Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Cheap Bastid Way to Eat Less and Lose Weight

Today's the 2nd day of the month and things are a bit slow at the car dealership. (Obviously, because I've got time to sit here and pound on the keys). I'm still totally unmotivated and burned out from my 4-days off last weekend where I actually ended up working all 4 days for a total of 11 days in a row.

Anyway, I just got to thinking about how Cheap Bastid really hasn't had much to say lately. Then it dawned on me that I've been trying to mend some of my ways and cut back just a bit on my eating because my 58 year old paunch doesn't seem to be going down.

So, let's review a couple of things that I've been doing lately to get things under control. I'll use last night's dinner as an example.

Last night I made "Greesh" (that's my self-annointed "grits and hash" concoction) from left over tri-tip (I made chimichurri tri-tip Sunday). I take and cut up left over meat and combine it with a couple of tomatoes, some bell pepper, onion, a jalapeno and some spices and then serve it over a bed of cheesey grits. It's goooooooood.

But, I thought to myself, "Self, let's try this a bit differently." so here's the things I tried differently last night to try to cut back just a bit:

1. Use smaller plates. We've got one set that are about an inch smaller in diameter than our others. The food fills the plate better and seems like more.

2. Only one serving. It was a full serving but I only did one.

3. Put your fork down on the plate after you take each bite.

4. Chew slower and thoroughly. Interesting, I could taste the food better. I got all the different flavors from the acid of the tomatoes to the cumin and chipotle I sprinkled on to the hint of chimichurri I used to marinade the tri-tip.

5. Take a drink after each bite. (You're supposed to take a sip of water but I'm a milk drinker and always have been--skim).

And that's pretty much it. I was full. Not bad. I could have eaten more--like seconds and felt pretty stuffed afterward. But it was OK. And we've got more left-overs for lunch than usual.

Oh, and I forgot one last thing that I did. I waited until my wife went to bed and then put a couple of Pop-Tarts in the toaster! That did the trick!

That's the Cheap Bastid Way: Eat Good. Eat Cheap. Be Grateful!

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