Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week so far 🙂
Anyone else get a short week this week for Veterans Day?! It’s not a paid company holiday for us but my boss is letting me take it off and I have some major fun planned to boot! Details to come later 😉
With the holiday season gearing up – can you believe Thanksgiving will be here in about 2 weeks?! It brings to me a topic I’ve wanted to talk about that I feel effect many women, either with or without a past of disordered eating. You see it splayed all over the magazines “How to not gain weight this holiday season!” “Ways to keep your waistline in check during the holiday’s!” “How to navigate holiday parties the healthy way!” It all boils down to one thing – how do we maintain our healthy lifestyles while enjoying the indulgent foods this holiday season? It’s a struggle I still deal with and wanted to talk about with you all.
During my eating disordered days and when I was underweight there were a lot of negatives that came with it – lack of energy, lack of confidence, thinning hair, dry skin, nutrient deficiencies, feelings of deprivation and binge eating, etc. But there was one thing that, dare I say it, I did like about it – I could enjoy indulgences without any guilt since I knew in the back of my mind I needed those calories and could afford them. Crazy how the mind works, huh? I’m embarrassed to say it but I’ll be honest here in saying that’s what I liked about being underweight and why I stayed that way for so long. I feared being at a healthy weight because I feared not being able to indulge and do so in a moderate way – and then once at a healthy weight, I feared whether or not I could trust my body in staying there, or would the weight just keep climbing? But to live in fear with my weight and food is no way to live, neither is being underweight.
Through the years of overcoming my disordered eating and gaining to a healthy weight, I learned to trust my body and feel that right now it’s right where it wants to be. And though I’ve overcome a lot of fears through those years, there’s one I still battle with. How to (guilt free) enjoy holiday eating? I know to some it may seem so simple to answer – just enjoy the darn food, it’s the holiday’s, wheeee! Yeah wish it were that easy – with a mind like mine that’s just not the case. It’s still in the back of my mind of how I’m “mindfully” and “intuitively” going to enjoy these foods without fear all while enjoying what matters most during the holiday’s – being with family. And for these next couple months that’s going to be my main goal – to be present and enjoy every second with those I love so much. In the grand scheme of things does it really matter if I gain a couple (or 5!) pounds because I enjoyed delicious holiday foods with family and friends? I think not. Though I do want to remain healthy and exercise this holiday season because that’s what makes me happy (and trust me, you don’t want to see a cranky Shayla) – I also really want to enjoy eating my way through this holiday season, without fear.
I’ve grown and learned so much through this community – it helped me during my darkest days. So now I’d like even more help from you all…
I’d love to know from all you wonderful ladies how do you enjoy holiday eating, without fear/guilt? Do you struggle with it or does it come easy for you? What are your tips for maintaining your healthy lifestyle during this holiday season? Do you let yourself become more lax during the holiday season and board the healthy train come New Year’s?
Today I was especially loving my outfit and wanted to share with you all. I was gifted these adorable polka dot tights a couple years ago from my family and I’m just now wearing them!! What took me so long?
Do you like polka dots?! Whether they’re in season or not, I love them! 🙂
And yesterday was a sad day for my tried and true workout companion, who pushes me through a tough workout and gets those endorphins flowin’…Mr. iPod here is done. Gone to iPod heaven. It’s a sad day.
Well everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll see you all back here tomorrow! 🙂