I hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving! My Thanksgiving was so nice. Kevin and I worked out first thing in the morning and burned off our calories before we ate them…not sure if it works that way but I am just going with it haha. After out workout we went over to my parents house and helped prepare everything for our family to come over. It was very nice and very chill. We also had some friends join us for our meal and it was so nice to spend time with them too. I am going to be honest with you guys and let you know what happened for me on Thanksgiving this year. Normally I don’t eat anything my mom or family cooks. I always bake the pies and I never ate any of that either. I ate my own food and my own dessert. I was very extreme and thought I would gain weight back if I ate, and the thought of the scale going up at all scared the hell out of me. So I deprived myself all together and did not even take a bite of anything. That is no way to live. I am not saying our goals do not matter and we should just go “off plan” every time there is a holiday, or food around, or special treats and throw all of our goals out the window. But what I am saying is being extreme, in both ways, is not the best way to go. I learned this the hard way and to be honest it is something I still struggle with. I feel like I go all in or I am all out.
This year on Thanksgiving I decided to enjoy myself. If you have been following me for a while you will probably know that I have not weighed myself in quite some time. So the freedom of being “defined by a number” did not play into this Thanksgiving. That took a lot of stress and pressure off of me. I knew that no matter what I chose to do, or not to do I would be ok because there would be no number to define me. I knew I wanted to workout in the morning so thats what I did. I got in a great workout, got nice and sweaty and just physically and mentally felt good.
When it was time for the meal, I had my side dishes that I prepared on the table for everyone to enjoy with me and along with all of the other food. I did fill my plate with a little bit of everything and I think I maybe took 1 bite of everything before I was stuffed.
Something that I have worked on over the years is listening to my body, especially on days I am having “treats” and to stop eating when I feel full or satisfied. After I was “done” I immediately cleared my plate so I did not sit there and keep eating when I was done. For dessert I ate a slice of my crustless pumpkin pie and did add some homemade whipped cream. It was so good.
I felt very proud of myself to enjoying my day and not allowing food to control me. I was happy that I finally got to enjoy a holiday with my family where we all ate the same food. Even though I am proud of myself I know I still have a long way to go, and for the record it took me a very long time to get to this place I am at today.
So no matter what happened on Thanksgiving, or last week, month or what will happen tomorrow, I hope you are all working on forgiving yourself, allowing yourself to live your life and most importantly loving yourself through it all. Never give up, never stop fighting, eat a piece of pie, and keep moving forward. You are in control and you have the power to keep standing still, taking steps back or to continue to walk forward! I may not be where I want to be on my journey, but I will never stop fighting to keep moving forward!
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