Thursday, December 06, 2012
When I think back on the things I used to eat regularly (french fries, potato chips, ice cream, etc.) it is apparent that my eating habits had to change if there was going to be any change in my body, both its size and its energy. I read on other blogs about how much people miss those food items they've left behind and wish they could just eat whatever they want again. I prefer to focus on all the things I do still eat, which is a HUGE list, and not dwell on the things I don't eat much of anymore. Rarely do I feel deprived. All it takes is remembering how I felt when I ate that way, and knowing I don't want to feel that way ever again!
Not that I never eat french fries, chips or ice cream, it's just such a rare time that I do. I used to eat ice cream every.single.night. Now I eat it with my pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas and not much more than that. The fact that I allow myself to enjoy it on those special occasions makes me not feel as deprived as I would if I said "I can't ever eat ice cream again". French fries are something I budget in when we're on vacation, and usually only 1 order. It may sound draconian, but, boy howdy, do I look forward to those fries! It makes them special, it makes eating them not a mindless mouth-stuffing blur.
What I long for at those times when I'm tired of making good food choices usually isn't a particular food as much as just the ability to *not think about it* anymore. But I can't un-ring that healthy bell. Now that I've made the changes I've made and choose to eat the things I do, I just can't not think about what it is I'm putting in my body. Which is a good thing, overall, though it does require regular and consistent thinking and planning, and can be exhausting. But the payoff in a strong and healthy body is worth it!