Monday, January 28, 2013
Bet you didnít know that youíre my meal companions.
Does this lead to ďmindless eating?Ē Not for me. I know that this defies the conventional wisdom that to be successful in weight loss/maintenance you should not do anything else while eating. I found that to be true for watching TV or even reading a magazine, but not for my morning SP ritual.
DH & I are always up before 6 am. We donít even need an alarm clock. Maybe itís a residual effect from all those years of work, but our internal clocks are permanently programmed this way.
He makes coffee, just as heís done for 45 years. He eats breakfast #1. I just have the coffee. Iím never hungry first thing in the morning. He will return for breakfast #2 and sometimes #3. I prefer not to see that.
Then itís on to email and favorite sites. Obviously thatís where I am right now.
SP accompanies my coffee refills. I sip, I read, I sip I blog, comment, post etc etc.
Finally I get my breakfast, the same one Iíve eaten for 15 years.
Back to SP. I take a bite, I read & post, take another bite, and repeat over and over.
It takes a long time to finish peanut butter on WW toast with OJ when you keep stopping to type.
If my hands are occupied, theyíre not holding food or a glass. Thatís off to the side. I keep my keyboard clean. I was a technology coordinator after all, and I practice what I preach.
Sometimes lunch follows the same pattern with the same result. I find this method actually slows down my eating. Plus, the SP reading is motivation to continue a healthy routine. When Iím entering my daily meal and snack plan in the tracker, it discourages going back for more food.
Perhaps this is just one more example of my ďoddballĒ behavior or a retired personís version of ďeating at your desk.Ē
Note, this doesnít work for dinner. DH & I always eat together at the table like normal people.