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.