There are things I have definitely cut way back on. Butter, sauces, dips, and dressings are what I consider trouble served in a little cup. Think about it…in a restaurant, these items are served in innocent looking small portions on the side of a plate, but they pack a huge calorie wallop with little to no nutritional value, and I’m just not willing to accept that any more. While I may occasionally have a tiny amount of one if it’s very a good quality, I’ve found that most food actually tastes much better if it’s not swimming in a pourable or spreadable topping!
I really can’t think of anything else that I’ve completely eliminated. I have made more healthy substitutions and swaps than I can keep up with, and as a result, I haven’t ever felt deprived of things I really enjoy. Throughout my 156 pound loss to-date, I have eaten out at restaurants at least a couple of times each week, I’ve had cake at birthday parties, and survived several church potluck events. My family and I eat the same meals for dinner together every night (except when I swap broccoli slaw for pasta…I haven’t gotten the kids on board for that one yet!), and we make homemade pizza every so often. Portion control, more nutritious ingredients, and overall healthier choices have made all the difference!
As I think about it, I guess I have given up some other things, but in doing so, I’ve gained so much more…
- I have given up spending time in front of the television…and gained lean muscle and functional strength by going to the gym to workout!
- I have given up fast food…and gained freedom from severe reflux problems!
- I have given up a negative self-image…and gained a sense of empowerment!
- I have given up the idea that I can do this on my own…and gained a new understanding of Philippians 4:13 that tells me I really can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!
- I have given up living in a constant state of denial…and gained a clear sense of reality!
- I have given up feeling out of control…and gained a peaceful balance!
- I have given up overeating…and gained my mobility!
- I have given up defeat…and gained victory!
The value of what I have gained far outweighs what I’ve given up. There’s just no comparison! What will you gain if you make the choice to give something up today?
(Just a reminder/disclosure…I am not a medical professional or certified trainer, so anything I write in this blog is not intended to be taken as advice, guidance, or recommendations. It is simply a journal of my own personal experiences. Thanks!)