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Weigh In This Wednesday: Eating for Eating’s Sake

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Hey guys! I’m running late this Wednesday as I’m in Denver scoping hotels for FitBloggin’15.

Jen, my friend and travel blogging partner, came with me. Side note: This is us being goofs on the plane this morning.

We have too much fun together.

Anyway, we left the house at 5:3o a.m., arrived in Denver, and went straight into meetings.  We just wrapped up and I wanted to pop in for weigh in. Since I’m not scale hopping anymore I decided to change things up a bit.

I don’t want to lose the space for those of you that like the accountability of posting here every wednesday but I also feel like I need to move on from simply weighing in. So from this week forward I’m going to come up with a topic you can “weigh in” on in addition to or instead of your scale readngs. This way those that want the accountability can still join in even if they don’t want to share numbers.

So this week’s topic is inspired by our travels today. This morning at the airport Jen and I ordered a big breakfast. With a 4-hour flight ahead of us and no  good options on the plane we decided it was our best bet. I went with an veggie omelet and some chicken sausage.

I was very satisfied and had no snack cravings on the plane, even passing up the snack they provided. That RARELY happens. We landed and decided to grab a quick bite as lunch wasn’t going to be for a few more hours with the hotel staff of where we are touring.

I’m on a “real food” kick so we went with Panda Express and shared a soup, some chicken and green beans and a side of steamed vegetables.

Once we arrived at the hotel we had our meetings and then lunch and again decided to share a salad and sandwich.

It’s now almost 4 Denver time (6 our time) and we just talked about not doing dinner. Maybe just a light snack or even some frozen yogurt.

This sparked a conversation about knowing when to stop eating for eating’s sake. Part of us wants to go out and try some new Denver restaurant or order room service and veg, but we are both satisfied.  Full even.

So I’m curious: How many times (if ever) do you eat for eating’s sake? Because you are in a new town? Or the plane provided a snack? Or it’s dinner time? Or your friend wants lunch? Or someone brought doughnuts to work? Or (my personal favorite) your kids went to bed?

Come on now … be honest.

I do it ALL the damn time.



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Discussion

There are 19 comments so far.

    Andrea@WellnessNotes

    December 4, 2013

    I used to do that all the time, especially for dinner. I often wasn’t really hungry since I get up very early, eat an early breakfast and then plenty throughout the day. A few months ago, I stopped eating dinner when I wasn’t hungry, and I feel a lot better. I still sit down with my family and always have some tea, but most days I don’t eat because I’m not hungry.

    And it’s always very tempting to eat out in a different city, regardless of hunger!

    Nia

    December 4, 2013

    I have to say I never eat when I am not hungry….I hate the feeling of being full (even a little). I actually feel more energetic when I am slightly hungry…I do overindulge on black coffee though! It is my weakness :(

    Patricia

    December 5, 2013

    Exams are starting soon and I brought home a shopping bag of assorted bulk candy. Yes, I plan on doing some comfort eating….
    I personally love to make food, so I often eat just for the sake of it because of that – so much better when I have others to cook for.

    emily

    December 5, 2013

    The Proclaimers!!! I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – i love that song :)
    and i do this a lot, too, but it’s more tied to my crazy schedule than anything having to with hanging out with other people. it’s a little like… sometimes i’m just not sure when the next chance will be to *take time* to eat something, so i’ll just eat something in a strange attempt to ward off random-future hunger.

    nancyabc

    December 5, 2013

    I was so good at school–passing up treats but lately I eat anything I see.
    Yesterday parents made lunch for us and I had a sandwich, soup, chips, cookie, and candy. Was out with a friend and had dinner 6 hrs. later 2 sandwiches and a small fry–came home and ate more crackers–not hungry just wanted them–super ugh!! I keep telling myself this has to stop or I will be in big trouble over Christmas vacation. I at least I know I have a problem next I need to work on it and soon.

