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Link Love 6/26

Fun/Quizzes:

22 “Friends” Characters As Explained By My Mom – by Casey Rackham via BuzzFeed

#9 YES! This mom was spot on about that!!! I can completely agree.

#16 where Rachel works….hahaha

11 Foods America Convinced Us Were Acceptable To Eat When We Were Kids-by Aly Vander Hayden via Elite Daily

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Health/Body Positive:

5 Ways to Stay Body-Positive in the Dressing Room– by Kaitlin Irwin via Proud2BMe

Your Body Isn’t A Battlefield– by Robyn via The Real Life RD

The 1 Thing You Shouldn’t Do When Talking to Your Daughter About Her Body– by Samantha Zabell via Real Simple

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Food: 

We Tried Chicken Nuggets From Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Burger King and Mcdonald’s– by Hollis Johnson via Business Insider

Philly Cheesesteak Freezer Meal– by Josie Kapetsonis via Southern Cali Saver

I didn’t actually freeze this meal I just went ahead and make it. It was fantastic and I’ll be freezing this for during the school year.

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Thinking Out Loud 4/28

Thinking Out Loud this week with Amanda over on Running With Spoons 🙂

  1. All last week pretty much was rainy. This week, it’s finally starting to feel like April/beginning of May!! April showers brings May flowers? These warm days now have got me reflecting on life so often. I catch myself staring at God’s beautiful scenery, the greenery He has growing in the fields and the trees that have leaves coming back and the beautiful sunsets He paints. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. So of course, I have to take pictures in it.

2. Ebay is one of THE coolest places, y’all. I hope whoever invented that site is a billionaire at this point. Genius. I can get cool stuff (that others might find dorky) likeeee…. Peanuts miniature keepsake ornaments from Hallmark!

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3. I have this thing lately where I like to save all of the inspirational quotes/body positive things I come across on Facebook. Today I have 3 to share. Leslie Knope gets me every time. Also, the dog food comparison is gold!

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I think all of these came from HerCampus.com

4. Am I the only one who is basically obsessed with decorating for the holidays even when they are nowhere near??? It’s probably just me. I’m odd like that. It’s just so fun! Maybe it stems from this is my first year to be married??? I don’t know. Actually, right now I’m obsessed with finding a wreath for our front door.

5. Do yourself a favor and look up Sheldon the Tiny Dinosaur on Pinterest or on Sheldon the Tiny Dinosaur. This is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while! I came across him by accident on Pinterest yesterday. He’s a dinosaur that thinks he is a turtle. You can’t not smile when you see these! They have given me life….yeah, I’m such a dork.

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6. Lastly, I’ve never in my life been a watch wearing person. However, now that I’m older, I find myself in search of a wrist watch. Sure, my phone is great, but I wear dresses often and they don’t always have pockets to put my phone. Plus, it isn’t always appropriate to be whipping your phone out, especially in a classroom or meeting. I’m on a quest for a watch with a strap. NOT one of the bracelet ones….they pinch me. Ouch!

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Link Love 4/24

First order of business! In case anymore cares, I changed our bedding a couple of days ago. Spring bedding! We got this pretty quilt as a wedding gift back in October and I’m so excited to finally use it. Plus it’s from one of my favorite places, Cracker Barrel 🙂

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Fun Things/Quizzes-

Which Sabrina The Teenage Witch Character Are You? by Brittney Stephens via PopSugar. Sabrina?? I’m not really seeing it but all right Popsugar.

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Did You Know There Used to Be an Official Date Night at Disneyland? – by Tara Block via PopSugar

Just another reason that I wished I lived during the 1950s-1960s 😦

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The Real-Life Salaries Of Your Favorite TV Characters– by Anne T. Donahue via Refinery29

Healthy/ Body Positive-

You Don’t Have To Believe What You Think– by Kylie via Yeah…Imma Eat That

The last part of this was absolutely hilarious

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This Is How Women Actually Feel About Their Bodies– Refinery 29 survey

This was fairly interesting.

Why I Work Out Less- & Am Healthier Than Ever– by Jessica Migala via Refinery29

My Addiction to Exercise Made Me Infertile– Alisa Schindler via Yahoo!

This is so similar to my habits that it’s truly, truly frightening.

