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.

  • Rebecca

    Wow, totally dumping this blog – “This is my blog and I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do” “Get your own blog” – except when you’re getting paid to push products, then out comes the sunshine and light. Can’t believe this was recommended as a good weight loss blog. See ya.

    • BeachBabe

      Wow. Obviously you have never struggled with weight loss or you wouldn’t talk to someone like that. This is a personal journey, and as such Jennifer can share as much or little as she wants. She is honest on her product posts, not just “sunshine and light”. Please, please be respectful.

      • Jennifer Swafford

        Thank you Beach Babe. She is not respectful but the world is full of people like her…will type out something but would NEVER say it to your face!

    • Jennifer Swafford

      I am sorry Rebecca that you did not like my post. Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows my sense of humor and “gets me.” It is apparent that you are not a reader and being that this is the only comment you have ever left me, that just solidifies my suspicions. This IS my blog and if you don’t like the way I write or what I say, there are MILLIONS of other weight loss blogs that you can go read. I am not sure where you heard/read that I get “paid to push products.” I do reviews based on what I like and dislike. Again, if you don’t like my writing style or something I said, there are millions of other out there who will happily tell you EXACTLY what you want to hear…I am not one of them.

  • renee.morgan1

    I have been subscribed to your blog for probably close to 2 years or more and am a big supporter. I am sorry for all the haters. This is YOUR blog! I have struggled with my weight too. I have lost weight so many times on different programs and gained it back and then some. The day after Easter I weighed 200 .0 exactly. It was a wake-up call. I lost weight through WW a couple years ago and got down to 167. I started using the My Fitness Pal app the day after Easter and I have lost over 6 lbs already. Tracking does work. I know you know it does because I have heard you say it so many times. You can totally do this! You are constantly encouraging others and I just wanted to encourage you and say that you are worth it and you have done it before, you can do it again! Don’t let the negativity get you down. I don’t know how the whole “friend” thing works on My Fitness Pal but I would love to “friend” you. My user name is rlm218. :) Don’t be discouraged. I love how transparent you are! So many other weight loss blogs could say all the right things and the whole time the author could be struggling and the audience would never know because we don’t see you. You are transparent with the struggles and I applaud you for that! This is hard! It is a life-long struggle for so many and you are honest about it. Keep up the blogging and power through this tuff spot you are in!! You will feel so much better for it. I know I do! Hugs are sent your way!

    • Jennifer Swafford

      Thank you Renee! Haters gonna hate! Too bad they hit me every once in a while! Thank you for your support and encouragement! It means more than you know!

  • BeachBabe

    You have EVERY RIGHT to share only what you are comfortable with sharing. If you want to share the number later, lovely. If not, lovely. This is your real life and I hate that others aren’t respecting that. I would assume the majority of your readers feel the same. If they don’t, then you don’t need them reading your blog. Never let others tell you how you should feel.
    On a brighter note, you are doing fabulous! The scale may not show it, but we’ve all been there. I’ve lost and gained the same 5 pounds 4 times in the last 4.5 months (and I still have another 50 to lose after that). It’s a struggle to change to a healthy life. You are handling this very well. I LOVE that you are trying different things. No one thing works for everyone. I also really enjoy your posts about what you’re doing. They spark ideas for my journey too. I think it’s amazing that you get up again each day and fight the good fight. And then you broadcast it to the world to help inspire others. It really is motivating! You are a truly fantastic woman!!!
    You can do this! One day, one meal, one step at a time. You got this!!! :-D

    • Jennifer Swafford

      Thank you! Everyone that actually reads my blog on a consistent basis knows that I will share the number eventually. I will not let readers tell me what I should or should not share. THANK YOU for your positivity! That is what is really useful!

  • Sausalito9

    Keep up the good work, Jennifer! I love that your blog isn’t about some person who’s losing a ton of weight quickly (unrealistic) or post-weight loss with a bunch of bikini pictures telling us all how “we, too, can do it!” Yours is a REALISTIC struggle that most of us have every day. It’s a long journey. I love that you share your successes, as well as, your failures. We’ve all been there. Keep up the good work, and know that even when things aren’t peachy – you are still an inspiration. This is my favorite (and only) weight-loss blog that I follow because it’s real. Hugs.

    • Jennifer Swafford

      THANK YOU!

  • Lisa Gilmore

    Great weight loss blog, very inspiring & you have a great sense of humour. Good luck with the rest of your journey


    • Jennifer Swafford

      Thank you Lisa!

  • Mark Coziahr

    Great point. As the dad of 3 kids (9,7, and 4) I get to watch their eating habits first hand. And yes, they do stop eating when they are full. It’s my wife and my job to provide them with healthy food, but we see daily that they eat when they are hungry and quit when they are full.

    So glad I found your blog and I look forward to reading it again soon.

  • Sabrina P

    LOVE this blog because you are REAL! Thank you for your transparency & being an encouragement to all of us who just need to know we aren’t alone.

    • Jennifer Swafford

      Thank you Sabrina! Real is what you get with me!

  • Martha McKinnon

    Slow and steady wins the race Jennifer. I was just reflecting the other day how long it took me to finally put together my perfect recipe for losing weight and keeping it off. My weight loss struggles began when I was in the 4th grade. I continued to yo-yo up and down through my teens, 20s, 30s and into my mid-40s. So, it only took me 35 years!! At 51 I feel like I’ve finally got it figured out, but I’m not feeling smug – I still have menopause to manipulate. But, I feel like it’s all been worth it. I love the quote,

    “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” — Earl Nightingale

    What could be more worthwhile than working on your health and happiness! Keep up the good fight. You are definitely not alone :-)

    • Jennifer Swafford

      Thank you Martha! Such wise words! I love that quote and just might use it in a future post! I agree…what could be more important than working on extending your life? Love that!