Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself! – Cooking With Anna

This past week has been rough. I have battled self-doubt, poor body image, and been so hard on myself. I was doing everything right — eating healthy foods, remaining active, and keeping up with my food journal — but I felt like I was going backwards and not forwards towards my goal.

Do you ever have weeks, days, months that you feel that way? I felt like the world was against me, trying to trip me up whenever it had a chance. Once you begin to feel bad about yourself, you start down a dangerous path. Nothing seems to go your way. Nothing seems to be right. Everyone seems to be placed on your path to trip you up.

I am very blessed with a wonderful support system at home and with my friends at work. When I was being so hard on myself, they reminded me of how far I have come. My husband would hug me tight and remark how much further he could put his arms around my waist. They were truly cheerleaders that kept me going.

Sunday morning I woke up with a renewed spirit. I had new energy and a new pair of eyes to see myself. Once you start seeing positive things within yourself and rewarding your victories, you will begin to feel better. We are too hard on ourselves! If you are like me, and I’m sure most of you are, the person you have the hardest time forgiving is yourself. We must learn to give ourselves the grace we bestow on others. You are worth the time! You are worth the effort! You are enough!

This week’s recipe is a comfort food classic, re-worked to make you feel good about eating two bowls. Chicken noodle soup is a hug in a bowl. It can make you feel better even on your hardest day. Sit down and enjoy this hearty bowl of chicken soup; let it feed your soul.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14