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Okay, I have to give an update from my rebellious attitude when I read Day 3. Lol

I tried it and I like it! Once in awhile I'll eat something standing up and then realize it right away...but the biggest change for me came on Day 5 when I combined sitting down with eating mindfully...which for me means put down the phone, get off the computer and switch my environment for the meal...for me it means to eat outside on the porch or patio. That is the only way I stop seeing all the other tasks I could be doing while eating!

I eat and put down my utensil and maybe pick up a book in between bites (that's usually when I do my Beck reading) then I put the book down and eat another bite. It is definitely more relaxing than eating in a hurry and getting that weird rushed feeling in the pit of my stomach! Today it was so quiet while I was sitting in my little spot on the porch that I looked up to see what was making this tiny noise and it was a squirrel in a tree about 30 feet away eating a pecan! I look forward to these quiet moments in my day....love, love, love it! My apologies to the Beck book for resisting the idea at first!

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I think the key message is to really not eat anything standing up, not one single bite,
and to notice every bite.
I ate a few meals truly doing nothing, just eating and it was a great learning experience... but after that I too read and Spark while eating - just notice and enjoy every bite.

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I'm kind of rebelling at the Day 3 instruction lol... I really do eat while sitting down almost 100% of the time...but I do eat in front of the computer logging food on sparkpeople, etc or while watching tv sometimes in the evening ....which I suppose isnt really what is meant even tho I'm sitting down! However, I do log everything that goes into my mouth so I am aware. I suppose I do a version of Day 3. If I find staying in my maintenance weight range becomes a problem, I will need to revisit this.

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Eating while sitting takes a lot of effort. It is worth it, will continue trying.

Eating meals at a table instead of in front of TV is what I am working on more right now.

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I started a "reminders" card and this is first on the list. I am pretty good at sitting while eating, but only because I learned this my first time reading Beck (I did the first two weeks but never finished). This is an important skill for me to practice; I have to choose to not let my busy-ness interfere with my weight loss progress. We are all busy, after all, but we can all find the time to eat mindfully while sitting down.

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Created a response card to encourage sitting down while eating. Still working on a reminder system, but did sit down every time for eating. This didn't appear to be that difficult in the beginning but did catch myself while dividing the remains of dinner into lunch-size containers finishing the last spoonful in the pan standing up.

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I think this one is an easy one for me, but I catch myself throwing a fast bite of my kids food in my mouth.

Forcing yourself to eat every bite while sitting makes me focus on what I am eating and "forcing" myself to enjoy it, instead of not thinking about it.



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This was HUGE in my recent success of peeling off 56ish pounds.

I sit for every eating event, eat mindfully and s-l-o-w-l-y and don't do anything but ... eat. OK ... we have the TV on. But no phone, no computer, no reading a book, no, no, no!!!

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Eating only while sitting has been a major factor in my Beck success. At first, I didn't think it was a problem but discovered that (after I became aware of it) I consumed a few hundred calories even though they were "healthy" food. Occasionally, I slip up usually when I am grabbing a snack like a banana or apple. I also need to resist the urge to eat in front of the TV or at my desk while working on the computer.



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It is easy for me to slip up on this one without noticing at first. When I went through the pink book the first time, I caught myself filling my face and had to run over to the table to finish eating whatever I started nibbling on. So the point of becoming aware of how often I snitched bites of food was quite clear.

Perhaps I'm not following the "letter of the law" so to speak, but after going twice through the book and playing by the rules, I decided it is better for me to eat my healthy, pre-packed lunch while standing at my work station so that I can use my lunch hour for a workout. I make a concerted effort to pay attention to every bite that goes in my mouth, though.

I would not recommend breaking the rules the first time through, however, and I decided to make this modification after a very careful examination of my situation.

I still have stretches where this is a hefty challenge, but would give myself a B+ on this one most of the time.

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"Eat sitting = No eating while standing."
Created reminder system - I actually wrote an "S" on my index finger so if I reach for something to snitch while standing I will see it and stop.
Sat while eating - even at lunch since I ate at home today.

