Thursday, December 3, 2015

Too Much on My Plate

I recently discovered I had too much on my plate...
           every meal.

Five years ago I had to go on a steroid inhaler for my asthma and my weight (which due to my health was underweight for only the second time in my life) shot up fifteen pounds almost within a couple of months. Since then it has continued to creep up a few more pounds till I was twelve to fifteen pounds overweight

I knew the meds made me hungrier, but I didn't realize how much I was eating until...
          ...I started using an app that counted every calorie and told me how many I could eat if I wanted to lose a pound a week. I like to think that the Plexus I've been taking helped give me the appetite control that I've had for the last ten weeks during which time I'm proud to say I've lost ten pounds! But the real deal is keeping track of what I put on my plate (and in my mouth).

One thing I've learned is that it's not only too much, but the wrong thing on my plate. That delicious sweet potato soufflĂ© my sister-in-law makes for Thanksgiving? Oh my! Many, many calories.

My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, the stuffing, is another dangerous food.

So I'm learning what to put on my plate.

          ....what if I'm speaking metaphorically?

Too much on my plate, too busy, too many projects, activities, events, meetings, sports, lessons, recitals...

That's an excuse I hear for not having family meals, "We have too much on our plate to sit down together."

Maybe what's "on your plate" isn't the right thing to be on your plate. 

If you asked people over 75 what they wish they had done more of with their kids when they were at home, I don't think many would say, "I wish we'd put them in another activity," or "I wish they'd had more extra classes," or "I wish we'd spent more time in the car running from one thing to another."  

They also might not say, "I wish we'd had more family meals," but I bet they would say, "I wish we'd spent more time just enjoying them."

A little chaotic, but oh so worth it!

This month is a good time to evaluate what you've put on your plate and to ask yourself if it is the right things or not. To think about what's important and to put that on your plate and take smaller helpings of things that are sweet potato soufflĂ© and stuffing and the right amount of veggies and meat. 

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  1. I so enjoyed this post and the analogy. I look at young families today and my heart breaks often. Not only is there too much on their plates, they have the major distraction of technology that hinders their interaction with their children, that one-on-one communication that is so important and makes a child feel so special.

    I'd love to know the name of the app you're using to track your calories. I could do with one myself.

    1. I use my fitness pal. It has a huge variety of foods both homemade and brand name. Plus you can log your exercise to get extra calories if you are like me and the amount they give you to eat is sooooo little! Hope it helps.

  2. I need to reduce some on my plate too!! My daughter had great results using the fitness pal. I am going to try to get serious with it too.

  3. Hi, I came over from Grand Social and love your blog. What a wonderful concept! Great job losing weight; it's an ongoing battle for me.



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