“I don’t know how many times I have to tell you Brittany, but I don’t eat breakfast anymore. I’m intermittent fasting now.” Brittany (presumably): “Oh that’s right, I’m sorry I forgot. So when do you eat? What does it look like? Does it work for you?” .. .. 👆🏻Real snip of convo I overheard at the gym this morning. 🙄 I wish I could say the conversation ended there but as I overheard off and on 20 more minutes of the conversation, it was ALL DIET TALK. #Boring .. .. Lemme just say I REALLY wish my @beatsbydre were charged so I could listen to my standard pump up jams, podcasts or audiobooks BUT... I listened up so that I could write this post. .. .. 🤔You see- Bc I’ve created such strong boundaries for myself, I don’t actually overhear diet talk that much anymore. Usually it’s worse at the gym or at family get-togethers. And I’d totally give up the gym if it weren’t for all the variety in workouts I can do and my joy of being around people when I workout #extrovert .. .. 😳 This morning was a quick reminder of how utterly annoying people are when they’re on diets. Just sayin’... you are. You’re annoying and boring when you’re on a diet and that’s all you talk about. .. .. Come on ladies! We’re worth more than food and our bodies! I challenge you: next conversation you have, do NOT talk about food, diets, health or your bodies for at least 5 minutes. If you realize you have nothing to talk about, I suggest this is when you have a mass epiphany that you’ve lost touch with little things that once made you a super cool badass woman and I highly recommend taking up a new or old hobby that has nothing to do with “health” or “fitness.” .. .. Life is better, fuller, richer, deeper, and overall more fulfilling when you give up dieting for good! You are worth more! I believe in you! .. .. PS- for those wondering, in my “real life,” I RARELY talk about food unless I’m cooking. I don’t ever bring up my body or anyone else’s and if you ask my hubby or anyone close to me, they’ll tell you I like to talk. So it IS possible to TALK and have real, intimate connections with people WITHOUT talking about diets, food or fitness.
#HappyFathersDay to my best friend, lover, partner in crime, and best daddy ever @travisreinold ! It’s been a long year without you and we can’t wait until you come home babe! Thankful for FaceTime and modern technology so our kids still remember you! 😊 Thank you for providing and taking care of us, but thank you for serving and protecting our country! .. .. Happy Father’s Day to my dad! I love you and am so grateful for you and your influence and encouragement in my life.
Is weight loss morally wrong? No. Is it necessary to improve your health? No. Is it necessary to grow spiritually? Heck no. And anyone who has told you otherwise is sorely misled and I’m very sorry for that. .. .. It’s been proven countless times that a focus on WEIGHT LOSS only leads to long term weight GAIN and WORSE physical and emotional health. When you focus instead on healthy habits, you not only DO improve your health, but you are happier, saner, and emotionally whole along the way. .. .. For more on this topic, definitely listen to my latest episode of Its Not About the Food with Aubrey Golbek of @gracefueled_rd
Pregnancy and Intuitive Eating: [1st Trimester Reflections] .. .. 1. It’s actually REALLY hard to NOT weigh yourself in pregnancy. Or to NOT know your weight. - 2. It’s also totally possible, medically appropriate, and sanity-saving to NOT fixate on your weight. (So smash that scale baby!) - 3. Diet culture and weight talk are a 100x WORSE when you’re pregnant. Boundaries (and completely isolating yourself from most health and fitness articles) during this time is NECESSARY! - 4. #1sttrimester just sucks. Even with all the “tricks,” there is no cure for the all consuming fatigue and all day nausea and queasiness. And I’d even consider my pregnancies fairly mild. - 5. Twin pregnancy is NO JOKE. Every symptom is heightened. Morning sickness this time around was HORRIBLE. - 6. Bc of 3 + 4, your diet might consist of carbs, cheese and a lot of processed food with little desire for physical fitness for a couple months. It’s okay. Just survive. You’ll feel better eventually. - 7. There really is a miraculous shift come about 14 weeks. Not all mamas- and those that have sickness ongoing, mad props and love and hugs to you! But for me, I’m feeling much better! - 8. Getting clothes that fit (including bras) really does make all the difference! (Preggo or not, wear clothes that fit your body RIGHT NOW!) - 9. Pregnancy is a lot about surrender. You have so little control over your body, desires, moods, and energy levels during this time. Try to honor where you’re at. - 10. Weight gain is a good thing! Don’t overthink it. Don’t fight it. Embrace it early. It’ll make your pregnancy (and postpartum) experience so much more pleasant if you can see this as something GOOD and healthy, not something to be feared. - What Q’s do you have? What’s your experience? Fears? Concerns?
#throwback to this meme circa fall 2018. .. .. I’ve always had a hard time with the self-acceptance movement bc 1) I don’t believe we are good enough as we are. We are sinners and all fall short of the glory of God. 2) It’s easy to develop rules and guidelines for what makes us “good enough.” (Ex: being kind, being a “good” person and other vague definitions) SO, then it’s also easy to fall short and shame for that. .. .. When I realized that it was Christ who redeemed me and allowed me to be FREE, then I was able to accept myself, faults and all, bc Christ has already done the work. .. .. Nothing in this world will ever make me “good enough” outside of the work of Jesus Christ in my life. .. For full context, catch my latest podcast episode with Aubrey Golbek of @gracefueled_rd where I dive deep into faith, Christianity and food/body image issues.
This is not a judgment. This is a self-reflection. I talk a lot about my own journey with food and body image issues as it relates to my spiritual journey in my latest podcast episode with guest @gracefueled_rd .. .. I agree with @geneenroth that how we view the world spiritually is often how we view all things in our lives. From my own experience, when I was trapped in a “rules mindset” around food, I also was unconsciously trapped in a religious, legalistic way of life. .. .. As I grew spiritually and fully embraced GRACE in my spiritual life, I also was able to give myself grace around food and my body. And vice versa: as I gave myself more flexibility around food and grace with my body, I had much more capacity to grow closer to God. .. .. For my full conversation on this topic, definitely check out latest episode of It’s Not About the Food. .. .. “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” - Heb 3:15