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beYOUtiful

I work for this incredible organization, Girls on the Run.  The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire young girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could inspire all women to be healthy, joyful, and confident?

This weekend I was representing Girls on the Run at a local health and wellness fair.  This is the first one I have worked and while I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I really enjoyed sharing this mission of Girls on the Run and meeting women in my community.  I’ve been dwelling on one conversation that I had and I’ve been trying to put it into words…so here it is!

As I was giving my spiel to one lady, telling her all about our 2x a week, 10 week long, 90 minute meetings with 3rd-5th grade girls…. the woman was disappointed that we didn’t start the program younger.  She explained to me that her daughter, in 2nd grade, can’t walk past a mirror and not stop and look at herself.  She said that her daughter looks at herself and says, “I’m so fat”, despite her small frame.

2nd grader.  Probably 7 years old.

Isn’t that amazing?

I have 20 more years of experience in this world than this young girl.  I struggle every day with how I look, what I have and don’t have, and what I wish I was.  I haven’t always fit in, I was never the skinniest girl, I am covered in freckles (that are oh-so-easy to make fun of) and I have always preferred to wear sweatpants over cutesy dresses.  I have been made fun of and I have been unhappy with my appearance, on more than one occasion.

But now, as an “adult”, I accept who I am.  I am me.  I have worked incredibly hard to be able to accept who I am and what I have.  Of course, I have dreams, desires, and wishes (I think that makes me human), but I love who I am, who I have become, and I am comfortable with where I am in my life and my “inner me”.

I know what I look like in the mirror, I know what my “inner me” thinks about that reflection in the mirror, but I have no idea how the rest of the world perceives me.  That seven year old looks in the mirror and thinks she’s fat.  I wonder what that 7 year old will say in 20 years? 

Now, I’m not putting blame on this mother, by any means.  I know nothing about her as a person or as a mother or their family dynamics.  But, as I have thought about this interaction, I can’t help but think about the power of influence

I know that I’m not old.  I’m not young either.  I am still influenced by the internet, the media, my family, my friends… aren’t we all? But children have the potential to be impacted so greatly by these sources of power and influence.  Children (like this 2nd grader) are learning about the world, about their family, about their bodies, about the best way to act/dress/look/be.  Influence is incredible.  Don’t you think? 

At some point, through some social media site, I came across an article talking about “things to not say in front of your daughter”.  Think I could find that article when I went to find that post? Heck no, I’m not that internet savvy I guess! However, I was able to scrounge up these links:

Great advice for moms and dads – those who have direct influence over their children.

Now, let me throw this out there.  I don’t have kids.  I plan to have kids, we’re just not there yet in life.  So yes, I don’t have the experience with raising a child – I am sure it’s 10,000 times harder than I am imagining and that the things in those links aren’t always that easy to talk about or do.  But I hope, one day, I’m able to have a daughter and be able to tell her that she is beYOUtiful, just how she is.  She is a warrior, strong, intelligent, brave… And if I have a son, I hope to be able to say the same.

We are all beautiful just how we are.  We just need to learn to accept that.  We need to be able to tell our “inner me” we are just the way we are meant to be.  We are beYOUtiful.  When we accept that within ourselves, I believe the rest of the world is able to see that – we shine from the inside out.

Be you. Be beautiful.

beyoutiful

beautiful

 

Scrumptious Energy Bars

I’m a crazy freak.  

A while ago my lovely fiance bought tickets to two Dave Matthews Band shows this weekend. As in, the weekend before our wedding.  I told him when he bought the tickets (in December?!?) that I could not guarantee my presence… as it was the weekend before the wedding.

Well, not everything is done for the wedding, but I need to get the heck away from it before my head explodes.

So, I gave in. And agreed to go.

I’m incredibly excited… we saw the band at Noblesville last year and it was amazing. The shows were killer, the sun was hot, the beer was cold, and the coolest thing was that we could camp right on site.

Knowing we will be camping again this time — and it’s the weekend before our wedding — I can’t eat like I did last year. So, I decided to trust Pinterest to find some delicious snacks I could make to avoid eating Doritos, Cheetos, Lays and all the other crap I ate last year. I am camping with two guys… they are most excited about the crap food.  This recipe is so good that I probably won’t have to even tell them it’s healthy!

I found this link for protein bars. I’ve always heard of making protein bars, but I just haven’t done it. I have NO CLUE why! They are DELICIOUS! and will be able to fill me up for breakfast this weekend and for when I want to snack!

I adapted this recipe from this website…

Ingredients

– 2 scoops dry whole grain oatmeal

– 4 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

– 1/2 natural peanut butter

– 1/3 cup skim milk

– 2 mashed bananas

– handful of blueberries

– 1/4 cup coconut

– 2 Tbspoon Flaxseed

– 1/2 tspoon honey

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FINALLY GOT TO USE MY KITCHENAID MIXER!!! Isn’t she pretty???

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Add ingredients together in a large bowl. The recipe didn’t call for a mixer, but I wanted to use mine!

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Yummy – mix till it’s all blended together.  It will be thick and seem clumpy.

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Spray your pan down and spread evenly.

((I probably could have used a bigger pan, but didn’t))

Put the pan into the fridge for 30 minutes to let it cool and stick all together.

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I sliced mine up and individually wrapped them so more people can enjoy them!

Quitting is just SO easy!!

This has always been my problem in the past – I workout and do really well and then life happens and I take a few days off and everything just crumbles away….

Well, I’m at that point. Ugh.

I had all the intentions to make Friday (my normal rest day) my “workout in advance” day. Didn’t happen. I made 5 batches of cookies and pumpkin spice puppy chow instead. Then I proceeded to head to my alma mater for the rest of the weekend for homecoming. Which did NOTHING for my diet, weight loss, or workout regime. If I listed all the things I had to eat which are out of the normal, I would probably vomit on my computer (gross, but true).
So here I am at this point, the point I hate being at.  I did a run yesterday to make up for Sunday’s missed workout – proud of myself for that. But when I woke up this morning ready to do, it was 32 degrees and I decided to cuddle on the couch with the pup and have since spent 3+ hours at a local coffee shop doing homework. I know I need to do it, but will I? I need to do it.

How do you keep the motivation? How do you keep pushing forward? I know I feel fantastic when I workout and I have been seeing some great results, but I’m in the middle of week 7 and facing a wall that I am not sure I know how to climb (or do I take the easy way and try to find a new path??)