There are some really nice meals to be had while dieting. If you're into cooking, you can be creative with your ingredients and make appealing, great-tasting food, absolutely. For many of us, dieting means that we work a little harder at making our calories count, and instead of eating 150 calories' worth of Doritos (which is 11 chips...ELEVEN), you might eat a cup of watermelon plus a cup of cherries plus 8 raw almonds for the same 150 calories - way better bang for your caloric buck!
But even with great-tasting food, you are eating fewer calories, and - speaking for myself but I suspect this is true of most successful dieters - you will experience hunger. That's the way dieting works...you eat less so your body becomes smaller. As with most of us in the dieting clan, we are electing to do this - we're not starving because we can't afford to eat or don't have access to food. Nope, we are deliberately eating less and choosing to be hungry in hopes of losing weight.
It isn't always fun, this dieting thing. Being hungry periodically can get annoying. Not reaching for my standard snack is annoying. Choosing a dang salad when a group of us went out to eat at a really good burger joint was slightly annoying - although, it was a really good salad so I can't complain too much.
I am exercising a lot more and eating less, so I'm pretty sure that I'm getting lighter, which is my goal. It's not happening overnight, of course, but I'm still motivated enough to keep doing what I need to in order to reach my not-very-specific goal. But having been on both sides of this, I have to say that eating to maintain is a lot more fun than eating to lose. And I am looking forward to getting back to that, and soon!
By the way, if you're looking for the AIM post, I've decided to drop out of the group...while I think having a monthly post highlighting weight maintenance is great, I've simply run out of steam when it comes to wanting to write on that specific topic. You can find the rest of my AIM peeps' posts at the usual places: Debby, Lori, Cammy, and Lynn, and I'm sure they have lots of great ponderings for you all to read!