Hey! Wow, things have been a little quiet around here. I’m not stressing about it, because, well, THIS…but I wanted to stop in and drop a quick what’s up. (Who talks like that? No one. Absolutely no one says that.)
I feel like a bunch of random Life Things are coming to a head at the same time (like that last-minute magazine article offer—I submitted my piece yesterday!—and my BodyFlow video—I’m taping Friday, YIKES).
Plus, it’s two weeks before Christmas and three before the end of the year…raise your hand if you’re super motivated right now! I’m actually amazed we found the energy to get the tree up…
I know a lot of healthy living blogs are like “don’t lose momentum! Power through the end of the year! Gaaah!”
But I think there’s a natural lull in life around this time of year for a reason. Some of us are better at slowing down than others, but we all need breaks. I’m not talking about browsing Pinterest for 10 minutes before bed—I mean a real, legit, shut-it-all-down BREAK.
Letting go can be very healthy. Case in point: remember when I was talking about postpartum weight loss and how it’s all about eating MORE, not less? Well, I accidentally proved my own point.
You’re going to hate me for this, but I think it’s important to share…over Thanksgiving, I ate piles and piles of food. I ate pie, I ate sweet potatoes with marshmallows, I drank sugary coffee drinks. I didn’t hold back in the slightest.
And I lost 5 pounds.
I was shocked. I actually stood there and stared at the scale for awhile. Even the second number was too low. (And it wasn’t “just water”—a week later, it’s actually even lower.)
After months of trying to watch what I ate, and even after the 10-day sugar challenge (which only got me down 3 pounds, rounding up), the thing that finally worked was—well, it was time—but also, it was letting go, completely.
Now, hold on. I’m not saying that swimming in sugar is the key to weight loss. My situation is specific to postpartum weight loss—I still had baby fat to lose, and all I had to do was convince my body that it didn’t need it anymore.
But I do think there are other lessons here. For example, stress is a huge roadblock to weight loss—maybe even the #1 roadblock. If letting go means letting go of stress, you could definitely see weight loss, regardless of diet.
So here’s to chilling out and enjoying the holiday season. January 1 will be here before we know it.
P.S. I completely forgot to show you a picture of my new short haircut!
Here’s one I got over the weekend for my magazine headshot…
(I know: who talks about “magazine headshots” like that’s a thing? I just wanted to explain why I look so uncharacteristically put together, and clearly computer air-brushed. Haha.)
Hope you’re having a great week!