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Looking forward to your insights, Bluebirdsfly.


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I am continuing to practice keeping within the space of mindfulness. I had to eat a hurried breakfast because a client was coming early and instead of swallowing 2 halves of a bagel at record time, decided to choose one half properlly and eat the other half another time.

I am now trying to apply mindfulness to my thoughts which in turn becomes moods as this is where I begin to eat unconsciously. This is for me the core of the challenge and it is the beginning of deveoping a new skill. I will write more at the end of the day

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Hi Fullbloom,
So, for the moment I guess it's only you and me.

So, this is what I have been learning about mindfulness/mindfulness and me.

As you wrote in your note, mindfulness appears to be a state of being where we focus on whatever we are doing with our full attention. This is wonderful preparation for meditation which requires us to be able to stop our thoughts from wandering and to just be.

So, on this journey of mindfulness and its relationship with food, I am learning that I consciously
have to slow down and learn to chew eat bite at a time. This process in terms really cuts down
on the amount I am eating as I soon loose interest in food and am ready to move to something else.
I now notice that when I reach for foods when I am emotionally upset, I still tell myself to chew, to slow down and focus. I also ask myself why I am eating right now and how is eating this food going to help me. In essence I am now trying to break a very deeply entrenched pattern during a stage in my life where I am anxious and nervous and normally would be eating to cope,
Its like stepping out of myself to watch myself,
I also notice that when I try to stay in the moment I am less scared and full of "what if" questions
This is such an amazing challenge--and truly it is a challenge.
How about you, Fullbloom?

Edited by: BLUEBIRDSFLY at: 4/26/2011 (18:01)
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Hi, all. Day 7 for me here, so I'll see you when you roll over to week 2, but you know where I live. :-D

Today's experience: my apple on the plane. I packed fruit so I wouldn't be tempted to grab something fatty in the airport. I didn't do as well as I'd hoped keeping my attention on my sweet/tart/crisp gala apple, but I did notice I was able to bring my attention back to the exercise without berating myself for sneaking a peek at the movie or out the window.

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Fullbloom,

That was a particularly profound and rather long message. Nothing compared to the blunders I've done on this website., though it was good to have a laugh.
I am so glad you are here with me. I want to be there when you are at your goal weight for good,
Big hug,
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Yikes.................what kind of spacing was that?

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Yes, we can find our own way amongst ourselves and when the time comes someone will step forward. Everything happens in it's own time.

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts
With our thoughts, we make our world.
The Buddha

Yes, food is symptomatic of something else that is going on and by all means we need to explore it. I have travelled down this path before yet; to no avail. I am still in the same place where I was years ago albeit, I had a few glimses of intermittant success along the way.

It would be nice to get it right once and for all.

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Hi my wonderful friends,

I think that the structure of the challenges are in place and it is really up to us what we take away from this experience. I think we will be just fine without a leader.

For me, the challenge is to remain open to sharing my vulnerabilities as I am now understanding that my weight gain and my relationship with food has nothing to do with nourishment or pleasure. I am trusting you both with the most fragile part of me--the part that I even shudder to own. I do know, however that if I am actually going to gain mastery over my eating, I will have to dig down deep and redefined how I use food. This much I do know. I need to learn to love myself, to protect myself and to forgive myself. Easy words, but some very hard work ahead.

I do believe we have crossed each others' path for a reason. I do not believe in coincidence.
Know you are safe here and that my heart is open to you both. We can do this. Support is everything.
In Love and Light,
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You and Bluebird just come across so well that I thought : I'll throw the suggestion out to you.

I understand, we all want to get our bearings together before we jump into something.

This is such a wonderful concept to explore so I hope it is around for a long time.

Later gals.



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Fullbloom, your day sounds terrific! Not sure I'm ready for a team lead. At this point I'm still new to SP and trying to find solid footing, though this team is GREAT!

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Why not think about becoming a team leader Bluebird ? Celiaminer?

Yes, I packed it in already as I much prefer to be part of the supporting cast.

