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I can have it if I want it . . . . and then somehow, I don't want it


Friday, November 09, 2012

This happened twice yesterday.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to not track, and eat more intuitively. No foods are off limits, but you are encouraged to think about whether you really want it.

In the morning I ran out of time, so I did not prepare lunch for the kids & myself. I I found myself happily in the line at the cafeteria with a piece of banana cake on my tray. No food is off limits, right? I have not had something like this all to myself for months. Yum. Then I looked at my watch. 11.30am. With the kids I often eat lunch around this time . . and I thought to myself, do I really want cake? Is that the fuel that my body wants at this time? No. I want lunch. I put the cake back and selected a salad sandwich. And ate the apple I brought. No need for cake.

In the afternoon I was in a shopping centre starting my Christmas shopping with my daughter asleep in the pusher. I started to think about getting a muffin. I can if I want to. Which somehow took all the desire out of it. I'm not hungry. I finish shopping. I go home. Later I am peckish, so I chop some grapes & mix them through some greek yoghurt. Healthy & satisfying.

I'm not saying this is always going to work - but I am really pleased with how these occasions went. In both cases I was not feeling deprived or virtuous in making a better decision. I was thinking about what my body needed.

Woo hoo!
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SHEILA1505 11/11/2012 4:37AM

    I love this !

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WATERMELLEN 11/9/2012 7:50PM

    Fantastic. I state of mind devoutly to be wished! (I'm in the SLENDERELLA group, unfortunately . . .we both gotta track. )

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SLENDERELLA61 11/9/2012 6:38PM

    Impressive!! You are doing fantastic. I have not been able to do that, although I've been at goal weight almost 4 years now. Maybe someday I will have good sense when it comes to food, but for now I have to track because otherwise I don't know when to stop.

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POSITIVEPAULA8 11/9/2012 6:17PM

    Awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYJM4 11/9/2012 6:11PM

    a light bulb moment. Well done.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/9/2012 5:09PM

    Feels weird at first, doesn't it? But it really is more sensible. Being able to have something if you want it does kind of take the allure out of it. Plus, if you decide to go ahead and have it, I think you will eat it with more appreciation and enjoy it more.


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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/9/2012 4:04PM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/9/2012 3:59PM

    Those are real breakthrough moments. Good for you!!

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