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Several “Hungry” Days Didn’t Stress Me Out!

By Charlene Rayburn

dog with huge boneAre you like me? I’ve been on a diet in the past, and had several days in a row when I felt hungry seemingly every minute. I would also feel stressed, frightened and anxious. After all, I was intelligent enough to know that I could not live my life in a constant state of hunger. Most times, I’d give in and break my diet. Then, I’d use that as evidence that I was weak and would never overcome my overeating behaviors and feel that familiar sense of hopelessness. Well, this week I had several days of feeling hungry seemingly every minute. But, prepared with the wisdom of this Am I Hungry?® approach to mindful eating, I reassured myself that this was part of my normal hunger rhythms and there was no need to feel distressed. I listened to my body’s messages and responded by going back for seconds when I was still hungry, and by adding some additional snacks each day. Then, I calmly waited for the hunger level to return to my regular pattern. My previous fears, self-doubt, and self-condemnation have been replaced with awareness, confidence, patience and self-care. This is surely a better definition of wellness.

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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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