Eating your afternoon snack one hour after breakfast. Regardless of whether you are still genuinely hungry or just really excited about that slice of homemade banana bread that you brought to work and simply cannot wait to enjoy it.
Eating two breakfasts if you need to.
Ordering pancakes AND hash browns AND toast because you just cannot (and don't want to) decide between sweet and savory.
Staying up late and sleeping in late. Fun and rest are just as essential, if not more important, to our health than that 6am spin class.
Walking around the city, sightseeing and shopping, as your physical activity for the day and being okay with it.
Dancing the night away in high heels with your friends as your physical activity for the day.
That slice of pizza at 1:30am. Because you just need it. Plus it tastes delicious.
Buying jeans based on how they fit you or how they accentuate your booty rather than on the number on the inside tag.
Dinner at 4pm or 9:30pm. And no you will not gain weight if you eat after 7pm.
Brunch at 12:30pm. Because mimosas.
Having a snack before bed because your stomach is grumbling and you want to sleep well. And not freaking out about how said snack will immediately turn into fat (because it won't).
Eating that fresh bagel slathered in cream cheese that your loving boyfriend brought you. Even if you have eaten cereal 2 minutes before.
Enjoying your mom's cooking, even if it does not contain a single whole grain or healthy fat. You enjoy it because it is made with the often forgotten but always delicious ingredient: love.
Loving your body for what it allows you to do, not for what it looks like.
Eating out 7 nights one week because you are insanely busy doing fun things after work and don't feel like grocery shopping.
Eating in 7 nights one week because you are on a budget and are saving up for that trip you've always wanted to go on.
Having the courage to block out the negative body talk that you hear.
Baking your favorite cookie recipe and actually eating one (or two) yourself.
When your thighs rub together when you walk. You are a woman with hips and thighs. There is nothing wrong with that.
Savoring Thanksgiving dinner and not immediately thinking about how you are going to burn off the calories.
Last minute dinner plans with your friend that you haven't seen in a while. Even if it disrupts your "plan."
Not having a plan.
Opening a menu and not instantly casting your eyes towards the "Salads" section.
Ordering what you want because it is what you are craving. Even if it is not a "safe" food.
Not seeing foods as "safe" or "unsafe," "good" or "bad."
Standing in the mirror naked and accepting that your body is beautiful.
Having the energy to love someone truly and deeply because your days are no longer consumed by counting calories and excessive exercise.
Knowing that he did not leave you because you are too "fat."
Knowing that what your family and friends said was true all along. You were "unhealthy."
Knowing that your worth is not determined by a number on the scale.