Day 4 / by Donna Olivia Owusu-Ansah

I’m writing something because I promised to, but I don’t have too much to report. I preached today at the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, so I didn’t exercise. I didn’t even have the energy to do so if I wanted to. Our house goes into collective nap mode on Sundays, especially after I preach. And yesterday’s trip to NYC made both of my children amenable to nap time, praise be to God!

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I started the day eating well, but a church coffee hour and mindlessness turned the day around. One of the things I’ve learned is that I feel best when I am eating mindfully. At my age and in this current phase of life—working, ministering, wife and mother—strict diets and regimes just don’t work. I start off strong, but the pressure added to an already pressured life isn’t beneficial for my overall well being. Mindful eating, on the other hand, works well for me. Mindful eating involves being aware of when I eat, what I eat, where I eat and why I eat. Mindful eating invites me to slow my pace and actually think about what I’m eating. I tend to make healthy decisions, but also enjoy a treat, when I am eating mindfully. Earlier this year I read “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life” written by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung. It is a wonderful text that outlines the principles of mindful eating. No matter your spiritual or religious background, this book puts eating and weight loss in proper perspective. So, as I journey back to 200lbs, I hope to do it mindfully and gently, which may take longer than I’d originally hoped, but it also may prove to be lasting and a lifestyle instead of yet another down in a cycle of yo-yo weight.

Dear Readers, what works best for you in your quest for healthy body weight? Are strict diets beneficial or are you more successful with a more gentle approach? Drop me a comment and let’s encourage each other.