Weekend 2: the 50% rule

Time and convenience dictated nearly every eating decision this week, and scant cooking took place at home.

It’s tempting to over-indulge when eating out, but I have a strategy. You see, I like to stretch my restaurant dinners to 2, sometimes even 3, meals. If one isn’t averse to leftovers, which I am not, then over-sized portions can work to one’s advantage. I follow the 50% rule: eat half of what’s on the plate and pause. If still hungry, then eat half of what remains on the plate, pause again, and repeat the process until satisfied…or out of food (because there comes a point, typically after no more than two repeats, when the remaining fraction is too small to be divided again – we’re not speaking mathematically here – and you can’t help but finish it off). But given the size of most restaurant portions, I tend to reach satiety after half.

Day 12

Breakfast: Cereal with blackberries and milk

Lunch: Leftover biryani with yogurt sauce and a piece of naan, pineapple for dessert

Dinner: California quesadilla and a mojito

We ended up at a Mexican restaurant this evening out of convenience of time and location, and I ordered a California quesadilla made of chicken, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and cheese. I enjoyed a generous portion and still had enough leftover for lunch the next day. By way of snacks, I had a banana mid-morning, 2 coconut macaroons with coffee in the afternoon, 1 piece chocolate and a bowl of cherries in the evening.

Fruit and veggie count: 5

Day 13

Breakfast: Cereal with blackberries and milk

Lunch: Leftover California quesadilla

Dinner: Sushi (4 pieces of nigiri and 3 pieces of California roll), green salad with ginger dressing

Dinner out again – this time Sushi. My snacks were an exact repeat of yesterday’s.

Fruit and veggie count: 5

Day 14

Breakfast: A microwave-poached egg and a banana

Lunch: Grilled cheese and veggie panini, salad of tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and black olives

Dinner: Bangers and mash, peas

Snacks: a handful of blackberries, 2 pieces of dark chocolate and a cup of almond-coconut blend.

We finally had a home-cooked meal thanks to my husband who was hit with a hankering for his own Bangers and Mash. Comfort food wins the weekend!

Fruit and veggie count: 5

A hectic week has come to an end. One 30-minute walk on Saturday was all the recreational physical activity I was able to eke out over the weekend. Unfortunately, the initial weight loss of the first 10 days stalled, but I’m not going to stress over it. I’ve lost ~2 lbs. in 2 weeks, and am on track to reach my goal.

My weight:

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