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How I learned to love feeling hungry

Updated on September 5, 2012
When I was truly miserable with my self
When I was truly miserable with my self

Knowing the difference between head hunger and real hunger and loving to be hungry

Tipping the scales at 285lbs was a nightmare for me. I thought that "my God, I am almost 300lbs", so I had lap band surgery in 2009 got down to 222 and then the weight stopped when I quit smoking. Now this morning, with the help of Ideal Protein, I was 189 and yes almost a hundred pounds thinner.

I never knew what hunger was, because I was constantly eating. I never had a chance to feel hungry. I ate when I was stressed, I ate when everyone else was eating. I ate a dozen doughnuts at one sitting and then a dozen more a couple hours later. I ate just to eat and never felt hungry.

I had head hunger not real hunger. I would always tell people I'm hungry when I really was not. But I was not going down by being obese. I was not going to be on medications that I didn't need just because I wouldn't put the fork down.

Now I welcome hunger. I love to feel my stomach actually growl or hear it growl. I have learned to decypher between head hunger and true hunger and eat accordingly. The first time I ever felt my stomach growl I could not believe my whole adult life I had never had this feeling.

Some people feel weight loss surgery is an easy way out but let me tell you its not. There were many days I wish I had not done it and why? Because I would try to eat more then i could, still being that head hunger talking, then I would be miserable.

Now I know when I'm hungry and when I should eat. I don't gorge myself because a little food goes a long way. Even if I have to eat every couple of hours because of true hunger I do. Some days my stomach is like a raging lion but others I could careless about eating.

Learn to be hungry. We have to learn to eat to live not live to eat. I don't even want to be 200lbs again. My goal in the next five months before my 50th birthday is to be at my goal of 160 and I know I will do it.

You see we have those little demons inside that tell us to go ahead and eat it because you're feeling blue or you love that stuffed crust pizza. I have had pizza one time in almost three years. It hasn't killed me and honestly I do not miss junk food.

I would rather sit down to a steak and some healthy green vegetables then eat carbs that will make me feel tired. I enjoy that more now then anything.

Get on the wagon with me folks. Im not saying have weight loss surgery, but eat when your hungry not head hungry and feeling empty is not hungry. Feeling your stomach growl is.

A thinner happier me and going down more each week.
A thinner happier me and going down more each week.


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    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Congratulatins, I have lost 8 pounds after my total hip replacement and I don't want to gain a pound back. I believe your method of eat only when your stomach tells you is the only way to keep it off.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Thank you Patriette its been a journey for sure

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      Patriette 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations, Cheryl! You look awesome! Mind over matter is as effective a tool as any lap band surgeries, or the like. But I'm glad this surgery helped get you started. Sounds like you at last have a healthy relationship with food. Stay the course, you can do it, my friend!