As you already know from a previous blog post, I began a 12 week Mindful Eating program called, Am I Hungry?®. I also promised to check in and keep you updated on what I am learning and how I am doing.
Week 1 Recap:
Week 1 was a general breakdown of different types of hunger cycles, (Mindful, Instinctive, Overeating and Restrictive). We began to talk about learning to check in with ourselves asking things like, “am I over eating, under eating or mindfully eating?” Establishing an awareness sans judgment, is the foundation of this program.
We also delved in to finding fun ways to move our bodies (exercise), as a means of reward rather than punishment. In the workbook, we wrote down types of exercise or movement that we enjoyed and that were feasible in different circumstances.
I have to be honest, week 1 I was a C / D student, at best. Maybe it was my inner rebel fighting ‘the system’, maybe it was because we are still not living in our home and I am ‘out of sorts’, maybe it was sheer laziness. It doesn’t matter. What matters, is that I started at all.
What that looked like is: I read the suggested chapters in the program’s text-book, and I did the writing in the workbook. It was meager beginnings, but I have learned to celebrate little victories instead of dwelling on short-comings.
Week 2 Recap:
Week 2 spoke my language; it was all about re-wiring our thinking, affirming the positive (instead of confirming the negative) and devising a plan of action, for body movement.
We began to identify negative thoughts, and replace them with positive ones. This is actually something I have been working on personally over the past year, so it felt pretty natural. We also approached exercise from a different angle. We explored types of movement that we enjoyed, and found ways to incorporate it in to our busy lives.
Week 2 held some more mini-victories for me; yay! I began to implement a self-check-in, before and during (some) meals. This allowed me to make conscious decisions instead of just mindlessly eating what is in front of me. This is a bit of progress.
In addition to completing the workbook assignment ad reading, I also got more physically active than I have been lately. I did a beach-side stair workout that was not only fulfilling physically, but mentally as well. My favorite though, was the 30 minute dance-party I had with my 3-year-old.
Going in to Week 3:
The best way to describe my participation in this course, is that I have been easing in to it. I feel more committed this week, and going in to week 3 I am aiming to dedicate some time to the suggested daily journaling, in addition to the tools I have already began to implement.
I am excited to check back in with you, and share what I am learning and how I am progressing.