I Gained More Than Weight Over The Holidays





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 Merritt
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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