I believe that a weight loss journey is mostly mental rather than physical. There are so many components that take place in the head first before they can ever manifest in the body. I will never see the results I want by exercising and eating as I was before. I have to change my mind and approach to food. It’s because of this that I put a personal emphasis on my thinking and general mental health. I’ve created a list of things that I choose to be especially aware of throughout this journey and beyond. Your list may be different, but I think we can agree on the most of the things listed.
BE MINDFUL OF:
- Serving sizes– I measure and weigh everything I eat, but I know that will not always be the case. In fact, one of the things I plan to achieve throughout this journey is how to eat. Learning to eat is partially learning how much. Whenever I portion out a serving, I keep in mind how it looks. For instance, how many crackers or how much cereal is in a serving.
- Satisfaction– As I mentioned, learning to eat is important, and that includes feeling. I have a hard time recognizing when I’ve had enough. Normally, it happens after I’ve eaten an obscene amount of food and there is no longer a chance to redeem that day. I would eat until I felt like I couldn’t breathe. That was fullness, and thus, satisfaction for me. I’ve been learning to listen to my body and what it’s telling me. I no longer seek out that complete fullness. I eat until I’m satisfied — not full.
- My emotions– I am an emotional eater so when I eat, I now make sure it’s because my body needs it, not because my feelings are hurt. If I’m sad, I drink water or exercise. Hell, sometimes I just cry or whatever I need to do. If not, I watch my favorite movie or Wheel of Fortune. I look for something to lift me up, but it’s not food.
- My eating– I used to eat on the couch, watching tv. What tended to happen was that I would finish and wonder where all the food went. This would cause me to eat more because I was still “hungry.” Now, I eat at the table. It’s a no cell phone, no tv, no computer zone. I focus on my food and how it tastes. I savor each bite. I experience the food. It definitely changes things.
- Activity– Unfortunately, I still have to remind myself to move. Sometimes I’ll realize that I’ve sat around doing nothing for quite a while. When that happens, I immediately turn up my music, get up and move. If it’s dancing, exercising, cleaning, etc. it does not matter, I will move somehow. This leads to a personal happiness that I can’t describe. It feels good.
These are only a few things that apply more to me, but there are obviously more. What do you need to be more mindful of? Please let me know, I would love to become more aware of things and possibly even amend my post.
Until next time,