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This one is very hard for me, and I have to remember that it's persistence and not perfection that matters most. For example, I live alone and eat most of my meals in the living room, at the couch. Is that ideal? No, I should be at the dining room table, fully mindful of my food. However, at least I've prepared a meal, plated it, and am sitting down to eat it! Baby steps -

Another time that is an issue for me is lunch at work; I bring my lunch and eat at my desk while doing other things. Certainly not focused on my meal - BUT - I have prepared a healthy lunch, portions are appropriate and I'm sitting down to eat.

I'll work on my response cards tonight - read my ARC several times today.

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EAT SITTING DOWN...very hard for me. Or, rather, I am very lazy regarding this. I tend to eat breakfast (if I eat) and lunch at the kitchen counter, while watching TV, reading, going thru mail, making my to do lists, checking email, etc. I am very NOT mindful of eating. I do believe this is my biggest hurdle in my weight loss journey.

I am behind in my response cards. Time to get to those.

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Beck Day 3 Eat Sitting Down

Eat sitting down is important because you absolutely need to be conscious of everything you put in your mouth. This is where underestimating what we eat every day takes place and can make the difference in calories to thinking we are in a weight-losing range and we are actually not.

Many dieters have told Beck that learning to eat sitting down was KEY to success in losing weight and maintaining. If Beck states a key point, I pay extra attention.

I do taste food when I prepare meals to make sure the seasoning is right. I also drink standing up while preparing meals, I think drinking before a meal helps to be optimally hydrated and to quell appetite. I drink low-calorie beverages unsweetened tea (green or rooibos) (sometimes with milk), kombucha and water before meals and during the day.

When I feel like eating standing, Im going to take that as a cue that I need to be conscious of what I am eating and stick to the plan and not overeat. I will drink something instead.

Im going to remind myself to sit down when I eat by committing to eating only at meals, no snacking, and I always eat my meals sitting down with DH, we are very traditional that way. It fits with our dairy farmer lifestyle.

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2- I created a Response Card to encourage myself to remember to sit while eating - Yes
3- I created a reminder system so Ill remember to sit while eating Yes
4- I sat down when I ate - Yes
Every time Most of the time yes Some of the time
If I am going to be perfectly honest, I reserve the right to taste food as I prepare meals to make sure the seasoning is right. No extra nibbling.



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I am really working on sitting down while eating and doing it together with DH.
I am also working on cutting up the food in smaller pieces so it takes longer to eat.

This one needs work because of working all the time and trying to rush a half hour or so lunch plus errands always made me a speed eater.

I read my ARCs
I read other cards as needed
I created a reminder to sit and eat
I sat down while I ate breakfast and lunch

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I thought I had this one licked until I discovered today preparing breakfast that I was licking the spoon when I was dishing myself some yogurt! oops! I will pay attention more because every bite counts!

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Same here: I would have said that I always eat sitting down, but thanks to this group thread, I noticed that this morning I wanted to check my breakfast smoothie to know if it was smooth enough and was tempted to have a lick in the kitchen. Instead, begrudgingly,I poured some in a glass and tested it sitting at the dining room table.
And then, after I had finished it, when I wanted to clean the blender, I had a lick before i even realized what I was doing.
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I would have said that I already do eat everything sitting down, but -

I just found myself eating trail mix last night in our hotel room as I passed back and forth waiting for my turn to get into the bathroom to get ready for bed!

Guess I have some work to do on this and need to pay better attention.

ARC read this morning!

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Eat sitting down for me is taking on a new meaning today. In the past eating while sitting still meant multitasking. But, to eat while sitting down should really mean that is the one task to do and nothing else.

I remember as a child, we always sat together as a family whenever we ate. There was none of the grab and go that goes on today.

This should be a challenge for me.No more samples at the grocery store and no eating in the car. Sitting down while eating means I'll have to plan when I eat and focus on the one task on hand.

