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11/9/11 1:36 A

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Hi my name is Sophia I read, fat is a feminist issue, years ago when it first came out and I read Geneen Roth when they first came out...It has been along time since I tried to eat intuitively but I think I am ready to try again. Thank you for being out there sparkers

True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one's own self being fully realised

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8/5/11 6:10 P

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Hi, everyone. My name is Elyse and I've recently stumbled onto "Normal Eating for Normal Weight" about intuitive eating (inspired by 'Fat is a Feminist Issue' and Geneen Roth's books as well). It's rocked my world. I'm happy to find a group on here about Intuitive Eating.

I wish more people knew about this!! :)

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6/30/11 6:24 P

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Thank you for the encouragement, Dimitra! We were born knowing how to eat, right? I should be able to rediscover how.... :)

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ANEPANALIPTI's Photo ANEPANALIPTI SparkPoints: (36,466)
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6/29/11 6:34 A

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Hey Carmen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) WELCOME!!!! I so am with you on the going to be hungry thing... Thinking back on when I used to do that its like: what?!?!!?

We CAN listen to our bodies and do this! :)



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6/28/11 7:14 P

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Hi everyone, I'm Carmen. I'm 34, married and live in South Dakota. I had little or no weight struggles until I was in my mid-twenties, when a series of emotional events caused me to spiral into emotional eating and I gained 80 pounds in a year. I've struggled with my weight ever since. I gained another 25 pounds after I got married last summer, so now I've got about 100 pounds to lose, give or take.
I'm not new to IE -- I think I more or less ate that way instinctively when I was younger. Also, when I tried Body for Life a couple of summers ago, it took me forever to lose any weight until I ditched their eating plan and just started paying close attention to hunger/fullness. Then pounds started to really come off. I slipped back into emotional eating though and injured my ankle so that I couldn't do the very rigorous workouts of BFL, so I gained everything back plus the extra 25.
I have enjoyed SparkPeople quite a bit this time around (I had come here a couple of times before but just wasn't ready to change what I was doing, I think), particularly in the first month of being here. I didn't feel ready to track calories yet so just paid attention to hunger/fullness. Lost 7 pounds that way. Then, I began to track the calories because that is what I was supposed to do to progress in the plan. At first it went okay, lost 3 more pounds, but I started to get obsessed with food and counting and feeling like a failure 60% of the time because I could not meet my calorie range. I either went over it or under it, depending on the day. And I HATE going to bed hungry because I already ate all my calories for the day but am still hungry. About 40% of the time I'd get it "right". Not surprisingly, either because of the jumping around on the calorie range or just the pressure of tracking them, I haven't lost an ounce in the month since. Maybe my body just didn't want to release any weight this past month, who knows -- at any rate, I am not liking what is becoming of me and all this obsession/stress. It's made me want to throw in the towel on the whole thing but I do NOT want to give up on myself. I learned some valuable things from my month of tracking, and I don't want to forget what I've discovered about my eating patterns. I don't regret having done it for a month, but now it is time for the obsessive feelings to stop.
I went into this wanting to make changes that I could willingly do for the rest of my life. I guess tracking calories is not one of them. Honestly, if I can't do something for the rest of my life, then there is no point as eventually I will slip out of it and gain everything back plus more. So!! Today I have officially decided I'm ready to come back to IE and stop this whole stress roller coaster. It has always worked for me in the past -- my problem is that I get derailed by intense emotional times/events, be they good or bad, and then I fall into emotional eating patterns (and the consequent "self-medicating" with food) and stop paying attention. I really, really want to unravel and heal that so that I can have peace with food again. I also really want to lose this weight for lots of reasons. Thanks for making this group!

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6/13/11 9:34 A

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Hi new members! Can't wait to share this journey with you!

Shelley, Boston, MA
True Blue Team member!


Proud to be focusing on rebuilding a healthy and happy relationship with food and fitness!



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6/12/11 12:32 P

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HI everyone!

I am new to the team but not IE. I have been in recovery for EDs for about 3 yrs now and while I have rid myself of most of the issues, I still turn to food when dealing with life. In conjunction with therapy I am turning back to my IE/Mindful eating practices to stop future weight gains and even start shedding the protective-pounds I have gained over the years!

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5/30/11 3:04 A

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Hello my name is Anige. I am 43 and live in Florida. I started gaining my weight in my early 20's and got bigger after I got married and then divorced. I have tried many diets, calorie counting, pills, hyptotism. You name it. Alisa told me about the book and I am going to see if my library has it for I believer in the concept. My grandfather lost so much weight by just cutting his food in half down his plate. And once he got used to that he did it again. But he eats whatever he watns. Usually mashed potatoes and gravy or gravy over bread for dinner. Not healthy foods but he lost on this so that tells me it isn't what you eat it is how much of it. He probably lost at least 100 pounds and has kept it off eating like this for many years now. It is hard to listen to our bodies but I am wanting to learn. I look forward to getting to know everyone.

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I live in Central Florida.


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5/26/11 6:25 P

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Dimitra, thank you for the invite and thank you for starting this team!

I too was heavy as a child. By 1999, at age 26, I weighed 220+ pounds. I'd had enough and vowed to lose weight. I bought a treadmill and used it faithfully. I also slashed my calories to 900 a day and took Metabolife. It worked in that I lost 90 pounds . . . but it was not sustainable or healthy.

Since I'd never dealt with the reasons I overate, whenever any stress popped up in my life, I continued to overeat. When I broke up with my then-boyfriend of 6 years, I gained back 50 pounds of the 90 I'd lost. Throughout 2008 I tried to get my life back on track by joining both Spark People and Weight Watchers. I would count calories faithfully for a few days, then rebel and eat everything in sight. Or I'd survive on salads until I just had to eat a pizza - a whole pizza.

In April 2009 I discovered Inside Out Weight Loss, a free podcast on iTunes. I haven't read Geneen Roth yet, but the approach sounds very similar. In the 2 years since then, I have slowly lost 30 pounds. I am currently happy with my body and my health, though I would like to lose 10-20 more pounds, continue to tone up and get stronger, and work on the fact that I still struggle with emotional eating at times and relapse into the "diet mentality" when I think the only way to lose weight is to "control myself." The problem is, "controling myself" only leads to rebelling and eating for all the wrong reasons, when I'm not even hungry.

I LOVE the idea of an active team that supports these intentions!! BUT I'm going to be out of town for over a week; I'll be driving across Canada with my DBF going to U2 concerts lol. I'll be back on June 6 and promise to become an active member then!!

Can't wait to meet other like-minded Sparkers!!

- Cathy

"Transformation is not a future event - it is a present activity." - Jillian Michaels


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5/26/11 3:43 P

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Every single one of us has had a rollercoaster of a journey to get to this point where we feel brave enough to try intuitive eating. To get rid of the diet mindset and finally start trusting our bodies. Please start a thread and let us get to know you!

My story: My name is Dimitra. I have been overweight/obese since I was a small child. When I was 19 (2008), I finally decided to do something about it. Started the SP program, lost 50 pounds, and then stalled, struggling BIG TIME with binge eating. Tried the Beck Diet, kept trying to force myself to follow calories and "plan in treats", but nothing WORKED. Found Geneen Roth and I FINALLY feel like peace with myself and my body is possible and its HAPPENING as I've committed to the guidelines and learning to discover and feel my feelings, all of them!



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