I have moments every day lately, where I find that I am just amazed at the changes in my life: my recent and steady weight loss, my food choices, my increased energy and my belief that this will be a permanent change.
So, I thought I would take a glance backward and compare what I did then vs. what I am doing now. Today, I want to list out what I might normally have eaten at different meals. I listed mostly fast food, because I ate out a lot and these were typical foods for me. However, I rarely would have hit all of these food choices in the same day (but I might have been at these levels for 2 out of 3 meals per day).
So, without exaggeration or judgement, here is a list of what I ate on a typical day, prior to March 1st of this year.
Breakfast (about 700-750 calories)
BIG Bowl of cereal, like Honey Bunches of Oats with non-fat milk (635 calories)
Half and Half cream for my coffee (50 calories)
- or -
McDonald's Sausage McMuffin with Egg (450 calories)
w/McDonald's Breakfast Burrito (300 calories)
Lunch (about 1770 calories)
Arby's Turkey and Swiss Sandwich (720 calories)
Arby's Curley Fries - medium size (400 calories)
Arby's Jamocha Milkshake - large (650 calories)
- or -
McDonald's Double Cheeseburger (440)
McDonald's 3 Chocolate-Chip Cookies (480)
McDonald's large Strawberry Milkshake (840)
Dinner (about 1600 calories)
Pei Wei's Orange Chicken (1240)
- or -
Pizza Hut Meat Lover's Original Crust (1,960 for 4 slices)
Snack (about 500 calories)
Candy bars (420)
- or -
Baskin Robbins 2 scoops ice cream (550)
(Again, this doesn't represent an actual day, but it is pretty accurate for what I might have had at any given meal. On some days, I might have these calorie levels.)
To be conservative, I would estimate that I ate approximately 4,000 calories per day. It is shocking for me to see now, but I never measured it before and now measure my food daily. No wonder might weight grew steadily every year. Notice that I have almost no veggies or fruit and a tremendous amount of fat, calories and sugar.
I'm basically in shock now, so I'll sign off. I'm a bit embarassed by this, but I realize that I am really feeling sad...for the choices I made. I don't think it was because I was unhappy. I simply love food and everything above was delicious. But the excess weight, bloatedness, lack of flexibility and physical ability that it created was the horrible result of this love of food. I am just choosing to love some new foods now (and less of them!).
In a day or so, I'll post what my daily food looks like since I started staying at a 1,700 daily calorie level.