Oh, no! I can’t get it zipped! I had just completed making a skirt. I had measured and I thought it would fit perfectly. But no, to be comfortable I would need to somehow make it two inches bigger or else tighten up the tummy!
Wll, I chose to loose the inches! It really wasn’t that difficult. I had to work harder and eat less! There was lots of snow to shovel so that took care of the work-harder part. The eat less idea was the easier part. Here are some things I did!
- No snacking between meals
- Lay down my spoon after every bite during meals
- Put less on my plate
- Pay attention to when I am full and then stop eating
- Do without food from about 5:00 on Saturday until about the same time on Sunday
- Go without breakfast on Thursday morning
- Drink water to the amount of half my body weight converted to ounces every day
- Drink water when I feel like I want a snack
- Busy myself, when I feel hungry, with an activity that was not in the kitchen, realizing that those hunger pains meant that my stomach was shrinking!
Anyone can win the “battle of the bulge”! The best thing about loosing weight this way is that you form lifetime habits without faddish diets. It worked for me also because I have already developed a diet that is healthy but still includes all of the food groups:
- Fresh fruits & vegetables
- Instead of pork: venison, salmon, all natural chicken and turkey, farm eggs
- Only 100% whole wheat bread
- Other foods high in fiber—granola, oats, nuts, beans, pasta, sesame sticks, prunes soaked in water overnight.
- Small amounts of cheese
- Skim milk
I still had dessert on the weekends, salad dressing on my salad (in moderation) and butter & jelly on my bread!
I also continued to eat Michael’s delicious pumpkin pancakes with our maple syrup (thanks to Jonathan!) every Friday morning.
With moderation & common sense my new skirt fit after only two weeks.