Sunday Savers – Save Your Second Helping

June 5th, 2011

Phew. I’ve been gone for a bit. My bad. So much to do, so little time…to myself.

Recap of not-so-easy-peasy week – Switched out spring clothes for summer ones (we didn’t have a spring cuz it went from 45 to 82 in two days). Then I put spring clothes back (temps dropped and we had tornadoes). It was the kid’s last week of tumble class/sports class/piano lessons/basket weaving/school (God bless the summer program that begins in a week…and no she doesn’t basket weave…threw that in to make sure you were paying attention). Made estimate appts for contractors to put in A/C (see above re: summer temps). Celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary (love you, honey). Did the amazingly fun Sparkle Fashion show with all my lovely ladies. See below in fashionable glory…

Yes, I bought that dress (orange in the center), just like I said I would.

So…I’m back. From outer space. And I won’t lie. I’m Cheryl +. Plus a few lbs, that is. It’s because I’ve been eating on the run. On the lap. Out of my purse. I haven’t been sitting down and enjoying my food. Which means, I’m not paying attention to what I’m eating or how much of it I’m shoveling in. And somehow, even though I have no time, I manage second helpings because I think I’m still hungry.

Here’s my quick tip on reinventing the fine dining experience…even if it’s Hamburger Helper (don’t judge me):

Set a timer for 20 minutes. This is one of the top tricks for slimming down without a complicated diet plan. Savor each bite and make it last until you hear that ding. Paced meals offer usually mean smaller portions because they trigger the body’s fullness hormones. Wolfing your food down in a hurry blocks those signals and causes overeating.

Sparkle photos by Simply Nate Photography.

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