Thursday Treats: Getting Honest with Myself

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Jonathon Kambouris

I had to give myself a bit of a talking to this week. I’ve been ignoring how I’ve been treating my body for months now. In fact I have a bit of a love/ hate relationship with it. I love making a stand against the media bullshit about weight loss, body image, body shaming (whatever size you are) and all those disgusting advertisements for unhealthy weight loss methods. But at the same time I’ve been lying… to myself.

I’ve shouted that I don’t care about losing weight but it’s something I’ve battled with since I was 14. I struggled with an eating disorder for over 10 years and when you’re that obsessed with something I don’t think it ever completely leaves you, even if you’re certified as ‘better’.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t ever want to get back there but I do need to make some changes. I need to make better choices. I know I’ve been abusing my body with too much alcohol and food that isn’t good for me. I know I’ve been crashing on the sofa most nights, sinking a bottle of wine and eating whatever processed crap is readily available in the cupboard.

So this week Gareth and I both started to pay more attention to what we’re putting into our bodies. We’ve been eating more lean protein and veg than anything else. If I lose some weight, than great, but that’s not really what it’s about. More importantly, I want to nourish my body. I want to feel good, not groggy, in the mornings and I don’t want to automatically reach for the Pinot Grigio at 6 pm.

Let’s do this!

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15 comments

  1. Same story here! I’ve been battling with this since my teens and I still can’t seem to figure out how to balance it all out. But I’m working on it.
    You’ve already taken your biggest step so far! :) (and that doesn’t mean you can’t have wine or some nice treats once in a while) To a healthy lifestyle! :)

  2. Urgh! I think the festive season puts everyone on a very unhealthy-binge-diet and it’s so hard to get off it! I am “attempting” my first run since long before Christmas today and by “attempting” I mean – “oh no. look at the weather – it seems to be raining”. MEH.

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  3. Good for you Kat, It’s not about size or weight but health. I am like you with the wine, but I eat very well. Always cooking from scatch with good products. It’s just a question of getting new habits. Baby steps and good luck.:)

  4. I felt exactly the same way as January hit.. Ideally I’d like to lose some weight but I just want to look after myself a little better.. Fewer gin and tonics.. Less snacking.. Fresh air.. Taking my make up off before bed.. I think it’s particularly hard when you work from home to feel fresher sometimes when you don’t ‘have to’ make the effort as often and sometimes don’t leave to house for too long.. Here’s to healthy January!

  5. Vicky Prodrick

    I was very much of the oh it’s only one or two glasses but then when that’s every night and then more at weekends I had to think about what I was really doing to myself. It wasn’t great for my well being and I was conscious of it becoming a crutch after a stressful day so I made a deal with myself that if I do a month of only drinking one night a week (and trying not to binge drink!) I get a treat at the end of the month. New shoes/bag/dress something to make me feel good without affecting my waistline/health.

  6. Elaine

    Snap! I’ve always struggled with my weight too. Looking back at last years Blogcademy pictures made me realise I have to make a change, I felt so ashamed! This year I’ve made some changes and I am trying to to be more healthy and spend some more time on myself. Heres to a healthy 2014! xxx

  7. Same for this household! We have started a diet/lifestyle change and the key is definitely to do it together. You have the support then and don’t have to watch your hubby scoff down cream cakes whilst you eat an avocado. 2014 is the year. Good luck Kat and Gareth – we are with you in moderation spirit x

  8. Nadine

    Good on you Kat! You are a stunningly gorgeous woman and you certainly don’t look unhealthy, but you are so right about developing new habits to better nourish your body. :)

  9. I know exactly what you mean, it’s a constant struggle for me to find a balance. Why is it so difficult when it really is so simple! :)

  10. I think your attitude is great, I’ve been overweight through to being dangerously thin, now I’m on the more curvy side, but nourishing my body and treating it right is so much more important than fitting into the medias completely warped reality of what a healthy (or desirable) body is. I write about healthy living, but from what I hope is a completely different angle to a lot of others. You’ve got to give yourself food that nourishes your body, but food that nourishes your soul as well. A girls gotta have a slice of cake and glass of wine occasionally!

  11. I feel the same, I don’t necessarily want to lose weight but I know that I need to make some changes to my diet so that I have more energy during the day as opposed to feeling tired by midday. I don’t know if I could stop drinking wine though – I love my vino a little bit too much :)

  12. Samantha

    I think it is human nature that if we say we cannot have something then we want it all the more, so in that case I feel that all diets are doomed to fail! I am hoping to drop the two stone post pregnancy weight that is preventing me from wearing my vintage dresses. However, rather than go bonkers and cut everything naughty out I just cut down on portion sizes. Beware the low fat label, often low in fat but high in sugar!

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