Friday, January 11, 2008

Learning as I Go

Yesterday, as I was standing behind the counter of my second job (a cashier at a local drug store), staring at shelf after shelf of Valentine's Day candy, I realized something. I'm different than I used to be. Before I made the commitment to losing the weight and bettering my life, I would have stalked the chocolate candy aisles like a mountain lion after a rabbit. I'd have looked for the piece or pieces that would have best satisfied my chocolate craving. The new Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts would have called my name, begging me to pounce and eat them.

But as I looked at the beautifully displayed chocolate, I realized that I didn't want it. As in, didn't have a craving. I knew it would taste good, but it just didn't appeal to me. I would rather be healthy than eat what is undeniably sweet-tasting junk. This is a first for me! Usually a meal isn't over until I've had a serving (or four) of chocolate.

I realize that I'm only two weeks into my new lifestyle, but already I feel different. The things that were so important to me before aren't important any more. I can't see a difference, but I'm convinced it's there. For the first time in my life I'm moving in concert with my body instead of against it.

And it feels really good.


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

COuld you please ask your brother to stop beating up my Shmoopy!!

Pretty pleae? :-)

We both live in Maine, another funny coincidence (much funnier than your nasty brother hurting my first born!)


Anonymous said...

You go! This is a wonderful way of looking at loosing weight and getting to a healthy life style. I am surprised you didn't have cravings, I know for me, 2 weeks, I start craving the crap. Maybe your body is getting use to the healthy stuff and the taste for the sugar/fat stuff is really decreasing. I am really happy for you. You are inspiring to me!

kimmy said...

Keep up the good work - I know that there are temptations everywhere, especially around the holidays!


Shari said...

Good luck on your diet journey. The biggest thing is that the word "diet" is getting a bad rap. Diet is what we eat. We all have a diet, whether it's healthy or not. Let's get off the diet mindset and call it healthy eating.

Did I hear chocolate? No, no.

Again, good luck. Keep it up.