23 weeks is here and the running is still happening so I’m going to definitely celebrate that for a while.
I’m also going to celebrate the fact that Brooke knows how to make pancakes (she told me the blueberries were her special touch) from start to finish (with supervision) which was perfect for right after my run.
Then we went to cheer on Brooke at tennis…
Followed by a smoothie and more fruit (I love eating fresh fruit with milk?!… that is probably weird) because I can’t stop eating it.
Skye is just soaking in each summer moment she can get.
Normally, this is me every day unless I know we have people coming over (saw this meme from Megan and couldn’t relate more):
But I actually followed through and made the dinner I planned on making ha. Ribs have been something I’ve really been wanting a lot of lately so I used the instant pot to cook them for 25 minutes and then added the sauce (I mixed 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups ketchup, 1/2 cup bbq sauce and 1 onion sautéed in 2 tbs butter) and broiled them for 5 minutes. Not sure where this rib craving has come from so strong lately but I’m following my cravings. Not the prettiest food picture ha but it works and we also had baked potatoes:)
I found some fun face masks online for the girls and they loved having a little spa night (they are a little big for Skye but perfect for Brooke’s size).
And just as Brooke has grown out of pretending she is a dog all of the time, Skye has entered this stage. She goes by Max now.
I actually wrote this portion a few months ago but completely forgot to post it so here it is now along with a picture from this winter because we are all missing Knox right now:)
Just a topic that I have been thinking about a lot that I feel is right for me but I have no idea if it is the right thing for anyone else… just sharing where I am as far as body image thoughts go:
I’ve kind of gone through a shift in my brain in terms of body image and what I want to do with my girls and Knox. I came across an article about body neutrality and as I found more and more articles about the idea, I felt more and more peace with it.
Take away the emphasis of anything on the body, good or bad. Take the focus from the body to the rest of who we are and what we are capable of.
Body positivity is awesome and very important. I’m sure it has helped many many people and it is the right thing for a huge group of people. Body neutrality has just felt better for me personally. My kids will never hear me complain about my body but I also don’t think they need to hear me talk much about my body at all, even if it is positive things. Because even the focus of talking super positive about our bodies just places a lot of importance on the body. There are SO many worthwhile things that we can all talk about with each other that have nothing to do with what our body or other bodies look like, positive or negative.
And then when we try to have body positivity, we are going to have days where we fail at it and then feel worse at not being positive about it… Long story short, it might end up in a whole lot of time spent thinking about our bodies and a lot less time thinking about how to help somebody else or all of the other amazing things going on in the world.
I want my kids to have gratitude for their bodies but realize that their body does not define a thing about them… there are just too many other incredible things about them that thinking/talking about their body is boring compared to what their potential has to offer.
Body neutrality goes along well with my thoughts that I’ve had over the years from this article (your body is not your masterpiece) of seeing our bodies as the paintbrush. It’s the tool that allows us to be here and have these incredible experiences.
“Body neutrality is simply about being. It’s about being without passing judgement or harboring strong emotions about how we look.” (Source)
Reading the above line made me feel so so calm and relaxed. Just to be. Without judgements either way feels right for us.
I don’t think that body neutrality takes away from taking care of your body because you want to do that when it is your tool to do the things you want to do. Body neutrality doesn’t mean you don’t love it and love certain things about it, I just think it means we think about it less which feels right for me and I’d LOVE to hear anyone’s thoughts on what works best for their lives?
What helps you most with your body image? Has anybody else been loving the body neutrality idea?
Do you usually follow through on your dinner plans/meal plans or does it switch depending on what sounds good or how tired you are by the end of the day?
Can we just talk for a few minutes about your favorite fresh fruit or what you love to eat fresh fruit with because this pregnancy is making me think about fruit a lot.
This is a question from Mary because she and her family were having this discussion and she wants to know what others will say too! Would you rather go without chocolate or tv for ONE year?