But Let's Get Real Here -- What About IE and Weight Maintenance?
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Yeah, wish I were more relaxed about weight maintenance.
Wish I did not continue, at least in a corner of my mind, to measure the "success" of the Intuitive Eating experiment in the context of whether I gain or lose weight -- whether I vary a whole lot from the weight I've struggled so hard to maintain using the strict food tracking controls recommended variously by Susan Estrich and Steven Siebold and Dr. Judith S. Beck, and Susan Peirce Thompson.
Wish I were laissez-faire about the potential that my "natural weight" -- the weight I reach by trusting it's OK to eat what I want when I want and stopping when full -- might be higher than the weight I find acceptable.
But truthfully, I am absolutely NOT there yet.
I threw out my home digital scale, which had tormented me for years and was never reliable, when we were doing the reno.
And now I weigh ONLY at the gym -- on the balance beam scale - which is very reliable.
But with my severe bronchitis I had not been to the gym for weeks . . .
Yesterday, after my strength training workout and stretch routine -- which I took pretty easy -- I did weigh myself. Holding my breath.
Weight NOT up.
Weight actually down.
Which may not be due to IE -- more likely due to a solid week and more of being able to eat very little indeed, because no appetite with no sense of taste, no sense of smell and very very sore throat.
But: I'll take it anyhow. Although by no means as the definitive answer to my ongoing inquiry: what is my "natural weight" . . . ????? Still in the process of exploration.
And still in the process of exploring just how committed I will be to IE if in fact my weight DOES spike upwards as the experiment progresses.