Something that FINALLY came in the mail this week!!! 

As you should know by now, I’m kind of a child trapped in an adult body. I like to think that part of me is this way because I just love a lot of kid oriented things and the other part is because I’m an elementary teacher.

Anywho!

I ordered the children’s Christmas movie….The Tangerine Bear! I used to watch this alllll the time at my grandparent’s house. I’m way excited about it and a bit nostalgic.

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Also! Apparently in some places ( I assume big metropolitan type cities ) McDonald’s has a McMuffin type sandwich with chicken sausage!!! I NEED this in my life!

Link Love: 4/3/16

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Fun/Quizzes:

Can You Make It To The End Of This “Friends” Trivia Quiz? by Andrea Hickey via Buzzfeed

Which Pop Tart Flavour Are You? created by Sally via Playbuzz

I got Frosted Cherry. I used to LOVE those! And take this quiz, because I know that you are just dying to know 😉

The First Images From the Illustrated Edition of ‘Harry Potter And the Chamber of Secrets’ Are Here– by Diana Bruk via Seventeen Magazine

Also I’m in love with this videoCookie Monster Bakes “play waiting music….thank you.” It gets me every single time.

Relatable/Questions:

Exercises People Hated Doing in PE– by Eleanor Sheehan via PopSugar

9 Questions About Movie Heroine Hygiene All Women Want Answered– by Izabella Zaydenberg via Elite Daily

Body Positive/Mental Health:

7 Simple Things I’ve Done To Stop Hating My Body -by Niki McGloster via Elite Daily

When Fitness Stopped Ruling My Life– by Colby Triolo via Fit University

Link Love 3/13

Hello, all 🙂 This week has been a rainy one ’round these parts but I don’t really mind. I have kind of enjoyed it! But here is some link love to hopefully give you some fun ideas or an interesting read and bring some sunshine into your day 🙂

Fun:

33 Ridiculously Hilarious Schmidt Quotes That Will Brighten Your Day- Koty Neelis from Thought Catalog http://thoughtcatalog.com/koty-neelis/2013/11/33-ridiculously-hilarious-schmidt-quotes-that-will-brighten-your-day/

“Youths!”& “Please take that off. You look like a homeless pencil.” He says some pretty interesting lines sometimes.

6 “Guilty Pleasures” You Don’t Have To Feel Guilty About- Maya M-Bustle- http://www.bustle.com/articles/144631-6-guilty-pleasures-you-dont-have-to-feel-guilty-about

Body Positive-

If Your Daughter Fears Being Fat- by Allison Kenny, Raising A Go Girl! http://www.raisingagogirl.com/if-your-daughter-fears-being-fat/

Melissa McCarthy opens up about body positivity in Redbook magazine- Jordon Muto, Today.com http://www.today.com/style/melissa-mccarthy-opens-about-body-positivity-redbook-magazine-t78676

Quick read! “A little bit of joy goes a long way.”

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Health Type:

The Problem With Fit & Skinny Teas- Blogilates- Cassey Ho http://www.blogilates.com/blog/2016/02/27/the-problem-with-fit-teas-skinny-teas/

5 Ways To Have A Better Relationship With Food- Huffington Post- Willow Jarosh & Stephanie Clarke http://www.huffingtonpost.com/willow-jarosh-ms-rd/5-ways-to-have-a-better-relationship-with-food_b_6615230.html?utm_hp_ref=diet-and-nutrition

Things I Baked/Made This Week:

Gingerbread Banana Bread from Chocolate Covered Katie-http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2015/12/07/gingerbread-banana-bread/

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Yes, I’m well aware it’s March but I LOVE gingerbread and I also had these bananas…so, naturally.

Cheese Enchiladas 🙂

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Look at me, being all domestic.

 

I also had a failed attempt at pancakes this week. I’m just not even sure what I did wrong there. Gotta laugh that one off.

 

 

Move Over, KFC!

Move over KFC and Whataburger, my chicken strips could be coming for you! Totally kidding, not even kind of close, but still good. My homemade chicken strips adventure was a success!!! I used a recipe from Skinny Ms that was really for chicken nuggets but I was too lazy to cut up chicken so I just bought tenders. These were super easy to make though! http://skinnyms.com/skinny-chicken-nuggets

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The “before”

The “after”. They really don’t look much different do they?

