All About That Shake

One of the main tenants of barre is about the shake. I happen to shake a whole heck of a lot.

At first I thought that my shaking was related to the fact that I was new to class and was still getting the hang of things. But now, after almost two months of going to barre, I am still shaking, and some days the shaking happens more than others.

I started reading up on what the shake was all about, and according to this interesting article, it happens because the muscle is exhausted. I lead an extremely active lifestyle outside of barre and routinely rack up between 10,000 – 20,000 steps a day. So some days my legs are exhausted heading into barre and thus why they shake earlier on in the movements.

Sometimes I feel embarrassed by the shaking but I know that it means my muscles are growing and getting stronger. I am glad that I stuck with barre and look forward to the benefits that it gives me as I prepare to signup for another race.

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Just a Reminder

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I wanted to share this today because I needed this reminder and I’m sure that many others do as well.

Our weight does not define us. The way that people love us is not contingent on the size of our thighs or our pant sizes. The way that we love ourselves shouldn’t be either.

I read an article recently that bashed the body positive movement because, as the article said, that it promoted an unhealthy lifestyle and obesity. I have had a hard time wrapping my brain around their thoughts and my own opinion on the subject, but I am going to do my best now to share how I feel.

I think that people are trying to put too much responsibility on the shoulders of body positive advocates. A plus size model should be allowed to tell her followers to love every curve, every jiggle, and every piece of their body without in the same breath having to say, “but you should also exercise and eat well.” I think that is what many people expect and I don’t think it is their job and they shouldn’t have to do it.

I believe that health and fitness is vital to a happy life. MY life is vastly better when I workout consistently and eat well, but I am not going to preach that to someone who is scared and uncomfortable with their body. What that article didn’t understand is that sometimes you have to love yourself first before you can take care of yourself.

Sometimes you need to accept your curves and love the skin you’re in before you decide to try that barre class or go to Zumba or head out and run a mile. It is a lot easier to say fuck the haters in a fitness class when you love yourself and are feeling yourself then if you are told to be embarrassed and ashamed of your body by society.

My whole life I have hated my body because that is what society told me. That is what the bullies in my upbringing told me. I was surrounded by a loving and supportive family, and still I hated myself. I had an eating disorder and still didn’t feel thin enough, I still didn’t feel good enough.

No one should have to feel like that. I repeat, NO ONE.

No woman, man, or person should have to make the decision that they can only love themselves if they are exercising or eating well. No one should be telling body positive advocates that they aren’t doing enough, because they are doing more now than ever before. We are making strides so that EVERY woman can openly love herself and not just those who workout and eat clean.

Body positivity isn’t an excuse for obesity, it is about loving yourself, accepting who you are, and doing with that what you will. Loving myself means I wake up early and workout because for me, loving myself means making time for fitness. The key word is me. What is love for me might not be for you, and no one else should tell you how you are allowed to show love to yourself, no one but you.

So go ahead and show yourself a little love today.

Food Prep Fun!

This week I went about my food prep a little differently, and it was a lot of fun!

For once I actually prepped breakfast. Typically I just throw oatmeal in a baggie and some fruit and call it a day, but this week I made Zoodle Egg Nests and they came out great.

I love eggs. It is one of the (slightly) weird things about me. I’d be happy to have eggs for dinner almost every night and still be able to wake-up and eat them for breakfast. For me, they are simple and delicious and so easy to make that I cannot seem to stay away from them. This week I took my egg obsession to a different level with the Zoodle Nests.

Creating something new felt fun, and I was enjoying tossing the zoodles, tomatoes, eggs, and Parmesan cheese in a dish to be mixed up and popped into muffin tins. The result after 20 minutes in the oven and a little spillage on the bottom of the oven? Delicious egg muffins that had veggies in them!

I added pepper to the egg to give them more flavor and it came through really nicely. Tomorrow I might try them with a touch of hot sauce, but overall I really enjoyed them. They made for a great breakfast at my desk with a side of fruit.

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What new recipes have you tried lately that were a hit?

Finding Healthy New Recipes

I am all about breakfast. It has always unfathomable to me that some people do not eat breakfast. I couldn’t do it, I don’t know how they live without morning fuel.

My breakfast sets the tone for the whole day so I try to make sure that it is healthy and filling. I used to eat Greek yogurt with fresh berries for breakfast every morning, but the yogurt started to upset my stomach so I switched to my old favorite of oatmeal.

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In my morning oatmeal I have half a cup of oats, a tablespoon of almond butter, and

 

then some fresh fruit on top. I like to have strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, but I’ve seen some people add apple, peach, or pear and that is a hit too. While I love my oatmeal, I am starting to get a little sick of it and want to try something new.

That is when I stumbled on the recipe for these egg nests, they are basically egg muffins with veggies. I first saw a tutorial on Instagram on Inspiralized that gave me the idea to look for Zoodle Egg Muffin recipes that I could complete in my own kitchen.

I found this recipe that I cannot wait to try this weekend. I love that these little muffins pack in protein and veggies, which is often missing from my morning routine. I can’t wait to have these for breakfast with a side of delicious fruit.

