While the big things are important, I try to do as many little things as possible. Hopefully, they will add up. You can park your car at the farthest spot in the parking lot from the door. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator. You can eat spinach instead of iceberg lettuce.
Photo by Anitacanita.
The first little thing I did today was buy fat free, sugar free chocolate pudding mix. I was expecting it to taste terrible, but it was remarkably good. I ate 2 servings of it for a total of 160 calories today. That's roughly the same as one of those hunks of cookie dough I was struggling with a few days ago.
The second thing I did was take most of the fat out of the gravy I was cooking for dinner. I know what you're thinking. "This guy weighs 274 pounds. What's he doing with gravy?" Guess what. I like to eat gravy and I enjoy it in moderation. For those of you who have never made gravy, let me explain what I did. I put a beef roast in my crock pot this morning with a little water and some pepper. I let it cook all day on low then poured all the water into a small pot. I stuck the pot in the freezer and waited for all the fat to congeal (fat turns solid at a higher temperature than water). Then I scooped the fat out with a spoon and ate it.
Just kidding. I threw the fat in the trash. Anyway, back to how I made my gravy. I then boiled what was left and added a little flour and water slurry to the mix and ended up with a very delicious, low-fat gravy. I estimate I threw away around 2-3 teaspoons of fat. Not a lot, but I have less fat in my body right now as a direct result of that act.
The little things may not seem like that big of a deal, but they keep you focused on changing your lifestyle. Then the big things seem a little more manageable.
What little things do you do to help you on your journey?