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It’s summer and for some of you that means wearing sexy skimpy bikinis, having beachy waves, perfectly tan skin and rocking crop tops. For the rest of us, that means smashing tacos and margaritas during the day and wearing “loose and flowy” dresses at night. Whichever you are, do you! This blog is all about our bodies, how we are our own worst enemies and how we need to knock that shit off.
The other day I was talking to a friend at work and she said she had lost about 70lbs but had more she wanted to lose. She told me that she keeps telling herself “if you lose 25 more pounds, you’ll be happy” and then she’ll lose it and tell herself “if you lose 15 more pounds you’ll be happy” and then she’ll lose it and then again “if you loose 5 more pounds you’ll be happy” and she never finds herself that happy.
So we were talking and I was telling her about how I want to lose some weight and she gives me a look and says “shut up, you don’t have any weight to lose.”
I explained to her that I’m not a someone that says, “oh my god, I’m so fat” for attention, but I do have my own insecurities and my own goals.
Women especially, we struggle with this every single day. Weight. Bloating. The scale. Stretch marks. Imperfections. Love handles. Thick thighs. Thigh gaps. Cellulite. Scars. Pimples. Burns. The list goes on.
And we think others aren’t struggling and we wonder how they have so much confidence and why we don’t but we all are internally struggling with our own imperfections.
“Another woman’s beauty does not mean the absence of our own.”
I want to preach that we are all perfect as we are and even though, I truly believe that God made us all beautiful, we are all human and I would be lying if I didn’t say I sit in my closet and hate how I look in my clothes or how I hate leaving the house without at least a little mascara.
I’m human. I have flaws. I have insecurities. I dissect my body. I criticize myself. But most importantly, I still love myself.
SO, THIS SUMMER…
Wear those crop tops!
Buy those shorts!
Try that new hairstyle!
When you get to the beach, rip that cover up off and strut to the water (yesssss bitch, strut!)
Rock those stretch marks! You either made a friggin’ baby with that body or you grew from an infant to a grown ass woman in that same exact skin you’re in.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by stretch marks?
Find the swimsuit that makes you feel unstoppable.
Apply that sunscreen. C’mon now, ya’ll know better. Take care of your skin!
WAYS TO SHOW YOUR BODY LOVE:
Drink your 8 cups of water (and no, wine does not count.)
Eat yummy food that is nurturing for your body but also good for your soul (For instance… tacos). Seriously though, if you hate chicken, rice and broccoli then don’t make yourself miserable by only eating that because the likelihood that you’ll cheat or over indulge goes way up. Spend a day searching for new recipes that are good for you and that you will actually enjoy! For some weird reason, I love going to the grocery store and finding new exciting things to try that are good for me.
Take a look at the dessert menu! Life is short, get the brownie-cookie-ice cream-sundae for goodness sake!
Put the scale under the freakin cabinet and don’t take it out. Some days you will weigh more because of water weight. Some days you’ll be on you’re period and weigh more. And some days you will have went a little hard at the family cookout. Big whoop! Stop worrying about the number and focus on how you feel! Do you have good energy? Are you enjoying your food? Do you have a good relationship with food?
Get some quality sleep.
Workout– “not because you hate your body but because you love it.” Find a form of exercise that you actually enjoy (this is a very important!) and do it! Get your body moving! Use that good energy! I promise, no one every left the gym mad that they had a good workout.
WAYS TO SHOW YOUR MIND LOVE:
Take a bath or a long hot shower. Light a candle. Put some masque in your hair. A mask on your face. Shave your legs. Paint your nails. Read a self-help book . Listen to a podcast (I recommend- Get Fit Babe or Rise Podcast). Pray. Journal. Jam to T-swift or Cardi-B. Have a glass of wine.
Just take some time for you and only you.
I can promise that you’ll feel like a new woman… a pruney woman, but definitely a rejuvenated one.
And if that doesn’t work, please talk to someone. Ladies, investing in your mental health is, without a doubt, the most important thing you can do for yourself. I really cannot stress that enough. A quiet spa night at home might not be enough to take the troubles away, but that does not mean you’re out of luck.
It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay for you to not do anything about it. You have to fight for yourself because there are no guarantees someone else will.
FOR THE GIRL BEHIND THIS SCREEN:
Take a deep breath. Realize it’s okay to have insecurities, but summer will come and go, and you have to love yourself all year long.
Love your mind and love your body. Respect them. Cherish them. Help them. Be thankful for them.
I am on the same exact journey you are on so don’t think for a second that you’re alone. I have my good days where I feel my very best and I have my bad when I just want to lay in a puddle of disgust on the couch. But life is all about growing and being better than we were the day before.
Let’s breathe confidence into each other. Let’s build each other up. Lets all rock it this summer!
I’m going to wrap up with two quotes:
I also just want to take a minute and thank each and every one of you who take the time to read my blogs. Your positive feedback is so appreciated and the reason why I keep writing these. I started this blog for me, as a creative outlet and because it feels like a journal that I get to share with the world. If my blogs even help one other person then it is more than worth it to me. So thank you!
