Last month when I shared the most surprising thing about weight loss, someone asked if I would explain what foods I’m eating instead of the things I used to eat. I thought that was a really great question, and it led me to think back to what I ate on a typical day before I started my new lifestyle. I sat down with my Fitness Pal app and entered a day’s worth of food that I would have eaten a year ago. This is an estimation, because there’s no way I would have used Fitness Pal back then. You’ll see why! 🙂
Woah. This truly was a typical day’s worth of food down to the huge bowl of ice cream. That breakfast alone was killing me! I’ll be honest, I do miss that nightly bowl of Double Dunker ice cream…but I’d rather be able to look at myself in a full length mirror without shuddering.
What does a typical day of eating look like at this point in my life? I entered a typical weekday’s food into My Fitness Pal – I’m basically eating half as many calories! Again, this is a typical day. Some days I eat things like grilled chicken salads or a wrap instead of yogurt for lunch, but for at least half the week I stick with this basic meal outline. Dessert is a treat and not an every day occurrence!
For me, it’s all about making good choices. Today’s choices determine tomorrow’s consequences. I never regret saying “no” or “enough” to something, but I do regret overindulging!
- Instead of waffles, peanut butter and syrup, I choose oatmeal and berries.
- Instead of a sandwich and chips, I choose yogurt and protein cereal. (I also stay full much longer and don’t get incredibly sleepy at my desk in the afternoon!)
- Instead of pasta with ground beef and a cream sauce over egg noodles, I have turkey taco chili mac with whole wheat noodles. It’s delicious!
- Instead of feeling entitled to dessert every night, I make dessert a treat and enjoy it even more!
There are no foods that are always right or always wrong for you. Choosing to make a healthy lifestyle with what you eat is very personal to you! Decide what you need to say “no” or “enough” to, and then do it. I am certainly not an expert, a nutritionist or the most healthy person on the internet. I still have a way to go with my weight loss, but I’m encouraged to look back over the past year and see that I’ve created a sustainable way of healthy living!
If I can give up my nightly bowl of Double Dunker ice cream, anyone can! 🙂