My biggest struggle with losing weight is portion. I was one pound down today. I am doing well, but I know I’m eating too big of portions. I can do better. Come on, be real, some of you do too.
I’ve been reading a lot of weight loss blogs lately to learn how to improve my own blog. Some of these wonderful people post pictures daily of every piece of food they put in their mouth. I’m considering doing this. Accountability is a powerful tool. I have learned a lot from these awesome people. (please check out my list of blogs I love to read) It causes me to think about how big my portions are. I live alone, and eat alone most of the time, I think it’s easier to over eat when you are alone. There’s that shame factor again. I don’t want to over eat in front of my family or friends. My whole life I think 95% of my over eating was done alone. Part of what I miss about being married was having someone to eat dinner with.
I am not one of those people who asked for a doggy bag when I go out to eat. Unless I am trying not to look like a pig and restrain from eating all of whats on my plate. (in that case I will take it home and eat it when I get home.)
All that said, I needed a review of what size portions I need to be eating. Some of the issues I have are, a cup of pasta (I can pack a cup of pasta so solid that you need to use a crow bar to get it out.) Potatoes big enough to be doorstops, a chicken breast the size of a VCR tape, and a steak the size of my Mothers Sunday pot roast. I rarely eat cereal. Not because I don’t like it, but the normal portion never satisfies and leaves me wanting more. Its not worth the calories.
It occurred to me, as a baby boomer, we were the last generation to take home-ec in school. So even though at some point I’m sure kids are taught measurements, they really don’t get to apply them to our life as much as I did. Many people don’t cook daily, like we did, in a world where jello is purchased pre-made, and a blue box of mac and cheese is considered to be cooking. (those were fast foods in my day)
One thing that really helps round out your plate is adding condiments. Not ketchup and sauces so much, but pickles, slices of an orange or apple. Take the time to make an attractive plate of food. You deserve to be treated special. Speaking of ketchup, Have you really seen what a tablespoon of ketchup really is? (No, its not 10 packets of ketchup you get at a fast food place.) One tablespoon of ketchup is 20 calories, but who stops at that? 5 or 6 packets of ketchup could be an extra 100 calories!
I am not suggesting we carry a food scale in our handbags, or dangle measuring cups from your rear view mirror. Just be mindful, and do reality checks once in a while. So blow the dust off your measuring cups and get to measuring.