Becoming the best me I can be

I’ve been a big girl my whole life. When I was in middle school, we moved from Pennsylvania down to Florida. Most of the girls in my middle school were so much skinnier than the girls at my previous school. While I looked a couple pounds overweight in Pennsylvania, I felt huge compared to the girls at my new middle school. I was picked on frequently for being “fat”. At the time, I was probably only 10-15 pounds over where I should have been but there was a group of girls who made me feel like I was 100 pounds overweight. Middle school girls can be so ruthless. It got to the point where I just stopped eating while I was at school. It became a habit. Some days I would skip breakfast, every day I would skip lunch and I would come home from school so hungry. When I finally did get home from school, I would eat a bunch of food since I hadn’t eaten all day. I guess I just didn’t realize it before but I still don’t eat much throughout the day. I won’t eat until I feel like I am starving, then I will eat a lot of food. I’ll go hours without eating.

I knew I had some unhealthy eating habits I needed to change and this past week I have been paying close attention to my eating habits. I rarely pay attention to how often I eat or when. I’ve noticed quite a few unhealthy eating habits I need to change. Here is a list of the eating habits I need to work on:

  1. Going hours without eating until I am super hungry, then eating a lot of food.
  2. Not eating much during the day, then eating most of what I eat in the evening or at night
  3. Taking the whole bag or container of food with me to eat instead of just taking a small portion with me, then eating more than I should have (example: Taking a bag of rice cakes with me to watch TV. The next thing I know I ate the whole bag instead of just a few)
  4. Filling my plate full of food. I’ll start to feel full or I’ll become full but continue to eat what’s left on my plate.

I know. They are some awful eating habits. Everything you are not suppose to do when you live a healthy lifestyle. The problem with habits is how hard they are to break. I know it won’t be possible to change all of my bad habits at once. I am going to break them down into easy steps making it easier to develop better habits. I can work on each step individually  Here are some of the steps I can take to break my bad habits:

  1. Portion control
  2. Paying attention to the amount of food I put on my plate and in my mouth
  3. Breaking big bags of snacks down into smaller sandwich bags to control how much I eat
  4. Using smaller plates when I eat meals
  5. Eating smaller healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours to keep me from getting too hungry and binging
  6. Eat slower to feel when I am full instead of eating so quickly
  7. Eat more veggies
  8. Not eating after 8pm

These are the steps I need to take to break up with my bad habits. It will take me a while but the time would pass anyway.

What other steps do you think I should take to break my eating habits? What do you do to keep yourself from falling into bad habits?

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Comments on: "Breaking up with my bad habits" (4)

  1. Michelle said:

    I like the portion control idea. I know of a person who makes her kids do this with any and all snacks they have in the house, so that when they come home from school starving, they may have one snack, which is the correct portion, rather than them eating everything in the house. I also think I was told somewhere along the line that you fill your plate up this way : 1/2 your plate is veggies, 1/4 protein and 1/4 starch.

    The only think I have done is replacing my goldfish with an apple, when they are in season. Now it is much easier but my eating has shifted due to working 3rd shift (as you know ). I think with cutting out dairy you are doing plenty when it comes to food. I am sure that in and of it self will help.

  2. Great job on the weigh in.. Your doing great Mamma!! Keep up the good work. Great job for hubby too.

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