Day 26- When food starts to look too big
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I remember the days and unfortunately the actual experiences.
I was 36 weeks pregnant and my friend stopped by with pizza. She had a slice or two. I ate the rest of the pie!
I ate the belly buster sundae at Friendly's, after dinner and my DH goading me on.
For years we would get subs (hoagies, submarine sandwiches) and I'd eat a whole one. Not the foot-long advertised. These sub rolls are closer to 16 inches piled with cheese, processed meats.
I was a charter member of the Clean Plate club at restaurants like Olive Garden and Fridays.
Take-out Chinese? I'd finished the container that could serve four.
Age has a bit to do with my smaller portions. Over the years I halved some things or through vanity stopped ordering the biggest plate on the menu
"Look at me, I make it appear I'm in control."
For 4 weeks I have performed extreme portion control, counted my cherries, strawberries and Brussels sprouts. Weighed my food as I've cooked to be able to better estimate the contents of my normal cooking. My usual fare has always been nutritionally sound, just overkill on portions. I've learned to substitute some not-so-good ingredients or use less.
Now lunch is made on Sunday and packaged into 5 measured portions.
I pre-package my 5-grain oatmeal, craisins and almonds into snack bags at the beginning of the week so while I'm getting morning ready it's just dump in a bowl, add water and cook (microwave) for several minutes. No thinking or guessing.
Last night at our trip to the diner, the food on my plate was too big. I got Brussels sprouts (6) instead of fries. The rye got removed from the Ruben. No dressing. Just meat, some glorious Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Cut it half and brought it home and weighed it. My estimate was good and I have another dinner I can use still around 400 calories.
This morning I stared into my oatmeal bowl. It's the same I have had for weeks. I finished it because I knew it was properly portioned. The difference is I now know my limits, found my full.
I will be Mentally Tough and not give in!