Friday, February 15, 2013
“Choose what is best, and habit will make it pleasent and easy.”
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.”