Photoshopped sticks and boards

Over a year has gone by since I was able to look in the mirror and be happy with the image that reflected back at me. Is this you? Well it doesn’t have to be.

As an American, I find that our society is particularly very critical of curves. Many societies embrace the curves and find them appealing. What is happening to our society that we are so focused on having no body fat and no curves? Do you know you can have an average body fat yet still have curves?

The problem comes down to a society that is solely focusing on the images we see in the magazines and on television. Did we forget that those magazine images are photoshopped and edited to the point of the real person being almost unrecognizable? Did we forget that those models, celebrities, actors have that title as a career and therefore focus their entire career on their image. People, we are real, honest, hardworking individuals but our career is not that of those celebrities.

Have you heard the song by Meghan TrainorAll about that bass“? Here is a piece of the lyrics: …….”I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop
We know that sh** ain’t real
C’mon now, make it stop
If you got beauty, beauty, just raise ’em up
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top
Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”
You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll
So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along
……But I’m here to tell ya
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top”……..

The first time I heard these lyrics I couldn’t stop laughing and smiling from ear to ear. It’s about time someone sings about the truths and realities. What I love, is how she speaks about loving the body you have. “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”

Ladies, let’s stop comparing ourselves to everyone else out there. No one is in your shoes or your body. What’s important we focus on is showing the world the very best of you. Your you is different than your neighbors you. If we focus on presenting our very best perhaps we can help change the lives and outlooks of our children and children’s children. I have read several times to never let your children hear you say “I’m fat” or “I’m not skinny enough”. What are we teaching our children when we say these kinds of things? Try rephrasing and say” I’m not my very best me, but I am working on getting healthy and fit”. Isn’t being healthy more important than being skinny? Health provides us with longevity and vitality. Skinny just makes us look skinny. Fit shows our strength, dedication, motivation, freedom. Now you tell me what message you would rather send to others? Join me in getting healthy and fit not just skinny.

Overcoming the perception of our body image

After one of my recent posts on taking on a new shape, I received some positive feedback from close friends and family members, that had me re-thinking of how I see my body. It has become apparent to me that as women, we often see ourselves differently in the mirror than how we look in reality. I’m sure this is not news to you. I have often wondered why I look better in some dressing room mirrors than others and I have always joked with others “well you haven’t seen me naked”, in response to the positive and caring comments of how skinny I am or in shape I am.

I will confess at this present moment that I am just your everyday average body type and I guess I should be feeling thankful for this. I am a 5’6″ gal weighing in at 150 lbs. But, that 150 lbs is tipping the scales for me. Honestly I am 10 lbs heavier than I have ever been, outside of pregnancies. Even after giving birth, I weighed less than I do now.

But enough, about me and onto the purpose of this post……

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I was browsing Pinterest today and came across a Pin about real body images. The site, My Body Gallery, allows you to enter in your body stats (height, weight, age range, clothing sizes, body shape) and then shows you pictures of real women who have the same body type of you. The purpose of this site: “It is a place for women to post their true and accurate pictures. And for other women to see that the world is not a place of cookie cutters. We are all different in our body shape and size as well as our place in our journey to loving our bodies exactly as they are, not as we (or others) think they should be.” I think this is a brilliant idea but at the same time so sad that we as women have come to this.

Its time to…….

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If only we could start valuing ourselves and our bodies for what they are……

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Two ingredient flour-less pancakes

Now this looks like the perfect healthy gluten-free breakfast to me! Cant wait to try this and share it with my pancake crazy kids.

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Freebie time

Looking for some one of a kind Valentine’s for your kids to hand out? Check out this artist’s Valentine creations that she has generously provided for free. Simply print and viola, you have your Valentines! What kid (or even adult) wouldn’t love getting one of these on the day of love? 2Up2014Valentine

Here are some more health inspired freebies:

1. Free printable weight loss chart

Free Printable Weight Loss Chart

2. Free entrance into National Parks on MLK Day Monday January 20, 2014: Get out into nature and enjoy a brisk walk, hike, bike ride, climb, snowshoe adventure, or tour. Find a park near you and take advantage of this.

3. The 5 top tips for creating vibrant health free ebook

4. Free “Real Food” Meal plans: Meal plans to help cut out processed foods

5. And last but not least, sign up to have me as your Free Health and Fitness coach: Get free health and fitness support, advice, and guidance today.

A little bit of green will do the body good

I sit here typing, drinking my green tea, and I am filled with hope and excitement as today I begin my 3-day Shakeology cleanse. My hope is that my body will be restored of its health and cleansed from its toxins and possibly lose a pound or two and begin my weightloss journey. I have done this cleanse many times in the past and it is a good one. It always leaves me  feeling energized, deflated, and ready for better health!

