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This year I will NOT make a New Year's Resolution to lose weight. I am spending my energy on living my life. I am not wasting my money on weight-loss gimmicks or looking for the latest fad diet. I know now that DIETS DO NOT WORK. At one time I lost over 70 lbs and then regained it and more. I spent so much of my time obsessing over what I was eating and my exercise routine. Did I find happiness at the end of my weight loss success? No. I struggled to even maintain and I felt guilt and shame over not being able to. Our bodies are designed to survive. When we restrict our food our body thinks we are going into starvation mode and wants to put the weight back on. This is why we become so pre-occupied with food when dieting.

I have spent the last couple of years resetting myself. I no longer restrict or binge eat. No food is forbidden. I do not feel deprived or even obsessed with food in anyway. I learned to become an intuitive eater. I listen to my body and now I eat when I am hungry and I stop eating when I am full (most of the time). I am not sure in the past I even knew what it felt like to be full. I have learned to read my body's cues.

I believe that health is not about size. This year I am working on improving my health behaviors. I want to add in more healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I also want to become more fit by incorporating joyful movement.

Member Since: 6/7/2006

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I am married, mom of 4 boys, and a teacher.

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Books that I recommend: Intuitive Eating, The F*ck It Diet, Anti-Diet, Health At Every Size, Body Respect
Recommended podcasts: Foodpsych

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    Hope things are going well. Wishing you a Wonderful and Happy New Year!

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    103 days ago
    Just stopping by to add give some spark cheer!

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    Have a great day!
    157 days ago
  • v RSN7575
    Wow, so much has changed for me since I left that comment on your page just a few weeks ago! I took over leadership of the IE team...I realized my vegan way of eating was in fact a diet so I gave it up in favor of IE...and The F*ck It Diet led to more than one life-changing realization. So thank you for mentioning it on your page, or I wouldn't have heard of it!

    Wishing you a magnificent weekend. emoticon
    426 days ago
  • v RSN7575
    Hello, I am in your Intuitive Eating group. Welcome back to SP and to our team!

    I am adding you as a friend. I checked your book recommendations. I am part way through Intuitive Eating now, but will be ordering the F*ck It Diet in a couple of days on my next Amazon order! It looks great!

    I have recently (October) given up dieting too. I choose to eat starch based vegan, but give myself permission to eat whatever I want, so if I want cake, I'll go to a restaurant and have a piece of guilt-free cake! I have lost a little over 100 pounds by restricting, but my inner Diet Rebel started coming out in October, and I finally, as the book title says, said F*ck it! No more dieting. I am finally finding peace.

    I love that you are also at this point. Looking forward to getting to know you! emoticon
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