I have to stop this

Last night Mama and I had a lovely dinner. We went to Southern Crow Grille for the first time. The space was nice. The only drawback was that I was facing the setting sun. Mama was just a silhouette. We could have asked to move, but it wasn’t too bad. The food was good enough for us to plan on going back again to do a more thorough review.

Our dinner started with an appetizer of bacon-wrapped shrimp and asparagus. Next was a nice salad with what seemed to be homemade bleu cheese dressing. For dessert we had warm slices of bread spread with honey butter. All in all, it was a very satisfying meal.

So what was the problem? The problem was that after we finished this nice meal, the main course arrived. The perfect light supper that we had was just the beginning.

I’m not kidding myself. Bacon-wrapped shrimp and bleu cheese dressing aren’t exactly lo-cal, low fat items, but they would have made a decent dinner nonetheless. Had we stopped there, we would have been just fine. In our defense, we each ate only half of our main course. We brought the rest home for lunches the next day. Still, had we stopped, we would have been just fine.

The problem is in our thinking. Our routine, our bad habit, is to order an appetizer, salads, main courses, and on some occasions, dessert. Our reality is that we just don’t need that much food. The answer of course is self discipline. I don’t ever intend to give up rich, fatty foods. I just need to control how many courses (and helpings) I go through.

I am setting a goal for myself. By the time we go to Slow Food Nation I want to lose 40 pounds. That’s 45 weeks or so to lose 40 pounds. I think I can do it with some sane and sensible changes. Now to decide what those changes should be. And to stick to them.

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3 thoughts on “I have to stop this

  • June 3, 2007 at 6:41 am

    It only takes self discipline for a while, then you get used to eating less and can’t imagine how you could have ever fit so much food in your stomach at one time. Having conquered my over eating I have plenty of tips on how to eat healthier without feeling starved, and they work. I lost over 80 pounds. (Do I sound Like a commercial?) You can drop 40 pounds in 45 weeks a lot easier than you think. That’s under a pound a week and it’s recommended to not try to loose much more than a pound a week if you want your changes to stick. Good luck. Once you start seeing results it’s so much easier to stay motivated. Just remember, lifestyle changes not just diets. Diets hardly ever work for people who love their food.

  • June 3, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate it. I have some things in mind that I want to work on changing, but I would also really love to hear your ideas. Hopefully we can see you guys for lunch again soon. Or maybe we can work out a Bordeaux for life coaching trade. 🙂

  • June 4, 2007 at 7:02 am

    Funny. In another time, not so long ago, I was a freelance life coach. Funny how life gets in the way of doing things you really like.

    Step one: keep a food journal for a week. Try to be as accurate as possible on portion size but don’t worry about calculating calories. Make sure you write everything down. Even if you have a bite of somebody else’s food. Be anal. (Did you know that two “bites” of mashed potatoes [made right, with all the good stuff] has about 30 calories in it? Well now you do. and that is the kind of useless information your will obtain if you spend hours analyzing calorie intake and poring over nutrition and diet books.) A Food diary will show you where your weaknesses are and where the easiest changes can be made.

    Oh and we will get together for lunch soon. Things have been crazy busy around here.

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