How so? Well for various reasons...but I'm only going to talk about the ones pertaining to this blog....at this time.
This person is not driven by food. Food is no important to them at all. I in the other hand am driven by food. I have a mentality where I can be just finishing a meal and I'm already thinking about where and what my next meal is going to be. Case in point, most days on my recent vacations, I knew well in advance what I was eating for my meals and throughout the day my mouth salivated just thinking about it. Anticipation....Ahhhh. But hanging with someone that is not driven by food is actually kinda interesting. That's not saying that we don't discuss food. That's not saying that when we do eventually get around to eating that we don't fully discuss the options and savor what we are eating. But our activities are not based around food. Food is almost just an afterthought. Days are not spent based upon what place has the best food. Activities are not planned around food. Food is a secondary afterthought. Want to know the crazy thing? I like it.
I like it. And I eat so much less....because without the constant thoughts and plans and dreams about food, I find that I am not really hungry. Craaaaaazzzyy!
The other discovery? This person has been a life long hiker. (Yeah, backpacks...camping...hiking boots..campfire....dreams of the stupid trails......the whole nine yards). Hiking had intrigued me for years. (maybe not so much the camping...but I've read accounts of hikers that do intense weeks and months long hikes and I am totally enthralled!). So walking is nothing to this person. I'm cool with that...I have walked quite a bit...I've run quite a few miles...no problemo. I'm good with it and I even accept it and look forward to some planned hikes.
What affect does this have? Last night we decided to run into dicks sporting goods and also AC Moore. In my town these stores are located in a strip mall. In between these stores was Quite a few stores ...9 stores maybe (big stores too..bed bath and beyond, Petco, office max....not small store fronts). There was no discussion. We strolled the length of the stores. (And actually went further on the one end to hit up another store). As we were walking, I realized with shame that in olden days (and probably even last week because of deeply ingrained habits and the fact that it would honestly never have off cured to me to walk). I would have started my car and moved it instead of walking along the well lit sidewalks. The stores were crowded in the post thanksgiving /early Christmas season rush......but not once did we encounter someone walking between the stores. Either way, it opened my eyes to how absolutely lazy I have been. Once again...how crazy is this discovery???
So let me also finish up by saying that I weighed myself on Wednesday. I didn't weigh myself again until after thanksgiving....Friday to be exact. The scales showed me down 2.5 pounds. Could be an anomaly....but it showed how reigned in and under control (and dare I say unimportant) my eating has been. Both when I'm out and when I'm home. Let's hope I can hold onto the weight loss!!! At this rate I may actually make my Christmas goal!