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Intuitive Eating - I can see how it is going to work

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The last couple of evenings I have been mindlessly nibbling . . whilst getting the kids dinner ready. I try reflecting - Am I hungry? What sounds good? the answers are vague.
I ended up having my dinner, rather than wait for my husband.
I think that what I was feeling was fatigue and low energy associated with the long hot (39C, or 102F) day.
When my husband got home I told him that some days I am not going to wait for him for dinner. If I am to be truly intuitive, I need to have more control over when I eat - and since hubby has not been getting home until 7.30 then he puts the kids to bed, we were not eating until after 8pm. I will wait if I can - but if I can't I will eat.

After dinner we always have a hot drink and a 'little sweetie' - normally a museli bar with a drizzle of chocolate on it, but sometimes a row of chocolate, or a cookie or two. Anyway, two nights ago I thought, actually I want some fruit - and last night I thought, actually I don't want anything. What? That has never happened. When I was tracking I was always tallying up what I had eaten in the day to see if I could have chocolate & a museli bar or just the bar. I never stopped to think whether I really wanted it.

I weighed in today. I decided to weigh monthly, and since we have friends coming over for dinner tonight, I thought I would weigh in today. (No point after a slightly bigger, and slightly more sodium containing meal). No change. That's right. No change to my weight. Its funny that I don't really feel anything about that, its more just an observation. I think I am actually getting to the point where I don't need the scale to validate my behaviours. I feel good, and my clothes fit, and when I look in the mirror I like what I see.

At the pool yesterday (first time for the summer), I could not help looking at some of the other bodies there. Some looked really fit, some not so much - it was not until I got a glimpse of myself in the mirror in the change room that I realised that the mental picture I had of myself was much less flattering than the truth.

Of course, December will be a challenging month for my intuitive eating. I just need to keep practicing these skills, and I will be fine.

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  • A*L*P*
    You're really doing awesome! I am like you, I like something sweet before I go to bed, but I have found the last couple of nights, I haven't wanted anything. It is so different when the restrictions are removed, everything just changes. You're doing a great job of really grasping things! Keep it up, girlie!!
    1911 days ago
    That all sounds great! It makes me happy that you're doing so well with this intuitive eating. :)
    1911 days ago
    You have a good plan. Eat when you're hungry and eat what you're hungry for. Good luck!
    1911 days ago
    Sounds like you are really getting into it, accepting the new way of eating and accepting yourself in the process. I take it you are in the southern hemisphere?
    Thanks much for sharing the every day things. For me that is always helpful.

    1911 days ago
    Very, very impressive!! It looks like intuitive eating will really work for you. That is great!!
    1911 days ago
  • KAT1587
    You can do it! I need to start asking myself those questions too! It's so easy to just stick everything in your mouth, especially while cooking. Good luck this month!!
    1911 days ago
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