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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

Our 23rd Wedding Anniversary
Posted on 06/03/2013 @ 11:14 AM

Tomorrow is my husband’s and my 23rd wedding anniversary. Yesterday, he asked me if I’d like to go to one of our favorite local restaurants to celebrate. Of course I said, “Yes!”

As I look forward to spending the day with him tomorrow reminiscing and celebrating, I am very grateful for the calmness, clarity and ease in my anticipation. Because I’m not dieting, there is no inner dialog in which I’m trying to convince myself to choose the lowest calorie item on the menu and just focus on his company rather than the other wonderful menu items. There is no need to give myself permission to indulge just for tomorrow so I can fully enjoy myself. Instead, I’m simply looking forward to savoring both the meal (whatever I choose from the menu) and our time together, and allowing the occasion to be purely a celebration, rather than burdened with diet rules or rebellion, restriction or repentance.

Every day there are moments like these in which I am reminded and so thankful for my continuing journey to a healthier relationship with food and with myself because of the insights I’ve gained through the Am I Hungry?® mindful eating program.

Michelle May M.D.

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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

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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

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Merry Mindful Christmas

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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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