The fall is almost upon us, and with this time of year comes football, holidays, travel, and festive gatherings. Essentially, really good food and booze start to roll in, and there are often plenty of reasons for us to celebrate.
This isn’t to say the Summer season isn’t filled with the same, but people tend to be more conscious of their choices due to the clothing attire accompanying the season. The colder months usher in heavier food (and hopefully red wine), and I’m allll about it!
Many of the women I work with are beginning to fret about the upcoming seasons.
- “I love Fall and Winter foods, and I tend to eat more of them.”
- “Football season is my favorite, and I love to eat the snacks and drink the beer.”
- “I really enjoy my wine nights in the Winter.”
- “I bake so many seasonal treats during this time of the year, and I really want to enjoy them.”
- “Holiday parties are my favorite!”
To anyone not stressing about their food choices or their weight, these statements seems innocent enough. All of these statements should be celebrated, right?
To the chronic dieter or food obsessed, these are relayed with a sense of stress and panic. Wanting to enjoy the season to the fullest is the ultimate source of internal conflict—
I want to change my body, but I also want to live my life!
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to pursue weight loss right now. You can actually take a break—permanently or temporarily—from pursuing body changes.
For many, living in a state of constantly thinking about diet manipulation is the norm, so to consider actually living life and thinking about other things is absurd. But there are certainly some benefits.
- Eating more food will allow your body to reset hormonally if you’ve been living in a chronic deficit.
- You can crush your workouts with the extra fuel.
- You may actually find that the weight loss you’re so desperately seeking isn’t what you really want—it’s giving yourself permission to actually live your life.
- You get to experience everything the season has to offer to the fullest.
- You’ll give yourself the opportunity to enjoy your favorite foods and booze in a way that aligns with your physical well-being—not an aesthetic goal. This means honoring a balance between enjoyment and nourishment. Essentially, this is an opportunity to practice.
- You can utilize this time to get crystal clear regarding your priorities. If you find that enjoying the season is more of a priority than changing your body, then that’s extremely valuable information.
That last point is important, as we often don’t take the opportunity to look up and ask ourselves if our autopilot manner of thinking is what we really want for ourselves.
Do I really want to be sacrificing the seasonal food, wine, beer, or the social outings? Or am I blindly following the societal programming I’ve been given that tells me I should constantly be moving towards a better physique?
If you answer these questions honestly, you may in-fact find that you don’t give a shit about changing your body right now, and that’s more than OK!
It’s tempting for us to feel ashamed when we’d rather eat and drink than lose weight, but that’s simply a product of societal conditioning. YOU get the make the choices you want for your body and your life, and you also get to change them whenever you feel necessary.
There’s nothing that says we have to be in a constant state of betterment of our bodies.
There isn’t anything that says we need to feel shame in response to wanting to change them either. My only suggestion is that you ask yourself if NOW is the time to do so. Is pursuing aesthetic goals really in alignment with your true desires at the moment?
If not—let it go. The opportunity to pick it back up will always be waiting for you if you so choose. In the meantime, go on and live your damn life and enjoy the wine, the festivities, and the heavy food to the fullest.