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9.4.08

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I've been so off kilter in blogging, although I have been tracking, albeit not as religiously as I should. I've just been so out of kilter since my mom died and dealing with those emotions, plus the issue of her being buried in the wrong plot. All has been settled. Now I'm dealing with my upcoming vacation to China which is a pleasant thing, and it's taken much necessary preparation with shots, VISAS, packing requirements, doctor's notes for our panda volunteer sessions, etc. Add the daily living stuff and it's busy, busy, busy. Yet, I find one thing that continues to be in my constant thoughts - food. Which leads me to a daily note I made today in my food diary, as noted below.

New 'tude, take 3,293,456,756,444

I think I'm giving too much power to food - it rules my waking moments. So, I'm thinking that while I will monitor/record what I eat, I'm going to stop obsessing and thinking about it and start enjoying it, I mean really enjoying it. I'm not sure if this is how thin people think, I mean really, do people really think about food all THAT much?? So why do I obsess? I'm sure I'm not alone.

I'e decided that I'm not going to look at a peach and think "you are one of my fruit servings", I'm going to look at it and think "you are a delicious, juicy, ripe peach, full of satisfying fiber and delicious run down my chin flavor". I'm not going to look at my dinner plate and think "I wonder if this is too much" but look at it and think "hmmmm....that chicken is prepared just how I like it or wow! a just picked ear of sweet corn from the local farm and my organic home grown tomato salad"!! I can smell it just by writing it! And what we all know - by engaging the senses and really enjoying each savory bite helps in cutting down consumption. More meals than not should be an event where I want to savor every bite, not look at it as a "filling a requirement".
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