Resolution #3: Food Awareness

 

One of the things I really want to do this year is become a bit more mindful of the foods that I eat.  This is not the same as dieting and I will not be going on a diet in 2011.  For me, diets last about 2-3 weeks and then I’m right back to my old habits again.  A total waste of time.

This sort of ties into my 2nd resolution to dine at home most often so that I will feel like I have more control over what I’m eating.  At the start of the new year, I began keeping track of my food intake by writing everything down at the end of each day in a little notebook.  I have been including a rough calorie estimate as well but my goal is not to eat a particular amount of calories per day.  My goals are to become more aware of my eating patterns and to be able to hold myself accountable when my food intake gets a little out of control.   And by out of control, I mean eating everything in sight for several consecutive days.  It happens sometimes.  It happened alot in 2010.  I bought myself a couple pairs of ‘fat’ pants in the early part of the fall season and in the months since I’ve managed to fill them out quite nicely.  Wedding stress, family stress, work stress, 7 weeks of dining out due to business travel..I can think of alot of excuses for not taking care of myself as well as I should have been but after much arguing with the little voices in my head I have finally accepted full responsibility for my actions.

So, in 2011 I am going to pay a little more attention to my love/hate relationship with food.  I’m going to focus on my positive habits rather than my negative ones.  I’m going to eat what makes me feel good not just what tastes good.  I’m not going to convince myself not to eat something that’s not so good for me when I’m sure that my craving is legit (versus feeling like I want to eat something I shouldn’t out of sheer boredom or the simple fact that it’s available and therefore I must have it) and I’m not going to let the guilt get to me if I do eat something I know I probably shouldn’t.

Take that, ‘fat’ pants.  : )

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  1. […] my resolution to record what I eat so that I can become a bit more aware of my habits (see post here) but I’m determined to start over and keep trying.  Luckily, this also ties in with my […]

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