One of the biggest challenges I have in weight loss is my addiction to fast food.
I’ve established these really unhealthy habits of going through a fast food drive-thru on my way home three-to-four times a week or ordering pizza twice a week. (This is not counting my daily lunch outings to drive-thrus or restaurants).
Sometimes I do this to avoid cooking and the time consuming, boring task of cleaning up afterward. But most of the time, it’s because I was craving it. I knew it was so unhealthy. And I’d hate myself almost immediately after I placed my order, but it was a compulsion.
I would start to diet and avoid fast food and my head would start whining (Yes, I whine in my head. It’s very annoying): “I NEED FRENCH FRIES NOW!”, or “WHO CARES? YOU’RE ALREADY OVERWEIGHT!”, or “YOU CAN START TOMORROW!”
And then, it took less than five minutes to convince myself I needed to eat. And thanks to our food-obsessed society there was always a fast food place nearby.
So there I was with my spicy chicken sandwich, my large fries, an additional small fry, and my large diet coke feeling like a complete, pathetic loser. I filled myself with feelings of defeat and disappointment along with over 1500 calories. It was an unpleasant meal and I’d repeat it again within 24 hours.
I’ve given up on my weight loss so many times because of my fast food addiction. At times, I’ve tried telling myself I could just stay overweight, but I was too unhappy.
Then I joined the Half Size Me Community because I was tired of being overwhelmed about my weight. In the community, there’s an emphasis on small incremental changes which resounded with me. I figured a little something is better than a lot of nothing.
So, my first “small” change was bringing my lunch to work every day. I thought that if I brought my lunch I wouldn’t need to eat out so much. And if I was tempted to eat fast food for dinner at least I wouldn’t eat it twice in one day.
This change worked wonders!
Before I knew it, I was only eating fast food twice a week and ordering pizza once a week, a drastic reduction. Also, I was tracking every meal so I could keep myself accountable.
The second change I made was to modify my orders. Instead of large fries, I’d order medium fries. Or instead of regular crust on a pizza with extra cheese, I’d order a thin crust pizza with veggies.
I knew that giving up my favorite foods would be hard to do all at once, so I made those small changes. I thought this obstacle would be the hardest, but this change had a huge impact. It was such a simple and small change that I didn’t really notice a difference in my satisfaction level.
When I attempted huge, unbearable, unrealistic, inconceivable changes, I lost. But small, reasonable, incremental changes is the only way I’ll win at this weight loss and healthy living game.
And I want to win!