Monday, January 28, 2013
Bet you didn’t know that you’re my meal companions.
Does this lead to “mindless eating?” 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 don’t even need an alarm clock. Maybe it’s a residual effect from all those years of work, but our internal clocks are permanently programmed this way.
He makes coffee, just as he’s done for 45 years. He eats breakfast #1. I just have the coffee. I’m never hungry first thing in the morning. He will return for breakfast #2 and sometimes #3. I prefer not to see that.
Then it’s on to email and favorite sites. Obviously that’s 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 I’ve 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, they’re not holding food or a glass. That’s 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 I’m 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 “oddball” behavior or a retired person’s version of “eating at your desk.”
Note, this doesn’t work for dinner. DH & I always eat together at the table like normal people.