i had a bombtastic day today. i acted like a blob all morning, read a little, went out to lunch with christie from honoring health (again! love her!), and knocked out a killer strength training workout.
yep. all in a days work :)
just a quick thought for you all tonight... i was reading some older posts from two awesome blogs and came across posts about how many calories they consume.
usually, i'm not really into other people's diets, but that day it struck a chord with me. i guess i was blown away by how active these girls are, and how little calories they actually ate (compared to me).
my first reaction was intrigue. they are both so healthy, and their diets really seem flawless! i'm amazed at their endless creativity and dedication to health.
... but then, i started internalizing. you know, comparing myself.
i started thinking about how beautiful and active these girls are, and how i move so much less, but eat so much more! it blew my mind.
i wouldn't say it made me uncomfortable, but i definitely had a few moments of uncertainty. how could this be? am i eating the right amount? am i overeating?
i quickly came to a shocking conclusion: i am not either of them.
brilliant, i know. the important fact i lost sight of was that we are all unique. what's good for me may not be good for you, or anyone else for that matter. we are individuals, and we require different things to feel and look our best.
i know what i normally eat, and if i was to eat less, i would definitely lose weight that i don't want to lose. if someone else ate like me, however, they might gain or lose weight. or just feel like crap. or be bored. or not think i have very good tastes in snacks. whatever.
it was eye-opening, to say the least. i realized even when i think that i've conquered a weak area, i can always be taken off guard! i'm not immune to insecurity, that's for sure.
so i decided to do my own "day of food" post.
this is not meant to encourage more comparison. please, don't look at me as the standard. i'm quite the opposite, actually.
it's meant to be a declaration of self-acceptance: i am rebekah. this is what i eat, and i'm totally ok with that.
let's get started, shall we?
5:05am - must. drink. water. now.
5:31am - oatmeal time! oatmeal time! oatmeal time!
in the mix: chocolate chia tahini oats. yum.
6:00am - decaf coffee (and assume i am pounding water the rest of the day from here out)
9:20am - post-run recover smoothie (recycled picture, i ate too quick!)
in the mix: hemp protein, hemp milk, banana, strawberries, blueberries, + spinach
p.s. - you can tell it's finally daylight! lol.
11:40am - leftover amaranth savory pancakes
mix it up! try substituting leftover cooked grains in your next pancake recipe. blend them up a bit in the food processor first if you like a smoother texture.
+ snow peas and copious amounts of (unpictured) carrots
intermission: i just had to show you guys this shelf on our freezer.
i love my little brother! he's 16... can you tell?
1:30pm - gala apple + almonds + rooibos tea
second intermission: look at my mom's cute plants!
2:06pm - second snack. because apparently the first one wasn't enough.
(on a book up for review - coming soon!)
4:07pm - dinner, part one.
mom's homemade whole wheat bread + homemade hummus
5:15pm - leftover baked potato + homemade 3-bean chili
... where are my leafy greens today???
taa-daa! y'all sleepin' yet?
who cares what everyone else does? you are really quite lovely just how you are.
i want you to look at your body and what you eat, and promise not to judge yourselves, either. deal?