Eating mindfully .....new year...new habits!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
HAPPY 2013 Sparkfriends!!!!
Let me just start off by saying this morning I did Bob Harpers Kettle bell Cardio Shred workout......HOLY CRAP......intense...and I LOVED IT. 1,000 calories (according to the SP counter) burned. I know that isn't probably the exact number, BUT, I know I did burn a heck of a lot....I never realized this about kettle bell workouts........but I'm so happy I finally jumped on the bandwagon and tried them out for myself! I LOVE them!
As some of you know I've struggled with eating mindfully...and to really be honest about it...I've struggled with eating "normally"....I mean...I continue eating something because it tastes good or because I don't want to waste it or seem impolite if I'm at someone else's house..or things of that nature. REALLY?! I've struggled with this FOREVER. Still do.....BUT, I just started reading a book about eating mindfully (which I'll blog about when I'm done and highlights from it) and I put into practice some of what I've learned so far while eating our classic New Years Day (early) dinner today. The whole Idea of eating mindfully is being really intune to what you're doing.....seeing yourself picking up the food, feeling the texture, eating one bite TOTALLY before shoving in another, putting your fork down for a little bit between bites, really tasting what you're putting into your mouth. I got my plate ready...half of it salad and then the other half was divided with pork and sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. (I LOVE mashed potatoes like no bodies business) Normally, my plate would have about a quarter salad.....a good portion of mashed potatoes and by good I mean BAD.......and then a bunch of sauerkraut and pork. So getting my plate to be the way I had it was a feat in itself. I did have one wheat roll as well, and wine (it IS a holiday.....) So while I was eating I really took the time to completely chew and swallow one bite before taking the next, really tasting the food, I even tried to eat with my fork upside down to eliminate scooping, also, putting my fork down on my plate for a little bit between bites. I have to admit, I actually ENJOYED my meal. I'm normally a VERY fast eater...done before everyone...then when it's a "special" holiday meal like this ..I'd go back for a little more. Today I did get a little more; HOWEVER, the overall total of what I ate was only equal to (MAYBE) the equivalent to what just my FIRST helping would have normally been. I'm starting to really think this eating mindfully stuff really works.....huh.......WHO WOULDA THOUGHT?!
I feel in charge.
I CAN DO THIS.
Love ya sparkies! Hope you're all enjoying your days! Here's to a fabulous fit and healthy new year!