As I was leaving for my run this morning my dad was leaving for his walk at the same time so I decided to go down to the .5 mile loop park that he walks around with him. I even did the first mile of running with his dog! Best run I have had in a long time.
20 minute Warm-Up +
Fartlek Workout: 8 times 1 minute at slightly faster than 5K effort with 1 minute recovery jog
20 minute Cool-down
Warm up/cool down/recovery pace is 7:45
Those fartleks really started burning during the 4th one and my legs were so tired by the end that the cool down pace was kind of hard to keep but I do have to admit, it was a fun workout.
And for some randomness:
My texting conversation with my sister last night at 11:30 pm.
Me: I wish mom’s house had clap on and off lights. Will you come over and install them for me?
Sissy: Call mom and ask her to come downstairs and turn off the lights for you.
Sissy (five minutes later): You can also try throwing pillows at the light switch..Sometimes you get lucky and it will turn off.
I fell asleep reading and finally got up and turned them off at 1 am.
I have talked about body image a bunch throughout the years (seriously, years now?) I have been blogging and today on my run I was thinking about it a lot. I was thinking about what I did to change my feelings about my body. From the ages of 13-25(ish) I had a hard time looking in the mirror without picking out something on me to be negative about and now I really don’t do that (unless it is THAT time of the month when my hormones go crazy:) It used to be constantly on my mind no matter how thin I got and it wasn’t very fun.
I didn’t start feeling good about my body until now because I all of the sudden am now my thinnest/in the best shape/most toned that I have ever been. I weigh 20some lbs more than I used to a few years ago.
I don’t love my body because when I look in the mirror I now think I look like a super model.
My healthier body image didn’t come because I have been repeating affirmations to myself about loving my body.
I feel better about my body BECAUSE my priorities changed. Having a perfect body just isn’t a big deal to me anymore. It isn’t my number one priority anymore and I rarely think about it so if I’m not thinking about it I am not thinking negative things about it. I am happy where I am at, I am happy my body brought the greatest thing ever to me (Brooke). My worth is no longer tied to what my body looks like…. there is so much more to life than that.
I think for me a lot of it has to do with service. For so many years I just thought about myself. As soon as I got pregnant my body didn’t matter anymore because I wanted to do whatever it took to make sure Brooke was healthy. Once I had Brooke my day became centered around serving her.
(turns out Brooke really likes rice)
I’m not saying that having a baby is the best way to make you feel better about your body but I think in general just placing less importance on your body and more importance on serving or bettering someone (or something) else does.
Running definitely is still a priority for me and I want to be fast and train hard. So if that brings along some muscles and allowing me to eat ice cream after every meal then that is great but all of the running is because of my running goals, not because I think I will be ‘happy‘ when I lose x amount of lbs. Does that make sense?
What about you? Has your body image become healthier over the years? How so? What is your advice to feel better about your body?
Has body image ever been a big deal for you? When?
Who do you text most often?