I was just in the kitchen getting a snack for the kids. 2:00. I’d had soup for lunch, and was already hungry. I added up what I’d eaten so far today (1/2 c plain yogurt, 1/4 c homemade granola, one cup carrot-parsnip soup, and a small homemade muffin) and what I was planning to make for supper (chicken cacciatore on spaghetti). I did really well last week without letting myself feel hungry. There was definitely room in that menu for me to have a snack, but then my inner demon piped in, “That was the first week though….you always lose more the first week. It won’t be as quick from now on….sure, you’ll still lose weight if you have a snack…but don’t you want to lose MORE? FASTER?” My rational mind knows that I didn’t gain the weight quickly, and I’m better off to lose it slowly too. My demon is persuasive though. My demon is loud, and rude, and mean.
What’s your inner dialogue like? What are your demons, and how do you shut them up?
(Just so you know, I stuck some duct tape on my demon’s mouth and toasted myself a whole-wheat English muffin….it was 4 hours until dinner, and I’ve got 2 kids to drag to swimming lessons first. A mom needs her fuel!)