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❤️🏋️‍♀️💋BODY IMAGE …. LOVE❤️🥳🥰

I’m totally done w the body shaming. I’ve spent my life hating what I look like. Even tho a good portion of that was totally dumb as I’ve spent a lot of my life very fit.

😔Kinda started as a young person being made fun of because I got … you know, a healthy backside. 🤣🤣🤣

😔Then all the guys/boyfriends/husbands that went for prettier, younger etc (because of their own stuff and society). The pictures on the playstations and such … front of magazines, etc etc. society brainwashing us into what’s sexy.

😔 Add crap from the past that is like poison for the self esteem/worth, no fault of our own. That’s a hole that’s hard to climb out of. And who sits in that hole with us. Most of the time when we express those (real) feelings no one empathizes w us, instead they tell us we are silly “oh you look fine” (aka our feelings aren’t legit and real) and makes us feel even more of a loser. Or saying something dumb like “you are what you eat” “the scale doesn’t matter” (f yeah it does). How about say … “I feel yeah, I struggle w x,y and z myself.”

😔 Add that most of our common self medication methods to deal w all the stress and trauma, drama and adulting does us ZERO good in the feel good about ourselves or waist lines departments. Like drinking. That’s a stupid habit that really does us no good when not kept in check. Or eating crap.

So here’s my CHALLENGE TO YOU, even if you want to make changes to your appearance, love yourself as you are now. Be grateful for what you are, what you can and have accomplished.

❤️👊🏻🐺 Here is my plan:

✅ GRATITUDE and a good healthy dose of don’t give a RIP what others think.

❤️My body has played epic amounts of soccer and sports.

❤️ I’ve been graced w 5 babies. Have some grace for yourself BK!! (you can see the stretch marks to prove it!)

❤️ I’m a 3 time Ironman finisher. Climbed Longs Peak. My #fluffystrong is amazing.

✅ Find a way of eating that makes me healthier, happier and all that. For the long term. And do it, stick w it as an act of LOVE, don’t let busy life, stress and low self worth get in my way. 💗

✅ Work on being comfortable more naked. Hahahaha. I made toast topless the other day. Hubz liked it. I saw that. Not a sexual way. He liked that I was comfy in my own skin, and making him toast. 🤣🤣🤪

✅ When he says I look great or he finds it sexy …. BELIEVE HIM. Guys are different than us. Guys. Tell your gals you find them cute and sexy. Ladies. You too.

LADIES!!! Let’s love our bodies more. Changing it is so much easy when done out of love instead of hate.

Me. I’d like to drop 20 pounds. I don’t think I look bad. It’s mostly the thigh rubbing and inability to stop that weight. I want to be HEALTHY. and love my body. Be ok w naked. And in jeans. And tri kit and what not. ❤️❤️❤️

ROCK OUT THE SPANDEX!!! #graceandgrit

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❤️👊🏻💥 Life can be so hard somethings.

We have sons that struggle with mental health ... suicide thoughts and emotional pain is not as uncommon as we’d like to think. Seriously, being a mom is sooo tough. 💔Sometimes your heart seems to get pulled out your nose. 💔Relationships are tough. 🦠Managing our own crazy can be tough. Working on personal growth can really leave you feeling naked and ultra vulnerable.

🏊‍♀️So getting your tail to the pool or where ever can be a big effort. Especially as moms and bread winners, role models and the like ... we have to put the game faces on. Play like we are ok.

So for those of you who aren’t quite ok. ❤️❤️ Or just not ok ... hang in there. Try and reach out. Find someone you can say stuff to.

Today I was talking w someone who’s just starting out in tri. We know each other decently. She’s a real / honest / no drama kinda of girl. She said ... “swimming is your safe place, just don’t think of any of the bs”. And it really hit home. Swimming is my safe place. I’m not super fast. I’m have severe swim anxiety. But I’ve conquered all that. I’ve heal a nice portion of my soul in the pool and open water.

I’m doing this crazy challenge of 100x100s Jan 1. Which is kinda silly as I have a needy shoulder. Hahahaha. And right now I swim about 6 times a month. I haven’t same more than 2000 in a hot min. Like since IMTX18. Hahahaha. Omg. However. I do a lot of strength work and yoga/swim stuff.

🐠🦈AND I ROCKED THE HELL OUT IF THIS SWIM. 🐳🐡

👊🏻💥AND ROCKED THE HELL OUT OF LIFE for 1:25:34.

And that just helped me bounce back to feeling so much stronger and capable. I showed myself that ... yep. I’m stronger than what I was feeling.

So ladies. When you are feeling low. Defeated. Drowning w life or whatever. Keep your head up. Reach out. And show up. Get your mind right. Just for that workout or even 5 minutes. Whatever. Do the best you can, w putting all things to the side.

Oh. And I did some SUPERWOMAN Breathing!!! 5 minutes and BOOM!!! 💥🏋️‍♂️💥🏋️‍♂️💃

TRAINING NOTES:

  • 8 x 500, RI 0:30 (no swim tools or aids)
  • Pacing work. I worked to keep my mind with "calm and strong", working to have a nice solid pull each stroke.
  • I began to practice nutrition. Each 500 I would stop for 30 seconds for a drink. First couple of 500s I used 20oz of water with Liquid IV, 500mg Na, 400 Mg Potassium. The 2nd half of the swim I used my bike blend of Infinite. I didn't like this as much and burbed it up a bit. I will go with Liquid IV next time for the duration and perhaps Glukos Gels for calories.
  • My right shoulder and pinkie finger was numb/achy for the 3rd 500. But I worked on form and that went away.
  • My nose was INCREDIBLY snotting after. My ears were blocked for a number of hours, probably due to the sneezing and what not. I will need to address this for longer swims in that pool. Finding a salt water pool would be a real good idea.
  • Shoulders were not sore at all the next day. I do a couple of different swim specific strength training workouts. 4 times a week optimally. 2-3 is required. Neck was a bit sore the next day. Though I would imagine that is because the 4k was done only breathing to the left. I was not able to get to every 3 due to heart rate not being chill enough.

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