Thoughts have consequences, too!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I've been really struggling with craving chips and sugary treats at night. I start feeling mad that I have to stick to the planned calorie amount for the day and project endless days of misery and deprivation into the infinite future, which makes me feel even madder and hungrier than I was and desperate for the chips and sugary treats. Last night I Got (with a capital 'G') that my thoughts have consequences, too. I've known this in my head for a while, but just experienced it in my whole being.
Last night I became aware of starting down that nasty path of feeling miserable and deprived, then consciously chose to switch my thoughts over to how grateful I am for all the support I've had getting to the weight that I'm at currently. I then imagined myself standing on the scale on August 1, which is when I'm going to reach my goal weight of 143, and felt excited and full of joy. I felt so totally filled with gratitude and joy that chips and sugary treats faded from my thoughts and didn't have any pull on me at all. I noticed that I was still a bit hungry, but it was just plain old hunger with nothing heaped on it by my tired, night-time (beasty) mind. So, instead of feeling deprived, I truly didn't want more food. What I wanted the most was to take care of my body and stick to my plan. You could not have paid me to eat chips or sugary treats last night. (Well, maybe we could have figured out a price. : )
Has this worked for anyone else? Do you have other ways of handling feelings of deprivation or other negative thoughts? I'd be interested in hearing what works for you.