[[Side Note: Confidence
So, you know how some women buy lots of shoes? I buy these instead:
are just the few…
that I brought from home in California…
have more of at home…
and found three more at Target I want to buy.
You’d think I’d buy myself more and better running gear since I’m still “that girl” that runs in cotton sports bras and running shirts that she’s owned since, oh, 10th grade in HIGH SCHOOL.
But there is something about bikinis…that just makes life that much more worth going out for.
My bikinis give me confidence.
At one time, I was horrified to wear a bathing suit to the beach or the pool. Granted, I would wear them, but they were never shown off. I would wear the cover up or shorts and tank top on top of them the entirety of my time at the beach. I had serious break downs when people tried to get me to go in the water, or stole my shorts so I would have to wear my bikini and show some skin.
But no more.
Since last year, I have become much more comfortable with wearing them and letting others see me at my most “exposed.” For instance, after spending time with Meghann at the beach with her family, I gained an incredible amount of confidence. It was enlightening to see such a beautiful and young woman be so comfortable with her body. I cannot ever remember being as comfortable as she showed ever in my life (in a bikini, at the beach).
There was also my Miami and Florida Keys adventure that I had with Brad. That, was the biggest eye opening experience for me ever. I especially had never been comfortable with my body with any of the boys that I’ve dated (the few there have been; haha), and he was the first. I was not afraid to run around on the beach in my bikinis, I was not afraid to take risks with things I had never experienced or eaten, I was able to LIVE. It was amazing how much confidence I was able to build up by having him be normal and my buttons pushed to do “normal” things that I was insanely terrified to do.
Those things have led to now. Because of it, I don’t know how much I weight since I don’t have a scale. I was doing measurements when I was working on Angela’s Whittle My Middle Challenge, but I stopped that soon thereafter. I have been going according to how much clothes fit and how much strength I have. Things may be tight here and there, but I’m finding room for adjustment in my life and the things I eat. I live a hectic life being in the field all the time, but it attributes to some awesome stories I get to tell to family and friends.
And as of right now, I give credit to this sort of transformation to these two events/situations mainly, plus many more. Not only those, but the support of my family, friends and bloggers that I can’t thank enough. It’s been a whirlwind but things have started to finally settle where they should, and I can smile whenever I want to, instead of worrying. ]]
Whew, it has been a long two days. I finally got to catch up on some google reader this afternoon after being out for 12 hrs yesterday and then having to fly this morning. I’m still kinda doped up on dramamine, but at least it helped me not get sick like last time! Yikes!
I knew fair well that I needed to have a good and hearty breakfast so I resorted to my best staple for that: Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter.
We flew for about 4 hrs and in the mean time consumed an insane number of whole wheat saltines and a Chocowalla Odwalla bar. I didn’t bring my camera with me this time as I knew it wouldn’t be anything you haven’t seen before. There were a lot of crackers though; I now feel like one. Erp.
I came home and napped, trying to get the dramamine to finish wearing off (and I only took 1/2 the pill!!!) and woke up to a lighter lunch.
Fage Greek yogurt w/ a peach and strawberries and two Carrot PB Cookies.
I was in a snacky mood and somehow this made it’s way out of my freezer…probably because chocolate has been on my brain for the past three days and I have been resisting…or at least trying to.
Seriously, I should never have these in my possession. Too many are consumed in one sitting. Luckily I was smart, took a scoop out, mixed it with some dry roasted cashews and peanuts, and put it back in the fridge. Go me!
I’m off to do some paperwork, some resume/cover letters and job applications, then out for a run with some strength training and dinner! Maybe I’ll post dinner, we’ll see. It already seems pretty boring according to how lazy I feel about cooking tonight. We’ll see!