Watching what you eat is by no means easy. I'm sure it is all in my head, but for some reason, when I first am watching what I eat, I am hungry all of the time. The funny thing is that this even occurs during the morning, a time where I haven't made much adjustment to what I eat - I still start my day with a banana or fruit and then have a bowl of oatmeal mid-morning.
I have found that drinking plenty of water helps keep the edge off of my hunger. In addition, I sort of eat a series of mini-meals/snacks during the day. I try to walk on my lunch hour, so when I return, I eat my protein and then bring the rest of my lunch back to my desk and nibble on items over the course of the day. I'm not eating more food, I'm just spreading it out across my day. Again, I'm sure part is real, part is psychological, but somehow knowing that I just ate, makes it easier for me to resist temptations and to say no to "fake" hunger. The only meal I don't spread out is dinner...I eat that with my family though and since I'm a big proponent of only making one meal, I just make sure that I can have a plateful, feel full and still eat a moderated amount of calories and fat.
One thing I was happy to snack on this week was fresh green beans. Someone at work had brought in a bunch from their garden and I happily snatched them up. I made a modified version of this dip with a little less mayo for eating the fresh beans.
I even managed to get in a piece of chocolate every day. I just need that sweet diversion.
I didn't make it to Weight Watchers this week, my husband was out the night I would normally go and was sick the night I would use as a back-up. But, I will start next week and can't wait.
So, how did I do in my first week (okay, really only 5 days, as I didn't watch over the weekend and started on Monday)...I lost 3.5 lbs! Yeah! That is great motivation to keep going.
Pounds to go: 36.5#
Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes
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