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  1. Hi Christie so much in this post resonates with me. I love to set goals, track, make lists etc. As a person who fanatically tracks almost every morsel, think its great that you’re going to try intuitive eating. Look forward to seeing the results. Good luck with the Orange Theory challenge. I’m also looking forward to your videos. I couldn’t do it myself. I avoid the camera as much as I can.

    • Hello Jennifer! It will be different for me not tracking my food and exercise. So far (and it hasn’t been long), I don’t believe my eating habits have changed much, but I am more relaxed about it. I ate a donut this morning and didn’t feel the least bit guilty. I understand how you feel about the camera. Part of the reason I haven’t done videos is that I look older than I think I do in my head. I don’t need the proof! 🙂

  2. Hi Christie, I have more goals than lists. I know what you mean about getting obsessive with numbers while out exercising. I have opted not to do any more half marathons. Now, I still track how long and how far though at a slower pace giving my knees and hips less to complain about,

    No, I don’t do videos as my WP plan doesn’t include them. Not sure I would be good at it. I wish you fun and success with the challenge of setting up yours.

    • Hello Suzanne. I haven’t been on a run since I made this plan not to track. I suspect that’s when I will miss it most. However, I never thought I’d give up music while running, but now I never wear my headphones when I run outside, and I love it. Indoor running, on the other hand, demands music! I’m not sure what to expect with the videos. I may try it and decide it’s not for me, but I’m tired of not trying it because it’s scary for me.

  3. Hi Christie
    I’ll be very interested to see what happens with your challenge! I think September or October is a great time to try something new. I am constantly going one way or another-dieting and then not dieting. Working out and then not. I always feel better when I’m eating healthier and working out. And I struggle with living in the moment as well. Always thinking ahead. I have incorporated meditating, but I need to practice it more frequently.
    I have made a couple videos and it’s not easy! I don’t even really like taking selfies. But it does get easier!

    • Hello Theresa. Yes, I think the fall is a good time to start something new. I feel invigorated in the fall and everything seems possible! I feel better when I’m working out and eating healthy too. What I’m hoping is that I will find I do that anyway, but without the judgment. We shall see! As for the videos, I’m not sure exactly where I’m going with it, and I’m okay if I try it and decide it’s not for me. I just don’t like the fact that I want to do it, but don’t because I’m scared.

  4. We are alike! PC and I recently lost weight on Weight Watchers but our interest is waning. So I have stopped tracking points officially and just kind of trying to balance things in my head. I am still thinking about points and eating and picking and choosing but a little less formally. If I see the scale begin to creep up again, which is does in late fall and winter (another way we are similar), then I being more accountable. I do like wearing my tracker when I am active and begrudge it when I am not!! But still wearing it everyday for now. My girls keep telling me that I need to vlog or make videos for my blog with a B. Did a televised reading program for ten years but I am a nervous wreck now in front of a ‘rolling’ camera. Ha! How did I do it on TV??? Maybe we need to read up on making a vlog post and then challenge one another to doing one? Let me know what you think!! XO

    • Yes, Leslie, the more I get to know about you, the more I believe we are soul sisters! I also did WW and am a lifetime member. I go back and forth with tracking, but always have a running points tally in my mind. And I have a similar love/hate relationship with my Fitbit. At first it encouraged me to walk more, so that was good. Then I got to where it just made me feel bad about myself for not moving enough–but didn’t really make me move more. I would love to support each other on vlogs. I will share a couple of resources I found that I thought had good advice. I’ve been practicing a “script” for my first video, but am struggling with finding a place with even half-decent lighting! And honestly, I can’t believe I look that old. 🙂 Surely, it’s camera angle and harsh lighting.

  5. Hi Christie – I’m not a goal setter, list maker, or fitness tracker – all that seems to have passed me by these days and I’m happy just puddling along in my own time and taking life one bite at a time. Good on you for finding new and interesting things to keep your interest up – I’m not sure that I’d ever be a video maker, so I’ll be interested to see how you go with it – the whole idea has never really appealed to me, but you might find an interesting twist that makes people watch it for more than 2.5 seconds (my usual time before I scroll onwards!) Good luck!!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • Hello Leanne. I tend to go back and forth between restorative periods and pushing myself. I used to go from one goal to the next, but now I find in midlife I want to slow down and enjoy the present moment more. However, I found myself recently getting sluggish–in terms of energy or enthusiasm for anything beyond my physical fitness activities. I may have stayed a little too long in my mental comfort zone. We’ll see how the videos go. It’s an experiment and learning experience as much as anything. Thanks, as always, for hosting #MLSTL.

