Thursday, March 13, 2014
Really, you should go read today's entire article. Just, wow. To summarize it was about learning to not downplay our strengths and accepting compliments with deferring to a perceived flaw in ourselves.
Today's mantra: “My body is strong, and so I am, and I will no longer apologize for either of those truths.”
This was my response to the action step today:
This day hit hard. I was writing out some compliments that I've heard lately, and all I can think is, "oh my gosh, I am awesome!" And it's so weird to say that. But it feels sooo good to acknowledge it. I hear at lot that I'm an inspiration, that I am so dedicated and work hard or I am performing (running, cardio classes, strength training) well. A lady yesterday morning at the gym told me I was looking skinny. I feel so often like I've made so little progress in the past year, because I'm not quite 30 pounds away from my starting weight, and I still have so so far to go and that makes me feel like a fraud sometimes. While I was writing these things out I just had to stop and think about all the things I can do at 300+ pounds that people half my weight can't do, like my upcoming 2nd 10k in just a couple of weeks. I am truly training to be awesome. Thank you, Molly, for helping show me how to embrace my accomplishments. I can't believe how much different I already feel about myself!
There's so much more to how I'm feeling, it's like shining a light in a dark tunnel, but I can't seem to quite find the right words to express the depth of my feelings. What an interesting day this has become.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Mantra: ”I love my body. It allows me the privilege to move freely, and I will take full advantage of that privilege as often as I can.”
Action Step: Take 3 minutes to write down a list of all of the ways that your body moves each day. From getting out to bed, to walking your dogs, to picking up your children, to performing a Turkish Get-up, your body does amazing things each day. I also want you to take 1 minute to picture what it would be like to be impaired in some fashion — unable to walk or use one more of your limbs, or unable to move in some way that you enjoy moving now. Picture than for 1 minute, and then spend the final minute being grateful for your ability to move.
My body moves so well for me. Even at 345 pounds, I can walk, run, climb stairs, jump rope. It is super flexible. It is strong and lifts weighs well. It can move for long periods of time. It can play with my kitty, my nieces and nephews. My body can push, pull, bend, squat. My body can do step aerobics and dance. My body can cook amazing meals and clean. My body can touch, tickle, massage and cuddle. My body can hold hands, hug, kiss and share intimacies.
I don't have to imagine losing the use of a limb. 11 years ago I broke my leg and dislocated my ankle so badly I had to get a plate and screws surgically installed to allow it all to heal correctly. I was on crutches for three months. Not only can you not walk with both feet, you've now lost convenient use of both hands. There were certain places I couldn't go if it was snowing or raining because the floors were too slick. I couldn't really cook or serve myself. In the very beginning I couldn't really navigate steps, and my mom had to wash my hair in the kitchen sink because the shower was upstairs. I was 22 and housebound. Although, after three months of crutches, I had some killer shoulders!
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I've decided to go mostly dairy free for a while to see if that will help with some of my gunky sinus issues as well as maybe tone down my lingering acne issue. I say mostly because I have no intentions of giving up butter, and I have yet to find a suitable replacement for yogurt. Let me just tell you guys about "cultured coconut/almond milk": it is the strangest thing ever. The texture is just a little bizarre, and it just tastes fake.
I bought a pack of daiya's cheddar style slices to replace the cheese on my DIY egg "mcmuffin" for second breakfast at the office. And I've been drinking milk alternatives for a while. I have decided after much taste tasting, that I do like soy milk the best. And the dairy free "ice creams" are pretty tasty, too! And I just made some pudding for lunches with light vanilla soy milk. What I scraped out of the bowl to try was YUMMY!
I'm still slowly drifting towards a more pescatarian diet; for some reason when I eat meat, I just don't enjoy it the way I used to. I don't know. I've been eating brown rice, chicken and some of those Green Giant frozen steamers veggie blends for lunch at work. So I got some seitan and tempeh to try instead of the chicken. I'll let you how it goes. I'm a little scared of it, yet excited to try something new!
I don't want to rely on processed foods like that all the time, so I'm going to try incorporating beans for my protein next week. It really is fun thinking outside of the box!
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Reason #5 To Love Your Body
5. Because it’s beautiful.
Yes, you. You are beautiful. Not 20 lbs from now. Or 2 clothing sizes from now. Or the perfect spouse/house/job/salary from now. Right now. You are beautiful.
So why is it so hard for us to believe this?
Because the societal definition of “beauty” is consistently changing.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:
If you’re constantly trying to keep up with society’s definition of beauty, you will always fail.
Today's mantra is to finish the statement with what makes you feel the most beautiful:
“I am beautiful, on the inside and outside, and I feel especially beautiful when I sweat.” Completing a challenging cardio workout, a race, or a free weights session always makes me feel accomplished and confident. I can feel my skin glowing, my tight muscles and my body just radiating strength and capability.
And the actions steps were to say two things that make you beautiful, one external, one internal:
I feel beautiful inside when I am supporting and bringing joy to others, especially my husband. I never feel quite as sexy as I do when we are goofing off, laughing and enjoying being in each other's company.
My eyes make me feel beautiful. I've always enjoyed their particular shade of bright brown, with the darkest of blue rings around the iris. Although, my calves are starting to look mighty nice these days, too!
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