Goodbye IIFYM - Hello Intuitive Eating!

Thinking about kissing goodbye to IIFYM and wanting to try intuitive eating instead? The decision is a tough one so hopefully this post makes it a little bit easier fro you!

I have never really done a "What is going on in my life" post but I am about to get real with you.

If you don't know my story, here is a quick snapshot:

Winter 2015/2016: Restricted, low calorie eater - Lost a fair amount of weight. Felt weak and had no energy. Mood swings. 

Spring 2016: Started heavier weight training. Still on a restricted eating plan, the once a week "cheat meal" would turn into a binge eat. I talk about these here .

Summer 2016: Increased my calorie intake. Was still tracking calories and feeling frustrated with results. Hit a plateau. 

Fall 2016: Finally gave into following IIFYM and the results were pretty impressive. Hired a macro coach and overall was happy with my new flexible lifestyle of eating. Lots of energy during workouts like this one and no binge eats because I wasn't deprived.

Today: I am stopping counting macros. Why? The main reason is, I am losing the desire to count and track. I am feeling as though I am missing out "living" and am just obsessed with what my next meal will be and when. I do not want to feel this way. I do not want to worry about food and I want to use the knowledge I have obtained over this last year to trust the food decisions I plan on making and see what results come from it. 

Going forward, my goal is to eat delicious, nutrient dense food most of the time. The other times, when I want to eat a piece of cake, cookie or a burger, I am going to eat it. I am not going to feel bad and I sure as hell will not be plugging it into MyFitnessPal.

I am going to eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. After all, that is the definition of intuitively eating. 

Luckily enough, I have never really cared what the scale has to say. I encourage you all to really try and focus on how you feel compared to a number which constantly fluctuates and will rarely leave you with a smile on your face.

Words cannot even describe how excited I am to go down this journey. I feel like a kid in a Candy Store except this time, if I want I can actually EAT and enjoy the candy!

The plan is to keep you updated with my progress but here is my prediction: I will love my new lifestyle. My life will be so much more fun and I will be happier not only mentally but physically. Who wouldn't want that?!

Stay tuned, until then Stay Strong. Be the fire.