WoW: Breathe

Words of Wisdom:

“Breathe in, breathe out. No fear, no doubt.”

-Martha Beck, quoting a song lyric I haven’t been able to find.

This is a great little mantra for all sorts of life changes: starting a new career, moving to a new home, beginning or ending a relationship, etc. It may even be helpful for those of us changing our lives through healthier eating and exercise, especially during these sugar-laden, time-crunched holidays. Maybe.

I’ve read lots (and lots) of blog posts recently that held an undercurrent of dread or fear surrounding the holidays. I still struggle with a teensy bit of that myself, and I think that what lurks behind it, for me, anyway, is a fear that I’ll get off the health(ier) bus and lose my lifetime boarding pass.

Nonsense, of course, and I know that. Well, 99.63% of the time I know it. In those other times, when I catch myself feeling the niggle of holiday food anxiety threatening, I’m going to take a few breaths and remind myself that these holidays are precious time with friends and family and are meant to be enjoyed, not feared, and if I do step off the bus (or even if I step in front of it), I have no doubt whatsoever than I can get back on and continue my adventures.

Here’s what else I know: You can do it, too! I’m certain of it! (And I’m not just saying that to be all rah-rah either. I truly believe it. With all my heart.) The question is do YOU believe it?

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On a side note, look what I woke up to this morning:

snow on evergreens

Snow!

I love snow! Even when it’s only a scant 1/4-inch! :)

Hope you’re having an awesome weekend! Remember to breathe!



15 thoughts on “WoW: Breathe

  1. It’s not so much losing the boarding pass as paying the fine getting back on the healthy bus.

    I figure if I can eat healthy for the majority of the month, eating indulgently for a couple days won’t hurt in the long run.

  2. I feel the same way now after maintaining my weight loss for almost 2 years there are times where I panic and start eating when I am not hungry, but I always go back to the healthy and fit life I now love. Food isn’t worth it, but sometimes I have trouble controlling my desire to eat.

  3. The funny thing is, for me, I don’t fear the holiday and the food like I thought I might. But there is some emotion there, some “I just want to have then over already” feeling going on. I had my first big event yesterday and I ate treats in relative moderation and didn’t feel guilty about it. I’m okay with that:)

  4. Great advice Cammy.. not only food but the stress of everything, expectations & family drama.

    Like you, I am not worried…. I have plan! :-)

    Even if I eat a bit more, I will be back to it right away… most people can make it thru.. just get back to it & don’t wait.. waiting may lead to more days than a person wants to happen…

  5. Cammie this is true! Most people simply dread this time of the year. I’ve read that a majority of people gain an average of 5 pounds over the course of the holidays.

    I still manage to enjoy the foods this time of the year, but I know how to keep it all in check. Enjoy the holidays!

  6. ” a fear that I’ll get off the health(ier) bus and lose my lifetime boarding pass.”==dealing with a little bit of that myself this year. Its good to hear others (who are succeeding) have the same problem. Today I went to the gym and weighed myself–irrational fears temporarily relieved. Oh, and I did do a good workout too.

  7. ” a fear that I’ll get off the health(ier) bus and lose my lifetime boarding pass.”==dealing with a little bit of that myself this year. Its good to hear others (who are succeeding) have the same problem. Today I went to the gym and weighed myself–irrational fears temporarily relieved. Oh, and I did do a good workout too.

  8. Almost every time I come to your blog, Cammy, I leave it feeling more calm, more confident about my recovery process, more hopeful, more positive. Do you realize what a gift you are giving??? Thank you and bless you!

  9. ok
    could peaceful bird have left you a better comment?! (points upward)
    I caint compete with that.

    so so so so flipping (true and) kind.

  10. I like that saying! And, although I’m not a HUGE snow fan, I have to agree it’s pretty. We have quite a bit up here in Northern Mich. It will be a white Christmas for sure, and that does make me happy. :)

  11. Thanks for your post reminding everyone to “just breathe.” I think a lot of people eat because of stress and simply remembering deep breaths can help to reduce the stress.

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