Portion Extortion

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.woman_eating-alone-2 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.)


I think this is funny because the top one is average. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone eat this small of a portion of cereal.

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.SimpleTruth_PortionSizes-1 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?Are-american-portions-too-big (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.



Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. I am a Baby Boomer from Nebraska blogging my way to good health. I am single, with no children, I have a little white maltese dog named Lily. Follow my journey to lose 1 pound 300 times.

4 thoughts on “Portion Extortion

  1. cindi roushia

    funny thing is I do carry a food scale in my handbag..lol I do not trust myself. My food scale measuring cups and spoons are my best friend. Tonight I had pbj..I measured 2 Tp. butter and 1T jelly. When I think about how many cals I consumed before I started my eating plan it is crazy!!! Maybe someday I can eyeball things and get the right amount, but for now I need to measure.
    Another pound?? That is great!!!!!! I’m so proud of you!

    • totalkathy@aol.com

      Ha! I guess I should carry my scale! My biggest downfall is portions and after that it’s late night eating. Both are so much better but I can still do better. Isn’t it an eye opener when you see how little bit a tablespoon of peanut butter is? I can’t even believe how much I use to smear on my toast! I bet I consumes easly 500 calories in peanut butter alone!

  2. Julie

    I am so with you on this, Kathy! Portion control has always been one of my biggest issues (along with emotional eating). When I lost over 100 pounds a few years ago, it was mostly due to portion control. Due to health issues, the control was largely in someone else’s hands. Once I became the one responsible….well, here I am again, trying to lose 100+ pounds! I’m getting better at it, but should really start measuring more carefully and being mindful of what a REAL portion is!

    • totalkathy@aol.com

      We are not alone. A lot of people are in denial of this, so you are way ahead. We learn from our past. Even talking about it is progress. It removes the shame. We can do this! Blessings!

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