I had a conversation with someone, not to long ago, about how she just didn't want to have to think about food every single day. She knows how to lose weight (been there done that), but once she stopped thinking about food, the weight crept back on. She really wishes she could just not think about food and have it be done.
Good god! Me too!!
But that really is not the case at all.
I think about food every . single . day. Period.
But at least now it's not the 'What am I going to indulge in next" or "what can I eat to make myself feel better" (who knew I was even doing that before??? But I was! Oh yes, I was.) or "omg, I really need to have ______ " because 9 times out of 10, it was garbage I was really needing to "have".
Now it's more like this: "What are we going to eat that is healthy enough for the kids and fast enough so we can get to our next activity" or "Geez, we haven't had that in a while" or "Well, I already overdid it with the salt, I think we are going to go this way for dinner tonight" or the ultimate "I am really close to being in or out of my calorie range for today, and I really want to be on track, so let's skip this and go for that."
See... I still think of food, but it's with a different frame of mind.
Even during the holidays, there is always this little voice in the back of my head calculating the calories of the prior week's "sins". It has become a part of my brain to think that way. Heck, I know for sure how much a slice of bread's calorie count should be for a portion during a meal. Nooooooo...don't worrry.... I'm really not obsessive, it's just that it has become knowledge after tracking food for so darned long!
Don't get me wrong, do I have moments when I don't want to think about food? I sure do! Are there times when I let caution fly to the wind and lower the flood gates? I sure do! Do I sometimes have a blast! I sure do! Do I regret sometimes that I did go out of my "new normal" comfort zone? I sure do!
I would say that 9 times out of 10... I am thinking about food, every minute of the day. It's like guys thinking about sex 90% of the day! LOL OMG I just realized that right here...right now! LMAO!!! Funny stuff...but true!
What I'm trying to say is that you HAVE to think before you do or act or in our case, eat... as with everything in life. This weightloss thing is no different.
Now off I go, to tuck the kids into bed and finish my water so I can get up and pee at 2 a.m. It's like clockwork...I'd miss if it didn't happen, just like tracking my food! LOL