If swimsuit shopping has you stressed out, you are not alone. The thought of putting on a swimsuit makes many women want to hide in the nearest closest until the next season hits. Now, it should go without saying that embracing your body, where it is, and enjoying time with family and friends, regardless of how you look in a swimsuit, is priceless. Don’t miss out on those memories just because you don’t like how you look in a swimsuit. However, I am also a woman and know that feeling good about ourselves is also very important as is making health and fitness a priority.
Whether you are trying to stay committed to your New Year resolutions, or just stay on track in your health and fitness routine, anyone will tell you that there are highs and lows. Staying motivated is not always an easy task. No matter what you end goal is—to kick a bad habit, lose some stubborn pounds, or gain muscle mass—some days are going to be easier than others.
Let’s take me as an example. Getting up at 5:30 a.m. on Monday mornings after a busy weekend takes a special push to get my tennis shoes on and me out the door. Even more challenging for me is working out in the evening after a long day at work (hence my morning routine). Maybe your challenge is keeping your fitness routine up throughout the entire week, or perhaps not skipping it for some weekend fun.
Stressors are not uncommon in today’s culture—long work hours, difficult co-workers, or relationship struggles, among so many others. Does a tub of ice cream or a bag of chips call your name when you are overcome with anxiety or stress? If this sounds like your life, you may very well be an emotional eater and, if you are, you are all too familiar with the cycle.
Emotional eating is more than just a “binge” on your favorite foods. Emotional eating is when we eat in response to some type of emotional trigger, such as stress, boredom or sadness. This response of eating is an attempt to feel better (manage) the emotions with food. Emotional eating is often thought of as a way to cope with negative feelings, but it is actually inclusive of all emotions, negative and positive.