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Our 23rd Wedding Anniversary

By Charlene Rayburn

Tomorrow is my husband’s and my 23rd wedding anniversary. Yesterday, he asked me if I’d like to go to one of our favorite local restaurants to celebrate. Of course I said, “Yes!” As I look forward to spending the day with him tomorrow reminiscing and celebrating, I am very grateful for the calmness, clarity and ease in my anticipation.

happy anniversary gift boxBecause I’m not dieting, there is no inner dialogue in which I’m trying to convince myself to choose the lowest calorie item on the menu and just focus on his company rather than the other wonderful menu items. There is no need to give myself permission to indulge just for tomorrow so I can fully enjoy myself. Instead, I’m simply looking forward to savoring both the meal (whatever I choose from the menu) and our time together, and allowing the occasion to be purely a celebration, rather than burdened with diet rules or rebellion, restriction or repentance.

Every day there are moments like these in which I am reminded and so thankful for my continuing journey to a healthier relationship with food and with myself because of the insights I’ve gained through the Am I Hungry? mindful eating program.


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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