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Travel, the meaning of hunger, travel plans...

Friday, March 29, 2013

I am getting all my favorite (and therefore indispensable) electronics charged up and getting the maps updated on my Garmin... this is exciting since the last real vacation I took was with the family in 2007ish.

I have also had an interesting realization this morning as I woke up with a mildly growl-y tummy... this is a good thing, I think. I didn't go to bed hungry, I was satisfied... but I like the sense of being hungry in the morning. To me this signals that I have eaten enough without going too far in either direction. I know that I have eaten way too much the day before if I wake up and am not hungry.

I think by really buckling myself back into my "program", it is allowing me to really pay attention to some of my physical cues of satiety. I am also much better able to stop eating and pass by the sweet treats that I WANT but do not NEED. After several years of "sorta" counting calories and exercise, I am much more aware of when my body is needing something rather than my sweet-tooth just wanting.

I have also found that as long as I am patient for a few days to a week, if I am cutting the number of calories that I eat, my body will adjust fine to the new level of eats. I also find myself making better choices since I will am eating less. It is all too easy to fill yourself up on high calorie junk, when you can eat a ton of freggies and still have calories to spare, including for those tasty treats we all love.

Today, the temptation is a container of cupcakes in the kitchen. I have managed to avoid them... I chose to have 2 fig newtons and a cup of sweet chai instead of a cupcake and the chai. That was after a morning snack of an orange (which I have been gobbling up like MAD, I think I'm trying to eat the sunshine) and a cup of coffee, and a great wrap sandwich with turkey, lettuce & green pepper & low fat cheese, with a side of sliced green pepper.

So, despite the temptations, I am holding firm and mostly within my calorie range.

As I mentioned before, I am already steeling myself for my trip to the PacNW. I am sure the temptations will be legion. I will have my eyes peeled for lots of seafood and salads... and the occasional doughnut. I will also be looking for a treadmill, walking track or some such. My progress will NOT be lost!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JLEMUS1 4/1/2013 12:40PM

    Your ready kick butt!!! emoticon

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DEEEBEE 3/29/2013 11:52PM

    Your comment "I know that I have eaten way too much the day before if I wake up and am not hungry" is something I should pay attention to. I never thought of that before.

And THANK YOU for the flowers. I love them.

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PJBONARRIGO 3/29/2013 5:45PM

    It sounds like you have a good plan and are ready to have a great vacation! Bring it on! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/29/2013 5:24PM

    Have a wonderful time!!!

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BABYSOX 3/29/2013 4:40PM

    I hear you. I so agree that if I wake up without being a little bit hungry, I too know that I overate the day before. Have a great trip.

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    I was thinking something similar the other day when my stomach was growling, it's nice to actually FEEL hunger every once in a while instead of assuming it's time to eat.

That is wonderful you are going on vacation, it feels so good to get away and have a change of scenery at times. And it looks like you've got a plan to stay on track.


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QINGRAM 3/29/2013 2:52PM

    Sounds like you've got a plan!

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EWL978 3/29/2013 2:41PM

    Just keep on keeping on!!!

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UMBILICAL 3/29/2013 2:28PM

  Hunger - we rarely experience this.

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