Anna eats smaller portions thanks to this really simple idea

WHEN I saw Anna Clark’s post in our Facebook Group I just knew I had to share it. Her story is something SO many people will resonate with because I know a lot of people are in a similar situation.  

Anna’s self-worth was attached to food. In her childhood, she formed a belief that  if you had a small plate of food it would mean you were unimportant and undervalued. 

So at some point, again in her childhood, she decided she would always make sure she had a big portion of food in front of her because she was worth it. 

But of course, this is no good when you want to lose weight, and a big inner conflict developed when she started the Slimpod Programme, because she was being nudged to want smaller portions. 

Watch the video below and you’ll discover how Anna got around the problem of smaller portions, lost over 10.5kg (23lbs) and this year got into the suit she wore for her wedding 25 years ago! 



Do you have  self-limiting beliefs which are causing you an inner conflict? 

Maybe you have just started to realise this is happening since you’ve been on the Slimpod programme? 

Do they cause you to overeat or perhaps mean you don’t sleep well? So many people have limiting beliefs which prevent them from sleeping.  Crazy but true!   

But when you start unravelling these beliefs and dealing with them, it’s life-changing! 


Join me on my lives this this week

Tuesday at 7.30pm UK time (June 29) on our main Slimpod for Weight Loss FB page (make sure you hit the like button and you’ll get a notification when I go live).

Wednesday (June 30) I’ll be back hosting the live chat in our private Slimpod Club community on FB at 8pm UK time.  I’ll be discussing Anna’s story and much more! 

I’d love to get to know you over on Instagram too so join me there.


Smaller portions: Read Anna’s story 

“I have always loved food too much to deny myself.

I have mostly controlled my weight through exercise, but it is always the first thing to go when life gets too hard, so my weight has fluctuated and overall increased.

I got even fatter, thinking Covid was temporary and that we needed food treats to get through lockdown. I was shocked to find out how big I’d become when my husband had to do a BMI test for his work and thought it would be ‘fun’ if we both did it.

The test said I was obese, so more at risk of Covid, which I found terrifying. I started a meal replacement programme and did lose weight, but knew it wasn’t sustainable.

That was when I came across Slimpod. I liked the clinical trials, 10 days free and money back guarantee, and that Sandra is properly accessible and accountable not some remote figurehead.

Although I’m reasonably active with dog walking and cycling, I’ve found it hard to up the exercise with Slimpod.

I’ve decided that’s okay because what I need to do is learn to eat differently.

Slimpod is helping me unpick my relationship with food, but it’s very complex. Food is delicious and celebratory but also a weapon of control.

When I was a child, my mum always took the smallest portion, so I mistakenly thought her portion size was a reflection of her worth rather than her nutritional needs.

It made me never want to be like that.

I wanted an equal (or even the biggest) share, or the portion of dessert with the cherry on top, or the slice of pizza with the most cheese.

But I live with two growing teenage sons and my husband, and it’s not appropriate for me to eat the same amount as them. I needed smaller portions!

My childhood has always made me want to taste everything and I was terrified of missing out. I hated being at a restaurant and seeing someone else eat a meal that was more delicious than mine.

I have spent most of my adult life not enjoying Christmas (in fact most organised celebrations) because of negative associations.

Slimpod helped me reclaim Christmas.

I’m not even sure how the pods made me realise there might be another way to think about Christmas and to have the courage to ask the group for advice.

Lynn really made it happen for me by suggesting a simple affirmation.

I have lost 10.5 kg and made my Slimpod goal, to fit into my wedding suit on my silver wedding anniversary.

Anna’s wedding day

Anna 25 years on

Through the programme I have reduced snacking. I’m very attached to my breakfast of a smoothie with kefir, fruit, seeds, oats and now spinach and broccoli.

So I have that for my lunch instead.

I feel very relaxed about food through the day, but I still have a bit of weight to lose and portion size at evening family meals is my biggest challenge.

When I spoke to Sandra about the trigger of evening meals, she suggested I needed a reminder about what is an appropriate portion size for me, maybe a post-it note (she hasn’t been to my house to know that a post-it would get lost in the chaos).

I decided to treat myself to a really special place setting with little plates. This reminds me that I am special, but special enough to have a portion size that’s right for me.

Now and again on Slimpod, someone says something that gives me a lightbulb moment.

Sandra told me she was proud to have the smallest portion in her family, and now I feel proud every time I manage to have a smaller portion.

PLEASE leave a comment below to tell Anna what you think of her success and to tell me how you’re getting on. Note that all comments are moderated before being published so may not appear straight away.

11 thoughts on “Anna eats smaller portions thanks to this really simple idea”

  1. Janice Cowburn

    Thanks for sharing your story Anna – what I found really interesting was the association of your mother taking the smaller portion, and you reading into that, that she was less worthy. When I was small, there were 7 of us in the family and most ‘treats’ in the form of cake slices or biscuit bars came in a pack of 6, so my mum used to do without, and I’m wondering now if somewhere deep in my psyche, I have a similar association – food for thought, pardon the pun!

  2. That is a very interesting and inspiring story. So many of our limiting beliefs and drivers for unhelpful behaviours are hidden away in our unconscious. I sometimes feel there are two versions of me in the same body. My rational mind has made these sound decisions about what is good for me to eat and drink and I am proud of myself for making good decisions about my health. But one evening I will be outside of myself watching aghast as the rebel self walks to the shop and buys a 70 cls bottle of red wine and a family bag of cheese and onion crisps. 1/2 bottle of wine and an empty bag of crisps later, I’ll have a word with myself.
    I’m on a good vibe with Slimpod. I am not feeling the urge and when I did have cocktails out with friends I enjoyed it and didn’t use it as an excuse to go and buy wine and crisps in the following days. I love the idea of a beautiful small place setting, I am going to get one.

  3. I do identify with this on some level. I grew up with a very skinny big brother (6 years older) who always got bigger portions than me, and I wanted the same as him, or else it wasn’t fair! I was a chunky child, very possibly as a result, but, looking back nearly 60 years(!), I think I had other food issues too that have continued all my life.
    I’m delighted for you, Anna, that you’ve found what works for you!

  4. What a good idea to make a fuss of the place setting for the smaller plate taking the focus off piling the plate with food. I will try that I am already using a smaller plate I just need not to pile it high with food particularly pasta.

  5. Clare Partridge

    I love that idea and also adopted a similar thing. We have wide bowls for most meals and I treated us to some lovely cutlery which makes every meal feel special. Simple things make a difference 😀

  6. Thank you Anna, and other Podders.
    Good advice, I plan to use a smaller plate.
    My slim mother always had similar portions to us, but she never snacked between meals, my downfall.

  7. That’s a great idea, going to try that! I grew up as one of six in my family too, reading your story I can relate my mum done the same or basically ate on the go! Can’t recall her sitting down to anything like the meals she dished up for us as kids, psychological roots there somewhere I think, Thanks for the tip😘

  8. Food portion size is a real issue for me. I think a smaller plate size sounds a good idea to try.
    How much smaller is the plate you are using now??
    Is it a side plate size?? Or is there an in between size I don’t know about??
    Thank you for your thoughts
    Much love
    Linda 😘

    1. Margaret Thompson

      Linda the plates we used up until 2 years ago were 10″ plates. We changed to 9″ plates. You wouldn’t believe the difference it makes. Our plates also have 1″ /1.5″ of an edge which I try not to fill.

  9. Wow, that’s been a bit of a lightbulb for me! Coming from a family of 4 children it’s probably why I go for the biggest bit of everything (until recently)! Thank you for sharing! I’ve got some more exploring to do! ❤️

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