Sunday, October 18, 2009
Comfort - Without the Calories
As I've mentioned, it's been really cold here lately, unseasonably cold, and I'm finding myself wanting to hibernate like an old bear, seeking warmth, comfort and emotional safety as well as deep sleep in a way that I do EVERY year at this time, but even more so what with all the financial uncertainty out there and Bob's job going away soon.
But anyhow, I'm not here to kavetch about that overmuch. The point is, because I'm in this sleepy, hungry, cold, and inactive mode, I haven't been exercising regularly AND instead of veggies, I've been craving soup, casseroles, and pie (my favorite is French Silk) - why the heck pie, don't ask!!! But this isn't helping my efforts to keep my weight steady. And it's certainly not helping me lose - the scale is creeping slowy up. Not drastically, but not the direction I want it to go.
So today, I decided to start thinking of comforting and warm and nurturing things I could do besides eat high cal foods and hunkering down in my comfy bed.
Broth soups instead of creamy soups?
Warm veggies instead of salads. I'm not feeling the salad at all lately.
How about hot flavored tea instead of high cal dessert drinks?
How about laying out my exercise clothes right by my bed so I can jump into them in the morning?
How about those 60 calorie chocolate puddings instead of the chocolate pie?
How about rewarding myself with sitting in bed and knitting while watching a movie only AFTER I've done my exercise for the day?
Any other ideas and insights would be greatly appreciated.
One more thing - I'm going to try to make my favorite high-cal drink at the local coffee shop and converting it into maybe lower cal alternative? The drink is called "London Fog." And it is the yummiest thing and most stomach-warming thing I've tasted in ages.
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Flavored Black Tea (1 teabag)
1 oz Monin's Sugarfree Vanilla Syrup
1 cup steam skim milk
Sprinkling of cinnamon on top
This morning, I just treated myself to a cup of that hot cinnamon tea all by itself, without the milk or syrup, but I served it to myself in a really pretty mug and it made me feel cozy and comfortable. So sometimes comfort can be had without ANY calories, but just a bit of self nurturing.
Questions to ponder today while spending some time curled up with my journal: "Why are you hungry? What in life are you hungry for? How can you feed yourself in a way that doesn't involve food?" Okay, not only am I going to sip tea, I'm going to sit down with my journal and explore those questions. Hunger is about more than one's stomach. And there are many routes to comfort.