Friday, July 14, 2006

My Journey, So Far

Today, in a group I belong to, one of the ladies posted about her journey with non-dieting to date. I liked her post a lot! And, I got the idea to post, here, about MY journey, so far, with non-dieting! :o)

Here's how it went for me:
- Found WD, then Thin Within. Learned to eat "intuitively".
- Legalized all of my "formerly forbidden foods" (no foods are "good" or "bad" or "forbidden" any more!)
- Learned to appreciate my body more -- it's a "temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)
- Released 25 lbs in first 6 months, but I was still pretty emotional around it. I think it was a real "honeymoon" period in which I felt thin, powerful and in control of my eating.
- I saw my next layer of eating issues, namely stopping at satisfied.
Had to work through more emotional issues around being thin and
losing weight. Gained back 12 pounds of the 25 I'd "released".
- Am now in an experimental phase. I am reading books on non-dieting, and even some diet books, in order to personalize "Intuitive Eating" for me. Am still learning how to eat 0-5. I am working more on the emotional side (internal), instead of the physical side (external).

In summary, I am now more in control of my eating and my emotions, but not to the extent that I'd like to be. I can wait until I reach "0" to eat, but I still struggle with stopping at "5". I can CHOOSE to think positively about my weight, and my weight-loss journey. I am in a state, right now, where I'm not altogether concerned with releasing the weight -- I want to get the emotional side worked out first. The weight-loss will come when I've reached a certain understanding of things.
It's still a learning process, but it's far easier to do than it was a couple of months ago!

(Thanks to Karen for posting her version of this!)

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

Hi,

I'm doing the same thing! (Check out iejourney.blogspot.com if you're interested.) I just started, and am really just at the point for figuring out what a "5" is...

Your blog is great - and I've found it a fantastic resource. Thanks!