It has dawned on me that it’s been a number of weeks since I made my pact to truly dump the diet for good. If you’ve been following, you’ll know that one of my biggest fears has been that I’d give Mr Blobby a run for his money in the big, pink, wobbling mass stakes.
But lo and behold, that hippo just dying to jump out of me hasn’t materialised – I still seem to be fitting my jeans the same (after a momentary weight loss that I no longer seem to have maintained) and while I’m no willowy waif of a woman, I’m not feeling as panicked as I was about reaching an ‘ideal weight’.
But I think that the fact that I no longer feel that I 'should' or 'shouldn't' do certain things with regard to my diet has had an impact on what and when I choose to eat, so probably contributing to the fact that I haven't ballooned.
I’m really keen on eating nutritiously rich food - with some junk thrown in for good measure – so I’ve settled into a ‘smoothie for breakfast habit’ that is very yummy and very good for me.
I like this new habit, as it makes me feel healthy and happy, but I do only have my smoothie when I get hungry – no longer do I eat the moment I wake because I feel I ‘should’ (though it’s never very long before I feel that rumbling in my tum).
I think it’s a gradual process, this intuitive eating lark, even the breakfast change (that I don’t eat it if I’m not hungry) is one that makes a difference. I’ve stopped an old habit and learnt a new one – and if I can do that for this small aspect of my eating, I can do it for other entrenched patterns that I need to undo.