Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Analogies & Experiences

Having too loose of a band, or, how I know I need a fill right away:
  • This feels much like driving with a very loose parking break on:  You feel something kinda dragging on you, but you can pretty much drive as fast as you want.
  • You over-plan eating and ruminate about the next meal.  Thoughts of food dominate your consciousness.
  • You feel like you need to satisfy your hunger as soon as you feel it.
  • Letting your hunger build also makes your anxiety build.
  • Easy to eat over 2000 Kcals a day.
The green zone, sweet spot, or perfect fill level
  • Weirdly satisfied with about 1/4 or 1/2 of what you'd normally eat.  (This is still novel and on occasion, I still over-fill my plate.
  • Little rumination about food between meal times.
  • No physical need and less emotional need to graze and snack.
  • 1200 - 1500 Kcals feel about right.  It might be difficult to eat too much over 2000 Kcals.
  • Feel like bowling with bumpers:  You still have to throw the ball straight to get a strike, but the bumpers will prevent you from rolling a gutter ball (or totally blowing it by over-eating).
Band too-tight
  • Hurts to drink water.
  • Takes an hour or more to finish 20 ounces of protein drink
  • Hard to get 900 - 1000 Kcals
  • Feel like there's a parking boot on your car.  You're not going anywhere and if you try to drive, you're going to damage your car.

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