From Pinterest

I’ve ranted about Pinterest several times before–about how you search for “healthy” recipes and they are really not that healthy. One of the things you also see all over Pinterest is the “thinspo” type memes. The thinspiration photos that are somehow supposed to motivate us to work out and lose weight. Sometimes they are pretty good, like this one:

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I think that’s a good motto to live by. One of the issues with binge eating is that regret and food guilt immediately afterwards. I’ve felt that way so many times, vowing to never eat that way again! Then the cycle continues. It’s the same way for exercising. There are definitely days when I wish I could skip it. But then I remind myself that even though I may be in a bad mood now, I will feel better after I work out. And I always do. That workout almost always fixes my bad moods. And this one:

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I love that above body-love picture. My entire life I’ve hated my stomach rolls. When I lost the weight, the rolls were still there, except this time it was loose skin. I still hated my stomach (and still do) and am working hard on trying to dispel those negative thoughts from my inner monologue. Stop the body hate. Stop criticizing myself. It’s so hard. Especially on days when you’re already feeling kind of down. But that one is a good reminder. Still beautiful.

So in that way, Pinterest memes can be beneficial. But what about this one:

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I hate those ones. Working out should not be torturous. You shouldn’t be miserable. You shouldn’t be puking or passing out. A lot of newbies who are joining the gym in January to lose weight think they need to go balls-to-the-wall crazy with their workouts. That is so not the truth. You’ll be much more successful if you ease into it. Pace yourself. Give yourself rest days, give yourself a chance to catch your breath and BUILD UP TO intense fitness. Burning out the first week or two, or injuring yourself, SUCKS. Don’t do it. Ignore that meme!

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This is another one that annoys me. The whole concept of a thigh gap annoys me. And then seeing stuff on blogs and online about “do this exercise and you’ll get a thigh gap!” UGH! So dumb. (Read this old post for more ranting: Thigh Gap Obsession! 🙂 )

I want to end on a positive note, rather than just ranting over Pinterest stuff that makes me roll my eyes. How about this one:

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So freakin’ true! This is one you should print out and put it up somewhere you can look at it. This is a reminder for everyone and not just about fitness. It applies to dieting, too. How many of you have been the “the diet starts on Monday” type of person? Then you spend all weekend bingeing and eating things you shouldn’t be just to start Monday morning with the super restrictive diet. That never works. Why put off something you can start today?

Making the decision to start eating healthy can start today, it doesn’t have to wait til Monday. Making the decision to get fit can start NOW. GO for a walk on your lunch break. Do some yoga stretching on your 15 minute break at work. Do 10 pushups and 50 jumping jacks first thing in the morning and each week add 10 to both activities. You’d be surprised about how easily these things will become habit and you will feel better. You will be surprised at how easily you will be able to add to these activities. You start to feel a little better and then all of a sudden joining a gym or starting to train for a 5k doesn’t seem so “big” and overwhelming. It’s the little things that add up!

Down the Rabbit Hole of Pinterest and Etsy

Someone needs to take Pinterest and Etsy away from me.

I saw something similar to this on Pinterest a long time ago; the bride “popping the question” to her bridesmaids with a cute card and one of those fake rings made out of candy. I liked the idea but wanted to make it my own. I did a little research and found a local bakery that could make me some sugar cookies in the shape of a dress.

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When I called Le Cookie Monkey and put in the order I said I didn’t have a preference for the icing colors. I said the wedding was fall and that a light red and orange would probably be good. I left it up to them and I’m really happy with how they turned out.

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Le Cookie Monkey also delivered! They dropped off two boxes of cookies at my office (which was awesome and saved me so much time) in pizza boxes.

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Their minimum order was a dozen cookies, so that’s what I got. I stopped at Joann’s Fabrics to pick up treat boxes and some ribbon and spent one evening putting them together.

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Since I was mailing them to my potential bridesmaids, I wanted to get it done asap so the cookies were fresh and I also had to use a lot of padding so they wouldn’t get broken in transit. I used red, white and purple tissue paper, sealed the boxes and then decorated with a ribbon.

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It was so much fun! It took me hours but I had good music on, Fat Kitty was lording over the mailing boxes making sure he tested them out. 🙂 I was so focused I forgot to eat. Michael got home around 8pm and then we ate dinner. I’m shocked that *I* forgot to eat!

I remember when I lived alone and was struggling with losing weight and mindless eating. One of the things that helped me a lot was not having idle hands. If I was watching TV I kept busy with crafts instead of food. I sewed, I quilted, I painted treasure boxes and bird feeders, I scrapbooked, etc. It’s a good tip if nighttime boredom eating is a problem for you!

I also bought some cards on Etsy asking my friends to be bridesmaids and I included that in the boxes. Everyone was super excited to get the packages and loved the cookies! It was a fun little thing I could do and it didn’t cost much.

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That night Michael and I split one of the broken cookies for dessert. Holy cow were those cookies amazing! I ordered the lavender sugar cookie flavor and it was so freshly baked it was soft like butter. The frosting was good and not too sweet or too thick. I wanted to order another dozen just for me. 🙂

I probably could have made the cookies myself, but I’m glad I went through Le Cookie Monkey. There’s no way mine would have been as delicious as their cookies!