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Hello! My name is Renee, and as of Christmas Eve 2019, I am on the path of Intuitive Eating as I slowly continue moving back toward my natural healthy weight, wherever that ends up being.

Over the past five years, I have lost a significant amount of weight - over 100 pounds down from my all-time high - and I am continuing to slowly lose. I haven't even been at my current weight since 1994, so I am still learning as I go where I am going to be. For now, I have set a goal of 180 pounds, as I am a trauma survivor and don't yet feel safe about the idea of going lower than that. I am okay with 180 though - that will be a total weight loss of 139 pounds, quite an accomplishment!

For the most part, I eat lots of whole grains, beans/tofu, greens, veggies, fruits, with small amounts of nuts and seeds. I eat these foods freely - I neither count calories nor measure portions. I also eat things like peanut butter on whole grain seed bread and Amy's Kitchen meals. I especially love her chili.

I no longer track and plan every morsel I put in my mouth...and surprise - I am still losing excess weight as I naturally regularly choose deeply satisfying foods.

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

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

Dropping the pursuit of weight loss isn’t about giving up, it’s about moving on. When you make choices because they help you feel better, not because of their presumed effect on your weight, you maintain them over the long run. You do it because you want to, not because you believe you should. When you stop trying to control your weight through willpower, your body starts doing the job for you—naturally, and much more effectively. If you stop fighting yourself, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is effortless.
Lindo Bacon, Health At Every Size

Your body is not meant to be at a weight that it can sustain only through restriction.
Christy Harrison, Anti-Diet

Books that helped me - #1 has changed my life
1. Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
2. Intuitive Eating Workbook by Tribole and Resch
3. Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens by Elyse Resch (it's good for all ages).
4. The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner
5. Embody by Connie Sobczak
6. Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison
7. Nourish by Heidi Schauster
8. Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe
9. Health At Every Size by Lindo Bacon
10. Just Eat It by Laura Thomas
11. Body Respect by Lindo Bacon and Lucy Aphramor

Other body positive books -
1. Making Peace with Food by Susan Kano (reading now - she was talking IE before IE was a thing - published in 1989 and still VERY significant)

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

Member Since: 7/15/2013

My Goals:
For now, I have set a goal weight of 180. Last I weighed, I am down 109 pounds. I don't know where I will end up.

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, until it gets to the point where weight loss naturally stops. Right now I am still carrying excess weight, so my intuitive eating is still resulting in weight loss.

Intuitive Eating teaches us to stop weighing, but I am not totally there yet while I am still losing weight. When I get to my natural weight range, 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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    emoticon for joining the "I Can Do All Things Through Christ!" team. emoticon

    I wish you much success with your weight loss. emoticon

    Take things one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and always believe in yourself that you WILL reach your goal, one pound at a time. emoticon

    Lou emoticon

    181 days ago
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