Shock and Awe (Lessons from the King)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Being someone coming from a seriously high calorie diet (mostly fast food and take-out, re- inspired by 1. my unwillingness to spend hours cooking every few hours and 2. being totally sick of sharing a kitchen with five other people) I was amazed to see just how many calories fast food (in this instance, Burger King) brings me over the 1500 Spark recommends daily. Yesterday, one BK meal hijacked my ENTIRE DAY of calories and I thought, "you must be joking!"
It explained a lot, but still left me in awe. However, I was pretty secure with the fact that I was not going to try and negate calories by binge-cycle-riding (or binge anything else, for that matter), nor was I going to fast for the rest of the day, just as I will not for the rest of this program. No way, frick no, just-uh-uh. There will be no success by guilt or personal martyrdom. (Because it won't last doing so, and I'd rather be "fat" than get into a new cycle of silly behavior.) So, I continued to observe and track.Three dieter's-worth of daily calories later I got a lot of needed information - but was still shocked, and again I said, "you have got to be joking!"
I realized not only was I (really) unaware of just how much of someone's daily calorie intake (to maintain, never mind reduce) fast food takes up, but also that my former "gauge" (this would be everyone else around me who eat as poorly if not more so yet few are overweight) was inaccurate. While some of the average sized people around me could give Homer Simpson a run for his money as far as their choices in diet, the major difference between us was when they did eat the fast food how much they finished, and how often they ate it. My fast food intake is/was, and has always been very frequent, with friends who had/have similar habits so there isn't/wasn't a lot of contrasts to observe. However, in looking closer, there is less energy in general given to food(with one exception, and I think she has found she has to start disciplining herself as well). Purchase it, eat, it, and forget it until the next time you are (genuinely ) hungry. (That means, no counting the hours. ;) :P)
But I think that is a whole other topic.
Anyway, I say all this because it made me think a good first thing to do would be to either give up or really decrease the fast food. May be common sense to most of the country, but was just "the usual" for me. And I am sure, somewhere along the line I must have seen this (sorta) but for some reason, it is re-registering now. And I noticed if I stop looking at the tracker, (the real numbers) I will "forget" just how huge the calories are in certain foods and not really pay attention. So...I guess I have to track, weight loss or not, just for a consistent reality check, or until it's REALLY learned, and that may be as important of a thing to learn as anything else in getting this (ultimately) right. Because really, I come from a place where fast food is a lifestyle, or a huge part of a lifestyle, a friend, and a given. That's where I come from. So this can be one of the first places that I rework my brain.