Thanksgiving is in just a couple of days. Hard to wrap your mind around, huh?
I know there is so much temptation & when you are dealing with any kind of weight issues, it can be a tough holiday.
Whether you have a battle with weight, an eating disorder, medical issues, or a combination, it can take a toll on your emotional health. It is also easy to view food as an enemy or a villain but that's not the case. The real battle is our own mentality. We are our own worst critics and our own worst enemies. Food is just in the path of the destructive thinking patterns.
Focus on treating yourself well this Thanksgiving. The less harsh you are on yourself, the more positive you become & in turn, the better choices you make.
It's okay to have anxiety over the dishes being served but remember, you are in charge of your choices.
The goal isn't to be perfect. The goal is to try using the new strategies you are learning. Remember, progress, not perfection.
Even if you are not where you want to be physically, you are still here and you may have accomplished so much emotionally.
This journey is a continuous process & we will continue to learn as we keep going.
It's okay to give in to a couple of treats. Moderation is key but if you are still learning portion control and moderation, that is okay. Just try your best.
There is NO reason to feel guilty for enjoying a meal & indulging in a piece of pumpkin pie.
I read something someone wrote on a blog a while back. I wish I could remember who it was & if it was you let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. I don't know if I have this exact but here it goes:
"Would you feel guilty for filling the tank in your car with gasoline? Probably not, so why would you feel guilty for nurturing your body. Food is just that, fuel for your body."
I hope that hits a chord with someone out there who is struggling.
I know it's still going to be a major struggle for a lot of you.
All of you are working hard and putting effort into learning healthy coping strategies for your issues. No matter where you are at at this moment, you should be proud of yourself for just deciding to tackle your issues.
It's a continuous process but you are capable of doing well, even on tough holidays.
Don't be your own worst enemy. Remind yourself of all the positive changes you are making and have already made.
Another issue that may be a struggle for a lot of you is your family members who aren't invested in becoming healthier. Some of them may ask you or even push you to eat something when you don't want to. It is okay to say NO. Don't sabotage yourself to spare their feelings. If you have a difficult time saying no, thank them for offering and tell them you may have a piece later. They will probably forget as time goes by.
So to sum up: The biggest battle is within yourself. Focus on something positive about yourself & be kind to yourself. Remember, you are in charge of your choices. You are strong and capable. It is okay to enjoy your meal. Progress, not perfection.
I wish you all a very wonderful Thanksgiving.