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During this six weeks I guess my focus is going to basically be mindfulness. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy three months ago and I am unhappy with the progress of my weight-loss; it dropped much more quickly after my first. I have lost quite a few pounds but still need to lose 15-20 more. I am not focused on a particular number I just want to find my 'happy' weight: the weight at which my body stays comfortably and  I feel confident in my body. I have tried many diets from Paleo to veganism in the past, but I have never been able to really feel satisfied. I think about food too much and over-eat. This bad relationship with food distracts from more important things such as my children. So, for the next 6 weeks I will work toward the following goals:

 

1. Mindful Eating: I will practice only eating when I am truly hungry. It will be hard for me, but I know it will get easier as I learn to identify what 'true hunger' feels like and learn to work past cravings. When I do eat, I will focus on eating slowly and listening to my body. I will try to stop eating at around 80% fullness so that I do not over eat.  I also want to keep my diet based on 80% REAL food and the other 20% can be filled with whatever I have been craving. 

 

2. Meditation: I will meditate for 5 minutes a day and add a minute a week until I work up to ten minutes a day. I am hoping this will help me in eating mindfully and also being more mindful throughout the day.

 

3. Yoga: I already do some form of exercise at least five days a week but I want to include more yoga on a regular basis. I have bee very sore and stiff and I think this will help me feel much better! I will do yoga for thirty minutes  at least three days a week while keeping my body weight work-outs only two days a week.

 

Hopefully at the end of this challenge I have lost weight and changed my relationship with food for the better. Hopefully I will be able to notice these changes through less stress related to food, a better mood (which is usually negative by the end of the day) and physically through measurements as well as the way my clothes fit. I will retake my measurements every Friday. (I will also take photos, but I will not be posting those! :redface-new:

 

My current measurements:

 

Weight: 154.5

Waist: 34 3/4 inches

Hips: 40 1/4 inches

Dominant Thigh: 23 1/2

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Hi Lauri-b! So reading your goals reminded me of a couple of things that I have read where some people meditated while eating by counting the number of times they chewed a single raisin until it dissolved all while focusing on every sensation in their mouth. I was looking to try to find examples of that with my google-fu when I found this eating meditation: http://www.metatronics.net/eat/ , maybe you will find something that you can use from that. Good luck in your goals, I am cheering you on!

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I love your goals! If you have not done yoga before it is kinda like crack. I always feel soO good after I do it that it becomes the reward. Zenhabits did a article on mindful eating that is very good. I have started doing it and I find it disappointing because I get full so fast and I have to stop eating :( but it seems to work well so good luck on your habits

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For your meditation, when I first started I didn't 'know what to do' while I sat there for 5 minutes. My mind would wander around!!! Then I would bring myself back to center, then, oh there my mind would go wandering again. So, I wrote down a mantra for why I was meditating and I would then repeat it over and over in my head and sometimes say it out loud. At first my mind still wandered some, but then it stopped. My mantra is:

May I be filled with loving kindness

May I be well

May I be peaceful and at ease

May I be happy.

So if you find your mind wandering about, you can write yourself a mantra helping with your mindfulness. :)

Enjoy!

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I love your goals! If you have not done yoga before it is kinda like crack. I always feel soO good after I do it that it becomes the reward. Zenhabits did a article on mindful eating that is very good. I have started doing it and I find it disappointing because I get full so fast and I have to stop eating :( but it seems to work well so good luck on your habits

 

I feel the same way!! I have to fight with myself a little and remind myself I can eat more later when I am hungry! I think I actually end up eating about half or, more often, less than half of what I usually eat! It's amazing. I am hoping mindful eating is one of those things than gets easier as I practice it. Thanks for replying, it is always good to know you are not alone in whatever challenges you face, even if it is just not over eating! :orange:

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For your meditation, when I first started I didn't 'know what to do' while I sat there for 5 minutes. My mind would wander around!!! Then I would bring myself back to center, then, oh there my mind would go wandering again. So, I wrote down a mantra for why I was meditating and I would then repeat it over and over in my head and sometimes say it out loud. At first my mind still wandered some, but then it stopped. My mantra is:

May I be filled with loving kindness

May I be well

May I be peaceful and at ease

May I be happy.

So if you find your mind wandering about, you can write yourself a mantra helping with your mindfulness. :)

Enjoy!

 

Thanks for the tip! A mantra sounds like a good thing to use if I am having a rough day! I did my second meditation yesterday and I actually don't find it all that difficult! I was surprised! I read something that said to acknowledge your thoughts without judgment then trap them in a bubble and let them float away. I think it helps. But mostly I just visualize my breathe. I guess I have a pretty great imagination and I can kind of 'see' my breathe as swirling colors and shapes! I also feel so good afterward I am planning on trying 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening today!