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Day 3 - Eat Sitting Down

For the "most" part I eat my meals sitting down. My husband and I have breakfast, lunch and dinner together and we eat at the table. Reading through the chapter however does point out that there are plenty of times when I am not sitting. This includes eating samples at Costco, eating chips or some sort of snack in the car, and taking a nibble (particularly fruit or chips) when plating food for a meal. I can nibble a cracker here or there and then when I set the plate on the table expect to eat the same amount as everyone else. This is not good and I'm only fooling myself. Today I started to eat a boiled egg over the sink and I caught myself. I got a napkin and sat on the couch and enjoyed the snack. I am going to make a concerted effort to catch myself and only eat sitting down.

Update - This continues to be an area I need to work on. I find if I "let" myself have a bite while cooking or preparing food that it sets me up for continuing the undesirable behavior. Just say "NO"!


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I thought had "eat sitting down", well down. However, as I really tuned in to what I do, this is an issue.
My sabotaging thought: it doesn't matter...this little bit...this little taste. Mu response card: it all matters...every single bite.

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Day Three. I thought I had this down pat the first time I did the BDS and reached my most aspirational weight goal (17 pounds ago). However, I got in the habit of eating breakfast on the sofa in the living room. Sitting down, yes. But not at all mindful about eating. It was so easy to get sloppy and fall into bad eating habits. I am surprised actually at how easy. Reading Pink again with the group brings back the wonderful sensation of my past weight loss success. I had gotten out of the habit of the daily to do list too. The good news is I have so much room for improvement.


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Yes, tricky and so effective once we commit to eating every bite sitting down. When I go through a period of time where I am slipping, eating while standing is happening often.

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This Day is tricky!
Notice it is not only about eating all meals sitting down - it is about eating every single bite sitting down. If I want to pop a bite of cheese or tortilla chips in my mouth, or want to eat a slice of bread while cooking... fine, but go sit down first and be aware of what I'm doing!

My post became quite long, do I make a blog of it:
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Created new Response Card about eating sitting down, and read my Advantages Response Card twice.

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I always eat sitting down--in front of the TV. ne Going to be a hard habit to break.

I am a taste test cook and with a little practice know I can break that habit. The only place I've ever eaten those samples people push on us to entice us to buy is at one particular supermarket. I just recently started that so for sure I can stop that in a heartbeat.

This is a good chapter for me to reread frequently.

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Eat sitting down: this I learned early on with BDS and it "stuck" ; it is rarely a problem. But upon rereading that chapter I became more aware again of sometimes eating a few bites at the supermarket, which, actually happens only very rarely. So this is the one thing I have to eliminate. Eating sitting down is actually more enjoyable than eating mindlessly, standing.
Rereading Beck for the third or fourth time now makes me aware of what I have learned, and the importance of practicing it.

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~Day 3 Eat sitting down - Important Step- Although I lost weight making healthy choices, I still eat with the distraction of Netflix. I'll be more visually satisfied sitting at the table with the TV off. Plus keep a record of intake with laptop or pen to paper.~ Make the most of every bite~

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I am on day 3 and it had not been easy to be deliberate to Eat Sitting Down. I am ok watching the things I put in my mouth during the day but when I am cooking dinner is quite challenging. I really have talk myself out of this constant tasting and leaking, I will start being more conscious and I hope it helps.

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~Day 3 Important Step- Although I lost weight making healthy choices, I still have a problem with eating in front of TV watching Netflix. Working on being Mindful of every bite so I don't say to myself, "I want more," then eat mindlessly when I'm already full. I'll be more visually satisfied with the TV off. ~ Make the most of every bite~

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This is really a very helpful chapter!
After I stopped eating standing up, I mean, never, I realized that I used to eat 3-400 calories standing up, unnoticed or forgotten immediately,
Also noticed that almost all overeating episodes started with eating a few unplanned bites standing.
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This has been a challenge for me lately. emoticon I usually eat my meals at the table. But my healthy snacks are standing up. i don't usually eat them, lately, at the table because they are quick eats, like cream of wheat with soy milk in the afternoon. I usually have this as an afternoon snack. I don't go over my calorie allotment for the day either when i do that...I may have to re-read the chapter.. emoticon

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Forgot to check in yesterday, but did sit down to eat every meal/snack. I don't eat standing up very often, so not a big challenge for me. I learned to plate everything and sit down to eat while following WeightWatchers, and the habit has stuck with me.

