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Flying on autopilot

By Charlene Rayburn
shutterstock_145901252 - smIt isn’t necessary to make a perfect choice every time in order to break free from overeating. It is more a matter of becoming aware, recognizing that you have choices, and taking small steps toward meeting your true needs. — Michelle May, M.D.

As I look back over this past week, it is actually a bit of a blur. It was a get-it-done on-the-run kind of week. It was a great week filled with joy and stress. Albeit mostly good stress, it was nonetheless stress and I defaulted into mindless eating.

What’s really interesting is that I was several days into eating on autopilot before I recognized it. What I’m celebrating is that in no way does it feel like failing because there is nothing to fail at. I’m no longer trying to stick to a constructed plan. I don’t feel disappointed or sorry; therefore, there’s no need to analyze what went “wrong.”

When I become aware again, I simply make intentional choices that are right for me.

Sounds like a life well lived, doesn’t it?

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About the author

Charlene Rayburn, CVCC, lives her passion for mindfulness and intentional leadership by serving as a personal and professional leadership coach, by managing a department of dedicated employees for a Fortune 500 sized health insurance organization, and by facilitating Am I Hungry?® workshops and coaching sessions. She has coached extensively with individuals and groups outside the corporate world, as well as with executives, leaders, and teams in non-profit, private, public, governmental, and educational organizations spanning the globe. Charlene received her coaching certificate through the Center for Coaching Mastery at Coachville, LLC, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Davenport University. She is a member of the National Management Association. One of her most emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences was serving as a volunteer at the Center for Battered Women. Charlene currently lives in Michigan and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years, reading, learning, cooking, practicing yoga, and watching her grandson grow, who lives with his dad, her stepson in Fort Worth, Texas.

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