Hi everyone, Cody here again and I hope this post brings some encouragement today.
Here in Atlanta, signs of spring are starting to pop up and it is making me sooo happy. Baby John and I love going on long walks and just soaking in all the fresh air. If spring is still a long way off wherever you live, hang in there! Sunshine and blooming plants will be here before you know it. When it’s cold and dreary, it can be easy to forget what the warmth of spring even feels like. Maybe you feel this way on your intuitive eating journey. Perhaps you grew up as a normal eater, eating any and all foods and experiencing zero guilt and shame around food, exercise or your body. Then you fast forward years later and you find yourself stuck in diet culture, consumed by the “shoulds” we all see everyday. People telling you to eat a certain way, look a certain way, or move a certain way. It can be all consuming and I think it’s safe to say, almost all of us have been there to an extent. Therefore, if you are struggling and know your attitude around food, movement and your body is not positive- that’s okay, you are not alone and there is HOPE.
Change is on the way. Perhaps you are implementing positive changes slowly but surely into your lifestyle. Maybe you are trying scary foods you haven’t allowed yourself to enjoy in years, eating more foods in general, taking a break from exercise, turning off certain “noises” in your head, choosing joyful movement, avoiding My Fitness Pal, logging off social media, or simply taking care of yourself in a new way. If you are in a season of recovery, no matter how intense – I know it’s not easy. These are murky waters and it’s probably more uncomfortable than you thought or like to share with others. You may be taking a seemingly small, tiny step in the grand scheme of things. That’s okay…really, that’s awesome. The small steps WILL add up and you will see spring soon. A new life of freedom and true health is on it’s way and it is for you. I see space on the others side and it’s being saved for you.
I’ve heard so many overwhelmed clients say, “I’m not so sure, maybe this whole food and exercise freedom thing isn’t for me.” Don’t let your unhealthy mind win that easily. It is not true! Eating in a way that feels GOOD and moving in a way that is NOURISHING, and honoring your body with RESPECT is right and within reach for everyone. No matter how many years you have spent obsessing about your calories or how many miles you ran that day. You can experience a day when you are not worried about what you ate or how much you ate. You can experience a day when it won’t matter how much you moved. You can experience a day when your values in life are not dependent on what size pants you wear or the number on the scale.
Robyn and I and everyone involved with Real Life Women’s Health fully believe there is hope for full recovery for everyone. It is possible. Yes, it’s a journey and a fight to get there and it can be really hard in the day to day but you are worth it. Tell yourself that even if you don’t believe it…action precedes belief a lot of times. And in recovery, action must happen in the midst of anxiety. There are many women who have walked in your shoes, worked past the anxiety of change and enjoyed the freedom of “spring”…and you can too. Know that you are not alone.
Take a moment and paint a picture in your head. Ask yourself what you want your life to look like. For example you might be thinking, “I want food to just be food, I don’t want to think about it all the time. I want to exercise if I want to, but I don’t want to feel anxiety if I don’t get to it that day. I want to be able to go out to dinner with my family and friends and not worry about what’s on the menu. I want to give my body the respect it deserves.” Then ask yourself WHY you want it to look that way. What are your values? What matters to you? What’s is your purpose in life? This is going to be your motivation when the waters are super murky and when the winter seems like it will never end.
Spring will come and it will be worth it. Those dreary, cold and dark winter days will be so worth it when you see that first flower bloom or experience that first t-shirt worthy spring day. Hang in there and know that the small steps really do add up. If you are doing one teeny tiny new behavior towards this freedom we talk about, that’s amazing. That’s one small step away from your unhealthy self and towards your healthy self. You are caring for yourself well, your body thanks you and you should be proud of yourself. Recognize the small wins.
I recently came across this quote by GK Chesterton. Maybe it will encourage you like it did me. “The mere pursuit of health always leads to something unhealthy. Physical nature must not be made the direct object of obedience; it must be enjoyed, not worshipped.” We are not meant to obsess about health. This kind of focus and attention will always lead to an unhealthy obsession if we pursue health the way society compells us to. Our physical bodies are meant to be enjoyed and not worshipped. You are more than your body!
Do you feel like you need more encouragement? Maybe you need someone to walk alongside you in this journey or you have some unanswered questions. If any of that resonates, know that I am here for you when the time is right. Nutshell Nutrition just got a brand new look and we changed to Real Life Women’s Health (heyyyyy!) and you can check out the new website here.
Stay encouraged! You’ve got this!!