Generally...I don't overeat.
Unless it's a vacation,
or a holiday,
or my birthday,
or a special restaurant meal,
or a family gathering,
or a weekend...
Right now I'm working on not overeating on the weekend. I've had four non-overeating weekends in a row (counting this current weekend which is almost in the books). Last week I got to practice not overeating on a weekend, and on a holiday, AND at a family gathering. I did pretty good. I did gain a tiny bit of weight through each of the first 3 weekends, but I still lost weight on my Monday to Monday weigh-ins.
(giving myself credit)
I have not done today's exercise just like it says to do in the book. [enter sabotaging thoughts here] I have made some recent portion changes in my eating.
1. Instead of eating an entire boneless, skinless chicken breast at one meal just because it is sealed up like a single serving, I now weigh the chicken breast and cut it into reasonable portions. Some of those suckers are 13 ounces! Really? That's over 3 servings. And I would cook and eat the WHOLE thing in one meal. It's just good, healthy, lean protein, right?
(chicken needs to join sparkpeople!)
2. A very special weekend treat is Ezekiel flax bread and natural crunchy peanut butter. So yummy with my morning coffee! That peanut butter can sneak up on you. I measure 1 tablespoon and stick with it. No more going back into the jar.
3. I like Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate. A full serving is 4 pieces. I've always limited myself to 2 pieces, but lately 1 piece is enough. I eat it very slowly and savor it.
In two weeks I get to practice not overeating on a weekend, at special restaurant meals, and while on a mini vacation. In 6 weeks I get to practice not overeating on a weekend, at lots of special restaurant meals, on a holiday, at a family gathering, and on big vacation all at once (nope...NOT my birthday!).
I already know that chapter 9 offers us tools that build on the skills we are learning now to help us manage these challenges. You better believe I am already studying ahead!