Fit, Fab, and (Not Quite) 40 – Pt. 8


Research shows that the average person needs three weeks to form a good habit.  I’ve been working out with a personal trainer since April, so I’ve got the exercise part down.  I even look forward to it.  But the part about eating less is still a struggle.  Notice I said eating LESS.  I already eat healthy.  I just eat too much!

I was always a good eater.  Friends loathed having me over for dinner only to hear their parents marvel, “Look at Jill! She eats her veggies!”  My problem is quantity.  Everything in moderation, right?  When it comes to food, I don’t know moderation.  But here’s a few tricks I’ve learned:

Love my thermal lunch tote!

What girl doesn’t like a cute bag?  I recently bought a thermal tote from my friend Sarah, who is a consultant for Thirty-One.  It’s amazing how a cute bag can serve as inspiration to packing a healthy lunch!  I love packing my tuna salad sandwich (fat-free mayo and double fiber bread), yogurt and fruit in my polka dot bag with my name monogrammed on it.  I space the food out to keep me from getting too hungry.  I usually eat the yogurt around 11 a.m., the sandwich around 12:30 p.m., then the piece of fruit around 4 p.m.

Peanut Wonder.  This is a great product.  Only 100 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per 2 Tbsp. serving!  I buy mine at Publix in the organic section.  Creamy goodness that’s guilt-free!

Order child-size portions when eating out.  My favorite is the child size spaghetti at Partner’s.  I like mine with meat sauce and mushrooms.  I jokingly refer to it as “spin sauce” because I like to eat it on days that I cycle.  Complex carbohydrates are great energy foods.

Have any tips you’d like to share?  Please leave a comment below!

Spin, baby, spin!




  1. says

    Hi Jill: Sounds like you are doing great! It has been so long since I’ve seen you. I am eating super healthy now and my recent yummy is roasted kale with Olive Oil, garlic, and lemon zest. Dip it in Greek yogurt, with more zest, and a tad of oil. This doesn’t really travel well but is tasty fresh out of the oven. I have also gone Gluten Free. Made a real difference for me with health issues. Tons of vitamins, no more coffee(only tea!). Also, a massaged collard green salad is good and travels well. Nice because you can add seasonal fruits or nuts. Great to read your blog. I am blogging on Antiques now! Be well, Valerie

  2. says

    Great blog! Like you, I’ve been working out and trying to eat right, and you’re right…The working out isn’t the tough part, it’s the eating habits! I love the tip about eating a kid-sized portions! I think I’m going to try that! Thank you…Maybe we can help each other stay motivated!!!

  3. Bonnie Helander says

    Hi Jill: Another interesting and informative blog. Like you I struggle with portion size. I love carbs and have been thinking about getting the “Carb Lover’s Diet” that Health magazine just published. I like your idea about ordering a child portion at a restaurant. Thanks for the tips.

    • Jill Prouty says

      I don’t know exactly WHY I like to stuff myself. Sometimes I’m overtired or stressed out. That super-full feeling is comforting, I guess. Plus, I just love food – esp. the carbs, like you!

      Thanks for reading. It’s an ongoing battle for me…

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