Boring menus!

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!

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    The idea of retiring worries me seems like everyone i know puts on the extra pounds so will have to remember the old habits might be better
    4658 days ago
    I retired in February of 2007 and have put on 10 pounds. It is most uncomfortable. Before I retired I ate the same thing for breakfast and lunch almost everyday. Like you I retired and changed it up and it has gotten me in trouble. I joined Sparks and decided to go back to my old way that worked. People would ask don't I get bored with my foods and I really did not for I don't make good decisions with my food and it worked to just eat the same things like you do.
    4664 days ago
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    Light Bulb moment, wasn't it?

    I agree.......time to go back to the old boring ways. Not fretting about it, just a quick, easy fix of a meal. Save the creativity for the evening meal. And the recipes in the book are so easy and sounds so yummy. Can't wait to try them myself. But like you, I am doing "boring" at lunch and breakfast now.

    Glad you liked the book. It is funny, it makes things easy to understand and you get some of those "Ah-ha" moments as well!

    Enjoy your "boring" day dear friend,
    4666 days ago
    I'm so glad you blogged about this. Having a boring breakfast is easy because mornings are so early and hectic here but I've been trying to mix up lunch. Boring would be so much simpler. I pack DH's lunch, it would save me loads of early morning time to have it be the same thing every day. I can actually prepare lunch things on the weekend (ie cut the veggies, decide on the carbs). If he and I eat the same thing it gives me more time to devote to nice dinners. What a plan!! Thanks! :D
    4666 days ago
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