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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

Happy Birthday to me!
Posted on 11/03/2012 @ 7:42 PM

Today is my birthday.

This morning I awoke with an entirely different way of thinking than I have for years. In years past, I would make a decision on my birthday to allow myself to eat whatever I wanted for the day, then tomorrow start my diet. Each year, I was determined to give myself the gift of health. By my next birthday, I was going to be lean, strong and in shape! It is a worthy goal, and I give myself a pat on the back for it. But, I was never successful. So, the same resolution would be made the next year, and the next. (I also made these resolutions on New Year’s Day.) I’d try again and again and again. Honestly, I also give myself credit for never giving up on my dream. So the last diet didn’t work, I’d try a new one. It had a new twist, maybe this time I could be strong enough to be successful. But, I wasn’t.

This morning it is so different and what a welcomed change, instead of a “last supper,” a new diet, and dogged determination, I’m giving myself wisdom, love and self-acceptance. With Am I Hungry? I have the new wisdom of the eating cycles, I love what I’m eating and eating what I love (mindful eating is such an act of appreciation for myself and the food that nourishes me), and rather than the strict 2 lbs per week weight loss goal, I have a lovely new sense of purpose…daily life-affirming self-care. Today, I’m enveloped in gratitude for one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Happy Birthday to me!

Thank you, Dr. May, for this new perspective and for giving me much to celebrate.

Michelle May M.D.

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Charlene's Journal

My Perfect Weight

Emotional Stages of Saying Goodbye to Dieting

Entering a New and Wonderful Relationship

Perfectly Imperfect

Dieting Continued to Get Harder; Mindful Eating Continues to Become More Natural

100% Commitment, 100% Forgiveness

Stress, the Great Seducer

A Mindfully-Cooked Meal

How long does it take for mindful eating to become a habit?

I Love Taking My Power Back!

My Emotional Eating Experience

Creative Hopelessness

The Godfather Ate My Cake!

Our Relationship to Food is Not a Problem to Be Solved; It is a Process to be Lived

How Does Your “Little Voice” Speak to You?

Where Do I Want to Eat?

Sit. Feast on Your Life

What do you wish you’d known about dieting?

“The problem is that my behavior with food is irrational!"

The Gentle Politeness of Our Bodies

All Emotions Fit

Noticing the shift

Practicing Am I Hungry? Concepts in Other Areas of My Life

Coming to My Senses: My One-Year Anniversary with Am I Hungry?

A Note of Compassion to All Dieters, Including Myself

Follow Your Heart But Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door

Mindful Movement

Regret Over Guilt

Practicing Mindfulness

A Mindful Walk

Choosing Ease over Easy

Our 23rd Wedding Anniversary

Done with Dieting. Forever.

Fear of Hunger

Acceptance, compassion, and encouragement

Flying on autopilot

"Several “Hungry” Days Didn’t Stress Me Out!"

What Else Am I Bringing to the Table?

What do I want to eat?

Speed Bump with a Bonus

No Bad Foods, Really?

From Tunnel Vision to Total Vision

A Mindful Choice for Quality

From Redirection to Connection

Like Riding a Bike!

New Year's "Resolutions"

Merry Mindful Christmas

Curiosity is key

Fullness as an illusionary hug

Letting go of overeating and restrictive eating

Wait for it...

Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving

Hunger is the Best Seasoning

Old habits die hard

Happy Birthday to me!

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