It's only been a week since I started the "Drop 10 in 10" weight-loss program at Evangelical Community Health Education in Lewisburg. I feel more optimistic about the class, and about my ability to lose some weight, than I've ever felt before.
I already knew that portion control was one of my issues. After just a day, I was astounded to discover that I can feel full on one cup of an entree.
I prefer meals such as stirfries in which I can mix a bunch of vegetables together with chicken or shrimp and add some brown rice.
I am more concerned about the instructors' suggestion that we go shopping for groceries twice a week and that we make an effort to plan our meals.
I am not a planner. In my family, if you are organized and tidy, you were adopted.
The instructors also encouraged our group of 10 to read the labels and nutrition facts on the packages we buy. I picked up a "snack size" bag of chips last week and read the label as I ate them ... you know, they tasted good, but what I read was pretty bad. Calories, 240; sodium, 230 milligrams; fat, 15 grams - that's a lot of "bad" stuff for a considerably smaller amount of tasty.
If I wanted to burn that 240 calories off, I'd have to paddle a canoe around for an hour or walk at a fast clip for the same amount of time.
If that's the way the scales are balanced, I would rather leave the chips in the vending machine and drink a cup of tea instead.
Next week, I hope to share more details about the class and tips from the instructors, who both have a lot of experience to share. I need to find my notes from Week No. 1. I told you I'm not that organized!