Eat Like A Child

I weighed today.


I went to Jacynta’s Sparkle a New You get together last night at Whole Foods close to where I work.


Which do you want to talk about first?  The weight…I figured.

Let’s just say the number was so bad, I am not going to tell you what it is.  I just can’t.  I gained, then gained some more, and today, let’s just say I hit rock bottom (or top depending on how you look at it).  I just can’t share the number with you.  I need some time to get my sh*t together and that number I saw today, really did it for me.  Well, that and the text that I got from my mother right at my peak snacking time.

Text to Track in My Fitness Pal

Thanks mom because that is exactly what I needed to track my breakfast and lunch and then NOT snack for the rest of the day.  You are awesome!

I promise I will share the number with you.  Just not today, I am not ready.  I need time and this is my blog so I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do…KRISTEN.  Yes, I have a weight loss blog where I sometimes only share my weight when I WANT to.  If you don’t like it, get your own blog.  I really mean that in the nicest way!

So, no number for you…use your imagination and then add about 5 pounds to it.  You will probably be close.

Now that that is out of the way (I always hate typing that that but it has to be there!), let’s move on to last night.

I was tired and I didn’t want to hang around by where I work for several hours waiting for the get together that Jacynta was having but I knew I needed to go.  One of the only things I am missing from Weight Watchers is the meetings.  I miss the group of people weekly that share ideas and motivate and encourage one another.  I knew that this meeting would be like that and I needed to go.  And…I am so glad that I did.

I saw so many people there that I haven’t seen in a while and it was so good to reconnect.  I laughed, tried some funky food, and shared with others.  I also got some tremendous motivation to get moving.  I don’t want to go to her next get together having GAINED again.  I want to lose and be proud of what I have accomplished.

There were several things last night that stuck with me at the meeting but I am only going to share one of them with you tonight.

Janet Fruit Roll Up

Eat Like a Child.  No, that photo has nothing to do with my post but I just thought it was hilarious!

How do children eat?  Well, they only eat when they are hungry.  Period.  They don’t eat because “it is there!”  They don’t eat because it was offered to them and they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.  They don’t eat because they are sad, or tired, or happy, or mad, or stressed.  They eat when they are hungry.  Novel idea, isn’t it?

Oh, and guess what they do when they are done?  When they are finished, they tell you they are done and then they want to go play.  They might even throw their food.  They don’t keep eating because they LOVE it.  They don’t eat until they can hardly walk because it is “SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD.”  When they are full, they stop.  Wow!  Genius.

One thing that also hit home with me last night is that sometimes we feel like if we don’t eat something right then, it won’t be there later.  It is okay to say, “Nah…not hungry now” and then later go back to it and eat it (unless it is something put out in the teacher’s lounge…then you better eat it fast or it will be gone!).  Seriously…we don’t have to eat something immediately before “POOF!”  “Gone!”

I, for one, need to remember to eat like a child.  Slow down, eat when I am hungry and for goodness sakes – QUIT when I am full.

Oh, and track…I know children don’t track but I need to.  It really does work!

What other thing do children do when they are eating?

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.