Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Healthy Challenge Check In - The fine art of procrastination

Obviously I have more than mastered the art of procrastination. If you could unhinge my skull and take a peek inside you would see a beautifully organized (by category) list of rationalizations I like to pull out to assuage my internal guilt monkey for all the things in life, both big and small, I like to put off. Oh, like say for example, writing this update.

There really is no valid reason to put off this post. It's not bad news at all, in fact it's rather good news, but still, here I am, checking in a day late. In fact, I have put off writing anything at all for over a week, and that is yet another study in procrastination and ambivalence I could easily ramble on about for at least three or four paragraphs. I think I'll save that for another time. (See, there it is again!)

Where was I? Oh yes, on to the check in. I got on the scales Tuesday morning - I should stop here and mention that I was seriously considering not weighing myself at all this week, since last week was spent completely ignoring all things weight related - and what do you know? I lost 2 lbs. don’t ask me how, I couldn't tell you, but I'll take it. Maybe not obsessing over every little thing I put in my mouth had something to do with my success. Maybe obsessing about food, regardless of whether I’m compulsively eating or compulsively worrying about eating, is a big part of my problem. I've posted before about my feelings on dieting., but I don't think I have completely rid myself of the dieter's mind set.

There is this wonderful theory now becoming popular that explores the idea of conscious eating instead of dieting. The basic premise is that we as children or young adults, for whatever reason, have lost the ability to self regulate our hunger. We no longer recognize physical hunger cues and eat for emotional reasons, and even more disastrous, we have lost our ability to recognize being satisfied without moving into the "oh my god I want to puke" zone. The trick is to slow down, listen to your body, eat when you are physically hungry, and stop when you are physically full. Obviously that is an overly simplified statement, and much more goes into that process than "just do this and all your issues will be gone". I've read several books by Geneen Roth, and what she has to say made a lot of sense to me, and if you are so inclined, I highly recommend them.

Where is this ramble going? I hardly know myself, but I have been feeling distinctly fraudulent the last couple of weeks as I read everyone’s plans, and points, calories tallied, and lbs lost because I had no such plan, nor was I that jazzed about finding one. So my challenge to myself is not to pick a plan and stick with it, but to slow down enough to listen to my body, feed it what it desires, and stop when I am satiated. Ok, so at least try to do these things. Who knows, maybe I will learn something about myself along the way.


HappyBlogChick said...

Your non-plan sounds like a plan! OR ... you know what I mean. I think that being aware of hunger and the other messages our body sends us is huge.

I read in the book Mindless Eating that not all cultures stuff themselves. Us folks in the good ol' US of A are worse than most. I thought that was quite interesting.

Oh, actually, that's a good book if you're looking for interesting info on how our environment cues us to eat more. Change the environment or at least become aware of its impact, become aware of your body - they might work hand in hand. I'm mentioning it in case you're interested - it is not at all a diet book.

Anyway, congrats on losing 2 lbs.

Pattie said...

Hey Bea -

Good to hear from you! Geenen Roth is a wonderful writer and I try to take her advice to trust myself when it comes to food. Somedays, I'm successful; other days, not so much.

Keep up the good internal work that you're doing. That's an important part of any non-plan!

Cheers to you.

Maggie said...

I think you're definitely on to something here. Conscious eating makes a lot of sense. I've read Geenen Roth too and her perspective really resonates with me. I also read this great blog, Feed Me (there's a link in my blogroll) that is just JAM-PACKED with information. A lot of it is focused on eating disorders because the woman who writes it (one of my editors) has a daughter who is a recovering anorexic and so that is her main focus. But she's also a woman who, like the rest of us, has struggled with weight and body issues and what it all means most of her life, and I always find her insights valuable.

Sorry to ramble, I just mean to say *ding ding ding!* there's something to this line of thought you're exploring, and as much as I support your get healthy challenge, what you're saying here sounds very true and good to me.

Anyway. :)

Selma said...

Your plan sounds wonderful. I think it's the idea plan. (Conscious Eating) However, it's all the extra static in our head that seems to make it difficult. Good luck with it.


we_be_toys said...

Hey, I gotta envy you your plan. My execution is next week, and that should tell you something about how I've been eating!
I did vacumn and steamclean the car today - does that count as working out?

FairiesNest said...

The no plan plan...That's PERFECT!!!

Trisaratops said...

So true! Have you read Mindless Eating? I haven't read the whole thing, but the bits and pieces I have read about are fascinating. I often eat because it is time, and rather than because I am hungry. Tell us how it feels! I love Geneen Roth too!