Why do you eat?

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I’m just about halfway through an 8-week fat loss program for busy people through Fitness Blender and I am immensely proud of myself. I’ve logged 23 workouts over the past 4 weeks. Some have made me feel like I’m dying, while others make me feel like a freakin’ badass afterwards.

I feel stronger. I am starting to see my body tone up and shift. My stamina is steadily improving.

All amazingly important things, and what I spend 99% of time focusing on.

But. BUT.

The one thing that hasn’t changed? My weight. It’s like the scale is taunting me.

I know that muscle weighs more than fat.

I know that the numbers on the scale are less important than how strong I feel.

I know that I’m likely eating more to compensate for the exercise.

But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

Instead of beating myself up for any perceived lack of progress there, I decided to start paying more attention to what I eat.

I was surprised by what I found.

Which, in the end, had nothing to do with the actual food or calories consumed and everything to do with WHY I chose to eat.

I eat because…

I eat because I feel nauseous a lot. (And NO, I am not pregnant.)

I eat because I’m bored.

I eat because I need a break from what I’m doing.

I eat because I feel like I should be eating. (Oh, it’s noon. I guess that means I’m hungry.)

I eat because it’s in front of me.

I eat because Anna is refusing to finish the food in front of her and I don’t want to see it go to waste.

I eat because my MOUTH is still looking for flavor versus my belly needing more sustenance.

I eat because I used to need more (hello nursing, pregnancy, hormones…) and it just became habit.

That awareness has gifted me with more than just a shift on the scale.

It has given me valuable information about how I’m feeling, physically and emotionally, and has allowed me take a step back so I can make better choices.

Amen to THAT.

What about you? Have you ever taken a step back and paid attention to the reasons why you eat? What did you discover?

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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

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