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Marking time

Monday, February 16, 2015

Something I have noticed since my doctors put me on this diet, which is my first experience with dieting, is that I mark time by meals now. Since I have almost eliminated snacking completely, 99% of my consumption is during my 3 meals each day. Whenever I check my watch, a small part of my brain is calculating how long it will be until my next meal. I feel a bit like I'm just marking time between meals. At some point it would be nice not to be actively thinking about food (and reminding myself not to eat yet!) so often, but maybe that is part of my new life.
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    This reminds me of one summer when I was about fourteen and in the throes of diet mania. Another camper and I decided to go on a fasting diet. Even harder than being hungry was the fact that our day lay barren before us like an endless desert with no sign of an oasis. WE didn't even make it through the day.

    Meals are important not only to fuel out bodies but to give us something to DO! Maybe that's why on long international flights, we're given so much more food than our bodies, strapped immobile into our seats, actually need. Nevertheless, I always eat the food (at least the things that aren't too terribly unsavory) because it takes my mind off the tedium of sitting in an airplane seat for hours on end.

    But being put on a DIET--that would be one surefire way to make me eat everything in sight. I admire you for your amazing willpower and integrity!
    2251 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2015 6:45:06 AM
    Great advice from SLINKYREDDRESS.
    She's right, it does get better.

    I find that sticking to 3 meals a day eliminates much of the snacking that usually for me turns into craving, and we know where that goes.
    2255 days ago
    Maybe it's time for a new hobby. Something really absorbing that keeps your mind occupied. Is there anything you've always wanted to do? Learn French, play the guitar, roller derby, quilting, tennis? This might be a good time to go for it. When I find myself checking my watch to see how long until my next meal, I know I'm bored. If hobbies aren't your thing, could you meet a friend for a walk or a nice long chat? Hang in there. It gets better. emoticon
    2255 days ago
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