why i’m ok with a little “winter weight”
Do you know what I dislike about some healthy living blogs (aside from the overuse of selfies at the gym….wait, I do that.)?!?!
The allusion of perfection.
I was talking about this with Becki today (who came to one of my Track Star workouts! YAY!). Some of the most motivational and inspiring bloggers are those who wear their vulnerabilities on their sleeves. Honesty and openness about imperfections are what make these people PERFECT. Now that I think about it – the posts I’ve written that unveil my current/past problems get the highest number of views. We crave vulnerability. For someone to say that, “Hey! I’m just like you. I have imperfections. I’m working on them, but I’m not quite finished yet. It’s a journey.”
And I have something to share with you today.
I do it every single year.
Put on my 2-3 pounds of “WINTER WEIGHT”.
Maybe that’s “unhealthy” for me to say. But it’s the truth.
My clothes still fit the same. I feel great. But I wouldn’t exactly take naked pictures of myself right now.
And I’m perfectly fine with it.
In fact, I WELCOME it!
Because it’s a side effect from:
- Time spent with family and friends.
- Indulging in great food that only comes around once a year.
- Early evenings in, cuddling with my little family.
- Parties filled with laughter, White Elephant gifts and the best mini-pecan pies around.
All good things. No. GREAT things.
Things that I want and need in my life. Things that ENRICH these earthly experiences and make this season all the more merrier.
For the past 10 or so years, I go into this season KNOWING that I’ll be just a little heavier for the months of November and December. I indulge. I still get my workouts in. I experience LIFE and live in the moment – these precious moments that could be taken from us at any time.
And the thing is….
IT ALL EVENS OUT.
Come January and February, the Christmas sweets and parties are a distant memory and those couple of pounds VANISH without much work on my part. I don’t get rid of them with fasts, diets or food challenges. I simply pay more attention to the things I put into my mouth. I stay consistent with my workouts (which have never really been a problem). My “winter weight” – GONE.
I realize that it might not be that simple for you. That it might take more time or that you can’t trust yourself around food right now. But I’ve found that this is what works for me. And it’s taken SEVERAL years for me to find this groove.
My opinion: Enjoy the holidays. Eat some cookies. Get some great workouts in. Spend quality time sitting around the tree.
And stop worrying about the rest.
It will all even out.
QUESTION: Do you gain “winter weight”? Are you ok with it? How do you get it off?