Thursday, June 13, 2013
In my childhood I learned not to expect "instant gratification" in most things ... I was taught, and I'm mostly glad of it, to wait for what I wanted, to save up for what I wanted, to keep something in reserve in case I might need it more later. This works great with money. Now that I'm on a very limited income I'm glad I've learned the difference between wanting and needing, and that if I save a little bit here and a little bit there someday I'll be able to afford what I need.
I've always parceled out my calories the same way. If my daily quota is 1200 calories and I only eat 300 for breakfast and 300 for lunch I can have a whole 600 for dinner. Or, I can have 300 for dinner and 300 for chocolate.
Don't laugh. I bet a lot of people do it this way. (Yes, most days I eat more than 300 calories per meal, the "quota" number I chose for my example was just to make the math easy ... LOL!) But the "system" makes a certain kind of sense. If you're frugal and save up all day then you can relax and have what you want and still not go over your quota for the day.
Except for many many many months I have not lost a pound that way. So, after reading a whole horde of books on nutrition at the library, I have decided to try a new way of eating. I am going to eat a very healthy breakfast which will include a fruit and veggie smoothie along with something more solid l (like, for example, this morning's two eggs scrambled with red peppers, onions, a slice of Morningstar veggie "bacon", and an English muffin) even if it comes in at a somewhat hefty 730-some calories. Which it did. Which is almost half my quota of calories for the whole day.
This is going to take some getting used to. Lunch I kept light - some Greek yogurt and fruit today. But it has to be something with protein in it, because according to my nutrition tracking I'm always short on protein. And dinner is going to be very light and because I am not good at giving up some things my snack will be some dark chocolate but only a couple of very small pieces.
I am documenting this so I will have it on record what day I started, and I'm going to give it at least a month to see if it results in any weight loss, and I'm sure hoping all those weight-loss experts who tell you to eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper know what they're talking about.