My Weight Loss Progress

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Old Rules

Rules that worked for me 25 years ago: (and I am trying again)

1) When I'm eating, do nothing else. Sit at the table and eat. Food is kind of boring all by itself so it tends to limit the amount of time I mindlessly stuff it in.

2) Don't snitch as I cook. I'm a good enough cook to assume it will taste good without nibbling the batter, the soup, the sauce...a meal before the meal!

3) If I don't like it, don't eat any more of it. I discovered I didn't really like the taste of a few foods I took for granted.

4) Take up just the amount I think I will eat and evaluate my actual hunger before I go for seconds.

5) Exercise every day except Sunday, and record it.

 6) Don't eat just because food is there. Do eat if I'm hungry, so I feel good and my blood sugar is up enough.

These work but the hardest for me is #1. Nothing enhances a good book like chocolate...


  1. Great reminder of some good "rules." There are two other suggestions that I have found, if interested.
    (1) Keep a food journal of what you eat (I HATE doing this but it really seems to help)
    (2) After each meal, get up and move for approx. 5 minutes.

    You are doing great Lynn! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  2. Oh, yes, I hate that food journal! I'll write down anything but food! I put stars on my calendar but I hate writing down food. don't ask me why!

  3. One thing that works for me is putting down my fork and taking a sip of water between each bite. It makes the meal take longer, which means it has time to hit my stomach and I get a more accurate view of when I'm full. Also, I feel fuller after a meal- and more satisfied- but I'm not actually eating as much. Good rules, Aunt Lynn! You can do this, for sure. For that matter, so can I... :)

  4. My trick for the chocolate treat while reading is to get hard candy. I suck on it instead of chewing it, so I only need 2 or 3 to satisfy my sugar craving. I'm happy, didn't consume very many calories, and spent less money on treats, too! :)