Friday, January 01, 2010
I joined SparkPeople in mid-November. Due to tracking my nutrition (especially portions!) and fitness, I've lost 10 pounds as of yesterday. Yay! I want to thank the Spark Team "50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose" for the December challenge motivation to get through the holiday food season. I think I'd have been inclined to let a few more calories settle in without the constant awareness that I'd be posting the daily differential in the forum there.
As far back as I can remember, hunger has not been why I want to eat. If I'm distracted, I can go for hours past a regular mealtime and not miss it. If I've just finished a meal, I can still want to eat many more things.
It has been very interesting to become aware that my "EAT" prompts are really more "CHEW AND SWALLOW" prompts - NOT particularly when I'm hungry.
This insight has given me new motivation to chew everything I DO eat very thoroughly - to taste and to satisfy the chewing and swallowing desire. (gum just doesn't do it for me. There's no substance to the swallowing!)
I've lost and gained the same 20-30 pounds over and over since high school. I seriously want this to be the last time having to lose fat and gain muscle! I want to change the way I think, not just my actions for a period of time, so that I won't go back to the same eating patterns that got me in this shape in the first, second, third, etc.... place.
I think the challenge for me will be in the transition from losing to maintaining the weight and fitness level I want. I have some time to get ready for that. I'm so glad I found Spark People! Thanks, ALLFORONE2009, for giving me the link!!!