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Stepping Back and Taking a Good Hard Look

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

For the last few weeks I have been stepping back and taking a good hard look at my eating habits.
My observations:
My day usually starts out fairly well. I eat a healthy breakfast and lunch.
Around three in the afternoon when I get off work I start to eat and some days it seems I don't stop until about an hour before bed. Most of my eating is in front of the TV.
So I have made a rule for my self.
I call it The "Dining Room Rule".
In this rule I only allow myself to eat in the dining room. Where respect and honor of my daily bread and body are observed. At the table I have positioned my self in a place where I can enjoy the flowers from my deck and the yard out the wind. I decided that I will use my good dishes and take time to enjoy my meal.
No more mindless eating in from of the TV, snacking at the kitchen counter or out of the refrigerator. There is a time and a place for every thing. I have a dining room table for a reason. I'm going to take advantage of it. Honor and respect are long over due.
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    Sounds like a great idea!! My husband and I have a horrible habit of eating dinner in the livingroom and watching tv- I think I need to really look at this habit too and embrace my diningroom table.
    3052 days ago
  • VAJ38DD

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and trials. Yes, you're right TV is a HUGE waste of my time. Is it a Distraction from life's trials and challenges? I think so. More so then I think. Dealing with my teenage son and my husband out of town on business more days then are comfortable, not mention the families opinion on the subject is very stressful. I think this has become my escape. Ok, time to brain storm alternative destressors and activities.

    Thanks again for your support and being forthright. Your opinions didn't piss me off or any thing they just confirmed what I already know to be true spurring me on in the right direction.

    3104 days ago
  • TRYING16
    I had the same pattern as well. I would eat from the time I got home from work till bed.
    Planning my meals, eating them at the table made a big difference.

    This is probrobly NOT what you want to hear, but I'll say it anyway. You should think about turning the TV off. Did I just strike a nerve? Did you start thinking "not gonna do it!"? What is really gained from watching TV all evening long? Distraction from lifes trials and challenges?
    Well how bout this... do a TV "fasting " for 1 week. No TV.
    Become bored. Plan some other activities see what happens.
    Then sit down and plan out when you will watch some TV, but alot less...

    I did this for myself and my children. I say this from experience. I was watching my TV and my kids were watching theirs. I started working out(BFL), this was great, but other than the mal plan and workouts it was right back to the TV. Food, TV, video games, call out to me all the time.. but adding the structure and planning to my nutrition, exersize and free time is keeping those things in check.

    Just something to tryout
    3104 days ago
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