Silly as it may sound, there is a great feeling of power that comes with pushing away half a plate of your favorite meal because your tummy and you are comfortable and satisfied on the amount you ate. There is no longer that panic of "I'm so full but when will I have this again?" Food ceases to be the highlight and mainstay of the day. You have become your cousin - you know, the one who has bowls of m&m's around the house and only eats three or four pieces a day - the same one that eats three bites of pie and is satisfied - the one who subconsciously knows what a half a cup of pasta really is.
The best part is when you don't even want it. Don't get me wrong, you have thoroughly enjoyed your little meal but you and your body know that that is all you need or want. With your new thinking and feeling, the cookies you bought last week are now stale and you have to discard what's left because you didn't eat them all the first day. There was no four hour fight with yourself about opening the bag and then polishing them off in front of the TV in one sitting.
With that power comes freedom. Most of us don't realize the amount of hours we spend on food related activities - thinking about what to eat, fighting with ourselves, rationalizing it, preparing it, eating it, overeating it, feeling guilty, feeling uncomfortable and then topping it off with how tomorrow will be different. Eliminating most of that frees up a lot of time and heartache.
If YOU have had enough, take your power back - and enjoy your freedom.