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Happy Birthday to Me! My Natural Appetite Has Returned!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Having had to ration my Spark People activity and focus on work lately has been a little tough. Today, though, I noticed that my natural appetite has returned, and a wonderful thing that is, so I couldn't resist sharing. Plus, it's my birthday, so I decided to cut myself a break and write a quick blog entry instead of working on other stuff all afternoon.

If you Google "Natural Appetite", like I just did, to see if there really is such a thing, you might be disappointed. I looked, and all I can find are ads for various appetite suppressants - definitely not what I'm talking about here!

My natural appetite includes:

emoticon A longing for fresh, natural foods, mainly vegetables and fruit
emoticon A distaste for things that contain a lot of sugar. I remember this from last time I lost a lot of weight by getting rid of most of the processed foods in my diet; I can walk down the "snack" aisle and all I smell are these weird chemical smells, plus the heavy smell of sugar. Ugh.
emoticon A strong desire to drink lots of water, with lemon. I bought a bag of meyer lemons at Costco, and I put one in my water pitcher each day, all cut up. I like my water room temperature, and the lemon taste is just divine. I try not to do too much bottled water because I hate plastic waste (lids can't be recycled and birds / fish end up eating them.)
emoticon My ability to polish off several glasses of wine at a sitting has disappeared, and so has my desire to have one glass after another. I still love my wine, but I'm not drinking very much of it at all. A few days ago, I forgot about my nightly glass and didn't even miss it. Another time, before that, I didn't finish my glass of wine.

I wasn't getting hungry very often before, when I was not exercising. Now that I am on this exercise streak, my body is working right again, telling me when I am hungry, and even notifying me about what I should be eating.

What is nicest about this is that I'm not eating a bunch of "diet" foods, instead, I am eating the things I enjoy, in reasonable quantities. I am tracking everything I eat, eating when I get hungry or eating at planned times so that I'm not starving when temptation arises. This, I believe, is my natural appetite.

In other news, I had the SP exercise tracker give me a stern warning about not eating enough!!! Ha!!! It raised my calorie limit to accommodate my workouts, meaning I get to eat even more of the good stuff I love instead of depriving myself.

It's a good life. I feel like I am getting my "self" back. I'm sleeping better, feeling a little more productive, and doing what's best for me. Like I always say, if I can do it, so can you. Feel free to lean on me anytime you need a friend.
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    I missed your birthday!!! Happy Belated Birthday!!
    and I know what you mean about a natural appetite. I too crave fresh freggies. crave them so much I dream about them like other people dream about a hot fudge Sunday :P.
    Since I gave up smoking my wine intake has pretty much disappeared. Though I found myself thinking the other day, hmm I would really like a glass of wine.
    So so glad to hear your getting You back!!! :):)
    2254 days ago
    Happy Birthday, wish I had know yesterday so I could have wished it yesterday. Hope it was a great day. Nancy
    2259 days ago
    It IS a good life!
    2260 days ago
    emoticon for you!! emoticon Sounds like you are on the right track!!!
    2260 days ago
    Fantastic! This is great and really sounds like it is something that you can do for the rest of your life :)And of course, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! emoticon
    2260 days ago
    That sounds devine! Isn't it nice when our bodies finally regulate themselves and the urge for junk subsides!?

    2260 days ago
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