Mrs. Bookieboo and I had the opportunity to have lunch with Jared Fogle “The Subway Guy” this past week. We dined at (are you ready for it . . .) Subway, of course. When Bookieboo first told me about the opportunity to meet Jared you should have seen me – I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. Forget about meeting Brad Pitt, Tom Brady, or Kate Beckinsale (ok, Kate might trump this experience) I was going to meet Jared! Everybody knows and loves Jared.
We arrived at the Subway off Kanan Road in Agoura Hills, CA – ironically, the town I grew up and went to high school in (Go Chargers!!!). As I walked in the door I was pleasantly greeted by one of my favorite smells – fresh Subway bread baking in the oven. The store itself was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Subway – clean, relaxing and friendly. Jared showed up a few minutes after we arrived and we sat down to enjoy our lunch.
After introductions Jared gave us a brief synopsis of his story. Let me tell you upfront – it is even more inspiring hearing it in person. Jared talked about his lifelong struggle with his weight and the steps that he has taken over the past 13 years to stay healthy. He said that deep down he always knew what he should and shouldn’t be doing but just made poor choices. Most of his poor eating decisions were made outside the house – something that I can totally relate to.
Jared also offered some advice that should be very familiar to anyone who has been a part of Mamavation. He emphasized portion control as being critical to weight loss success adding that “you have to be smarter than the menu”. Once you understand and control what you are putting in your body everything else will fall into place.
Of course, Jared’s go-to restaurant is Subway. Since he travels over 200 days a year it can be very challenging to eat healthy. With over 36,000 restaurants in 96 countries there is a pretty good chance there is always a Subway nearby. Combined with the fact that Subway has been a pioneer in providing healthy food choices for well over a decade makes it an easy win when dining.
As I sat and talked with Jared I reflected on my own personal journey to healthy living. The things that he was saying resonated with many of my own experiences. The reality is that it is not easy to make the “right” choices especially when it comes to eating. There are many temptations and obstacles that stand in the way of our healthy goals. Achieving your goals requires constant effort on your part but in the end it is so worth it.
Eat to live as opposed to living to eat – Jared
Remember it’s FebruANYTM at Subway – Any regular Footlong Sub is just $5 February 1st – 29th. Head on over to Subway today.
1. $25 Subway gift card
2. $10 Subway gift cards (3 winners)
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