Aloha! I’m back from Hawaii and working on a recap post for you. Since it’s long, and I’m still sorting through pictures, why don’t I share something else today? There will be plenty of time for me to gush about Hawaii.
I totally indulged on my vacation… maybe even over-indulged. The hubs and I ate until we were darn near stuffed at just about every single meal. While most of the time I was aware and okay with it because it is vacation, I am
a bit regretful about completely ignoring my intuitive eating philosophies. It’s easy to be regretful when your pants are tight from so much indulgence! Since I’m back with tight pants, I’m really working on intuitive eating. I realized during my vacation that I really want to lose some pounds before our Cancun trip in February. Oh wait… you don’t know about that! My husband’s work met their profit goals, so we are all going to Cancun in February. Woohoo!
Okay, celebration over. Let’s talk about intuitive eating. I’ve been analyzing myself and my struggles with intuitive eating. Here are my major struggles within the 10 principles of intuitive eating:
- Boredom eating – not necessarily just eating because I’m bored and not hungry, but eating at the first signs of hunger because I’m bored (principle 7)
- Stopping when I’m satisfied/before the food is gone (principles 5 & 6)
- Negative thoughts getting in my way (principles 4 & 8)
I have to look at the good when I look at the bad so I feel better. Here are the things I have pretty much down (outside of vacation):
- Rejecting the diet mentality – although it’s tempting sometimes, I really feel I can never go on another diet again (principle 1)
- Eating when I’m hungry (principle 2)
- Eating what I want (principle 3)
- Exercise – I walked and swam a lot on my vacation and realized how much I love doing these things and how good exercise can make me feel. Now that I’m back, I’m trying to make a new habit to exercise right after work when it’s possible (principle 9)
Still in the wings – honoring health (principle 10) – I’ll get to this one when I’ve got the others down.
Tackling the Tough Stuff
Let’s tackle each of of my tough areas to make a game plan for how to work on them. Some of them I’ve been trying to work on, but just haven’t been too diligent about it. It’s time to step things up and get diligent!
Here are ways I can get myself away from boredom eating:
- Change what I’m currently doing
- Challenge myself to wait 30 minutes before eating
- Stop making excuses for why it’s okay to eat just this once
Here are ways I can work on stopping when I’m satisfied/not eating everything on my plate:
- Eliminate disctractions – I keep telling myself I’ll do this and then decide not to when meal time actually comes. I really think the distractions are a huge part of the reason I don’t stop eating
- Split my plate in half, eat it, and wait… if still hungry, repeat
- Stop making excuses for why it’s okay to keep eating
Here are ways I can work on dealing with those voices in my head:
- Journal daily regarding my accomplishments/happy things that happened that day – I started this before vacation and am picking it up again
- Realize what I’m doing and spin the negative thought into a positive – example of this week: ugh, my pants are so tight, I’m so fat and shouldn’t have eaten so much on vacation. Spin: I really enjoyed my vacation and wouldn’t have changed a thing. My pants will be back to fitting normally in no time! Doesn’t my tan look great?
- Look at myself in the mirror daily and tell myself how great I look
Those are all pretty simple and actually things I think I can try out. Okay, the distractions one is really hard for me, but maybe it won’t be bad if I start with just one meal a day when possible. I’m going to add these to a daily to-do list and see how I do! I’ll keep you posted.