Good Morning! Happy President’s Day, Everyone.
Oats cooked in water:
Used my method where RIGHT when it finishes cooking (when it is supposed to set for 2 mins) I add some Almond Butter, let it melt all the way through it. Then I added about a teaspoon of organic raspberry preserves, then a Tablespoon of Chia Seeds, of course. 😉 Mix it all up and enjoy. A few, simple ingredients. Next time I will add a banana, but I was out.
I grabbed a sample of this stuff just because it was there and I had never tried it (which I used in the above oats):
I definitely prefer my Almond Butter RAW.
It was good. But nothing spectacular that would make me switch from this love o’ mine:
Raw, Creamy, Unsalted Almond Butter from TJ’s 🙂
Friday we had GORGEOUS weather here.I had an unusual burst of energy Friday afternoon and decided to do some back to back short dance workout videos On Demand. I did Zumba, Latin Dance and some other crazy Hip Hop video. Munchkin looked at me like I was nuts (like he always does when I workout at home). It was a comical site. Seeing me, my new sense of wobbly-ness and a huge belly, in my living room attempting to be coordinated. It felt good though. I even did some weights between. Nothing fancy, just some lunges, presses, rows and a few other things. Fun stuff.
Michael and I went out to dinner, and I whipped out something any 30 week pregnant girl would cringe at the site of:
6 inch heels.
I didn’t do much walking in them. But got funny looks in the restaurant we went to. I was SO surprised that no one made any comments to me. Given the place we went to (I won’t elaborate). Whatevs, I live and work in sweats & sneakers. Once the weather gets nicer I want to be able to throw on a pair of heels.
Let’s see if I am still saying this in the weeks to come though 😉
Saturday the weather made a BIG change. It was windy, cold, windy, cold and did I mention WINDY??!! I had a baby shower to attend at 2pm. Our power went out at noon (down power lines). Me…wet head…no electricity….not happy. I put my makeup on by the window and went over my moms to dry my hair. They were saying the power was going to be out until 11pm. But I got lucky, it went back on at 5 when I was on my way home from the shower. Phew.
Rest of the weekend, not too much excitement. We went over my moms Saturday night to watch the Slam Dunk contest with my siblings. It’s always fun hanging with the fam. Sunday I started my taxes (bleh) and hung out with my sniffly Munchkin:
He still has some sniffles and watery eyes. Seems to be getting better though. I am doing what the Vet advised to do along with some extra TLC (if that was even possible). He’s been SO attached to me lately. Always needs to be by my side. I am not complaining in the least though 🙂 Just wish he felt 100% better.
Sunday morning I went to the gym. Something I have not done on a Sunday in who knows how long. I have always made Sundays my “rest day” away from the gym. Either that or just do some type of physical activity outside or at home. I had a good workout though. I did 30 minutes of cardio glute workout course, then weight training similar to my FF workout. I liked working out Sunday morning. It was a great start to the day. I am definitely working on my endurance for the inevitable labor to come in a few weeks. Biggest motivator these days!
Yesterday was the start of NEDA Week.
I announced on Friday that I would be dedicating some time in each post to the cause so near and dear to my heart.
The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to attract public and media attention
to the seriousness of eating disorders and the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to them.
Eating Disorders are Illnesses. Not choices.
In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Approximately 15 million more
are struggling with binge eating disorder. Because of the secrecy and shame associated with eating disorders, it is very likely that many more go unreported.
The Fitness Dish will be doing it’s own take on awareness and self-love for NEDA Week.
This came at a perfect time. I needed a reality check. Lately, I have been finding myself criticizing my body a little more here and there. I even told my sister last week I was having an “I hate skinny people” day. This isn’t the girl with a past of disordered eating talking though. I have been able to keep her suppressed for the most part. I think it’s normal to have these types of days for any of us. There is nothing wrong with it from time to time. Not on a daily basis though. Not even for an entire day. Don’t let these thoughts consume you or define you. Do not let it doesn’t turn into an obsession or self-hate behavior. As long as you can recognize the beautiful person that you are. Know that you are more than a size. A number. You are unique. Each of us are. When you compare yourself to another, stop it. Give yourself a kick in the butt and remember the wonderful, sexy person that you see in the mirror. Then, tell yourself how hott you are 🙂 Go ahead. There’s nothing wrong with you if you do. I encourage it.
My body has changed. My hips may be wider, my thighs may be bigger, and my arms may not as toned and little as they were 8 months ago. That doesn’t mean I am not beautiful though.That my body doesn’t still look good. My body may be more beautiful than it ever was before now that I am carrying another life around. To this day, it is hard for me to say the words “I am beautiful”. I show myself much more love on so many levels than I did in my teens and early twenties. As hard as it is to say it, I am telling you now. I will embrace the words “I am beautiful.” No matter what shape or size.
I am healthy. I am fit. I treat my body with the love and respect it deserves.
This week I plan on starting my pregnancy series where I will get into all the fears that surrounded getting pregnant in the first place. I also will get into how much I surprised myself in embracing the changes my body has gone through, given my past. Eating disorders may never fully “go away.” You just learn how to suppress those behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. For me, it was a long process, but I found the more I embraced my body, stopped the negative self-talk, and started treating myself with respect, the happier I was over time. The healthier my body became. The better I looked, not only in general, but to myself. There was no “ah-hah” moment in recovery for me. Things just started to come together. (I plan on elaborating on this in a readers request post sometime soon.)
I have been healthy and happy with my body for many years now, overall. However, I did fear that going through a change so big such as pregnancy might turn things around for me. It was always something that scared me to death. However, even though I have the occasional “fat talk” days. I have a whole new love and respect for my body. I said it before on here, how even though my relationship with food has changed and evolved tremendously in the past few years. That it has an even deeper meaning for me to eat well since becoming pregnant. If you are willing to eat well, nourish and treat your body with such care when you have another life inside of you, then why can’t you do the same for yourself all the time?
Which brings me to my NEDA recommendation of the day. Anyone that is struggling with the changed their body is going through during pregnancy should check out this book:
If you are not pregnant, and struggle with “letting go” of disordered eating. My read of the day (which I mentioned Friday) if the excerpt I posted last year for NEDA Week:
Some Topics I Plan to Touch On This Week:
- Society Pressures and Eating Disorders
- I’m Having A Daughter! The fears and anxiety associated with body image in young women
- Turning “Fat-Talk” Into Self-Love
What’s your favorite Nut Butter? Roasted or Raw?
Have Beautiful Day.