Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Balance and Accepting

I finished my 12-week no-sugar challenge on Sunday...

now I'm in a funk.

Here's the problem:

I splurged on Sunday and Monday. I ate way too much sugar and junk, and now I'm in a funk. At first, I was just depressed and bemoaning my body. You know, "Why am I so fat?", "Where is my self-control?", "Why does it seem like some people don't have to try so hard to be thin?", etc., etc....

All day yesterday I was thinking about my body image issues. I am 5'8" and hover around 147. I am fit and healthy. I run, bike, and swim miles and miles a week. Why can't I just be satisfied with where I am??

I could go into a diatribe here about media images, poor self-esteem, bad habits passed down from my parents, and on and on. I'm not going to do that, because I have to come to terms with this myself. This is about me not being satisfied with myself, and I'm not talking about weight here.

Today I realized that, for me, my body image is very much tied in to what I am eating. I do not look any different today than I did last week, but last week I had not binged out on sugar for two days!! After almost 35 years, you would think that I would have this figured out--when I am eating right, I feel good; when I eat like crap, I feel like crap (translation: I feel like I am fat.)

I wish I could find a healthy balance of eating right and splurging. When I have rules, I do really well, but I want to not have to have the rules. I want to just eat right. How hard can that be?

So, once again, I return to balance. This is really becoming a defining principle of my life this year. I need to balance healthy eating with occasional splurges. I need to understand that if I eat junk I get in a funk, but also allow myself to have a splurge guilt-free.

Most importantly, I think I need to work harder at accepting my body where I am right now.


  1. Kelly
    Great post. Sometimes I think about how a tri body is more about function than form-strong legs, strong arms even bad tan lines. Remain balanced.

  2. I am absolutely with you, Kelly. Last Friday I ate like crap--- we had no food in the house, so I grabbed James' leftover pizza for breakfast, had pizza for lunch (a co worker ordered it), and went out for dinner. I felt AWFUL.... the next day we got fresh fruits and good foods, and after one day of good eating, I felt so much better. (same thing with workouts... feel strong + thin when I workout.. feel gross + fat when I don't).


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