Next month, I will be celebrating 3 years of successful - for the most part - weight management after losing almost 70 lbs on OPTIFAST. I'll post more about the ups and downs of the past year later. Today's post is about my threshold habit: No McDonald's.
First of all, what do I mean by threshold habit? For me, it's a habit I identify with my life when I was fat. It exemplifies that part of my life. And it's a habit I refuse to practice - not even once. For me, if I make an exception, I'll be opening the door and inviting my former habits back into my life. It's a threshold I will not cross.
Why McDonald's? Before I lost weight, several meals per week came from McDonald's. Almost daily, I'd stop and get a biscuit breakfast on the way to work. And then a co-worker and I would go and get a 'value' meal for lunch. The food was cheap and usually filled me up. But if left me wanting more and I'd end up hitting the vending machine mid-morning and again mid-afternoon. By giving myself the MickeyD's 'out', I allowed myself to not plan my food, prepare my food or take any type of responsibility for making sure I was eating healthy.
So what did I do with all that time I wasn't preparing my food? I was vegging out in front of the television or indulging my internet addiction. I certainly wasn't spending the time exercising or even taking a walk to get fresh air. I wasn't reading to enrich my mind. I wasn't knitting to indulge my creative self.
My life was flat dull and very blob-like.
When I started OPTIFASt, I made a committment to myself that I would not gain the weight back. As I was going through the OPITFAST programl I had the opportunity to look at my life and make decisions about what worked and what didn't. I realized that I would have to spend time preparing my food and exercising. To make sure I stuck to that, I took McDonald's (or any fast-food, for the most part) off of my list of options.
And now, almost three and a half years later since I started OPTIFAST, I have not had McDonald's. I go there to use the restroom when my partner and I are out and about, but that's it. Eating at McDonald's for me symbolizes crossing the threshold back into a pattern of unhealthy habits. And I won't go there.
What's your threshold habit?
MFD visitors - please visit my old blog on MFD: Mindfully Being Healthy. RealPeach has posted valuable information there regarding different forms of exercise: cardio, strength training, yoga and pilates.