Of course, I had to make my sweet potato fries because I’m completely obsessed with sweet potatoes!! Anyone else have a love for sweet potatoes? All in all, I’m very proud of myself for this 🙂

Wednesday Reads

Demolishing The “Fat Makes You Fat” Myth- Paleo Leap http://paleoleap.com/demolishing-fat-makes-fat-myth/

Part of what started my eating disorder initially was the fact that I am scared, no terrified, complete petrified of “fat” in my food. When I read nutrition facts, I go straight to the “fat” content. So when I’ve been at my lowest points, I’ve basically been eating no fat. When I met with the nutritionist she reassured me that a body does need fat from foods and it’s NOT all bad!!!! You need grams of fat in your diet! This has been a huge roadblock and hurdle for me to tackle because I’m so used to not eating it, avoiding it or feeling guilty about consuming it. I decided maybe I needed to read it from an article that “fat” wasn’t bad, so there is the article I read and keeps the majority of my anxiety over this at bay (there is still a TON).

New Campaign Reveals The Truth About Beauty- Kelsey Miller; Refinery 29; Project Heal http://www.refinery29.com/2016/02/103609/eating-disorders-awareness-week-project-heal#slide

This is eating disorder awareness week as most of you know and I just thought this article from Project Heal was spectacular.  I encourage you to think about yourself when it talks about the hashtags #WhatMakesMeBeautiful. What makes you beautiful? You can’t be wrong!!!! It’s your own opinion of yourself and how you feel about Y-O-U. I love what all of the women in the slideshow had to say about themselves, it was uplifting to see that loving yourself and liking parts of yourself isn’t frowned upon, but in fact encouraged! I am challenging myself with this same question of what makes me beautiful.

Question: Does anybody know what Pixar’s movie The Good Dinosaur is about? Hahahaha…I’m a 21 year old child.

Link Love & NEDA Awareness Week

This week marks the beginning of National Eating Disorder Association’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week: February 21-27 (Also rare disease awareness day is February 29th, my brother has ITP.)

In honor of that, huge kudos to Aerie by American Eagle for selling this shirt that all of the proceeds during this week go towards supporting NEDA.

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Recipes To Try:

(I’ve been really wanting to try/make some lately!)

A Load of Cobblers

In case the title may have you puzzled…it’s old timey slang and basically means “what a load of nonsense”. I’ve been pondering on something lately and I’m just about to let it all out in the open.

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We live in a world obsessed with food guidelines (FDA), health and fitness, being thin/toned/strong and constantly talking about the latest fad to “stay fit”. There are entire magazines and websites devoted to being “healthy”, “slimming down”, telling us how we can “look our best” or getting “bikini body ready”. I search Pinterest and see the word “skinny” constantly being thrown in front of popular recipes (not that cutting out some calories is necessarily bad.) We are constantly being told we never eat enough fruits and vegetables, how eating meat is bad for you, how sugar is bad, soda is bad, bread and carbs are bad, they jury still seems to be out on how much alcohol is good in part of your diet, processed food is bad, and don’t even think about gluten. I really wish I could think of a better synonym than “bad” but I can’t right now and that isn’t my main focus. Everything seems to be “bad”and we never eat the “right” things.As a society we are constantly slammed with negative terminology for the foods we consume. I mean, sometimes these terms have us thinking twice about what eating an apple will do to our body. I swear every other commercial on TV is for some popular weight loss program or diet pill that “magically” melt away pounds. It’s all just confusing or overwhelming.

So, basically, I should eat just ice, make my own grains, not eat meat (which I need specific amino acids from) and constantly snack on fruits and vegetables? When in tarnation did eating become so tedious and like my part time job?! When did eating stop being enjoyable? No wonder there are so many people meticulously planning meals and constantly fretting over what they are eating and if it’s going to be considered correct. No wonder there are so many people with eating disorders, developing them or with eating issues in general.