  6. Hi Christie,
    I’m right there with you…it’s a struggle for me to put the planning and list-making aside and live in the moment. Which, I think, made it so hard for me to meditate…instead of just being present I was thinking about what I would do when I was done! I’ve begun doing breathing exercises and find this more do-able for me.
    I’ve become a very mindful eater since I began this whole foods, plant-based journey. This necessarily involves some foods being good (plants) and others not so much (animal products). But I have let go of portion control or nutrient counting which is so freeing. I eat when I am hungry and until I am full. If I “eat the rainbow” I don’t worry as I know I am getting adequate nutrition. I am also forgiving of myself if I eat something in the animal product category. For example, my brother was visiting from the midwest and he wanted lobster. So we ate lobster. I’ve over it…life isn’t about perfection. If it is we are in trouble! Same with moving…I do wear my Fitbit to help motivate me, but that’s my choice and I don’t feel pressure in doing so.
    I, too, will be interested in hearing the results after 8 weeks. Do make sure to let us know!

    • Hello Nancy. I struggled with meditation at first too, and in fact, some days are better than others even now. What I have learned is to just keep bringing my mind back to the breathing every time I realize I’m thinking about something–no matter how many times that is. I don’t consider that failure, but actually success. Also, I find guided meditation easier, as I’m listening to someone’s voice. Mindful eating is so important whatever your eating style and not always easy to do, especially when you are first starting out. I get the focusing on plants and love the “eat the rainbow philosophy.” I couldn’t agree more that whatever your eating and physical activity style, giving up the need for perfection is the key. I will definitely share my results at the end of the 8-week challenge. Stay tuned!

  7. As you know I’ve been on an excess baggage thingie – where I’m pretty much just watching portion sizes. It’s the diet you do when you don’t do diets and love eating, preparing & talking about real food. It’s also the diet that you do when you actually like yourself – as I do. It’s hilarious though (in an ironic way) just how many labels we attach to food. I’m not great with boundaries and need to do a lot of work in becoming more mindful, more grounded, and more attuned to my body #MLSTL

    • I am so happy to hear you say that you like yourself and love real food, Joanne. Me too! Yea for us! Intuitive eating is very much what you are talking about–but instead of measuring portions, you listen to your body, honor your hunger and your fulness. A big part is eating mindfully. I’m just getting started, but it’s actually very freeing to quit worrying about good and bad foods and to put the scales away for a time.

  8. I go back and forth between tracking and not tracking. Neither works so I might as well say fuck it! On the other hand, your daughter is awesome! That’s a kick-ass video and the kind that resonates more with me than the overly polished, overly made (and make) up ones that are ubiquitous these days. As for vlogging. Nope. Never once did I want to vlog. But next on my plate, I want to create some MP3’s to share.

    • Jennifer, you may really like the Intuitive Eating book. It’s perfect for someone who is over the dieting mentality (not just formal dieting). So far I am loving it. My daughter is pretty awesome. She’s been through some stuff and just keeps on going. I love that she is ready to share her story and her wisdom with others. I’m going to give vlogging a shot, but may not stick with it. It’s more about trying something new and seeing where it takes me. I look forward to your MP3s and seeing (hearing?) what that’s all about. Thanks for stopping by and weighing in!

      • I hope they have an Audible version for the book, I’ll have to check. It’s my preferred “reading” format right now because I’m commuting 30-45 minutes each way to work. I also read Kindle books during lunch, so that is my next preferred format. I’m currently working on a project that involves a book on Kindle and then supplemental material that includes an MP3 or two. Hope to kick it off in the next month or two.

  9. Since my body has changed after 60, I’m still figuring out what works and what doesn’t for my diet. I listen to my body – it doesn’t like cashews or almonds, yogurt bloats me. I’m working on portion control because I am so little and really don’t need to eat that much! But I LOVE food and the socialization that goes along with it.

    I don’t share videos yet but it’s on my list for The Italian Grandmama’s Guide. I plan on webinars and perhaps podcasts.

