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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

My Perfect Weight
Posted on 04/13/2014 @ 3:38 PM

My perfect weight is exactly the weight I am right now. I have only recently begun to truly believe this and I experienced one of the widest pendulum swings of confusion before settling here.

What makes it perfect is not the reading on the scale, but rather the beautiful peacefulness of self-acceptance. My body is the only one of its kind…past, present and future. It is a unique culmination of my genes, metabolism, experiences, beliefs, and choices. It is the amazing physical form I get to live this life in, and I have never accepted it, appreciated it, and indeed, loved it more than I do on this very day. This totally defies our current cultural meme, because it is older and has a more wrinkles, carries a few more scars, and doesn’t ideally match the shape and mass defined by society as suitable.

But, through the Am I Hungry? community, I have become aware of the misconceptions and misinformation promoted by the media and some health professionals, and have learned how to experience freedom from them.

Being the perfect weight does not mean finding a certain number on a scale and fighting hard to stay there; and it doesn’t mean it will stay steady. Rather, being the perfect weight is exactly the weight we are right now. My weight has varied throughout my lifetime and I now know that it was perfect when I was younger; it was perfect when I started the Am I Hungry? program; it is perfect now; and it will be perfect wherever it settles or fluctuates, because it is the body in which I will practice mindful eating, mindful moving, and mindful living!

Michelle May M.D.

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Charlene's Journal

My Perfect Weight

Emotional Stages of Saying Goodbye to Dieting

Entering a New and Wonderful Relationship

Perfectly Imperfect

Dieting Continued to Get Harder; Mindful Eating Continues to Become More Natural

100% Commitment, 100% Forgiveness

Stress, the Great Seducer

A Mindfully-Cooked Meal

How long does it take for mindful eating to become a habit?

I Love Taking My Power Back!

My Emotional Eating Experience

Creative Hopelessness

The Godfather Ate My Cake!

Our Relationship to Food is Not a Problem to Be Solved; It is a Process to be Lived

How Does Your “Little Voice” Speak to You?

Where Do I Want to Eat?

Sit. Feast on Your Life

What do you wish you’d known about dieting?

“The problem is that my behavior with food is irrational!"

The Gentle Politeness of Our Bodies

All Emotions Fit

Noticing the shift

Practicing Am I Hungry? Concepts in Other Areas of My Life

Coming to My Senses: My One-Year Anniversary with Am I Hungry?

A Note of Compassion to All Dieters, Including Myself

Follow Your Heart But Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door

Mindful Movement

Regret Over Guilt

Practicing Mindfulness

A Mindful Walk

Choosing Ease over Easy

Our 23rd Wedding Anniversary

Done with Dieting. Forever.

Fear of Hunger

Acceptance, compassion, and encouragement

Flying on autopilot

"Several “Hungry” Days Didn’t Stress Me Out!"

What Else Am I Bringing to the Table?

What do I want to eat?

Speed Bump with a Bonus

No Bad Foods, Really?

From Tunnel Vision to Total Vision

A Mindful Choice for Quality

From Redirection to Connection

Like Riding a Bike!

New Year's "Resolutions"

Merry Mindful Christmas

Curiosity is key

Fullness as an illusionary hug

Letting go of overeating and restrictive eating

Wait for it...

Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving

Hunger is the Best Seasoning

Old habits die hard

Happy Birthday to me!

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