You know how McDonald’s french fries sometimes taste better than anything in the world? A little crispy on the outside, soft and steamy hot on the inside, and just the right amount of salt? I love them. Even though the movie Super Size Me supposedly shows that the fries have so much preservatives in them that they don’t grow mold even after 10 weeks. (Watch that video at your own risk. Pretty gross.)
Anyway, I don’t eat fast food regularly, but I definitely indulge occasionally. Sometimes just once or twice a month, or sometimes as often as once or twice a week, depending on how busy I am. For me, it typically happens when I’ve skipped breakfast and then find myself ravenous at noon with no real food in the house and no time.
But, last year I decided on New Year’s Day to stop eating fast food until after the Georgia Half Marathon (mid March). My rule was that if a place had a drive through, I didn’t eat there. So pizza was okay (that’s a must!). I was actually pretty surprised at how easy it was. Once I got used to not having fast food as my “fall back,” I made sure I had food in the house (healthy soups, veggies, stuff for sandwiches, eggs, yogurt etc.) so I could make breakfast and lunch here and didn’t let myself get too hungry. My energy levels increased and I found myself feeling better and having more stamina on my runs too.
That said, my first stop on the way home after the Georgia Half last year (in which I ran a PR) was McDonald’s, where I got a Big Mac value meal and enjoyed every last bite. 🙂 But, that experiment did change my eating habits for good. I do still crave McDonald’s fries occasionally, but I eat fast food far less often than I did prior to that two and a half month fast.
So, I’m doing it again. I haven’t had fast food since prior to New Year’s and I won’t eat it again until after the Georgia Half on March 20th. I’ve also started making myself drink a full glass of water BEFORE I have my coffee in the morning. I definitely don’t always make sure I’m hydrated enough. Looking forward to more energy, stronger running performance, and for my pants to fit a little better. I think that metabolism slow down that everyone says hits you when you turn 30 has finally caught me at 33!
Miles today: 5 (plus 3 on Thursday); miles total for the year: 22.22.