Progress is slow but sure
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Today I visited my friends at the gourmet take-out. I've been avoiding their wonderful store because it is filled with food I'm not eating right now. Not only do I want to avoid temptation, I would feel bad if I walked into the store and left without purchasing anything.
They noticed I've been "working hard" and I explained that the reason I've been walking by without entering the store for the last months is because they have too many excellent foods that I'm not eating right now, and one of the benefits of working hard now is that one day I'll be able to eat there again. It is good that my hard work is starting to get noticed.
I don't think of my eating plan as denying myself food. Instead I think of it as the current plan I'm following and one day I'll be able to modify the plan and eat different foods. It took me about six weeks to get accustomed to a 1,200 calorie diet, and I've developed a very good sense of what I need to eat to stay within 1,200 calories. When I'm able to switch to a 2,000 calorie plan, I'll have a period of adjustment while I gain a good sense of the meaning of 2,000 calories.
I've learned to embrace my hunger. I think of it as my body trying to get me to take the easy route - to satisfy my hunger by eating. Instead, I'm forcing my body into the harder route of using up my stored calories. I do have some low-calorie snacks in the house - applesauce, fruit, yogurt or pretzels - and I do have a snack every afternoon, but I don't automatically respond to hunger with food.