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:
A longing for fresh, natural foods, mainly vegetables and fruit
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.
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.)
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.