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Hunger and Satisfaction

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

I've been thinking a lot about hunger and satisfaction lately. I'm staying on plan and eating within my calorie range (with good results), but I have to acknowledge that I'm hungry a lot and thoughts about food occupy way too much of my day. Sometimes I think “eating in moderation” is just code for “you’ll never feel full again.” But on the other hand, do I every really feel full, even when I'm eating with abandon? I think I could motor through a huge volume of food before I would feel uncomfortably stuffed. But if I were to eat like that, I'd feel totally out of control. Even though I might get some satisfaction during the actual eating process, I would certainly not feel good about it after. I'm grappling with the concept that I have to permanently stick to my current food plan (with maybe 300+ more calories when I get to goal). I hope that my body will adjust to this as my new normal...and not feel like perpetual dissatisfaction.

Today is a good day. But some days, my conscious and my subconscious brains are doing battle. Conscious brain: "Stop. Think. Stay on plan." Subconscious brain: "CHIPS. ICE CREAM. CAKE! NOW! NOW! NOW!" My subconscious brain is very loud and very bossy, and it's all about short-term satisfaction. And my subconscious brain will start spinning a story to rationalize the off-plan choice: "just this once", "it's a special occasion", "just have a little taste and to satisfy the craving" (yeah, like that EVER works). But like I said, today is a good day. I'm not having to find a reason to stay on plan, I'm solid.
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    That conversation is so like the ones I have everyday...would love to shut my brain off some times...I feel I would be more successful....LOL
    1699 days ago
    How long have we been at this game? I don't even eat chips or have cookies in the house. My nemesis, I am sure, is fruit. I could live on it. I have a hard time balancing, carbs, fat, protein and fiber. I know, you eat a lot of vegetables, soups, and salads. I do too, but probably not to the extend you do. I started to increase my exercise routine again to see if I can break the present plateau. Anne and BBJ, I think we are doomed to stick with SP, and always track our food intake. Thank goodness, I don't drink, or very rarely, so, I don't have to worry about those extra calories.
    1699 days ago
    The game I am playing with Myself this week is:
    If I eat on Plan and Journal All my food AND not DRINK! Next Wednesday I can take Myself out to lunch and Eat whatever I want and have a Cocktail or 2 !!!

    1699 days ago
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    Well said. I'm coming to realize that I will forever be at odds with that inner voice that tells me to "go ahead and eat it." But I don't have to listen to it.
    1700 days ago
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