Okay. It's back to "slow down and savor your food" time. For me, The Gobbler, THAT challenge will always be just that ... a challenge. While I do believe I've slowed down a bit, I know that I'm always the first to finish my meals...still. So, today will be focused on counting my bites before swallowing...again. Now, if I did this challenge 30 full days in a row, it might just become a really healthy habit!!! Yep. 11/15 - 12/15 I'm counting chews! Hopefully I won't "learn" how to chew faster!!!
11/16/2013 Yesterday was GREAT! I made my challenge!!! And if I hadn't come back to yesterday's ramble, I would have forgotten my very own challenge. WHEW! I actually did count all my chews this morning, but actually had not remembered my 30-day goal. That's a good sign, so here I go again, hoping for greater control and accomplishment. YES WE WILL!
11/19/2013 So far so good!!! Counting is starting to happen without my planning! If that's as close to this new habit as I can get, so be it. It works! NOW I realize that I chew really fast. Yesterday I concentrated on it really hard and kept catching myself getting to 15 chews way too fast. Getting better at sipping water in between bites, but it's not a habit yet. All those "little" steps just to reach one goal. Whew! Wonder how many more I'll find before I can actually feel that not gobbling is a habit. It'll be worth it. It truly is those "little" things in life that truly count.
11/26/2013 Still having to concentrate on chewing slowly, but I am making headway...I think. My new "habit" may end up being just to concentrate on "slow" and "steady". That'll be a good habit anyway! The water sipping is still in the work stage...apparently I'm also a guzzler, too. Yep. That's me. The Gobbler/Guzzler Gal. I'm not worried. I know I'll get things under real control and get to my prized Nibbler/Sipper stage.
12/3/2013 It's still a work-in-progress. However, I THINK it's getting easier to slow down and savor. I've never been one to pat myself on the back, thus the continual questioning. Weird, yes. The sipping between bites is slowly getting to be more automatic, but I haven't gotten it down pat yet. I'm not going to give up 12/16 though. I'm going to get this "exercise" down pat before I'll believe I made it.
12/7/2013 I caught myself taking the biggest bite I could! I chewed it 25 times and took my (almost habitual!!!) drink of water. THEN I paid more attention to the bite size (again). It's amazing how much food you can get onto a little spoon! See? Just ANOTHER example of my over zealous eating pattern. BUT, overall, I really am getting the hang of paying attention and savoring every bite. It's working. It's not perfect yet, but it's working!!!
12/11/2013 OH BOY ... I actually had to refill my cup of water before I finished breakfast! Now, it's no big deal for most everyone else, but man oh man it's a biggy to me! It's a FIRST! (I'm pretty sure) Still having to super concentrate on not garbage grinding each bite, but at least the concentration part is becoming a habit. That has got to be a step in the right direction.
12/16/2013 Well, my personal 30-day challenge is now history. Yes, I have seen results from it. Tiny steps still lead us to our destination! And I was right ... my challenge has become a bit of a habit (thank goodness!) and I AM more conscious of my chewing/swallowing. I find myself counting chews automatically (I mean I catch myself counting) and for that I am grateful. I'm NOT going to let go of this goal. OH! I filled my water cup THREE times this morning!