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!

Jill Prouty

Jill is a reader, writer, and professional librarian who enjoys spending her free time with her husband of twelve years and their two sons. She has an MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.