It's amazing how much I have been paying attention. I pay attention to labels. I pay attention to what other people are eating. I pay attention to what I am eating. It is so eye opening to just sit back and watch. It is so eye opening to realize how LITTLE I paid attention before. How little most people do pay attention.
Today I will give just a tiny example of this. This morning was tough. It was tough getting myself and my little dude out the door. I managed to juice for breakfast, but didn't put together my lunch. I had to run an errand this morning to get part of my son's Halloween costume so I went to Walmart. While there it was amazing to see what people were buying. I don't want anyone thinking that I am criticizing these people, or shaking me finger at them. I was them, I am them. I could just as easily be walking through that check out with a couple candy bars, chips and soda. It would be so easy. I didn't though. I bought the costume items I went in for and went to work.
At around 11am I realized that I was going to have to get lunch somewhere...and this was going to be tough. Then I remembered that no too far from me there is a vegan/raw restaurant that I had been wanting to try before I even went down this road. So I headed there...only to find out they are closed on Fridays. At that point I was starting to crack. I was starting to think of all the other options, the options I would have typically gotten. Burritos, chips, fries, burgers, salami sandwich, etc. etc. I finally decided my safest bet was going to be a sandwich, but I didn't want Subway. So I went to a small business and opted for their veggie sandwich with hummus. I omitted the cheese and the mushrooms (which I will NEVER like.) I was so happy looking at the menu knowing that the sandwich was only 300 calories! Not bad for a lunch. I felt so happy that restaurants are now posting calories on the menu boards.
I got back to my office and couldn't wait to eat my sandwich. It was toasted and smelled just like pizza. I opened it up and thought MAN...that is a BIG sandwich for 300 calories! I ate half and felt full, but it was just sooo good. I wanted to eat that other half. I sat for a moment longer, I drank some water. I thought again...MAN...that is a BIG sandwich for 300 calories. It was then that I paid attention. I paid attention to the fact that I was full. I paid attention to the fact that something didn't add up. I went to the companies website. I found the nutritionals. You see, that sandwich is 2 servings. That sandwich is 600 calories. No where on the menu board did it indicate that. If I hadn't paid attention to myself, and only listened to that one voice telling me it was delicious, I would be sitting her too full and realizing that there is no way it was 300 calories.
It's nice to be paying attention.