We have a lovely dinner planned for today and more than likely we will have our coffee and dessert out on the deck. emoticon

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Bluebirdsfly, what beautiful insight you've expressed. I wish you the best on your journey of self-discovery. You deserve the time you spend on you.

For me, this is day six of week one, and my mindfulness involved enjoying a morning cup of good coffee on the porch swing. I can't say there weren't other stimuli, but I really enjoyed seeing all the birds: a robin pair, cardinals, sparrows, finches, a graceful heron, and our first hummingbird of the season! Afterwards, we went for a long walk and came back to prepare nectar to fill the hummingbird feeders. Even though they are territorial and mean to each other, their antics have brought us joy for the decade we've lived in this house.
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As a result of the practicing mindfulness while eating, I am starting to better understand my relationship with food and the fact that what and how much I eat often has little to do with my connection to nourishing my body, or to listening to its needs. I think for the rest of this challenge, I will not listen to music and really just tune to experiencing the food I am eating and how my body feels as I am eating.
I think it is also time for me to start journalling as I am realizing that somewhere along the way
I became disconnected to what I am eating, the quantity I am eating and how my body feels as I am eating.
Fullbloom, you are right. Mindfulness implies being in the moment. Other stimuli would distract from the experience. I am not sure that I will commit to eating without music, but just like I got rid of my tv, the days of eating with a book are also over. It feels good and it feels right
I'd love to hear how others are experiencing Week One.

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Fullbloom, very interesting and very Buddhist; I can understand the idea of isolating actions to maintain mindfulness.

That said, Bluebirdsfly, I also like to have unobtrusive music on in the background to help set the mood, though I usually don't have music on during my mindfulness practice, at least this week.

KathyJo56, see you next week. I still have a few days to go.
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I just read something about what your asking, about food and music.

If your washing dishes; wash dishes; if your reading: read and if your eating; eat. I guess it can be said that it is skillfull to be mindful.

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It is hard to believe that my first week of this challenge is over today. I managed to do this everyday and it turned out much easier every meal that I ate. Tomorrow, I intend to follow through with my Easter dinner.

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Thanks for your comments, CELIAMINER. I know its interesting and a bit alarming as I am now job hunting and honestly not thinking much about starting a new relationship right now. I simply don`t feel sexy quite yet. Anyways, ths morning I ate my breakfast again without music or a book. Just cats on counters waiting to attack my plate the minute I got up. Not very peaceful but I did eat slowly, to their annoyance.
I do notice that when I really chew my food and put down my cutlery(silverware in US) I lose interest in food a lot faster and eat a lot less.
Unfortunately in Montreal, the weather has been cold, rainy and windy and the leaves are refusing to open on the trees. I completely agree with them. This is not the kind of weather when you'd
want to make your dťbut for 2011.
I look forward to hearing from mindful sparkers. Do you think its ok to play music while I eat?
The Spark Quiz on mindful eating did not think it was such a good idea. What do you guys think?


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Hi Qtealady, Celiamine, & Bluebird,

Like anything it get better the longer, we stay with it.

It pretty wet so the grass got a gentle raking today.

What a difference warm weather brings.

Happy Easter!

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Wow, Bluebirdsfly, that is an interesting experience. It made me think that I also enjoy company when I am having a meal, whether family or characters in a book. Hope future efforts are better for you.

My mindful eating for today actually did take place at the breakfast table with my husband there, so I guess I combined both experiences. When we weren't talking, I concentrated on the look and aroma of my breakfast and savored the tastes. My awareness expanded to include the trees, and I noticed they have leafed out so much I can't see the back fence anymore. I love the feeling of privacy when the trees surround me with green.

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Good evening mindful sparker eaters,

I just completed my first mindful meal, and I was miserable. As I am single now, I found chewing slowly without a book to keep me company left me uninterested in my food and wanting to get the whole thing over with.
Never thought I would feel this way. Interesting.

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Thank you, this time I shall do better. Have a Happy Easter everyone!

