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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


May I feel safe.
May I feel happy.
May I feel healthy and strong.
May I live my life with grace and with ease.


I am enough.
I have enough.
There is enough.


October 2019:

Some changes over the summer have moved me past what had been a long-term plateau. Inspired by the journey of a fellow Sparker (WATERMELLEN), I re-read the book, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works (Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch). I hadn’t been tracking for more than a year, other than writing down what I ate (but not calories, fat, points, etc). I accepted that perhaps where I am now is where I’m meant to be, which turned out to be the thought that changed everything. I am now eating when I’m hungry; I trust my body to let me know what, when, and how much to eat; and I stop eating when I felt satisfied. This has been so freeing for me, and I’m finding that allowing myself to eat anything has pretty much eliminated any cravings (for me that would be peanut butter by the spoonful) and that I’m choosing healthy foods that nourish my body. The story I had been telling myself – that I was stuck – had been a limiting belief that DID, in fact, keep me stuck. What helped change the story was tapping (EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique) every day, just for a few minutes.

I have a lifetime of diet mentality behind me. Sometimes I still ask myself if the food is worth it, and how much do I need to feel happily satisfied. Will I ever get to the point where I’m eating intuitively? Who knows. For now, at least, I’m “kind of” eating that way. And for now, “kind of” is working for me.


July 2018:

Now it's time to lose the rest of the weight.

The 45-ish pounds I released between 2000-2003 have stayed off for the most part, with some challenging years along the way. I'm still 35 pounds away from the top of my ideal weight range. So while I know I can maintain, I think it's time to focus on building habits that honor my health and find the balance in eating that allows me to release the pounds in a way that I can sustain for the rest of my life. I lose weight very slowly, and accept that.

For the record, though, you know those people who say, "I will do anything to lose weight"? Well, I'm not one of them! I've learned that deprivation and restrictions lead to self-sabotage.

Member Since: 1/26/2009

Fitness Minutes: 39,966

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Trending toward intuitive eating, but realizing it will take a long time to overcome a lifetime of diet mentality. Current gym visits focus on strength training 2-3 times a week and limited cardio (due to a hip injury brought on, ironically, by too much cardio).

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My name is Leslie, and I am settled in the Seattle area (originally from the SF Bay Area). Married for 40 years to a man who still makes me laugh. Retired with two spoiled kitties.

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    14 days ago
    Awww... thanks for letting me know you're reading the other blog. Did you happen to catch that JEANKNEE commented after you did? She said:

    "SERENASEA, I've had multiple challenges commenting on others blogs too. Sometimes I need to shut my computer down and reboot it. Other times, simply clearing the cache or refreshing the page takes care of it.

    And, I have not been able to comment on any of the BlogSpot blogs unless I am using the Chrome browser. Try those things and see if it works.

    Frustrating, I know. I had a streak of days commenting with no issues and then, yesterday ... challenged again. Makes no rhyme or reason to me. But, I'm not giving up."

    OKM again: I think we're all having some level of "technical transition difficulties"... my first few migrations of blogs to the archive were a nightmare. I found ways to make it work, though, and I'm not giving up, either!
    35 days ago
    I'm so glad you stopped by and sprinkled a little bloglove on my post. That really was a special anniversary walk. I took a part of it again yesterday - and it is still special - but no baby fawn.
    44 days ago
    About that "subscribe" option, I got a flagged message that support was being removed from it on BlogSpot, so I didn't put it on my template. Sigh. That might well reduce traffic!
    50 days ago
    emoticon That is how I felt when I read about SP closing. If you would like to keep in touch, send me a SP mail and I can give you my email, FB name, address or however you want to stay in contact. Have a wonderful and healthy day. Ruthie emoticon
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