One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Hunger is Not an Emergency

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I’ll say it again…

Hunger is NOT an Emergency

That’s what I say to myself when my stomach is growling and I’m not prepared. It’s bound to happen, I’m going to get hungry.

Today I just had a HUNGRY day. Maybe I didn’t pack enough snacks for work but by the time I got home I was famished. I just wanted anything and everything I could get my hands on! But, did you hear me, BUT I didn’t cave! (can you tell I’m proud?) I repeatedly said to myself “Hunger is not an emergency, hunger is not an emergency”. It helps, it really does. I was able to hold off until dinner.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like the turkey breast I made. It was one of those pre-marinated ones. Way too salty for me! I don’t know about you but I’m not wasting any points on food I don’t like! So I skipped it. The Noodles and broccoli hit the spot for me anyway.

So here’s the food journal. If you are wondering where I got the “Hunger is Not an Emergency” thing check out this older post. It’s from an article in Prevention magazine I read a few months ago about naturally skinny people. I used to treat hunger like an emergency and thought being hungry gave me license to eat anything I wanted. Now I try to be a “bit” more sensible.

Morning Scale Reading:143
Food Points
cinnamon shredded wheat with 4 oz milk 4
1/2 banana 1
Kashi Granola bar 2
Quick Pasta Primavera (leftover) 4
grapes 1
Lipton Whole Grain Noodles with a side of broccoli (I also made turkey but didn’t like it so I only ate about about 1 ounce) 5
cantaloupe 1
1 mcDonalds Chicken nugget and a plain sundae in a cup split with the toddler 3
Soy Crisps with Black Bean dip 4
Totals 25
Daily Activity Log
5 minute warm up & lower body circuit

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There are 20 comments so far.

    Crabby McSlacker

    September 12, 2007

    Isn’t it funny how a simple concept like that can be so powerful?

    And yeah, it’s good to plan ahead so you don’t get too hungry, and yet real life happens, and we find ourselves Totally Starving with nothing but bad choices available–but oh my goodness we have to Eat Something Now! When really with just a little patience, often we could wait just a little longer until we get home or whatever and eat something healthy instead.

    “Hunger is Not an Emergency!” What a concept! I’m definitely going to try this.

    Lisa Kay

    September 12, 2007

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us – I read your site every day!

    I have a question about maintenance. Do you ever get sick of it? Do you ever wish you could just “eat” and not think about every bite? I am losing weight now (I tend to yo-yo) and I am just getting SO SICK of worrying about everything that goes in my mouth!

    I was wondering what your thoughts are. Thanks!


    September 12, 2007

    Good for you- not caving! I know it can be hard sometimes. And I agree, why waste pts. on something you don’t like! Keep up the great work, you are such an inspiration :)

    Healthy Pear

    September 12, 2007

    What a great mantra! I checked out the article and found it really great aswell. This is something I will definitely remember next time I’m in a hungry situation with nothing prepared around me. Thanks for the info!
    BTW, my husband is naturally slim and I find he follows a lot of things stated in that article.
    You’re doing so fantastic!


    September 12, 2007

    Guess what! This morning I was hungry. Hunger pain kind of hungry. The first thought I had was… MUST EAT> The second thought… HUNGER IS NOT AN EMERGENCY!
    Thanks for the tool!!!

    Lily T

    September 12, 2007

    Great concept! I know I have a tendency to do the same. Lately, I’m trying to calm myself down when I get frantic over food. That seems to help me.

    I can't fit

    September 12, 2007

    Funny how you mentioned this – whenever I feel hunger pains I just remind myself that my body is now burning fat to function instead of food.


    September 12, 2007

    You’re SO right, hunger is NOT an emergency. It doesn’t mean that you can eat that chocolate bar or fatty granola bar or chips or ANYTHING, it really just means that you should have come prepared! :)

    Thanks for the reminder Roni!


    September 12, 2007

    I usually think…now we’re burning some fat…(I think Oprah said this on one of her many weight loss shows). Usually hits me in the middle of the night!!


    September 12, 2007

    I use that saying all the time since reading your original post. It has worked tremendously and I don’t use it as an excuse anymore. Thanks!


    September 12, 2007

    How many different ways could we say, “I’m Hungry?”

    Thanks for the insights!


    September 12, 2007

    Lisa Kay – I do, sometimes. And sometimes I just take a break but I know that I have to conscious of everything that goes into my mouth. If I’m not (at least 80% time) the weight starts coming back. Everyone has demons and this is mine. Instead of getting pissed about it i decided blog and turn it into a hobby. I enjoy the cooking, the recipes and posting on the blog so much I don’t even think about it anymore!

    Everyone else – Thanks so much for the great comments!!!


    September 12, 2007

    Love this post! I saw the title under the blogher ads and just thought, GENIUS! Hunger ISN’T an emergency! lol!
    It might do well taped to the inside of my cupboard or on my fridge.

    Talia Mana

    September 12, 2007

    What a great concept. I’ll remember to include it in the next course I teach on comfort eating.

    Congrats on your successful weight loss journey. You look great!


    September 13, 2007

    Oh Roni…..wish I had read this yesterday!!!

    Thank you for the reminder!!!



    September 18, 2007

    I’m a little late in commenting, but right now, this post is very à propos, as we say here. I was starving earlier on while working, but couldn’t go fetch a snack in the kitchen due to the boss and customers being there. Now lunch break is here, and I’ve realized that in the meantime, the hunger just subdued. It really was NOT an emergency. And thanks for stating that so nicely. :)