Thursday, January 18, 2007

A chocoholic taking a break

I made it all day yesterday without any dessert of any sort. That might not sound like much, but it is. Not an ounce of chocolate, not a single cookie. I didn't even think about it until close to bedtime. Then I developed a terrible, powerful craving for chocolate. My stomach started to rumble a bit while I thought about it. You're so hungry, my hormones told my brain. Get this woman some tasty chocolate!

After a relatively healthy dinner, my best friend and I had gone for a long walk in the cold, cold weather that has hit us. I still felt a bit buzzed from the walk. I didn't want to give in to the craving. I felt frustrated at having a craving right after I'd been applauding NOT having a craving.

Instead of chastising myself, I followed a trick I read recently in O Magazine. I said to myself, very compassionately, "My poor body, thinking it's hungry when it's not. It must be very frustrating for my body to think it needs dessert when really it just wants sleep." Then I reminded my body that dessert isn't going anywhere and I can eat some today if I want to. With that, I felt a bit better, and I went to bed. Success.


M said...

I like that little chant from Oprah. Awesome that it worked.

the veggie paparazzo said...

M, I think I could use some nurturing, so I'm going to try to give it to myself. Sounds corny, but it's true.