Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I have been trying to figure out why I put on so much weight since I retired. DH and I are both active, but the pounds just kept piling on. Thanks to a Spark Friend, Dooderqueen, I checked out "You on a Diet - The Owner's Manual for Waist Management" by Michael E. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz., M.D.
This is a wonderful book! I learned a lot reading the book - I also laughed a lot because I felt the two M.D.'s were seeing into my life! They wrote about me!
Something that struck me was the suggestion to eat the same thing every day. Keep the meals boring. Not all of them but at least two. That is when I did a Granny Head Banging! For many, many years, my weekly breakfast was exactly the same. I didn't have time to worry about what to have - just grabbed a bowl of shredded wheat bites, poured a little milk on, drank a cup of coffee and was out the door. Lunch was on 30 minutes - time for a quick cup of soup or a salad, a glass of iced tea or cup of hot tea, depending on the time of year. I didn't think about what I was going to eat, I didn't stress over what to eat - just stuck with the same old thing, then on weekends varied my breakfast and lunch to what DH wanted.
Once we retired, I had all the time in the world to play around and fix myself wonderful breakfasts and lunch. This is one of the problems the Doctors say we have - too many choices in our foods. Once we take that choice away for breakfast and lunch as I have, then you have room to vary your dinner menu.
Today I went to the grocery store and purchased the shredded wheat bites. During the winter I make soup, so a cup a day at lunch is easy. If DH wants something different, he's a big boy. He can fix it himself. I'm sticking to boring and see if I can get a few more pounds off or at least another inch off the waist.
So many times we spend hours trying to break old habits when sometimes those old habits were good ones!