As we get closer and closer to Christmas, Sloane’s campaign becomes even more important to me.
For anyone who’s ever had an eating disorder, holidays are difficult. Thinking about all the food, parties and busy-ness (so you can’t fit in workouts) is enough to drive you insane. Even if you’ve never suffered, I think it’s very easy to have a lot of anxiety and apprehension this time of year.
For several years, I secretly dreaded the holiday season. I knew I’d be surrounded by holidays treats, I would inevitably eat some, and feel so overwhelmed with guilt I wouldn’t even know how to handle it. I hit my absolute lowest weight a few weeks after Christmas one year – I couldn’t deal with the guilt and anxiety surrounding what I had eaten over the holidays (and in hindsight, it was not much at all) so my restriction got even worse.
Thinking about that now, and thinking about how many people worry about their food intake over the holidays really just makes me sad. There’s so much bombardment of “How to Eat Healthy Over the Holiday Season!” and “Your Holiday Party Survival Guide!” They tell us to have a snack before we go to a party, fill up on crudités, avoid the cookies, avoid the appetizers, avoid the eggnog, avoid this, avoid that.
You know what?
It’s ridiculous. The holiday season is absolutely meant to be enjoyed. The idea that we need to “survive” the holidays is just plain wrong. When I think of survival, I think of zombies, (Yes, Walking Dead-obsessed. And depressed that I have to wait until February to see more) I think of camouflage gear, I think of being stranded on an island somewhere. I do NOT think of Christmas cookies and I don’t think you should either.
So…I’m looking forward to the holidays and everything that goes along with it. I have 2 holiday lunches and one party this week. Over Christmas itself, I’ve got at least three dinners planned. I have a list of cookies and desserts that I want to bake. I’m thinking about what drinks I should make for New Years.
My freEDom this week? I refuse to feel any sort of apprehension, anxiety or fear regarding the holidays. I’m thoroughly excited for all the good eats and parties that are going to be happening. I refuse to restrict, I refuse to strategize, and I refuse to deny myself. I plan on enjoying whatever Christmas cookies come my way this year. My focus is going to be on spending time with people that I love, not about how many calories I’m going to eat. I’m planning on taking the week of Christmas off from formal exercise all together, so I have more time to focus on family and our celebrations.
Now that sounds like a good Christmas, don’t you think?.
Christmas Challenge time! I’m really loving it, thanks for putting it together Jenny!
So…favourite Christmas song. This one is pretty easy, actually.
A few years ago, my parents organized a huge trip for family and friends to take a bus up to Hamilton to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra. There was about 25 of us in total – it was amazing. It was actually the second time I’d seen the show, and both times it was incredible.
And I secretly wanted to learn how to play the violin after that.
So naturally, my favourite Christmas song is their rendition of “Carol of the Bells.”
Cause metal guitars = Christmas.
<— Are you with me in my “no guilt” Christmas?
<— Have you seen Trans Siberian Orchestra before?