Today is day 21 of Intuitive Eating. I am not calling it a "challenge" anymore because really it is a lifestyle change, not a temporary challenge.
I'm finally starting to feel like I have a handle on my emotions and why I eat when I am not hungry. I'm starting to figure out ways to go around that, and to keep it from happening. And sometimes that actually means dealing with why I feel stressed or tired or sad.
I'm starting to not give food the power to convince me that I am hungry when I am not. Or that I need one more bite. I'm a big girl. If I get hungry later, I know where to find more food.
I'm starting to understand that emotionally a doughnut is the same as an apple - both are food and neither should have an emotional good or bad value. The only questions are am I hungry and is that what I am craving?
Still a process, still learning, still going to keep challenging myself and the way I think. But when a friend at work kept saying "somebody eat that piece of doughnut left so I don't have to" I realized that it had NO power over me anymore. I didn't care if there was half or a whole box - I didn't want one mentally. And that is where the "challenge" comes in.
I'm sure I will have ups and downs. I'm sure that some days I will eat emotionally and know I'm doing it and not care. But life is a process all the way. And it's nice to stop using food as at crutch, diets as an excuse and allowing myself to fail because I didn't really want to try in the first place.
Food is food. Life is too short. Go play.