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How I’ve Maintained My Weight Loss For 4 years

by nina on February 8, 2011

maintaining weight lossI don’t normally talk about my weight loss as I realize it can be triggering to some people. But today I felt inspired by a post I read by Carla @ MizFit about how she has maintained he weight loss.

My story is quite different to hers, and I’m sure that the readers of this blog will find some hope in what has worked for me. It has nothing to do with going gluten-free, no special P90x workouts, no marathons, no cleanses and most certainly not one diet.

The way that I have maintained my over 40 pound weight loss for the last 4 years has been by becoming diet free, stopping all of my eating disorder behaviors and practicing being a normal eater, or an intuitive eater as it is more popularly known.

What this means is that right now as I write this I am eating chocolate chip cookies. I eat 4 of them and that’s all that I want. I do not feel compelled to binge because of them, nor do I want to throw them up or punish myself at the gym tomorrow because of the cookies.

I live with complete freedom from the obsession around food and my weight, and that is how I have maintained my weight loss over the last 4 years.

If you have read anything about my story, it wasn’t always like that. I would be on the strictest diet and working out 5-6 times a week (spin classes, kickboxing, weight training) and I was still gaining weight each week. On top of that, I was binge eating daily, waking up with food hangovers and completely exhausted. I was 170 pounds and completely desperate.

No matter what I did I could not lose weight. And believe me, I tried everything.

The only thing that has worked for me is giving up diets for good. That means I eat what I want, when I want, I don’t count calories, I don’t weight and measure anything (including myself) and I exercise to make myself feel better mentally and emotionally.

I won’t bore you with too many dieting statistics, but just remember that:

  • Moderate dieters are 5 times more likely to develop eating disorders than those who don’t diet
  • 95-98% of dieters regain their lost weight within 1-5 years

On top giving up diets, I also have a spiritual practice that involves meditation, creative visualization, group therapy, prayer, writing a gratitude journal daily and helping others.

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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and comments. I only get to keep this freedom (and weight loss) if I share it with others.

Nina

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Dani July 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Is it important to exercise whilie intuitive eating to make feel better and have energy? My problem is that exercising feels like it’s forced and I dread it because I don’t enjoy it, but do it to be “healthy.”

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