Day 31 - 40 of "100 Days "
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Day 31 - 40 Listen to Your Body
Day #31 Hunger Scale
I have experienced every number on the hunger scale but I think I live in the 0 neutral number most days.
When I am home all day I eat by the clock because my husband needs meds that require food. I eat when he does.
Just now, while watching the weather channel, there was a food commercial that made me think it is time for breakfast. Amazing what you learn when you pay attention!
I will wait until I'm between 1 to 2 and then head for the kitchen.
0- Neutral, not hungry, not full
1- A little hungry
2- Very hungry
3 - Starved, way to hungry
A healthcare worker once said to me, "It's ok to be hungry sometimes Phyllis"!
I need to wait for hunger instead of the clock.
Day #32 The Five-Hour Rule
If your really hungry, do you need more food than if you are just a little hungry, is not a question I ever thought about until this lesson!
I'm sure when I am starved that I eat more and care less about what it is.
The rule to eat every three to five hours makes sense.
I love being retired but if I'm not busy I realize I tend to eat before I'm really that hungry and even though I eat healthy I do need to pay attention to the hunger scale not the clock (or the TV commercials)!
Day #33 The Fullness Scale
I am almost ashamed to say that it will take time for me to figure out this lesson. Good thing there is a whole section of the book dedicated to knowing when it is time to eat and when it's time to stop!
For the last few years I have only focused on what I eat with not much thought of the timing or how hungry I really am.
Certainly a clue as to why I still have weight to lose.
Day #34 Listen Accurately
Use your stomach not your head! That is a powerful message to decide the number I'm at on the fullness scale.
My immediate problem is finding those abdominal muscles that will let me know when I'm comfortably full. I don't often overeat to the stuffed level but I obviously eat more than my body needs or I wouldn't still be overweight.
I do know that the older I get, the less daily activity I get, which doesn't help the bottom line for sure.
It's figuring out how much fuel I need if I'm not willing to rev the engine!
Day #35 The Eating Pause
This sounds like something I can pay attention to. I will watch for the pause while eating. This morning I realized I was satisfied with half my apple so the rest is wrapped for later.
My mind is thinking it is already logged on my tracker so I can just have it any time I want to!
In the end for me it's all a mind game since I really do know the "rules" of calories in, calories out, equals weight gain or weight loss.
Even though I never thought of myself as such an emotional eater, I am realizing I really am!
Day #36 Slow Down Your Eating
Some of the lessons in the "100 Days" book have surprised me but this one did not. I have always known that I used to eat too fast. I have been working on those "20 minute" meals for quite some time now.
Sometimes I'm successful!
Day #37 I Love to Eat
Yes I do love to eat and it sometimes feels like that is the constant in my life. The planning, cooking, and cleaning up seem to take up a big part of my day.
Knowing that people go through this book more than once gives me hope because I know I will need to. On busy days I don't always have time to do the suggested experiments and they go by so fast that I will have to come back at some point and decide which ones are important to me.
Today I will slow down, think about what and how much I'm eating, and enjoy it along with the expected company! I do love weekend visitors!
Day #38 Food as Power
I definitely get the idea of feeling the power of food. I fell good when I'm strong and stick to my plans no matter how much I want to cave in to the temptation in front of me.
I also sometimes feel powerless at times, mostly when I'm frustrated, and can't seem to go to bed without going back for leftovers that I know are there for the taking!
It's a process of learning a new lifestyle that works for me. Some day there will be a line I will not cross of I want to be healthy!
Day #39 Flavor or Texture
Another day to pay attention to my food and my moods
I know I am anxious because I'm changing and planning for our trip to the hospital next week. My hubby is having a heart valve operation so we will be there all week. Lots of things need to be changed but our great family is making it better.
I need to slow down, take a deep breath and just do my best.
Day #40 Having an Eating Experience
I very much love going to restaurants that have a dish they are famous for.
This week I will be lucky enough to join a group of ladies for lunch and since we haven't been able to get together for a couple of months, I just can't wait. We are going where I've never been so I hope to have both the experience of tasting new dishes and the joy of the company.
My hubby and I have had a lot of wonderful meals over the years on vacations or celebrations and I do treasure those times since he doesn't go much any more.