Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tricking the Mind

Eating healthy is key to good health, that and actually getting of your duff and moving it.  Eating healthy isn't so easy though.   I mean, we live in a world that bigger is better, except when it comes to your waistline.  Eating healthy isn't cheap.  It's no wonder that the poor have the highest obesity rates, they can barely afford to feed themselves, let alone feed themselves with healthy food. 

I'm learning that I need to trick the mind into perceiving that I'm getting more food than I am.  This allows me to stick with the serving size and still not feel hungry when I'm done eating.  This morning for breakfast I had 1 cup of yogurt and 1/2 cup of granola.  That is the serving size.  By eating it in a much smaller bowl (one of the bowls we use for the twins) it looked like it was a huge amount of food and I am now feeling very full. 

This means I will have to start measuring and weighing my food.  First thing that comes to mind is "Well that's a tedious pain in the ass" but I have to acknowledge that being at my current weight and shape is also a tedious pain the ass. 

I'm going to start using one of the kids' plates when I eat.  The plate will fill up faster and my mind will go "Whoa, that's a full plate, we are good!"  At least I'm hoping that it will help.  Serving size and exercise are my biggest hurdles right now.  They seem like the logical place to start.

Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.

I haven't weighed myself since I went to the doctor last, which was a couple of months ago.  I really don't want to step on the scale and see what it says.  I try not to become obsessed with a number, but at some point you need to look at that number just to get a reality check of what is, or isn't, going on.