I Gained More Than Weight Over The Holidays

I gained 13 lbs over the Christmas break.

In fourteen days, I went from weighing 142 lbs to 155 lbs.

That’s a big gain on my 5′ 4” frame in two weeks.

Noticeable to you? Perhaps, but probably not.

Recognized by me? No doubt.

Some of it water weight? I suppose.

But I gained more than weight over the holidays, and the more significant gain benefited not only me but my spouse and kids too.

This extended vacation and the self-inflicted, highly encouraged by my family lackadaisical and go-with-the-eating-flow attitude I held on to all break long, opened my eyes to the surprisingly heavy emotional weight of my actual physical weight on my happiness and how un-beneficial and ridiculous that is.

So, no, I’m got going to dwell on the pounds I gained, when instead I can focus on what else I procured during this time like










And those gains are the ones that deserve recognition as they speak to my mental and emotional growth as a typically appearance-centric, self-conscious, approval-seeking woman in my thirties.

I may have arrived home a bit heavier, but I can assure you I feel lighter.

I gained some pounds sure, but I shed the disdain I feel over them.

I didn’t lose any weight, but I did rid myself of the idiotic belief that I needed or need to in the first place.

While I’m not saying that you need to go on an eating and drinking frenzy to have fun, I am absolutely maintaining that if you do, you shouldn’t feel an ounce of guilt over it.

My weight is up.

That’s a fact.

But, so are my spirits.

And that’s a more important one.


This piece originally appeared at Jthreenme, published with permission.

Nicole Merritthttp://jthreenme.com
Nicole Merritt is a mother of three, a freelance writer, co-host of I Am The Worst Parent Ever Podcast and the Owner and Founder of jthreeNMe; an imperfectly authentic peek at real-life marriage, parenting, and self-improvement. jthreeNMe is raw, honest, empowering, inspiring, and entertaining; it’s like chicken soup for those that are exhausted, over-stressed and under-inebriated, yet still utterly happy. Nicole's work has been featured by NBC's TODAY Show, Love What Matters, Scary Mommy, The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, CafeMom, Popsugar, Motherly & many others. You can follow Nicole at jthreeNMe.com and as @jthreeNMe on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter!

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