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My 21 day challenge, Geneen Roth style!

Friday, February 15, 2013

“Choose what is best, and habit will make it pleasent and easy.”
-Plutarch

I woke today feeling inspired. Maybe it's the milder weather, the sunshine, the fact that I'm getting a massage after work and my daughter is staying at my mom's for the weekend. Whatever it was, I feel ready to give myself a chance to feel great again.

So today, I'm committing publicly to my own 21 day challenge. Why 21 days? Well, my mom always tells me it takes 21 days to form a habit. I have a feeling that it takes a bit longer, but 21 days seems reasonable to me. Also, I have family coming in 21 days and I want to feel great and ready to do anything when they are here.

My challenge is that for the next 21 days, I'm committing to following Geneen Roth's guidelines:

1. Eat when you are hungry. (Truly hungry, body hungry not mind hungry)

2. Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.

3.Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspaper, books, intense or anxiety producing conversation and music.

4. Eat only what your body wants. (Big difference from what your MIND wants!)

5. Eat until you are satisfied. (This is different than full).

6. Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.

7. Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.

Today is day 1. So far, so good. I'm waiting for the hunger to come before I eat anything. I had an overeating episode last night, so I woke feeling very full. I worked out which was great, and I meditated and journaled, but just didn't feel hungry. I'm drinking tea and water and waiting until I feel hungry to eat my breakfast, which will be a brunch today.

I feel so grateful to my mother. I have five days child free, in which to set up great habits, get lots of rest, and generally feel good. I cannot wait. And I cannot wait to get my massage later. It's time for some internal and external pampering.

Also, this is a chemo free, doctor free weekend, so hopefully my husband will be feeling well and we can enjoy some non-cancer fun times together.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
-Aristotle
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GONABFIT 2/16/2013 11:35PM

    Love it!!!

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MELMOMOF4 2/16/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon sounds like a great plan. keep up the great work

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LJCANNON 2/16/2013 7:39AM

    emoticon Wonderful Plan!! I think by the time your Family arrives you will be a New Woman!!

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LE7_1234 2/16/2013 5:23AM

    I love Geneen!

I also love that you have time to yourself. You so deserve it!!

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MIRRORBALLMOON 2/16/2013 12:49AM

    I love those guidelines. And I love the upbeat, optimistic tone in your words! emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 2/16/2013 12:32AM

    I need to 'Google' Roth as I like the ideas you share with her reference.

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MINIUM 2/15/2013 3:33PM

    I loved reading this blog! I find the 2 quotes you used very inspiring - I didn't know the first one but I give the last one to my students every year.
Your post is very inspiring and I feel like joining you!
Have fun and get lots of rest - you deserve it!
Nan

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CHRISTINASP 2/15/2013 3:00PM

    Sounds like a very good plan to do this for 21 days. Personally I think I'd pick one, maybe two of the guidelines and get those into my system first.
(I know myself and I have tried following those 7 guidelines before...).


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