I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was a fun and relaxing one filled with family time and delicious food! Ours was just that, and I couldn’t have asked for better.
Sadly, the holidays haven’t always been full of relaxation and delicious food for me. Up until a few years ago, I spent the holidays in my late teens and early twenties full of anxiety. All of the holiday meals and sweet treats surrounding this time of year caused me to be consumed with calories and what I should and shouldn’t be eating. Rather than enjoying my time with family and being in the moment, I was often times calculating calories in my head, wondering how I would work off the piece of fudge I just ate, and contemplating whether I should get seconds. Trust me, it was as horrible as it sounds and it was absolutely no way to live.
I know many people struggle with the same thing this time of year. I often get asked how I changed my ways and got past all of this. I owe it to a few things – God’s grace and love for me first and foremost, followed by the accountability and support from family and friends, and last but not least, working on something way deeper than calories … my self confidence. I believe that our desire to be in control of all of these silly things like what we should or shouldn’t eat, how many calories we’re consuming and burning, and so on and so forth often stems from something a lot deeper. The key is to figure out what that thing is and work on THAT, pray about THAT, and conquer whatever that THAT is. This is where you’ll find freedom.
I hope and pray that each and every one of you can love yourself so much that you want to take care of your body by feeding it nutritious foods, keeping active, and doing things you love – all without depriving yourself of life’s joys. It’s about balance, my friends.
Let’s strive toward balance this holiday season, yes?
Questions for you!
How was your Thanksgiving? What’d you do?
How are you going to strive toward balance this holiday season?