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Mindful Eating

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

OK...the pandemic has not been good for my health. I have used too many excuses for eating far too many unhealthy snacks. I have used the excuse of cooking at home to prepare too many homemade cobblers, cookies and cakes. Enough is enough!

Friday August 7 I began in earnest to eat mindfully. I am concentrating on NOT eating between meals. If I am ravenous, I make sure that I eat a healthy snack. For each of my three meals, I am carefully considering which healthy foods to put on my plate. The first 2 or 3 days I thought of food constantly, and I felt hungry most of the time. Each day is getting a little bit easier.

Today I put on a tight fitting running shirt that used to look good on me just a couple years ago. Today it highlights a body that is NOT in really good shape. (Too many hours spent in the recliner and too many mindless snacks. ) I think I will start to wear these unflattering shirts around the house on days that I need a reminder that I have work to do! Each time I consider an unhealthy food choice, the shirt will remind me not to do it!

Today is Day 5 of mindful eating, and I am motivated!

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    Just what I needed to read this morning. I too made excuses for food choices during our time at home.
    DH bought a huge mixer, 10 pounds of flour and 10 pounds of sugar - get the picture?
    Homemade not processed - sure, but we didn't need to devour it so fast.

    "Each day is getting a little bit easier" I'm counting on that

    277 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    I had come to congratulate you for 11 years of Sparking, and decided to read this blog. I have to say I felt very lucky when lockdown came that I had decided over ten years ago (at age 56) to limit MOST of my eating MOST days to three one-plate meals, no seconds. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. (I used a program that also recommended having sweets on weekends and at few chosen events only. Also one of the better decisions.) I had actually had a few months of relapse at the end of 2019, and recommitted in 2020, so I have actually lost some regained weight in lockdown. Now maintaining a 50-lb. loss from 10 years ago. So your decision for three meals can lead to good stuff!

    Over the course of the ten years, I phased out nearly all baking. I salute you in being determined to cut down on it. It will really remove a lot of unnecessary temptation. (I have flour foods only a few times a week. More whole grains and potatoes now! Still love starches.)
    278 days ago
    I'm impressed by your resolution and will power. Great job, it's really working!
    283 days ago
    Day 38 today, and clothes are fitting better! Waistbands are not tight!

    284 days ago
    how's it going?
    296 days ago
    Day 14 today and I am feeling good!

    307 days ago
    I have some shirts that made my muffin top show...every time I put on that shirt I am reminded what my goals on. I totally get you with the mindful eating...this past week I had to work at home and I found myself going to the pantry to look for a snack. At work I take one measured snack and that is all I get. So I would ask myself as I stood in looking in the pantry - am I really hungry or just needing to get away from work? Most of the time I just needed a break from work.
    313 days ago
    I love your idea about wearing clothes that are unflattering to help you to make the healthier choice - may I steal your idea???
    315 days ago
    Respectfully I'd suggest looking at quality and quantity of sleep also. If sleep is off ,due to stress from change, cortisol is markedly increased in sleep which greatly changes levels of the hormones grellin, leptin, insulin, testosterone, aromatese
    316 days ago
    emoticon You've identified the problem areas, embraced them and have a plan. THAT'S the ticket. Good luck to you. These times are just so trying.

    HUGS and good luck.
    316 days ago
    You've done well to refocus.
    316 days ago
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