I grew up in a "clean plate" household. Waste not, want not. Starving kids in China would apparently love what I was given to eat. Does this sound like anyone else's household, growing up?
So, today, at lunch with one of my girlfriends, I order an entree and two veggie sides (one substituting for fries). It is the same lunch I've enjoyed with my girlfriend, once a month, for years. Okay, in the past I'd go with the entree and fries - so during my diet I've changed enough to replace the fries, AND add an additional veggie.
So, we're enjoying our lunch, catching up on the latest, when my girlfriend asks what is wrong with my entree. Wrong? I love it, nothing, why? She noted (and I failed to notice), I ate only half the entree, polished off one veggie side, and only got about a quarter of the way through the other veggie side. And I just stopped there. I WAS FULL. And I had a super-light breakfast/late lunch ... and still, I WAS FULL.
Holy cow, I had to take home almost a full veggie side dish and half (literally) of my entree. There's lunch for tomorrow, right there.
Two things struck me.
1. I WAS FULL. My stomach size is obviously shrinking, because the portion sizes were the same as they've always been. In the old days, I would eat the entree, fries, an appetizer, AND a dessert. And I wasn't even feeling "stuffed" afterwards ...
2. I stopped eating when I was full, and didn't even realize it or think about it. I am automatically now stopping when I'm satisfied. No more mindless munching just because something was still left on the plate to eat.
Very cool. Very cool indeed! My changes are showing!
I was caught completely off guard, but in a pleasant way. I'm short on my fruit today, but I've already hit my target on veggies. That is another change for me - I'm eating more veggies, and actually enjoying it.
In other news, check out Kathy's blog (Fatty Kathy's Weight Loss Journal). She has a link to the 10-lb challenge by Dr. Oz, which includes a free bracelet if you sign up for the challenge. (The bracelet is like the Lance Armstrong/cause variety, so guy friendly too.) I'm registered for the challenge. Anyone else care to join?