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Putting a stop to mindless eating

Sunday, May 27, 2012

My usual morning routine involves snatching one of my favorite oatmeal concoctions from the microwave and sitting down in front of the computer to catch up on what is happening on the Sparks website. Looking out the sunroom window at the beautiful day I was missing I decided that I would begin a new routine by changing my morning dining room. In our backyard is a small fishpond with a big rock that our neighbor had given us a couple years earlier. He named it ' Connie's Thinking Rock ' but now it doubles as my breakfast nook.
What a treat - surrounded by flowers, a beautiful blue sky with frilly white clouds, songbirds fluttering nearby and the sound of the fountain like rain falling upon the water of the pond. It was a perfect morning and I was so glad I hadn't missed it!
However, my dining area was not the only thing that needed to change I realized as I became aware of how fast and mindlessly I was eating. I deliberately put the spoon down between every bite enjoying the texture and taste of every spoonful as I took in my surroundings. Eating without stopping to really enjoy etch spoonful is probably one of the biggest reasons that I have struggled with my weight for so many years.
Mindless eating is a habit I am going to try very hard to break regardless of who I am with or where ever I find myself dining. In my new lifestyle there is a lot of wonderful tasting food and I am going to take the time to enjoy every morsel !

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