a powerful habit

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phano
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a powerful habit

Post by phano » Tue May 13, 2008 8:34 am

Tonight my husband made a yummy dinner of kielbasa stew and macaroni and cheese. I was cleaning up after dinner (after a lovely, slowly savored plate), and there was a small amount of sauerkraut stew left at the bottom of the pot. I thought, "Well, it's so little. I'll just eat it instead of putting it in the fridge." But, as I scooped up the first bite, I thought, "But I don't WANT it." So I packed it into a tupperware in the fridge to be enjoyed at another meal.

I've been no-Sing for five months now, and when I started I never thought that I would be the sort of person who could turn down food because I honestly didn't want any. But I've become that person.

I've also had a lot of very, very late nights, since it's finals time for me. Usually, that would mean a lot of snacking on sweets or cheese...and gaining about 5 pounds. The other night, I didn't go to bed until 5 am, but the whole time I was up and working, I only drank water. I thought about a snack, but then thought, "I don't really want it" and went back to work.

Five months ago, I didn't believe that was possible, either.

Working this habit (with a fair number of failing days) has made such big changes in how I look at food and eating. I can hardly believe it's me!

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Post by Jaxhil » Tue May 13, 2008 10:27 am

Good for you, Phano!! Don't you love when that happens?!

It's nice to have a built-in resistance, isn't it? It's good for your body, and your mind-it makes you feel so good to be able to resist the thing that once held you in its grip (so to speak :P )


And the great thing is, it gets even easier over time.
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"Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity."-St Augustine

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Post by DebbiAnn » Tue May 13, 2008 2:38 pm

Phano

If you are in California, you know that we are headed for our first 100 day with a string of them in a row. I am in northern CA and when the tempeture goes up all I want is something cold, like ice cream. I was use to going out for it in the middle of the afternoon. Now I have to wait for an S day. this is going to one of my biggest challanges since i started.

Debbi

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Re: a powerful habit

Post by CatholicCajun » Tue May 13, 2008 2:41 pm

phano wrote:Tonight my husband made a yummy dinner of kielbasa stew and macaroni and cheese. I was cleaning up after dinner (after a lovely, slowly savored plate), and there was a small amount of sauerkraut stew left at the bottom of the pot. I thought, "Well, it's so little. I'll just eat it instead of putting it in the fridge." But, as I scooped up the first bite, I thought, "But I don't WANT it." So I packed it into a tupperware in the fridge to be enjoyed at another meal.

I've been no-Sing for five months now, and when I started I never thought that I would be the sort of person who could turn down food because I honestly didn't want any. But I've become that person.

I've also had a lot of very, very late nights, since it's finals time for me. Usually, that would mean a lot of snacking on sweets or cheese...and gaining about 5 pounds. The other night, I didn't go to bed until 5 am, but the whole time I was up and working, I only drank water. I thought about a snack, but then thought, "I don't really want it" and went back to work.

Five months ago, I didn't believe that was possible, either.

Working this habit (with a fair number of failing days) has made such big changes in how I look at food and eating. I can hardly believe it's me!
Good for you!!!!!
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Post by katie1980 » Wed May 14, 2008 4:01 am

That's fab, I'm so glad it's working for you! :)

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Post by alien-bear » Wed May 14, 2008 12:45 pm

I know that I truly believed I would pass out and die from hunger if I didn't eat every 4 hours. I thought that I had low blood sugar and wouldn't be able to handle it. I was wrong.
By the third day I had adjusted to larger portions at meal times and my body had adjusted to having hunger pangs occasionally.

I really could not clearly see this outcome when I started.
I did not see passing up the chip basket at my favorite Mexican rest.
I did not see book club without dessert.
I did not see board meetings without the chocolate basket, liberally indulged in.

And Yet, here I am, not feeling particularly bereft of anything.

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Post by NoelFigart » Wed May 14, 2008 1:29 pm

I used to think I was hypoglycemic as well. If I had a really sugary breakfast and a lot of coffee, I WOULD get sick and dizzy. My usual 200 calorie breakfast would leave me feelng bad by about ten or eleven.

Optimized oatmeal at around 7 carries me to 1 in the afternoon just fine.

I wasn't eating enough at meals, but my oh MY was I eating too much snack-wise.

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Post by reinhard » Wed May 14, 2008 1:51 pm

It's funny you should mention that; eating during clean up was one of the toughest habits for me to break.

But now that I've got it down, I have no problem with it anymore.

It's very empowering to be able to look at a scrap of leftover sauerkraut and say "you don't own me anymore, pal" (and a little disturbing to remember that it once did). No S makes you realize what a slave you once were to the shabbiest, least impressive masters.

Reinhard

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Post by CatholicCajun » Wed May 14, 2008 6:14 pm

reinhard wrote:It's funny you should mention that; eating during clean up was one of the toughest habits for me to break.

But now that I've got it down, I have no problem with it anymore.

It's very empowering to be able to look at a scrap of leftover sauerkraut and say "you don't own me anymore, pal" (and a little disturbing to remember that it once did). No S makes you realize what a slave you once were to the shabbiest, least impressive masters.

Reinhard
Amen to that!!!
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