My Big Fat Italian Dinner! Or Beck Success!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

I read this in the Beck Workbook: Do not modify your diet. . . by being strict on weekdays but "loose" on weekends. Research shows this invariably leads to weight gain.

ME. That's ME she's writing about there. Joe loves to cook. I love to cook. We cook for each other on weekends and I invariably overeat every weekend. Then I spend all week eating perfectly to lose those extra pounds. Which gets me back to 0. Which means nowhere.

Yesterday I decided to make spaghetti and meatballs, making the meatballs and marinara sauce from scratch per the recipe from my Italian childhood. My mother was 100% Italian and although she didn't inherit the "cooking gene", my grandmother certainly had it as did most of my many aunts. We had pasta every single Sunday of my life. Every one. A huge pot of marinara with some sort of meat would simmer on the stove while we were at church and the spaghetti would be prepared when we got home. All the close relatives came by to eat. Every Sunday.

When I started grade school, I was amazed to find that not everyone had pasta for Sunday dinner! Some people even ate it on weeknights! I was astounded, lol, to find how the rest of the world (non-Italian) lived!

So yesterday while I was working on that I was keeping in mind all I learned from reading Beck. I monitored what I ate during the day, being sure to leave an appropriate amount for dinner that night. I reviewed eating mindfully, think before you eat, eat slowly, remember that you can eat leftovers the next day (meaning you don't have to eat it ALL now), and mostly, for me, remember how terrible you feel after you've overeaten. Well, let's tell it like it is, after you've stuffed yourself!

So dinner time came. Joe brought garlic bread (panic!) which we heated while the pasta cooked. I served myself the smallest serving of pasta that ever landed on my plate, lol. I spooned a couple of meatballs and the sauce over my pasta, added freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on top. I took the smallest piece of garlic bread there was.

I sat with my plate before me and repeated all the key phrases to keep me in mind of what I was trying to do. I ate slowly. I savored every delicious bite. I remembered, as NELL JONES says, "No one ever woke up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before." And I finished my dinner and was satisfied!

I was more than satisfied, I was ecstatic! I felt satiated. I felt happy knowing I hadn't overeaten. I feel so good knowing I wouldn't be miserable later or in the morning when I stepped on the scale.

As predicted and hoped for, I woke up this morning weighing exactly the same as I had the previous morning!

And, my friends, if you don't think that was a victory for ME, you haven't understood the severity of my eating addiction, lol.


PS. I sent the leftovers home with Joe, except for a very small portion of meatballs for my lunch today.
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    emoticon This is a HUGE triumph! I hope you give yourself credit for this every day for a month! I have learned to enjoy small portions of pasta and rice with lots of veggies to poof up my plate, but taking one tiny bit of garlic bread when a big ol' load is there sounds so hard...

    emoticon Look at the resistance muscle on you, Karen!
    1078 days ago
    Loved your blog - sounds like a tasty and enjoyable dinner.
    1114 days ago
    I really get overeating pasta, spaghetti and garlic bread are HUGE to overcome. Great job!
    1115 days ago
  • GABY1948
    SO much credit for you here! Karen, was gone all day but COULD NOT wait to get home and read this! IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT for me! I am SO proud of you and will even LEARN from this...it's a "keeper" blog...that means that I copy it to my REGULAR email to read and read and READ!

    I am so proud of you!!! Blessings to you for being as enamoured with Beck as I am!

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    1117 days ago
  • BJMC01
    Good for you. Pre-planning works!
    Thanks for the tips. I need to control my weekend eating also.

    1119 days ago
    SCORE! What a victory! emoticon
    1119 days ago
    I think schedules are important and hate mine being changed. I don't like to sleep in, don't like to have weekend cheat days, etc.

    I make fantastic spaghetti and meatballs. Benny and Ian love it but red sauce/gravy does not agree with me. I can't say this to my dad or he gets mad as my step grandparents owned an Italian bar/cafe. The first time I said I didn't want red sauce my dad and aunt looked at me like I suggested eating puppies. LOL.

    Thankfully I can't eat a lot of pasta and have to have gluten free so I seldom imbibe.

    You did fantastic!

    1119 days ago
    Do not forget to measure yourself
    1120 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    1120 days ago
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