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Eat What I Want...Really?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Eatting what I want goes against everything I have ever been taught by all the crazy diets I have been on for, well, most of my life I guess. I remember being put on the "grapefruit diet" when I was eleven because I was 8 lbs overweight according to the "charts". My mother was always at the perfect weight and she wanted her daughter there as well I guess. Then their was the "starvation diet" I put myself on as a teen because I wanted to be at the "perfect" weight on the chart. And so it continued with less and less results because I have not been even on the chart for a long a time.

Jump to now with 104 lbs to lose, a lifetime of failing, and a whole lot of reasons to get back on the chart. I discovered I can eat. Not only can I eat, I can eat what I want and lose. I was sitting at a restaurant with some of my kids and grandkids looking at the Sparkpeople food app that gives the nutritional count of menu items. I was in total fear that this was going to put me over my calorie range if I ate anything on there. Then came an idea popping into my head that I learned somewhere on SP. I can ask for a box when I order and portion it out before I start! This way I can eat what I want. I just can't eat it all. This also means when I take it home, I don't eat it for a snack later that day either. Haha.

I always envied people the discipline of bringing their leftovers to work for lunch. I thought how do they do that because I would eat it later that day always or not take it with me home. WELL, I did it! I reached my calorie range with half the meal and had vegies later that day to eat something without blowing through the calorie range. The next day I ate the leftovers with dinner.

What a great learning step to know I can eat what I want; I just can't eat it all. Hey, this makes me think of something. If I want to be half my size, I need to eat half the menu item! I read somewhere that the portions restaurants serve for 1 person use to be what a family of 4 would eat. Wow! We could really cut down the grocery bill if we went back to those portion sizes.
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  • v STRINGS58
    You are leaving that "diet mentality" that keeps people yo-yo-ing - You are well on your way to normal and consistent dietary control emoticon
    1303 days ago
    Good for you!

    We can do day at a time!

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    `*♥☆ Spread the Spark!!!
    1303 days ago
    Great blog post!

    Yeah, portion size is out of control - but we're not required to consume it all - we just need to DECIDE to take CONTROL of our lives.

    Love the idea of having the to-go box out early on the table. GREAT!

    I'm a big fan of veggies - those are essentially FREE FOOD. I just had some yummy kale - something I would have never thought to eat a few months ago - and I had about 2 CUPS of it... plenty filling and good for me.

    And you're right - portion size control can DEFINITELY save money at the grocery store.

    Make it a great day!
    1303 days ago
  • v JUDY106
    sounds like you got it in control with the eating out. I am so happy for you. I do the same thing you do most of the time. i just want to do it all the time, but better most than not at all. LOL I love the calorie counting because if I really want something that is not so great to have i can have it sometimes just make sure I stay in with my calorie count that day. I can't do that too many times because i know that I need more food than that would allow me to have. It OK every now and then. I don't feel terrible about having the food because I planed it and then I even enjoy it more because of this.
    Well, I am so glad you could enjoy a meal out with your children and not feel bad because you could not eat what you really wanted.

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!!! Hugs, Judy
    1303 days ago
    I was doing that for awhile then quit. I need to start the "doggy bag" method of restaurant eating again. It really does help. You get to enjoy a favorite rich meal twice instead of denying yourself of it completely.
    1303 days ago
    Awesome thoughts, great blog! Thanks for sharing this. :)

    1303 days ago
    What an epiphany Wonderful! Isn't it liberating and puts you absolutely in CONTROL. I love it!!
    1303 days ago
    BRILLIANT! Hooray for you, knowing what to do and following through!! (How many times has that follow-through been my downfall?!!)

    And what a terrific example to show your family!
    Keeping this attitude and approach, I see you meeting goal after goal in the coming months

    2013 will indeed be OUR YEAR!!

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    1303 days ago
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