    Balancing is ongoing. I try to make time each day for exercise by either walking or dancing, time for prayer & meditation and also writing, planning and marketing workshops. And resting. In that I listen to my body. I couldn’t do that when I was in an office but now I have the freedom to listen to my body and slow down or rest, have a cup of tea as needed. And still make sure I’m working on my goals each day.

    Oh, and visiting those grandbabies! Always make time for that!

    • Hello Angela! Thanks for topping by. Isn’t it strange how our tastes and even our tolerances for certain foods change as we age? It sounds like you are paying attention to what yours needs and enjoying the foods that you love. With intuitive eating it’s all about the joy of food and honoring your body’s hunger and fulness signals. So far, I’m loving it. I’m still working in an office, so I can’t completely listen to my body when it comes to rest, but I do try to stay in tune and take a quick walk around the building or a stretch once in a while. And of course you’re right about children–there’s always time for them!

  10. Hi Christie, I can certainly relate to the goal setting, list making and fitness tracking that you talk about. Yep, that’s me. Finding the balance is so important or I’ll lose track of what is fun, healthy and enjoyable in my life. I think it is wonderful that you’re heading into some unknown territory with both your healty lifestyle choices and stepping into the world of videos for the blog. I’ve done some, not enough, though, and the thought of a Facebook live is just too terrifying right now. You are inspiring me to get back on the blog video train though, so thank you. 🙂

    • Exactly Candi. I believe I had lost a lot of the fun of eating and working out, but making it a “must do” instead of “get to.” I’m not up for Facebook Live yet either. I like being able to delete and start over. 🙂

  11. Christie, I’m intrigued–can’t wait to see how all these things work out! I’ve never vlogged, but I’m definitely going to see how your experiment goes. Sounds like you’re on the right track now about diet and exercise. I’ve always been an intuitive eater, rather than a tracker or follower of any temporary diets, and it has served me well. I eat whatever I want, and I’ve discovered I’m healthier 1. when I never consume more than 6 teaspoons of sugar in a day (https://www.delightfulrepast.com/2016/09/sugar-toxin-or-treat.html) which becomes intuitive and requires no arduous tracking, and 2. when I don’t eat between end of dinner and bedtime, which led me to set my chosen hours of 16:8 intermittent fasting (https://www.delightfulrepast.com/2018/04/intermittent-fasting-168-its-not-just.html). These are two things I’ve done for a long time and will continue for the rest of my life for their numerous health benefits. And since they both eliminate cravings, it is soooo easy, takes no effort or sacrifice.

    • Hello Jean. Thank you for the encouragement on my vlogging. I just published my first video on YouTube. I’d love it if you’d check it out and offer some honest feedback. I know I need to work on the lighting. That’s next on my list of to-dos. As far as intuitive eating, thank you for sharing your experience. The book I’m reading starts with the premise that you can eat whatever you want, just honor your body’s hunger and fulness signals and eat mindfully. Once you’ve gotten out of the diet mindset and the fear of future deprivation, there is some instruction on basic nutrition (it’s written by dietitians) and paying attention to how certain foods make your body feel long-term–not just the hunger and fulness, but energy-level, indigestion, headaches, etc. So far, I feel great and am enjoying my food more. I have eaten some “play food,” but not in large quantities, and I didn’t toss out all nutritious food, like one might fear with the instruction that you can eat whatever you like. I don’t eat something I don’t enjoy just because it’s good for me, and I don’t punish myself for eating something I do enjoy just because it’s not nutritious. Since I’ve put the scale away, I don’t know what this intuitive eating is doing to my weight, but I feel good and my clothes still fit. 🙂

  12. My sister-in-law is reading Everything is Figureoutable. Maybe I’ll have to check it out! And no videos where I show my face – my only videos are with screencasting. Good luck with your goals! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

    • Hello Roseann! I just finished Everything is Figureoutable and would definitely recommend it. It’s a great philosophy for day-to-day living. I just published my first YouTube video. I’d love it if you’d check it out and share any feedback. I need all the help I can get! Thanks for hosting the Bloggers Pit Stop.

  13. You already have lots of background knowledge about good eating and exercise. You also will want a good outcome in eight weeks. So, that is what you will get without all the overthinking that a lot of us do to achieve this.
    Good luck with the video, I looked for your Youtube but could not find it 🙁
    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

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