I survived Thanksgiving and it was probably the best yet. After 6 years of hosting, there have been ones more memorable than others. Some have been good and some not so much.
Last year’s by far was the worst with my emotional state and postpartum. So, I made sure to make this year work for me!
I finally was able to let go and actually listened to what would make the day best for me. I stopped worrying about how I could make the day special for everyone else. This was causing me to have HUGE expectations that just seemed to never be accomplished.
In my last blog post, I walked you through my tips to having a guilt free holiday. I’ve been doing those tips for a while, but this year I made sure to do every single one of them!
And guess what? It worked!!!!!
I was not bloated. I didn’t feel heavy and gross after the guest left because I ate too much. I didn’t deprive myself…I definitely enjoyed wine and dessert. It felt like a normal day of eating with a cheat included and surrounded by family.
I woke up before the rest of the family, got a killer workout in and made sure to eat right during the day leading up to the big feast. During the meal, I paced myself with the food, left some food on the plate, and made sure to drink water.
I enjoyed each moment and appreciated it for what it was.
When the kids were acting crazy, I took a deep breath or a sip of wine and allowed them to be…KIDS!
When I needed to wash dishes and my husband was cutting the rest of the turkey making the kitchen crowded…I took my youngest outside to get some air and play with him…he laughed and I laughed.
When my turkey pan lost its coating while cleaning it…. instead of being annoyed, I actually was relieved because now I can just buy the pan you can throw away after one use and that means one less dish to clean!
These moments and mind shifts happened throughout the day. It made me calmer, lighter and really enjoyed all the crazy fun moments we had.
You deserve to enjoy the holidays like everyone else!
One last tip, I did a cord cutting visual (blog post coming soon) during my meditation the day before Thanksgiving and I swear it helped me to be able to finally really let go of the expectations and things that would weigh me down.
Hope my experience speaks to you and helps you in some way.
Till next time…Sparkle on!