An Honest Talk About Eating Habits

An Honest Talk About Eating Habits

Today’s blog post was not going to be about this. While it was going to be health related, after stopping at the grocery store with my mom and spontaneously buying a cookie from the delicious Monica’s Gourmet Cookies (the signature chocolate chip to be exact) I realized that my eating habits have changed. And actually in a good way.

Because honestly, I’m not as in shape as I was last year.

Last year, I had way more dance classes and went to the gym multiple times a week. I made more conscious choices about what I put into my body (although some might argue that’s just because I didn’t want college dining hall food anymore), but sometimes I would 100% overthink it and get way too anxious about what I was eating. My relationship with food was complicated. When you graduate/ leave for college everyone jokes (scares you) about the freshman 15. You’re leaving home for the first time and they think you’re gonna live off of ramen noodles and pop tarts. Although I did eat my fair share of ramen.

I didn’t gain the freshman 15. In fact after graduation, I lost weight. I can attribute some of this to my busy schedule and excitement of moving away from home that prevented me from snacking, but it was also because I was determined to not gain that god forsaken freshman 15.

When I transferred home, I may have gained weight, but I was happier. 

Like most of you know I transferred this year to a great college less than 20 minutes away from my house. And being at home meant I got my mom’s amazing cooking again – only this time I didn’t have dance 5 days a week to stay as small as I once was. Now, I know I’m a healthy weight for my age, but I’m definitely not where I used to be. And that’s 100% okay!!

It IS however, one of my goals to take care of myself and get back in shape, but this time I’m going to be listening to my body. No depriving. No excessive working out. It’s all about listening to your body, friends. Because if you want some of that chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (my personal favorite) after dinner then go for it!!

So with the New Years and all it’s resolutions here in full force I think it’s important to remember that we’re all human and that moderation is key. I’m really excited to share my fitness journey with you on here this coming year. I just wanted to remind everyone that being happy is just as important as being healthy. You need to love yourself and your body and accept that you’re human and every human has flaws. I promise you that eating that slice of pizza or that bag of chips won’t be the end of you. You’re still working on you and that really is a beautiful thing.

Abby Schuster
Abby Schuster

Abby is the founder and editor-in-chief at Abundance of Abby. Right now she’s most likely snuggled up with her dog while watching Mad Men or hiking the West Michigan sand dunes with her family.
Find her and this blog on social media @abbymayschuster 📷

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