Hi guys! How the heck is it already December? Holy shit.
Anyway. I just got back from a week in New York, where I indulged on some really delicious food for Thanksgiving. Followed by about 21 meals in a row eaten in restaurants. Many of which were accompanied by wine (and very little cardio, thanks to an injury). All in the spirit of the holidays…cheers!
Trust me when I say that when I tried to button my pants this morning, it wasn’t the easiest thing. Just kidding- we all know I don't wear pants with buttons. I was wearing yoga pants, but I promise they felt a bit more snug than normal.
Thanksgiving....ya feel me?
Once upon a time I would have decided right then and there that it was time for a diet, which I suppose is a totally common thing for someone to think about after a holiday season or after a trip dedicated to eating and not working out. But it wasn’t just Thanksgiving that would’ve set me off: I’d diet because it was going to be Monday the next day and I ate like shit all weekend. I would diet because I binged on a carton of ice cream and a bag full of tacos. I would diet if my jeans were too tight. I would diet because I “felt fat” or because I didn’t trust my own judgement enough to simply listen to my body, or because my friends were skinnier than me or because I just freaking felt like it. There are a million reasons to jump on the ol’ diet bandwagon but it doesn’t matter: If you’ve been on a diet in the past and you’re thinking about going on one again, it means that said diet(s) did not work in the long term.
Dieting is like a Chinese finger trap: the harder you work, the more screwed you get. You're lured by the promise of a quick fix and the structure you crave, and then it backfires and you’re sucked right back in. With less trust in your own body and brain each go-round.
You probably already know how many calories are in an apple, a carrot, or a Hostess cupcake. And if not, you definitely know how to look it up on the Internet. Assuming you know how to read, retrieving basic information about your body’s nutritional needs is not difficult, but most of us don’t trust ourselves to be left to our own devices. Instead we turn to the “experts” to give us structure and specifiations about how much weight we can expect to lose in weeks 1, 2, and 3.
Also -and this is a big also- dieting doesn’t teach you to figure out what your obstacles are. It doesn’t teach you that once you discover that your obstacles are “being busy” and “me no likey cooking,” you may figure a way to work around both yet still find yourself unable to walk past the candy drawer without grabbing a handful of peanut butter cups or hitting In N’ Out when you’re feeling a little sad. Dieting certainly doesn’t teach you that your relationship with food is literally everything.
Dieting only allows for one emotion: Wanting to be “skinny.” Dieting only gives you one action plan: Eat this, not that. Neither of those will ever be enough if you want to make real change.
My professional opinion is to give dieting the middle finger.
Anyway, back to this morning. My pants felt a little tight, and in a past life I would have jumped on the internet and looked for the latest weight loss plan. I would have felt horribly guilty about eating in restaurants for a week straight. It probably would have ruined my day. This morning, I grabbed a bigger pair of yoga pants, chugged a mason jar of lemon water, picked up some extra veggies for some much needed nutrients, and carried on with my day. I never thought “wow you’re a real fatass, Meg” or “I can’t eat for like, a week” or “nice job eating everything in New York!” Instead of Googling “Lose 5 pounds in a week” I searched “professional suitcase unpacker.” Because unpacking is the worst.
After years of trial and error, I now trust myself enough to know that I have a healthy relationship with food and can pick right back up where I left off before my trip, eating the nourishing but delicious foods I love. I know that my body will get back to it’s natural size without having to inflict any kind of torture upon myself.
Guys, aren’t you sick of torturing yourself to lose a few pounds, only toeventually “go off” the plan, gain the weight back, and hit repeat?! I sure as shit was and that’s why I haven’t been on one in 10 years. (Incidentally, my weight hasn’t fluctuated much at all since. Why? Because once I kicked the dieting addition and focused on my mindset and healing my relationship with food instead, my body found its natural weight and stayed there. Oh, irony).
This is probably a good segue to announce that I’ve been hard at work creating a new program that I’m going to launch mid-January.
More details coming soon, but my goal is simple: to teach you how to overcome the same BS I did. Whether your obstacle is a lack of knowledge about nutrition, or you’re tight on time, tight on money, constantly traveling or entertaining, have a strong distaste for cooking; whether you emotionally eat, binge eat, are riding diet merry-go-round, and/or a million other things or combination of things, I've been there, done that. I consider myself an expert at overcoming just about anything weight/food/body/ related, and now I want to show you how to do the same. Because I know what it feels like to want the amazing, high-energy, glow-y, effortlessly healthy life that you know you so deserve, and I also know what it feels like to actually live it.
*My other goal is to keep it super affordable, so if it feels out of reach there will be ways to make it work for you! It will be more affordable than one-on-one coaching and it will bedifferent than group coaching - I promise this will be a category of it’s own! If you are interested in some early info, just shoot me a note here and I’ll let you know what’s up :)
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm grateful for each of you.