3 simple yet complex words with such a history for me.
I was so inspired the second I saw this tank top to 1) not only ROCK it because it’s what I believe in as well but 2) share what these 3 words mean to me at 28 years old…
E A T:
My first eating disorder was when I was 10. I had severe anxiety which led me to “controlling” my food in order to be in control of something (which at the time, gives you peace). I listened to anything I heard on TV like “don’t eat after 6pm” which is a myth but, my 10 year-old-self would have massive anxiety if I ate anything at 6:01pm.
I was ruled by a clock & my anxiety. I went to therapy for years & it truly saved me with the amazing support of my family.
In college, EAT took on a whole new anxiety. I wanted to look a certain way & I would go to some extreme measures to do it. Put myself on a “diet” that I knew nothing about doing & worked out 2-3 times a day in order to attain “abs” or “perfection”.
Guess what? I got abs..along with some of the most unhealthy moments of my life. Hair falling out, gut issues, pigheadedness, no menstrual cycle, & I was far from “thriving.”
My light bulb moment was when I was student teaching & realized I was telling them to fuel their bodies yet I wasn’t.
How would I be a role model to these students that I was so passionate about teaching?
I started to slowly incorporate more food & less workouts & it took TIME.
Years of challenging myself daily to eat a bit more & love myself for who I was without chasing perfection.
Now, I eat to FUEL.
This was a smoked salmon fritatta at breakfast with mamacakes
when I was visiting home! (First Watch Cafe is the BEST!)
I have a nutrient dense base with no foods off-limit (if I want a donut, cookie, etc. I EAT it because life’s too short not to enjoy in a moderation that works for you) it took a long time but it’s such a big milestone for me.
L I F T:
I LOVE lifting & being strong. I also love knowing that I can always improve & get STRONGER.
I love challenging myself yet not crushing myself with cardio as a safety net. I lift multiple days a week & then throw in bodyweight movements & classes because I truly ENJOY them.
Finding a balance of lifts, intensity, & rest/recovery is something I’m always finding for myself.
(shout out to my awesome facial expressions when lifting, haha!)
For too long I took lifting & eating to an extreme and I believe it’s so important to be CONSISTENT and NOT extreme.
Do what you ENJOY to be strong & feel awesome.
T H R I V E:
When I put the above together, I’m thriving so much more & am thankful that I can help others do the same.
What does EAT. LIFT. THRIVE. mean to you?
Be true to you,