Happy Tuesday! I’m going to take a break from Trainer Tuesday this week and share something else I had on my heart for today. You can look forward to some Trainer Tuesday fun next week! Until then, feel free to get some workout ideas from my Workout Page.
My birthday this year brought back some memories of my previous birthdays within the past few years. Most of them were great memories of celebrating with family and friends, but some of the memories weren’t so great.
Looking back to a few years ago, my relationship with food was entirely different. I would eat “perfectly” all week and then give myself a “cheat day” one day a week and binge on whatever I wanted. This cycle would repeat pretty much every week. Just thinking about it makes me cringe. How did I ever do that to my body? There were wayyy to many nights that I remember going to bed feeling hungry and unsatisfied. Then there were the nights of my “cheat days” that I felt absolutely disgusting, sick to my stomach, and uncomfortable. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Uh yeah, not at all.
Because of my distorted relationship with food, I used to think of my birthday as my biggest splurge day of the year. It was “MY day” after all… I should be able to treat myself to whatever and how ever much I wanted, right? Um, no. Bad idea.
So did I indulge this year for my birthday? Absolutely! I enjoyed my frozen yogurt on Saturday night. I ate every last bite of the French toast I ordered for brunch on Sunday morning. And you better believe I had a piece of a red velvet-cream cheese roll for dessert that night. Along with enjoying a few more indulgences than I normally would, I also balanced it out with some healthier eats throughout the day. I made sure that I didn’t let myself get out of control as I was enjoying my treats. Today I got right back on track to how I normally eat, and I didn’t look back once at the indulgences I allowed myself to have from the weekend. It is so refreshing to be able to look back on my birthday weekend this year and know that I was consciously enjoying my favorite foods without it turning into an out-of-control binge fest.
Needless to say, I am SO glad I am past that phase in my life. I absolutely still struggle and some days are extra hard, but overall, my relationship with food is at a much healthier place than it used to be. I thank God, Cody, my family, and my closest friends for supporting me and encouraging me through that not-so-fun phase in my life.
- Have you ever had (or do you have) a skewed relationship with food?
- Do you allow yourself to indulge more than you normally would on your birthday?
- What would you choose to have as your birthday dessert?