Last week, when I got the urge to step on the scale, I had to do a double-take because the number was lower. Turns out that in the past 2+ years of Not Dieting, I’ve lost 5 lbs. What a pleasant surprise! Although my aim, goal, approach, and expectation is not to lose weight but rather to become healthier over the long run, I was tickled to discover that eating naturally is changing my intake enough to show up on the scale.
What happened next? On the weekend, I ate some amazing meals, such as the buffet at Araya’s Place in the U district in Seattle, where there was everything from rice and veggies to fruit and salads and spring rolls and black rice pudding. Yum! On Monday, I had a slice of pizza and a cinnamon roll for lunch, plus leftover Mexican food, carrots, milk, and cookies for dinner. Yesterday, after I ate a bowl of Moroccan Lentil Soup for lunch, I ate not one but two(!) candy bars while playing computer games, so it was totally mindless and I hardly tasted them. What’s up with that? I’m wondering if the act of getting on the scale and becoming conscious of the number messed with my mind so that I had to reassure myself that I really can eat what I want, even when I’m not listening to my hunger signals.
Well, I don’t plan to weigh myself again any time soon, that’s for sure! It’s not worth it to lapse back into diet mentality where I get fixated on food. I’d rather relax and think about the fun things that are on the schedule today, such as singing some fantastic music with a fantastic choir.