Our Lady of Weight Loss

Put the fork down down
down into your inner inquiries
piercing the right thoughts

Bursting at the Seams? Stuffed to the Gills?
When I asked my group at my weight loss workshop at Omega, “How do you know you are sated,” they looked at me like I had three heads.
I asked (again), “You know, how do you know when you are satisfied, full; how do you know that it’s time to put down the fork and knife and stop eating.”
They said …
When the Biggest Loser is over.
When the bag of chips is empty.
When it’s time to go back to bed.

None of which had anything to do with their internal state; all external cues.
Now, I ask you!!!
Here are a few simple steps that will help you to STOP EATING!!! Are you ready?! Good!
TUNE INTO that “full” feeling. When you are one quarter of the way through your meal, come to a FULL STOP! And then, go inside and check in with your body.
Your body is an amazingly intuitive, tuned in, fabulous being in it of itself, without your thoughts getting in its way, weighing it down! So … Get out of your head, and go into your body, and ask, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how full are you?” (ten being the highest) If you are a 10, ought oh! Put the fork down and push away from the table. If you are at a 2 or 3, eat until you are 1/2 way through your meal and check in again. Decide what number is comfortable for you, and ‘study’ it. What does it feel like to be ‘sated?’ Not hungry; not full … just right. Where is your just right? Study it!!! Remember it!
SMELL your food. Stop 1/4 of the way through and smell it. If your food starts to smell unappetizing, say greasy or heavy or bad in any way, that is a signal from your body that you are done! Study that smell!!! Remember it!
How TIGHT are your pants? Pay attention, because your belly does expand as you eat, and if your waistband is tight, you are past full. Where do you draw the line?
MASTICATE your food slowly. Remember, it takes 20 minutes for the mind and stomach to catch up. You will eat less if you chew slowly and chewing slowly aides digestion.
Got it? Now follow these steps and let me know … When do you put the fork down? In fact, you can keep on asking yourself, “When do you put the fork down?” And emphasize those words ‘put the fork down,’ as you think them. Say it over and over again and you will effectively be self-hypnotizing yourself to put the fork down.
Enjoy your day!
Spread the word … NOT the icing!

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