This is going to be a strange diversion from the norm. But I feel compelled to write this post, so you’re gonna get it anyway.
I’m not a small-sized girl. I think from most of my blog posts, you can understand that I’m not a size zero. Nor am shopping in the plus size either. I’m somewhere in-between.
I think many of you girls are like me. The average size of an American women in fact is a 14. And for those of you who fall greatly under that size, this post may mean nothing to you.
For the rest of us, I can totally relate to size struggles. I’ve been up and down and up and down. Many of us mothers have been. We have our pre-baby, right after baby, in-between baby and post-baby clothing. It’s hard. It really is to know what size we are and what size our goal is.
I can tell you that being low doesn’t mean being happier. Happiness isn’t on the tag in your clothing anyway (please tell me you already know this). But it’s hard when even people who love you ask you questions like “you don’t eat any more than I do,” “didn’t you used to be an athlete?” or “let’s challenge ourselves to a diet.” Oh so stubble, but the real meaning behind those comments is- “you no longer look a healthy weight.”
Yes I know I weigh in at more than 40 pounds than what I weighed in high school. That’s the weight of my six year old. But I don’t feel unhealthy. Yes, I could eat better. But my blood pressure is great! And I exercise six hours a week. I can chase after my kids and pick up something heavy. So if I want to have a glass of wine and some chocolate, should I skimp on them so I can go down a size? And then get down a size and indulge a little and go right back up?
My point…I guess I just want you all to know, I’m out there posting pictures of my post baby(s) body and I’m not ashamed. Having three kids at almost 15 pounds each was worth it. At almost twenty years out from high school, I know God didn’t intended my body to stay the same weight as I was then. I was just a girl and now I’m a woman.
So I hope I inspire you girls out there who are in-between and beyond. Don’t get down on yourself for what the number says on the scale. It doesn’t make you who you are. Stay active and strive for health. But be happy being average- you are not alone.
That was a great slogan wasn’t it? Unfortunately that’s just not always possible. Especially if you’re trying to get in a good workout.
Today we’re talking deodorant. While we all have varying degrees of sweat levels (some of us sweat more than others), we are all equally concerned with how we smell when we do.
Enter trial and error of deodorants. I tested this one out lately at the gym. Some of my co-exercisers might have been concerned I was smelling myself. Cue Saturday Night Live skit. But I was really just making sure that I was happy with how the deodorant was working. And I have to admit, my nose has been working much more lately than normal, so I could keep track of the smell factor.
Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant at Walgreens $9
I don’t really like the products that go on wet like this gel but you can find it in solid form. I find they just make me feel sweaty before I’m even sweating. But it did an excellent job of keeping me smelling good through cycling and boot camp. I put it to the test.
So, for my money, if you’re looking for a good hardworking deodorant, especially one that has workout strength, give this a try!
Have you tried spinning? I have to admit I was a little leery when I first signed up. I do enjoy a good bike ride but I’m just not a distance rider. So I was concerned that I may not enjoy it.
I’m so glad I tried it! It takes a while to get used to sitting on the bike. Read- your bum is going to be sore!! But eventually that goes away. I also experienced knee pain until I figured out that my bike’s seat wasn’t up high enough. So good bike position is important.
I encourage you to not be intimidated by the bike. It really is a great cardio workout. Forty minutes on the bike goes so quickly and the best part, no one is blocks ahead of you! Stationary bikes mean you do what you can and don’t have to be at the same level as your neighbor.
Here’s what to wear-
If you think you aren’t Ragbrai caliber, don’t sell yourself short! Give the bike a try!
One of the very first occupations I ever remember wanting to be when I was very young was… an Olympic ice skater. I can remember watching the Olympics and being mesmerized by the figure skaters. Even before I knew how tall I would be or if I could be athletic enough, I pictured myself alone on the ice.
This was a very unrealistic dream for a girl who learned to ice skate on a gravel road that froze over.
My idol (besides Mary Lou Retton- who wasn’t excited about her gymnastic abilities?) was not an American. It was the East German….Katarina Witt. I looked at her body and saw some of myself in her. She wasn’t built like most of the other figure skaters. She had very strong legs, muscular quads and dare I say, a little bit of a behind (which I have no doubt is all muscle). She was a powerhouse.
Image source: Creative Commons; Credit:Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1985-1221-003 / CC-BY-SA
While I don’t think she is a great role model in her personal life, I do think she showed this young girl that finesse, athleticism and femininity comes in all shapes and sizes. Pretty profound really.
What does any of this have to do with my blog? Well, in preparation of the Olympics (still a few weeks away), I’m going to do a week of fitness apparel. We’re all focused on being healthier this time of year and I’d love to encourage you with some exciting workout clothes.
More importantly, I hope to encourage you to watch the Olympics with your kids. It will show them what hard work can accomplish, feel the adrenaline rush of competing and more importantly give them role models of all shapes, sizes and colors. Who knows what the Olympians of this year may inspire in them!