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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!

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    emoticon What a milestone...
    2316 days ago
    I'm hoping some of this will rub off on me. My appetite still needs to shrink.
    2319 days ago
    Oh, goodness me! What an inspiration you are!
    I don't think you can go back from this point, it seems like The Point of No Return.
    What's the view like from there?

    Who has learned to be satisfied with two 250 calorie sized meals... For a little while longer!
    2319 days ago
    Good deal! I'm with you on this! We don't want to grow into our food slips!

    2320 days ago
    That portion creep thing . . . yeah. You've nailed it.

    (And, it's inverse to the size creep thing in clothing, don't you think? My vintage 14s have the same waist band as current 8s. Who're the clothing manufacturers fooling???? In conspiracy with the restaurant industry???? )
    2320 days ago
    That's fantastic. You are starting to eat to live!


    I'm having a similar, but not quite the same, experience. I am still hungry during the day. I want a big breakfast. I still eat a huge lunch. But I've also been watching where the calories come from and have shifted to even more vegetables. I find that after working out I'm just not hungry. (After Lenny is done with me, I feel queasy!) So I wait until 9:00 and have some toast and a cup of tea and I'm good. I've been coming in at the low range of my calorie scale. I'm waiting for SP to start complaining that I'm not getting enough calories for the amount of exercise I'm doing.

    I can still eat an entire pizza, though. One of the reasons why I don't order it, or if I do, it is the appetizer size.

    2320 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing
    2320 days ago
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