Mile 610: On Cravings

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“Cause I know that you’ve been thinkin’ ‘bout it,
And I know you think you’re out of your mind.”
–Hanson, “Waiting for This”

Miles Last Week: 47.25
Total Miles: 610

You don’t have to be pregnant to have cravings. I think we all suffer from them–be we with child or not.

Example #1: All morning at work I just wanted to eat something warm and gooey and cheesy. Doesn’t that sound delicious? In my lunch, however, I packed a PB&J, apples, grapes, and a yogurt. Not warm, not gooey, and not cheesy–but still all right, I guess. If you’re into that sort of thing. Which I usually am.

Example #2: The only thing I’ve given up in my daily diet is pop (or soda or Coke or whatever the regional colloquialism is in your region). I’ve totally sworn off carbonated beverages. Usually I’m just fine with my flavored water, but some days—BAM–it just hits me. I feel like I NEED to have a Dr Pepper or an A&W Cream Soda or a Mountain Dew or whatever.

We all know the feeling, preggo or not preggo. We’ve all had that moment when “Hmmm, that sounds really good” changes to “OH MY GOSH IF I DON’T HAVE A CHEESEBURGER RIGHT NOW I’M GOING TO EXPLODE.”

Diets suck, friends. That’s why I’m trying to be an All Things in Moderation type of gal. I worry that if I cut a bunch of things out, the chances that I will just binge on the forbidden fruit later will skyrocket.

So, what’s a girl to do when that urge for a big, giant pizza with extra cheese, washed down with a orange soda, hits you like a mack truck?

I do the normal thing. I shove that urge down as far as I possibly can and go about my business. Basically, I’m treating myself like a three-year-old. Oh, you want that thing? Look at this other thing instead! Sure, it’s not as great as that first thing, but it’s shiny!

What can I say? I was raised Catholic. Repression is an art.

Here’s to hoping that this particular type of repression won’t be as psychologically damaging as other types of repression. If anyone has any tips, though, feel free to share. I’m really trying to avoid any diet-related mental trauma.

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6 responses »

  1. Props to you for giving up pop. I am really struggling with that myself. As far as all other things food related, I’ve always thought keeping a food journal helped. When you write it down it its easy to see where you may need to put in extra work (with me it is usually lack of green veggies). I’ve also read about people writing the time they eat so they can figure out when cravings get bad so they can do something beforehand to prevent them. As Jilian Michaels said (although it may not actually be her quote) “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail” I know there are apps and stuff for keeping track of your food too, and you can also input your daily exercise. I have myfitnesspal, but I usually forget to use it. Good luck and wish me luck on avoiding Mountain Dew and (the really bad one) Cherry Coke!!

  2. Amanda!! Go you for not giving in! I have a suggestion, though. My mom have up pop and now she uses Sparkling water like Perrier and then she adds Mio drops or stevia drops. Mio has all sorts of flavora, including orange. I know stevia even has a root beer flavored one. Hope this helps!!

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