Relax and Enjoy!

Hey friends!

A few things:

  • You guys are the best! Your comments help me so much as I am in this new phase of my life 😉
  • I promise I will eventually respond better to comments, emails, and your blogs. I don’t often have free hands lately… 😉 So thanks for understanding!
  • I had the worst night’s sleep the other night. Lily is adorable, but when she gets fussy & doesn’t necessarily want to eat OR wake up, it’s exhausting. (I told you she has some bad nights too).
  • I have a sore throat. BOO.
  • Jared is so patient with me, it’s amazing.
  • Lily is exactly 1 month old today!

1 month

  • I am SO excited for the holidays!


With that last one, I just wanted to share some thoughts on that from a workout/eating perspective.

Relax and Enjoy!

I used to have major issues around the holidays because I was so disordered in both eating & exercise. The holidays obviously bring a lot of fun foods, treats, parties, and various activities that often throw off a schedule.

And for a planner like me the holidays brought a ton of anxiety. :/

Nowadays though?! I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!! And the treats. And the parties. And the extra fun! And the different schedule.


Instead of worrying about any of it, I embrace it.

And because I embrace the fact that I will probably indulge more, I am able to relax about it.

Does that make sense?

When we get uptight about something we tend to feel more anxious, worried, and frustrated….and we’re not able to relax.

But if we approach the holidays with an attitude of excitement, we’re more likely to just relax and ENJOY those moments. And those foods. And the parties.

Besides, when we approach things like the fun events & food with excitement and a more relaxed attitude, we’re more likely to enjoy the occasional treats, feel satisfied, and NOT feel a need to overeat or binge on those fun foods.

I’ve said it before, but as I’ve had a healthier approach over the past few years I’ve never gained weight over the holidays–and a few times have even lost weight during this season. WHILE indulging in alllll the treats I wanted to.

The brain is smart–so when you relax and stop worrying so much about calories, macros, etc., you’re more likely to eat intuitively and stop when you feel satisfied.


So go ahead & ENJOY Thanksgiving tomorrow my US peeps, and we’re all going to enjoy the wonderful month of December together. Deal?! :)


I am off to prep some homemade rolls (mmmmmmm!), help with some pies, and teach BP tonight.

My favorite part of T-Day is the rolls, turkey, and ice cream. Can’t wait!

Have a WONDERFUL day!! <3

What is YOUR approach to the holidays and all the fun foods?!? What helps YOU relax the most?!? What is YOUR favorite food at Thanksgiving??! 

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  1. CarolineO says:

    Really? I didn’t know turkey was one of your top three? I am looking forward to the cranberry salad, rolls, yams annnnmd pumpkin cheesecake :)

  2. i love your approach to healthy eating! if only the rest of the world could hear it…… my favorite on thanksgiving is my mom’s stuffing – itz seriously the best!!!
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  3. I adore you and your approach to the holidays! I 100% agree, the holidays are not something we should just get through, and I also agree that being uptight about indulging can lead to more indulging and feelings of guilt, etc. Not something anyone should feel at Thanksgiving or Christmas! I definitely want to feel more like you these holidays and truly enjoy! Always a work in progress! 😉
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  4. Hands down, my Dad’s apple pie is the highlight of Thanksgiving – yum. Drooling right now just thinking about it. :)
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  5. Yes! Totally agree with you, and I can also definitely relate. Holidays used to bring me soooo much anxiety, but now I look forward to them and say bring on the treats and parties! Actually while we were in AZ, we “indulged” a lot more than usual, and I just embraced it. I won’t lie, I felt a little “blah” by the end of the week thanks to not as many veggies as I normally eat, but that’s about it. I weighed myself yesterday just out of curiosity, and I actually LOST a pound! Even while enjoying all those goodies and higher cal meals. I truly believe it’s because I wasn’t uptight, didn’t binge, and just enjoyed myself. :)
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  6. My family has this noodle recipe that’s been passed down through the generations that is amazing. I have the recipe on my blog, but it’s just noodles and bits of turkey and it kind of tastes like chicken and dumplings. It is SO good!
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  7. I totally agree with you! If I learned anything from pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s that my body doesn’t care about what number of calories I’ve hit – when it’s hungry it’s hungry and if need to eat! That being said, I’m planning on enjoying some mashed potatos, broccoli cheese casserole and turkey this thanksgiving:) (and hopefully a nice long run in the morning too!)
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  8. Whoop whoop! I try to enjoy the holidays and indulge on those foods I can’t get on the regular. I am teaching turkey day classes tomorrow- I’m so excited!

  9. Chatelaine says:

    Thank you for the reminder. I need to relax, I need to embrace, I need to enjoy. I’ve been so stressed for the past week for such small things……….. I caught a cold and have been fighting it all week. We hosted a dinner party, work is busy, I’m seeing JT tonight!!! and then fly to Denver tomorrow. I haven’t worked out in a week and I’m stressing. So THANK YOU for the reminder that relaxing, and embracing is such a good thing………..

  10. That is definitely the best approach to holidays! We just need to relax and listen to our bodies – they’ll tell us when and what to eat, and when we’ve had enough!
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  11. I totally agree! My mom always makes cinnamon rolls on Thanksgiving and two years ago when I was struggling with anorexia, I didn’t have one. WHO AM I TO PASS UP A CINNAMON ROLL?! 😉
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  12. one month already!!! crazy how fast they grow up :)
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  13. danielle says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your family shiny star!!!
    I’ve made some delicious pumpkin butter to take over to our potluck for tomorrow, and then I’ll pick up some veggies and breads. I’m excited about bread with my pumpkin butter, not gonna lie… lol. Since I know the turkey cook, I’m not “as” excited, hahaha.
    Big hugs and lots of thanks,

  14. So exciting to think about Lily’s first holidays – holidays with a child are SO fun! Hope you enjoy the weekend with your family! :)
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  15. Annie C. says:

    “We’re all going to enjoy the month of December together. Deal?!”
    Annette- YES! It is a deal!
    I have been thinking lately that the last couple of years December and the holidays is something I’ve been trudging through. It’s grueling.
    I am a true lover of Christmas and I don’t want to feel this way! I want this year to be different and I DO want to enjoy the season and feel the magic in the air!
    Yep, you got a deal on this one!



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