Losing Weight: Portion Control & Snacks

I love snacks! Always have. As a young girl I used to walk to the local corner or liquor store to stock up on 5 cent or 25 cent snacks – potato chips, mini juices, pickles and candy bars. Now that I’m trying to lose weight, I am looking for ways to help myself manage my diet, my cravings and my weight. I saw this recommendation a while ago and decided to try it out myself.

1. Buy several different large boxes of your favorite snacks. My favorites include Wheat Thins, Pita Chips, Graham Crackers, Trail Mix and fruit snacks.

2. Buy a box of snack size zip lock bags. The smallest pack comes with 50 bags.

3. Look at each box & “divy” up your portions into the bags. Look at the label to determine the appropriate serving size and put that amount & that amount only in the box.

4. Put all of the snacks into a small basket or container that you keep in an easily accessible area. This can work for not only you but other members of your family – especially if you have kids. I have a snack basket on my counter and I also keep one in the fridge where I keep the same size snack packs of turkey meat, cheese slices and sliced fruit or veggies. I grab one or two a day to take with me to work and that way my snacks are never more than 100 – 150 calories each and I have the pleasure of variety since I have a variety of snacks.

Weight Loss Update

Approximately 2 months ago, I purchased a pencil skirt from one of my favorite sites. Once I got it, I couldn’t fit the skirt above my thighs!!!! It was so cute and I was incredibly sad & disappointed. Rather than return the skirt, I kept it around for motivation!

This morning, I put the skirt on and not only does it fit above my thighs, it ZIPS up and can be worn out of the house now 🙂

Now that’s what I call progress. Celebrate with me by taking a bite of my lovely e-cupcake because we’d NEVER celebrate weightloss with unhealthy calories off line 🙂 (tee-hee-hee!)