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Lexie's Journal

Lexie struggles with her weight but is learning how to trust her body again with Am I Hungry?

Going for the gray zone
Posted on 04/18/2008 @ 12:09 AM

This week we talked about noticing when you are satisfied and full and what those feel like and how to choose to stop eating and how to get back on the instinctive eating cycle when you've over-eaten. One of the things I realized after reading someone else's post was that I had unconsciously created a rule that if I felt satisfied or full I HAD to stop eating. I stopped giving myself the choices and being in charge of my eating. Consequently, I didn't want to notice satisfaction or fullness because I didn't want to have to stop eating. So guess what? Instead of getting rid of instinctive eating I'm getting rid of the rule that's holding me back. Instead of the black and white "I can notice and stop eating or I can not notice and continue eating" I'm going for the gray! I can notice and choose what I want to do at that time ...without guilt, shame, or judgment. I know from my own experience that giving myself all the options helps me choose what's best for my body over time. I am allowed to continue to eat even if I feel satisfied or full and I can take the time to notice how that feels and then make more informed decisions. I can be less than my idea of perfect and learn something from it that will help me move forward. Learn to manage your weight without rules at http://www.amihungry.com/.

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