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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.
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    Well - I'm glad you're feeling well enough to work out.

    I am no where near ready to try intuitive eating, after all. I admire ALL the people who are successful with it - but I'm still a counter. Heck - I have knit 50 sweaters and I counted every stitch of every one. sigh.
    119 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    You have my utmost admiration for going with IE and ditching your home scale.

    For me, tracking my food, weighing and measuring it just works and my weight loss and maintenance is just something I'm not willing to mess with. Even though it might be just the thing!

    You seem to have found the sweet spot.
    120 days ago
    You are doing great! Keep sharing your experience and outcomes with us. Very admirable. You must have really had to learn a lot and work hard to keep the motivation up. I feel great that you are actually doing IE with success. I think you are smart, though, to keep a handle on it as you experiment.
    121 days ago
    121 days ago
    Wow, congrats to sticking with IE and maintaining your weight.
    Sounds like it works for you, despite the inner tension and doubts : )
    121 days ago
    Maybe you've found peace and happiness with food - wouldn't that be novel?
    121 days ago
    Still sounds pretty good to me. Releasing the reliance of the scale as a main tool of weight maintenance to secondary. Focusing on how you feel instead of tracking. Its all there. You got this!
    121 days ago
    It is an ongoing fluid query to be determined .... :)
    121 days ago
    Woo Hoo you!!! Keep on with the IE to see where it leads! It could be the answer you seek. Is that what the magic 8 ball would say?
    121 days ago
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    121 days ago
    IT is a fine line in maintenance! Looks like you did a good job with your IE. IT's all a process of learning.

    122 days ago
    122 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I have been doing very well at losing weight again so I am going to pass on worrying too much about it for now but I take in every word you say....that's ME you are talking about! You are doing fabulous even if it IS because of illness....

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    122 days ago
    Time will tell... I could say don't stress over it, but I know some do anyway. I'm up about 4 pounds, but still in a good place so I am not stressing. Life goes on and I am doing well!
    122 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Experiment of one! I think you are on the right track.
    122 days ago
    Weight actually down.

    WOW … why can't it be that you are trusting your body and it is trusting you.

    Maybe you still have the "dieter's" mentality and you AREN'T dieting … you are maintaining.
    122 days ago
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    122 days ago
    Yeah, it is the puzzle of all time: weight and size as they relate to health and behavior as it relates to weight and size. Will we ever know? But we will keep working the puzzle! emoticon
    122 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon for sharing your thoughts/feelings on your journey.
    122 days ago
    Whew....but I assume you would feel it in the fit of yr clothes if you strayed too far out of the comfort zone.
    122 days ago
    Somehow I was struck by your first paragraph.It really felt like those authors were giving the recipe to play with our weight. Of course I know that it was written for people to lose their excess weight. But the question you are posing is "what constitutes excess weight".Which is the start and the recipe for eating disorders
    Not easy to accept our personal morphology and not obsess when we are not petite in a civilisation where this is the ideall.
    Oh, I dream of freedom from these norms and freedom from the food obsession that actually narrows our scope and enjoyment of life.( And I am not advocating for Health At Every Size. I do think that there is a range where we can be healthy and proud without aspiring to look like a 15 year old photoshopped model.)
    How I want to unlearn that conditioning .
    Thank you for sharing and for the food for thought.
    122 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/16/2019 12:01:07 PM
    Certainly a process of exploration.

    For myself, with 5 years of maintenance experience and doing my best to allow my body to guide me to its "natural weight" it seems that for the most part there is a 10 lb. range within which the weight trends fluctuate.

    Yet, I do have a lower line beyond which I am psychologically quite uncomfortable. I do not feel it physically. It seems to be my psyche.

    So, I would say that intuition guides me for the most part. But, there are "guard rails" for me … at least on the low end.

    In fall 2017 when the weight veered outside the guard rail, I force fed myself to the point of discomfort. I could not do that to myself when it happened again in fall 2018. The fall weight averages were the lowest I've seen since entering maintenance. The weight came back up.

    Part of my routine weight fluctuation? Fall is when I see the lows. Not quite as attuned to my body's needs? Surely, that's the case at times.

    Honoring that there may be a part of me unwilling to accept that my body's "natural weight" may be lower than I find acceptable. It's a balancing act because I am unwilling to force feed myself either.

    The thoughts that can come screaming through my mind when that lower guard rail gets breached is "This is unhealthy!" Ironically, the doctors have had absolutely no issue with it. Other folks take issue with my weight being "too low." Not, the docs.

    122 days ago
    It will be interesting to see where the weight settles. But, with the way you've worked through IE, I suspect that even if it does go up, there will be a "sigh" but it won't impact you as hard as earlier and, more importantly, you'll work with it, rather than against it, in a way that is true to you.

    You've got this!

    122 days ago
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    122 days ago
    All good things come in good time. And your "natural" weight will too. Trust yourself because you really do know what you need to know in order to stay maintained.
    122 days ago
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