    Imacrazymomof4

    December 5, 2013

    My most difficult eating circumstance is always traveling. If I’m driving I find myself nibbling 80% of the drive to stay awake or pass the time. I also find myself rewarding myself (Wendy’s single every anyone?) for the torture of the trip. I’ve gone back and forth between the straight and narrow and not giving donuts a second thought and I’ve come to this realization. On a daily basis I am health conscious about the choices I make and the exercise I get. On these infrequent moments of travel and vacation I am not going to get all bothered by giving in to making my situation more pleasant. I do pack veggies and healthy type snacks to nibble on most times, but if I want a chocolate glazed donut when I stop to pee, I’m going to get it! I basically eat what I want when I want it on those days. I’ve found that my caloric intake isn’t all that more on those days, maybe not the healthiest but definitely not the worst. I make up for it when I’m back home. If I traveled for a living I definitely couldn’t make that work, but for all the more I do it, it’s not damaging. I just got home from a thanksgiving vacay and the scale was 3 lbs heavier than when I left…I know that probably has a lot to do with increased sodium and water retention, tom etc. I’m pretty confident it’ll be history by next week.

    Kimberly Anne

    December 5, 2013

    OMG… I can’t help it. Especially if the place is KNOWN for a certain dish. Doesn’t that mean that it is officially mandatory that you try the food so you can say you had it? Re: Voodoo Donuts at FitBloggin13. I felt that if I did not try a maple bacon donut that I would have to report back to NY that I did nothing in Portland. lol

    Janice

    December 5, 2013

    Oh how I wish I could eat only when I am hungry. I bring snacks to work for when I get hungry then eat them all mindlessly in the morning while I am working at my desk! I also feel “obligated” at things like pot lucks, parties, etc. to try or eat things that I normally would not because they are there. Oh and if you put cheese in front of me…its all over with!!!

    ItsMeVsMe

    December 5, 2013

    First off, I love your idea for the new format. I finally gave up the scale for good (It’s hard!) so I’m glad to join in in another way.

    For the question, I do it a LOT. Probably every day if I think about it. I’m reading Intutive Eating and it talks about this very thing. I’m working on eating only when I’m hungry, but the Fundraiser Popcorn I ordered just came in and I have to sample it, right? The kids were on my last nerve and ice cream after the go to bed is the answer, right?

    Tina

    December 5, 2013

    Just curious.. what’s the song you two are singing!?? There’s no volume on the video and I just gotta know these silly things. :)))

      RoniNoone

      December 11, 2013

      500 Miles. We did a guess the song” on Facebook. lol

    Christy

    December 5, 2013

    Unfortunately I end up doing too often for dinner. So many nights, I could easily do without. But I only end up skipping when I’m alone.

    Paula

    December 5, 2013

    I find I eat out of habit. It’s breakfast, lunch or dinner time and I am making meals for the family and I have found myself eating because it is time for breakfast/lunch/dinner and not listening to my body. Now I try to and there are nights I don’t eat much for dinner or breakfast is eaten hours after waking up. I think we forget to listen.

    Candice

    December 6, 2013

    Love your neck pillow. Where did you get it? Looks really comfy.

      RoniNoone

      December 11, 2013

      I wish I can tell you! It was an impulse by at an airport a few years ago.

    Jessica

    December 6, 2013

    I am trying hard to break the habit of “eating to eat” especially since I am counting calories. I am tempted to eat to eat at work when there are treats, which is all.the.time. I also eat to eat after the kids go to bed. But I am trying to break this by drinking tea instead.
    I am doing a 6 month long Dietbet and made goal for the first month!!! I am down 7 pounds so far. I also cut my hair off to a length similar to yours. You talk to much about living in the moment and not “waiting” until the time is right to do something. I kept waiting until I felt my face was less fat. Guess what, I.love.it. and should have chopped it months ago. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Verena

    December 8, 2013

    Love your blog ! Check out my weightloss and health journey! http://www.facebook.com/HealthyWithVerena let’s get healthy together :)

    Lynne

    December 9, 2013

    Just got back from a grueling car trip (1000 miles in 5 days)… We were all sick so for the most part I drank too much coffee and snacked on almonds . Restaurants looked good, but when the food came I found I was very picky… there was a lot that wasn’t good enough for me to eat… Part of me is glad b/c I don’t have to worry about weight gain – being out of my normal patterns/foods. It was also good to not be hungry and see what I could have eaten and how I could make better choices next time I’m in a similar circumstance.

    Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    December 10, 2013

    Um, I don’t even remember the last time that I ate because I was HUNGRY. I just eat because it’s meal time.