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Congratulations on your 3 month old! I know it's frustrating to feel like you should be back to "normal" by now, but it DID take 10 months to grow the baby and gain the weight. It may come off faster than it went on, but don't be too impatient. You are still recovering!

 

I'm practicing mindfulness this challenge, too. I like the idea of starting meditating at 5 minutes and working your way up. 10 minutes is feeling like a mighty long time.

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Hey, fantastic goals! Love the mindfulness aspect to all of them. Right there with you on overeating, too- it's so easy. Looking forward to checking in on your progress!

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I started this challenge officially on Sunday, which went well. I meditated and did 30 minutes of yoga- both of which flew by! I felt great and did an excellent job of listening to my body. I ate when I was hungry and did so slowly, really focusing on my food. Of course, things are always much easier when my husband is home to watch the kids long enough for me to take some time out. Yesterday I was not home all morning then my daughter came home from school early as these are the last two days of the school year. (She just graduated Pre-K! I am super proud!!) I am excited to have her home more, but it will take a re-adjustment of my daily routine. I tried doing yoga and meditating in the evening yesterday and it really did feel so good because there is too much going on then. I finally decided that I have to get this done in the morning before the kids are awake, or if I am lucky enough for them to nap at the same time.

 

Yesterday was also rough in the eating department. I knew it would be because I had promised to bring a dessert for my daughter's last day of school party. I made these treat that are like rice crispy treats but are Smore's style. Delicious. I did really well by only eating half of one. I was satisfied and knew my body had enough. Then the evening came and I knew they were there and eventually broke down and ate another even though it did not make m body feel good. The evening has always been difficult for me. I think I get tired and just have an urge to pig out even if I am already completely stuffed! I don't expect to make any more treats like that during this challenge. If I do have a treat, I think I will have something away from home so there are no left overs to tempt me. I am not going to dwell on my mistakes because this type of thing requires practice and I am sure I will get better at eating intuitively!

 

Anyway, today has started out great! I actually did about 8 minutes of a free guided mediation I found here:

http://www.soundstrue.com/guide/meditation/#!state_list_page

 

So I am starting this day feeling great and I think I am going to do a short ten minutes of yoga because I have a few extra minutes. :)

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Congratulations on your 3 month old! I know it's frustrating to feel like you should be back to "normal" by now, but it DID take 10 months to grow the baby and gain the weight. It may come off faster than it went on, but don't be too impatient. You are still recovering!

 

I'm practicing mindfulness this challenge, too. I like the idea of starting meditating at 5 minutes and working your way up. 10 minutes is feeling like a mighty long time.

 

Thank you for the advice- I know I am still recovering. It is just difficult at times to be patient because I am so self conscious! But that is why I started this challenge. I am hoping to gain a better awareness and a more positive view of my body, not just for me, but for my daughter as well. I know that no matter how hard I try to hide it, those insecurities can rub off on someone so impressionable!  

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Thank you for the advice- I know I am still recovering. It is just difficult at times to be patient because I am so self conscious! But that is why I started this challenge. I am hoping to gain a better awareness and a more positive view of my body, not just for me, but for my daughter as well. I know that no matter how hard I try to hide it, those insecurities can rub off on someone so impressionable!  

 

I know! I have two teenage daughters- I try to focus on how much better I feel when I don't eat junk or overeat, and how much stronger I've gotten since starting to lift weights, but I still obsess over the scale and can't always keep those thoughts to myself. Hard, hard, hard to overcome that conditioning. And it's hard to be gentle with yourself when you feel like you're not where you "ought" to be.

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Yoga and meditation have been helping me tremendously! I have bee much more relaxed during the day and my mood has improved in the evening. I tend to get grumpy because I am tired at the end of the day. I have still been tired (that is unavoidable with breast feeding and starting my day around 4 a.m.) but I have dealt with it much better. I have enjoyed my meditation so much I actually meditated for nearly 10 minutes this morning!

 

I feel like I am not doing as well with mindful eating but I am improving. Stopping when I am full is difficult for me not matter what I am eating- whether it is broccoli or chocolate. However, I have been eating much less and not binging in the evening. So far so good! I am not striving for perfection, just improvement!

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Well, I took all my measurements this morning. The tape measure showed a loss of about 1/8 of an inch in my hips, but that is really too close to call. I have however lost 3 pounds! :) Also, I feel like I have been in a better mood and have been much calmer during the day. That means more patience with my little ones which has helped us all have a better week! I do believe I am a full one meditation and yoga addict! I have also started having a wonderful green smoothie for breakfast and cut out coffee. I am loving this challenge and I am feeling great!!

