Curving cravings with rewards
Friday, August 17, 2012
So last night was one of the few nights where I'm home for an hour to relax after dinner. Usually I'm so busy with training I get home, shower, eat, and then my head hits the pillows. That's probably a good thing as it doesn't give me a chance for late night cravings to kick in.
Last night, instead of my body thanking me for giving it a slight break (only did my core lifts, not the assistance work) it wanted ice cream... jerk. I bought a couple single size servings of ice cream with the new mindest that "If I don't eat them now, I can enjoy them more later." This change of attitude has worked great and those little guys have survived a week and a half in my apartment! Ice cream/ treats never live that long in my home, so I'm really liking my new thought process and it may be the key to indulging responsibly in the years to come. I even have some individually wrapped dark chocalates @ 30 cals apiece that are only missing two from their box. It used to be that if I had one of anything, I had to finish the box. My monster is starting to be tamed.
But I wanted something cool and sweet and sugary after my dinner. I have eaten perfectly this week (seriously, I'm so proud of myself. Check my trackers back to Monday and forward to Sunday :) been on the lower end of calories to make up for a beach/cookout vacation last weekend) I checked spark and I could fit the cals/carbs/fat just fine and be in the middle of my range, so why shouldn't I?
Becuase ice cream is garbage calories and isn't good fuel for my body that I need. Not like I had the room and decided to have 1/4 cup brown rice and an egg or something. So I needed some way to beat this, without white knuckling it and going to bed in a bad mood. Then I remembered that some of us had talked about going to a mexican place for lunch today.
I told myself that if I could leave the ice cream in the freezer, not only could I enjoy it a different day, but I'd let myself order some real food today. Bam! Craving instantly went away and I went to bed maybe a little hungry, but happy.
I'm so sick of being that guy that always orders salds or a little piece of grilled chicken when we go out to eat. Now I can order and actual, responsible, meal from this place and be content. Thinking about getting fajitas and just eating the meat/veggies- no tortilla. My carbs are always what end up high anway. Looking forward to this, and proud of myself for saying no to even a semi-ok indulgence.