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Good thinking!
This Day was an eye opener for me.
Once I started to really eat every bite sitting, that is, no bites standing, I realized I ate quite many bites standing... actually they added up to 3-400 calories per day!
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Not a problem for me either. I always sit at the table but I might grab a few bites as I am making it. It is small but it is something I am willing to stop.

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Sitting down to eat isn't my problem. My problem is I tend to watch TV or read while I eat. I'm going to focus on eating without distractions.

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This hasn't been a problem for me in the past, but over the last few months, I find myself eating in the car on the way to work. And on the way home, I usually snack on something I have left over from lunch. Weird, because I never used to do that...this chapter really point that out for me. Yikes.

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Not usually a problem for me: Mom said that only animals eat while standing, but yesterday I was rush, rush, rushing and caught myself eating like an animal--had to really force myself to SIT! 8-)

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Marlis, I think about you all the time and am sending you hugs.

I was glad to reread this chapter, because I've been being a little lax about this. I rewrote my card for this one and edited it a little bit. Now it reads:

"Eat Sitting Down
"ST: It's okay to give in to this urge to eat; it doesn't really matter; there won't be any consequences.

"HR: But there will be consequences, because every bite of food I put in my mouth has calories. Every time I slip back into the habit of eating standing up, I invariably gain weight. If I want to be thinner, I have to impose this rule on myself. I need to sit down to eat. 'Just this one time' is not okay. Sitting down isn't optional."


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This has been one of the most difficult things for me to incorporate into my life. DH and I have gotten into the horrible habit of eating in our living room chairs. Yes, we're sitting and not necessarily watching TV, but it's still mindless. I am going to sit at the table from now on! I did it last time through Beck, but did not stick with it. That's one of the reasons re-reading and re-working are important.



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My sabotaging thought: "I enjoy eating in front of the TV. I don't want to stop."

Response card made: "I need to sit at the table to eat. When I eat in front of the TV I don't notice how much I'm eating. I eat way too much without realizing it. If I want to be thinner, I have to impose this rule on myself. I might not want to give up this behavior, but I 'll enjoy being thinner more."

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I need to work on this good habit...

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Eating sitting down has been a challenge for me since the first time I attempted this program. I will work harder on this.

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Eating while sitting down really simplifies things for me in this program.

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Today's chapter, eating while standing, hit home. Last night I was late getting home and I was very hungry. I ate a small handful of chips while I prepared dinner. Those chips never made it to the tracker. (Well, they will now.) I didn't even remember them!

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I always eat in the breakfast nook, since I am alone, now. When my sons and families visit, we all sit in the dining room. In the summer, they usually visit for a week in July, we eat all the meals outside on the deck, at a table.


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I eat sitting down - BUT it is on the couch In front of the TV. This will be a big changefor me, but I believe it to be a positive change

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I eat all my food in the dining room. I don't eat anywhere else. I don't even drink in the living room, which I'm glad because it prevents mindless eating.

I do need to stop tasting the food as I cook!! So this needs to end. I need to ALWAYS eat sitting down at the dining room table!

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I don't eat in between meals unless it's a healthy snack. I eat when I am sitting down and I eat controlled portions at dinner time so I don't eat more then I should. It is better to eat while I am sitting down because I take more time to enjoy my food and be conscious of what I am putting in my mouth with every bite.

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I only eat 3 meals a day, sitting down, with no snacks except recovery snacks after hard workouts.

I don't eat while preparing meals any more. I only eat with DH sitting down at the table when the meal is ready. This is better for two reasons, the first is that I feel full at the end of the meal, and the second is that it fuels my motivation by being something I can give myself credit for, and I feel great and give myself credit for not eating when I am hungry and it is not time because I know I am eating a nutritious meal soon. That is always the prompt whenever I feel hungry during the day, dont snack when I am hungry because I have a nutritious meal plan for the day, it is easier to do when the meal is so close at hand. So I am playing the mind game in my favour, feel good about sticking to the plan, feel good about delaying gratification for a greater goal, make it easy to do this.


