Saturday, July 3, 2010

No, I'm not on maintenance...

I had a pretty good week last week. And it resulted in a pretty good loss. I lost 1.4 pounds. And here's how I did it...

I usually splurge (my definition of the word "splurge" is to eat whatever I want and however much of it I want, just in case you're wondering) on Saturday's after weigh in. Then I tell myself I'm not going to splurge on Sunday, but I usually splurge just as bad on Sunday's as I do on Saturdays. And then I usually over eat in some sorta way on Monday's too. Then back to the plan the rest of the week only to end up weighing exactly the same at weigh in as I did the week before. 

Great maintenance plan.

Except I'm not on maintenance!!

I'm still about 6 pounds away from goal. So what I did this past week is what I should have been doing for the past year. I did not splurge on Sunday or Monday. I was back on plan Sunday morning.

And I added something a little extra to the mix this past week. I told myself not to eat unless I was hungry.


Oh, wait, of course you do!

It was SO hard for me to sit here in the evenings wanting to snack but telling myself I couldn't because I wasn't hungry. I had nothing but healthy snacks in the house, too. Snacks that I could totally eat and still stay on plan. Snacks that wouldn't put me over my daily points allowance. But I would not eat unless I was actually hungry.

A couple of nights I almost convinced myself to eat something just because it had been3 or 4 hours since dinner and I knew I'm supposed to eat something every 3 to 4 hours to keep my metabolism evened out. And I almost convinced myself of that. But I didn't give in. I didn't cave. I didn't eat.

Was the hardest thing I've done in SO long. And I honestly don't know if I can do it this week.

But I'm going to try.

Who wants to try it with me? Before you hit the comment button and tell me you're on board, know that it's NOT going to be easy. You're going to feel like you're depriving your body. But remember you're not. You're only depriving your mind. Your body will let you know when it needs nourishment and you'll just have to wait until it does, no matter what your mind or emotions tell you.

So whadaya say?



LaurenD said...

wow I think that is a great idea, and I pledge to not eat unless I am hungry, which will be hard since I always snack at night just for something to do.

Reinaldo said...

OK,I'm in! They call this intuituve eating, right? We better prepare a hobby, like a jigsaw or something to keep us busy. All that snacking is just boredom.

spunkysuzi said...

I'm in! That's a goal that i really need to do.
I admit i eat by the clock not by whether i'm hungry or not!

screwdestiny said...

I got a lot better about cutting out the "boredom" eating a while ago because that was really the only type of emotional eating that I did. I just would tell myself, when I heard that little voice telling me that a snack would be great right now, that I wasn't hungry so I couldn't have it. And it got easier after time. Another thing that makes it easier is not having stuff in the house that's easy to just grab and eat. Like, usually all of the snacks I eat aren't processed foods or anything like that, so I would have to actually put some effort into getting the snack, so that helps curb the urge to mindlessly eat.

Miz said...

you KNOW I am in with you.
I also love how you phrased it as depriving your MIND not your bod.

very wise.


Mad Woman said...

I will try. My mind is going to hate you but I'm hoping my body will love you.

Now, just let me finish this bowl of ice cream and I'm on board!

Siobhan said...

Just found your blog today, but pledging not to eat unless I'm hungry is exactly what I need right now. Thanks!

Karen@WaistingTime said...

This is your first post I read and I really can relate! I snack a lot in the evening and I am sooo not hungry. I love how you say "You're going to feel like you're depriving your body. But remember you're not. You're only depriving your mind."