As I write this, I am thinking about weighing myself, because it’s the day I usually do, but I forgot when I first got up, and have drunk almost all my coffee. And coffee weighs something, right? I like to weigh myself first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything at all. So while I ponder whether or not to get on the scale at all today, I’ll write about something else, because the number on the scale is certainly NOT what it’s all about.
For me, I usually make relatively healthy food choices. We eat mostly “real” foods, not processed, fruits and veggies everyday, the occasional treat. I even make good choices when eating out. So what was it that was causing me to gain all these years and then stay heavier? Portions. And I’m not talking about huge portions either, because I really can’t eat a lot at one sitting. I hate the full feeling that comes afterwards. It’s just that as one gets older, less can be eaten and burned off, even with exercise.  So portions must become even smaller!  I remember my grandparents, who were never overweight, and the little bit of food they ate for dinner. This was back in the 70’s when portions were smaller anyway, even at restaurants. I was watching I Love Lucy one day (I have them all on DVD, and have seen each episode numerous times, but that’s another story). Anyway, in this particular episode, Ricky was at the drugstore counter eating lunch. He ordered a tiny sandwich–I think the bread was even sliced smaller back then–and a glass of grape juice, about 6 oz. Compare that with the “value meals” of today, and you can see what has happened!
Usually when my husband and I go out to eat, which is not often (we like our own food best), we split a meal. It’s amazing how full you can get after half a restaurant portion. If it’s a really special occasion, we split a dessert, but those times are few and far between. It’s more cost-effective to eat out that way, as well… but we try to tip the server on what two meals would have cost, to be considerate of them.

Well, here I go… if it’s not good, my next post will probably be about drastically reducing carbs. Thanks for reading!

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