Man oh man was thanksgiving a good one this year. So many laughs, love and memories made with family, friends and my boyfriend. There are so many things to be grateful for every single day but thanksgiving reminds you of it all, and allows you to reflect on all you are grateful for. Of course.. one out of the hundreds of great things that occur on thanksgiving weekend is all of the FOOD. All of the turkey, potatoes, gravy, perogies, meatballs, biscuits, bread and of course PIE. Add on some appetizers, a few glasses of wine here and there, some beers and you have got a lottttt of stuff going in your body in a few days. Which is fine, I mean thats what big family get togethers are all about right? We cant skip out on things like that because were worried it will throw us off track of our fitness goals and we will lose all of our progress.
I totally understand if you feel that way, but trust me… life is way to short to stress about things like that. Family is way more important and thanksgiving dinners with pumpkin pie is literally way to amazing to skip out on.
BUT after all is said and done, thanksgiving is over, your headed back home and you are feeling large and in charge, bloated, fatigued, and desperate to feel better and less gross once again. Yeah I feel that haaaarddddd, after two big dinners, big breakfasts and a fair amount of drinks, I was feeling not so hott this morning like I’m sure a lot of you felt. I know its easy to get down on yourself and feel like you have to restrict calories, go extra hard in the gym this week, add in extra gym sessions, beat yourself up and obsess over any added pounds from the weekend but…
STOP RIGHT THERE. Because you don’t need to do any of that, and ALL of those things are disordered actions and thoughts, they will only take you back down an unhealthy, restrictive, non self-loving path which is not a nice path to go down. There is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging on a thanksgiving weekend, spending time with your loved ones, and not worrying about the gym, or calories or how much food your consuming. Like yeah its not healthy to stuff your face so much that you wanna throw up, no. But its healthy to just relax and enjoy yourself without beating yourself up if you have some pie or a bit too much mashed potatoes. Thats life, and you should enjoy it!
A weekend of good food and good company is not going to ruin your progress if you don’t let it. You have to focus on whats next, and how you move forward instead of punishing yourself for the past.
This morning I woke up and I felt super blah and not like myself at all. The first thing that came to my mind was oh I’ll just do extra cardio today and eat way less, no cheats and detox. Then I immediately caught myself because that I know from experience that thats not going to help. The reason is because that makes you view food and exercise as punishment, instead of nourishment. I workout and eat healthy because I love myself, not because I hate myself and to beat myself up for the food I ate. That creates such an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise which in turn, is bad for your mental health.
So instead of doing that, I just went about my day as I normally would. I woke up, ate a healthy breakfast which was a green smoothie. My body was really craving vegetables and nutrition so thats what I gave it. I was full and satisfied. Then, when it was time for the gym, I had a really great back & bicep workout that I’m sure was fuelled by all of the food consumed this weekend, but I didn’t go overboard. I didn’t add in any extra cardio, extra workouts or anything like that. I had a really great workout because I felt amazing during and had so much energy and then I felt really great after. If I would’ve have pushed myself so hard to burn off extra calories from thanksgiving, I probably wouldn’t have felt so amazing leaving the gym.
Its so important to not take any “action” after a holiday or an event that had lots of food or drinks. Just go about your usual gym routine and eat healthy as you usually do without restrictions. Like I said, it creates an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise and will lead you to only eat good and workout to look a certain way, not because you love yourself or to be healthy.
So just relax, have a killer workout, eat something good for your body, and be GRATEFUL for all of that amazing food you got to indulge in and enjoy. Be grateful for your body that allows you to do amazing things, and be strong and powerful. Love yourself and respect yourself enough to NOT restrict, count calories or do extra workouts as punishment. YOU are worth more then that.
I hope you all had an AMAZING thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones and enjoyed the shit out of some pumpkin pie.