In April of 2021, I embarked on an “Intuitive Eating” journey.
This meant that I stopped using the scale, and swore off diets “for good”.
What does that even mean, exactly?! Don’t we all have a diet?! A way in which we eat?!
For about 2 months, eating whatever I wanted without having to worry about how the foods were affecting me numerically felt both freeing and exhilarating.
The 14 months that have followed however, have had me feeling totally lost.
As a health and life coach, I am regularly encouraging clients, family, and friends to experiment with various foods and ways of eating, and observe what resonates best for them.
After all, we are all very unique beings, and all of us need something a little different.
And yet, I personally have been spending MONTHS avoiding a path which I KNOW will lead me back to both my well-being and true self, because of fear of judgement for wanting to lose weight.
When did it become so taboo to be concerned about our weight, health, and overall wellness!?
I know the idea of “Intuitive Eating” is intended for good… and in all honesty, IE has taught me A LOT about myself and the way in which I view food and my body.
It has also, however, led me to a great deal of weight gain.
When I stepped on the scale prior to having surgery on my knee August 10th, my jaw literally dropped.
I have never in my life seen that number on the scale.
Now Friends, if I were taking care of myself, nourishing my body with good quality foods and drinks, this number may have been easier to swallow.
But alas, I am not. And this was a HUGE wake up call for me.
Seeing as though I have felt lost for over a year in terms of my own health and wellness, realizing just how much weight I’ve gained since embarking on this “Intuitive Eating” journey, and still believing GREATLY in the fact that the greater the circumference of your waist, the higher your risk of heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes, I have never felt more certain that it’s time for this mama to make a change.
I’ve researched, I’ve planned, I’ve weighed, I’ve measured.
So, what’s my plan!?
Through MUCH reflection and journaling, through experimenting and observing, through utilizing my very own coaching tools; I have learned what energizes my body most, has me feeling most satiated, simmers down the anxiety, and has me feeling my best.
My goal at this point is to lose 30 pounds, and get my waist circumference back down to a minimum of 35 inches by Christmas.
Although it’s a shame my health has suffered, in a way, I’m thankful that you’re all going to be able to witness my journey in real time via Facebook and my Pacifythechaos handle on Instagram.
By doing this, you will be able to see first hand the importance of the following:
- Proclaiming your plans loud and proud
- The power of a coach and/or accountability group in which you are active
- Having clear goals and objectives that are measurable
- Taking the time to learn and understand your body and what works best FOR YOU
I plan to be completely vulnerable, and share it all!
The good, the bad; the triumphs and the struggles.
Something I especially look forward to sharing with you all is the inevitable self-sabotage that presents itself from time to time, how I do (or don’t) handle that sabotage, and what can be learned from those moments of struggle.
It has taken me some time, but I finally TRULY believe the following:
Following a “diet” is not bad. We all do it. We all have one.
Having a plan is not bad. Many of us are better for it.
Losing weight, to improve our health and well-being, is not bad. It’s actually wise.
For anyone who is in a similar boat, and is ready to make a change for their health, I hope and pray my commitment to my true self and my journey motivates and inspires you. Feel free to join along!
And of course, if you feel it would be helpful to have a coach alongside you as you embark on your health journey, you know where to find me!
Cheers to accountability, good health, and the resources and ability to achieve it!