Monday, February 10, 2014

Intuitive Eating Thoughts

I have to tell you how liberating it is to give up the "diet" mentality and concentrate on myself and what my body is telling me.

Daniel and I went to Hattiesburg this weekend to see family.  In the past when I have been "on a diet" traveling, getting together with friends, going out, you name it...any sort of activity where I couldn't control everything...brought anxiety, fear, self judgement.  All of those activities are the really great, fun parts of life.  If you put that into perspective you could say life was causing me anxiety, fear, and self judgement.  Who wants to spend life like that?  Honestly, I don't.  I have already spent way too much time over the years judging myself and I love that I am working on breaking the cycle.

Do you know what this means?  All of that time I would spend sitting with my family thinking about what I "should" or "shouldn't" be eating; all that time where I would concentrate on the things I "couldn't" have; all that time I spent thinking about how badly I was blowing my diet; all the time I spent calling myself names; all of it, every last second, I was able to spend enjoying my family.  I like that much better than being anxious, scared and rude to me.

There is so much peace that comes with acceptance.  Am I always great at being accepting?  Nope. Sometimes I am still pretty hard on myself.  I have come far enough on this journey to catch myself being mean and I do my best to set myself straight.  There's no reason to do anything but appreciate all the things my body can do, today, as it is now.  Peace and patience are the way to go.

I no longer get on the scale regularly, but I got on my scale the other day.  Since I have stopped dieting and started listening, I have lost 8 pounds.  I seem to be on my way to my healthy weight.

I am so excited for yoga on Monday.  I am pretty sure I will be feeling the "I am only here for savasana" vibe.  I love the me time so much.

Have a lovely day!








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6 comments:

  1. Great perspective! I never weigh myself because I feel like the numbers start to run me. I'm reading a book called "Made to Crave" and I'm re-focusing my life to crave God instead of junk food. It's really helped me to realize why and when I go to the junk food and that I can't fill the "void" with food! Indulging in junk food will just leave me with guilt, not peace!

    Thanks for sharing your journey! Amy @ http://livinglifetruth.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh, I will have to check out that book. I am reading the one called Intuitive Eating. It is a great perspective and it has changed my whole way of looking at food and weight loss.

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  2. Hi Emily, I'm a rule driven person, myself. But I do think there has to be more to it than outward appearances. I'm more of an inward thinking person. If my mindset is right, I follow the rules that I make for myself. To have good mindset about eating comes from a better perspective. And eating the right foods--it's very hard to get chubby from an apple or cucumber, right?! ~Marion @ affectionforfitness.blogspot.com

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    1. There is so much more than outward appearances...I wish there weren't so many ideals out there of what you are supposed to be to be beautiful.

      I like the idea of rules, but the feelings that come when I break them and how I react to those feelings have driven me to throw out the rule book. Yes, it is hard to get chubby from an apple or cucumber, but it is also hard to get chubby from smart portions of any food combined with exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

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  3. I've heard others talk about intuitive eating (Katie, at Runs for Cookies has mentioned it recently). I don't know that I am there yet :) I just started tracking May2013 and I guess it's the OCD in me, I like to have the record of everything I ate on any given day, what my calories in were, how they compare to my calories out. I am a little obsessive about it (and have recently linked my MFP to Pact, so now I'm actually financially committed to tracking my food or I'll have to pay $$) and while it can help keep calories in check, it doesn't necessarily improve what I'm eating (I'm just watching total calorie count at present, not macros). So I know it's not a perfect system, but I think it works for me where I'm at right now. I do think people need to try different approaches because what works for one, does not work for another. Some people feel stifled having to track every calorie, I find it rewarding. BUT ... as you said, the anxiety over trips or places where food isn't in my complete control IS extreme! I'm also a daily scale stepper, and again, that works for me, but I've seen time and again others who feel so much freer without that feedback. You have to find what works for you! :)

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    1. There is no perfect system. So true you have to find what works for you. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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