Interesting…lots of people were quick to comment last week on my self care post, but hardly anyone wanted to comment on the “responsibility to exercise” post. I’m not sure what that means, but I thought it was interesting to note. I’m going to write a post on all that later and I’ll give my answer to those questions as well.

Had a conversation with a friend the other day in which we were expressing the difficulties of “stopping at satisfied” when it comes to eating. She said since she’s been trying to eat only 3 meals a day that she’s so happy to finally be eating but that it’s hard to turn right around and say “oh, now I have to think about stopping”. I replied with “it’s hard to stop eating when you’re satisfied because it’s the eating itself that feels so satisfying”. BOOM! TRUTH BOMB OUT OF NOWHERE! Sometimes I surprise myself with answers to questions I didn’t even know I had. This was pretty revelatory for me and explained why I have always had such a hard time with “eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied”. It’s not going to do me any good at all to try to stop eating at satisfied until I can learn to stop finding satisfaction in the act of eating. I mean sure, everyone is satisfied by eating, but when it becomes the ONE THING you really look forward to in a day…that’s a problem. A problem that I have, but I’m working on getting over that.

I read a really good book over the weekend. It’s called Sugar and it’s written by Deirdre Riordin Hall and it’s about an obese teenage girl and how she navigates life while taking care of a bed-ridden mother. Through her main character, Hall perfectly describes what it’s like to be a binge eater – if you’ve ever had an issue with emotional eating, you’ll appreciate this book. It’s very touching and I’ll admit, I cried at some parts – I tend to get a little emotionally attached to characters in books, especially when I can identify with them so well. A very good book to add to your summer reading list!

In the realm of self care, I did something recently I don’t usually do: had a girls’ weekend in Kansas City with an old friend of mine that I’ve known since junior high. It was fulfilling in so many ways! Just getting away for a couple of days and being with someone who knows all the trouble you got into (because they were right there with you getting into the same trouble) and talking about life and whatnot…new friends are great but there’s nothing like being with friends who just GET you. Getting together with friends is one of those things that I have to schedule in advance, but it’s so totally worth the time and energy it takes to make it happen. I need to find a way to do it more than just a couple of times a year.

Still working out, still loving my new gym. For such a long time, I resisted the idea of paying money for this, but now that I’ve done it…man is it worth every penny! I never thought I’d be one to say that I like working out, but I really do. I love lifting weights and I love the Zumba instructor there and I still desperately love the massage chair. I love it when things are even better than you expect! 🙂

That’s all I’ve got for now. I have a couple of fun reviews coming up, so look for that in the next few days or next week or whenever I get a chance to get it finished…because ya know, life and it’s tendency to get in the way.

Have a good week!