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PANIC or In-Charge......bette
r to feel hungry!? What!?

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Good morning from the DFW area of Texas!

"It is better to feel hungry, than it is to overeat!"
("Paula's Thoughts")

How can someone say this? Who wants to hear "stomach growls" anyway?

This is how it is with me. How about you?

I discovered later on in my journey that one of my big issues of being overweight and then struggling during my early times in the "journey to the new me", I wasn't going to allow myself to "suffer" in my journey. I was going to keep it all healthy and just ship-shape and correct. I wasn't going to starve myself into submission of obtaining a "new me". So, I never allowed myself to get hungry, feel hunger pains, or hear stomach growls. I soon realized that "keeping my stomach quiet" easily added on some calories, mostly unplanned. Who can ever "plan a growl?" Once I started to work on "keeping quiet", that lead very easily to binging by just putting unplanned food in my mouth.

What was I thinking? Where was my mind? I was PANICKING as I always had done in my morbidly obese lifestyle. My PANICKING only caused me to fail and fail and fail again. Food was just too important to me. I wasn't willing to go that far just to lose weight. I couldn't and wouldn't deprive myself to "feeling hungry" just to lose weight. I thought to myself "People are just crazy to do that if they're losing weight!"

Now that I've been on my almost 4 year (March 2009) "journey to the new me" and have lost over 200 pounds, I enjoy a growl from time to time!
I even enjoy to hear a growl during our Sunday morning sermon! It is just wonderful to be ABLE and WILLING to hear those sometimes faint, sometimes loud noises that remind me that "I'm doing something", "I'm in charge of my food", "I don't have to think that I'm starving", "I don't have to PANIC", "I've actually lost some weight", "I'm experiencing something new that I've not experienced in too many years to count", "I'm able to "join the chorus" of all of the other stomach growls in church!"

I consider the "feeling hungry-stomach growl syndrome" to be a blessing. It just reinforces to me that with God and Spark People friends and family, I can be in charge and reach my goals and enjoy a little noise at the same time!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

"(C)", 2013, Paula Boyd-Friend, all rights reserved

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SOSHIV2011 1/14/2013 10:58AM

  Very inspiring....please don't ever stop sharing your journey. One day in 2013, I hope to have the symbol "I lost 30 lbs" in my blog page.
I completed my first week. I still feel a bit shaky and not-sure-if-I-can-do-this feelings of discouragement and lack of hope but trying to conquer the negatives and keep pushing myself.

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4RASCALS 1/11/2013 7:21AM

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ADZY86 1/10/2013 7:47AM

    Wow! I love this blog. It really made me think. I agree: it is better to feel hungry than to overeat. I too sometimes like feeling that flutter/growl of hungriness, because it does remind you that you are doing something right. I remember in the days when I ate anything and everything in sight that I could go weeks, even months, without every truly feeling 'hungry'. Yes, I would eat of course, but not really because I was hungry, just because I wanted to eat!

Thanks for this blog. I'm sitting here just starting to feel those hunger growls but right in the middle of writing a conclusion for my report. You've just reminded me that I CAN and WILL be able to go another 20 minutes with this feeling without starving, and be able to finish my report and THEN go and eat. emoticon

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_CYNDY55_ 1/10/2013 12:26AM

"It is better to feel hungry, than it is to overeat!"
Stomach growling is A-okay!
emoticon Your emoticon Loved it

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MPETERSON2311 1/9/2013 2:16PM

    well said. thanks for your thoughts.I love reading them- very inspiring.

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ALISHAB3 1/9/2013 2:09PM

    Once I learned that it was ok to be hungry, that I wasn't going to die, and that the pain only lasted a few minutes, I was on my way to weight loss. Now, I just roll my eyes: so what, I'm a little hungry, I would have to be hungry for months before I was in trouble, not just 15 minutes.

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    I love your insight Paula. I use to do the same thing, one growl and something was shoved in my face! Not anymore! I try to make sure I have protein in every meal or snack which has worked for me. Thank you for sharing!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 1/9/2013 1:53PM

    Very wise words! Thank you for the great blog!

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DETERMINED_ME 1/9/2013 1:46PM

    I've never thought about it in that manner before but now that I read this, yes, I have been letting my stomach growl much more frequently lately. Strange!

Thanks for all the encouragement! You are doing emoticon


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HUNGRYWOMAN2 1/9/2013 1:18PM

    I understand what you are saying. For me, I sometimes don't heed the small hunger signals and will wait until I am to the point of eating everything I see.
I personally do best when I eat regularly. However, often it is, I try to make the best filling choices available.
You have reminded me of some important points. I emoticon for sharing.
Your experience is teaching you what you need to do for yourself. emoticon

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KITT52 1/9/2013 12:50PM

    I feel just like fact if my tummy is not growling at some point in the day, I know I'm eating to much

real starvation is feeling weak, light headed, and pain in your stomach and you are willing to eat anything, bark off trees if thats all you

thanks for sharing

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    I guess I have company afterall...... I kinda like the growling. It reminds me that calories and fat are being attacked inside my body! emoticon

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NELLJONES 1/9/2013 10:42AM

    Everyone has stomach growls now and then, even people who have never had a weight problem. We'll live. We are never very far from our next meal.

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TWEETIBEAR 1/9/2013 9:58AM

    I had a friend once tell me whenever her stomach growled (she was on a health journey), she put it into her mind that it was the sound of her stomach shrinking, even if just a silly millimeter! What a cool apparently worked. She maintains looking good after many many years. (I tell myself, "sure, SHE can do it, she was never obese like me). But what she did with her mind games, is see that she never GOT obese. And we all play mind games to help ourselves through life!

Thanks for the great blog!

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 1/9/2013 9:36AM

    Heh heh...yes, an occasional "growl" never hurt anyone!

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ZANNBEE 1/9/2013 8:30AM

    That's why fasting allows us to draw closer to God.

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DEBPRE16 1/9/2013 8:15AM

    I never felt hungry before I started a healthier lifestyle. I thought what is this feeling? I don't like it. Now I am "more" used to getting hungry for meals.



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