Sunday, August 5, 2012

My Fat Butt Update - eating out

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.

So my goal is to reduce my pop consumption by 5% a month until it reaches 10% or less.

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!


Steph{anie} said...

Yay for cutting back on eating out. That's a huge accomplishment and one that you should be proud of. It's so frustrating when you make positive changes, yet the scale doesn't reflect them, isn't it?

I'm in the same place right now; after eating clean for 2 whole weeks, I'm up 2 pounds. 2 POUNDS!! It's a bummer when you work so hard but don't feel like you're making progress.

Congrats on all your hard work!

Melissa said...

You should brag, I think that's great.
Eating out is just so easy and convenient, especially when you work a FT job and have a little one.
Keep it up and I bet you'll start seeing some payoff in another little while.

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Yes, keep at it. The scale didn't budge for me at first and then the weight seemed to nearly fly off. With your willingness to get to the root of the issues, I'm certain you will have success in the long run.

Our Fine House said...

Good job! It's so hard to cut back on eating out. I'm working on it too!

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