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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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    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.
    1806 days ago
    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!
    1806 days ago
    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.
    1806 days ago
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