Today we have another guest blog post and video from our dear friend and client, Sandy Miller.
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So here is Sandy…
I am an all or nothing kinda gal. What I mean by that statement is I go all in – 100% – when I diet and exercise. But that also means that when I am not dieting, I am all out – 100%! I am either eating celery and carrot sticks or I am eating chips-ahoy cookies by the package and having seconds and sometimes thirds for dinner. Needless to say, I am not proud of this trait. After about 4 or 5 days of my “100% all in” diet mode, I get this “what fun is living if I have to eat celery and carrots all the time?” Then, I quit and go back to “100% all out” non-diet mode.
So, one day, as I was walking my dog, I decided that in order to change – to get to a healthy weight, maybe I should begin taking baby steps. Maybe, just maybe, ditching my all or nothing mentality and replacing one bad habit with one good habit at a time would be a healthier way of dealing with my weight problem. I created a worksheet where I could outline my bad habit and then detail the new and improved habit I would replace it with. From there, each day for 21 days (because I hear that it takes 3 weeks to change a habit); I would document how it was going with making the change, what I’m feeling, what my struggles are, etc.
My first bad habit I felt was the best to tackle is my ability to scarf down food at an incredibly fast rate of pace. I often said I should enter a hotdog eating contest, because I was sure I could inhale the most in the allotted time. Again, not a trait I am proud of. I have always hated how fast I could eat, but it just seemed to be the only way. I grew up one of seven kids. Even though there was always tons of food (my mother is an outstanding cook and from a farm family. They only know how to cook for the masses), I still felt a panic that I wouldn’t get enough. When I worked in the corporate world, I didn’t have much time for lunch. In fact, I really didn’t have a lunch time. It was bouncing from one meeting to the next, so I would eat a sandwich in about 4 bites and be off to the next meeting. I can’t remember the last time I truly tasted food. I mean, really, really tasted and enjoyed it.
So, I decided to replace inhaling my food with eating smaller bites, putting the fork down between bites and chewing my food (and I don’t mean chewing it 3 times and swallowing. I had to literally count my chews to ensure it was at least 15 – what a pain in the neck that was at first.) I have been doing this for over a week now and last night I had a revelation! I ate one normal size plate of food for dinner last night – ONE! – with no desire for more. Then, when I retired to the TV (where I typically begin getting the munchies), I didn’t! I felt completely satisfied and had no desire to raid the refrigerator. That is big for me. Huge! That is so out of character for me and I was thrilled.
I have two more weeks before I begin changing another bad habit (which was going to be no eating after 7:00pm, but I might be licking that bad habit along with this first one. We will see). So, if you are like me – an all or nothing kinda person – then maybe you should consider battling one bad habit at a time and try to break that cycle. Think of this: over the course of one year, you could change 17 bad habits! Now that is a trait I would like to be proud of.