Okay my gorgeous ladies (&gents, if you’re here), until next time.
Set yourself up for success:
Got a busy work or school week ahead?
Our crazy asses signed up to work five 12 hour shifts in a row last week, this is what we did to set ourselves up for a smooth and successful week:
PLAN WHAT YOU NEED:
Part of having a successful week is planning what all you might need. We decided on making a big pot of Leonard’s delicious chili in the crockpot, a big pan of chicken fried rice and stocked up on some healthy snacks. (I’ll post the recipes too, they’re amazing!) We also knew we were going to need fabric softener, milk and toothpaste. Nothing is more of a buzz kill than having to step foot into the chaos of Walmart before work because you ran out of toothpaste. Anticipate what you might need and get it all.
MAKE A GROCERY LIST:
On Sunday we went grocery shopping and stocked up on things we would need this week. If you make a list, it helps you stay away from buying things you don’t need (like cookies or Cajun crab). Plus it helps you get out of the store pretty quickly. And it helps you not forget something!
Here’s a nifty trick for those of you with an iPhone (you may know about it already) but go to your Notes, click the person with the plus sign on the top right corner, add the person who you will be shopping with or shopping for (in my case, Lenn) and then you can both add to the same list throughout the week! And you don’t have to worry about losing or forgetting your list because it’s on your phone!
I’m a huge believer in meal prepping. If you’re like me, you wake up with just enough time to look presentable, fluff your scrubs in the dryer, let the dogs out and throw your food in your lunchbox.
Taking some time the day before your busy week starts to plan what meals you will have, prepare it and put it in Tupperware will save you not only time but money too. Its super easy to grab a jimmy johns one day and Chick-fil-A the next. You’ll end up spending $20 on food for one meal when we made chili to last 5 days for less!
Planning your meals helps you stay away from eating things you shouldn’t. Instead of snacking on Hot Cheetos and cookies, you could make egg salad and eat it with crackers! Planning and preparing help you make little tweaks to your diet that will have a huge impact on how you look and how you feel.
Here’s the snacks I packed in my lunch this week:
Protein packed yogurt with protein granola:
Yogurt: 21g of protein, 11g carbs, 8g of fat
Granola: 10g of protein, 32g of carbs, 4.5g of fat. (Thats a full serving, I usually do a 1/2 serving so it’s not as many carbs)
Skip the chips and satisfy your crunch with some cut up cucumbers!
Let be honest, we’re all human here, we all love to dip in some ranch, just get the fat free kind…it’s about balance.
Egg salad with crackers! Good fat! Good protein! and it’s yummy!
Mangos (Or any fruit)! Skip the sugary candy and get your daily serving of fruit.
I use to buy fruit, be too lazy to cut it up and it would go bad. If you cut it up and store it in tupperware then it’s easy to grab and go!
After Lenn tossed all his stuff in the crockpot (the joy of a crockpot) he started tidying up the house while I worked on the rest of the cooking. There really is no better feeling then coming home to a clean house. It’s one less thing to stress you out or clutter you’re mind.
PLAN WHEN YOU WILL WORKOUT:
After working 12 hours straight, do you think I really want to go work out? Not necessarily but it needs to get done. Planning when you will get there, what workouts you will do, and giving yourself a time frame will allow you to stay on track to get your workout in but also get home to get some sleep. Sometimes you have suck it up, quit making excuses and make it happen. That’s not to be harsh, just to be truthful. Some of my coworkers will ask how I have motivation after work to go and the truth is, sometimes I don’t, I just suck it up and do it.
The look my dogs give me when they know I’m getting ready to leave literally pierces a hole in my heart. One thing we like to do is make sure we wake up 30 minutes earlier to take them to the dog park and play with them until they’re begging us to go home and lay down. Life is busy but don’t forget about your fur babies.
Can’t cause too much trouble if you’re too tired from playing!
I don’t have kids so I can’t pretend like I know anything when it comes to that department but I feel like the same thing kind of applies. Life is extremely busy and I can only imagine what it’s like for those of you who are parents but I guess what I’m trying to say is, even in the chaos of life and cooking and laundry and working, don’t forget to spend time with your babies even if it’s as simple as throwing the football for 10 minutes, reading a book or playing princess tea party while dinner cooks. I always treasured when my parents took the time to PLAY with me and my brother not just take care of us.
The most horrible feeling is getting out of your bed with only a few hours of sleep and knowing you’re not going to be back in that bed for 15 hours, 37 minutes and 14 seconds (does anyone else do the math?) Do your body a favor and get the right amount of rest! By doing all the things I mentioned previously (meal prepping, grocery shopping, cleaning and scheduling workouts) you optimize your time so you can get more sleep!
SET IT OUT:
Lay out everything you will need for the next day! Make it easy to just grab and go! It’d be a real bummer to have forgotten your sports bra at home or wait til the last second to realize your scrubs are dirty!
& lastly, KICK ASS:
Stay focused. Take a deep breath. And kick some major ass this week! You got it! Don’t make excuses, make it happen!