Down to the last 5: 184.6

After succesfully forgetting to weigh myself in the morning for several days, I finally managed to get a couple of readings in a row last week. For a while, I had been hovering around 187, but last Friday, I got a consistent reading of 184.6. That puts me at a total loss of 49 pounds and within 5 pounds of my goal of 180.

I've actually been loosening up on the diet lately. Partly it's because it's summer time, which means it's time for ice cream and cooking burgers on the grill. I've been careful not to over-do it, though - only 1 ice cream cone a week and mostly chicken and turkey on the grill.)

The bigger problem is that we've been very busy lately. I think we've been out of town four or five weekends in the last two months, which generally means we eat out. (Plus my cousin's wedding - he got married across town, but we still ate out for that.) Most of the other weekends we've spent most of the day working on the house or in the garden, and after that we often just don't feel like cooking. But so far, it doesn't seem to be a problem. Even when we eat out, I'm trying to choose the healthier foods and stick to sensible portions. (Translation: no, you don't have to eat that whole plate of fries!) At the very least, I'm not seeing any negative effects yet.

I think learning proper portion control has been a big help to me so far. I've learned to try to eat slowly and not force myself to finish an overly large serving. Most of us are used to the gigantic portions they give you at chain restaurants like Applebee's or Chili's, but the truth is that they normally give you enough food to feed two people. It was a big step for me just to realize how much food it takes to fill me up and stop there. Since it typically takes longer for my body to send the "full" message than it does for me to overeat, I've found that eating slowly helps to narrow the gap and keep me to a sane amount.

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