Thursday, July 12, 2012
Yesterday I was talking to a coworker of mine about my weight loss journey. She is 60 and also trying to lose a few pounds. She's also trying to quit smoking, which is causing her weight loss. She always tells me how I look like I've lost a few more pounds and that she's found them. I told her I've come to a point where I've changed my eating habits so much, that I don't really crave certain things anymore, like potato chips.
My husband and I used to buy separate bags of potato chips, because a) we didn't always like the flavor the other wanted and b) if we shared he would eat most of it before I could get any. We're both only children so we're not very good at sharing. ;) So since I started Spark People I stopped buying potato chips for myself. I sometimes buy Olde Cape Cod Popped Crisps because they are delicious and crunchy and only 110 calories a serving, which I WEIGH out every time. But that's besides the point.
Occasionally, my husband will be sitting on the couch with me eating chips, and I will look over and see him and I will want a chip. So I ask him politely if I can have one. He says sure. So I am very careful and pick a nice looking chip, and I eat it.
I enjoy it, but I realize as I'm chewing that potato chips are not as great as I remember them. I always eat only that one chip. (I used to shovel handfuls of chips into my mouth, sometimes half a bag before dinner, craving that oily, salty crunchiness.) But now, I eat one chip, and I think "meh, I don't need any more, they're just okay".
I told this to my coworker and she was amazed. She said I had amazing willpower. But I don't think that's it. I still eat ice cream often, portioned out, and I enjoy it immensely. It always fits into my calories for the day and if it doesn't, I don't eat it. I think it's more that my body just doesn't crave the carbs like it used to, because I'm getting the vitamins and minerals I need from whole foods.
Things I don't eat as much of as I used to:
Potatoes/Potato Chips/French Fries
Again, it's not that I'm forcing myself not to eat these things, I haven't cut them out from my diet at ALL, I just don't want to eat them as much as I used to, and I think this is one of the best things that could ever happen to me. I never wanted to give anything up, because I knew I couldn't maintain it. But it seems as I portion things out and am eating less because of it, I crave it less!
Someday I might try to cut back a little on the ice cream, but as my weight loss is still plugging along at a steady clip, I think I will wait until the summer is over. ;)
Hope all my Spark Friends have a great day!