Sometimes you just need that extra kick in the butt, push, or shove to get you going, stay on track, and really commit.
That’s exactly what my boyfriend provided me with on Wednesday, Feb. 6th.
Last week, I spilled my guts out to you. I shared a lot of bottled up emotions and something I wanted more than anything – to ditch my food scale and become more in tune with myself by becoming an intuitive eater.
But, how did this all start? Yes, I have been frustrated with weighing and measuring my food day after day, meal after meal, snack after snack, but how did I actually get past that fear of letting go of measuring everything? What made me go over the edge and commit?
Well here’s the story of how it all started…
On the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 6th, my boyfriend and I were making dinner in the kitchen (something we do pretty much every night together), but this night was different…
This evening was the first evening my boyfriend ever commented on my food scale.
It was sitting on the counter just like always, just hanging out, but he decided to ask me why I have it.
My instant reply was the typical reply of anyone who owns a food scale and weighs pretty much everything that they put in their mouth, “I use it to make sure I get what I need.”
His immediate reply? “That’s silly.”
Obviously, I rolled my eyes and thought “you just don’t get it”, but after his one little comment, I couldn’t stop thinking about that food scale and how silly it actually is. He was so right. It’s silly, it’s bizarre, and it’s completely unnecessary (just like I’ve found out over the past week of not weighing my food).
The next morning, his comment was still bugging me. I couldn’t shake it. That’s how I knew that I needed him to say that. And the funny thing is, he also knew I needed to hear it. He knew I was so close to making the change on my own, but just needed that extra push or kick in the butt to actually commit to serious change.
So, I FaceTimed my Mom on Thursday for hours on end. We cried and talked for hours. She gave me her support to ditch my food scale and start eating (or try to) according to my hunger cues.
Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my support system is incredible and it just continues to grow before my eyes. Not only do I have my parents and boyfriend, but so many of my friends (“real” and blogging) have offered their support to me as well and I cannot thank them enough <3
Thursday evening was the first meal I began to not measure or weigh. It was freeing and I felt so much more alive. More “normal” and much much less stressed.
Of course, I haven’t gone without my food scale for every single meal since that Thursday evening - I’m ok with taking baby steps, but I can tell you one thing… Every meal I don’t weigh is much better than the meals I do weigh.
As I am feeling more and more comfortable with not weighing or measuring my foods, I do it less and less. If I feel that I need to measure something for whatever reason, I always make sure there is some element in my meal that I do not measure.
This way, I still have that comfort in knowing I’m getting enough of a certain food, but also stepping out of my comfort zone at the same time by not weighing my other foods.
Change comes when you step out of your comfort zone, so I’m making sure I’m doing this daily and at every meal.
Staying within my comfort zone has held me back before, but not now. I’m definitely becoming more and more comfortable and less anxious with assembling my meals without a food scale, so I know it will take no time at all until the food scale is gone for good. Also, I hate that food scale and I only want love in my life
Like I said, it was my boyfriend and I thought it would be a good idea to share with you how he lit that spark inside of me to actually make a serious change, toss my scale for good, and become a better me.
I have a lot to update you on in terms of my progress with intuitive eating. Are you interested in progress posts? Are you wanting to hear personal strategies regarding what has helped me with transitioning into becoming more of an intuitive eater? Like I said, I have a lot to share, so I could provide you with endless posts on this subject, but tomorrow you’ll be getting a recipe! It’s a good one, so be excited!
Who last gave you the kick in the butt you needed to commit to something?