Do You Love Your Body?

I don’t know about you, but for me that really cuts to the quick of things.  Yes, I like my body, but there are parts I long to change… and it’s probably not the same parts as what someone else would say.  Take, for example, my ‘baby belly.’  I affectionately dubbed it my mommy muffin before I knew what a muffin top was.  (Doh!)  I wouldn’t wish away my mommy tummy for the world, I am proud to have borne such a healthy, wonderful son.  On the other hand, my mommy tummy came with some mommy hips.  How I long to run off those mommy hips… they’re not too bad.  I don’t hate them.  But it’s hard for me to love them.

I just learned that today is National Love Your Body Day.  Body image is influenced by so many things, and the media is a powerful machine.  I love this Dove Evolution video that’s been out for some time – if we all had hours in makeup, and hours in hair, and hours of Photoshop, we’d all be ad queens!  But we’re not, and my mommy hips are going to take more than Photoshop to work out. ;)  It’s positively refreshing to see some honesty trickling into the media.

Speaking of honesty… there are some bloggers taking a crazy leap that I admire them for.  As best as I can tell, it started with Mish on her blog.  These ladies are taking pictures of themselves and writing wonderful affirmations on them.  I found out through Roni, who has been my inspiration for maybe a year and a half, now.   Her honesty and authenticity was just what I needed to help my on my own weight loss journey.  I’m still not quite where I want to be – with my body-love or my weight loss journey –  but her post from today is a bit… (dare I say it?) ballsy in a most wonderful way.  Kudos, ladies!

Food Website Link Love

I’ve got to spread some link love, here…

DH had some surgury done this month, making it a tight month for the grocery budget.  I’ve been learning some new tricks from Erin at $5 Dinners.  She feeds her family of four (DH, and two boys 4 and 2) for under $5 a night.  Crazy!  It’s made me a lot more aware of how much I’m spending per meal.  She has the cool tip of writing the price she paid for items, on their boxes – not a new idea for us WW’ers who write the Points “price” of food on the box.  When I did that with WW, it made it a whole lot easier to learn values, and I look forward to becoming more aware of costs as well.

I’ve also been spending some time over at A Year of Slow Cooking. It’s a blog written by Stephanie, who in 2008 made the resolution to slow cook for a year and blog about it.  One distinct catch – her youngest is celiac, so everything is gluten free, and has notes to make milk-free as well.  It has reinspired me to cook better and more often for my family with my slow cooker.  It is such a lovely thought to be driving home from work and have a hot lovely meal waiting!  Although her challenge is over, she’s got some great information about slow cooking that I haven’t bumped into elsewhere.

One last link, to the heavyweight of my online recipes: All Recipes.  I absolutely love that they allow ratings and comments on the recipes.  I have yet to cook a 4- or 5-star recipe that my family didn’t like.  I also like the free online recipe box, it makes it easy to dig up old favorites instead of printing or re-searching.  If I’m hungry for something, this is my first line of searching.  I’ll read the reviews for tips to figure if/how to tweak the recipe, and so far it’s been great!

Good luck in the kitchen!

30 Day Shredded

jillianSometime back I bought a copy of 30 Day Shred.  I’ve been a little slow in actually breaking it out, and the cooling Illinois weather has finally driven me to it.  It’s been a great workout!  It’s kind of funny, I didn’t realize my 3 pound hand weights were actually 5 pounds until about 3/4 of the way through!  I thought my arms were burning a lot… and no, I didn’t make it all the way through with those puppies, I had to cut a rep or three, lol!

I’ve seen comments (maybe on Amazon?) that the stretching post-workout isn’t quite enough, and I tend to agree.  Personally, I’m willing to trade an extra circuit for stretching on my own after.  My arms and back are definitely feeling it, and I’m looking forward to more. :)