Living Well . . . Blind Leading the Blind?

on January 27, 2009

A few months ago I was talking with a few of my friends about how nice it would be if we all just got together on occasion to encourage and give ideas to each other on our journey’s to weight-loss and living well.   We even talked about how cool it would be if it was a “Relief Society Group” since these friends and I are in the same ward.   Our ward wasn’t even doing Relief Society groups (even though we were suppose to be doing them like 2 years ago.)

In November a member of the Relief Society presidency approached one of my friends about the ward starting up some groups.  She was so kind to tell her that I was interested in starting up  a weightloss/healthy living group.  I won’t mention my friends name but her initials are B.E.C.K.Y.  Anyway – long story short (umm yea – like I can tell a short story?) Our Living Well group met for the first time last week.  I don’t mind leading the group – in fact I think it will be very fun.  I also think there is strength in good women gathering together to help each other.   The part that is daunting for me is that fact that I am kind of “voluptuous” —   I don’t exactly shop the petites section of the store if you know what I mean.  Before the first time we met together last week I was feeling a bit inadequate.  Like maybe someone else should be doing this.  But I had committed and was looking forward to the opportunity.

It was a small group that met — just 4 of us.  But it was perfect.  We all felt free to talk about our challenges and what things we wanted to talk about in up coming groups.  I left feeling energized, understood, and recommitted to take care of this clunky body the Lord gave me.  I also decided that I would post on my blog thoughts on the topic we discussed.

This time I gave the challenge to SAVOR.   To slow down and completely enjoy the food we eat.  Notice every nuance and flavor and thoroughly enjoy.  Also — is there something you are eating just to eat?  Do you get half way through the doughnut and realize that it really wasn’t any good?  When I started taking time to savor (I still have to remind myself to do this) I realized that I really don’t like Wendy’s french fries.  When I savor it — all I can think of is old grease with an odd bitter aftertaste.  No wonder I needed the Diet Coke with it.  I have also discovered that I like GOOD dark chocolate and that letting a small piece melt on my tongue is heavenly.   I also try to think of memories that certain tastes bring back.    Try taking yourself to lunch and as you take a bite write down a very detailed description of what you are tasting.  Can you identify the spices?  Does the fruit remind you of summer or sitting in your grandma’s backyard?  Is the texture gritty or smooth and comforting?  Write it all.  You may discover something.

I have found that when I take time to savor, that I have less guilt about what I’m putting in my mouth and I enjoy it more.  In the past I’ve sometimes even tried to shovel in the “forbidden food” really fast to make sure I got all I wanted before the inevitable guilt sunk in.  And I knew the guilt would come — it was part of the cycle.  Somehow that guilt and bad feelings about myself could atoned for my sin of overeating.    After the appropriate amount of “thrashings” I was okay to go on.    Faulty thinking I know — but what I was doing.

So for this month — stop and savor!  Let the guilt go — it’s way overrated anyway.

Bonus:  A healthy recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 Spice Cake Mix

1 Can Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1 C. Dark Chocolate Chips

Mix cake mix and pumpkin together.  Stir in Chocolate chips.

Scoop on to cookie sheet using a teaspoon.

Bake 350 – Degrees.  12-13 minutes.

Makes about 48 small cookies.

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5 responses to “Living Well . . . Blind Leading the Blind?

  1. Becky says:

    I think I might know that B.E.C.K.Y. girl! heeheehee! 😀 I really wish I could have been there! I love the idea of slowing down and really tasting the food! You are so smart! Thanks for accepting the little push and starting the group! See you soon!

  2. Heide says:

    I just love you!! Thanks for the great advice. You are my hero!

  3. Laurel says:

    first post from the next best wellness coach ever. thanks for being MINE.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Hey DeAnn! I love that idea and I am committed to doing that with you. It could really help with the goals that I’m trying to accomplish. Good luck to you. I know that you’ll be a great example and motivator for your group.

  5. Tasha says:

    I am moving to YOUR ward!
    Love you!

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