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Shhh.... Be Quiet... Can You Hear That?

Friday, August 16, 2013

It's your body telling you what you need! If you truly listen, your body will tell you when it's hungry and when it's full! That may be common knowledge to you, and if it is, emoticon! But I will tell you I did not get up to 272 by listening to my body. I used to be like Monica Gellar from Friends, I thought I was always hungry!

If you've never seen "Friends", well shame on you! ;) Her mom comes to her on Thanksgiving and asks her to finish off the pies because there is no room left in the fridge. She goes to take them instinctively, but then says "No thank you!" and pushes them away. The dad then says "Judy, you did it, she's FINALLY full!" I can absolutely relate to that statement.

I used to think that full was that super uncomfortable, overly stuffed feeling, where you just want to undo the button on your pants for some relief. emoticon On the flip side of that, I thought hunger was when that super uncomfortable feeling went away, and you returned to normal and were no longer feeling bloated... that must mean it's time to eat until you are overly stuffed again, right? emoticon Oh how wrong that was. emoticon I think the first time I truly figured out what hunger was is when I did a fast for 24 hours. It was a huge eye opener of what the real hunger signals were, and also the realization that I wasn't going to drop dead if I didn't get food in that exact minute. I later learned that slowing down and really listening to your body can cut out soooooooooooo many unnecessary calories, and that bloated feeling became a thing of the past.

I no longer go by "dinner time", "snack time" etc. I stop and listen to my body. I know not everyone has that luxury, and at work I abide a little closer to those things... but when I am off I am free as a bird and I can eat dinner when my body tells me it's time. emoticon I also learned that just because I planned out my dinner and it'sin my range, doesn't mean I have to eat it ALL. *DOH* emoticon So simple, but before I would have just ate it because I was in range and I could have it.

I've learned that when I am hungry, I want food, I don't care what that food is, I just need something because my body is asking for it. When I want something specific, and my mind is saying go get some ice cream, chips, or something else specific, it just wants to eat. To that I respond "You want to eat just for the sake of eating, you can eat again tomorrow (or later when you're hungry), but now is not the time." Then I move on with my day.

I am big on tracking my food, I am big on portioning out stuff, but I am learning that if you just stop and listen to your body, it'll let you know when and how much to eat. So if you are stressing over calorie ranges, the new tracker vs. the old tracker... maybe try getting in tune with your body and see if that helps you at all.

emoticon Warning: I am 17 months into this journey, and it is only in the last 5 or so months that I've been learning to listen to my body. If you had told me to listen to my body 17 months ago, I would have probably still eaten 3,000 calories looking for that "overly full feeling." This is something you learn in time, and if you aren't quite there yet, you can be... you just have to work at it! emoticon
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    thanks for this blog Steph, I knew all of this but actually just ignored the facts.....I just need to mindful!
    2709 days ago
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    Great blog! Do you still track calories? I'm trying to figure all this out myself...i'm definitely an emotional eater!
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    2711 days ago
    Well said! Love the mention about lunchtime, dinnertime- even now into this journey how we often still let the time dictate our "hunger". Thanks for the great reminder!
    2713 days ago
    I have a very different approach and it works for me. It's exactly what they say: that you should try things so you can choose what is best for you.

    I track my food ofc, and I have "breakfast time", "lunch time" etc. I eat even when I'm not hungry because most of the days I'm on my lowest end of my range so I must eat what I have planned. In addition, I know that if I don't eat it now (even if I don't feel hungry), I'm gonna be hungry in a few hours and I'll need to eat more than what I have planned. Bonus that sometimes I feel really full although I was totally in range.

    You are doing a great job figuring out what is best for you and listening to your body! Well done!

    2713 days ago
    I enjoyed reading this post. I especially liked the info on Physical Hunger vs. Emotional Hunger. Thank you for sharing. emoticon
    2713 days ago
    I can SO relate - AWESOME blog! Even when I began trying to 'listen' for true hunger signals it took a while to 'hear' them - I'd trained my body so well by keeping it full that it kind of 'forgot' how to recognize true hunger. And I'll add here - a growling stomach isn't always a sign of true hunger - it may just be the 'time' it has learned to expect food. Great idea to try the 'any food' clue - if a nice spinach salad (with fat free dressing) won't satisfy the hunger it probably ISN'T true hunger!

    Its taken time for me to retrain my body (and more importantly my mind) as to what true hunger is. But it was SO worth the time!! emoticon emoticon
    2713 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks for this.
    2714 days ago
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    Such a good and useful post. Thank you. It gives me hope that eventually I WILL get there.

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    2714 days ago
    Great Blog. You have learned so much and at a much younger age than I did. You are going to have so many more years ahead of you comfortable in your own body.
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    2714 days ago
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    Great blog, so true :) I'll be thinking of this tomorrow...will give it a go.
    2714 days ago
    This is so true! I do the same thing. Of course now that I've cut out carbs for the most part I don't get near as hungry so that helps too. But you're so right! If just listen to our bodies we do ourselves a great service! Great blog girl!
    2714 days ago
    Love this. Thanks for sharing!
    2714 days ago
    I used to eat to that point ALL the time when I first married my wonder I put on 30 lbs in the 3 months before we got married and continued to pack it on after. I cannot remember the last time I was uncomfortably full because I stopped acting like an idiot!
    2714 days ago
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    Wonderful topic today, love the explination of eat for the sake of eating and eting when you are hungry.
    2714 days ago
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    Great Blog. I can totally relate
    2714 days ago
    So true!
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    2714 days ago
    Hey Steph great blog. I know when I feel like eating I do ask myself are you ready hungry or are you bore. I listen to my body pretty much. You keep up the awesome job!
    2714 days ago
    This is all so true and it there is a definite learning curve! Thanks for all the great info :)
    2714 days ago
    This is definitely something that's hard to completely comprehend. It's hard to find the difference sometimes between hunger and cravings for me, so congrats on being able to know the difference! You're doing so good!
    2714 days ago
    You are so right! It is something that you definitely learn. I started my journey at 268, so we are practically Spark twins! :) emoticon
    2714 days ago
    Good points, thanks for sharing.
    2714 days ago
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