I love Double Stuf Oreos!
Unfortunately I don’t eat Double Stuf Oreos like I used to. Turning 30 has made me cut back on my junk food habit. It really should have stopped before 25…but it didn’t.
Well into my 20s, I could eat 8 to 10 Double Stuf Oreos at midnight everyday and still not gain a single pound. People hated me for it. But it’s not like I wasn’t eating. I was eating a lot…and eating A LOT of junk.
Somewhere around my 25th birthday I started noticing that my junk food habit was catching up to me. Maybe my love of Oreos? Or good beer? Or my extreme feelings towards exercise? (not good feelings…I don’t like working out at all) Along with getting older, it was probably a little of everything. My eating habits and lack of exercise were catching up to me.
Everything blew up on Easter Sunday this year. I threw a major temper tantrum. Like a spoiled kid without his cake…I was that bratty kid and I was mad!
My wonderful, beautiful, and very caring wife had picked something out for me to wear to church Easter morning. (Having a wife is a good thing. Without her, I’d still be wearing the same pair of shorts and t-shirt everyday of the week.) My wife likes me to look more than just decent, and I appreciate that. Only I didn’t appreciate it that Sunday morning.
The shirt she had picked out for me no longer fit my growing belly. I needed to find something else to iron and I needed to find it fast! We needed to be out the door in less than a minute if we were going to be on time.
I spent that minute acting like the spoiled kid without his cake…screaming and yelling at myself as I threw my clothes around our bedroom. The bigger problem was…it sounded more like I was yelling at my wife for a problem that wasn’t hers, but clearly my own. #HusbandFail
After feeling pretty stupid for the way I acted that that morning, I decided to do something about the 20+ pounds I had gained in the less than 2 years we had been married for at that time.
So I downloaded an app called My Fitness Pal and started tracking EVERYTHING I ate. While using the app I discovered that I REALLY like food!
Oh wifey made cupcakes…I should have 2!
It’s 10pm and I am about to go to bed…I should have a bowl of cereal first!
We are at a Mexican restaurant…I should eat the entire basket of free chips and salsa plus a margarita AND a huge plate of dinner!
My dinner alone would end up being more calories than I needed to eat the entire day!
But I stuck with it. I entered everything I ate into the app and rarely went over my daily limit of calories. I turned down invite after invite to have a second helping of baked goods. I stopped eating after dinner. I stopped putting cream in my coffee.
In two short months I had dropped 15 pounds…and I didn’t even workout once! I am also no longer having the spoiled kid without his cake meltdowns! I am sure my wife is happy about that.
Sometimes getting older is hard work.
When was the last time you acted like a spoiled kid without their cake?