The Week in Words (Jan. 29)

This morning, I put my workout clothes on, caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror in my bedroom, and liked what I saw.

Then, I walked into the bathroom and looked in the mirror and thought, “Ugh, what was I seeing in the bedroom?”

The better question is: Why are we our own worst critics?

It’s true, isn’t it? The voices in our head are often much louder than the ones outside it. And women, sadly, are indoctrinated since birth to question our looks and strive for perfection.

That body image voice is the loudest of all, it seems.

I’m normally pretty confident in my body these days. I’ve worked incredibly hard for years now to get in better shape—and even more than that, to get stronger and healthier.

But still…that stupid, nagging little voice.

So, this morning, I shared my picture and my negative thoughts with a group of supportive women. And I consciously threw out the negative feelings and built upon the positive ones.

I am strong.
I am healthy.
I can lift heavy things.
I can do minutes upon minutes of core exercises.
I can squat with the best of them.
I have strong, firm arm muscles.
I have killer quads.
I have the legs of an athlete, even if I don’t have the coordination of one.

So the next time I catch a view in the mirror and that voice gets loud, I’m going to tell it to hush.

Best bite

Each week, I’ll drop in a pic and description of my favorite sip or bite—and a recommendation, too!

No photo of my best bite this week, but it was delicious. On the way to help my sister’s class of first graders make ice cream on Friday, I stopped by the new Freddy’s just down the road and grabbed a mini PBC & B concrete.

That’s vanilla custard mixed with peanut butter cups and banana. Mmmm…

Favorite Reads

Finished Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand while I was at home last weekend. It was a great read, and as usual, I’m glad I found it in the bargain books!

Once I finished that one, I started reading Lisa Wingate’s Good Hope Road. That one’s finished, too! Reading was a priority this weekend. It was also really good and reminded me to always look for the positive.

Today, I dove into Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel. Like most of her books, the first bit was really about establishing the characters. So now I’ll start into the narrative.

Audiobook-wise, I started Karolina’s Twins by Ronald Balson while driving home after the Lady Vol game Sunday. It’s promising thus far!

Auntie’s baby

Now surely, you didn’t think I’d create a blog without my baby love in it, right?!

Questions I’m pondering…

These things are on my mind—if you know the answer, please share! Sometimes these will be light-hearted, other times they will not.

  • Why do they let kids out of school these days at the slightest hint of weather? They definitely didn’t do that for us!
  • Why can’t you ever get your hair to look as good as it does when the hair stylist does it?

Quote of the week

Wrapping things up

If there’s one thing this world could use more of, it’s kindness. So be kind to others—and to yourself!

See you next week.

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