I was once told that in order to lose weight you could eat anything you wanted if you thought of your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being completely starving and 10 being overly full. The trick was to stay around five…never dipping below three or above 7. If you were getting hungry (say around 4) and wanted a cheeseburger, then get a cheeseburger. If two bites of that burger brought you back to a satisfied state (back to 5) then quit eating it. The theory is pretty good, though I wouldn't go out and crab a cheeseburger for lunch everyday and just take two bites and throw it away.
The trick it to get our minds to tell us we're full BEFORE our stomach is overloaded. We eat too fast. My grandmother is the slowest eater I know. She will eat as long as I do and will have only finished four or five bites to my entire meal! Anyway…staying satisfied, not full just satisfied, is a good idea. We have all heard, don't go to the grocery store when you're hungry - that's when you buy the "bad stuff"!! Likewise, don't wait until you are starving to eat b/c then you eat things you know you shouldn't. That almost happened to me today. I spent lunch time to play with this blog and before I knew it I was starving. I was full from breakfast and figured I would just have another bowl of cereal for lunch. Though I wasn't bad, I didn't eat my cereal. I went downstairs and found something in the cafeteria!
I had original bought a half pita w/ chicken salad in it, but ended up throwing away the salad and just eating the pita which has 77 Calories and 16 Carbs. I also grabbed a half a pickle (two spears) - 13 Calories and 2 Carbs.
Total: 90 Calories; 18 Carbs
That little pita about maxed me out on Carbs! I didn't want to go over 30 a day - and that put me at 27.5. So that means no more carbs for me today. Total Calories are at 400 exactly, though. That means I can have about 1,000 more today. Whoa, that's a big dinner. I might have a fruit snack before I leave work today and use up some of those instead!
I haven't really talked about exercise, b/c in the last two weeks I have only gone once. A lot of that is due to the cold that I have been fighting, but that is just an excuse really. I haven't had the motivation. I am hoping this journal helps get my butt in gear!!!