Sunday, October 13, 2013
Not sure whether it's psychological or physiological or both, but as the pounds are now steadily and slowly vanishing from week to week, I have noticed that both my appetite and my cravings are waning as well. In any case, it is certainly a good thing, and has had a compounding effect thus far on the weight loss to date.
I have read that as the body shrinks in size, fewer calories are needed. Hence, fewer calories are desired. Granted, I still eat poorly at times, but, thankfully, for the most part it is not so often about giving in to a craving anymore as it is now about giving in to old, familiar and in a way, comfortable habit. For example, a stressful day at work could lead to some cupcakes later. Even though I was not thinking about the cupcakes while going through the motions during that stressful workday as I was so often in the past. Today I occasionally give in to the cupcake, or whatever else, because I am looking to feel good, even if only for a minute. While this can be a problem and there is a challenge at hand to avoid and substitute in a healthy way, this is not nearly as difficult as talking myself through a monster craving. I get fewer and fewer of the latter.
So, I guess my takeaway from this little, public reflection is to better target the coping with comfort food habit that is neither effective nor healthy. Since the cravings are waning, I can now focus my attention on this other pesky food intake generator. I am going to work on finding and utilizing healthy substitutes to serve as fill-in comforters in lieu of food. And here's a short list for now, so as to remind myself: reading, calling friends, playing ball with my daughter, cleaning (no really, it helps me!), and well, blogging.
As always, thanks for reading.