Last week, my own personal WW guru challenged me to spend the month of June focusing on putting down my fork between bites. I have to confess that when she mentioned it, I thought it was a silly request. I mean, how hard could it be to put the fork down, and how could that possibly help me in the weight management journey?
Well. Turns out that this ‘silly’ suggestion has been probably the most challenging thing I’ve attempted over the past four years. I’d put it up there with going to the gym daily, journalling my food and limiting portions. Who would have thought?
Almost every single meal over the past week, I have suddenly looked at an empty plate with a fork in my hand, having completely forgotten about my monthly challenge. The very few times I remembered to stop mid-meal, it felt so unnatural and weird to pause –-however briefly– that I had difficulty keeping it up.
The other night I was out at an only-in-San-Francisco vegan restaurant (where all the dishes are called ‘I am …..’ as in ‘I am succulent’ ‘I am perfect’ etc.). My friends and I were having a grand old time. Halfway through the meal, I remembered my fork. I stared at it reluctantly, and longingly. How could I possibly let go of it?
But when I turned to look at my naturally thin partner, I noticed that his fork was lying idly by his plate. This was also true for another slender friend of mine. They were busy chatting and laughing and enjoying the company. But for those of us at the table who have had weight issues, I noticed we were all white knuckling it, forks clenched firmly in hand.
Looks like June is going to be a real challenging month. But one way or another, I’m going to learn something. So let me know if you’ve faced this one and if you have any tips. I’m all ears. And fork.