Alternative title: Following my Body Confidence breakdown in a rather public place and my fall from decaf grace, I decided the Easter weekend would be the best opportunity to get my shit together…Or at least try to…Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you end up watching a “Hairy Bikers” marathon without really understanding why it is so addictive or why you suddenly crave Kedgeree (yes, my fish cravings have reached a whole different level of peculiar).
I faced my demons head on by standing in front of the full length mirror at home (yes in my underwear, yes with the light on, no I didn’t cover my eyes and shriek “I’m not looking!” at the four walls…much…The four walls called me a wuss in response). I still wasn’t a fan of what I saw but at least my opinion was different. I didn’t see my body as this horrible creature to be viewed with disdain and contempt, I viewed it instead as a work in progress.
Out went the junk food, caffeinated beverages and most of the chemical rich cosmetics (I re-homed the coffee, I’m not a monster! Also, can anyone suggest deodorants / shampoos that aren’t chemical laden?). In their place was fresh fruit and veg (I did keep my Easter egg though…I’ll eat it in moderation, I swear I won’t just shove it in my pie hole all at once! *ahem*), decaf tea’s (I have grown to love peppermint!) and extra virgin coconut oil (which I’m testing as a moisturiser…kooky huh?).
I ventured out for some long walks with the pup in the fresh air…He proceeded to roll in some very unpleasant things and cover my jeans in mucky paw prints. I proceeded to act like the total grown up I am and took part in the Easter Bunny trail…Had to be done!
I even dusted off my Optimum 400 and kick-started my health resolution with a ‘Mean Green’ Juice…If you’ve seen “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” then you totally know what I’m on about. If not and you’re intrigued by the name then the recipe for this is across at ‘Reboot with Joe‘:
I figure if my goal is health related then it is more sustainable than the physical appearance driven ideals that managed to break my noggin the other week. I will never be tall (at 5’2″ I should just accept the fact I have to be an amazing rock climber to reach the ‘petite’ jeans stored on high shelves…Seriously retail peeps, what the hell?), I will never have perfect skin (I have laughter lines, frown lines and acne, it ain’t happening), I’m pretty certain that the grey hair I found in my fringe the other day is not ‘just one of those things’ (more like a grey-hair zombie attack) and I’m not going to talk about cellulite/stretch marks because, well, I don’t really want to.
What I’m hoping for, is a stronger immune system / Thyroid (quite frankly this is a major factor), less migraines (they are still being ball-breakers), a stronger body (I will run that bloody marathon before I’m 40!) and a healthier outlook on things.
All these things are achievable…Right?
How did you all spend your Easter holidays?
Also, I just wanted to say thank you for all the support re: my body image wobbler, so much love! We really shouldn’t be so harsh on ourselves, or on each other.
Stay fabulous everyone!
PS – I know I’m totally late with this (fashionably so?), but how freaking awesome is ‘Portlandia‘?! It’s quirky, it’s hilarious and it’s just the right amount of “wtf did I just see?”…Though I am getting some funny looks at work for saying “put a bird on it” when someone asks my advice on something. So thank you ‘Portlandia’ for making me weirder than I was before. You guys rock!