What are your favorite healthy breakfasts? Please share your recipes with me so I can get out of my oatmeal rut!

The Scale is Just a Number

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I had a great chat with my sister yesterday about weight loss and health goals and she made a great point that made me rethink my current diet.

She told me that pounds don’t really matter, it is inches. I thought about this and realized that what I really want is to look better, not just be lighter. For me, I want more muscles and a more toned body overall, and, muscle weighs more than fat. So this morning when I stepped on the scale, I suddenly felt less invested in that number. Suddenly it seemed to click that how my clothes fit and how my body starts to change means less then the number on the scale.

This is an argument that has been all over social media for years, but has cropped upon my feed a lot lately. This one post talking about how you can weigh more but look smaller than you did at a lower weight. In fact Anna Victoria, a fitness blogger, says that the scale is not an accurate representation of your progress because it doesn’t explain how much fat versus muscle you have. Read her article here. I think these ladies are on to something.

The scale is just a number. Yes, sometimes it shows progress towards a goal, and sometimes it just shows excess water weight, or the fact that you need to go to the bathroom.

If you are fitter and healthier, you will feel it in your body, and a scale won’t always say the same thing. Focusing on the scale works really well for a lot of people, but for me, it often becomes a negative cycle that leaves me unhappy and upset.

Who else is thinking about ditching the scale?

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do”: Baseball Great, Curt Schilling, Diagnosed With Cancer

Curt Schilling, a pitcher in Major League Baseball for 20 seasons and an ESPN analyst, recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

For those of you who may not know much about Curt Schilling, know this, he is a fighter.  Schilling is not only known as a talented pitcher, finishing his 20 seasons with 3,116 strikeouts, but also as a man who never quits.  A man who fought his way through numerous injuries to help the Red Sox nab a World Series title after an 86 year winless streak.

In game two of the 2004 World Series, Curt Schilling infamously kept pitching even after blood stains rose on the sock of his injured right ankle.  With Schilling’s pitching the Red Sox won that game and the series, beating the St. Louis Cardinals and finally getting their sixth World Series win.

Curt Schilling fought for the Red Sox.  He fought for his team and himself and his family, and for the city of Boston.

Curt Schilling is a fighter.  So when he experienced chest pains during his wife’s running of the New York City Marathon in November of 2011 he survived the heart attack that had struck him so suddenly.  Schilling fought through that health issue just as he will fight through this one.

Curt Schilling is not easily knocked down.  He is not easily stopped or forgotten or passed over.  Curt Schilling is a man that was meant to overcome, a man who was made to win.  No one who has that much drive, and that much dedication, and that much heart, ever quits and allows himself to fail.  Curt Schilling is a great, not only within the game of baseball but also within the game of life.

If anyone can overcome such a hurdle, such a tragic disease, it is Curt Schilling.

Curt Schilling is a fighter, who was right in telling his kids that “tough times don’t last, tough people do.”  Because, if nothing else Curt Schilling is a tough person, a tough person who was built to fight.  Built to fight any battle, including a battle with cancer.

Obsessed

Earlier this week I posted a link to an article on Healthy Weight Week.  In case you missed it, Healthy Weight Week is a week in January, the 19th-25th, which celebrates healthy eating habits rather than dieting.  It encourages people to embrace the bodies they have and the healthy habits that they put into creating that body.

So, as Healthy Weight Week comes to a close, I wanted to send a little motivation your way about how to celebrate your body every day.  I thought of lots of ways to tell you that you should love your body.  I thought about telling you that you are one of a kind, that no one else has your body, and that is magical!  I thought about telling you that you should love your body because you get to create it and alter it as you want.  But, it just wasn’t quite what I wanted to convey.  Instead I came up with something a bit different.

How are you NOT obsessed with your body?!  How?!?!  Just think of what your body does!

Just think, our bodies carry us through life, every day.  Our bodies are created to enable us to walk for miles and miles and to run away from danger.  Our bodies are constantly in charge of making sure we’re alive.  Our bodies are responsible for housing our hearts which holds every beat of our lives.  Our bodies keep our brain safe, a big mound of mush in our head that enables us to move and speak and feel and it is all the responsibility of our bodies.

Our bodies are amazing!  Isn’t it amazing what our bodies do for us, how protective they are, how much they love us?  Isn’t that just simply so wonderful?  Our bodies love us.  They protect us and shield us from the world and if in return we cannot simply say that we are in love with them, that’s insane.

I love my body because it is mine.  It keeps me alive.  It loves me.  Its sole responsibility is me and my life, so in return I am going to love and respect it.  I love my body and treat my body well because of everything it does for me.  I want to eat healthy and exercise because it makes my body feel good, and my body deserves a reward for keeping me alive.

You should be OBSESSED with your body because it is obsessed with you and keeping you alive.  How can you disrespect and hate something that loves you so much?  Don’t, do that.  Love yourself.  Love yourself so much.  Love your body and your heart and every flaw because they love you, and they live for you.