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late entry, but now seriously thinking about using my dining room for it's intended purpose. It might be nice to drag out the "pretty" dishes and accessories once a week and have a "sit down" kind of dinner with my husband

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Great examples, observations and insights from everyone,
thank you for sharing!
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This is a tricky one for me. I am a cook that has to taste test (or so I think anyway) to be sure it is palatable before serving. I don't measure anything when I cook I just guesstimate. I didn't taste test breakfast or lunch today but before I knew it I had popped a bit of rice into my mouth while preparing dinner. I need to work on this one.

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This is a big one for me. I know that I eat way too many calories standing in the kitchen. When I do I haven't allowed for it in my meal planning and won't have recorded it beforehand. Recording it by guesstimate is only so helpful if I don't actually know the calories and/or don't actually have them in my range anyhow.


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This was the most important skill for me to learn during my first reading. I suspect that on this reading, it will again be a key to my success. Thanks to all for sharing your insight.

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Day 3 - Eat Sitting Down

For the "most" part I eat my meals sitting down. My husband and I have breakfast, lunch and dinner together and we eat at the table. Reading through the chapter however does point out that there are plenty of times when I am not sitting. This includes eating samples at Costco, eating chips or some sort of snack in the car, and taking a nibble (particularly crackers or chips) when plating food for a meal. I can nibble a cracker here or there and then when I set the plate on the table expect to eat the same amount as everyone else. This is not good and I'm only fooling myself. Today I started to eat a boiled egg over the sink and I caught myself. I got a napkin and sat on the couch and enjoyed the snack. I am going to make a concerted effort to catch myself and only eat sitting down.


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I enjoy eating simple suppers in front of the tv. I'll have to work on changing that.

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This is a tough one for me. I work out of my house, so when I 'break' for breakfast and lunch, I am at the kitchen counter prepping food and catching up with the news on TV. I guess I am doing a double whammy on myself - not sitting down and not paying attention to what I am eating. I also tend to snack in the afternoon at this same counter as I prep dinner. Lots to work on here. I will prep my reminder cards now.

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I sit down when I eat... well most of the time!
But I find it hard to really pay attention to the food. My intermediate step is to try to be mindful of what I eat EVEN IF I read or do other things in the meantime.

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I feel like I've been busted ... those foods I ate while standing always counted, even if I neglected to log them.

I will only eat while sitting down.




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Well I do sit while eating but it is in front of the computer or TV a lot. Will work on this: no eating in front of the computer

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Before I saw all your posts, I thought I had no problem eating sitting down. Because I do not nibble, clean my bowls etc...BUT i completely ignored my night time eating. Which happens when I feel hungry, decide that I cannot sleep because I am hungry, and then, go to the kitchen for rice cakes and peanut butter, that i eat standing up, as if it does not count! Next time this happens, if I really need to eat something I will put it on a plate and eat it sitting down.
Also no eating in the car, even if technically I am sitting down.

This was an eye opener!

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This suggestion ... and eating s-l-o-w-l-y and mindfully .. . changed my life considerably.

I use to inhale my food ... never truly tasting it. No wonder I had no idea when I was truly full.

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Important Step Day 3 - Although I lost weight making healthy choices, I still have a problem with eating in front of TV watching Netflix. Working on being Mindful of every bite so I don't say to myself, "I want more," then eat mindlessly when I'm already full. I'll be more visually satisfied with the TV off. ~ Make the most of every bite~

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I eat most my meals sitting except when eating snacks such as apples, bananas, carrots etc. Sometimes I eat this snacks in from of the TV, the computer or while reading. I need to get control and stop these behaviors. I've put sticky notes on the frig, pantry and computer monitor to remind me to eat sitting down and pay attention to what I'm eating..



