Observing without emotion?

My life coach, Jenn, and I have talked at length about the idea of observing without emotion — a topic she recently blogged about herself.

She writes:

In the world of health, the media has shown us the “goods” and “bads” of food and health. Food is labeled, exercise is labeled. Just about everything has a good or bad label. Processed, fake, fattening, carb laden, high protein, calorie heavy, genetically engineered, antioxidant, clean. To name a few. Throw in a dose of weight struggle, body image struggle and you are set up for not only a world full of labels but a world of confusion surrounding food.

The trick — and it is a trick, especially at first — is to stop thinking of food as “good” or “bad,” “healthy” or “unhealthy.

I haven’t had a lot of success with this yet. (I just stopped myself from writing “I’m not very good at this yet”). However, I like the idea of trying to figure out why I’m making the choices I’m making — without judging them.

Take Friday, for example. I felt pretty good about my food decisions — virtuous, even. Uh-oh … that sounds like a judgment.

To get back to the emotion-free zone, I’d just gone grocery shopping and had lots of delicious things to eat. When I prepped food for the night at work, I packed just-purchased tomatoes, snap peas and hummus, along with grapes and an orange — all things I couldn’t wait to eat. I also grabbed a hard-boiled egg and some pineapple Chobani.

Apparently, I did want to wait on the egg and the grapes. They sat in my lunch bag, uneaten, along with a Vitatop that got consumed with a glass of milk once I got home. (It may or may not appear in the March 4 PFJ post, depending on whether I update when I get home.)

Either I packed too many snacks, or what I ate so filling that I didn’t need to devour everything. I even said “no” to a chocolate cupcake (thanks to Elle’s line in the sand thing).

I told myself that of course I could have the cupcake, but then asked if I really wanted it. My answer? I’d rather see downward progress on the scale, thank you very much.

It’s a start, right?

And tomorrow, I’m going to take advantage of semi-warm weather before work to do something outside. I’d like to hike, but I don’t think I’m in good enough shape for anything prolonged. Maybe I’ll head out to the park and walk the 2-mile loop — backward, to get the hill out of the way first. 😉

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