For two days in a row now I've not eaten anything after dinner. It hasn't been all that hard so far. At one point I remembered I had an ice cream bar waiting for me in the freezer, but I was too full after dinner to justify eating it and calling it dessert. Instead of obsessing about the ice cream and giving in and having it as an evening snack I just told myself that tomorrow is a new day, and it will be waiting for me then. I felt peaceful about that. Of course, sweet things are not really what I crave. I can pretty much take or leave chocolate and ice cream. So, it wasn't that impressive.
The impressive thing is later in the evening, two of my kids came home from a movie with a great big tub of buttered popcorn, and when I saw that I said, "Oh, gimme some of that!" and then I remembered my new no snacking after dinner rule and said, "Nevermind." I spent a few minutes thinking about how good that ice cream would taste after a salty, buttery bowl of popcorn, and what a nice little snack that would be, but the moment passed quickly, and I didn't think about eating again for the rest of the night.
Unfortunately, I had a really hard time sleeping, and around 3:00 in the morning when I was still awake and tossing and turning, my stomach started growling and burning in that hungry way. It had been eight hours since I last ate. The growling didn't last long, and I finally managed to fall asleep sometime after 4:00. So, I survived, and it was pretty painless.
If I can manage to not eat after dinner AND continue to make mostly healthy food choices during the day, I think some weight will start to go. I realized today that it's been weeks since I ate boxed mac-n-cheese or
instant mashed potatoes or a cup of ramen noodles, all things that had
been my staples for several months. I am making changes slowly and can
feel good about that. This morning I had my smoothie for breakfast and a salad for lunch.
Speaking of my salad,...I went out to the garden and picked some lettuce and then threw together a salad with some dried cranberries and sunflower seeds only to discover my favorite salad dressing was all gone. I was disappointed, but decided to try to make a little vinaigrette of my own. I put some olive oil, rice vinegar, chia seeds, a few mixed berries and salt and pepper into a blender and gave it a whirl. It was pretty tasty! I was so proud of myself.