Contemplating Hunger: Think Before You Stuff
Sunday, July 05, 2015
I've recently been thinking about what I've learned on my 2+ month SparkPeople journey, and one thing that first came to mind is the fact that I now *think* more before/while I eat. Throughout my 36 years, I've never really thought very much while eating - food is put in front of me, I eat it. Small portion, large portion, I've never been too picky, haha.
But now, after opening up my SP account, I have a calorie range, and have worked on retraining my brain when it comes to food. I was at a restaurant the other night, and this is how my thought process worked while eating my meal:
*enjoying grilled BBQ chicken salad*
*looks down at plate, sees 1/3 of salad has been eaten*
*gazes off into the distance, thinking, 'Hmmm, how do I feel? Am I full? Do I need to eat a little more?'*
*decide I'm done eating, and asks server for a to-go box*
This thought process would have NEVER happened before I found SP. Now that I focus on this topic when presented with larger-than-normal amounts of food, I believe it has really helped with my weight loss efforts. I also employ this method of thinking when I find myself wandering into the kitchen to see what's in the fridge - am I really hungry? If I'm not hungry, I grab a piece of gum, and my water bottle, and I'm good.
So, the moral of my story is this: if you're in a situation where food is presented in larger-than-normal amounts, try to take 1 itty bitty moment to THINK - if you're actually hungry, take a portion, and if you're not, walk away.
I'm excited to see how my journey goes while on SP - in 2 months, I've lost 18lbs, and I'm confident the scale will show additional pounds lost when I do my monthly weigh-in at the end of July.
I hope all of you Sparkers have a fantastic week!