One last time…

Been there...

Been there…

If there’s one phrase I need to eliminate from my vocabulary, this is it.

It’s the bane, and the source of many failures for every overweight person out there.  It’s the thought process of needing to go and have a gorge of favourite meals as if you’ll never be having them again after adopting a new eating plan.

The problem with this is that you’re now eating a bunch of foods that you should really be avoiding in the first place, and it’s never really ever “one last time”. Somewhere in there you’ll always find an excuse to have it again, which in a way isn’t such a bad idea. When I first started, I knew that denying myself my favourites were going to be recipe for disaster and a setup for failure. As with anything (and as I often repeat) moderation is the key. Eat a small amount and slowly to satisfy the craving. You don’t need half a Pizza when a slice will do. Rewarding yourself with your favourites is also a good motivator, just don’t be too generous with yourself! After a while you may find yourself not wanting some of your “rewards” as badly as you did, knowing the extras calories it’s putting into you body that you really don’t want and now have to work off!

Granted, there are some foods or types of foods (like processed and fast food) that should be dropped entirely. However the real “last time” for them should be the time before you had the thought that this was going to be the last time! Eating any of that now is just a crap-load of bad calories that you don’t need.

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Cross the border!

So we decided to make a family trip to Spokane, WA from our home in BC for a few days. My wife has a not-so-secret love affair with someone named Fred Meyer, and I’m always in for going somewhere new. Now we had to do a bunch of last minute plan changes (details messy and unimportant) but managed to salvage things and here we are in the USA!

Our first stop was the Walmart in Coleville to get much of the supplies that we couldn’t bring across the border (but they can import and export, go figure). I had heard that there was a price difference when crossing the border, but I didn’t realize how much until I saw it for myself! A lot of food items were easily half the price of what we would pay up here (dairy especially).  It’s really noticeable on how much were ripped off on organic foods. A bag of baby carrots was $1.44, while a same sized bag of organic baby carrots is $1.88. We’d easily pay 50% more or more because it has an “organic” label on it in Canada! I’d be buying organic all the time if I had these prices to shop from!

Despite the bounty of cheap (or what I considered cheap) food, I also noticed a disproportionately large amount of obese people walking around the store. But, after seeing how processed food is even cheaper than fresh, I can see the trap.

Buying cheap now just means you’ll pay for it later on.

 

 

 

 

And how the hell do you guys afford fast food down here? You’re paying the same amount at a Subway as we are!?!?!?