Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The inner control freak comes out

So, I have always described myself as an easy-going girl. Someone who goes with the flow and isn't ruffled by much. (My fiance would laugh out-loud at this. And so would my parents.) And I guess my behavior this morning proved me wrong once again. Anyway, this morning, I found myself faced with a dilemma. See, I had a food plan. And in my head, last night, it made sense. And then this morning...well it didn't.

So today, Nathan and I got to work at 5 a.m. Did you hear me? 5 a.m. Anyway, I ate a good sized bowl of oatmeal at 6 a.m. (FYI--I actually used real oats and milk as opposed to my usual standby of an instant packet and water. It was delicious). So I expected my substantial breakfast to hold me over until noon. And I was wrong.

By 10 a.m., my stomach was gurgling for more food. I debated waiting two hours until lunch, but in the end, I caved and allowed myself a small tortilla with peanut butter to tide me over.

Sometimes I feel like such a weakling for needing snacks. But I know that's irrational. Besides if I don't eat when I'm hungry, I'm starving at the next meal and overeat. Or I get cranky while I'm waiting. How do you feel about listening to your stomach signals even if they go "off plan"?


  1. Hey there.....I've never posted a comment on here, but glad you're back with a vengeance. :-) I definitely have to listen to my hunger...if I let it go too long, there is no predicting what kind of monster is going to be unleashed. (it's usually the kind who makes crappy decisions where food is regarded) If you have to have a few snacks here and there to keep yourself on track for the most part, I say there are worse things that could happen. Keep up the good work!

  2. Jessie, thanks for commenting! I agree, there are worse things than a few snacks.

    Haha, "back with a vengeance"...love it.

  3. LISTEN TO YOUR HUNGER!!! if your stomach is already screaming at you, you should eat! if you ignore it, you actually slow down your metabolism. so, even if you practice ungodly self control and don't unleash a monster at your next meal, it's still worse than having the unscheduled snack because you'll be storing more fat!

  4. I'm a big advocate of listening to hunger signals. It's tough for me, because after so many years of trying to stifle them, I'm not great at hearing them all the time. But when I do, I definately eat. :-) Sounds like you are doing a lot of great things! Great job, Katie.