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Things I Love Thursday - NOT Having Food in My Teeth

Blogging? My running blog? YOUR blogs? No I haven't forgotten about those things. It's just that I've been making fondant and baking cakes and chasing down the text for some work projects. And when I've had a little extra time, I've been running and biking and 30-day shredding and getting a miserable cold.

I meant to write a post on Monday that included an apology to Janae, who I ran into at Costco on Saturday. I'm pretty sure I had food in my teeth the entire time we were chatting. But that's what happens when you go to Costco on a Saturday (which requires a level of insanity I now realize I have) and they have a sample at the end of every isle. I also managed to eat all 1200 of my calories for the day at Costco. And since it wasn't even noon yet, I clearly exceeded my total for the day. I have pretty much every day though. I just can't live (happily) off 1200 calories per day.

In addition to running into Janae and realizing we are both running Vegas in a few weeks (yay), I realized something else. I wasn't having one of my better days as far as how I felt about myself. So as I walked to my car, I realized I may never stop worrying about how I look. In some ways that is good, because it means I will take care of myself. I won't turn into a mom-jean-wearing old lady with greasy hair. But it also means I need to find a way to love myself, even on bad hair days and when my jeans are more snug than I'd like. Or when I can't find the right shoes to wear, because shoes really do make the outfit, even if you'd never know it by looking at mine most days.

But I digress.

So here are a few things I've found that help me love myself a little more:
Exercise. Whether it's running or a quick 20 minutes of strength training, I feel amazingly better about myself when I feel fit. Even if I weigh the same, somehow those snug jeans don't bother me quite as much.

Wear things that make me feel good. When I walk out of the house in those just-a little-too-tight jeans or the shirt that accentuates my rolls, that is all I think about ALLLLLLL day. It is distracting from everything. And it makes me grumpy. Just ask my family.

Eat better. When I don't overeat or eat a bunch of junk, I feel so much better. And when I drink a lot of water I feel better too. I can tell by how much I am craving water in the evening if I had enough that day. Water-loading just before going to bed isn't the best idea, so I try to be better about spreading it out throughout the day.

I know this is all pretty basic and nothing new. But they make a huge difference.

Having a little Bean who tells me she likes my hair when I do it differently or how cuuuuute my shirt is when I put something new on doesn't hurt either.


  1. You're right about the exercise. Even it's just a little something, it seems like it really changes your mindset for the day.

  2. This post is great and right on. I totally agree. Also, I want to run into you at the grocery store!

  3. My blogging is also taking aback seat at the moment. I'm just busy with so many things and work is really crazy as well. Luckily my running is going well. Have a great weekend!

  4. such a great post! and a great reminder to remember the things that we love about ourselves! cant wait to see you again. i have been missing you so much friend!

  5. Man, I wish I lived near a Costco! I miss those samples! :)

  6. Hope you are feeling better! Colds around the holidays are terrible.

  7. I hope you feel better. Great post.
    I feel also better when I drink more water but CocaCola is my weakness....


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