PEACEHOPE1's SparkPeople Blog PEACEHOPE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community changing a habit, day seven It's the last day of this challenge, and I'm surprised at how much this blog has helped me in developing a better eating habit. Honestly, I didn't think it would be of much benefit to me, but I've been proven wrong. <BR> <BR> Thank you to all who've stopped by with encouraging words and helpful advice. I appreciate that so much! Now I need to remain mindful and continue this program of eating slower until it becomes a new habit for me. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 00:02:43 EST changing a habit, day six Still working away at this new habit of eating slower. It's going pretty well overall. I do have to frequently remind myself to slow down as I'm eating or before I know it I'll be plowing quickly through my meal as I've done all my life! <BR> <BR> I welcome any words of advice on how to stick to my goals, or suggestions for how to become a more mindful and slower eater. It's really difficult, especially when busy, to keep the eating slow. <BR> <BR> Thanks for stopping by my blog, and hope y... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:02:14 EST changing a habit, day five Today's question is what can you improve upon? Relating this to the habit I've chosen to work on - slowing down my eating - really there was no where to go but up. I have been in a lifelong habit of eating too fast, and slowing down at all is an improvement over how I've eaten in the past. <BR> <BR> Starting day five now, and so far so good... eating more mindfully, taking more time between bites, and purposefully taking longer to finish meals. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 00:03:47 EST changing a habit, day four Today's question is how are we doing day by day... and much to my great surprise, I'm doing really well with slowing down my eating. Not sure if that's because of the blogging itself, or the feeling that I'm accountable to the team, or whether I just want that reward so bad at the end of the week. :) But whatever it is, I'm glad for the improvement and hope it continues! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 00:02:28 EST changing a habit, day three Here's what I am doing to encourage myself and to keep on track with my goal of slowing down my eating: <BR> <BR> - when I sit down to eat, I remind myself of my goal to eat slowly and mindfully <BR> <BR> - every time I accomplish my goal, it reinforces my strength to do it again next time <BR> <BR> - I've set a reward for week's end... and if I stay on goal for the entire week... I will purchase the reward. This is very motivating for me. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:17:47 EST changing a habit, day two So the question for today is how will we accomplish changing this habit? <BR> <BR> Slowing down my eating is a matter of mindfulness. I think I often "check out" while I eat and before I know it, my plate is empty. I need to be fully present when I am eating, and keep my focus on chewing multiple times, as well as taking a break in between bites. <BR> <BR> For what it's worth, day one went extremely well. I was very careful to eat slowly and draw each eating out as long as I could. Hopefull... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:34:59 EST changing a habit, day one Our 5% Winter into Spring Challenge has encouraged us to blog about the habit we most want to develop or change. For me, without question, the #1 habit I need to change is to eat slower. <BR> <BR> I grew up in a family that ate very quickly. My dad is the fastest eater I know, even to this day, and I think it came from him growing up in a poor farming family of 15 kids. They learned that if you wanted your share - or maybe a little extra -you had to eat quickly. He and all his siblings are s... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 00:05:16 EST BLC day one I've been looking forward to the start of this BLC challenge since I first heard about it a couple weeks ago. Turns out I was placed on an awesome team, the (Lime Green) Groovy Geckos - and they are a delight. <BR> <BR> So, here are my personal goals during this 12 week challenge: <BR> <BR> - track food every day and stay within my calorie range. If there is a day I go over, then I will spend extra time working out to help offset the difference. <BR> <BR> - continue my sugar detox which I ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:32:19 EST My First Blog I can't believe I'm writing my first blog! <BR> <BR> I've often said I wouldn't ever write a blog because I don't consider myself to be a good writer, nor do I think what I say would be particularly interesting to others. <BR> <BR> And that hasn't changed. Not one bit. <BR> <BR> But I'm writing this first blog anyway, just to get it out of my system. I guess I'm thinking that maybe if I just take this first step, then perhaps profoundly interesting thoughts will flood my head. Yeah, righ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:22:40 EST