Part of figuring out intuitive eating will be trial and error, and figuring out what works for me.
I didn’t journal, per my promise to myself, last Wednesday or Thursday. It didn’t make me particularly anxious (it was almost a relief?), which surprised me, but it has always been something I enjoy doing.
And so I eventually felt a little deprived not journaling. I felt like something was missing. I like the sense of accountability, in my personal journal (my thoughts/descriptions of events) and in my food journal (food/exercise).
I was fine skipping the spread-sheet and Sparkpeople which I realize were excessive, but by Friday night (the day my WW Points reset anyway), I was feeling a bit antsy for my pretty floral journal, and found it a bit of a comfort — even though I was tracking after the fact (which of course wouldn’t be recommended by WW).
So I went about my weekend my way, listening to hunger queues as best I could, exercising moderately but not excessively.
And at my husband’s birthday party, which was a blast!!, I listened what I felt like, vs. what I necessarily “needed”. I was so active all day party-prepping anyway that food actually wasn’t one of the first things on my mind (eating it or avoiding it). It felt nice.
Basically, all weekend, I ate first and journaled later. I waited til the end of each day and then (having the photographic memory I do–no joke, not much gets by me!) I went back and journaled what I’d eaten.
I’m proud to say I deprived myself of nothing, and didn’t over-exercise at all. And no c/s incidents — I think I’m at four months now!?
Interestingly, when I looked at my journal (just my paper journal, didn’t log onto Sparkpeople–trying to just stick to paper journaling for now) I used up not too many more than the 35 WPAs I’m “given” for the week — which isn’t abnormal for a weekend of festivities … and I’m totally ok with it.
It’s as though my body knows it’s own limits, even without me journaling up-front or throughout the day. Kinda cool, actually. Maybe I have more of a sense of this than I thought?
In addition, I knew I’d over-done it Saturday because I didn’t get hungry until about 1 p.m. Sunday — very unlike me. (I prefer waking hungry for breakfast). I think it will be easier during the week, when I’m not in social situations and am on more of a schedule.
I am going into this week with no “extra” Points according to WW, but I’m going to keep trying IE. I ate a lot of not-clean foods this weekend and am looking forward to getting back to my roots.
If sticking to IE means I eat some activity points, so be it. I’m not going to sweat it. I will just try my best, like Tony Horton says: “Do your best, forget the rest.”