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I'll be honest

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I was reading through someone's blog posts and she gave tips on how she lost weight.
One of them was being honest with yourself, and to the people on Sparkpeople.
Quite honestly, the only one I'm fooling is myself.
I've mentioned this before but I do think I have an addiction to fast food.
It's really hard for me to eat it only once a week, because, quite honestly, I really don't like to cook/don't really know how, and I don't even know what to cook.
Fast food is tasty and convenient (not really cheap though because I buy food for my sister and I, and it adds up!)
But I consume thousands of calories worth in one sitting!!!
I wake up with fast food on my mind, trying to find ways I can get it.
And the dollar store! oh my, cheap foods everywhere!!
But I know I'm doing my body a disservice, quite frankly, I feel like I'm treating it like crap.
I swear, I'll probably have withdrawals, no kidding, trying to cut back on fast food.
I'm so not used to eating healthy foods.
And we haven't been to the gym in a while.

The good news though is that on January 17th, I went to the Doctor's and I lost 4 pounds!! That has to be from cutting out sugary drinks! So I'm excited about that. :)
I told him that I still struggle with eating out, and again his advice was to eat out only once per week. I have to look at the positives- eating out only once per week will save me money and calories...and fat, sodium, and lots of things! He also said to start off with simple recipes, since I'm not much of a cook!
I also think today marks my 1 year Sparkpeople anniversary!!
Thanks for allowing me to be honest with you and God bless you all on your weight loss journeys!
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SPARK-PPL-GIRL 1/26/2014 7:58PM

    Congrats on one year here! Even if you have not lost any weight.. this place has a ton of support and motivation .. I challenge you to dig deeper and make more connections :-)

Fast food gets me too! I haven't had McDonald's in a month and I'm proud of that :-) You have to actively make the choice everyday .. one food choice, one exercise choice at a time and when you get bored and you will .. you have to switch it up to constantly keep making the right choices to get to where you want to be.

I'm hoping for a better year two for you :-)

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DO4FIT 1/26/2014 7:48PM

  Some of the things I have implemented along in my journey is bulk cooking. Chili, spaghetti, soup... they are simple to make and you can get many meals out of them. I cook spaghetti for dinner and can eat lunch (or dinner) for a week or more off the left overs. Recently made some shepherds pie for the freezer - also an easy dish to make.

If I was going from eating out every day I would add up how many meals a week I ate out... so say you eat dinner and lunch out every day that is 14 of your 21 meals a week try to make it only 10 or 12 of your 21 meals then the next week cut down 2 or 4 more days and then try to get it down to maybe only 2 meals or once a week. Cutting out something like that pretty much cold turkey can be hard especially if you are not a cook nor enjoy it. Try looking for maybe some crock pot meals or one pot meals that you really don't have to do much but chop and watch the time or swap a chicken and a salad from the grocer, or canned soup and a sandwich! Finding something easy and quick yet filling is your best friend! I wish you luck!!!

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SEATTLE58 1/26/2014 2:07PM

    Well, you know what the old saying is, "Honesty is the best policy". And that's so true and you just did it! I've written honest blogs too, I think that about the last 4 of them have been how I've caved way too many times. I know that when I first started SP, that I joined the 10 min. exercise per day spark team and that was the first change that I did and little by little, I've increased my minutes and have added other changes all along the way. We're transforming out bodies little by little and not overnight. You made a change to decrease your sugary drinks and that's awesome. You can do it! emoticon

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VSCHULER 1/26/2014 2:06PM

    I don't think it's so far-fetched that a person could be addicted to fast food, I've even read articles on how some of the ingredients in these foods could have the same effect on a person as heroin! It's been really hard for me to cut out fast food, I've literally had to talk myself out of it some days and drive the extra 20 minutes home and make something for myself. The thing I keep remembering the cruddy feeling that lasts after the momentary "bliss" from the fries, burger, etc. We're worth the extra effort!

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BABYSOX 1/26/2014 2:05PM

    Happy First Spark Anniversary! emoticon

Thank you for sharing and being so honest. I understand about being addicted to fast food.

Before starting Sparkpeople and getting healthier, I spent many years eating fast food 10-20 times per week. I craved the salty, greasy, quick fix that it was. I started by using a lot of convenience foods and slowly adding in healthier foods. I remember the first time that I noticed that I no longer wanted fast food and that it actually made me feel yucky the next day.

I now go to a restaurant about once per month and my health has improved. My diet is still not perfect, but it is way better than before.

Congrats on your 4lb loss. You can do this. The healthier version of you is waiting out there.
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BELL1973 1/26/2014 1:56PM

    I do wonder if going from eating out daily to eating once a week is a bit lofty for expectations. Sometimes I feel going so drastic leaves me open for failure and depression.
I wonder if you could limit to a specific meal per day. And then make smarter choices when eating out like choose subway without fattening dressing. Or pick up the burger with ketchup or mustard - no dressings or mayo packed with calories and fat - but take it home and pair it with baby carrots instead of fries.
While I agree ultimately a diet of fast food has to go I just wonder if you could shave 500-600 calories a day of at first and that wouldn't help motivate you without the feeling of failure if you cave on Monday.
This has definitely helped me - hope it does you
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