Wednesday, December 05, 2012
So I did absolutely horrible over thanksgiving. I loved being home and the great times with friends and family, but I overate by so much. It wasn't the meals that got me, that wouldn't have been a problem, it was the grazing and after dinner snacking that did me in. If nothing else, I think I finally fully reaslized something about myself that leads to the endless munching and why I feel I am unable to stop.
My body hates coming down from being completely full.
I've come to think of my fullness in 4 levels.
1. Hungry- This is where you are actually physcially hungry, not just wanting something to eat. Your stomache is growling, you can feel that you do in fact need to put some calories in you. Surprisingly, this is when I'm safest. I know I can wait to fuel myself with a good meal that is planned, and I actually like the feeling. Lets me know my body must be burning fat at the moment, so why should I waste that by throwing some sugar at it?
2. Normal- Not sure how to describe this, this is just how you are when you aren't thinking about food at all and energized. I'd say from the time 1-5 hours after a well balanced meal. This is where boredom grazing is a problem, and doing too much of that can lead to the 4th level of fullness
3. Content- That feeling right after a well balanced meal, or an hour after too big a meal that was still full of good protein, whole grains, veggies ect. Great place to be. A cookie is kind of tempting right here. Something like that would make me nice and satisfied, but its not like there's anything screaming that I need one
4. Full- Big Thanksgiving meal full. To me, this is both great and a curse, and the reason I keep snacking. Being completely full feels great, and its like once I hit it, my body doesn't want to come down from it. About half hour after this I feel slow, sluggish, and uncomfortable. You'd think this would be enough deterent for me to keep me from eating too much, but sadly it is not. This is the time a cookie or something looks absolutely amazing and I can't say no. After snacking at this point I feel great again for 10 mins, then even worse. Then I can grab a slice of pie and feel wonderful again for 15 mins, then even worse. Then a handful of m&ms and I'm good, Vicious, vicious cycle
If nothing else, packing on 10 pounds over 4 days of being home I know what I need to not do when I'm home for 3 weeks over. Biggest thing will be avoiding getting to that completly full stage. Especially if I reach that point on treats in the first place. If I do get there after a good meal, I need to use my will power and not have anything and fight to let the craving pass. If I grab one thing I'm done. Its like "well you already messed up, so what's the harm in another chocolate ball that's only like 100 calories?" then I do that 8-12 times before going to bed disgusted with myself.
Having an idea of the problem is the only way I can find the solution. My body hates coming down from being full, so either fight it down or don't get there. Easy to say, now I have to do it.