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Bye bye to hunger & cravings?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

So I've got to admit, I really like my job!

I got a new boss the other day. My boss lives out in Las Vegas (which is nice...other than the obvious reason that he is 2000 miles away, I get lots of reasons to go out there....like next week for 3 days!)

But it's always dicey breaking in a new boss and we spent all day getting him up to speed on all the big muscle movements of the far flung empire I run.

It went great....he's going to be a good boss, which helps, because I demand that my bosses be good and get really pissed off when they're not!

However, the day went long and by the time I got him on an airplane back home and got caught up in the office on all the other goings on today, it was too late to get to the gym. I've got a dinner tomorrow night (a fish fry with a lot of local yahoos), so I'll need to duck out early to get in some ST, then drive the 45 minutes to this dude's dude ranch. So since getting back home from the cruise, I'll have eaten out 4 times in 3 days....sheesh!

But I'm getting the hang of low carb dining out and it certainly is much easier than I expected. No bread when they bring out a basket full of steaming loaves, ditch the croutons in the salads, leave the potatoes, rice & pastas alone (actually I've found that if you ask the wait staff nicely to give you a double serving of veggies instead of the starch dish, most of them can make that happen), and somehow, magically and mysteriously, by the time the meal is done, I really don't feel tempted in the least by dessert.

I guess what has impressed me the most about ditching the carbs is the stability it has bought to my appetite....I can go hours without eating and am OK.

Today we had a working lunch with my boss. I had ordered a salad with chicken, which somehow got translated into a heap of chicken salad.....a jumbled up mash of chicken in a weird and uninteresting sauce. My staff (already a little edgy about the visit) started doing the funky chicken dance and got all worried that they screwed me over on the lunch (which they did) and started coming up with these harebrained schemes to correct the situation ("Boss I'm going to personally strangle the guy who did this!")

I told them to relax, that I could forgo lunch and still survive.....and I really felt like it was no big deal to not eat anything for 4-5 hours.

They looked at me like I had just punched the Pope and yet I felt perfectly calm knowing that I haven't had strong cravings or hunger pangs in a few weeks.

Even at night, which has historically been my time of weakest resistance to snacking, I don't feel like I have to go eat something sweet mere hours after dinner.

For that reason alone, I feel better and better about this new lifestyle change

Have a great night Spark friends!
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VHALKYRIE 8/7/2012 10:57AM

    [Snip] Whoops, this got posted to the wrong blog! Sorry!

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HAKAPES 8/4/2012 6:36AM

    Some days I have those "no hunger" days, some days I just eat. Then I balance that back with more exercise.

How come your appetite went down?
Did you make something special to do it?

I follow the same strategy in restaurants during work meals, I just ask for a salad or double veggies as a side dish. Often, I order a starter salad as a side dish.

What do you do that you love so much?

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SHERYL_B 8/3/2012 8:45PM

    Yeah Vegas! How great that you got along!

Yeah to no cravings!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 8/3/2012 1:14PM

    Great news all around! I don't consciously eat low carb but really do focus on protein and fat in my meals and also lots of fruits and veggies as my carbs. I haven't been too hungry lately, either but like I said, I'm not as conscientious as you are about low carb.

Glad to see you back!

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BEATLETOT 8/3/2012 11:56AM

    I'm glad your new boss is awesome, and I'm intrigued by your low-carb experience!

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EGALITAIRE 8/3/2012 9:17AM

    Can it get any better?

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SALONKITTY 8/3/2012 9:01AM

    That's one of my favourite discoveries with low carb....the lack of cravings and the balanced moods. I was a night time snacker, too. It sounds like you're doing really well! emoticon

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BILL60 8/3/2012 8:53AM

    Way to go!! Your life just get better and better.

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VHALKYRIE 8/3/2012 8:34AM

    Glad the new boss doesn't suck! "Bummer" about the work trips to Vegas! ;)

My low carb journey has a similar discover to yours - I can go hours without meals! An occasional skipped meal is no problem! No snacking! I'm free! Free at last!

"Appetite stability" is a great way to describe it.

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KANOE10 8/3/2012 8:32AM

    I have been eating low carb for two years. It is amazing how happy and satisfied you can be. You really get used to asking for double vegetables or telling them to leave the croutons off the salad.

You sound happy and positive about your healthy life. Exceellent job of not eating something you did not want to eat!

I am glad your cravings and snack attacks have diminished!

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LADYJAKE1 8/3/2012 8:09AM

    Good for you, the more I stick to low carb the less I snack and the less hungry I am. I have been walikg alot bc I live in Michigan which means 7.5 months of cold weather.

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SAFARIBABE 8/3/2012 6:20AM

    WTG! I'm glad the low-carb thinbg is working for you! On the boss front I WISH my boss were 2000 miles away. 200,000 would be better still!! LOL Shame you'll have to go out to Vegas regularly. LOL Maybe one of these times we won't miss by a week! Welcome back. Sounds like you jumped right back into the swing of things!

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/3/2012 3:21AM

    It is really great to read this! I am so happy you found what works for you!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 8/3/2012 1:34AM

    That's pretty amazing! Good to see it working for you :)

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WOUBBIE 8/2/2012 11:51PM

    Stability is a good word to use. None of that unpredictability of how you're going to feel from hour to hour: sleepy, tired out, energetic, craving something, who knows what ....

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/2/2012 11:33PM

    " . . . no big deal to not eat anything for 4-5 hours. . . ."
That's amazing! Even when I have strictly protein snacks, I have to eat *something* every couple of hours.
Lucky guy : )


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