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Top 10 Reasons I Eat:

10. I’m hungry.

9. I’m bored.

8. I’m happy.

7. I’m sad.

6. It’s a special occasion.

5. It’s Wednesday. Or Tuesday. Or Thursday. Or…well, you get the idea.

4. I’m stressed.

3. I’m with friends or family.

2. I’m alone.

And the number 1 reason I eat is…

I LOVE FOOD.

I really, truly do.

And yes, I’m sad when it’s over.

And because of that, I have real problems with portion control.

In my previous healthy life, the absolute hardest thing for me after I read “You: On a Diet” was implementing the whole “pay attention to how full you are” thing.

It’s such a simple idea. Eat foods that will actually fill you up (whole grains, lean meats, vegetables) and then pay attention to what your stomach tells you. When your stomach says “put down the fork and push away from the table,” do it.

Wow. What a concept. And it’s something I realized that, in all my years of yo-yo dieting, I had never once done.

When I was on Weight Watchers, it was all about counting points. Not only do I not particularly love to do math, the points system always left me hungry. Which then made me think about food even MORE. So I spent a lot of my day being obsessed with food and points and being hungry and how much longer it was til I could eat again.

I mean, really. Looking back, it’s jaw-dropping how much I thought about food…or the lack thereof.

So the idea that you could actually lose weight by eating good (emphasis on GOOD) foods until you feel satisfied (satisfied, not full…there’s a difference) — well, that was pretty much mind-blowing. And I was sure there was no way in hell it was going to work.

But it did.

At first it wasn’t easy. But once I actually started listening to what my body was telling me, it became second nature. And the results were absolutely liberating. It freed me from thinking about food all the time. It freed me from trying to calculate how many points I’d used or how many minutes I’d have to spend on the torture device treadmill to burn it off. It freed me from feeling guilty. It shut up that little voice in my head that says, “oh, man, you have really screwed up your diet AGAIN” and it allowed me to actually ENJOY my food instead of beating myself up about eating it.

Like I said, what a concept.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to resume bad habits and I have spent the last year and a half with my fingers in my ears going “LALALALALALA!” while my stomach was screaming at me, “STOP! STOP! For the love of God, woman, STOP!” But I am determined to pull my fingers out of my ears, tune back in and start paying attention.

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Goal: Exercise 5 days this week

Days toward goal: 4

Today’s Workout: 30/20 HIIT Workout from Cathe Friedrich’s To the Max DVD

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