And today, I'm feeling terrific. Lighter -- no not light, just lighter. And better about myself because this week has been a huge accomplishment, something that I need to celebrate. I cannot focus on the weight that crept back on since my Weight Watchers meeting -- 8 pounds to be exact -- which is horrid. But it is also in the past and today is a new day, another chance for me to prove to myself that I can do this.
Eating three meals a day -- with nothing in between -- is actually easier for me than I thought it would be. I am never hungry in the early morning, but because I was eating three meals plus two planned snacks each day, I would have breakfast between 6 and 7. At 10 a.m., I would snack, and then around 1, have lunch. 4 p.m. was snack time, and dinner was at 7:30.
No wonder I was obsessed with food. My mouth was constantly munching on something.
As I explained yesterday, I am following the advice of Tricia Greaves, who runs a Web site, www.HealYourHunger.com. She says to make sure you eat every 4 or 5 hours, the optimum time for your body to digest the previous meal, and for you to begin to feel hungry. And because I love products, I am also eating a Fullbar 30 minutes before lunch and dinner, which according to its developer, weight-loss surgeon Dr. Michael Synder, expands in your stomach, which makes you eat less.
What I did this week was to eat breakfast around 9, a protein-rich meal that keep me sated until lunch. At 1:30, I ate a Fullbar, and had lunch at 2. Another Fullbar at 7, and dinner at 7:30.
The most amazing part of this week for me: I did not think about food between meals. OK - maybe a few times, but most of the week I was not thinking about my next meal.
And in the back of my mind was this video I watched on Greaves' Web site, titled "Garbage eating: A binge eater's nightmare." Check it out at http://healyourhunger.com/freebies/. It was one of the most painful videos I have ever watched, because I saw myself and hated what I saw.
I watched it over and over again, and each time I did, I screamed "enough!" I pray I can follow through this time.