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My September Plan--A Foray into Intuitive Eating


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

After doing some reading up and feeling ready to shake things up a bit, I've decided to experiment with intuitive eating this month. Although I've done very well with weighing, measuring and tracking my food as I lost weight and, subsequently, as I've managed my first two and a half years of maintenance, I feel like I have a firm enough grasp on how I need to eat and exercise to be able to give this a shot.

Part of me is a bit nervous--I'm typically quite conservative when it comes to changing up strategies that work for me, especially since until now, I've never been able to keep any weight I've lost off for more than a few months' time--but I'm also excited about the prospect of being able to trust myself enough to make good choices without having to track every morsel of food that passes my lips.

I predict that this will be a pretty big challenge for me. I'm so used to recording what I eat that I often find myself keeping a running tally of my daily food intake when I don't have access to my online tracker. I also worry that I won't be able to rely on my body's hunger cues to tell me when and what I should eat and when I should stop. Not having (or feeling as if I don't have) that ability is part of what led me down the road to obesity and many years of yo-yo dieting.

In spite of these reservations, I'm excited to take some small steps towards eating more intuitively and am going to keep things simple not only because of the worries I've described above, but also because I'm in the process of packing up for a move to another country and am trying to minimize the number of stressors I've got in my life, not add to them. So, without further adieu, my goals for September are to:

-Have two days a week free of weighing, measuring and tracking what I eat, preferably on consecutive days
-On those two days, aim to eat every meal slowly and mindfully, eat when hungry and stop when no longer hungry
-The other five days of the week, my goal is to continue with the goals I listed above, but while weighing, measuring and tracking what I'm eating
-I also plan to weigh myself every day to compare how I fare with and without the tracking

Since I'm comfortably in the middle of my maintenance weight range, I'm fine with my weight bumping up or down a bit as I experiment this month. If I see a sizeable trend either way, I'll make some adjustments in how much I'm eating. I don't plan to make any changes in the exercise department, so this will really be all about my relationship with food and an exercise in learning to trust myself around it a bit more. I'm really excited about this and can't wait to see how it goes.

Happy September, everyone!
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CORNERKICK 10/3/2014 1:26AM

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2DAWN4 9/8/2014 9:10PM

    Thanks for posting your blog!

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JRRING 9/8/2014 3:25PM

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VAINVT 9/7/2014 9:12AM

  It's smart to weigh yourself everyday, because that is the bottom line!

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MILPAM3 9/5/2014 7:25PM

  Hoffentlich wird alles gut gehen.

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BARBIE176 9/5/2014 12:13PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and such a long time of maintenance. Good luck with your experiment. emoticon

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BONNIEB1947 9/5/2014 6:37AM

    I will be looking for next month's blog where you let us know how this went. Unfortunately I could not trust myself that way; I went along for years and my intuition told me to eat way too much sweets and treats, and packed on the pounds accordingly.
You have shown that you can trust you intuition and I also think doing it only on some days and not flat out is wise. Good luck!
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BANNERMAN 9/5/2014 1:32AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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WOOFERCOALBOY 9/4/2014 10:37PM

    Great news, that you've made & stayed in your maintenance range!

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NICOLES0305 9/4/2014 7:12PM

    Believe in yourself! You got this, and it will be easier than you thought!
I've been doing it for a week and a half so far and loving every minute of it. No foods are off limits for me, and they taste SO MUCH BETTER when you take the time to truly focus on eating!

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DENNIS2014 9/4/2014 5:51PM

   
GOOD LUCK!!!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/4/2014 3:48PM

    You will make it

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NONNAOF2 9/4/2014 2:49PM

  At this stage, you should be in good shape in eating this way, you know what works for you by now! :-)

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GRACED777 9/4/2014 2:44PM

    Sounds like a good plan with enough checks and balances in place that you're going to know if you get off track rather quickly. Let us know how it goes...

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REBECKY441 9/4/2014 1:02PM

    I know you can do this!
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CFMOSS 9/4/2014 1:01PM

    Sounds good....look forward to hearing how it goes.

