Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A couple days ago it occurred to me that it has been a very long time since I ate until I felt miserable. I can't remember exactly the last time I did it. I used to do it a couple times a week. I would eat so much that my stomach hurt, I could barely get to the couch, and I felt sick. I would wonder why I did it. I wanted to eat everything because I didn't want to miss out on something that was yummy. If it was yummy, I wanted to keep eating it, maybe even 2 or 3 servings. I didn't want to leave anything on my plate if it was good, and even if it wasn't so good. I didn't think about it before, but I must have been stretching my stomach to the very limits! Ew! I probably did it a couple times a week, usually once eating out then always at Sunday dinner at my Mom's house.
I am so glad I've gotten this under control, thanks to the moderation I have now when I have a calorie goal to aim for. At restaurants I look at the plate before I start and decide how much I will have. The best part of that is the yummy leftovers I take home with me for a lunch or dinner another day. I don't need the appetizers or dessert, which also saves me a lot of money. At Mom's, I focus on what I really want to have and only taste the other stuff. I take smaller portions and save calorie room for dessert. Again, there are always leftovers for another day so I can have more another time.
The best part is I don't feel sick when I'm done eating. My stomach doesn't hurt and I'm not miserable. I have some energy to do something other than plop on the couch or take a nap.
Here's to learning moderation!