What you see above is food I enjoy. (Even now) However, I knew from the start I’d have to make better food choices. I didn’t like the word diet because in my mind it was temporary. So I started focusing on the type of food I ate and portion sizes. I kept a food journal of what I ate,how much I ate, & how many calories it was. I discovered that I was eating way more than a portion/serving of my food choices. Even at restaurants, I found that most entrees were way more than 1 serving.
Prior to my lifestyle change, I’d enjoy a #1 from Chic-Fil-A with a lemonade for lunch or Zaxbys or Firehouse Subs during the week. CALORIES!! CALORIES!! CALORIES!!! I didn’t completely rid myself of those foods. However, I began incorporating better food choices at every meal.
So I started integrating portion control into my new healthier lifestyle. Initially, I was obsessive with portion control. I began weighing food, measuring side portions. Instead of completely getting rid of the not so healthy foods, I started seeing how many healthy decisions I could string together. It took a little while for me to get used to actual measured servings but eventually I did.
I’m not a nutritionist nor do I play one on tv but I did figure out one thing. The more I was able to string together good decisions food wise, the better the results experienced.
Now my weekly lunch choices consist of foods like 5 – 8 oz of grilled chicken breast, a cup of steamed broccoli, 4 oz baked potato. And yes every now & then, Chic-Fil-A. What I’ve found is moderation is key. A little cheat meal is okay every once and a while.
Tips I Used to Control Portion Sizes
- Use smaller plates (salad or luncheon plates)
- Don’t go back for seconds
- Eating out – ask for a to go box so you can box up your half of your entree prior to eating
- Order a healthier appetizer and salad (with dressing on the side) instead of an entree
- Drink a glass of water or eat an apple before my meal
Those are just a few of the things I’ve used to help me control my portions and ensure I don’t eat unnecessary calories. You don’t have to use those tips but find what works for you. That’s the most important thing.
03/02/2012 at 9:57 AM
I appreciate how you are allowing others to travel in you r weight journey, IT HELPS me! My BMI is 32.7, i am in the obesity category, even though it appears that I have a small frame, it is how it is proportioned on my body. Big top is bad for me. So I battle with the eating out thing, so thanks for the tip, I will ask for a 2go at the beginning of meal and remove most of my food prior to eating. I also will eat a fruit prior to eating outing and order water all of the time. Thanks for sharing Cuzzn.
03/02/2012 at 4:07 PM
No problem! I’m so glad it’s helping. We’re in this together!
04/12/2012 at 3:51 PM
thank you for following my blog, Hope. I’m glad it’s helping, Cuzzo! Feel free to share with others! Or any topics you’d like to see me write about just let me know 🙂 Much love!
03/02/2012 at 11:37 AM
I love it! Your journey is inspiring and encouraging! :^)
03/03/2012 at 1:08 AM
I love the tip about the fruit before the meal, and of course, I plan to implement this strategy.. I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Keep you eyes on the prize.