Weight gain = life gained in recovery. Yet that’s a hard term to swallow especially when you’ve spent 4, 5, 10 years focused on always losing weight and being as thin as possible. It’s almost like a dreaded term, but for the person recovering from an eating disorder it is LIFE. It is life gained, hope gained, joy regained. It is a reminder to me that God heals, God restores, God knits back together, when you feel broken. Gaining weight is hard. It felt like a part of me, the ‘fit’ part of me was falling away, and it was bittersweet. Yet, the Lord used it to show me that I needed to take care of my body instead of making it miserable or punishing it.
I’m linking up with Amanda today. I thought this would be a good topic to discuss, to think out loud about, and to share our mutual struggles regarding it.
In today’s podcast, we’re talking about learning to embrace weight gain. Instead of just trudging through it how did I go about embracing weight gain or finally come to the point of discovering that weight gain was actually a gift, a way of restoring life to my body?
5 Ways of Embracing Weight Gain
#1) Stay off the Social Media. Or at least don’t focus on accounts that always eat salad or run X amount of miles every day, because that will be triggering to you if you’re trying to do more resting and nourishing.
#2) Eat with your family and imitate their freedom in eating. Jump out in faith and have them serve you more ice cream than you would normally eat; I can encourage you wholeheartedly that it won’t kill you.
#3) Think of how many ways in which your body was suffering: lost period, foggy brain, always sore and tired, clothes always hanging off of you instead of filling in the clothes with a healthy body.
#4) Don’t weigh yourself. Instead eat big portions and think about how that food is restoring all those starved muscles, your tired brain, and refilling your cup.
#5) Buy new clothes. Don’t try to hang onto those old clothes that used to fit you. The closet purge is the BEST thing you will ever do.
I wanted to end by sharing that the process of gaining weight really helped my body restore and restore my hunger for God. I wanted to spend more time in the Word in the morning instead of being perpetually starving. I enjoyed being in the Word without feeling like my body and mind was always in a foggy, depleted state.
These verses became so much more real to me when I gained weight. It might seem like an odd correlation, but it’s so good to be able to have a nourished body that isn’t afraid of being starved all the time. It’s enabled me to dig into embracing God’s Word and wondering at how Jesus saved me from my sin. I don’t spend all the time I used to think about food and exercise (I still do find myself doing it occasionally, but Jesus has truly set me free from that constant obsession.)
‘How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.’ (Psalm 84:1-2)
Now let’s get into the real conversation with Jamie. We talked about:
Embracing Weight Gain
Dissociating Food From Exercise
Having a Healthy Relationship With Fitness and Rest
Why Fitness is More Than Just Pushing Yourself to Do More
Embracing the Fact That You Were Made You (Embracing Your Curves and every part of you.)
Not Punishing Your Body With More Exercise After Eating food
The Most Exciting Part about this is that I have a GIVEAWAYYYYYY ….. For you. It has to do with Nut Butter and one of my favorite businesses in the whole wide world.
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To enter it’s simple:
1) Go follow Bliss Nut Butters on Instagram and comment on this post telling me what your absolute favorite nut butter is. Cashew, Almond, Macadamia, Brazil Nut?, Hazelnut, Peanut, or (fill in the blank.)
The giveaway will end on June 15th, 2017. I will email the winners.
Your thoughts on weight gain? Have you ever had to gain weight?
Embracing weight gain? How did you do it?