Thoughtful reading of the day – plus I love this movie!
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The Girl Who Lifts
Tonight is a big night for me. I actually went to the supermarket, bought ingredients and made myself dinner and MAN do I feel good.
My creation? Baked chicken drumsticks seasoned with cajun, cinnamon and black pepper, Kumara chips and salad made up of rocket, tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber and avocado.
It’s a very proud moment for me, as I NEVER cook dinner for myself…but this is a new chapter and this was one of those changes that needed to happen. I’ve been looking through recipes sent to me by a wonderful girl who has come into my life and I’ve written out a MASSIVE shopping list so I can get my food for the week organised tomorrow. Look at me go!
Back is feeling better, so I might take myself out for a slow walk tomorrow down the beach.
The Girl Who Lifts x
Part of this healthier me mission, has been me learning to love myself – as I am, right now.
One of the most helpful things I ever read is…
“You can love your body and try to change it at the same time”
But what does “loving yourself” really mean? Here are my 5 things (I found this online and look at it every day):
- Being able to forgive yourself. So you had a chocolate bar, you hit snooze instead of getting up to do your morning workout, you had too many wines the night before – forgive yourself and move on. Not forgiving yourself is this the harshest criticism, embrace your perfectly flawed self; it’s what makes the world so beautifully diverse and interesting.
- Understand your weight, hair colour, choice of clothing, how your stomach rolls when you slouch, or how you get a double chin when you’re laughing really hard, makes you any less attractive than anyone else. There is no set standard for beauty – and loving yourself means realising your own beauty for what it is and not in the context of how you look compared to anyone else (especially that chick in that magazine you were looking at before)
- That you have the choice to do what you love or continue living a life being submissive to the expectation put on you. Understand what makes your soul happy and continue to do it – as frequently as you can. Regardless of who judges you, or how much money you make, or whether you’re actually that good at it – if your soul is happy, than you keep doing what you’re doing.
- (this is my favourite) Not everyone will love you, and not everyone has to. If you are being true to yourself, and someone has a problem with that, then that is THEIR negative energy to deal with, not yours. You will never have the love, praise and approval of absolutely everybody, but that doesn’t reflect anything about who you are.
- Once you love yourself – you open the world up to love you to. How is anyone else going to know how absolutely awesome you are, if you don’t believe this yourself? Answer – they’re not. The greatest thing about loving yourself means is that once you do, you’re better equipped to let the world love you as well.
SO…what can you do??!! Print this out, stick it on your bathroom mirror and read it. Everyday. Trust me – it works.
I had my first session back at the gym today. And it didn’t go too well as I’m currently couch ridden with an icepack on my back. Fingers crossed it’s not serious.
The Girl Who Lifts.
The last few days I have been doing some mega research – online, reading books, talking to friends, family – EVERYTHING. And I have come to this conclusion.
My weight loss mission is going to be SO MUCH MORE than just eating better and exercising more.
One of my new found idols is Dr Libby – and I feel I’m going to be referring to her a lot over the next 6months. I’ve started reading her book Accidentally Overweight and already I’m feeling better. “By exploring the physical mechanisms of your biochemistry and the emotional driving forces in your life, you will understand what has governed the growing and shrinking of your body up until now” YES – now I’m getting somewhere!
I decided to take it back to the basics. How I feel and What I eat.
As I’ve said before – I love to socialise and eat. I love to go out for a meal, or get some cheese and crackers and sit and eat with my friends. This makes me feel happy. When I’m sad – nothing comforts me more than junk food and a movie and when I’m stressed I’ll eat anything. This is where my problems lie. It’s got nothing to do with being hungry – It’s literally just because it feels damn good.
I have always been this way – It’s a very terrible habit I’ve gotten into. My mum has done all she can to help me with my weight – helped me cook, paid for a dietician, researched, rewarded and comforted. But this needs to come from me and only me.
My mum and stepdad are visiting at the moment, and my mother (being a former fatty) has over the last few years fought her own battle with weight loss and has recently got down to a beautiful size 10. She looks amazing. She loves to walk so we went on a massive hill walk to the Seven Mile Beach lookout in Gerroa, and of course our discussions ended up with health. It was great. I’m so intrigued by people’s ideas and answers, and for the first time in my life – I think my Mum and I actually talked about my weight with no argument, and without me getting defensive. It was great.
I also had the best soul hugging chat with my soul sister back home this morning. She is one girl who will back me no matter what I do, her heart and soul support me, so her ideas are first on my list.
So – where too from now?
1. Food diary – but a little more intensive. When I eat, what I eat and how I feel. I’m excited.
2. Naturopath – see what answers they have
BOOM! I also love emails – so if anyone has any ideas – email them to me 🙂 email@example.com
The Girl Who Lifts
The last post kept me thinking for a while afterwards, so I thought I’d keep going with it.
While being on holiday this past week, I’ve really been able to let my body relax and have been able to take much greater notice on how my body reacts to food, and what is needed when.
The main thing I have noticed is that I get REALLY grumpy if I haven’t eaten… and then of course I’ll eat the first thing I can get my hands on. LUCKERLY I came prepared and have some meal replacement shakes on hand and my boyfriend will quickly make one of these up, otherwise I turn horrible.
Anyways, our holiday daily ritual has been like this
9am exercise (the last few days my boyfriend has even joined me on this)
10am breakfast (yogurt, muesli, banana)
1.30 – 2pm lunch (left overs, or eggs)
6pm beers and nibbles (I’ve been naughty and have been eating potato chips)
9.30pm dinner (burgers, pasta, bbq chicken – my boyfriend is a chef so we have been eating well)
My body has LOVED this. I feel amazing…I even feel like I might be losing weight. Yes I am on holiday and I’m meant to…but I really feel like my body is at its best – and I’m going to try my hardest to keep this eating/mindset going. I really feel like I struggle to control my eating during the week, I’m not sure why, but I seem to need to eat so much more to keep going, even if it’s completely unnecessary. I’ll eat dinner on the train home, and then, just coz it’s there, I’ll eat dinner when I get home. If I’m tired and there’s food, I’ll eat it.
I also feel that my body has enjoyed being active. During the week I’m at my desk all day every day, so maybe I need to come up with ways to keep active during the day. Squat breaks every hour…or star jumps in the bathroom… SOMETHING to keep my body alive – as that’s when I think my eating stays on track.
A few things to keep thinking about that’s for sure…
The Girl Who Lifts.