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A little bit of success!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

I’ve spent maybe over a year thinking, “I don’t mind being a few pounds above a good weight. I don’t have to exercise much self-discipline to stay at this point. It’s comfortable.”

During the long break from work when I went back to exercising more, I was surprised at how difficult it was to get back my former fitness. Maybe a few pounds off would help. Was I telling myself the truth about not minding a couple of extra pounds? Whenever I saw myself in the mirror after a shower, I thought, “ Hm! Actually, I don’t like what I see!”

One comment on a blog: “Try the discipline for a while and see how it feels. Give it up if you don’t like it.” That made it feel manageable.

As often happens when I yank that chain, I noticed I hadn’t felt hungry for an awfully long time - always a sign that I’m eating too much. Food tastes much better if you’re a bit hungry before a meal instead of popping a snack into your mouth half an hour before. “Hunger isn’t an emergency.” Such a useful slogan! So I let myself get hungry. I try to stay away from food which isn’t nutrition dense. If I think I absolutely need a snack, I throw half away if it goes above 200 calories.

I experimented with tolerating a little hunger by the end of teaching 100-minute classes. That I can’t do. A rumbling stomach and slight weakness distracts me from teaching. In that case, hunger is an emergency! You really need good concentration for teaching, so I’ve gone back to fueling myself with a banana or half a sandwich before going into class.

From past experience, I know that the next stage will be boredom with self-discipline, but ideally, I would like to take off another pound or two.
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    Yes, teaching takes a lot of energy both mental and physical and requires fuelling!!!
    257 days ago
    Trying to teach while having hunger pangs won't work! Understand! But it sounds like you do have the ability to figure it out. If anyone can, you will!
    270 days ago
    emoticon I think we constantly have to change to suit a new improved self!
    273 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on the success experienced. Sounds like you're doing a good job of listening to and tending to your needs.

    273 days ago
    I love that slogan, too! And you know your own body well enough to know when Hunger IS important!
    273 days ago
    I hear every word you are saying - and I sure can relate.

    I am eating in an out of control way these days and I have to "yank the chain" again. I don't like how it makes me feel. A little success will be a BIG deal for me.

    hugs and joy to you.
    273 days ago
    A little hunger never hurt anyone in our society of plenty.
    273 days ago
    Margaret you're doing so well!
    If boredom creeps in change your workout or what you eat. Everyone gets bored, but as you've already experienced the feeling of not being as fit as you thought surely you don't want to go back there. They say you lose muscle mass you've created after just 2 weeks of not exercising. And I've realized that a couple of times when I got back to working out after illness and could not use the heavier weights.

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I have every faith you'll keep your trimmer figure.

    Happy Easter hun
    274 days ago
    Yes, food is really tasty in hunger. Love that,”Hunger is not an emergency”.
    274 days ago
    Looks like a nice downward trend,
    and thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    274 days ago
    Nice chart -- in the right direction, and you've made some more changes along the way. Very inspiring, thank you!
    274 days ago
    It's so true that food tastes better when you're hungry. In fact, when you're super hungry, don't you feel that just a tiny morsel of something can burst with flavor in your mouth? That is definitely one of the wonderful things about hunger, and of course when you're overeating or bingeing, everything loses flavor.

    And I so agree with you about teaching on a very empty stomach. The class can feel so loooong if you're too hungry. AND I agree about the rumbling stomach--I don't want to risk having my stomach growl when there's a quiet moment in the classroom, such as when they're doing a quiz or something. I mean we're all grownups, but still it would be an awkward moment. So I take a SoyJoy with me, or a tiny bag of unsalted nuts and eat them before class. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach, though, makes me sick, so I drink water or Pocari Ion water. Have you tried that? I love it so much, and it's only 11 calories per 100 ml.

    Keep up the good work, Margaret!

    274 days ago
    I try to remember that slogan. Hunger is not an emergency.
    274 days ago
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