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It's time

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

For those of you who saw my blog yesterday - and watched the video . . . . this has led to a huge change in my mindset. I looked at a whole lot more of Robin's videos - and I realised that I am done with Spark People.

As Robin would say - "not in a mean way". I am not angry or sad - I just realise that I don't want this anymore. Spending time on SP is taking time away from the life I want to be living.

It is time for me to really embrace the Intuitive Eating philosophy. And make food one small part of my life.

Thank you to my 81 spark friends.

This is my solemn vow and promise -
* I will never go on another 'diet' again.
* I will continue to pursue a healthy happy life for my mind, my spirit and my body.
* I will use this great place that I am at to launch the rest of my life from - a person who is not defined in anyway by her body or a number on a scale.
* I will nuture my body, giving it what it needs.
* I will remember all my SP buddies & my time here with great fondness, and with thanks for all you have given me.

Signing off

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PATTYKLAVER 2/16/2013 7:11AM

    I wish you the best.

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MYLADY4 2/14/2013 2:23PM

    I do not really follow what SP says anymore, it just does not work for me, but I am here for the support which I find critical.

I just came to the realization that I started having all these food issues and exercise issues when I had joined another weight loss site and gone away from eating when hungry and exercising because I liked it. Then getting on Spark with it's rewards for exercising and tracking foods and the immediate feedback if you ate too much food and you need to eat between this range of calories to lose this amount of weight, just made it worse. The more I think about it, the more I too might need to find a different support system.

Something for me to seriously think about and blog about.

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PATTYKLAVER 2/14/2013 7:21AM

    I wish the best for you.

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    Kind of like graduating maybe? Glad you are in a comfortable, knowledgeable place.
I wish you the best and understand all your points. Obviously this is not an impulsive decision, but instead the right step for you.

I really want to thank you for saying good-bye and explaining why.
Sometimes people just drop out and it kind of freaks me out!
This will give me closure and a good feeling when I realize "you're gone."

Take care!

Comment edited on: 2/14/2013 7:18:08 AM

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SHEILA1505 2/14/2013 2:10AM

    I completely understand

Go well

Big hugs

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WENDYJM4 2/14/2013 1:11AM

    sorry to see you go.

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CHIASMA 2/14/2013 1:08AM

    This makes me very sad... I need people like you around to support me with my own intuitive eating. But of course you have to do what's best for you. Good luck.

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    Best of luck with the healthy eating and your future! We are here if you ever need support :)

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/14/2013 12:22AM

    I totally understand this. Some day, I know I will have to quit SP and get my "real life" back. SP really is super time-consuming. Thank you so much for all your support and advice and sharing your experience; you have left me some of the most meaningful messages these last however-many months, and I really appreciate it. I wish you all the best and I know you will stick to those promises! :) Take good care of yourself and enjoy your SP-free intuitive happy healthy life!! (I know you will.)

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HM_JACKSON 2/13/2013 11:58PM

    You will be missed for your motivation and support. Good luck on your race on Saturday! I will be thinking of you.

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MNABOY 2/13/2013 10:54PM

    Remember you can always return for support or to show off.

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HDHAWK 2/13/2013 8:25PM

    Sorry to see you go. May all your dreams and goals come true!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/13/2013 7:55PM

    Thank you. And best wishes for a fulfilled and fascinating life!! -Marsha

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intuitive eating - the crazy train

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

For all my spark friends that are on a good thing, this probably is not for you.
Any who have gain-lose-gain and binge/restrict patterns, you might find this enlightening.
I did!

When she says that we binge because we know we can always lose weight later - a light bulb went on in my head. It might have even been accompanied by a 'bing' noise!
So if we commit to never dieting again, then we won't binge because we know we can't diet to 'fix' it - so we only eat what we need to the time. That makes soooooo much sense to me!

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SHEILA1505 2/13/2013 8:41AM

    Many thanks - I watched a couple of her videos - fascinating and a bit of a mind-shift

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PATTYKLAVER 2/13/2013 6:42AM

    I love when the light bulb comes on.

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WENDYJM4 2/13/2013 5:30AM

    thank you

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/13/2013 12:04AM

    Really interesting. I'm glad you had that realization and that it helped you! :)

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MAMISHELI53 2/12/2013 4:50PM


That's why I love Spark. It's not another diet. It's learning how to eat healthily and develop a healthy lifestyle. So, I went over my calories today but it's not going to mess me up for the rest of my life. It was just a detour.

Blessings to YOU as you exchange bad habits for good.

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Stretching and Strengthening

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I am focusing on these - 10+ mins daily.
I want an exercise mat (my birthday is coming up), and I am going to commit to this little amount of time every day for me.
If I can't manage that - then I need to take a long hard look at myself!

