New Health Feature Post: Maggie Rimnac

It’s been a lonnnggggg time since I did a health feature post and I figured it was time to get back on track with that.  These are some of my favorite posts together because they feature regular people doing some pretty awesome things!

This month we’ve got Maggie.  I went to high school with Maggie and we were both in marching band together.  Even though I was a freshman and she was a junior, she was always nice to me and I have to say I was a little bit in awe of her.  Her bubbly personality shone through and I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile on her face.  She was always willing to help and was a great leader/role model in band. Health Feature: Maggie Rimnac | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading

More Than My Butt

“Hey! You have a nice butt!”

I was walking to the store on a Friday afternoon, not really paying attention to the people around me.

“You in the purple shirt!  Nice butt!”

That caught my attention.  I was wearing a purple shirt.  I turned towards the voice, expecting some guy to be standing there and was shocked to see a boy.  A boy that couldn’t have been more than 12 maybe 13 or 14 if we’re pushing it.  He was surrounded by 3 or 4 of his friends and they were all snickering as he gave me a thumbs up and then raced off to do something else.

I didn’t think much of it because sadly, this isn’t the first time that someone, usually a male, has felt the need to audibly comment on some part of my body.  But as I walked on I started thinking, “Why is a boy that young talking about my butt?”

Probably a million reasons.  His friends were egging him on, he sees it in the media all the time, he’s watched other boys/men do it in real life, he really like butts, he has no filter from his brain to his mouth… The list could go on and on.  And it’s a sad list.  It’s sad that this is what both women and men have been reduced to.

Body parts.More Than My Butt | Life Healthfully Lived

Think about it.  Everything is aimed at certain aspects of a person but never the whole person.  Magazines tout the latest workout for sexy abs or the newest diet for lean thighs or what you need to do to get bulging biceps.  We look at celebrities and covet certain body parts.  I wish I had Jennifer Lopez’s butt or Taylor Swifts abs or Heidi Klum’s legs.  If I was as ripped as Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds, all the ladies would want me.More Than My Butt | Life Healthfully Lived

We, me included, always pick and nag at our “worst” attributes.  I want my stomach to be flatter.  Everything I do needs to be working towards getting a flatter stomach.  We never take the time to look at a body as a whole machine.  Something that works together with all the parts to be one awesome mechanism.  It’s always about the one part that doesn’t work or look the way we want it to.

Enough.More Than My Butt | Life Healthfully Lived

I am not my butt.  I am not my abs.  I am not my arms, thighs, or chin.  I am Katie, a human person that is so much more than any one part of me.  And so are you.  Everyone is more than just a body part and all of us need to start seeing that.  To look at people as a whole.  To drop the nitpicking over our one flaw.

That woman walking down the street is not a giant pair of legs.

That man sitting next to you isn’t a huge abdominal.

They are whole humans and they deserve to be treated that way.  So start by treating your own body as a whole being and then spread that idea to the other people you meet.  Maybe, we can start making a difference.More Than My Butt | Life Healthfully Lived

Being Mindful & Taking Care Of My Body

If you remember, at the beginning of this year I decided to take a break from running.  It was no longer bringing me joy and I was totally burned out.  It was a tough choice, but more and more I’m realizing it was the best one for me.

Just because I don’t run doesn’t mean that I have totally given up on working out.  In fact, I think my workouts, and overall health, have improved vastly by taking a step back from running.  Adam and I have been following along with Fitness Blender’s workout programs and they’re no joke!  They incorporate strength, flexibility, HIIT, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, plyometrics… anything is fair game in their workouts and it keeps my body and my mind engaged in what I’m doing.

Last Friday, as we were finishing up our workout, Kelli (one-half of the husband/wife duo behind Fitness Blender) mentioned lifting a weight that’s heavy and challenging for you.  She also said that it was totally ok to drop the weight completely and just use body weight and that it was important to listen to your body.  After hearing this Adam quipped, “Unless you’re Katie, then you just keep pushing through the pain.”  He was mostly kidding and I told him I don’t always do that but then I started thinking about my runs.Being Mindful & Taking Care Of My Body | Life Healthfully Lived

No matter what, I always pushed through my runs.  The only time that I didn’t was when I hurt my knee and physically could NOT run.  Other than that, I ran and there were definitely some times that I should have stayed home.  Pushing through those times is probably what led to me being burned out on running.  It’s probably what made my body tell me that I had to stop or something worse than a slight knee injury was coming.Being Mindful & Taking Care Of My Body | Life Healthfully Lived

I’m not saying pushing through a tough workout is a bad thing.  It’s important to go a little outside your comfort zone and push yourself in order to become stronger, faster, and better.  But it shouldn’t come at the risk of your overall health.  If your body is telling you it has to stop or it’s going to completely give out, you should listen to it.

