First things first- Happy WIAW! Head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out everyone’s eats for this week!
My lunches and dinners have been pretty boring so this week..and I kept forgetting to take pictures…so I’m just going to show you a few AWESOME breakfast ideas I’ve been trying lately!
My new favorite oatmeal combo- 2 egg whites + chia + frozen blueberries..and lots of cinnamon! The egg whites and chia make the oats soo voluminous! Amazing.
Now for a more serious topic..
I’m not going to lie. I like to tell myself that I’ve given up calorie counting, that I’m done being a slave to the scale, that numbers don’t define me- but sometimes they still do. I still find myself counting calories in my head nearly every day for almost every meal. I have been trying to put an end to this, but it is HARD! Hard to give up the control and security of knowing exactly what I’ve put into my body each day. I got rid of my scale at home a long time ago but I still occasionally weigh myself at the gym and allow that number to set my mood for the day, or at least a few hours. If I have an unplanned rest day I feel like I should restrict my calories all day almost as a punishment to myself for skipping a workout. I often find myself complaining of looking fat after a particularly indulgent meal.
This has all been on my mind for a while now and last night, I was thinking about what to give up for Lent and it hit me..I want to say goodbye to this negative self-talk and these unrealistic expectations once and for all! I’m tired of constantly expecting perfection from myself. It’s emotionally and physically draining spending so much of my time each day focusing on things that don’t matter in the long run. My friends, family, boyfriend, and most importantly, God, love me whether I’ve worked out 1 time or 7 times in a week, whether I had a salad or cheeseburger for dinner, SO WHY SHOULDN’T I??!
I am certainly not trying to push my religious views on anyone by ANY means, but for me personally, another issue I have with this negative self-talk is that I feel like I’m trying to “fix” God’s work. I am fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image, just as he wants me to be, and trying to restrict calories and constantly talking myself is talking down His amazing work. So, here goes 40 days of a whole lot of self-lovin!
Do you ever find yourself in the negative self-talk trap? How do you deal? Any tips will be appreciated!