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Good for you, QTEALADY!

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I was just not into the mindfull eating this week 1.....did not feel well for 2 days and had car trouble so on that note I shall start on Monday the 25th of April week one again. emoticon

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As I read your post some things really stood out to me,Kathy's ........opening my eyes.

Celiaminder ..............sounds didn't bother me.

Uniquelady42.......real challenge to be aware of what I am doing. Also a warm

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It's interesting, how intricate the workings of mindfulness can be.

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Last night I ate chili and ate it very mindfully. I was stunned that I could taste the differance in everything that was in it, it just didn't taste blended together like it normally does. This challenge is really opening my eyes

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Tried something different at work (since I'm still outta clementines): I turned my back to the computer to eat my soup. The first thought was just how spicy that soup was, and my taste buds didn't get wiped out by the pepper as they usually do, so the heat didn't let up. Then I noticed how the spicy soup was giving me the sniffles. As I continued to focus on my meal, I became aware of sounds I had tuned out, such as the air handler "white noise," a colleague's telcon using the speaker phone, noisy trucks on the road, the ticking of the clock. The sounds didn't bother me, they were just there. And I finally noticed how green the trees were outside (when did that happen?)

Happy Earth Day!

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I have not done well today. It started off on the right track but then I got really hungry and shoveled it in and did not think about what I was doing until it was too late.... this will be a real challange for me to be aware of what i am doing before I eat... I have to slow down.....

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I ate breakfast today exactly the way that you did. I was sitting at my kitchen table and not in the livingroom and watching the wind blow the trees and the birds sitting at my feeder eating and singing at the same time. Food never tasted this way before. In fact, before this week, I don't think that I ever really tasted the true flavor of food.

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I agree with KathyJo56 that mindful eating is a new (and pleasant) experience. Since this is my telework day, I got up early enough this morning to get in a cardio workout before hitting the computer. Once on the job, for an hour and a half I prepped and presented a briefing, then prepared and transmitted a report, and suddenly realized I was hungry. Because I'm out of clementines (really need to go shopping), I scrambled a couple of eggs, added a sprinkling of pepper and shredded cheese, and prepared a nice setting at the TABLE, not at my computer. As I sat silently thanking the chicken for the eggs and the rancher for allowing his or her chickens to be cage free, I watched the cheese soften and begin to melt from the heat of the eggs. Like Kathy, I found the food tasted really good, so I concentrated on each bite. About halfway through, I expanded my awareness to include the sounds of the wind and the birds outside and the sight of the rapidly greening trees and the dogwood in bloom. It occurred to me that mindful eating is a meditation practice in itself, though I'd never though of it that way before.

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Today when I was practicing my mindful eating, I could not believe how delicious the food was and how into it I was. Mindful eating is making food a whole new experience.

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Getting into a mini love affair with my clementines. Every day this week I've worked away while eating breakfast and lunch and suddenly realized I hadn't practiced mindful eating, so I pulled out my one last clementine that I'd brought for a snack and had my practice. I love the smooth-yet-rough feel of the small fruit in my hand, and I have this anal habit of removing the peel in one piece. Today when I stretched out the peel, it looked a little like the Pillsbury dough boy. And I treasured each segment of that clementine, tasting each flavor burst as I broke through the membrane to the juice inside. It took just a few minutes, but the minutes were mine.

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LOL It is hard for me to keep my mind in one place also. I think that I will make everyday this week, but this isn't easy

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At least, you say it with humor, Celiaminer emoticon

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Whew, this is a bigger challenge than I thought, as I worked right through my oatmeal breakfast and chicken lunch. I forced myself to take a few deep breaths and eat my clementines mindfully, but my mind kept going, "Oooh, squirrel!"

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I should be on week 3 or 4 by now, but I am still having difficulties getting through week 1.

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Hi MIA MORSEL, JOAN OF SPARK, DINAMIC, ONICAM............Hope everyone is hanging in.

Tomorrow, week two begins.