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I have been eating while sitting down for a long time - most of my life, in fact.
Instead I will make it a point to not read while eating - that is also something I have been doing most of my life and I pay more attention to the book than my food.

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My biggest "eat standing problem" at this point is picking at my cooking bowls and pans when I am cleaning up, especially after cooking something like an omelet. I keep thinking, this is all weighed out and portioned for me and it is mine whether I am sitting or standing. Well, there is also the lids on the yogurt containers. My grandkids often have yogurt for breakfast and they are used to pulling off the lid and handing it to me to lick. I started throwing the lid away although there is probably a tablespoon of yogurt sticking to it. The 6 year old accused me of wasting food today. I told her "better waste than waist" but she could not see that. Oh, well. I'm living and learning and so will she.


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Yes, this seems such a simple one, but when I really think about it, I stopped paying attention some time ago and do eat more than I thought when standing.

Eating only while sitting down is a good reminder for me to eat mindful. Will focus on that again from now on.

Have a great day!

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Eat Sitting Down - this is the most simple and helpful advice I got about eating.
At first I thought this is not a problem - I eat my meals sitting...
then as I read further, I had to admit I ate a LOT standing up, in the kitchen, usually while preparing dinner. Paying attention for a few days it became clear: I was eating about 20-25% of my calories standing, without noticing!
From that day, I make a conscious effort to not eat anything standing up, and I really do that on most days. The rare days I sneak in a few extra bites I end up having difficulties.

Commit:
When I feel like eating standing up, I'm going to:
-say no, finish meal preparation and eat my meal sitting down
-if it is too difficult, I'll grab the food I desire to eat, put it on a plate, walk to the table, sit down and eat it, and think about why I couldn't wait

To do list:
-I read my Advantages Response at breakfast (and will read again after dinner)
-created my Eat Sitting Down response card (in fact, I created it in the 2016Oct challenge, now I just read it)
-remembered to sit while eating and did not eat one bite standing up: every time

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eating sitting down and at the table or designated area helps me stay PRESENT, AWARE

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I love the idea of a taste-testing plate to sit with at the table. Makes me realize that tasting more than once isn't really a necessity!

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I'm on Day 3, sit while eating, no options! I come from a long line of people who stand while they eat, munchers, snackers, sneakers, it is hard to sit when I eat. My helpful thought: it is not heredity, it is learned behavior and simply not paying attention. Sitting down to eat anything is not optional. Sit! Sit! Sit!

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Today was a very rough day ... I blogged about it.

I have been eating sitting down for a while now ... it was a habit I had to create but find it very, very helpful.

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I don't eat standing but, when I'm on my own, I eat whilst reading, on the computer or catching up with the news on TV. I can appreciate the significance of mindful eating and eating at a slower pace. This is a definite 'to do' for me.

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Yesterday was day 3. I ate breakfast and lunch at the kitchen table. Dinner and snack in living room. I am continuing working on this. I did enjoy my food more sitting at the table.

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I ate as I cooked. Now I force myself to wait and am happy with my portions. Food amnesia is a problem. Unfortunately, the body remembers every bite. Now if I grab a bite, I've gotta run to the table. Learn that lesson quickly.

Eating sitting down is more satisfying. It reminds me to slow down, chew, taste and enjoy every bite. It takes a little longer to complete my meal but I am beginning to feel satisfied before the last bite is gone.



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For now on I am committed to sitting whenever I eat. Beck is right, You really do enjoy what you are eating more. It is also healthier.

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Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in,
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I completed Day 3. This was enlightening for me. I am now very aware of how many times I eat a bite of this or that when cooking meals for my family. Making this skill a habit will be very important to my success at weight loss and maintenance.

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I agree. Eating sitting down slows everything and allows you to enjoy the moment knowing that you are nourishing your body and allowing it to rest and replenish!

Nancy C (Daisy) - Colorado
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10/4/16 9:25 A

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As JEANKNEE was saying, siting down is not the key, it is eating mindfully that is crucial. Because when eating mindlessly, as Beck describes, "you wont feel as psychologically satisfied. Tasting, chewing, and swallowing food gives you a certain degree of satisfaction, but you also need visual satisfaction. You have to make the most of every bite."

