So, I recently cut back on some daily calories and I was absolutely hungry for most of my day. What’s worse is that I had to go food shopping and do several errands. Now, for the average person, this would have been torture and most likely a stick to your plan failure! Fortunately for me, it didn’t have to be. First off, I always eat every 2-3 hours and have my food planned and ready to go. I didn’t leave the house hungry and new I’d be back before my next meal. However, because I cut back on my calories I was definitely feeling hungry within my meal times. I went food shopping and the devil had his loudspeaker right up to my ear the entire time! So what did I do? First, I stuck a piece of gum in my mouth. That helped a lot. However, going up and down the isles was definitely a test of my willpower. I was very aware of my thoughts. They kept saying things like, F- it, it’s not like you’re overweight. You can have a little something, You’ve been good for 3 days now, you should be able to have whatever you want, and you only live once dammit. BUT, I kept shouting back at that voice that I didn’t really want to do that! I’m sticking strictly to this meal plan I created and will not cheat until it’s my scheduled cheat time. I made it out of the supermarket by telling myself that lunch was waiting at home and it’s the fuel my body really needs. The good food that will make me feel great! By this time my gum had been chewed so incessantly that it had no more flavor and was not as chewy as before so I threw it out and started sucking down some water. As I drove home, all the wafting smells of the restaurants were overwhelming. But I was determined to make it home. AND I DID! I made it through another day without caving into the instant gratification and I feel incredible which is definitely the opposite of what I would have felt if I caved! I write this to give you hope…I, too, struggle with that voice that wants what it wants and it’s usually not good for me! However, as long as I have a few tips and tricks to rely on, I will come out successful and happier!