Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Healthy Living for Mom: Portion Control

Oh, portion control. I thought I had you all figured out.

But then the weather cooled down and my weekly menu went from this:

Grilled Chicken w/Salad
Pot Roast w/Veggies & Salad
Spaghetti w/Salad
Shredded Chicken Salad

to this:

Beef Chili w/ Green Chili Cornbread
Corn Chowder  w/ Focaccia
Pulled Pork Sandwiches w/Oven Fries
Take Out: Cafe Rio (Pork Barbacoa Salad…YUM.)

Now, that probably doesn’t jump right out as a vastly different menu vibe, outside of the “w/ Salad” that accompanied each meal in earlier weeks, and had I been able to show some restraint, it wouldn’t have been a bad week.

But, you guys, home made focaccia served alongside creamy from-scratch Corn Chowder? I couldn’t stop eating it!

Marta’s Focaccia (image via Marta Writes)


Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Pot Roast, but not like I love Pulled Pork or Chili with Cornbread.

Maybe the dinners alone wouldn’t have done me in, but the leftovers that called to me each day, begging not to be wasted…yeah, that was probably what did it.

Pulled Pork Sandwich = good.

Pulled Pork Nachos = WAY BETTER.

Before last week, lunch had been turkey spinach wraps with a side of baby carrots.

When is the last time you heard someone say, “Oh! I would kill for more baby carrots”?

Yeah, never.

I’m really trying to glean the lesson from each week (good or bad) and this week my lightbulb moment came when I recognized that, to me, “treat” usually means something sweet. So, when I break out the recipe binder and line up a week of rich and savory dinners, the warning bells don’t go off.

Now I know. A meal of rich soup and delicious buttery bread must be flanked by lighter meals. Leftovers are going into the freezer immediately to perk up the next rainy Autumn day. If I must have a second bowl then I’m going to make sure that the next 24 hours include a visit to the treadmill instead of an evening with Thor.

I bet he didn’t have the soup.


What? I like superhero movies.


  • Starting Weight: 195.5 pounds
  • Week Six Weight: 186.5 pounds (+1.5 pounds this week / -9 pounds total)
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

Read the previous Healthy Living for Mom posts…
Healthy Living for Mom: Metabolism is Magical
Healthy Living for Mom: Treating Yourself
Healthy Living for Mom: Tasks and Travel 
Healthy Living for Mom: Have a plan!
Healthy Living for Mom: One Change at a Time
Healthy Living for Mom: Let’s Do This 

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  2. Carina Wytiaz 10/12/2011 at 8:31 am

    It can be a challenge in cooler weather, for sure. I don’t make a lot of cream-based soups because my picky husband won’t eat them, so soups are usually healthy affairs around here (clear broths and loaded with vegetables.)

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/12/2011 at 8:50 am

      I need some of those recipes! Our soups are just vessels for cream, cheese and bacon.

  3. Rachael Herrscher 10/12/2011 at 8:00 am

    But can’t you have both? Soup, treadmill and Thor all in one night? 😉