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Like Riding a Bike!

By Charlene Rayburn

riding a bicycleI found Am I Hungry? about 4 months ago. The insights I’ve gained in those 4 months are remarkable. I finally understand what a healthy relationship with food really looks like. talk, and eating habits.

As Dr. May points out, it feels a bit like learning to drive a car or ride a bike. Similar to learning to ride a bike as a young girl, I lose my balance regularly, but I’ve also experienced that “sweet spot” for periods of time and now know that it is genuinely possible. And when I’m in that spot, there is a sense of “all is right.”

There are no outside experts telling me what to do or how to eat. Rather, there are my own natural hunger rhythms guiding the way. As a fairly new “bike rider” I’m still challenged by those bumps in the road, but I’m beginning to recognize them, and learning to respond.

Stress is still my biggest “pot hole” and applying mindfulness to all areas of my life is making a huge difference in navigating around and through it. What is key, and different than before, is that I don’t expect perfection. It’s not about trying harder. It’s about applying self-kindness during those times, as Dr. May suggests, and getting back on the bike to continue pedaling.

Just pick up where I left off and keep going. There may be diversions on this journey, but there is no going back, because it isn’t about arriving at one particular destination, it is about an ongoing journey of a lifetime. The future looks far too bright, and the scenery along the way is far too exquisite to ever give up.

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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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