Friday, October 10, 2008

Fitness Friday--The Mealtime Version

OK Ladies!!!! Here we go....

I didn't have the most exceptional week on the will-power front. I snacked too much and too many chocolate Kisses crept into my mouth. BUT, I made better choices than I usually do and also made many good choices along the way. I guess that's what will eventually make the difference--little good choices each day. Needless to say, my clothes are not falling off so much just yet.

This week's topic was: What are you doing differently at mealtimes?

There are several changes I have made. First of all, I'm drinking unsweetened, decaffeinated iced tea with my meal. I used to drink 2 cokes with my meal so this is bound to make a difference. I did have a coke or 2 this week when I didn't have any tea made and just couldn't stand the thought of water. But 2 cokes for the entire week is VERY different than 2 cokes with one meal, wouldn't you say?

The next change I have made is I have been trying to eat a salad with my meal. Now I've heard that you are supposed to eat your salad first so you will fill up and not eat so much of your entree. I have also heard that you should eat your salad last because it aids in digestion. Does anyone know the answer to this?

The most important change I have made is a change of plates. You heard me right--I am no longer eating on the every day dishes that we have. Instead, I am using some of my grandmother's Fire King Jadite plates. Look at the difference in these two plates:

The apple plate is 10" and the Jadite plate is 9".

OK, the actual diameter is only 1 inch different, but the area where food can sit is much smaller on the Jadite plate. Here was my lunch this week (leftovers):
Here is the exact same lunch put on one of our larger everyday dishes.

See how much empty space there is? That plate just BEGS for more food to be piled on it! And guess what? That's exactly what I have probably been doing! But when I eat on the smaller plate, I feel like I have lots of food. Pioneer Woman talked about her Jadite dishes in this post and she was amused by how much smaller the serving sizes were when these dishes were made. It's true you know. Our portion sizes have gotten HUGE! We have to get a grip on this and one way to do it is to get yourself a smaller plate. Just go to an antique shop and get a cheap, pretty, smaller plate to eat off of. It really does make a difference. (I find the smaller plates that came with our dishes are just too small.) Oh, and I challenge someone to slip a tape measure in their purse next time they go to a restaurant. Let me know how big the plates are there!

Coca-Cola advertised many years ago that a 16 ounce bottle of coke "serves 3!" Seriously? Sixteen ounces serves 3 people? Then how come I have sucked down Route 44s from Sonic for years? Hmm. Hard to figure why I'm overweight, isn't it?

So, in review: drinking tea, eating salads, and eating on smaller dishes. Now, my goals this week are to snack healthy, drink healthy, watch portion sizes, and stay out of the candy! Oh, and I'll try to walk at least 2 times this week.

I can't wait to hear how everyone is doing and get lots of tips and encouragement!


  1. Good idea! Using a small plate will trick you into thinking you're eating more. So smart!

    Keep it up! And 2 cokes a week instead of two with dinner?


  2. It sounds like you're doing great, Brenda. And I agree with you on the smaller plate. It makes a huge difference with respect to portion control.

  3. You know, blogging (writing) about this makes me more thoughtful and aware and helps me to make better choices.

    Love the smaller plate. We still use paper around here, so I'm going to opt for the smaller size. Smart move.

  4. Thanks for the comment, I will def. check that out.The plates at all you can eat buffets are small too. but they are saving money not calories

  5. Hi Brenda! Just learned about your Fitness Friday over at As We Walk. I think I might join in next week and beyond - though it'll require a big push ... or maybe just a "simple" surrender!!

  6. I have implemented this very tool as well and it truly does make a difference! I am new but heard about you through Karly's blog and it really could not have come at a better time - I (we) need the accountability. Blessings!

  7. Congrats on meeting your goals! And congrats for recognizing your progress; this journey is about persistence and progress, not perfection. Good for you with the Coke reduction! Isn't it amazing how much better we feel when we give our bodies what they NEED and not just what we want to taste?

    Keep up the good work--the results will come. In fact, they're already here--a change in behavior/habits IS results. But I'll admit--sensing that your clothes are getting baggy is a great feeling. I look forward to hearing all about your new baggy look in the near future!

  8. Brenda, I needed your small plate tonight.

    Way to go on your progress this week! Just two cokes this week? I am so proud of you!

    And, I think it doesn't matter too much about the salad. Just eat it. :)

    And, go walking-- for me-- this week. At least twice. :)

  9. You did great! Thanks for the encouragement this week- hope that my link worked (:


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)