This sounds like the right place for you to be, just now. Baby steps - one thing at a time, whether exercise or lifestyle. Don't overload - you'll burn out and give up.
You have so not being having an easy time of it lately - stress is a big part of the body problem.
RE feeding a family of 5 - my sons left home (for university) and for a few years, there was only hubby and me. I was just beginning to get to "counting the mouthfuls" properly for the 2 of us, when younger son had to move back home again after graduation. Thankfully. I had had just about enough time to think through what I was cooking for hubby and me. And so I am continuing to •try• to do that counting, for the 3 of us.
I do have to admit, though, that I •can• happily overdo the amount of veg that I prepare and cook, to some extent, because my hubby will usually take the left-overs and incorporate them into his lunch-time soup. Or I use the left-overs as a stir-fry for the next evening meal.
But for now - I must admit that I am still back at counting the pieces of potato (or whatever) going in to the pan, just so that everyone gets enough.
I used to have big problems visiting my maiden aunt with my boys - there was never enough for dinner, because she only ever cooked for one for many years. And latterly with my Mum - though she left the kitchen to me in her last few years - so we weren't too starved. I just had to make sure that I was taking the food to her house, then taking the left overs away with me.
I don't think there should be any problem with counting the mouthfuls, though. You don't want your family overeating and then having a similar problem. So just the right amount to feed them, plus a wee (very wee) bit more. And plenty of fruit available for afters, if they're still hungry.
Christine in Scotland, UK BST
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Nice to have you on the team. Make one small change at a time so you don't become overwhelmed. Taking small steps will add up over time. Patience is not my virtue, either, but I want whatever weight I lose to stay off, so I believe making healthy choices that I can live with for the rest of my life will get me where I want to be. And remember, slow and steady wins the race.
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New here and trying to be patient so I am hoping this group will help me get through. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want my self back! I have been working away from home for the last 6 months and that has really not helped. Crazy hours, lousy sleep schedule and more easy take out at midnight than I care to admit. Although I have the facilities to cook for myself I find that I only know how to feed a family of 5! I am going back home soon for at least 2 weeks and will take it 1 day at a time - using the support and hints I learn here to build a new, healthier routine.
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