Monday, February 24, 2014

Motivation Monday

Are there any other Today show viewers out there?  I saw this morning that they are beginning a series called Love Your Selfie encouraging everyone to love themselves for how they look today.  I think this concept is really important.  You deserve your love and respect now, not just when you accomplish milestones or a specific number on a scale.

I find that if I am loving me and am thankful for the things my body can do today, then I am more likely to treat myself to a nice workout or a delicious well balanced meal.  Most of my eating binges and couch potato moments come when I am not respecting myself.

I deserve respect and self love daily.  I deserve time spent with myself determining just what my body needs so it can reach its full potential.  I shall spread the love.  Joining in the spirit of the Love Your Selfie moment, here are some selfies of me.  Full length with my long legs (and cute shoes).

An at work selfie from last week rocking my awesome new scarf...

And a first thing in the morning pic for No Makeup Monday...

Today I am linking up with the lovely ladies of Motivation Monday.  The hot topic of conversation today is strength training.  My favorite strength training workout without a doubt is yoga.  I love that I take a class every Monday at lunch.  It's awesome.

Yoga is a fantastic practice for loving yourself as you are in the moment and for what your body can do today.  Am I the most limber I have ever been in my life today?  No.  But after class today I might be more than yesterday.  Do I have the best formed down dog in the class?  Nope.  But I rock an awesome pigeon pose and I can balance like crazy in tree pose.  

Find something today that you love about your body and celebrate it.  You deserve it.

Have a lovely Monday friends.

Linking Up:
Daily Dose of Del Signore

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday and heart day.  You are all awesome and loved.

For my girlfriends out there...


I love this print.  It's available on if you want one (link right under the picture).  I hear they sell out quickly.  I think this would be so cute in a locker room or ladies gym.  We should all remember just how great our bodies are.  Today.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Intuitive Eating Thoughts

I have to tell you how liberating it is to give up the "diet" mentality and concentrate on myself and what my body is telling me.

Daniel and I went to Hattiesburg this weekend to see family.  In the past when I have been "on a diet" traveling, getting together with friends, going out, you name it...any sort of activity where I couldn't control everything...brought anxiety, fear, self judgement.  All of those activities are the really great, fun parts of life.  If you put that into perspective you could say life was causing me anxiety, fear, and self judgement.  Who wants to spend life like that?  Honestly, I don't.  I have already spent way too much time over the years judging myself and I love that I am working on breaking the cycle.

Do you know what this means?  All of that time I would spend sitting with my family thinking about what I "should" or "shouldn't" be eating; all that time where I would concentrate on the things I "couldn't" have; all that time I spent thinking about how badly I was blowing my diet; all the time I spent calling myself names; all of it, every last second, I was able to spend enjoying my family.  I like that much better than being anxious, scared and rude to me.

There is so much peace that comes with acceptance.  Am I always great at being accepting?  Nope. Sometimes I am still pretty hard on myself.  I have come far enough on this journey to catch myself being mean and I do my best to set myself straight.  There's no reason to do anything but appreciate all the things my body can do, today, as it is now.  Peace and patience are the way to go.

I no longer get on the scale regularly, but I got on my scale the other day.  Since I have stopped dieting and started listening, I have lost 8 pounds.  I seem to be on my way to my healthy weight.

I am so excited for yoga on Monday.  I am pretty sure I will be feeling the "I am only here for savasana" vibe.  I love the me time so much.

Have a lovely day!

Linking Up:
Daily Dose of Del Signore