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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.
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    You are doing great on your journey. It takes time to remove yourself from old habits. As long as you don't resort to eating all the time for comfort I'd say that you are doing a fantastic job. We are all human and sometimes it takes eating that cupcake for us to feel good even if its only for a minute. Eventually you wont want that cupcake because it wont taste good from the first bite. That's when you will know that you have conquered that cupcake battle. One step at a time, that's all you can do. Great job and keep pushing forward!
    1654 days ago
    Good for you! You must feel very proud and excited by your progress! emoticon
    1654 days ago
    I went through a season of 'nothing is a good as chocolate'. Now I'm starting to crave healthier foods and am well satisfied with that type of intake...we are comforted by what we get used to that makes us feel better when we're stressed. I want to be able to say...nothing tastes as good as thin feels!! and MEAN it ...but it will take time. Just keep Sparkin'!!
    1654 days ago
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