What motivates your diet?

About three weeks ago my BMI was 26.59. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.

Today my BMI is 25.68. I’ve been focusing on my eating habits and motives for about ten days, and from past experience I’d expect to refine my process more over the coming week.

I won’t put a timetable on it, but while I’m preoccupied with my own motives and sensations around eating, I’m eating more to keep going with other aspects of life and less for escapism and pleasure and therefore it won’t be long before I’m back in the normal range for BMI.

Where I go from there is an open question. I tend not to focus on weight or aesthetic goals, because I really like the idea of seeing how my body and mind respond to a balanced and…let’s say philosophically satisfying…approach to eating.

If I eat only to give me the energy I need to keep going, what will I look and feel like? Not just because I’m consuming fewer calories but because I’m no longer using food to manage my emotional state. I’ve walked that path before, but I have to admit I’ve never gone right to the end.

To me that is an exciting and intriguing question. I’m curious to see what happens. Will I have to make myself eat more to have enough energy? Will I become someone who forgets to eat because I’m so engrossed in other activities? Will I find even more refined and satisfying sources of pleasure and fulfilment?

These questions are, for me at least, far more motivating than weight-loss goals and physical aesthetics these days.

2 thoughts on “What motivates your diet?

  1. Thank you for updating your website with this. I’m joining you on this path, and literally my goal in life is to enjoy it so much that I would tend to “forget about food”. Yesterday I realized that it is my main source of pleasure, and that is the lamest thing I’ve ever discovered about myself. Please update often, your insights are really interesting!

    • Thanks Joanna! Your awesome comment from earlier is what prompted me to share my insights. Great timing!
      And that’s a brilliant insight about food being your main source of pleasure. It is the same for so many of us! I have a couple more updates in the works and undoubtedly more will come. Thank you for sharing this journey 😊

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