I really did not want to do the task for Day Five. My task was to sit alone at my dining room table, with no distractions, and eat both breakfast and lunch this way. I was supposed to take small bites and chew slowly, swallow each bite before putting more food on my fork, put down my utensils frequently, and take a sip of water every minute or two.
For one, it's almost impossible to eat a meal without distractions because I have four little kids running around. Plus, that just sounds so boring, doesn't it?
Well, I did it anyway, and you know what I found? It was really boring. Like.. mind-numbingly boring. But I noticed that I was full way sooner than I would have otherwise and ate less (while still a healthy amount). And because I was bored and eager to leave the table, I didn't eat just to eat.
Dinner obviously had more distractions as I was actively talking with my family, rather than trying to ignore them, but once again, I made sure to really take my time, put my fork down after every other bite, and drink lots of water.
I still don't really want to have to eat this way, as it is pretty boring, but clearly it's a good way to prevent me from eating mindlessly. So I'll keep it up!
I read my Advantages List twice today, and listened to my guided meditation.
I didn't eat everything sitting down, but I did eat each meal at the table.
I gave myself credit for all the good decisions I made.