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I go for anything that I am not allergic to because of all my allergies. I am a food addict, compulsive eater, emotional eater, and think of food all the time even when I exercise and do schoolwork.

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lol...joined up here a couple of days ago but I didn't notice there are goals to commit to emoticon okay, I'm doing 3 out of 4 to begin with.

I've twice pulled myself up sharp while eating my toast on the trot so I've been mindful of this team.I need to learn to stop nibbling. Anyone else have that prob? what do you eat at times like that?

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I am still trying to get myself to slow down with the eating. I have been an emotional wreck this month so I truly could not get myself to eat mindfully.

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Oh, wow, DI.....that is awful, and I can well imagine that it would disrupt your meal times as well as everything else...I agree about just doing one meal at a time to start out with..and then when that works, or we think that we have it down pat, then we could add another meal into the mix.....

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I had to repeat some of week 1. We had a series of faults with the kitchen - burst water pipe than fractured domestic gas leak, floor up, everything disconnected. Nightmare! This meant my eating pattern and the ability to prepare the food I like was interrupted.

However I isolated breakfast as a meal I could easily prepare and savour and I found this helped enormously. I created a little oasis of calm amidst the disruption. I'm really appreciating the value of this challenge so onwards.....

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Week One; I need to start it all over again because I lost sight of it before I really got it off the ground.

Hang in there week oners as we continue our quest to become more present in the here and now.

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Day 2, Week 1: Okay, I am really trying to be more mindful and for the most part, am succeeding, but there are times when I think I want something so badly.....and I know that I am not really hungry.....and if I stop to think before it goes in my mouth, I am fine....but if I slip up, then it is in my mouth and I am not going to spit it out, but perhaps I should think about that.....??

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taking time to slow down.....it makes the food taste so much better.......I always have eaten slower than the rest of my family, but not eating mindfully especially so this is something I need to work on...

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Hi Folks,

Day 1, Minute 1 for me........planning to re-educate myself about food and drink; also hoping to drag MH along with me, although he's slim !!!! emoticon

going back to read all the posts here and pick up some tips.

see ya, Mia emoticon

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4/9/11 12:46 A

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So far I've done three days. I think the first day was the best. I ate really slowly and thoughtfully and I ate half as much as I usually do because I realized I was full. The past two days though haven't been quite as mindful and I thought I felt hungrier sooner...sometimes its hard to tell with me whether I'm actually hungry or if I just want to eat. Depending on how much I eat in the mornings I might have to get up earlier just so I can mindfully eat and make it to class on time! haha

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4/5/11 2:02 P

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It's so funny: I feel so much more satisfied when I slow down! Last night, the DH and I made a "steak" salad (spinach, romaine, bell pepper, tomato, vegetarian sausage, Alexa waffle fries, honey sesame sticks for some crunch, and lowfat honey mustard) and we ate while watching TV. We were both done with our first bowls in 5 minutes and wanted more right away! Had I slowed down and eaten it in 20 minutes, I probably wouldn't have had seconds. Crazy.

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4/4/11 9:13 P

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Day 5 and I'm really feeling pushed by this challenge. Have had to fight eating in front of the TV every day but I'm hoping the day will come when I don't even think of walking PAST the kitchen table and on to my easy chair. I WILL learn to eat slowly and mindfully! Some people say chew each bite 20 to 30 times - I probably chew each bite 5 to 10 times! Slowing hard is HARD.

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4/4/11 6:22 P

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Half way through week one. I have had to slow down a few times because I multi-task (as well) when I'm eating. This is really doing something to how I eat food. I never really paid attention to the process internally and externally.

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4/4/11 1:26 P

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I've had a few successfully mindful meals in the last couple days! Dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday and Monday. I usually read or go online during breakfast, and play a game with my husband or watch TV during dinner, but I really made an effort and it worked out. I truly enjoyed each of those meals, and felt more satisfied in the end. I even packaged up some dinner leftovers I would have otherwise eaten, were I not paying so much attention to my body signals!

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