I will make that into a ARC.

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"If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements." - HH 14th Dalai Lama SW: 190 (12/2014) GW: 143 (06/2015) Height: 5'6"


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10/3/16 9:15 P

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Like a few others have mentioned, my first and second run-through of Beck have turned this into a rock solid habit. It's nice for things to be easy, on occasion!

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Sue, I really appreciated that connection by Beck to impulse eating and not allowing us to be visually or psychologically satisfied as well.

Because eating slowly and minfully are things that I think of as part of the package related to eating sitting down, Day 3 really boils down to a mindfulness practice for me ... becoming more aware of my experience while eating.



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10/3/16 8:37 P

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I'm not sure I can remember the last time I ate standing up. Not that there hasn't been a time in my life when I did do that. Not with meals, but with snacks especially during times of stress. So I do eat my meals sitting down and I do not snack between meals usually. My biggest culprit is at night when I am sitting in front of the TV. Too lazy to measure anything out I would just grab a bag (almonds, pretzels, tortilla chips) or a box (crackers) and go to it. That behavior will stop NOW!

I love how Beck relates eating while standing up to impulse eating which doesn't allow us to be visually or psychologically satisfied and, in fact, promotes our urge to eat even more! I had never looked at it in that way before.

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10/3/16 7:59 P

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Eating while sitting can be a challenge for me. I eat most of my food while sitting down, but not all. IF I can remember this, the small handful of almonds will not sneak into my food plan. The trick is to remember it while I am about to transgress. I posted one of my ARCs in the cupboard where "indiscretions" live, which for me is almonds and cereal.

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10/3/16 7:34 P

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Day 3:

This is a hard one for me ! Although we do have sit-down meals, I snack standing up, AND I eat fast. If I can stop this mindless type of eating I'll sure I'll lose a bit of weight. When I'm cooking I tend to eat as well.


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10/3/16 7:14 P

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Day 3 - Eating Sitting Down

I thought I didn't have a problem with this, DH and I are dairy farmers and empty nesters and eat very regular meals, on time. That includes lunch, because DH works at home, well, outside, but on our property. I thought it applied more to families, especially young families, where the wage-earners aren't home for lunch and the children have a zillion activities that are sometimes overlapping with regular meal times. I remember when the kids were at home and had activities how challenging it was to have sit-down meals at regular hours.

On reflection, I realize that eating sitting down includes snacks, and in-between-meal snacks can do a lot of damage to the daily calorie total. While regular meals help with not being hungry between meals, small snacks are often recommended by diet plans. If I sit down at the table to eat a planned snack, it will more likely remain the planned snack than if I nibble while on the computer. My computer is so slow, I don't have cable as it is not available at the end of the gravel road where we live. We have satellite internet. I spend too much time on the computer, I try to multi-task while I am waiting for tabs to load. I am trying to get more efficient at just doing the bare what I need of my Spark support networks, some family emailing, and some internet surfing for things that interest me in news, sports, general information, etc.

I will add not eating at the computer and sitting down for snacks to my arsenal of healthy eating habits.

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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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I never eat standing. May be sitting in bedroom, but I spend a lot of time there since losing my mother and husband. Too lonesome at the dining room table. I always cooked when I came home from work and we had family meals until first Mom, then George became too ill to sit at the table. I sat in their rooms and ate with them.

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10/3/16 3:22 P

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Eat Sitting Down was a habit instilled in me as a child and has not been an issue for me. Now, eating mindlessly and/or too fast has been an issue. So, for me, Day 3 is more about mindful eating. I find that I can eat sitting down and still not be aware of what I'm eating.

I think what keeps me out of trouble is I measure, weigh and put my food on a plate and then, sit and eat it. I do not nibble while I am preparing food and I do not return for more. For the most part, I also preplan and pretrack. And, since I've been at this for awhile, I pretty much have an eating routine that supports me.

Jeanne
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