My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


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Whether it’s 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com

Whether it's 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com
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Whether it’s 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com

This article showed up on my personal Facebook page, & I thought it was pretty great.  So, of course I had to share it with you guys!  It’s message is certainly one I share & promote.

When you think about your best friends, do you ever think “If she was only a size 2, I’d enjoy hanging out with her so much more”? Of course not. That’s ridiculous.

So then why do we think that way about ourselves?

Working toward becoming a healthy person is a good and worthy goal, something I should be proud of.

Working toward becoming a size 6 is not.

It’s just not. It is not good or worthy. It has nothing to do with being a healthier me or a better me or feeling more beautiful.

 

Read the complete article here & click below for a brief update on me.

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How To Exercise Out Of Self-Love and Not Due To Fat-Shaming | Everyday Feminism


How To Exercise Out Of Self-Love and Not Due To Fat-Shaming — Everyday Feminism

Catching up on some things at the library.  I am getting closer to the ‘net at home; probably in the next couple of weeks.  Yay!  I got behind on my 31 Miles to Halloween challenge, but have been making the push this week to catch up my miles.  I should just squeak by.  Finished C25K w1d2 with J. yesterday, & we will finish the week up tomorrow.  Yay again!  The prize for October was to be spearmint teas & related goodies, based on my previous article about tea for PCOS.  I have it together, but decided to wait to until I can be more active here before posting it.

So, on to the meat here.  A couple of friends posted this on fb & I got it in the EF newsletter today, so I figured why not.  It’s a fairly brief article, as most of their stuff is, & does a good job of summing the issue up.

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Weekly Review: Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2014

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
~Winston Churchill

Had a good week, except Saturday.  Saturday got away from me, but that’s okay.  The sun’ll come out tomorrow.  It’s only a day away.

Have five miles in on my 31 Miles to Halloween challenge & held my first drawing this week.  Have some extra goodies to toss in the box & it will be in the mail Monday.  Hurray!  I’m getting October’s prize together now & will be announcing it in a couple of weeks.

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I Refuse To Put Your Teen On A Diet | Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

You must understand and accept that he or she may never be at a weight that you think is right.
~Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

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I Refuse To Put Your Teen On A Diet | Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

I found this great letter on HuffPo via Aaron Flores’ fb page.  It’s a letter from a nutritionist to her clients who want their kids put on restrictive diets so they can be thin.  Instead of diets she encourages intuitive eating & helping their child develop a healthy relationship with food.

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When “Health and Fitness” Isn’t Really Healthy, and What to Do About It | Lift Like A Girl

“…ultimately, a health and fitness regimen should enhance your life, and not dominate it.
~Nia Shanks, Lift Like A Girl

 When “Health and Fitness” Isn’t Really Healthy, and What to Do About It

Continuing in my mission to clean out the potential post prompts of my inbox, I came across this Nia Shanks blog post.  I really appreciated the message of treating your body right & using fitness as means to health not an unhealthy obsession with losing weight.

…if you thumb through some of the latest magazines and scroll through popular websites, that’s not always the impression we’re getting.

Some resources have turned it into a game of constantly striving to reach a lower body weight coupled with strict dieting methods and long, grueling workout routines. Often it looks like a race to see who can eat the least and work out the most. And sometimes the information is just downright degrading.

Instead of focusing simply on eating better in a sustainable way … we opt instead for the latest rapid fat loss diet that has a list of forbidden foods that can often lead to binge eating and other disordered eating habits. Inevitably we combine this dieting mentality with a rigorous workout routine that often leads to burn out, overuse injuries, and exhaustion.

I concur.  For the rest of Nia’s sensible pep talk, check it out here.


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ZEN PENCILS » 160. EDGAR ALBERT GUEST: It couldn’t be done

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ZEN PENCILS » 160. EDGAR ALBERT GUEST: It couldn’t be done

Got today’s Zen Pencils, & it was too perfect not to share.  If you aren’t familiar with Zen Pencils, which you should be, it’s “a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories“.  I like that he shows a fat dude getting out there & doing it, even though everyone says he can’t.  This is his second use of the running man.  Mr. Man starts running here.

This is just a little snippet, not even half of the entire comic, so if you like what you see, go check it out in its entirety.  It’s also much bigger over there.

For those sensitive to food & weight issues, he doesn’t get skinny, but he does lose some weight.  He also throws out the junk food* & starts juicing.  However, that is not the case in the first one.  He begins running to get out of a funk & make himself feel better.

*Never throw out perfectly good food, even if it’s junk food.  Give it to someone, donate it to a food pantry, something.  There are too many people hungry out there for you to be tossing stuff in the garbage because you don’t want to eat it.  You might think eating transfats & corn syrup whatevers is evil, but they are still healthier than starving. archer deal with it


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Critical Dietetics Remains HAES Positive | Critical Dietetics Blog

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Critical Dietetics Remains HAES Positive

Critical Dietetics, being active in its questioning of the “obesity problem” and the moral panic this positioning of bodies causes, rejects the notion that individual attempts to control body weight lead to improved health. A critical perspective on health promotion considers the range of social, political, and economic influences on people’s lives.

I found this article of interest.  It seemed like a good excuse to post something & check-in with you guys.  Not just this post, the field of Critical Dietetics sounds fascinating.  They didn’t have their own pic accompanying the post, so I brought back calming manatee.

I’m doing well.  I ended my relationship & moved back in with my dad last month.  Sucks, but it’s good.  I’m feeling better, more energetic.  Of course I’m also taking some new vitamins I’m really liking.  I’ll have to tell you about all the vitamins & supplements I’ve been trying for various things.  (I got some free stuff I need to tell you about!)  I’ve been posting about it on my personal fb page, but haven’t gotten around to it here. :-/  I’ve been especially focused on vitamins to improve mood & energy, & help with hormonal issues/ my thinning hair. >_<  (Fixed my hair!)  I’ve spent so much time researching vitamins & supplements I feel like a vitaminologist! Which I think I just made up.  (Nope, according to Merriam-Webster, it’s a thing. Spellcheck begs to differ.)

I’m in the midst of moving to a larger city nearby, so that’s very exciting.  I’ve been going out some & meeting new people.  That’s very exciting for me.  Being single again, I really do feel more like my old self.  I hadn’t fully realized how much the relationship was stressing me until I left.

Hope you guys are doing well!