Love Yourself

There is a movement on the wonderful world of social media about accepting people – especially girls – regardless of their size or shape. I can get behind that.

What I cannot get behind is the thought that there is nothing wrong with a teenager being over 300 pounds, or a young woman saying that she has curves when she in fact has rolls. There is a difference.

I have not and will not ever be a size 0-4. It is really not genetically possible for me or for my sister. However, that does not keep me from wanting to reach a healthy size to prevent weight-related disease such as CVD, DM, HTN, etc.

So when those posts are glorifying women who are bigger than the stick figures portrayed as the ideal-sized woman, I am glad they’re comfortable in their skin, but I’m also looking at the distribution of their weight thinking, “oh look, there’s a future patient of mine with heart disease.”

It is possible to still have beautiful curves while being healthy. Eating clean, less/no processed foods automatically gives you a jump on good health. Strength conditioning enhances or emphasizes natural curves.

This is not my most well-organized post; I may come back and edit it later to where it makes more sense, but it is important to me that while young women, or not as young women, have a healthy sense of self-confidence, they also realize that they need to have a healthy body.

Curves = good; rolls = bad


Political Conscience

You can hardly go anywhere these days or even sign onto your computer without seeing something about the upcoming election. Sanders vs Clinton, Trumps vs Cruz vs Rubio vs Kasich.

I have been in near agony since Carson (my vote since he announced he was running for office over a year ago) dropped out of the race to the White House. Who am I going to vote for now?

Cruz, to me, is not trustworthy. I realize he’s done everything he has said he would do up to this point, but there is just something about him that makes me nervous.

Trump is, well, Trump. He and his family are all about the show and the drama and the power. He has allowed his followers to become to insanely violent! He encourages it! He has talked about making the military do what he wants; he has talked about not allowing the media (and you know I dislike the news media) to say anything bad about him. People at his rallys are being arrested and told they don’t have the right to protest regardless of how peacefully! Do you realize how many Constitutional rights he is talking about taking away from us?!

Rubio seemed like the last resort. I know very little about him other than he seems to fit the status quo of DC politicians. I shake my head in sadness to even write that sentence.

This election has made me angrier than ever that the cause for which my ancestor died, for which many, many men and women died, has left. We have politicians where we were supposed to have People!

Then Carson – and many others who claim Christ – announced their support for Trump. What on earth were they thinking?! Carson especially. I tried so hard to see in Trump what Carson sees. I tried to keep the open mind, and hey, he’s not a career politicians!!!

I just can’t find it in me to support him right now though.

Tonight, I had a brilliant remembrance. I’m not a Republican. I’m a Constitutionalist. (yes, there is such a political party.) I don’t have to vote for any of those candidates in the primary! I don’t have to betray my political conscience by declaring myself either a Republican or a Democrat (ha, yeah right) just for this occasion!

Don’t forget, we’re not a two party country. We are currently being ran into the ground by two parties, but they are NOT our only options! We will not have just TWO candidates come November.

Work. Will. Confidence.

For those of you who have not watched The Mighty Ducks triology, first go watch them. Take a break from reading this post and social media. They are classics in the sports genre of movies and were on tv on Saturday afternoons quite often when I was growing up. I actually have two copies of each and watch them on a relatively regular basis. Then come back and finish reading this post.

I’ve always been involved in sports. My siblings were always involved in sports – sometimes different than mine. It became quite clear that while I was really good, I had to work really hard to be good. Natural athleticism did not hit me the way it hit my sister. But! I realized I had a knack for being able to read other players – opponents and teammates – and correctly anticipate the different plays and movements. Several of my coaches realized it and took advantage of that. I wrote plays for my team, for my dad’s team (he was a coach), for the guys’ teams, and later for my teams when I became a coach.

How does this relate to The Mighty Ducks? Patience. I’m getting to that point.

SPOILER: In the second chapter of the Ducks, there were two many players. One of the players offered to not dress for the big game for the good of the team mentioning that they had always known he would make a better coach than a player. In the third chapter, a mantra of sorts was given to the team. END SPOILER.

Work. Will. Confidence.

Those three words were given to the team as something to keep in mind as they worked toward what seemed like a near-impossible-to-win game.

Those three words were given to my girls at our first practice (yes, I gave credit to Mighty Ducks.). Those three words go through my head when I’m designing my fitness programs.

I have actually associated two more words with my fitness programs: goals and progress.

The last week, I have done really great with clean eating! I’m making an effort to actually eat at least two full meals each day (I tend to skip breakfast and really prefer one big meal between lunch and supper to cut down on dishes later.). The only processed food in my house right now is my coffee creamer. The other exception will be Oreos, because, well, Oreos.

I finally became able to actually lift again – this time knowing my limits and remembering that my back is not fully healed. I designed and implemented a program that fits my needs and goal and started it this week. It’s only been three days, but the work out combined with the good eating has me feeling more confident (clothes shopping on Sunday was quite disheartening) in my appearance. My muscles are yelling at me but in a good way. I’m getting more done around the house too – more productive.

The reasoning behind work, will, and confidence are explained in the movie (seriously, go watch them!!!). The reasoning behind goals is pretty simple: I’ve set goals for myself. Right there, I’m focusing on the more superficial one: dropping clothes sizes. I do have other, healthier, goals, but the clothing goal is something I can easily measure and acts as a reward system. Progess is because I need to remind myself that I am making progress. I realize that neuro adaptations happen first. Even though I will be feeling better and stronger, I won’t be seeing any major changes for approximately 6 weeks.

So. Always remembering: Work. Will. Confidence. Goals. Progress.

Hopefully, this served as some sort of motivation for you to not only watch The Mighty Ducks but to also set some goals and keep working towards them.