We all have our challenges and one of the many things I learned from the IE Challenge is not to compare my challenges to someone else’s. We are all different; therefore, something that is difficult for me may be easy for you. Furthermore, a success of mine may be no big deal to you. But, it is important to take time to reflect on our lives, our situations, and understand what we consider a challenge because challenging ourselves only results in growth.
This is exactly what I did when I met with my new RD for the first time.
I obviously explained to her my current situation about wanting to achieve weight gain while still eating intuitively as much as possible in order to continue to repair my relationship with food, but we also discussed some of the things that I consider challenges to me…
As I shared with you the other day, my RD and I developed the Smoothie Challenge for myself to do. This challenge involves me having at least one smoothie a day even on days when I don’t workout. I really enjoy this challenge as I was only having smoothies post workout and this allows me to sip on a smoothie throughout my morning in order to consume more calories easily.
Another challenge my RD and I made for myself was to step out of my comfort zone at least once per week in order to break any food rule that may be still lingering in my life. And as I shared with you yesterday, I was exceptionally successful with this challenge as I stepped out of my comfort zone constantly. I challenged myself at every meal and pushed myself far far away from comfort.
The third challenge we created for myself to do was the hardest of them all, though.
When first beginning the IE Challenge back in March I made a deal with myself and Jamie that I would stop weighing/measuring my foods for at least the 21 days of the challenge. I committed to this deal and haven’t weighed or measured since February; however, I shied away from a particular food due to this deal.
Warm, comforting, yummy oatmeal suddenly disappeared from my diet because I was too fearful of not measuring it.
Sure I’d sprinkle it on my yogurt here and there, but I wasn’t able to actually pour oatmeal into a pot and cook it for myself to have for breakfast.
For some reason I felt capable of eyeballing a portion or allowing myself endless amounts of other foods, but oatmeal was a struggle. I felt that I had to measure my oatmeal. So, I went without oatmeal for two whole months.
I didn’t crave oatmeal over the course of the two months I went without it, so I was still eating intuitively and honoring my cravings; however, when I was sharing some of the goals I have for myself with my RD I told her about the oatmeal situation and then she came up with the idea for “Unknown Oatmeal”
The Unknown Oatmeal Challenge consists of doing the following:
- Take a pot
- Close your eyes
- Pour oats into the pot with your eyes closed
- Pour water into the pot without looking at the oats
- Cook the oats
- Take a serving
- Eat the oats
Sound pretty simple, right? Well, it was a huge challenge for me, but after making the oats and having my first serving from the big batch for breakfast the next morning, it was simple each time after that.
Sure, the first breakfast of unknown oatmeal was pretty scary, but I felt on top of the world after I finished my bowl of delicious chocolate, almond buttery oats!
I don’t need to know how many oats I am consuming. If the portion I took fills me up – great! And if I am still feeling hungry after my first serving – take more!
As I said, this was definitely the hardest challenge of the three for me to do, but now I’m capable of doing it and it is no longer a challenge for me. I can now have oatmeal whenever I please without feeling the need to pull out a measuring cup!
So, let me ask you – how can you challenge yourself today? Can you relate to my fear of not measuring oatmeal? Do you measure your oatmeal? Would you be able to not measure your oatmeal? What food would create you to feel anxiety if not measured?
I’m in Utah for the weekend at the Blend Retreat, but HFF will still take place tomorrow! Please get your submissions emailed to me ASAP if you want to be featured