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Portions, Snacks, Weighing, Tracking - It all means Food

Saturday, April 30, 2011

My portion control has been pretty good lately so why am I not losing the weight? It's probably because of the constant snacking in between my wonderfully portioned and calorie controlled meals. I have been weighing everything I make, anything that I am going to eat. I even measured out 1 tbs of skim milk this morning to have in my coffee, I weighed out 40 grams of my cereal and then 1/2 of skim milk to go with it. My mornings start out really great.

It's OK to have a snack at morning and afternoon tea, but the snacks in between those snacks is ridiculous. The thing that bugs me the most is that I am not even hungry. I have started my 7 day food diary (as suggested by Michelle Bridges) and I am disgusted by what I see. I can definitely see what needs improving and removing from my eating habits. The snacking has to STOP!

Now, unlike tracking (which I have a huge issue with and find extremely difficult), I have been quite happy to complete my food diary each day, BUT the reason why is because with Michelle's diary I am supposed to list all the *naughty* stuff so I can see what needs to go. This is definitely something I need to get my head around - I NEED to be accountable and responsible for every morsel that enters my mouth, both solids and liquids. "We don't like to drink out calories" - Jillian Michaels.

Just because I don't write it down doesn't mean I didn't eat it, but because I didn't track it and can't see it written down, I just pretend that I didn't eat it. It works for me! No, it doesn't work for me. If it worked I would be at my goal weight by now.

I went to a Tuppaware party last night hosted by my old person trainer. I was talking to her about her daily food intake and after talking to her I am definitely going to put more effort into my virtual workday. Caroline's food day goes like this :
  • Breakfast : 8 am (oats / porridge)
  • Snack : 10 am (fruit)
  • Lunch : 12 pm (pasta)
  • Snack : 4 pm (fruit)
  • Dinner : 5 pm (lean meat / salad / veges)
  • Snack : 8 pm (yoghurt)
I wish she was still my PT, she was my favourite although I didn't think so during each session - she was always pushing me out of my comfort zone. My trainer before Caroline was good, but if I didn't want to do something, I didn't have to, I used to get it easy with her. Caroline is like Michelle Bridges, she doesn't care if your sore or tired - just get on with it. I never complained, I was too scared, so I just did what I was told, no matter how much pain I was in.

old bowl
new bowl
new bowl inside old bowl
old plate

new plate

new plate on top of old plate


  1. Hi jane/effie! Writing down what you eat is really an eye opener! And congrats on entering the MDC - look fowrad to hearing how you go. Cheers Sammy

  2. Sometimes I don't like that I still need tracking to keep me in control, but it is what helps the most to curb my snacking. When I start writing everything down I'm much more aware of what is going into my mouth.

    Love your new dishes! :)

  3. Love the smaller plate and bowl idea!!


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