As my mind still reels from the events of yesterday, I am brought to tears by things like this:
I am so amazed by the love and generosity of human kind. With all that is so very awful in the world, I believe there is unmatched goodness to counter it. These people are proof of that to me.
Today my run was dedicated to those who were hurt, killed, or otherwise affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon yesterday. I did a 3.5 mile run as my current training schedule dictates. I’m so happy to be able to run. So very, very happy. I appreciate it now, more than ever. This morning I wore my race shirt from my first half in honor of yesterday.
I don’t want my blog to stay this solemn, serious blog. It has to break out of this mood sometime and I believe that continuing on with life is a wonderful way to honor the victims. So while I don’t want to be insensitive and I will probably still mention this tragedy in future posts, for now I want to lighten the mood.
I forgot to show you the dessert I had on Sunday. My roommate and her mom made them and whoa. They were amazing! This was definitely a Pinterest success! There were 3 different versions of the strawberries. Cheesecake filled strawberries (pictured below). Chocolate filled strawberries. Cheesecake filled strawberries sitting in chocolate. Um, yeah. The third one was definitely the best.
A couple of posts ago, I asked what you do to increase your overall wellness! I only got a few responses (ahem. I can see how many of you are reading. Comment people! Participate!) 🙂 but I definitely wanted to share them with you! We’ll take it in topics though.
Wellness Factor #1: Body Image
Ali said: “As far as the body image thing, I’ve found the more consistent I am with working out, having time with friends, and generally enjoying myself, the more I love my body. It’s a weird result of being social lol.”
I have to admit something to you guys. I’m an introvert. It’s not that I’m shy, it’s that people exhaust me! (you would laugh if you knew my current line of work haha) Therefore, being social isn’t exactly what I’m best at. But I love the idea that if you are putting your focus on other things that matter more (like the things Ali listed), your body image won’t be where you’re placing your attentions. I agree that if you’re learning to love yourself in general, love of your body goes right along with that.
I don’t even know how many posts I have read on this topic, but I know it’s very important. It’s something most of us struggle with (if you say you’ve never disliked something about your body…well I’ll think you’re lying) and it’s such a crucial part of being healthy that we can’t emphasize it enough! Love your body! Love it for what it can do and for what it can become with a little work. Love it for where it is right now. Love the fact that you have it. Your very own body!! If I could go on for hours and tell you all of the AMAZING things the human body is capable of and does on its own, I would. It would knock your socks off. Our bodies are incredible and we shouldn’t do them (or ourselves) the disservice of doing anything but thinking our bodies are the best thing since sliced bread. Probably since before sliced bread too.
As I was getting ready for bed, I found this campaign by Dove. I thought it was perfect for this post. Enjoy!
What do you do to build up your own body image?
What’s the best dessert you’ve had lately?
Did you get to “run for Boston” today? If you haven’t yet, I strongly encourage you to. Any distance. Any time. Just do it.