Which is part of what I have been doing the last few months.  There are days when I am raring to go on my workout, where I feel so strong and can lift heavier than I ever have before.  Then there are days when I’m more tired and can’t go at 115% the whole time.  That’s ok.  Before I would have thought I was just being lazy.  I would have said you have to push past this and keep go, go, going.  Now I pull back and listen and realize my body knows what’s best.Being Mindful & Taking Care Of My Body | Life Healthfully Lived

It’s kind of a relief, for both my mind and my body, to know that I don’t have to go all out 100% of the time.  It’s ok to pull back a little and adjust to what you need in that moment.  Health is a series of ups and downs.  You hope and work for the best but realize there are going to be times when you have to give in and take the down.  It’s a part of life and it’s all good!Being Mindful & Taking Care Of My Body | Life Healthfully Lived

 

The Power of Your Mind

Do you ever feel like you get trapped in your own mind?  It sounds weird, but the mind is a pretty powerful thing and mine can be my worst enemy sometimes.  The Power of Your Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

I feel like I’ve been in a little bit of a funk lately and my mind is largely to blame.  It keeps telling me things that aren’t true and it’s tough not to believe them sometimes.  Like, I’m not good enough, strong enough, creative enough, special enough, healthy enough…. the list honestly goes on and on.  Every time I try to be positive, the little voice in my head has to bring me down. The Power of Your Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

Of course, it isn’t constant and I do have my good moments or days where I feel completely in control, but that voice is just lurking back there waiting for a moment of weakness to pounce.  What’s worse is that I know how easy it would be to just give in because I’ve done that before.  It’s pretty simple to let your mind tell you you’re worthless.  To tell you that you don’t measure up to everyone around you.  To convince you that you are just an average, mundane, run-of-the-mill human being.  There’s almost a weird comfort in knowing that you can never be great because then you don’t have to try.  The Power of Your Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

But as much as I want to just let my mind take over and go on auto-pilot, I’m going to fight it.  Because I’m NOT just an average, mundane, run-of-the-mill human being and neither are you.  Don’t let anyone, even yourself, tell you that.  It’s tiring to struggle with something that is so internal, something that you can’t see, but every ounce of effort you put into that struggle is completely worth it.  The Power of Your Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

Some of you reading this might have no clue what I’m talking about.  You might think I’m a little strange for going to battle against my mind but the people who needed to read this will understand.  They will get that fight and I hope this encourages them to know that not only are they not alone, they’re strong enough to keep going.  To keep fighting. And to one day…

Win. The Power of Your Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite

So yesterday I did something I rarely if ever do.

I spoke up.

If you know me at all, I tend to be a background type person.  I don’t like confrontation and it’s really hard for me to be the center of attention.  Like impossible.  But there are times that I have some sass in me that I make known and yesterday was one of those times.

I had to go to the grocery store to pick up a few things that I had forgotten.  I was in the baking aisle looking for some almond flour and two ladies walked up behind me and were looking at the oil.

My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite | Life Healthfully Lived

The offending coconut oil

“Oh my gosh.  Look! Crisco is trying to get into the healthy fats game by selling “organic” coconut oil.”

“Like anyone would buy coconut oil from Crisco.  Don’t they sell vegetable shortening and all that other bad fat?”My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite | Life Healthfully Lived

As I was listening to this conversation, I almost started to agree with them but then I stopped.  We all complain that we want more affordable healthy options.  We push big food companies to listen to us, to give us the good food we deserve without charging and arm and a leg.  Then when companies, like Crisco, try to give us what we’re asking for we disregard them.  Does selling organic coconut oil instantly make Crisco the best and newest healthy company?  No, but it shows they’re listening to us.  And what do you think happens if we all ignore them because they’re Crisco and “sell vegetable shortening and all that other bad fat?”  They pull that affordable organic coconut from their line and someone who maybe couldn’t afford the other brands suddenly can’t buy coconut oil anymore.My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite | Life Healthfully Lived

I don’t know what made me do it, but I had to respond to this whole incident.  So I politely said excuse me and reached for the Crisco organic coconut oil between these two ladies.

“Thanks.  You know it’s really great that there are some affordable coconut oil options now.  Those little $13 jars never seem to last!”

I smiled and then just walked away.  Was it a little snarky?  Yeah, but I did my best to not make it about shaming these women because that wasn’t my goal.  We have to do a better job of working with what food industries are giving us.  It’s going to take a lot of time and it isn’t going to be perfect.  We need to work on not being snobs about our healthy products and realize if someone is choosing the Crisco coconut oil over things like vegetable oil or canola oil or corn oil then that’s a small victory.My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite | Life Healthfully Lived

Please, don’t be a health hypocrite.  If you can afford to buy high-end all organic food and products, that’s great but not everyone can do that and the fact that there are more and more options for those on a budget is awesome.  Let’s support those people and those companies that are making an effort and maybe one day EVERYONE can afford the high-end all organic food we deserve.