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Damn…February felt like the longest month ever!
But I did it. I knocked one more item off the 40 by 40 list. The first thing I had to do was define the types of places and food that I would avoid for the month. The usual suspects were avoided…Burger King, McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell, etc. But the difficult part was determining what was allowed and not allowed at other places. Were burgers and fries okay at home? How about chicken strips at non-fast food restaurants?
I decided that I would stay away from anything with a drive-through, and if I ate out, then it would be no more than once a week and I would be very selective in my choices (no plates of nachos, no french fries, etc.) I didn’t avoid junk food completely, but I did DRASTICALLY reduce my consumption of it all…which was difficult with all these girl scouts running around town with their cookie boxes.
Here were the hardest days:
Feb. 1 – I forgot that I was going to have lunch with a colleague at Eureka, a gourmet burger restaurant in Redlands. I did fine with their Fig Marmalade Burger and no fries.
Feb. 5 – The frickin’ Super Bowl. I decided to stay home for the game. I snacked on one plate of low-salt tortilla chips (no sour cream or guacamole) and about a half dozen buffalo wings from the deli at the grocery store.
Feb. 19 – My brother (this brother here) celebrated his 37 birthday on the 19th…Japanese restaurant with slices of a Marie Callendars pie at home.
Feb. 23 – At work we celebrated Karen’s birthday (this Karen here) with a very good red velvet cake.
Feb. 29 – Took my son MDB #1 to the Staples Center for the Lakers vs the Timberwolves. This was tough because all the concession stands had all kinds of stuff I was avoiding…burgers, fries, nachos, and the local favorite Frito Pie Dog (a huge chili cheese dog with Fritos corn chips.) I was proud of myself…I had a shredded chicken and beans burrito with no cheese no sour cream, no toppings of any kind.
In our house, we have fast food twice a week (Fast Food Fridays and Second-time Saturdays). During those days, my wife and son had fast food and I just found something to eat around the house.
I’m proud of the fact that I had the discipline to do this because fast food has been such a big part of my life since childhood. Now I feel great, I’m losing weight, I’m more active at the gym, and I don’t feel sluggish like I used to. Today is March 2 and I still haven’t had any fast food…maybe I’ll keep going and see how long I can go without it.