Playing catch-up

Ever feel like you’ve been running in place all day? Running, running, running but not getting anywhere fast?

Totallllly sums up my day…well my week, really.

Been a super busy week at work for various reasons (again, none of which I’ll get into here!) and, amidst that, I’ve been in my self-imposed Kick “boot camp” this week. too. So between work and Kick practice AND teaching a Kick class with my sis this morning, I’m sorta feeling like a hamster on one of those spinny wheel thingies.

I’m finally sitting down now to get back to my blog, my blog friends and, well, a pedicure. Yep, my sis and I treated ourselves to pedicures and it was just lovely. Exactly what my kick-weary feet needed! (Let it be noted that I *thought* about whipping out my camera to take a pic of my perty toes but I’m too tired to do it, but I promise I’ll fulfill my promise of more “people pics” in the blog, Heather, I did swear by it, didn’t I?)

AND, speaking of sisters, this segues nicely to my next point about my other sis, Jen (blogging over at Growing More than Vegetables). Jo beat me to the punch in the <wait for itttttt> “auntie throwdown” by revealing it on her blog first today, but Jen is pregnant!! The first of the three of us to get pregnant and it’s just awesome. The way it should be. Jen was always the protective, nurturing one amongst the three of us, especially when we were little and hated all the stares and pointing fingers (oh look! Triplets!). Somehow just being near her when I was scared just felt so comforting. Still does, too, not gonna lie. And she gives the best hugs. A sure sign of a good mom-to-be in the making! And while yes, I’ve lost the first round of “auntie throwdown,” Jo better watch her back whilst I come up with my counter-move. 😉

In other “catch up” news, I had a few minutes towards the end of the day today to read up on a couple of my favorite blogs and caught this one from Heather at Where’s the Beach. Towards the end of the post, she brought up an excellent concept, one I think we should all “borrow” as often as possible. It was from a Shape magazine story on learning to love your body for what it is. A pull out from the Shape magazine article is a list of the top reasons for loving your body:

8 Reasons to Start Loving Your Body
  1. because it’s unique; no one else has the same one.
  2. because it’s capable of extraordinary feats, enabling you to run, climb, jump, lift, squat, snuggle, and spoon
  3. because no matter how badly you treat it, it’s willing to give you another chance.
  4. because it’s expressive, telling you how it feels and broadcasting to others how you feel about it
  5. because, let’s face it, confidence is pretty sexy
  6. because your daughter must learn to love hers
  7. because somebody out there admires, covets, and adores it
  8. because you’ll regret not loving it more later

I’ve been harping on this a lot lately which is partly to force ME to think more positively about my body more often, but it’s also true of our culture. We’re so ready to just steer towards the negative – “If only my stomach was a little flatter” to “if only I was strong enough to resist that piece of chocolate cake at the party.” Why not spin it around and focus on the positive more – like this list states, our bodies are a gift, they are uniquely ours and we should treat them as special property worthy of only the best treatment. That includes the mind/body element – hence the positive perspective of our bodies versus the negative.

So while I’ll refrain from listing eight things I love about my body like the list from Heather’s blog, I will start with just one reason: It’s strong and capable, carrying me through my days which lately have been jam-packed with everything under the sun. And for that, I am very grateful.

Ok, you’re turn. 🙂