Monday, January 03, 2011
Two things get in my way: compulsive eating when I'm not hungry and not enough activity. I'm soon going to solve the last one, but the first one still gets me.
Sometimes, I can be hungry for quite a while before eating and I'll feel great, comfortable with being hungry! Those are the times I really enjoy.
Other times, I want to eat (not feeling truly empty yet) and I keep thinking about food until I eat. At those times, I am confused as to why I need food. I'm beginning to think that it's because I need protein, but not necessarily a full meal. I'm going to test that idea by eating a handful of walnuts or almonds if I'm not at a truly empty place.
I know I crave pastries or sweets sometimes, but my sweet tooth is satisfied by gum many times. When I was with my daughter and grandsons recently for a total of 4 days, I had a chocolate eclair, a pastry, egg frittata, enchilada, wonderful restaurant breakfast: you get the idea! When I went home and weighed myself, I had still lost weight. I didn't overeat and I did enjoy the food we ate.
That tells me that an occasional sweet or a bit of fat is not the sabotage of my weight loss. The sabotage is compulsive eating. Tonight I allowed spaghetti sauce and pasta, salad dressing on my salad and an oatmeal scone, but stayed within my calorie range. The reason I did that is because otherwise I couldn't eat with restraint tomorrow. I have to have pleasure and enjoyment in my food or I can't change my lifestyle to correct portions.