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Wendy’s helped me lose weight

RunsWithBeesRunsWithBees Posts: 947Member Member Posts: 947Member Member
6 years ago when I was starting my weight loss journey by counting calories and exercising regularly for the first time in my life, I would often eat at a Wendy’s fast food restaurant that was about 0.75 miles from my apartment. So walking there and back I’d get an extra 1.5 mile walk added to my activity (and the last half mile trek is up a very steep hill) I’d almost always get the “Apple Pecan Chicken Salad” which was under 600 calories including the Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing. I can’t tell you how many times I got that salad for dinner but maybe 3-4 times a week during the 10 months it took me to lose 42 lbs. Sometimes I’d get a different meal but that was my go-to default because it’s tasty and fit into my calorie goals at the time. Since then I’ve maintained my goal weight, become a runner and don’t have that for dinner often anymore but I look back fondly on that time when my lifestyle was changing for the better. It was good to know that I could still lose weight eating fast food by making better choices and upping my activity level and not feel deprived. Thanks Wendy’s!
Starting weight 209 lbs
Current weight 167 lbs
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  • lx1xlx1x Posts: 8,400Member Member Posts: 8,400Member Member
    Great job! I love Wendy's.. haven't got their salad yet though . I get chicken salad at Chick-fil-A.. a little more calories than what you posted.
    edited March 16
  • Silent_SoliloquySilent_Soliloquy Posts: 237Member Member Posts: 237Member Member
    I've enjoyed watching your story ... and always love your barefoot running pics.

    Super inspiring
  • AdriangelaRosa1AdriangelaRosa1 Posts: 3Member, Premium Member Posts: 3Member, Premium Member
    Muito interessante sua história
  • shedsports10shedsports10 Posts: 38Member Member Posts: 38Member Member
    I have loved your journey. You are a inspiration. I also have found that you can enjoy the little things in life if you’re willing to put forth the extra effort. You are looking fantastic and thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. Keep running 👣🏃‍♀️😎
  • brenn24179brenn24179 Posts: 1,616Member Member Posts: 1,616Member Member
    I had to read this, funny, fast food making you slim. Wow, whatever works, you look great!
  • 14apfigley64114apfigley641 Posts: 25Member Member Posts: 25Member Member
    Great job! I’ve lost 15 pounds eating Chick Fil A for dinner four nights a week. I’ve been craving it like crazy and it fits well into my calorie limit.
  • RunsWithBeesRunsWithBees Posts: 947Member Member Posts: 947Member Member
    lx1x wrote: »
    Great job! I love Wendy's.. haven't got their salad yet though . I get chicken salad at Chick-fil-A.. a little more calories than what you posted.
    Great job! I’ve lost 15 pounds eating Chick Fil A for dinner four nights a week. I’ve been craving it like crazy and it fits well into my calorie limit.

    I love Chick fil A! But the nearest one to me is a traffic-filled-nightmare-drive away :s so I rarely go there, probably for the best though because I can easily overdo it on the waffle fries! :p
  • debtay123debtay123 Posts: 1,092Member Member Posts: 1,092Member Member
    You did a great job-
  • DaveJ_43DaveJ_43 Posts: 130Member Member Posts: 130Member Member
    When I am on the road and need a quick bite, I look for Wendy's - they do good salads!
  • crb426crb426 Posts: 530Member Member Posts: 530Member Member
    Wendy's chili is great too!
  • RunsWithBeesRunsWithBees Posts: 947Member Member Posts: 947Member Member
    DaveJ_43 wrote: »
    When I am on the road and need a quick bite, I look for Wendy's - they do good salads!

    I’m having the Southwest Avocado salad for dinner tonight, I like that one a lot!
  • nahmm83nahmm83 Posts: 64Member Member Posts: 64Member Member
    I tried the Southwest Avocado salad.....wow. I was genuinely surprised at how good it was. I got the half for lunch, it was definitely fulfilling!
  • dlboyle26dlboyle26 Posts: 95Member Member Posts: 95Member Member
    The apple pecan chicken salad is my favorite there! Great job!
  • kayfaeikayfaei Posts: 219Member Member Posts: 219Member Member
    You are looking fantastic! Wendy's to is my go to fast food place I normally either get the chili or a caesar side salad.
  • megaperson1015megaperson1015 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    Awesome job! And you're running barefoot on Powell Butte, right? Inspiration!
  • LivingtheLeanDreamLivingtheLeanDream Posts: 11,568Member Member Posts: 11,568Member Member
    well done :smile:

    I am wondering though how you're not troubled with Plantar fasciitis with the barefoot running - I did a bit of that myself (only on machines/indoors!) and had to give up as my arches fell.
    edited March 20
  • RunsWithBeesRunsWithBees Posts: 947Member Member Posts: 947Member Member
    well done :smile:

    I am wondering though how you're not troubled with Plantar fasciitis with the barefoot running - I did a bit of that myself (only on machines/indoors!) and had to give up as my arches fell.

    Never had a problem with plantar fasciitis. I had the opposite effect that you describe, all my life I had pancake-flat feet and after about a year of barefoot running I discovered I had developed strong arches, a pleasantly surprising side effect. I don’t know if barefooting actually has any benefits for the body or not, I do it because I find it super fun! But I have noticed that my posture is 100% better, my balance has improved immensely and of course I love my new arches! :)

    This is simply my opinion, I have no idea if it’s correct or not so please take it with a grain of salt :) I think running outdoors would be a lot different from indoors/treadmill. It’s supposedly the fact that there are uneven surfaces that challenge the foot muscles to work that build strength. On a treadmill every footstep is exactly the same (perfectly flat!) so it’s easy to overwork the same muscles repeatedly and cause overuse injuries. Outdoors, different muscles are firing off because every single step will be different, no two muscle groups will be working exactly the same way for every step so they don’t tire as easily and share the workload. In my case, it’s the only way I really feel comfortable running, I’ve tried shoes and suffered horrible shin splints, and out of desperation that’s why I tried barefoot and have had no more shin splints since so I’m sticking with the barefoot running, have been doing it for almost 5 years now :)
  • RunsWithBeesRunsWithBees Posts: 947Member Member Posts: 947Member Member
    Awesome job! And you're running barefoot on Powell Butte, right? Inspiration!

    It does look similar but actually it’s in northern Ca near Mt. Diablo :)
  • cjanderson412cjanderson412 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Great job! I completely agree with your method. You have to find what works for you and believe in the process...not to expect miracles. You look fantastic! Very inspirational!
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