Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Just something I found and wanted to share with you guys! This is so true! We might not be where we want to yet, but that shouldn't stop us from loving our bodies, flaws and all!
Sunday, April 01, 2012
This past week will go down in history as the week I finally got my act together, regrouped, and refocused.
I felt discouraged a week ago on Sunday night after a weekend of lots of unhealthy eating and very little exercise. I made a conscious decision to not let it get to me but make the most of the many weeks ahead of me. I stopped my downward spiral and turned it into an upwards spiral (just read about this in The Spark, by the way!) and I'm so glad I did because I now feel amazing.
I am more confident now that I can turn my life around than ever before. I know that taking those small steps will eventually lead me into a whole new place, a place I've never been to before. I'm not in a rush. I want to take my time on this path, take in the scenery and make new discoveries. And then, when I eventually reach my destination, I won't be burned out or stressed. I'll be happy, healthy and ready to enjoy my new life.
I can't believe it's April already!! Spring is here and it makes me so happy. My goals for April are:
- Keep tracking my meals and exercise at least six times per week, preferably every day.
- Take a walk every day. No matter how short, just go outside and move!
- Keep drinking that water!
- Do at least 10 minutes of strength training three times per week.
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day.
- Finish reading The Spark.
- Try at least 4 new recipes in the SparkPeople Cookbook.
- Lose 7-8 pounds
I am so motivated! I added some 'before pictures' on my SparkPage yesterday and as I went through them, all I could think about eventually being able to make one of those before/after compilations!!! I already have one in mind.
I hope you all had a relaxing weekend! I'm ready for a new, healthy week! Are you with me??
Saturday, March 31, 2012
There was a time in my life when I honestly believed I needed to be a size 0 to be considered beautiful or ‘perfect’. I was so obsessed with changing my entire body and morphing it into what I assumed was expected of me that I eventually lost sight of what was real and important. I became obsessed with being thin when I was only 11 years old. I was a cute, normal weight child and there was no reason for me to feel fat at all. But I did. I felt like I wasn’t good enough. I saw pictures of skinny models in glossy magazines or on billboards and grew up thinking that was what I should look like. This went on for years and when I turned 14, I was so caught up in becoming ‘perfect’ that I resorted to unhealthy methods. I ate way too little and worked out too much, and then binged for days and felt so bad for being ‘just me’. I dreamed of looking like those models on the pages of my fashion magazines. Ignoring the fact that I was short and curvy, I had endless day dreams about suddenly turning into a tall, skinny, giraffe-like creature with flawless skin and glossy hair.
Looking back, I feel bad for that girl now. I wish I could go back in time and tell her that she is perfect just the way she is. Because she was! I was. I’m so happy that I no longer hate my body or the way I am built and instead have found ways to embrace it! I am now very happy to say that I love my body. I love its countless amazing functions and I’m so grateful for my health. Instead of looking at my thighs and thinking they look fat (like I used to) I now think they look strong and that I’m so lucky to have two healthy legs that carry me where ever I want to go. I love my curves and no longer dream of thighs that don’t touch or visible rib bones like I once used to. My goals used to be so unhealthy and so very unrealistic. These days, my main goals are health and happiness in all aspects of life. It’s not a certain number or a certain size, it’s more of a state of mind. Confidence, happiness, health, strength. I do want to get fitter and lose some weight by living a healthy lifestyle, but I’m no longer obsessed with being ‘perfect’. As if there was such a thing as perfection! We are all perfect. All healthy bodies are perfect bodies. We need to take care of ourselves and love our bodies and nurture them instead of hoping every second of every day that they were different.
My goals are definitely different from what they were a few years ago. I love my curves and never want to lose them even if I lose weight. I remember hating my body so much that I avoided mirrors everywhere I went – and this was even when I was thin! I remember weighing 110 pounds and feeling miserable because I thought every single thing about my body and my face was wrong. And now, at 178 pounds, I feel beautiful, confident and sexy. I look in the mirror and see a strong, beautiful body instead of those countless flaws I used to pick on. It took me more than ten years and a 80-pound weight gain to realize that there is actually nothing wrong with my body. How ironic!
Just goes to show that beauty definitely is not a number. It’s a state of mind! :) And we are all beautiful in our own, unique way! No matter what weight or what size. We just need to love ourselves and treat our bodies with care and respect, and all else will eventually fall into place.
I'm so happy that plus size models are becoming more and more popular these days and super skinny models are slowly becoming a thing of the past. I wish that there had been more women like the beautiful, curvy ladies in the pictures above (Mariesther Venegas, Denise Bidot and Kris Yeo) gracing magazine covers back when I was 13. Maybe things would have turned out a little differently, who knows!
NOTE: I think it's ridiculous that those models are considered to be 'plus sized' by the fashion industry when they clearly are not. It's just so distorted! Sigh.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Yay for me! I started this week with such determination to do better, AND I HAVE! Last weekend was so unhealthy and made me feel really bad physically and emotionally. I promised myself to do better this weekend, and so far, I'm doing great :)
I stayed within my calorie range today, which is very rare for me. Usually, when Friday rolls around I get in a completely different mindset. I get cravings because I'm so used to getting my weekend fix, but today I decided: NOT THIS TIME! I made a conscious decision to skip the usual Friday night chocolate/ice cream/pizza while watching a movie, and I felt so good about myself afterwards!! Because I felt like I was in complete control of my actions and that it was MY decision whether or not I would eat the chocolate bar I had right there in front of me, it didn't even feel difficult to say 'No thank you'!
I thought about how it would look like on my tracker. I would go over my calorie limit and probably feel bad for doing so. I weighed my options carefully and honestly, and much to my surprise, it was very easy to say no. And such a confidence boost as well!
I weighed myself this morning and I have now lost another pound :) I'm now down to 180 pounds and have lost a total of 13 pounds! I'm determined to stay on the right track all weekend so I can get out of the 180's for my next weigh in.
I hope you're all having a great day!
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