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A Small Step Forward!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

When I travel, I go out to eat. It's too tough to try to make my own meals with only a microwave and a fridge. (Or maybe I am too lazy.) Now, I do restrict myself to salads on the most part, instead of anything and everything (fattening) on the menu.

In the past, when I ate out, I would eat everything on my plate. I came from the Clean Your Plate school, so anything left behind was "wasteful" aka "waistful".

But last night was different. Last night, I ordered a salad and then a plate of grilled shrimp. I ate all the salad, which was delicious. Then the grilled shrimp and grilled veggies came. I was surprised at how...I guess, fatty is the word...they tasted! I mean, they were good, but not as amazing as I had remembered (this is not blaming the chef; this is talking about ME and how my v views on food have changed).

I was getting full though after having about 4 of the jumbo shrimp. I slowed WAY down in eating. Finally, I had 2 shrimp left. I really thought about how I felt, and while Clean Your Plate Schooling was clamoring for me to finish, my body was giving a resounding "NO!"

And you know what? For the first time, I left those shrimp on my plate. I paid my check and left those shrimp on the plate, not in my gut. In fact, thinking back, I felt I could have not eaten a few others of the shrimp, so full was I.

As I'm on this health journey, I've been concerned about falling back into old eating habits, but this incident is a happy sign that Change is Happening. It's not huge, and I have a long way to go (again, probably could have left more than 2 shrimp on that plate!), but I am PROUD that I didn't feel the need to clean my plate (and make me sick!).
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    emoticon You don't need to feel like this guy every time you eat. Being able to know when your satisfied is a HUGE step forward. Great going!
    1812 days ago
    Way to go and always listen to your body. Make sure you engage you mind when you choose and eat your food. It was good you could discern what was going on in your gut. Well done Pat in Maine.
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    1815 days ago
    That's awesome!! You are definitely making progress and are learning to listen to your body!! Congratulations!! emoticon
    1815 days ago
    I'm embarrassed to admit it was a real revelation to me that I DON'T have to eat every bit served to me. Now the challenge for me is to act upon that knowledge. Every small step forward gets us closer to where we want to be!
    1815 days ago
  • OKIE30
    Great job, girlfriend!
    1815 days ago
    It's great that you are able to attend to your body's signals! I find that when I am eating something I REALLY enjoy that is not so great for me, the delicious taste of it often wins out. I may be full enough to stop but I WANT to keep eating lol.

    I try to avoid eating at places where this will happen. I have a really hard time with pasta. When I make food at home, a lot of these problems get easier. I have pasta sometimes, but now I load it up with way more veggies so that the pasta is still in there but it is a very small amount. I also know I can use the leftovers for other meals.

    OH, one thing that I started doing when I've been really enjoying the meal and thinking about how I want more (snacks too) is stopping myself and looking at how much food is currently left on my plate. So say I am really enjoying my correctly portioned pasta dish (like the one I just described), I will start thinking about getting more before I am finished. I'll probably be about halfway through it. I stop and look down at the food I still have on my plate and tell myself that I still have so much food left. Then I try and eat it slowly. This technique has been helpful in preventing me from overeating on the homefront.
    1815 days ago
    As others have said, huge step forward, congrats! emoticon
    1815 days ago
    WELL DONE that is a big step not a small step forward. You must be feeling so proud of yourself, so in control..... emoticon
    1815 days ago
    So glad to hear it - yes you are definitely changing - for the better! It is wonderful when we finally listen to our bodies instead of those old-school voices in our heads that berate us for not cleaning that plate.

    Yay for you!

    1815 days ago
    So true. Learning to pay attention and stop when you are full is a huge life skill!
    1815 days ago
    It is SO hard to remember that, once you've ordered the food, it really makes NO difference whether you consume it or leave it on the plate. No one is going to yell at you for wasting food (it is the restaurant that wasted it) or think less of you or think you are a quitter or...or...or any of the other wrong-headed ideas we've all absorbed!

    Thanks for posting this! emoticon
    1815 days ago
    That is a huge step forward!! I also struggle with leaving food on my plate, my mom used to tell me all the time "there's children in the world who don't have anything to eat, so you better eat the whole thing!". The guilt trip could always get the best of me. And what you said about speed is also very important. Congratulations and keep on sharing with us!
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  • SUMMER-14
    Can't remember ever leaving anything on my plate while dining out OR at home! Only A person who has struggled with their weight could understand this. It really is a good sign that you WILL be able to keep the weight off! emoticon
    1815 days ago
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