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DSHONEYC 9/4/2014 11:01AM

    Let us know how it goes!

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SHARONCAPPS 9/4/2014 8:12AM

  Sounds like a good plan. Good luck and keep us informed.

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CHERYLHURT 9/4/2014 7:07AM

  Sounds like you have a great plan!

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DIETCOLALOLA 9/4/2014 6:38AM

    Good luck!
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TINY67 9/4/2014 5:45AM

    Good Luck.

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KENANDLER 9/3/2014 11:34PM

  Best wishes. If you can keep us posted.

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EMMACORY 9/3/2014 10:22PM

    If you believe it, you will achieve it! Good luck! emoticon

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NOSALTSHAKER 9/3/2014 8:41PM

  Happy September! I have read about the 'Eat 5 days and Fast 2 days' diet, but yours is different. I hope it works for you.

I also chose this month for new goals. I have not had any Ginger Ale this month!

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SAGE150 9/3/2014 8:35PM

    It is not useful to weigh every day. I would only weigh every week. You will have more dependable information averaged over time.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/3/2014 7:58PM

    Sounds like a terrific plan, working into intuitive eating slowly. I like it. However, I know I am incapable of doing that. If I don't constantly tell myself I need to lose weight, I gain weight. I know this because I tried it for six months, without consciously calling it intuitive eating, and I ended up gaining 32 pounds, after maintaining at 150 lbs. for 2.5 years. So it's back to the straight and narrow, counting, measuring and depriving myself, and in the past two months I have lost 18 of those 32 pounds. It's a pain in the derriere, but it still beats weighing 328 lbs. Good luck with your experiment in intuitive eating! I sincerely hope it works for you.

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KEEPITUP62 9/3/2014 7:53PM

    I'll just bet you will do fine with this . Congrats on maintaining for 2 1/2 years.that's awesome!

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FIREFLY-THT-WAS 9/3/2014 6:28PM

    Congrats on getting into your maintenance range!!!
Considering how long you have been doing this and how far you've come, I think that intuitive eating is the next logical step.
I'm nearer the beginning of my journey than the end, but I look forward to the day when I won't have to police myself quite so much.

Good luck!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/3/2014 5:31PM

    What a great plan! I never considered doing it a few days a week. How sensible! Best wishes.

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SPASCAL 9/3/2014 4:04PM

    All the best with the plan for September... it opens the door for a new freedom - definitely worth exploring at this stage of the journey. Looking forward to updates!

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ILOVEREDPOPPIES 9/3/2014 3:20PM

    I'm sure you will do really well. You have put a lot of thought and planning into this decision!!! emoticon

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JANEWATKINS 9/3/2014 1:02PM

    Hope we see a featured blog in October about how this experiment pans out. Best wishes! Sounds like a great idea.

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MSPROVERBS31 9/3/2014 12:10PM

    WOW I've never heard of this, so now you have me curious. I'm sure you're going to do very well and I'll check back on your other blogs to support and see how things are going.

Thanks for introducing something new to me!

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FITTEREVERYDAY 9/3/2014 11:20AM

    It really does work...you just have to get used to your own signals. I lost my first 17lbs that way and I have been tracking but even when I don't I still lose.

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MOODYKEYS 9/3/2014 11:05AM

    sounds like you are ready for your new plans. good luck.

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GRANNIEC1 9/3/2014 10:47AM

    Great planning. One day I can only hope to be in your shoes! Good luck to you as you continue on your journey! emoticon

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KLONG8 9/3/2014 10:36AM

    I like your plan. At some time, I know I want to be together and aware enough to not have to track every bite of food. For now (I'm no where NEAR maintenance) I'll track away. I hope your plan works...I think it will!

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JANET552 9/3/2014 10:17AM

    Good luck!! I think you have a great plan in place!

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PJB149 9/3/2014 9:54AM

    Good luck. I wish you a successful September.

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GLOBEE77 9/3/2014 9:47AM

    This is a good plan!

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