I’m a bonafide fat kid. I like food. Bad food. The worse it is for my health, the more attracted to it I tend to be. Dieting doesn’t work for me, but changing my lifestyle would. That’s hard. Why? Because my environment influences my behavior. I need to learn the art of eating healthy while eating out. I did fantastic when Gangplank Health did the Fat Off, largely because the enormous support of those around me.
I am desperately out of control surpassing 250lbs and climbing to 260lbs. My wife and daughters have started doing Crossfit Incite and are supportive of each other and radically changing their environments. This week I have decided enough is enough and I plan to change too. Step one was no more soda. I have been drinking mostly water and sometimes unsweetened tea. Step two stop gorging on calories, measure what I put in my body and be smart about my choices. Step three start exercising. I am still stuck on step three, but the Gangplank Mile yesterday certainly helped motivate me.
I fail biggest at work. When I travel I am horrible at eating right, but even at lunches I struggle. As a team we try to eat together regularly, but we are pressed on time and often times don’t pick the most stellar places for someone wanting to make healthier choices. I am learning that with a little footwork that at most places you can make a huge difference without starving yourself. Here are two experiences I had this week alone.
Eating Healthy While Eating Out My Experience This Week
El Sol Bakery: Local Mexican Eatery (calories estimated by ingredients)
Carne Asada Burrito w/ Cheese
12″ Flour Tortilla (356)
10oz Carne Asada (267)
1/2cup Shredded Cheddar (228)
Chips and Salsa
32oz Mountain Dew (8oz x 110)
Bacon, Egg and Potato Breakfast Burrito (minus tortilla)
In both instances I walked away full. I also didn’t feel “cheated” (important to fat kids like me) like I had some crappy meal. I didn’t have to choose the horrible salad option. I don’t know if I am disciplined enough to keep it up, but this week I proved to myself it is possible.
Where do you get your support from? How are you coping with a world that is designed to over feed us?