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My Dissatisfaction With Spaghetti

Monday, March 16, 2015

Geez, I can't believe it's been so long since I've had any thoughts to jot down and keep in mind regarding weight loss.

I'm down 3.8 pounds since February 20. That's nice. I'm being very, very strict with No S. I cheated at No S A LOT for AWHILE, and the dumb thing about that is that it's just like eating a lot all the time. You have to DO it for it to work.

I am doing better with it, because 1. EVERYTHING COUNTS. It COUNTS! If you sneak a sweet, it counts. If you don't track it, it doesn't matter. Your body still counts it. I'm not letting myself make a rule or justification to allow it to happen. IT COUNTS.

Also, because 2. I know that if I cheat at it once, it'll be easier to do it next time. ALSO, my tendency is to say once I've broken the rule, I might as well keep breaking it until tomorrow.

No S is so easy to follow, too. The whole idea is to have something that's easy to follow, but you have to follow it.

It's working well for me so far.

I still track my food, and it's amazing how easy it is to stay in-range when you're eating three meals a day and that's it. Snacking really does add the calories. It's obvious once you give them up!

I haven't even mentioned spaghetti yet. This is the reason I wrote. It was a realization I had about food. I'd mentioned before that spaghetti doesn't keep me full. I eat it vegetarian, because I only eat humane meat, and so most of what I eat is vegetarian because of cost. However, we found some very reasonably priced beef that meets my standards, and my husband made spaghetti with meat sauce for the first time in years.

It was still disappointing.

I ate it two or three times. Every time, I'd look at my empty bowl and think, well, that was depressing. It wasn't enjoyable. Even with meat! I'd also still be hungry again pretty quickly, in spite of the meat that I thought would give holding power.

One time, I thought it would be better if we turned it into a meal, like, with garlic bread and salad. It was a little better, but not much.

I guess spaghetti just isn't something that brings me joy. It's okay, but it's really good to know this. I actually really like that I noticed how it made me feel, and I was able to analyze it and come to a conclusion. I wouldn't mind doing this again, over and over.
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  • KAREN2LOSE55
    I love spaghetti and all other pastas to the moon and back, but I try to avoid them like the plague!! The calories and carbs is such a tiny portion blows my mind every time. The little bit for on serving gives about as much satisfaction as a delicious no-benefit sugar cookie or french fries or potato chips. The health benefit is not there and the more you eat, the more you want! So good for you for not caring for it! I really pat you on the back for that and I wish that I felt the same way!! Keep pushing because you're so worth it!!
    1161 days ago
  • EYES_ON_THEPRAZ
    Sounds like you being Strict on No S is working for you!! Way to go!!

    Pasta give me a temporary full feeling (usually when I've eaten a little too much) but i agree that it's hard to get really satisfied with it. One thing I do like to do is some of the whole wheat rotini, a heart tomato sauce with mushrooms AND meat, and then another vegetable on the side-- like spinach or something. That's one of the few thing that I can just eat 1 serving of and feel pretty good!
    1223 days ago
  • SHINEFROMWITHIN
    you are kicking butt on this new NO S diet. SO PROUD of you. you are right, whether or not you track it, your body sure is! emoticon
    1224 days ago
  • GINGERMONKEY21
    Awesome on the weight loss emoticon Sounds like you are doing a great job keeping things in check with 3 meals & not snacking a ton. I agree snacks add up quick. Pasta doesn't fill me up either & I gain weight easily when I eat because I never feel like it did anything or that I'm full when I eat it. emoticon
    1224 days ago
  • FEEDTHEHUNGER
    Of course now that I am on No S AND Low Carb, spaghetti is out, but I remember having a similar feeling -- I would have to eat a lot to feel satisfied and then hunger would strike a couple of hours later. No S really keeps me on my toes regarding what foods work to keep me full until the next meal. Anything that leaves me feeling disappointed when I've finished is OUT!

    Congratulations on making it work for you!
    1224 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Beatletot, congratulations on the weight loss! It makes me feel motivated when I hear that someone has lost weight. So glad for you, and will try harder to do better myself.

    I so understand this: "ALSO, my tendency is to say once I've broken the rule, I might as well keep breaking it until tomorrow." That is the story of my life. Break a rule, and the day is shot. This is NOT GOOD! Isn't that a bit like saying, "Okay, I've messed up my life, might as well keep messing up until I die." Good for you for trying to stop doing that. I need to stop doing that, too.

    AND I haven't had spaghetti in ages. I really like the taste, but when I track it I'm always shocked at how many calories and carbs it has. I do like mixing it with a lot of steamed vegetables and some seafood, however. But I agree with you that there's something not quite satisfying about having only a bowl of spaghetti. It just feels, like you say, "disappointing."

    Good luck with your continued weight loss!
    1224 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Great job with the weight loss! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1224 days ago
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