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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

 

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Power Packed Monday.

I’m sure most people are feeling the same way I am…. this time change has got me all confused.

We went to bed extra early last night because we were up early (to go to pre-marriage counseling, eeek!). This meant the dogs were in their cages earlier than normal… so of course the would be barking at 7am!

I got up and took care of them then got going in on some homework. Spring Break is over for me, so I’m back to the books! :-/

I have a conference this weekend so I know my training schedule is going to be all messed up – there is a gym in the hotel, but it’s a conference with a bunch of athletic trainers….usually the gym is packed.

So I doubled up….that’s good for me, right? 🙂

Got in my 3 miles and 2 sets of lifts. Got home from the gym and was starving. 

Best/worst part about increasing my exercise and lifting…..I am hungry, constantly.

But it’s all about fueling up! That is why today is POWER PACKED MONDAY! 

Today, I mixed in my favorite breakfast with some of the finest ingredients: left over buffalo chicken, asparagus, tomato, green pepper and avocado. Hello, delicious. Throw in some chocolate milk and berries and I’ve got a late lunch that will hold me over through class!

Just fantastic.
Just fantastic.

Health Benefits:

Chocolate Milk: PROTEIN! ((Phenomenal post-workout meal)

Berries: fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory,

Eggs: PROTEIN, vitamin A, potassium, folic acid, choline,

Avocado: Fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, folic acid….yum yum yum! 

Asparagus: fiber, Vitamins A, C, E, & K, chromium, detroxifies, anti-oxidants (I’m obsessed lately)

Tomato: antioxidants, anti-inflammatory

Green Pepper: carotenoids, Vitamin C & E, antioxidants

Chicken: PROTEIN, Vitamin B3 & B6, niacin, selenium

ENJOY YOUR DAY TODAY! FIND A REASON TO SMILE 🙂 

January Book Review…

As you can see from my 2013 Goals, I would like to read one book every month! This was something I started last year and I did really well with it!

However, I’m now in school. And school means lots and lots of reading.

So, in an effort to not fail on my on my goal, I did in fact read a book this month… although I had to for an assignment, it is still a book and I still read it! So here’s a brief little review!

Johnson, A. G. (2006). Privilege, power, and difference (2nd ed.). Mountain View, CA: MayfieldPublishing Company.
Johnson, A. G. (2006). Privilege, power, and difference (2nd ed.). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield
Publishing Company.

For those of you that don’t know, I am seeking my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.  My bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both in athletic training, so it’s an interesting transition as I am no longer learning anything about injuries and rehabilitation! I have transitioned my focus into understanding the structure and function of higher education, which led me to take a Diversity and Equity class.

During Christmas break, we got an email from the professor indicating that we needed to have this book read by the 2nd week of class. So, like the overachiever I am, I started reading….. the wrong book.  I got half way through the other textbook for the class (150 pages) and realized on the first day of class that I was reading the wrong one. Stupid Jenny. 

Anyways, this book was a pretty fast read and was incredibly interesting.  It forced me to think about the privilege in our society and how white/male/heterosexual/able-bodied individuals have the “privilege and power” in our society which diminishes the ability of others that don’t fit that “mold” to have privilege, power, and make a difference.

That’s about all of a synopsis I am going to give since I don’t think many people care to hear about my textbook for class. BUT – I did read a book in January! 🙂

What book have you read during January?

If you’re in school, have you read about something similar? 

Last week of 10k training

This is it, really?

On October 1, I decided to start the Hal Higdon 10k novice training program — I NEVER thought I would make it to the last week. But here I am. Wow.

I think I did some pretty poor planning with making the last week during Thanksgiving….I bet my legs are going to feel like turkey legs when I go to do the 10k. I’m also not actually running a 10k race, it was more about having a goal and something to run for.

From a non-physical standpoint, I am kind of grateful this last week has fallen the same as Thanksgiving.  This time of year is very reflective for most and I need to be as well.  This summer I reached my highest weight, ever. I’ve never been a small kid, but I have always been athletic.  I had a great friend who decided to make some changes in her life and start exercising more and it really motivated me to do the same (and I have a wedding dress to knock out in 7 months). So I did it, I started running in September, started the training plan in October, signed up for a gym membership, have been going to more fitness classes, will be doing a 4k on thanksgiving, and plan to sign up for a half marathon in May 2013. Never in my life did I ever think I’d even consider a half marathon.

I know I’ve made positive strides.  I like being able to tell myself “I’m only doing 3” or “just a light two”. When before I started running, I could barely run 1/4 of a mile. Insane. I’ve made great strides with my energy level, have lost about 12 pounds (not exactly the 5 per month I want, but I cannot complain at all), and I am becoming a runner. I feel amazing – I want to get my runs in, I enjoy it and I’m dreading the cold weather because I know I won’t wanna be out as much.

Thank you to all of you who have read about this and supported me – I can’t wait to continue my running journey and see what else I can do. I am very blessed.

I’m including my training plan for this week here – but you can follow my plan on my 10k training page throughout the week.

Monday Plan: Stretch and strength

Tuesday Plan: 3 mile run

Wednesday Plan: 30 min cross

Thursday Plan: 2 mile run + strength (but this is the day I’ll be running the 4 miler)

Friday Plan: Rest (black Friday and I picked up a second job in retail! eeek!)

Saturday Plan: Rest

Sunday Plan: 10k race (will be on my own!)