Anyways, that's why I wasn't able to participate in WIW yesterday. So, here I am today to share what I was going to share. Which isn't the number on the scale since that stayed the exact damn same. I have a feeling I'll be out $20 come October 2nd or 3rd.
There are a few challenges that I face when I am trying to lose weight. Going to lunch or dinner with family and friends, parties/social functions, lack of time to meal plan and go to the grocery store, and sometimes I reward myself food like I'm a dog.
One of the mental challenges I have is I have a "finish your plate" mentality towards food. If it is in front of me, I will eat whether I'm really hungry to stuffed so full I'm uncomfortable. For example, if I am at a Mexican restaurant and I've made my way through more chips and salsa than necessary and I've eaten my meal, if there are chips and salsa left on the table still, I will go right back to them. I can't blame my parents for raising me this way because they didn't. They never forced my brother and I to finish our plates or eat anything we didn't want too. They would encourage us to try new things, but if we didn't like something or want to finish our plates then that was okay too.
A few years ago I read an article about how to trick yourself into eating less. This particular trick works perfectly for someone like me who eats whatever is put in front of her. The trick? Using smaller dishes. I do this whenever humanly possible whether I am trying to lose weight or not. Using a smaller plate or bowl makes you feel like you're eating more when really you're likely eating the same amount or less. Want some photo evidence?
The teacup on the left is holding the same amount of ice cream as the bowl on the right. My inner fat girl wanted to put at least 2 more scoops in the bowl on the right simply because there was room even though 2 scoops is plenty for a treat.
Each bowl contains the same amount of oatmeal and oatmeal fixings (apple & pb.. you should try it). I cook my oatmeal in the red salad bowl on the bottom to prevent an overflowing mess in the microwave. Sometimes it is worth dirtying and extra dish to make me feel like I'm eating more.
A couple of other ways to make this trick work for you:
1. I buy paper plates to use for snacks after dinner dishes have been done or to eat my lunch on. I always buy the smaller ones. Not the smallest, like what you would serve cake on, but the size below that.
2. At parties or family functions, if there are 2 size options for plates, go with the smaller option. This will prevent you from filling your plate up too much and if you really want more, you have to get back up and get it. And at that point, what you wanted more of but shouldn't have more of, might be gone.
3. If I want a bedtime snack of cereal, which is my dessert sometimes, I use a coffee mug. They are half the size of our bowls.
You can also use this trick in the opposite direction in terms of consuming enough water or eating enough veggies. I have a 33 oz water bottle and a 24 oz water bottle. I aim to drink at least 3 full bottles (in addition to the water I drink at lunch and dinner) per day. If I use the 33 oz bottle, I get nearly 100 oz of water as opposed to 72. Are you making a veggie to go with your dinner? Fill your plate or bowl up with the veggies first.
I hope these tricks work for you like they do me. They don't work every single meal of every single day, but a little bit of help is better than nothing I think!
Do you have to finish your plate too? What weight loss tricks have you found to be helpful?