This morning I read that the average woman criticizes her body at least 13 times a day.
Are we okay with that statistic? This week I fit in some really great workouts, slept well, and cooked up some nutritious meals. I'm feeling stronger, leaner, and healthy. On paper, I get on A+.
So why do I feel so bad?
I thought I knew what to expect when I started this challenge. I set out to change my body but the more I focus on my body, the more I realize that it's my mind I need to get in check. Never one to outwardly complain about my appearance, this week I noticed that I'm more negative in my thoughts than I realized. It's not toxic like it was a few years ago, but I haven't totally drowned out the voice. Want to know how it started?
This week I tried on bathing suits. So cliché, right? I went into it strong, not to be deterred by how well they fit—or didn't. And even though it was not at all my style, I put on a Victoria's Secret bathing suit and quickly realized that in NO WORLD is their medium MY medium.
I didn't even like the suit. Yet I couldn't get it out of my mind for a full 24-hours.
And then I read this quote: "Instead of trying to compare yourself to others, compare yourself to YOU."
The next day I found a suit I really loved. It was at Target, no less. Black and white, a bit retro, and totally my style. It made me feel better, but not because it fit. I felt better because I changed my mind. I don't have abs, but I have a really cute freckle by my belly button that I love. It's not a skimpy bikini, but it makes me feel like ME. I have stretch marks and cellulite, but I love my curves. And why are stretch marks and cellulite such a big deal, anyway? I'm a 31-year-old woman who loves her self the way she is. Scars and all.
- Yoga 2x
- HIIT 3x
- Abs 1x
- Arms 1x
- Kettle Bell 1x
- 2 days rest
I was home with the family this weekend, so the girls decided to create our own circuit workout in the front yard. We had so much fun and it was just what I needed to mix up my workouts in front of the TV. Tone It Up and Yoga With Adrienne are still my go-to YouTube channels and while I love them, nothing really compares to running suicides with your mom.
In case you want to try it:
As many rounds as possible in 15 mins (we got through 3.5):
50-100 jump rope
25 tummy tucks
25 KB swings
25 tricep extensions
Followed by 5 suicides and a 10 minute yoga flow (THAT I LED & IT WAS SO FUN) and a 1/4 mile jog to cool down.
This week I'm challenging myself to add some running to the mix. It's been awhile and it's basically spring outside, so my goal is to get in 10-15 miles. It's Tuesday and so far I've run 0. I got this.
How good are scrambled eggs? Matty and I watched The 100-Foot Journey and Burnt this week, so I cooked my eggs like the chefs do in the movies and ate them with a fork and knife like I lived in France. They were seriously good. Turn the pan on medium-low, melt oil (or bacon fat in my case) until heated through. Whisk eggs with salt and pepper so they'll get nice and fluffy, and continue whisking when you pour in the pan. Keep on whisking until they are cooked!
We also ate ribs and smoked Brussels sprouts as a pre-Valentine's dinner and Matty made my chocolate peppermint cookies sans peppermint and plus chocolate chips. I don't have photos but I documented both on Snapchat. You can find me at britrosewhite because I can change my maiden name on every legal document but not Snapchat, apparently.