Call Me Jared

2008/12/10 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Food, Health, lifestyle change, Motivation, weight loss, weight loss blog, weight watchers | 5 Comments
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Okay, maybe not to that extreme…

During our last grocery store trip I did something a little unconventional: I didn’t buy any meals for lunch. Nope, not one Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones or anything else I usually eat for lunch at work. Instead I decided to try something different for the next few weeks and see if it saved us some money as well: I chose to eat at Subway for lunch.

The plan is pretty simple. Rather than spend about $3 per frozen meal (even when on sale or with the market’s club card), I figured that spending $5 for a footlong sandwich of my choosing might turn out to be a better deal, if anything more healthy. And being that I only eat half of the sandwich each day, one footlong will last me two days. So once I buy my can of diet soda from the machine at work, I’m looking at about $3 per lunch each day (but could be less if I buy a case of soda!) While that may only save me .50 cents per day, eating something that doesn’t require thawing out or has lots of sodium makes it worth the effort.

Besides, I already have a few low-fat and low-Point Subway 6” favorites:

  • Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki*: 370 calories, 5g fat, 7 Points
  • Veggie Delite: 230 calories, 3g fat, 4 Points
  • Turkey Breast and Ham: 290 calories, 5g fat, 5.5 Points
Info courtesy *Usually not part of the $5 Footlong promotion

Of course since they are made to order, I can opt to mix things up a bit. In fact, they accidentally put some mustard on my Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki the other day but rather than have them make a new one, I took it—and it was good! (I also ordered a 6” Turkey Breast and Ham that day, hence the mustard mix-up.)

While work provides us with plenty of fruit, I did still buy 10 Power Bars and some fat-free yogurt for my daily snacks. Granted I was never near what Jared Fogle weighed when he began his Subway deal nor am I eating Subway sandwiches for dinner, but as of now I’m really digging this plan!

Okay, other things. If you recall in my last post (which seemed like an eternity ago), I had mentioned that like mostly everybody, I splurged a little during the Thanksgiving holiday and gained some weight. What I failed to mention was exactly how much I gained.

When I got on the scale that weekend it read—yikes—207 lbs. Now keep in mind that I was still hovering between the 200-202 lbs. mark anyhow, so I saw this as a gain of 5 lbs. And after 4 days of poor eating it was definitely hard to get back on the plan, but that’s exactly what I did. No, it’s what I had to do.

As of now, 10 days after my last post, I’m happy to say that those 5 lbs. are now history and I’m down to 201.4 lbs. Remember also that Thanksgiving week I didn’t walk at lunch so that definitely had an impact on my gain, but I started to walk again on December 1st and also fired up the Wii Fit (30 minute minimum) at night.

Oh, and one more thing. I was skimming through some old photos last night and found one of me at the local batting cages in 2003. I chose to edit it with a recent shot of me for side-by-side comparison and people, it’s scary! If you wish to view it, click here.

That’s all I have for now. Stay focused, stick with your plan and never surrender—NEVER!

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  1. That’s actually a really good idea… I might have to steal your idea, in fact! Those frozen lunches do add up pretty fast, and they’re never quite satisfying.

    • Feel free to steal this idea! And choose wisely at Subway since some of those sandwiches aren’t much better than a hamburger 🙂

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  3. My sister went on a cruise and Jared Fogle was assigned to their dinning table. They got to here his full story. Pretty cool.

    Way to get back on track after Thanksgiving. I’ve been enjoying many holiday treats, but I have a goal to reach by Jan 1st that’s helping me stay on track.

    Nice photos. Looks like a completely different person. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

    Yeah, he seems like an honest dude that just did things the right way as opposed to opting for surgery. More people really should look to him for inspiration–he was HUGE when he started!

    And thanks for the photo comments. It’s amazing to look back and go, “Oh my…that was me?” 🙂

  4. The girl that won biggest loser seems to be a big subway fan (I read about it in people). I hope it goes well. Sounds more fresh, that is for sure!

    You know, it worked out quite well. I just got tired of the same routine and decided to give this a shot. And I enjoyed it! I love me my Veggie Delites 🙂

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