The cleanse begins each day with a cup of green tea. Now if you know anything about green tea, than you know that a minimum of one cup a day is good for you. According to this article from care2 make a difference, there are 9 reasons to drink green tea. No wonder the cleanse begins with a cup each day. Who knew that such a simple joyful cup of tea could ward off cancer, help fight fat and wrinkles. My green tea of choice is Numi Gunpowder Green. It has a delightful sweet taste and its not as “green” tasting as the other green teas. Numi teas are some of my favorites. They have an amazing Moroccan mint which is the perfect mint tea if you ask me. It reminds me of the Sweet mint by Orbit. Just the perfect amount of mint!

To stick with the green theme I think I will go and make my Greenberry Shakeology. Check back in 3 days to get the results of my cleanse.

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Taking on a new shape

Literally, the year of 2013 has taken a bite out of me! Being now at my heaviest weight (outside of pregnancy), I find myself defeated, discouraged, and disgusted. Having gained 15 lbs since August and still gaining weekly if not daily, I am having to take a step outside of my body and look at what is really going on. For years, I have blamed it on the winter blues (I am a fair weather sunshine kinda gal -yet I live in Oregon) but I cant help to think that it may just be me.

See, I too have peaks and valleys although sometimes I feel like those peaks are way to high to reach and those valleys are far too deep to climb out of. Right now, I am in one of those super deep valleys, fitness wise at least, and I have an anchor tied to my ankles. Mentally & emotionally I am steadily climbing towards that peak thank goodness! My body looks like I am well over 3 months pregnant, have a tumor in my stomach and ass, or my body is secretly forming into a whale. Neither of these are wanted or appreciated. My ankles have turned in to cankles, my “fat” jeans are now too small for me, and my boots barely squeeze over my calves. Never, has my body taken this much shape!

Every winter, I go into hibernation and I stop working out, eat a little less healthy, and gain 5 lbs. Once the sun starts to shine, I wake up and get right back into the swing of things. And every year, I tell myself I will NEVER do that again. Because we all know how hard it is to get started again! But yet again, January 2014, here I am AGAIN but in the worst “shape” of my life EVER! And its a very round shape. OK, so maybe I am being a little hard on myself but lets face it, either I am getting old at the ripe age of 32 or something is really not normal. How is it that year after year I can follow the same patterns and then suddenly this year my body decides to take on a new shape?

The question is, what do I do about it? Isn’t the answer obvious? Yes workout and eat better, but easier said then done when after only working out for 3 days, I have a gained 1 lb daily. Watch out, we might tip the scales! I mean really, cant I just get a break? So what, I’m only 3 days in and I’m gaining muscle! I want to see results and I want to see them now. My “fat” jeans are about ready to burst at the seams and I’m tired of living in leggings. As comfy as they are, they are bursting at the seams too. My pocket book cant afford another wardrobe change. I got rid of my post pregnancy clothes years ago, because I promised myself I wouldn’t EVER get that big again! Well looks like the joke is on me folks.

In all seriousness, HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM! And that problem is me! I became lazy, complacent, and proud. I forgot how easy it was to lose sight of my goals. I have coached many people on this aspect alone yet somehow I let it happen to myself. Maybe this was one of those more difficult life lessons we must learn. My Beachbody coach and friend asked me the other day what I thought it was that put me into this mode every year? I have yet to answer her because I didn’t have the usual answer this time. I was told several times throughout this year that I was lacking compassion and quite frankly I can see now that was true. I lacked compassion for other peoples journeys and situations because I was getting so wrapped up in my own journey.

This winter has been a journey of its own for me in many different ways. I have learned a lot about who I am as a person and what I am “portraying” to others. Lacking compassion, unfit and overweight, and un-supportive are things I have portrayed BUT things I am surely NOT! This year of 2014 is about digging deeper and making what matters to me MATTER!  Its time to wake up, smell the coffee, and show people the real me.

Can you relate?

Have you ever considered that maybe you

Have you ever considered that maybe you have not found your soul-mate workout? If you dread going to the gym, going for your run/walk, doing the treadmill/elliptical then you haven’t found the workout that your soul desires. Is this possible? Of course it is. Look at people who do Crossfit, Zumba, Paleo, P90x, bootcamp, yoga, marathons, etc. These are all people who have a passion for what they do and continue to do it and produce results. Several years back my soul-mate workout was P90x but now it has changed to TurboFire and running. These are workouts I literally look forward to everyday, several time a day, cant wait until the next one, and hate taking a rest day. Dont keep doing the same thing over and over that you dread doing. Try something new!