That appetite awareness exercise that Dawn gave me last week is awesome! At first I procrastinated looking at it because I have this innate resistance to writing about my food intake; comes from many, many years of dieting and having to write down what I eat. Some of you will know exactly what I mean.
But this is different, you don’t have to write down what you eat. Instead, you record a number for how hungry you were when you ate; from 1 (“too hungry”) to 10 (“ignored fullness”). You also track how you’re feeling at the time – either positive or negative. Then if you want, you can also add comments about any sensations you felt when you ate or details about how you were feeling.
Once I started using it I started paying more attention to just how hungry I really was when I ate. For example, yesterday was a crappy day and when I decided to help myself to some danish that my son-in-law Richard had brought over, I knew as soon as I tasted it that I was doing it to distract myself with the taste and the sensations in my mouth.
You see I’d gotten home from my doctor’s office a little while before that and I’d received some not such great news when I was there. A few months ago a found a lump in my breast and had subsequently had an ultrasound on it. The results are in and now she wants me to have a biopsy done.And they’ve found something else wrong with my heart.I’ve got a “right bundle branch block” and I’m just starting to do the research.
On the upside, I’m so grateful to be tackling my “weight loss for wellness” goal right here on MSrelief.com. Knowing that you’re following me on this journey gives me the conviction to get my train back on the tracks whenever it derails.
If you can relate to my eating for distraction, please share your experience as a comment below. I look forward to hearing your take on this unhealthy coping strategy.
Till next time, take self-care seriously and God bless!