I have not been using my 'Other Goals' page on SP lately - so I have streamlined it to what is really important to me.
1. Get my fresh fruit & vege serves
2. Drink my water
3. 10+ minutes of stretch & strength

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WENDYJM4 2/11/2013 1:34AM

    excellent goal and great plan. emoticon emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/11/2013 12:01AM

    Excellent goal! I, too, want an exercise mat. I have a yoga mat that someone in an old yoga class gave me way back when for free, but now that I'm doing my yoga on a hardwood floor instead of a carpeted one, I really need one of those thick mats because it's bruising my spine!

Happy early birthday! :)

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HM_JACKSON 2/10/2013 11:33PM

    Sounds like a great plan to me. I forget about my "other goals" page. Not sure why.
Buy yourselft the mat for your birthday. A pretty one. emoticon

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The world's least intuitive Intuitive Eater

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I have talked before about my occasional breakfast cereal binges . . . and today I have had a realisation. I think I am actually craving the milk that goes with it.

So, I feel the need to binge on cereal - and I am going to have a tall glass of cold skim milk.

I will let you know how I go with this.

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MNABOY 2/14/2013 11:24PM

    I get the process

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KELTIC-CARA 2/8/2013 6:07PM

    It is a long time since I have had cereal, but I remember the crunch. I do love my milk and usually have a glass before bed.


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    That's a good thought. Let us know.

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SHEILA1505 2/8/2013 5:07AM

    That may well be the case, though I sometimes crave the crunch of the sugar that hasn't melted - and, since I have to be gluten (most grains) -free and am trying to stay away from added sugar, I'm hoping that you might be right! It's worth trying, at least.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/8/2013 1:24AM

    Interesting! For me, it would be the crunchy carbs. But I do love me some milk, so I could understand craving that too! Hope drinking just a glass of it works for you! :)

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LIBBYL1 2/8/2013 12:47AM

  hope it works....

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    hmmm...interesting thought! Let us know how it goes.

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HM_JACKSON 2/7/2013 11:24PM

    Interesting. Let me know how that "cereal" tastes tonight.

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How Intuitive Eating is going . . . .

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


When I lost weight with SP I got down the 58kg (127lb ish) - which was a super low weight for me. I then set this arbitrary maintenance range of 58-60kg (127 to 132lb) which I maintained for almost a year . . . when I decided that I had developed disordered eating behaviours - and wanted to try intuitive eating.

- Thinking about food ALL the time.
- Living the healthy life, but feeling I was 'white knuckling" it (not feeling relaxed and normal about it)
- Bingeing fairly regularly - often on multiple bowls of breakfast cereal. (This bothered me - if I decided to go to a cafe and buy a slice of double chocolate mud gateaux and a side of ice-cream and enjoy every last mouthful, that would be understandable . . . but breakfast cereal?)
- Coming to the realisation that maybe I did not want to be 58kgs enough. Maybe maintaining at 58kgs would mean I would always have to obsess about food. 58kgs was low for me - my ribs would show above my breasts. Maybe my body was fighting me at 58kgs - wanting to put some weight back on.

- I wont hide it - my weight is hovering at about 60-60.5 (132-133lbs). I have gained weight.
- My BMI is around 20-20.5. Perfectly acceptable.
- Unfortunately the weight seems to be mainly on my tummy. The ribs have a better cover as well - but I am not thrilled with my tummy.
- I am becoming much more aware of what I feel like eating - and more often I am eating accordingly. Mostly it is healthy - but when it is not, or I eat too much, I am much more aware of feeling sluggish as a result. This is a great driver for improved habits.
- I still sometimes have a bowl of cereal when I shouldn't. Other times though I can look at what I really want - and take a break, have a coffee, address the emotional driver. As this improves, the bingeing is definitely reducing.
- Working on my emotional state is key - and looking for food substitutes. Food is often key in providing comfort, showing love, celebrating, commiserating etc etc. Many times there is another way we can do this.
- One of my SPfriends talks of being a treat snob - and I totally agree. If I am honest, I find some of the traditional 'treat' foods not remotely satisfying. Homemade, real, high quality - over long shelf life, cheap, fake.
- I am continuing to monitor my weight - because I don't want my weight to keep increasing, but at the moment I feel like I am in a good place.

Overall - things are going well. Getting my life back!

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CHIASMA 2/7/2013 1:22AM

    The first time I tried intuitive eating, the weight fell off quickly and easily. This time it's been much slower. But it's worth it because it's a long term solution. I'm learning to associate this way of eating not only with weight loss but with better peace of mind and fulfilment.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/7/2013 12:12AM

    Awesome! I hear you on the weight around the belly region...I have the same issue. Sigh. Oh well....that's why God invented the Empire waist, right? :)

LOL I love the term "treat snob" - I'm one too! Why buy a cake from the grocery store when I could make my own for less money, better nutrition, and larger portions for fewer calories? Not to mention the better flavor - none of that stale mass-produced pre-packaged aftertaste!

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WATERMELLEN 2/6/2013 8:07PM

    Great blog! I'm full of admiration for the "intuitive eaters" and it sounds to me as though you're really gaining understanding and control Has to be a healthier way to live, both physically and emotionally.

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