The main page with news and information

Discussion Forum

Talk to other Am I Hungry? participants or licensees.

How to Use This Site

Frequently asked questions about this site

Contact Information

Click here to find out contact information

Information about Am I Hungry?

Find a program

Type in your city, state, or other keyword below to find an Am I Hungry?® Licensee in your area.

List of Licensees




5 programs
are starting soon!

» more information

Lexie's Journal

Lexie struggles with her weight but is learning how to trust her body again with Am I Hungry?

Beating the buffet
Posted on 01/10/2007 @ 3:57 PM

I woke up this morning when my cousin called to invite me over. I was VERY hungry. Only on the weekends do I feel hungry when I first wake up. I guess because I usually sleep in on weekends and therefore I've gone longer without eating. I made plans with Amy to stop for lunch at a buffet. I was a little nervous about eating at a buffet. It's not that I'm too tempted by all the food, it's that I want to "get my money's worth". So I reminded myself that getting enough food to satisfy my hunger IS getting my money's worth. When I eat more than that I've wasted food and money plus I feel miserable. While I was waiting for my cousin to get to my house I took out my "Am I Hungry" book and started highlighting things. This is the fourth time I've read it and every time it helps me a little bit more. I wanted to share it with my cousin too. We got to the restraunt and I excused myself to go to the bathroom. There I took a deep breath and thought about where I wanted to be on the scale when I finished eating. I already knew I was too hungry and was at greater risk for over-eating. I also know that when my cousin and I go out to eat we usually way over-do it. It's been a part of our indulge together and then complain about our extra weight. I decided I wanted to be between "satisfied" and "full" when I was finished eating. I decided I would only choose the foods I REALLY wanted and eat only what tasted wonderful. The first thing I did was walk around the entire buffet to see what was available. Then I asked what I wanted. I did not ask what I needed. I passed by some of my "regular" items and chose some things I'd never tried before. Then I chose some of my favorites. I took one spoonful of each item I wanted to try. I sat down and started eating. What tasted wonderful I ate and what didn't taste wonderful I left on my plate. My cousin and her kids got up to get more food. I sat quietly, breathing. At that point I knew I wanted more food. I also knew I was not hungry. I was not full. I thought the best choice was to stop.....but I didn't want to stop. I decided I would get a little more. I went back up and chose a couple more items including apple pie with ice cream. When I sat back down again I realized the only thing I really wanted was the pie and ice cream. So that's what I ate. I felt a little bad for throwing the food away but it was too was better to throw it away than to eat it. Lesson learned....take a little more time to decide if I REALLY want more. When we left I felt between satisfied and full. I was not miserable or sick, as I often have been in the past while eating with Amy. The food was wonderful and I felt in charge. I also got to demonstrate some of what I am learning. When we got back to my cousin's house her daughter wanted me to teach her some cheers because she wants to be a cheerleader. An opportunity for fun exercise! I taught her my school song from years ago while my cousin sat miserably full on the couch.

Michelle May M.D.

Contact Options

By Phone:
(480) 784-7811

Main Website:

By E-Mail:

By Mail:
P.O. Box 93686
Phoenix, AZ 85070-3686

Lexie's Journal

Lexie's Follow-up

A good day



Going for the gray zone

How do you measure success?

Regret leaves the door open for learning

I don't think about when I'm going to fill my car with gas all the time

Focus, focus, focus

In charge of chocolate

What I WILL do, not what I will stop doing

The pizza is calling me

Step away from perfection Lexie

Powerful reminders about eating

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas

Do you want fries with that?

Making peace with food

Becoming instinctive

Gnawing at me

Time to eat the donuts...

SCALE= Sadistic Contraptions Aren't Leading my Emotions

The workshops rock!

Breakfast and 3 men

A lot on my plate

Think yourself thin

Small steps

I'm not alone!

Driven to distraction

It's better to try and fail than to fail to try

If I lose weight, what will I hide behind?

Battle with food

Knowing and doing are two different things

One step at a time

I won't feed a cold or a fever

No more "starting again tomorrow"

Habit vs. addiction

What am I afraid of?

It's easy when I'm at peace

Mindful eating

Let THEM eat cake

I hate how this feels

I am here

Changing old messages about weight management

I'm starting to see patterns

Chocolate is losing its power

Beating the buffet

Night time eating

Learning to listen

New year, new day

Am I Hungry? Member Portal

All content on this site © 2024 Michelle May, M.D. All rights reserved.
Questions / Comments / Suggestions? Click here to contact us.
Website design and development by
Ryan Heinrick MD of Heinrick Designs.
1821758 visitors since 05.31.06