Someone logged a post a few hours ago, talking about how she had something from the "bad" foods list and was feeling guilty.
In a subsequent comment she indicated how she felt that one wrong step down the bad food road could mean caving in and willpower evaporating.
I was exactly like this last night. I got home from work at about 9:30 p.m. The cravings for chocolate AND chips had started around 8:00 p.m. and it took a truck load of willpower to just get home without stopping.
I was SO close to just pulling into the supermarket and buying some...a LOT of junk food.
Seriously THE worst cravings I have had - I almost got on here to S.O.S. for help!
But I got home, still thinking "Arrgghhh I want chocolate, I want chips arrrgghhhh" and no matter what I just couldn't seem to get it out of my head.
"Gimme, gimme, gimmeeeeeee" was all I could hear and it was driving me mad.
That empty pit in my stomach crying out to be fed. I had dinner only 2 hours before mind you! I am probably eating less than I should so I finally decided to have a piece of rye toast with a poached egg to see if that would shut that voice up....yeah... nope
I was just sitting there thinking about the crunch of the crisps and the luscious creamy chocolate mouth feel - I was SO SO close to just getting in the car and going to get them.
I couldn't understand why after 2 weeks of being REALLY on my game as far as food was concerned these cravings were just...and thats when it hit me!
This was EXACTLY the same as when I quit smoking.
It was as I was starting my 3rd week that suddenly the cravings for a cigarette exploded and there is a term for this that some smokers use.
The WTF Week. When you quit smoking the 3rd week is often the worst as cravings start yelling and it makes no sense - why after 14 days would you suddenly crave something?
it looks like it may apply to giving up fat food as well?
We are creatures of habit and we are not really designed to accept change quickly. When we change our lifestyle or eating so quickly sometimes our old self gets left behind.
Change is hard and scary and its fear thats often at the root of these things. Fear if change, fear of failure, fear of discomfort or trying something new.
And our old self gets snotty and shirty and unhappy - basically it's our 4 year old tantruming little self coming out because our OLD self can no longer have what it wants. I think this can often explain people's grouchiness as they quit smoking or go on a diet.
I guess it has something to do with the sort of 21 days to form or break a habit rule.
It's our old self kicking us in the shins and sobbing and screaming and using every emotional blackmail trick in the book in its last ditch efforts to get what it wants because it knows the end maybe near.
As soon as I thought of the craving like a petulant whiny tantruming child and knew that simply ignoring it would shut it up and that this wouldn't last ... that it was just the remnants of bad habits trying to drag me back down in that hole I knew it would be OK.
And almost immediately the cravings started to disappear.
I still want a chocolate or chips in the back of my mind but its a passing thought and its now manageable for me...lets see how tonight goes! lol
I really want to wait for 4 weeks minimum before I try anything in my "banned" foods list. . At that stage I think my willpower will be strong enough to have a taste without needing the whole block or bag.
So if like me you are having that start-of-your-lifestyle-change-WTF-week just know its your inner child having a cranky childish tantruming fit at you.
Mentally put your old self in the naughty corner and be firm.
It'll eventually run out of steam, snuggle up in a little ball and fall asleep