Saturday, January 25, 2014

Body Bliss Pics

One of my "light you up and fill your soul" friend's has an amazing page called Body Bliss Health and Fitness.  It's an incredible page that is full of motivational messages to help you lead your best life.  To help you strive for fitness, health and happiness.  One of the things she does is host a Flex Friday were people share their "sexy flexes," selfies, transformations, any picture that makes them feel good. It's such a neat idea, people commenting positive encouraging messages.  It's a feel good thing, a moment to say "Hey I'm working hard and I'm proud."  It's inspiring to see REAL people and the changes they have made.  

I've been taking pictures of my self in my gym clothes since day one almost 4 years ago.  Those pictures have motivated me along the way.  Right now those pictures help me see a fit, healthy, happy and beautiful girl.  They help me with using the scale less, and letting go of food restrictions and the diet mentality.  These pictures help me see that eating well, eating foods I enjoy, that moving almost every day work for me.  

I thought I would share some of them with you :)  

I had my driver's license renewed in December, the difference is striking.  When I saw these side by side it really hit me that my LIFESTYLE has changed, that I haven't seen that girl in the bottom picture in almost 4 years.  It made me feel good :) 

I took this picture on a Monday at the gym after a really fun weekend, hanging with friends at Wine Club (after a 19km run), and a lazy Sunday where I enjoyed breaky out, a little skating and dinner out at the WORKS!  It was an indulgent weekend, and this picture reassured me that it's ok to do that every now and again. No need to compensate, or restrict, just carry on with your regular habits.  No guilt, I had a great weekend. 

This set of pictures really helped me get over a bad feeling.  I had gone to Track Practice and put my iPhone arm band on.  I looked in the bathroom mirror and saw how it hugged the loose skin and flab on my arm.  I felt horrible about my flabby arms.  I ran the track feeling like they were flapping about.  I felt insecure and badly about myself.  Gone was the confident body loving me.  Then I took some new pictures, held a different pose, and saw that this flab is a badge of honour and beautiful :) 

A fun piyo pic :) 
This week's Flex Fri pic, I've been training for upcoming spring races which include a half marathon, a 70km bike ride and my first Olympic Duathalon. It feels great to be working toward something again after a 2 month break.  I'm excited and nervous and happy all at once.  

Pictures taken in Punta Cana, where I ran on the beach barefoot and practiced piyo with my toes in the water.  This trip was magical and one where I totally felt happy, free, and in the moment.  I also really enjoyed the mojitos and food!

Even if you don't share your pictures online somewhere (instagram, FB, etc) I really encourage you take them for yourself.  They can be a fantastic motivator and way to encourage and celebrate yourself.  Just be careful when a boat load of your selfies show up on your apple tv! LOL.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sign that my mindset is changing

Last night I enjoyed a delicious dinner of Quinoa Turkey Muffins, with a decadent like salad made with spinach, toasted Nann (OMG white carbs!) and BRIE! Oh and two glasses of wine.  It was heavenly and I thought a delicious balance of good for me food and some special treat like food to enjoy on New Years Day.   Over the holidays I have done really well with the "intuitive'' style of eating.  But then in the evening I found myself eating the last of the jube jubes, before I knew it I was eating some chocolate too.  I soon found myself feeling overly full and gross and with that feeling came the old mindset that said "well you've blown it you might as well go big and then start over in the morning."  I started thinking about the left over halloween chocolate bars I didn't allow myself to eat at Halloween.  I found myself walking downstairs and digging the bag out.   I opened it, looked at my very favourite Coffee Crisp, and then remembered how full I was.  I no longer wanted the chocolate bars.  Instead I made a cup of mint tea and went to bed to watch a movie.  Guess what? I woke up this morning feeling fine.  I put on my workout clothes and I look fine.  I didn't blow up from enjoying some of my favourites, the world did not end, all is well.  Slowly but surely my mindset is changing, and I like the way I feel.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My One Little Word for 2014

I've been playing along with Ali Edward's One Little Word since back in my "obsessive scrapbook days" (now I'm just mildly obsessed).   The idea is to choose a word that will act as a guide for the year.  A word that will help inspire you and colour the things that you do.  Last year my word was "Simplify".  I wanted to simplify our home, our routine, my races and training, to live more simply.  I think I simplified some things, I know I still have a long way to go in the home department.  I think this year's word goes well with simplify.  This year I have chosen the word "LISTEN".

 I will LISTEN to my children, slow down and listen to what they are saying, what they are sharing with me.  

I will LISTEN to my husband when he is sharing the things he is passionate about music and cross fit, even when it's boring Pink Floyd.  

I will LISTEN to my body's needs when training this year.

I will listen to my heart and what it is telling me.  

What One Little Word will you choose to guide you this year?  Ali has a great post with a huge list of words to help inspire you.