My September Plan--A Foray into Intuitive Eating
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!