Tips and Tricks
So much great progress....everyone is doing so well. Keep it up. I tend to be a big fan of small steps and mini-goals which over time turn in to great results. As one who is on the road with work from time to time I find planning is key. Here are some tips that I find useful...
- Instead of a traditional appetizer, such as spinach dip or a cheese plate, start out with a small vegetable-based soup or a side salad.
- Because portion sizes are often so large in restaurants, you may want to have an appetizer portion of your meal instead of an entrée.
- If you are going to order an entrée-sized meal, ask the server to box half of it before bringing it to the table.
- Always ask for condiments such as butter, sour cream, salad dressings and mayonnaise on the side.
- Don’t worry about getting your money’s worth with a big portion, and instead focus on the savings you will achieve from good health.
- Skip the dessert, or if you must have dessert, make sure you split it with the table. Or order a small fruit cup as your dessert.
- Don’t drink your calories. Restaurant portions are so big that you’re likely getting more calories than you realize. Choose a low-calorie or zero-calorie beverage like water or unsweetened tea.
- Make sure you have plenty of veggies on your plate. Replace those fries with a side of steamed veggies, salad, or one of your other favorite veggie choices.
- Keep it simple! Dishes with fewer ingredients are more likely to have fewer calories.
- If you don’t know what to order, ask your server. Tell him that you’re looking for some lighter options.
Try looking at the menu of the restaurant ahead of time, and decide what you will eat before you get there. You’ll be less tempted to make unhealthy choices. Many restaurants post their nutrition information on their website. If you think you’re going to have a hard time choosing a healthy option, choose another restaurant.
One final tip: Don’t skip lunch just because you’re going out to your favorite restaurant for dinner. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you’re trying to eat healthy is skipping meals. That’s because when you’re really hungry it’s harder to make good choices. Instead, eat a smaller meal or snack ahead of time. And make sure the rest of your meals and snacks throughout the day are lower in calories. When you are less hungry, you’re more in control.
Weight Jan 1, 2011 = 288 pounds (size 24)
Weight April 1, 2011 = 244 pounds
Weight July 1, 2011 = 220 pounds
Weight September 22, 2011 = 203
Weight Goal April 6, 2012 = 185 pounds
Ultimate weight goal = 155 pounds Sept 1, 2012
Current Weight = 213 lbs (size 14)
Total loss to date = 75 lbs