As women, we are told that when the jeans don’t fit, the solution is to go on a diet and workout more.

I, too, believed this for the majority of my life.

That was until the point at which my gut began to heal, I resumed some sort of normalcy in the every day and found myself in a very happy place.

Ski Pants

It had been almost a year since I last wore my outdoor ski pants and jacket. So when we were in Lake Tahoe a little over a week ago and I needed to wear both, it was a shock to me that both pieces were tight all around.

When the Jeans Don't Fit Samarah and Sarah Kay Hoffman at Tahoe Ridge

I won’t lie. For the first several minutes, my mind went to, “Definitely need to cut back and lose a few pounds.

Those thoughts didn’t last long. They instead turned to, “No, you just need bigger ski pants and a jacket.

There was a time when I had to unbutton my pants because my gut felt bloated and awful. Ironically, back then, the ski pants and jacket fit much better.

I no longer have to do this – ever. My stomach is, finally, at peace. I can’t tell you the last time I felt that bloat.

What I learned over the years with diets and wanting to lose weight (when it wasn’t medically necessary) is that all the years I wanted to do so were either because I thought it might “help my gut heal” or make me happier.

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But gut healing is not a diet and back when I was 112-115 pounds I was definitely not very happy, no matter what it showed and looked like on the outside.

These days I’ve found so much peace with the ability to just eat without following a specific diet and without the intention to do anything but continue to heal my gut and enjoy food with family and friends at any given moment.

In doing so, I’ve also naturally craved less things. And I’ve learned to eat when I’m hungry, not when I’m full. I am at a place where I think my body has been desperately trying to get to for a very long time. And in this place, my digestive system functions the way it should and neither my weight nor emotions are a daily rollercoaster ride.

Darling, the solution really is to simply buy clothes that fit, enjoy life and be who you are.

Life is far too short, and when we sit around wallowing in such insignificant things, we miss out on everything in life that matters.

Like this.

When the Jeans Don't Fit Samarah on Skiis Lake Tahoe

If you’re sitting there right now, thinking, 

I don’t want to feel this way anymore, but I don’t know where to start….

Then start with THESE three things I would do first if I had to do it all over again.

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  1. YES! My pants are currently a bit tighter than they used to but I feel fairly fit and healthy. So needed this today as I was considering a diet to lose 10. I’m just going to get some bigger pants and keep running. Also, the pics of Samara in her little ski fit made me swoon. She is darling.

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