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Anticipation is as good as Gratification

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I am a planner. I tend to eat the same breakfast and lunch every day for a few months, then change, but dinner is different every night. I write out my dinner plans with day and cookbook page number, note in my calendar anything that needs to be done in advance (thaw meat, soak beans, put soup on hours in advance) and always have everything I will need in advance. That way I can look forward to it.

At night if I want to "chew", I just picture what my breakfast will look like. Mid morning if I start to get itchy or hungry, I picture my lunch. Then I picture my dinner, and look forward to it. Tonight I will be making a shrimp Pad Thai. I love it, and I can wait for it, and the waiting is more exciting knowing that I'll actually be eating something I love at 6:00. I don't eat between meals, but rather feast on the exciting knowledge of what I know I will be eating. Food is still one of the central thrills in my life, and looking forward to it is part of the thrill. And I get to eat THREE TIMES A DAY!!! Every day.

There are so many things in life that just don't turn out the way we hoped it would. We are disappointed in a date or a holiday that just didn't measure up to our expectations. But when I am doing the planning and the cooking, it will. I don't know about hunger being the best sauce, but anticipation surely is.
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    You're an inspiration. I'm starting SP for the second time. If I had stayed with the program I would be at goal by now but alas....I want to be successful like you!
    2032 days ago
    second blog of your I read wonderful I'm going to add you as a friend so I don't miss any of your wonderful insights Thank You
    2041 days ago
    Wow, did you hit home on this one!!
    Time and time again I've heard this same story or watched it playing out in my own life.
    And used those same exact words!! How long does it take to sink in?
    Each and every week it happens @ one time or another I'm left with me,myself and I and THOSE WORDS!!
    THOSE words are the reason we love this team "At Goal & Maintaing" and why it works for so many.
    People like you out there in front waving those red flags.
    Merci beaucoup Spark friend!!! emoticon
    2043 days ago
    Great idea. I can use this! emoticon
    2066 days ago
    Your comment about "food is one of the central thrills" resonates with me, thanks for sharing your technique of using anticipation as a healthy way to enjoy food. Your blog reminds me that you don't have to overindulge to enjoy! emoticon
    2067 days ago
    What a great idea! Hunger is not an emergency . . . I can wait for my next meal and I can enjoy being hungry because it means I'm going to really appreciate the meal when the right time arrives!
    2070 days ago
    Very cool insight. Thank you!!!!! This really helps me. We are in the right place. Hope you are having a great weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    2078 days ago
    thank you for your comment on my blog! setting mini, attainable goals and not looking past them to get overwhelmed with the next sounds like an effective strategy...I will try it! I love your meal planning tips. I don't even begin to be that organized. It sounds like the planning in advance to create healthy FLAVORFUL meals is key your keep you at your goal weight.. so often I get caught in the cheese stick, cottage cheese, salad, grilled chicken rut and just plain miss variety. Then I think I want icecream, but what I really want is something DIFFERENT!
    Thanks for sharing! Here's to mini goals.... emoticon
    2078 days ago
  • HHB4181
    2081 days ago
    I am the same way...if I vary my meals thru the day I
    get derailed. I am with Nell on her approach to how
    she handles her meals and no snacking.

    2083 days ago
    I'm beginning to understand how you have been so successful for so long!
    2084 days ago
    Congratulations on finding habits that works so well for you!
    2084 days ago
    I seen to follow the same strategy you discribed. I love Pad Thai. Would you care to share your recipe? Yum Yum
    2084 days ago
    What a smart way to make it to the next meal!! I'll try to remember this. My problem lately is that I get do busy at work that I forget to snack or I don't eat a big enough snack. When I get home, my blood sugar is bottomed out and I've been snacking too much.
    2084 days ago
    OK, so what do you eat for breakfast and lunch? I've tried to come up with something that would work for me daily.

    I love anticipation.
    2084 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    This is simply brilliant! I have the same breakfast each day, one I love to eat, and love knowing it is healthy. Lunch is a variation of the same theme, and I enjoy lunch. But, dinners?
    emoticon Daily challenge to put something healthy together.
    I *do* keep them healthy but had not thought about the kind of anticipatory pre-planning that you do!! I love this idea, and also really love the idea of :thinking: about what's to come at that next meal.
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2084 days ago
    What a great strategy... you have given me a new tool today, one I had not considered before. Thanks for sharing... and proving to me, I CAN learn something new every day!
    2084 days ago
    What wonderful, healthy habits! Takes care of so many eating problems without even trying, turns them into something fun instead.
    2085 days ago
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