Eat sitting down!
How could I forget that rule? It was a rule I made in the early days of this journey. Somewhere I have stopped obeying my own rule.
Okay, okay, you don't like "rule"? Then we can use guideline. It is a guideline I have strayed from. It is also one I want to tackle again until it becomes a habit. Today was a "no eating standing up" day, the only exception being raw veggies. I was surprised how many times I stopped myself when I was working in the kitchen - just one bite as I put away the leftovers.
This is my response to Day three of "The Beck Diet Solution," by Judith S. Beck. It is on my index card to read daily and I've put post it notes in strategic (and some unorthodox) in my kitchen.
Much impulse eating is done standing up, Dr. Beck suggests. As I pondered this, I had to agree.
This coincides with something else that I am working on from one of Leslie Sansone's books I read several months ago. Her first "to-do" was to be thankful for my food. No eating standing up reinforces that. As I sit down to eat, I focus on my food and I become truly grateful as I enjoy it. When I eat on the run, standing in the middle of my kitchen, especially when impulse eating, how grateful am I, really? Probably not so much.
I am eager to see what other forgotten rules as well as new thoughts might crop up in this book as I work through it.
I met my fitness goals for June, and although the scale has not budged as much as I hoped,
I was delighted to find that I have lost some inches.
I am re-vamping my eating to coincide with the suggestion from my fitness trainer: more of my calories in the morning, less in the evening; more carbs in the morning, more protein in the evening. Her reasoning made sense, but I am currently on a 2 week fast from the scale, so I don't really know yet if this change might kick start my metabolism. I am determined that the scale will not define me, and I'm not weighing in until next Thursday!!!
And when Thursday comes, if the scale has not budged, it will not destroy me, I will not give up. I will go on!!! I also want to talk to the nutritionist who comes in once a month at work to see if she has suggestions. When I look back over the past 6 months, however, I do see a 12 pound weight loss. So even though I've felt at a plateau, it has been moving ever so slightly. But the scale will not define me. I am stronger! I am more fit! I am healthier! I have walked 6.2 miles! I feel better! I am making healthier choices! I am worth it! I will go on.
My July fitness calendar is made out. It includes 70 miles of walking, a 10K and two 5K virtual events - one for the Epilepsy Foundation and one on SP. and 2 - 3 strength training sessions per week; also includes use of the Biggest Loser Cardio Max DVD about once per week to shuffle things up a bit.
And here are some pics from my walks from my 1st unofficial 10K - 4 miles of it up hill. This is not my official 10K route (whew! thankfully), and I won't be taking pictures on my official 10K.
And I've got more up pictures of the next leg of my walk, but I won't bore you with them. Yep - my up muscles were sore
Thankfully, my official 10K has one big 1 mile hill and the rest if fairly flat.
Finally down hill:
And my trusty water bottle was waiting for me at the end: