Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dealing with Cravings

Today has been a rough day for my diet. I've been really hungry and battling cravings all day. I haven't succumbed or cheated, but it's been a constant mental struggle for most of the day. There are cookies up at the front desk, and it's all I can do not to just walk up there and eat one. Or two. Or three. But I keep reminding myself of the following things:
  • Cookies are NOT part of my diet.
  • I will feel guilty, disappointed, and upset with myself for cheating on my diet.
  • The cookies won't taste as good as I think (or hope) they will.
  • Even if I took some to put in my freezer and eat this weekend, they won't taste very good.
  • I'm making progress. I don't need to derail myself.

Cookies up at the front desk. Not freezer-friendly.

Thus far, those statements are working, and I haven't "casually wandered" up to the front desk just to chat with the receptionist yet (conveniently standing in front of the cookies).

I've been trying to figure out why I'm having such intense cravings all of a sudden, when up to this point, this week has been going really well.

This morning I didn't do morning cardio, because Thursdays are my non-morning-cardio days. Without the energy kick I usually start the day with, I felt a bit sluggish this morning. And I feel like I'm retaining some water today too; my muscles look kind of smooth. These two things contribute to me feeling like I'm off-track (even though I know I'm not). And when I feel off-track, I feel more inclined to just throw in the towel and eat junk. Seems backwards, doesn't it? You'd think if I felt off-track, I'd want to do everything possible to stay the course ... yet my mind leans toward the opposite direction.

I've been really hungry all day too. That's actually a GOOD thing, because it means my body has burned up all the carbs and is now burning fat! But it also means I'm hungry for most of the day, and those cookies look darn good! Ha I've been drinking lots of green tea (helps keep me warm in a frigid office too), water, and Endorush, and chewing lots of gum.


 My favorite green tea

I know that having cravings is normal ... and I know the feeling will pass. Sticking to my goal is much more important and psychologically healthy, so I'm desperately trying to flip the switch to "off" on the thoughts about cookies, and instead focusing on how much progress I've been making. Plus, I get some treats on Saturday, and you can be darn sure they'll be much better than those nasty, stale cookies at the front desk!

4 comments:

  1. You are doing great! KEEP IT UP! Just one more day for your treat! :)

    I agree. It is much easier to be "on" when you ARE on. Once I'm derailed, it is a lot more difficult to get back on the wagon, especially without a show in sight.

    Have a great weekend, girlie!! :) XO!

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  2. "I feel off-track, I feel more inclined to just throw in the towel and eat junk. Seems backwards, doesn't it? You'd think if I felt off-track, I'd want to do everything possible to stay the course ... yet my mind leans toward the opposite direction."

    OH LORD THIS IS SO ME!! I HEAR YA SISTER! Lol. So glad you share this lil' info. because I was there yesterday, my coworker had Paradise Bakery cookies and desperately wanted me to have one or take it home to my son and ALTHOUGH I wanted to say yes cuz I was feeling slumpy cuz I skipped cardio a.m., i said NO NO NO!!! You will feel better about it in the morning NO DOUBT! You look amazing and that comes from saying NO to that "stuff"!

    Lucy

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  3. yep this blog post is totally me too!!! great job resisting :) green tea and gum help me so much at an office that seems to always be full of no-no foods

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  4. great blog...something we can all relate to. A lot of the time it's more psychological than even really hungry. And it never tastes as good as you think it will! In the mean time I will keep chewing gum and drinking tea!
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