Thursday, November 18, 2010

The return of hunger

This morning I decided today is really a new beginning, square one, of me on a diet. Yes folks, it's a diet. You may call it a lifestyle change, but to me it is and always will be a diet when I try to lose weight. Lifestyle change sounds pretty and easy and sort of, nice word. Diet, on the other hand, has all sorts of negative connotations. Hunger, discomfort, frustration, anxiety, misery, a challenge. I suppose that sounds a bit negative, but I'm just calling it like it is. If it was so darn easy as some people would like us to think then we would all be skinny.

I worked out like a maniac this morning, 30 minutes on the StairMaster and 40 minutes of upper body weights. I pushed myself hard on the weights but I'm not sore yet. I was hoping for some triceps soreness with the 25-pound dumbell tricep presses. Maybe tomorrow. I define a good workout with a touch of soreness now and then, especially when I push myself like today.

My food had been good, with every bite weighed, measured, documented. 1,485 calories. It sounds like a lot to me, but it's almost exactly what I was eating following Weight Watchers Point system (I'm still in Weight Watchers, just trying the calorie counting for a while). The water has been extra good today. 117 ounces and one mug of coffee. I forgot how much all the water helps with the hunger.

About the hunger, yes, I've been hungry today. It's part of the diet, it's what happens when you cut back on your calories. My sister and I have said for years that hunger is a good thing. It means you're burning fat and losing weight.

Funny thing is that I've seen other bloggers posting about hunger recently. Allan had a good post about it today. I've noticed some people never talk about hunger. From reading their blogs it appears they never actually get hungry. They're few and far between but I've decided maybe they just feel things differently than the rest of us. They're very lucky because hunger isn't fun, but for some of us fatties, it's just a fact of life if we want to lose weight we're going to have to experience a  certain level of hunger.

It's almost 11pm and I would call this one of my best days of staying on plan in weeks. I'm very tired, ready to hit the pillow.


Tony said...

Im hungry all the time Diana. Which is why I'm on a low carb diet now

Helen said...

Honey if you need to be on a "diet" then do it. what I don't like is people being all sanctimonious about whatever they're doing like it's the only way. We each need to find our own path: intuitive eating, lifestyle change, surgery, dieting. It's all good.

You know, at first I hate the hunger, but then a few weeks in if I wake up hungry (like this morning) I get excited. Because that usually means I'm burning something - fat or calories or both!

Ron said...

If you eat at Mcdonald's 5 times a day and have a big mac and fries and a coke each time..... that is your diet also.... I sometimes wonder if you are eating enough do to the fact you spend a lot of time at the gym!!! Of course I am one to talk... I don't think I am eating enough either, at least thats what all the women I know including those at work whom are eating more than I am everday!!!

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

Diana, it's great to read an upbeat post. I love how you never give up. And the thing about hunger being a good thing, a sign that you're doing things right, I'm going to remember that. Right on the money.

Rettakat said...

Interesting post... this thing about hunger. It's funny, but it never dawned on me to DO a post on hunger. I guess I sort of thought it came with the territory! :-) Well, at it does for me.

But since I switched to low carb, I do think it's evened out some. And now when I feel it, I've finally gotten used to it now and then... and am learning that No, Loretta, a little hunger isn't gonna kill ya!

It took me a LONG time to come to that though. And even now, I get in moods when I don't like it, it's uncomfortable... and heaven forbid I should be uncomfortable! Just kidding there... that's the whole point of what I, personally, am trying to learn. To face the uncomfortable, not run away and drown it out with the food.

So good for you! Sounds like you are in a good place... finding YOUR way. It's YOUR journey, so definitely do what works for you.