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Well, I took all my measurements this morning. The tape measure showed a loss of about 1/8 of an inch in my hips, but that is really too close to call. I have however lost 3 pounds! :) Also, I feel like I have been in a better mood and have been much calmer during the day. That means more patience with my little ones which has helped us all have a better week! I do believe I am a full one meditation and yoga addict! I have also started having a wonderful green smoothie for breakfast and cut out coffee. I am loving this challenge and I am feeling great!!

 

Great to hear! I'm glad you're having fun with the little ones, I know they're loving a boost in mommy time, haha.

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Well, I took all my measurements this morning. The tape measure showed a loss of about 1/8 of an inch in my hips, but that is really too close to call. I have however lost 3 pounds! :) Also, I feel like I have been in a better mood and have been much calmer during the day. That means more patience with my little ones which has helped us all have a better week! I do believe I am a full one meditation and yoga addict! I have also started having a wonderful green smoothie for breakfast and cut out coffee. I am loving this challenge and I am feeling great!!

Wow! Excellent results in just a week! Nice going!

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I am still amazed at how this mindfulness challenge is having a positive impact on me each day. Yes, I have lost weight ( I am down to 150.5 now!!) but I feel better and WANT to do better for my body. It really has lead me to understand the whole 'lifestyle change' idea. I am calmer and less stressed throughout the day, I am sleeping better and thanks to the yoga my body just feels more...comfortable? I mean I am not all stiff and creaky like I usually am. Also, I am not only mindful during my meals, but also about what my meals consist of. I have largely replaced my coffee with tea, though I still enjoy a cup of coffee if I want to. My breakfast on most days has been a green smoothie made of 1/2 a cucumber, half an avocado, spinach or other greens, a banana, water and two stevia packets. I enjoy it and it helps me feel really great!! I am still enjoying treats and sweets, like the Nutella Chocolate Chip Brownies I made yesterday, but instead of hogging the entire pan like I usually would, I had one brownie, enjoyed it and went on with my day. I really usually make myself sick from eating so much in one sitting when I have something sick, but yesterday was the first time in a long time that I haven't. It hasn't been much longer than a week, so I am really excited to see how I feel at the end of this challenge! :)

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I feel better and WANT to do better for my body. It really has lead me to understand the whole 'lifestyle change' idea.

 

 I am still enjoying treats and sweets, like the Nutella Chocolate Chip Brownies I made yesterday, but instead of hogging the entire pan like I usually would, I had one brownie, enjoyed it and went on with my day. I really usually make myself sick from eating so much in one sitting when I have something sick, but yesterday was the first time in a long time that I haven't. It hasn't been much longer than a week, so I am really excited to see how I feel at the end of this challenge! :)

 

Lauri this is great! I love the mindset shift that is happening.

 

2 things- I need that Brownie recipe. Also, congrats on enjoying and moving on- that's a balance I am still trying to find!

 

You are doing amazing.

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Lauri this is great! I love the mindset shift that is happening.

 

2 things- I need that Brownie recipe. Also, congrats on enjoying and moving on- that's a balance I am still trying to find!

 

You are doing amazing.

I got the idea for these brownies from a recipe for PB&J cookies but I am an evil genius when it comes to turning desert into a real guilty pleasure! :) Here is the recipe:

 

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 t baking powder

1/4 t salt (omit if using salted butter)

1 13oz jar Nutella

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Chips (I used about 3/4 of a bag)

 

Cream butter, Nutella and sugar together. Add egg and mix well. Mix in dry ingredients. It will be thick, almost like a dough. Grease and flour a square pan, maybe an 8x8. Press half the mixture in the bottom of the pan. Cover with about half a bag of chocolate chips. Spread the rest of the mixture on top, covering the chocolate chips. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Enjoy!! You will need a fork- they are to ooey-gooey to hold in your hand!!

 

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Confession - I've never tasted Nutella. I know, I know! Have I been living under a rock?!? My fear is once I taste it I'll become instantly addicted to it! Ha! I'll want it with and on everything. :)

 

Here's my new found thought with this Nutella debacle, sparked by this challenge and your post... I'm doing no sugar for my challenge, and after the challenge my hope is my love towards Candyland and all things chocolate will become more 'in check', more mindful.

After the challenge is over, I'm totally making this recipe and am going to be mindful of not eating the whole pan in one sitting.

It can and will be done! Like you wrote; "Enjoyed it and went on with my day"

 

Thank you!!! :)

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Hi and welcome to the Druids!

Mindfulness can be so powerful. I find that when the thoughts quiet down and calm appears it is so much easier to make good decisions and choices afterwards!

I have chosen to believe in myself.


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Hey Lauri! How is this week of the challenge going for you? Thanks for the recipe!!

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