Hey there!! Chris here. So, I started this food blog back in late November of 2016. I am for the most part the cook in our household. My wife Jaime has been really into the keto diet over the last six months or so. Unfortunately for her, many of the things that I post on here are not exactly keto-friendly (she was dying when I was going through a homemade pizza phase), though I think soon we are going to work together to put some delicious keto-friendly recipes here as well. Some of the things she makes are really great!
But, a funny thing happened after a few months of running this blog. I gained weight. Too much weight, about 14 pounds!! Yikes. Cooking delicious recipes on the blog, as well as creating opportunities for Instagram pictures when out and about, combined to increase my calorie intake. I know I can’t be the only food blogger this has happened to! Luckily, I have since lost that 14 pounds, and then a bit more, 29 total pounds in fact. But it’s funny, I did not really lose it with any set diet or by depriving myself of anything in particular, except for one noteworthy item. Instead, I developed a few strategies, which I think will be sustainable, for eating on the run and for food blogging that have helped me get my weight back down, and I believe will probably help me lose even more moving forward.
I am going to chronicle this in a series of posts over the next few months. I think it will be interesting. You see, I do not plan to deprive myself of anything that I have eaten in the past, except for that one thing, which I will unveil at the end of this post. But for the most part, I will let myself eat or drink anything I want to, but with a few rules and strategies to keep things under control.
As a lawyer who works from about 8:30am through 6:30pm, combined with lots of time spent in the car going to court hearings and kid pick ups and such, admittedly I consume a lot of convenience food, alright fine!!, fast food. With my schedule, it is just too easy to eat fast food and then get back to work. So as a starter, any diet that calls for me to not have any fast food is a diet that is doomed to failure. The problem with this is by eating fast food frequently without really thinking about what you are eating, you are consuming too many calories. So I need strategies for dealing with that. And I have come up with a few. Those will be for future posts.
So now for the big reveal. What is that one item I have stopped consuming? SOFT DRINKS!!!!!! I have not had a cup of a soft drink in almost five months!!!! That is a lot of empty calories that I no longer consume. Our family used to consume a lot of bottles of soda. But no more. Nowadays one bottle can last in our fridge for several weeks …. I do occasionally have a sip and we have some around for guests and the kids like a glass every now and then. But as for my wife and I, the soft drinks are out. We have mostly replaced soft drinks with unsweetened iced tea (Pure Leaf is the best!!!) or water. And quite frankly, I don’t really miss it. I find the iced tea every bit as refreshing, if perhaps not as tasty. If I have a soft drink now, I am nearly shocked by how sweet it is. Scary to think about how you can mindlessly consume all that sugar. This change is really a habit at this point, I noticed this the last time my wife and I went out on a dinner date, and we both just had ice water to drink.
Now, I promise that I will mostly never tell you you can’t eat or drink something, within reason of course. I will never tell you to not eat pizza, or pasta, or bread, or dessert, or whatever other favorite food you have, except for the soft drinks. Just stop drinking them. If you currently drink more than a couple of cups of soda on a daily basis, by cutting this off you will easily begin to lose weight and inches. So get to it!!! Figure out what you are going to drink from now on, and stick to it!!
So here I am, 29 pounds lost and counting. For those who care to know, that makes my current weight 273.2. Come back soon and I’ll give you some of my special weight loss tips that don’t require you to deprive yourself….other than giving up the sodas.