Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hi again

Hello Friends.

I'm happy to say that I've been doing really well. I added exercise into my routine - kick ass hill walking - and have been doing a great job with veggies and portion control. It feels good.

I heard someone once say that when your eating is in control it opens the door to the rest of your life being in control and I have to say that is true in my experience. I'm more focused, more able to get things done. I'm not thinking about food every moment of every day. It's nice.

Not that it's all good. I'm hungry much of the time. Not outrageously hungry but never quite full either.

I've come to realize that I'm not really an emotional eater. I don't eat about sadness or anger or even joy. But I eat for comfort. Eating, to me, gives me that "snuggled up on the couch under a cozy blanket in front of the fire while reading a good book" feeling. And in thinking about the foods I most love, the foods I really miss, it's all comfort feel.

I heard some food recently described as having a good "mouth feel" and that is really what I look for in food. Creamy, warm, soft. Not necessarily sweet. I've said here in the past that I could give up wine or alcohol or candy or red meat in a heart beat. I could never eat another crunchy food (chips, etc) and feel 100% fine about it. But the way a cookie or a hot latte or a pancake or piece of coffee cake feels in my mouth. Mmmmmm. That is what it's all about for me.

I think that's an important part of the journey - realizing what the triggers are, what you are looking for in food and figuring out how to manage those things in your life.

Speaking of - the warm blanket and good book calls me.