This next week is going to be a HUGE challenge. I’m going to Mexico and I’ve committed to not only track everything I eat and stick to my calorie budget, but to also abstain from drinking alcohol. I’ve spent so much of my life putting healthy choices off because it was the holidays, or vacation, or a birthday celebration… or a Tuesday! I decided that EVERY DAY needs to be a day that I push myself closer to that under 200 pound goal.
Most of the time when I want to EAT, I’m not even really hungry. It’s not the roiling hunger where your stomach is telling you that you need food. It’s what I’ve distinguished is more like “mouth hunger.” It’s the desire to taste something or crunch something or just eat to stuff a feeling I don’t want to feel. Being intentional about distinguishing which one I am feeling completely equips me to make better choices BEFORE I answer the call to eat. “Am I hungry?” may seem like an obvious and basic question, but for decades I have not bothered to even stop and ask myself. I just proceed straight to food without passing “Go” or checking in with myself.
This ultra-consciousness is really helping me. And I also notice that it is coming more naturally. Just like anything else, the more you interrupt sabotage thinking, the better you get at snapping out of it.
The key after all, is living a life AWAKE and not on auto-pilot. When you do that, you get the opportunity to make every single choice count!