Well, ya'll... here I am. A month later. So, how did I do on the whole not-eating-out-as-much thing?
Well, not to brag or anything, but I think I did great!
In one month I went from eating out for 60% of my meals, to eating out for just 39% of my meals!
Still more to go to hit the target of 25% or less, but a much larger reduction for the first month than I was expecting.
After the good news... the bad. I reduced eating out by 21%, but still managed to gain 2 lbs. I know, right? Not gonna lie, I'm a bit bummed by that. Not defeated. But definitely bummed.
Especially since that 2 lbs has put my waistline back into that in-between size. My smaller clothes are way too tight (if they fit at all), but my larger clothes are huge & baggy (if they don't actually fall off). My wardrobe is extremely limited right now.
But... I must move forward.
So I will continue my efforts to reduce eating out, and now I will also aim to reduce my consumption of pop (soda to you Northerners).
I have to say, when I started tracking my pop consumption, I was surprised at how high it was. As a rule we don't keep any in our home, and I often order water when eating out.
Yet somehow 43% of my beverages are pop. Nearly half.
This is a problem.
As a side note, I know you often hear how keeping a food diary is helpful. I would say take it one step farther & do what I'm doing - what portion of your food intake is stemming from a bad habit?It's one thing to know that you eat out "too much". It's another thing to see in black & white that you eat out for more than half your meals.
Similarly, it's one thing to know you had a pop for lunch. It's another to see in black & white that half of your drinks have been soda. Numbers don't lie.
Tracking in this way has been a real eye opener for me, in a way that just keeping a diary, or even tracking "points" never was.
Thanks for checking in! And wish me luck as I continue marching along on this journey!