Milestones

There’s been a minor change to this website today. If I were more technically gifted, I would make it flash and sparkle and change colors and dance and do all kinds of exciting things. It is the sort of achievement I want to draw attention to. You see, it has been ONE WHOLE YEAR since I ate McDonalds food.

A year ago, I vowed to go 90 days without eating anything from McDonalds. I knew it would be difficult, because I really did have an emotional McDonalds addiction. I found it comforting yet disgusting. To me, the golden arches felt like home. At least, they did on the way in. On the way out, I usually wanted to throw up from self-disgust and also because the food is just plain gross.

I made it 90 days, though it wasn’t easy. There were several occasions where I had to remind myself that I’d put that challenge forth to myself in view for all to see. Sometimes that was the only thing that held me back. After 90 days, I “rewarded” myself by reading Fast Food Nation, which only made me vow never to eat any fast food ever again.

And so it went. I not only got myself off the McDonalds diet, but I have not eaten any fast food at all (except pizza) in close to a year. Beyond even THAT, I’ve improved my diet overall, and thanks to Neil’s exercise challenge, also managed to get myself on an exercise plan. In the last 12 months, I have lost 15 pounds and nearly two dress sizes.

I don’t think this is a coincidence. I think my self-image started to improve when I stopped binging on quarter pounders with cheese and Super Sized french fries. And soon enough, my actual image started to catch up with how I felt about myself.

I feel healthier. I’ve accomplished a goal. And if I have my way, I will never, EVER eat McDonalds again.

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16 responses to “Milestones

  • Neil

    Congrats — you should be proud of yourself.

  • Neil

    Congrats — you should be proud of yourself.

  • Karen

    Good for you!

    (Hmm, I wonder what I could give up that would have similar results?)

  • Karen

    Good for you!

    (Hmm, I wonder what I could give up that would have similar results?)

  • AnnieElf

    for me it would be Jack in the Box tacos.

    The neil exercise program – I wonder if we can still sign up for it – if it is on-going? When you sign in does he contact you to develop a plan?

    Yes, I know, I should go there and check it out myself and I will, but I’d like to hear about your experience as well. LOL

  • AnnieElf

    for me it would be Jack in the Box tacos.

    The neil exercise program – I wonder if we can still sign up for it – if it is on-going? When you sign in does he contact you to develop a plan?

    Yes, I know, I should go there and check it out myself and I will, but I’d like to hear about your experience as well. LOL

  • eclectic

    What a great story! Congrats — not so much on the weight loss (although that’s cool, too), as the self-respect gain. That’s awesome!

  • eclectic

    What a great story! Congrats — not so much on the weight loss (although that’s cool, too), as the self-respect gain. That’s awesome!

  • kat

    wowsa! way to go!

  • kat

    wowsa! way to go!

  • Heather Anne

    many congrats. i am proud for you! 🙂

  • Heather Anne

    many congrats. i am proud for you! 🙂

  • fiction dept

    That’s outstanding, Caitlin! Very impressive, especially the bit about not eating any fast food except pizza for nearly a year!!! WOW!

    In recent months, I have been slowling increasing my fast food intake. You know what? The correlation between extra weight and fast food is a tight one! I’ve gained 20 pounds since my fast food intake has increased. I know what to do… just need to do it now.

    Well done, Ms Inspiration! 🙂

  • fiction dept

    That’s outstanding, Caitlin! Very impressive, especially the bit about not eating any fast food except pizza for nearly a year!!! WOW!

    In recent months, I have been slowling increasing my fast food intake. You know what? The correlation between extra weight and fast food is a tight one! I’ve gained 20 pounds since my fast food intake has increased. I know what to do… just need to do it now.

    Well done, Ms Inspiration! 🙂

  • alissa

    Congratulations! Oh, I don’t know if I could do it, I ‘heart’ the golden arches. But I do think they are evil. Way to go! I’m impressed.

  • alissa

    Congratulations! Oh, I don’t know if I could do it, I ‘heart’ the golden arches. But I do think they are evil. Way to go! I’m impressed.

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