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100 days of weight loss, Days 20, 21, 22, 23

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I've been sick with some sort of summer flu and spent most of the day Thursday and Friday sleeping. I thought I was feeling better today but then I decided to go grocery shopping and that didn't go so well. The upside is that the nausea is making me not want to eat, but I would love for the headache to go away. It's going on a straight week.

I'm going to go ahead and do the days I've missed to get caught up.

Day 20 says to divide everything I eat in half; either by eating half as much as I normally would or taking half as much as I want to take. It's an interesting concept that might be worth some merit. I will keep it in mind for when I'm faced with a food situation outside my normal plan. They want me to do this today with at least five different foods and then write about how I feel about it. Without even doing it, I know how I'd feel - deprived. They suggest in that case I should take a look at myself and maybe there is something else in my life that needs attention or needs to be "filled". Of course there is! But that is just going to open up a bottomless can of worms so I'm not even going to attempt to tackle that one in one blog.

Day 21 says to eat with awareness. They suggest setting the table with good china and light candles and playing mood music... that is just silly and why we go out to nice restaurants from time to time. The good part of this lesson is to pay attention to everything about the food - appearance, flavors, temperature, and texture. I have done this before and it definitely does make the food more enjoyable and more fulfilling.

Day 22 then says to do the opposite - multitask while eating but still be mindful of what you're eating. I have to confess that I do frequently multitask while eating - I watch TV, go online, read, have conversations. It does make it more difficult to be mindful but it is still possible. Once I start eating more than saltines and 7-up I'll pay attention to how I act while multitask-eating.

Day 23 says to eat a small amount of something to savor, like a small piece of chocolate. This is definitely a helpful technique to feel satisfied with a smaller amount of enjoyable foods. It is possible to have just a small amount of something, as long as you slow down and savor that first bite.
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  • 4CYNDI
    Hmm... I think day 20's suggestion would be tough for me. I plan my meals so that I have just enough to be full. Although I have halved my breakfast and eaten half at a later time. I don't think I could just leave half of the food on the plate.

    I've heard of the second suggestion before. I seldom take the time to do that as I'm most often multitasking while eating. Never enough hours in the day. I think I've found a good balance for mindful eating while doing other things as well.

    I have yet to master the last one. When I open something it's tough to eat just a small piece. However, if it comes individually wrapped I can do so, especially with high quality chocolate.
    2617 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Nothing seems worse than being sick when it's beautiful outside...hope you feel better. emoticon
    2617 days ago
  • LAURAB_143
    Oh Dear, I do hope you feel better very soon!! I'm so surprised you got caught up after feeling so sick. Don't be too hard on yourself, by that I mean if you aren't even feeling like eating you shouldn't feel pressured to progress in the book. But with that said, I really enjoyed reading your blog.

    In regard to the halving of the food. I used to do that when I was in high school and weighed 135 pounds if I went up a few pounds. Doing that for a day or two and a little exercise was enough to keep my weight down. Now, thinking about eating half of my normal food does make me feel a little deprived too. But it worked then, I should be able to do it for myself now. I'm SURE there's some things in my life that need attention and would help me feel "filled".

    I eat sometimes at the table with just family conversation, and sometimes while watching TV or reading email. Since I usually serve from the stove, meal times are not when I have the most trouble. I can eat either way. It's snacky foods that usually get me, or pizza or brownies left on the counter. I should just make sure there's nothing but fruit left out where I can see it.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Be well!!!

    2618 days ago
    Oh no, I hope you're all better soon.
    I have to agree with the 'halve everything' idea, I would feel so deprived and I'm not sure I know anyone who wouldn't!
    2618 days ago
    Sorry you were sick!

    I too eat when there is a lot going on -- TV, computer, etc. But I find when I slow down, eat focusing on my food, I feel satisfied. I also have to leave the table immediately after dinner (generally that's when I log it in). My husband starts the clean up and after 10-15 minutes I can enter the kitchen safely! I am intrigued by your blogs about this program and think I might have to buy her book.
    2619 days ago
    Hope you're feeling better! HUGS
    2619 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    DONE GIRLS ROCK. Don't quit.
    2620 days ago
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