Grant’s Small Steps—Step #5

It all comes down to the choices you make…and patience.

After hitting his highest weight of 540 lbs. in June 2013, Grant Grimes, 22, of Atlanta, knew he didn’t need to go on a diet, he needed to change his lifestyle. His blog series, Grant’s Small Steps, shares his weight-loss journey – and he hopes – inspires others to live more Mindful.
 

If you’re like me and are trying to get (or stay) on the path to a healthier lifestyle, you might have moments when you feel your goals are unachievable. But let me tell you, if you do your best to make the right choices time after time your efforts will pay off. And, soon enough, making those choices will become second nature.

Here are some of the small choices I’ve made that so far that have added up to a 120 pound weight loss.

1) I use MyFitnessPal
It’s a great way to stay mindful of what you’re eating during the day. You can scan the barcodes of any prepackaged products. Also, the signs of featured menu items in our cafés have barcodes on them that are scannable too.

2) I cook more at home.
It’s definitely advantageous to know how to cook, as you can control exactly what’s in your food. One of my favorite dishes is super-easy to make. I boil whole-wheat pasta and frozen broccoli (for the record, I used to hate broccoli) in a pot together for 12 minutes. Then add some marinara sauce and a little grated Parmesan. It’s delicious and quick!

3) I learned how to control my portions.
I used to always ask for more food, but now I ask for less. And when I cook at home, I’m very precise. I even pull out the food scale when necessary. I weigh out my pasta and use measuring cups. Now I’m good at eyeballing portions, but it took me awhile to be able to do that.

I hope these tips help you. Like I said, they are small little tweaks, but they add up to lots of calories saved!

Grant Grimes is a senior at Georgia Institute of Technology and works for Sodexo as the student promotions coordinator for Georgia Tech Dining Services.
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