Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I think what I've learned the most in the past couple days is what a huge difference it makes to eat slowly. Despite going out for both brunch and dinner yesterday for Father's Day and having fatty dim sum and Chinese food, I did pretty well with keeping within my calorie range. I attribute my accomplishment to eating very slowly and really tasting and enjoying my food, so that I gave my body a chance to signal that I am full, then stopped eating. It really helped me to gauge how much food I really need and avoid overeating.
Today was a different story. I had to work through my lunch hour and run to a doctor's appointment afterwards, so I ate my lunch while finishing up work at my desk rather quickly. Even though the very same lunch made me feel full last week, I felt hungry today and I think it was because I had to eat it quickly. It must have been about an hour later before my stomach finally said to my body that it was full after all. If I had not been so focused on my goals, my old self would have eaten more and overeaten.
It is now five days since I've recommitted to a healthier diet, and the food tracking, making healthy choices, and learning to listen to my body are starting to become easier. That's a relief. It's good to know that I, too, can learn to change my poor habits and put a stop to mindlessly eating junk food. It's good to know that this process is a journey towards habits that WILL become easy with consistency and practice, and won't always be this much work or this difficult. I am glad.