March 29, 2011

Just Do It.

You might have guessed it. I work out. A LOT. But I love it oh so much. I've found a new love for my body and what working out  does for it. I used to be so self conscience all the time. It's been weird to think that I've been in this "new body" for about a year. It all started last May when I lived in North Carolina. I was working with a bunch of gym rats and they taught me how to work out. It changed my life. During Christmas vacation I got down to 121 which is the lowest I've weighed since Jr. High. Take into consideration that I've gained quite a lot of muscle. Working out has changed my life and I love it. I found these Nike ads online earlier and thought you'd like them too.

"My butt is big
And round like the letter C
And ten thousand lunges
Have made it rounder
But not smaller
And that's just fine.
It's a space heater
For my side of the bed
It's my ambassador
To those who walk behind me
It's a border collie
That herds skinny women
Away from the best deals
At clothing sales.
My butt is big
And that's just fine
And those who might scorn it
Are invited to kiss it.
Just do it."
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"My shoulders aren't dainty 
Or proportional to my hips
Some say they are like a man's.
I say, leave men out of it.
They are mine.
I made them
In a swimming pool
Then I went to Yoga 
And made my arms. 
Just do it." 

 " I have thunder thighs.
And that's a compliment 
Because they are strong
And toned
And muscular. 
And though they are unwelcome
In the petite section,
They are cheered on in marathons. 
Many years from now 
I'll bounce my grandchild on my thunder thighs
And then go for a run.
Just do it."
"My legs 
Were once two hairy sticks
That weren’t very good at jump rope.
  But by the time I reached the age of algebra 
They had come into their own.
  And now in spin class
They are revered. 
Envied for their strength
Honored for their beauty
Hairless for the most part.
  Except that place the razor misses
Just behind the ankle.
Just do it." 
"My knees
are tomboys.
They get bruised and cut
Every time I play soccer.
I’m proud of them 
And wear my dresses short.
 My mother worries 
I will never marry with knees like that.
But I know there’s someone out there
who will say to me: 
I love you
And I love your knees. 
I want the four of us
To grow old together.
Just do it." 

"My Hips
Return to Puberty
When I’m in dance class 
Music affects them like hormones
Making them crazy
And spontaneous 
And optimistic
And prone to drama
And I don’t understand them
And sometimes they 
Don’t understand themselves.
When the music stops
They’re still charged 
Don’t touch me 
Sparks will fly. 
Just Do It. "

It's never too late to get back into shape. Just some serious motivation. These just might be my favorite motivating ads. Ever. So get your butt up off that couch, chair, whatever it is that's holding you back and go for a run. It'll hurt so good. I promise. Just do it.

March 23, 2011


It's weird I know. But sometimes I like seeing things blurry. My eyes begin to get tired from contacts and wearing glasses all the time. I need to let them be natural, without being so focused all the time. And as weird as it is, I like it. 

March 21, 2011


I am starving. Seriously. But I'm almost done with work, and after work, it's the gym. THEN I'll go home and start making this for dinner.

It's called Chili Tortilla Bake and it's deeeliissh.
Here is the recipe:
1 pound ground beef
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (8 3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can (4 1/2 ounces) chopped green chiles, undrained
2 tablespoons  Minced Onion
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin, Ground
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder with Parsley
1/2 teaspoon Oregano Leaves
6 flour tortillas (8-inch)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart baking dish with no stick cooking spray. Brown beef in large skillet on medium-high heat; drain fat. Add tomato sauce, beans, corn, green chilies and seasonings; mix well. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes.

2. Cover bottom of prepared baking dish with 3 tortillas, overlapping as needed. Layer with 1/2 of chili mixture and 1/2 of cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, chili mixture and cheese.

3. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through.
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