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Gaining weight at middle age is no surprise to those of us who have been there. It's happened to most of my friends. What I didn't know was that vanity would be the least reason why I needed to work on getting rid of my extra weight.


I've been trying (and mostly succeeding) to eat half of what I normally would consume during meals. The reason I don't get hungry is because I make sure to eat something nutritious and healthy every three hours. In between those half-meals, I have snacks like fruit, carrot sticks, nuts, a slice of whole wheat toast with nut butter. Another snack that works when I'm feeling super hungry is a little plain yougurt with a few sliced strawberries and a tablespoon of low-fat granola or flaxseed sprinkled on top.


I have not been hungry with this program, and have plenty of energy to get through my day, including the always daunting exercise portion. Eating this way and exercising regularly makes me feel really good. I'm never hungry. I'm never full either, and that's good for my reflux.


I used to love that feeling of being really full, like you can't put anything else in there. I never ate to the point of discomfort, but just enough to feel, there, I don't need one more thing. I can rest easy. I had to stop doing that. And every once in a while, I will just have to have that third piece of pizza, which is the number that takes me to the place of joy. (These days I'm down to one slice, half of my "normal" pizza consumption.) It's totally a health thing. I've had so many health risks associated with overeating and not exercising: hypoglycemia was first, then gall stones, and now reflux deluxe, aka [Link Removed].


The mini-meals is the first thing that has worked for me that didn't include buying all kinds of weird nutiritional supplements like whey and dandelion tea and flaxseed. (Atlhough I like flaxseed now. It's in the diet, on top of the yougurt.) It's the first plan that elminates nothing: I can eat whatever's in the fridge, just less of it. It felt weird the first time I cut a turkey burger in half, and I only worked up to a halfing my bowl of cereal today. But one of the benefits (besides feeling better) is that I have my next meal already there. Another virtue: not a lot of extra prep.


Am I losing weight? Not that I can tell. But I feel better, so that's a start.


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