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Day 75 add ME (mindful eating) to MT (mentally tough)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yesterday afternoon I grazed when I got home. Healthy grazing, but grazing none the less while I cooked dinner.
Carrots and hummus.
A few tomato pieces.
I was hungry when I came home; I ate my lunch early at 11AM. I did not stop from 11:30 on. I planned on a few carrots but started multi-tasking (that dirty word).
Chatting on the phone with DD2, cutting Brussels sprouts to fry up with garlic and dried tomatoes, I finished about a tablespoon left of hummus in a container. Then I opened another...without thinking twice...and continued eating and talking and cooking. The carrot bag had only about 10 pieces but I hadn't intended to eat them all. Only finish the hummus in one container.
I pulled 3 pieces of tomatoes from the container; at least I counted.
What made me open the second? Did I switch from "I'll finish the hummus" to "I'll finish the carrots?"
I didn't need the tomatoes.
I think I didn't need the distraction of eating while conversing AND cooking.

I still was within range and I also recognized something I'll have to avoid in the future!
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    That sneaky, baffling, cunning food monster saw its opportunity! Learning moment for sure. Textbook example of this beast in play. emoticon
    1462 days ago
    Yeah, I have to watch out for that. So I only eat when sitting at the table with a proper place setting. Even at work, my table setting is modified, but it still works a treat.
    1463 days ago
    At least it was healthy mindless eating. I am guilty of the same if I don't pay attention. I do it more than unhealthy mindless eating.
    1463 days ago
    Good for you for noticing and making the mental note. These are the hard steps that make this a journey and not a magic ride at Disney. Your figuring this stuff out helps all of us learn, too. The consolation is you were eating vegetables, not chips and hummus is far better than dip.

    1463 days ago
    You noticed -- and that's great. And the key thing for future planning.

    (Now my mindless munch of choice would be much more dangerous: potato chips, absolutely!!)
    1463 days ago
    I'll give you the applause and the emoticon for that second bit: the awareness of what you were doing, and the planning for the future! Vital, and a great reason to pat yourself on the back, my mentally tough friend! emoticon
    1463 days ago
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