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Re-Framing Hunger, My Best Buddy!

Friday, January 10, 2014

It was a late work day yesterday (heck today too!), after 8 pm when finished and I was HUNGRY! Way more than my usual hunger thus far in my re-set for the new year. But I thought of WATERMELLEN's advice from www.fatloser.com and Siebold's tip to welcome hunger as a sign that one's efforts are paying off and weight is being lost.

I have an ancient, automatic response to hunger which says: FEED ME!

I had to pick up some freggies and canned goods at the grocery store which were going to go off sale by the end of the week and I knew I'd be too busy to get there beyond today.

So I'm in probably the very WORST condition to be waltzing through a grocery store! I had developed a hugely horrible habit over the past several weeks to "reward" or "self-sooth" myself with a carbie snack whenever I go to the grocery store or drug store. So I resolved that it just ain't gonna happen anymore!

I whizzed through, avoiding all the tempting aisles, got the freggies & canned goods I was going after & outta the store minus any indulgences and made it home to MY own food!

But even THEN I wasn't out of the woods. I realized that I was trying to talk myself into eating something OTHER than the home-made black bean soup which I planned on. I teased apart my thinking a little further. It went something like this:

"Jeez I'm REALLY hungry, maybe I'd better have something more substantial than the soup I had planned. Since I'm limiting my food intake to only between Noon and 8-9 pm, how about some eggs, cheese and salsa...that'll stick to my ribs better and hold me overnight. Besides, I avoided buying any carbie junk, why not reward myself?" Sneaky booger, that inner tiger I'm trying to cage!

I realized I was acting like a fireman rushing to a fire and looking to put it out as best I could. I stepped back and reminded myself yet again about Siebold's talk about hunger being a GOOD thing, an indicator that my plan is working, that I'm torching calories! I reminded myself of all the freggies I'd had earlier today along with portioned cheese and was like "who am I kidding?"

So I stuck with the bowl of soup, dodged a craving bullet tonight and learned to turn my "mortal enemy," hunger into my best bud!

I got a kick out of a co-worker today who stops by all the time to graze out of my bowl of freggies which I put out everyday for myself and whoever's interested. He tossed me a $20 bill as he does now & then saying: "thanks for keeping me stocked on the good stuff! If this wasn't around I'd be eating all sorts of garbage everyday!"

I think I've started my own CSA at work! :-)

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    Hi, good job. Keep up the good work with dodging temptation. What if you are not hungry. What did Siebold say about that emoticon
    2562 days ago
    Yes, I've recently begun the awareness of welcoming hunger. Great concept.
    2565 days ago
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    Nice will power victory!
    2565 days ago
    That is a good idea to keep healthy snacks out as an option for you and other folks. That is the strategy I use whenever there is a gathering of some sort -- I bring a vegetable tray. Invariably, the items on the tray get devoured. People do really crave the freshness of fruits and vegetables.
    2565 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing your victories! emoticon
    2565 days ago
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    wow.......... emoticon emoticon
    2565 days ago
    Way to GO with sticking to your plan. That is absolutely fantastic.

    It is so great how you have become good energy in the pond of your work. You're rippling outward to your colleagues. How great!!

    2565 days ago
    Way to fight off the temptation!
    2565 days ago
    "thanks for keeping me stocked on the good stuff! If this wasn't around I'd be eating all sorts of garbage everyday!"

    That is so cool! You are enabling healthy eating.
    2566 days ago
    Wow! Talk about NSV AND modelling success for your colleagues/coworkers.

    "Hunger is not an emergency. It's a sign that our diets are working. Thin people feel hunger every day."

    Sometimes I make siren noises in my head or even out loud to remind myself, don't need to call the ambulance to take me to the hospital for intravenous feeding. Next healthy meal coming right up, according to plan!!

    (Read your black bean soup blog . . . mine this week is turkey rice with homemade broth from the Christmas turkey bones which I'd stored away in the freezer!!)
    2566 days ago
    Good for you! I will have to have this conversation with my inner appetite-it's a tough time of year. Will also check out the resources you mention for additional insight. Love the example of "positive peer pressure" you have established at your work place-go Don!
    Best to you and enjoy the weekend.
    2566 days ago
    Whoohoo, good work!
    2566 days ago
    That was a great job on working through the craving and getting used to being hungry. I have to watch rewarding myself when I am hungry. I have been known to get a Starbucks herbal tea to sip while shopping.

    That is so nice that your co-worker is sharing your freggies with you and is getting healthy also. Nice job.

    2566 days ago
    super on all accounts
    2566 days ago
    Wow - going to the grocery store when you are hungry is SO dangerous! I am proud of you for avoiding those tempting aisles! That truly takes discipline! emoticon
    2566 days ago
    Glad I'm not the only one who talks to herself and answers back! Have had many dialogs like this - especially in the evening! Good tip to welcome the hunger instead of making it try to go away.
    2566 days ago
    Good job! Thing about HUNGER, is if the tiger gets too big, it seems more powerful. I have a different eating strategy... I have my meals and snacks spread out every couple to four hours, from an hour after I get up (breakfast) to about an hour and a half before I go to bed (evening snack). The meals and snacks are definitely portion/content controlled, but part of the strategy is to keep the tiger a cub!

    There's this old AA use of an acronym, "HALT"... never let yourself get TOO Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired... because those are the moments of weakness. I always think of that when the tiger gets HUGE, which it can if I am prevented from following the normal pattern, for whatever reason.

    YOU rocked it! And look what a great service you are providing, as well as being a hero... in your workplace. emoticon emoticon
    2566 days ago
    What a good idea for reframing - I will have to try that as I am always looking at fresh ideas and I always like new ways to look at things.
    2566 days ago
    Hello Friend, I always make a list before I go to the store so I know exactly what I am getting and I stick to that! Before you go to the store, make a list and only get things on that list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:) emoticon emoticon
    2566 days ago
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