light dressing sound so much better.
I want to make this weight loss journey, this health journey my last. I'm willing to give up the burger and embrace the "new normal" to do that.