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Hello! My name is Renee and I am currently on a significant weight loss journey over the past four years of shedding about half my starting body weight. I am over 100 pounds down and am integrating the principles of Intuitive Eating - NO MORE DIETING - as I slowly move back toward my natural healthy weight, wherever that ends up being.

I have no exact pound limitation in mind anymore. My natural body size is curvy, but still smaller than where I am today. I am a trauma survivor and have hidden behind fat for many many years. I haven't even been at my current weight since 1994. I am finally ready to fully break down that fat barrier and I'm in the process of returning to my natural size. Intuitive Eating is helping me to do that. Some people gain or maintain weight on IE, others lose. Because of my past trauma, healing for me for right now looks like weight loss so I am no longer hiding under excess. I am finding where I have wanted to be for many years.

Although I am embracing all of Intuitive Eating, my particular challenges are Making Peace With Food and Feeling Your Fullness. I am in the re-feeding stage, where I have unconditional permission to eat, including all my formerly forbidden foods. I am learning that I really CAN have something again anytime, so it's not urgent to eat a lot right now...and I have been dieting for so long that I have almost completely lost touch with how it feels to be full. I am a work in progress.

For the most part, I eat lots of whole grains, winter squash, beans/tofu, greens, veggies, fruits, with some nuts and seeds. I eat these foods freely - I neither count calories nor measure portions.

I don't consider any food to be "forbidden." If I want a piece of cake, I will go to a restaurant and have one with no guilt, then move on. If I want cheese, I eat it. Recently I wanted a treat, so I bought a high quality loaf of banana bread by a local baker, and had two pieces! And guess what? The world didn't end and I didn't die! I am DONE dieting.

Thanks to Intuitive Eating, I no longer track and plan every morsel I put in my mouth...and surprise - I am still losing excess weight and I naturally regularly choose healthy, deeply satisfying foods.

Non-Scale Victories:
Stopped needing a cane to walk
Size 3X/28 to a XL/18
Can now shop in a regular women's department and not plus
Sleep Apnea CPAP pressure from 16 to 10-11
Number of apneas on CPAP from 5-6 per hour to 0.9

And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Mark 5:34

Make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel well. Remember that you don't have to eat perfectly to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It's what you eat consistently over time that matters - progress not perfection is what counts.
Intuitive Eating Principle #10 - Honor Your Health with Gentle Nutrition (Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch)

The dieting rules also trigger an inner rebellion, because they are an assault on your personal autonomy and boundaries.
from the IE Workbook

We use the concept of natural healthy weight. This is the weight your body will maintain with normal/intuitive eating and normal movement.
Intuitive Eating book p. 178

Guilt may be an appropriate emotion when you have hurt another person or committed a crime, but guilt has no place in your eating world.
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

All that is required is to do the best you can, taking into consideration your situation in the moment.
Connie Sobczak, Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body

Thinking about how your eating is going to affect your size in any way, shape, or form is diet mentality, and if you let it govern your eating choices, you're dieting—even if you don't think of it as dieting, and even if it's very, very subtle. The diet mentality is crafty like that.
Christy Harrison

Books that helped me - #1 has changed my life
1. Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
2. Nourish by Heidi Schauster
3. Embody by Connie Sobczak
4. Intuitive Eating Workbook by Tribole and Resch
5. Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens by Elyse Resch (I've read in multiple places that it's good for all ages).

Books I have lined up to read next -
1. Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison
2. Just Eat It by Laura Thomas
3. The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner
4. Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe
5. Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller (still need to order)
6. Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor (still need to order)

and the new edition of Intuitive Eating comes out at the end of June 2020

Member Since: 7/15/2013

My Goals:
Last I weighed, I am down 110 pounds, and I'm guessing I have about another 40-50 pounds to go before my body stops losing, but I don't have any specific expectations. I just know I am in a long process of shedding excess, and I am not done yet. My body will tell me when it gets to the right place. Since I am still at a higher weight, my eating is still resulting in weight loss, but there will naturally come a time when weight loss stops in my natural healthy weight range. I will still be eating the same way as I do today, so I don't worry about "being done," there is no "end date," I am just making healthy eating decisions and watching my body shape change over time.

Intuitive Eating teaches us to stop weighing, but I am not totally there yet. I have given myself permission to weigh at the beginning of the month, at least until I get to my natural weight range where weight loss will stop, and then I will probably get into a comfort zone and give up the scale.

My Program:
Intuitive Eating (as taught by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch).

Personal Information:
I live in Virginia with my wonderful husband, Chris, and my beautiful rescue cat, Mondo Kitty.

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