For the last three months I’ve started a Sunday night routine that includes hanging out at the pool, noodling around, going to the hot tub, and then going out for dinner.
As summer turned into fall, my friend and I decided to move our routine indoors. I’ve recently discovered fins and kick boards. More pool fun!
I LOVE going out for dinner. My friend and I both like expensive, non-chain restaurants. If the weather is nice, we love to be outdoors.
I used to fear eating out, because I was unable to calculate how many points or calories I was consuming. Because I trust my to do that for me now, there is less fear.
But, it’s not perfect. And it doesn’t need to be.
I’ve been ordering large portions, getting lost in the task, and not connecting with my body’s signals of satisfaction. Sometimes the thought of “Oh, I’m going to overeat!” comes to mind, and I think “Oh well” instead of wrapping up the leftovers to bring home.This past weekend it happened again. I ordered the most amazing shrimp tacos. The problem was that I had filled up on the chicken soup and chips/salsa beforehand. I only ate the shrimp, and not the tortillas, but by then the fullness in my body really hit hard, so I said, “Forget it!”, and ate some of that, too.
I don’t overeat regularly anymore, so it was surprising how much physical discomfort I was experiencing in my body.
I thought, “Never again will I overeat!”
Then I kind of laughed at my all-or-nothing thinking and instead pondered what the lesson was?
*Actively stay more in tune with my signals.
*Possibly order a smaller portion.
*Think about skipping the soup course, as well as the chips/salsa. (They weren’t good anyway!)
And most importantly…
*Continue to give myself grace as this is a journey.
After all, overeating from time to time is part of being a normal eater.