Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I was going through the pictures we took in Greece last summer and I started to miss summer so much! Not the scorching heat but the warm, beautiful days when it's not too hot or too chilly. We took so many pictures while we were there (about 1500 pictures to be more exact) and it's been a long process going through them. I've already shared some of my favorites with you but I wish I could share many more! Here are a few more pictures from Parga, Greece:
(I weighed about 158.5 lbs in these pictures, about 4.5 lbs more than I weigh now. I remember feeling so good, healthy and beautiful while we were there. I think it shows in the pictures as well! I used to be so camera shy but now I actually enjoyed being photographed.)
Haha, that last picture! Apparently the water was a bit too cold for me, judging by my facial expression ;)
There are so many beautiful pictures I wish I could show you. I tried uploading a few really beautiful landscape pictures but it said the file was too large to save. Oh well. These will have to do!
Pretty soon it will be summer again and by then, I will be thinner, healthier and even more confident! Until then pictures will have to do! :)
Monday, January 07, 2013
This quote rings true to me.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference."
(The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr)
I've seen that quote all over the internet lately and it really hit home with me. There are things about myself that I do not necessarily like but that are beyond my control (my nose is an appearance related example that comes to mind; I've always had a bit of a nose complex but I should just let it go because there's nothing I can do about it unless I get plastic surgery which I do not plan to do). Most of us can name examples like these. When I was a teenager, I used to hate being so short and I didn't like my curvy figure. I would dream of somehow magically growing taller and becoming more model-esque. What a waste of time and energy!
And then there are things I don't like about me but that are something I can work on, like my health, my well-being or my happiness. I think we often waste too much energy worrying about the things that are beyond our control. Instead, we should be focusing on the things we can work on, little by little, and to eventually have the courage to change.
I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
Saturday, January 05, 2013
I really do hope so because you're all beautiful!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
Friday, January 04, 2013
This year, my goal is to make this healthy way of life even more of a lifestyle and lose the last bits of 'diet thinking' once and for all. As a part of this process, I want to make fitness a daily habit that no lack of motivation will break. Cardio is not a problem for me as I usually go for a walk every day (well, except this week which has been maybe a bit too lazy..). My downfall is strength training. I just don't like doing it AT ALL. Every time I finish a workout I feel great, but I'd lie if I said I liked it. However, I know it is healthy and beneficial to do some strength training regularly, and I'm now adding just 10 minutes of strength training to my daily routine (excluding the weekends at least for now).
This week, I have done at least 10 minutes of ST and I have to say it's making a huge difference! Not on my physical appearance since it's only 10 minutes and I've only been doing it for a week, but I feel a lot different. I'm choosing exercises I actually like and taking it one step at a time. Maybe I'll even start to like it eventually. Besides, small bits of fitness eventually add up! A fitness goal of 10 minutes of ST a day five times a week is doable and realistic, and it will build momentum for weeks and months to come. I'm trying to get a streak going and I want to do at least 4 consecutive weeks of this :)
I'll give you guys an update later on this month to tell you how the streak is going! Right now I'm feeling very good about it!
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