Sunday, August 09, 2009
Do you sometimes crave ice cream or pizza or a candy bar or a big country style breakfast? I do. And I give in to my cravings. Otherwise this road to weight loss could become one long boring trip.
It just does not seem healthy, to me, to deny ourselves a so-called guilty pleasure every now and then. It seems as if the denial makes the craving that much stronger. But giving in to our cravings too frequently can derail us from out fitness program.
Sometimes I want and maybe need a huge breakfast. So every few months I'll visit a breakfast buffet and fill up on all the good-tasting things I normally wouldn't eat. That's all it takes to satisfy that craving for several months.
Or, I'll hit the pizza buffet a couple of times a year. When I've satisfied that desire then I'm good to go for another half of a year.
I've found that it is easier for me to do this than to try to limit myself to one slice of pizza, for example, when I really want more. That wanting more feeling makes me think about what I'm missing rather than erasing the craving.
What's important to me to relate is that I think if we deny ourselves something, then we are going to obsess over that longing rather than satisfying the craving and moving on.
What are your thoughts?