Nov 25, 2015
I put together my email this morning for my Be Your Best Self Accountability Group and I decided it was something that I should share with my readers as well. Many of us are in the middle of our fitness or weight loss journeys and are still striving to get to our "happy place," wherever that may be for us. However...
...it is so important that we learn to love our bodies now, just as they are.
I know this was a horribly difficult concept for me to grasp for years - I hated my body and I felt like it was holding me back from being happy. Well guess what? I lost a ton of weight (the wrong way) and I was more unhappy than I'd ever been. I gained it all back in my efforts to get my metabolism and health back in order after what I'd done to myself and guess what? I'm more comfortable in my own skin and happier now than I've ever been. Why?
Because I feel strong and I know that my worth has nothing to do with my dress size.
The holidays were of course a time that I would restrict more, exercise more, and be a ball of stress because I wasn't in complete control of what I was eating. I don't want anyone else to have to dread this time with family like I did, so today I'm sharing some tips for how to love and treat your body well over this upcoming weekend.
Tips For Loving Your Body
Don't starve yourself - you'll only make your likelihood of stressing and binge eating higher. Eat whole, healthy foods, EVEN the morning of Thanksgiving. Don't go through the day hungry or you'll feel more out of control of your food choices!
Choose higher quality food. FUEL your body and treat it well!
Move your body in a way that brings you joy. I used to exercise in an attempt to burn off what I was eating, and I hated it. It also made me hate myself. Get moving this weekend, but do it in a way that is FUN. Get your family involved!
Sleep! Being well rested any time, not just the holidays, is so important to keep your stress levels low and allowing your body to recover. Especially with the holiday, try to get in some extra sleep this weekend!
Make downtime a priority. Like I said above, I'm scheduling time to just be lazy. To relax and enjoy whatever it is that I love - whether that's mindless TV, coloring, reading - anything that keeps me relaxed!
Accept compliments. You know what you say when someone compliments you? "Thank you." That's it - no "oh but..." or "well,.." Just a simple "thank you" is all you need, don't qualify the compliment!
Forgive yourself. Did you way overeat at Thanksgiving dinner? Did you starve yourself and then end up bingeing on peanut butter at night? Forgive yourself. Note the behavior and move on. Beating yourself up will only make it worse.
Wear clothes you love and that fit right NOW. Do not torture yourself by squeezing into some dress or jeans that are too tight. Wear something that makes you feel comfortable! You're just punishing yourself otherwise.
Whether you love yourself exactly as you are, or you're far away from that - take little steps each day to treat yourself well. And talk to yourself as you would talk to your best friend, or your sister.