Saturday, October 23, 2010
Portion Control . . .
One thing I've been really working hard at doing is to reduce my portions by prepacking my meals into my white Corelle cereal bowls. They have plastic lids as covers. I pack breakfast, which is usually oatmeal with cranberries, walnuts and almond milk. For lunch, it is usually left overs from the night before. I pack my lunch right after dinner. Sometimes I have enough for a couple days of lunch. Is it boring sometimes? Yes. However, I really just want to control the excess eating.
I've been measuring portions; especially of my grains and rice. I sure love rice. I've limited myself to 1/2 cup of white rice on the occassions that I make it. If I want seconds (which I am resisting), I don't feel so guilty because I've not gone over 1 cup.
My biggest weakness is snacking before dinner. Well . . . binging. That is the time when I feel the need to decompress from the day, from the stressors of family life, from the guilt of binging--I'm aware that doesn't make sense.
My first weigh-in at Weight Watchers wasn't very successful. I am still sick with this bronchial issue. Coughing all night and day. I am still stressed about my Mom. My son is a handful too. Life gets in the way. But the great news, I didn't gain. I lost .2 pounds. That is fine by me. I am working harder this week.
I've come to the realization this morning that one bowl of cereal with almond milk, cranberries, and walnuts is enough. It is more than enough to fill me. Anymore than that means I am trying to fill something else. I just always have to think what that something else is.
How do you control portions?