I am a member of an Intuitive Eating yahoo group. They are very active and I seldom post anything but enjoy reading everyone else's posts. Today someone posted something that I could totally relate to so I responded. Here is the original post and my response
Well, I've been embracing Intuitive Eating for about two months, and have been making my peace with cookie dough, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, potato chips, salty nuts, bleu cheese dressing, Chinese spareribs, Fritos, and Nutella. I've been trying to stay positive about the process I am in, and mostly it's been working. But today when I went to buy new fall clothes myweight gain was undeniable. I have gone up TWO pants sizes. It's hard not to be depressed over this, and hard to go shopping when my selection of clothing is that much more limited. I'm trying not to let it get me down, but I could use some encouragement.
I have had almost the exact same experience. After about four months of making peace with food, I planned a shopping trip with my friends for my birthday. I was so upset to find that I had also gone up in size. My whole life I have told myself that I would never let myself gain enough weight that I had to shop at the "plus size" stores. I have gotten close before and that is when I would start a new diet and lose some weight. This time I bit my lip and walked in those stores and I was so pleased to find many clothes that FIT and LOOKED GOOD. Now when I get ready in the morning, I am actually excited to get dressed. I am still discouraged that I am gaining weight but I know that making peace with food is a necessary process. I remind myself often that I have dieted and over eaten my whole life - I can't expect to learn this new way to eat in just a few months. Because it might take years, I have to accept myself and RESPECT my body. This is easier to say than to do. Good luck and thanks for your post - I can totally relate.