Anyone remember this?
"Get in Shape Girl...You'll love the feeling! Get in Shape Girl...it's so appealing."
Bunch of lies.
Getting in shape hurts and it's anything but appealing.
After a hard year of emotional issues, spiritual issues, having mono and being anemic I have felt like I'm wearing Mrs. Doubtfire's fat suit. Thankfully God has done some sweet knitting on my insides, but I have been feeling like I need a reset button for my outsides. I can't find one on my body though.
I'm trying two things to kick start my body, repair my immune system and get rid of the pudge that has made itself at home around my middle.
Weapon Number One...
Chia seeds. Have you heard of these? I found out about them on one of my favorite blogs. Christine is fun-knee. She loves breastfeeding, has dreads*, a multi-color family, loves Jesus, adoption, lives her life for the least of these...I could go on and on. She's the real deal. She's honest. Honesty is refreshing. She totally inspires me to be myself.
There is a Christine inside me somewhere. She just got lost along the way.
I've slowly read all of Christine's archives. Who does that? I certainly never had until Christine. For a few days, any time I had free time I'd catch up on Christine's blog. Okay fine...it wasn't actually all free time. The laundry got a little higher than I like for it to get. I guess that's okay sometimes.
Aaron would see me and say, "Are you reading the naked lady blog?" My response...yep. yep I am. I love her. There aren't naked ladies on her blog, by the way. There are nursing pictures. Aaron is silly that way. Besides, I think he just likes to say, "naked ladies."
Awhile back, Christine linked to this article about chia seeds:
Chia for Health
Plus...Dr. Oz has had loads of great things to say about our new friend, Chia.
Poor flax seed. Chia seeds seem to lap flax seeds in the race for awesome health. I'm sure on the health food aisle you can hear Chia taunting flax with lots of "Your momma's so big" jargon.
Sad day for flax seed.
Seriously, chia seeds help with weight loss, are super high in protein, calcium, magnesium, and are higher in essential omega 3 fatty acids than flax seeds. Plus...you don't have to grind them. Who has time for grinding?
You can eat them in yogurt with granola, on cereal or bake them into breads. Or you can dissolve them in your favorite beverage. They are flavorless.
I bought some to jump start my immune system and to help Hayden's eczema. I'll also use them as a catch all for the other kids. A little chia every day will surely make up for the vegetables they hide in their napkins at dinner time.
Weapon Number Two...
I'm also starting a new workout/nutrition regimen today...with a real-live person who knows stuff. I'm super excited and a little nervous.
More on that to come...
I'm just ready to get back in shape. To stop feeling like a slug. I want my energy back. Stupid mono stole that from me. It's time to reclaim what has been lost.
Now if I had only kept my cool "Get in Shape Girl" arm weights from the 80's. I'd really be in business.
*How way-awesome are dreads? I've been trying to talk Megan into getting them.