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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

Like Riding a Bike!
Posted on 01/20/2013 @ 5:20 PM

I found Am I Hungry? about 4 months ago. The insights I’ve gained in those 4 months are remarkable. I finally understand what a healthy relationship with food really looks like. I’m erasing years of faulty images, self-talk, and eating habits.

As Dr. May points out, it feels a bit like learning to drive a car or ride a bike. Similar to learning to ride a bike as a young girl, I lose my balance regularly, but I’ve also experienced that “sweet spot” for periods of time and now know that it is genuinely possible. And when I’m in that spot, there is a sense of “all is right.” There are no outside experts telling me what to do or how to eat. Rather, there are my own natural hunger rhythms guiding the way. As a fairly new “bike rider” I’m still challenged by those bumps in the road, but I’m beginning to recognize them, and learning to respond. Stress is still my biggest “pot hole” and applying mindfulness to all areas of my life is making a huge difference in navigating around and through it.

What is key, and different than before, is that I don’t expect perfection. It’s not about trying harder. It’s about applying self-kindness during those times, as Dr. May suggests, and getting back on the bike to continue pedaling. Just pick up where I left off and keep going. There may be diversions on this journey, but there is no going back, because it isn’t about arriving at one particular destination, it is about an ongoing journey of a lifetime. The future looks far too bright, and the scenery along the way is far too exquisite to ever give up.

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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