Distraction as weight loss technique
Monday, January 28, 2013
So, last Wednesday, after my RIPPED class, I came home *ravenous*!! It was still several hours until dinner, but I just had to have SOMETHING. I recently purchased my first jar of PB2 - OMG, what was I waiting for? That stuff is da bomb! Anyway, I decided on some PB2 on a slice of Ezekiel bread.
It was just what I needed, but then I really wanted some soy milk to wash it down - not a huge glass, maybe just 4 ounces or so. Here's where the distraction part came in. I wasn't sure what my calorie total was for the day and how close to my upper limit I was after adding in the post-workout snack, so I fired up the ol' computer to check the numbers. Well, for some reason, either my ancient laptop or our equally geriatric internet connection, I just could not get my calorie counter to load up :-( I got so frustrated. So I'm nursing the PB and bread while trying to check calories so there would be a couple bites left to enjoy with the soy milk, should I have the calories left for it.
Meanwhile, it's time to start dinner, so I start cooking while nibbling tiny bites of the bread and checking my laptop again. And again. Finally, I just finished off my snack, and, what do you know? By that time the craving for the soy milk had passed and I just had a glass of water and was satisfied.
I should try to do this more often - not purposely frustrate myself, but if the outcome is avoiding unnecessary calories, maybe a little frustration isn't a bad thing. Does frustration burn calories? Hmmm...that would be another handy weight loss technique!