I’m not trying to blame eating disorder on anyone. NOT what I’m doing. However, shouldn’t the media feel somewhat accountable for at least helping aid people for developing them? If someone wasn’t always promoting “thin” or “perfect body” campaigns and ads wouldn’t it be easier to be more content with your own body? And yes, there are some programs and campaigns out there now that promote a healthy body image and about loving yourself in your own skin, but they can’t combat everything coming from the other side telling society that we need to change something about ourselves. (Whew! Deep breath. I may be out of momentum.)

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I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to be healthy and eat foods that nourish us, but do we constantly need it thrown in our face that how we eat is bad? Sometimes, it’s perfectly reasonable to eat Cheetos, drink your coke and eat that chocolate cake!

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I think that I just want to live in an ideal world where everything is gumdrops and sunshine. I think I just want everyone to feel comfortable with themselves, be able to accept themselves and truly believe that family and friends will love you in spite of your outward appearance. Half of being healthy is being able to feel good about yourself and sometimes I just get so caught up and bogged down by everything the media is throwing at me. I’m not even holding the bat anymore for the balls that they throw….I just try to dodge them as best I can because I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.

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Mac & Cheese, Please

Last night was macaroni and cheese with turkey sausage night!! (Shh, don’t tell my husband it was turkey.) Anywhooo, I was pretty unsure about this  whole mac and cheese in the crock pot situation. It seemed a little sketchy while I was making it. It was what I like to call an “experimental dinner”.

BUT!!! Thank goodness, it was actually pretty good. I used whole wheat pasta, so that gave it kind of a funky “whole wheat” taste, so I think next time I’m just going to use a regular pasta. Overall though, it was pretty much given the green light! YAY!

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What I’m trying very, very hard to do is almost force myself to eat actual food for dinner. It’s harder than you can imagine! I’m so used to eating yogurt or a protein bar or something that I think is a “safe” food. I’m working at it. Failing some day, but who doesn’t? I find myself going through these phases during the day where I’m in the “I can do this” mode. I’m motivated and I’m convinced that I can eat dinner. Then I have the other mode of “I HATE food. I HATE dinner and I HATE eating.” This usually happens after I have my dang yogurt at lunch. For some reason my brain thinks that’s so much food. I’m not even sure why…I don’t know.

What I fail to remember every single day is that I didn’t become this way overnight or even a week. I didn’t do this to myself in a month, so how can I expect myself to get better or recover in just a week or even one month?! That’s not reality and it’s so unrealistic. Everyday however, I fall victim to this thought process because I just want to see the light at the end of the tunnel and finally feel good about myself. However, this is a long journey that is going to take time. I have to learn to be patient with myself, patient with my body and try to stay fearless throughout the whole process.

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Then, after dinner my husband got a wild hair and decided he wanted to watch a Disney movie 🙂 He knows I own ALOT of these movies so he had to go look in my movie drawer and he picked The Lion King. It was a very comforting way to end the evening 🙂

These Wildest Dreams

The world isn’t black and white. Recovery isn’t black and white either. Not too long ago, I thought it was only in my wildest dreams. It’s not though! Recovery is about forging a new path in the snow. It’s like the coach I met with me said, “Recovery is like taking a sled and going down a snowy hill. You’ve been going down the same path for SO long that the tracks from the sled are carved so deeply in the snow that making a new path seems absolutely terrifying. But that’s recovery. That’s what we have to do!! The first couple of times, it’s bumpy, you may fall off, there are unexpected twists and turns, but eventually you get to the bottom. Then, you climb back up and do it ALL over again. The more we create and form the new path, the easier it gets.”

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That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 2 weeks, forming a new path in my head and creating new habits. I’ve been trying to let go of fear and learn more about me. Recovery is about a journey to your true self. The actual person you are, your authentic self. The self without the eating disorder. I have goals, wants and needs outside the eating disorder part of me. That part of me doesn’t call all the shots! The part of me that’s constantly scared, fearful of other’s opinions, anxiety ridden, and that walks around so bogged down from fear that I’m tired and can’t be happy sometimes is NOT my authentic self! I have to learn to listen to myself, to listen to my body and what it wants. Without constantly catering to what the eating disorder part of me wants, I can have more time to focus on other things….like finding an actual hobby. This week alone, I read books I wanted to, cleaned, changed our bed set up, and even baked something (that was a slight fiasco). Nevertheless, I did have some time to focus on other things. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard as hell some days. You know that saying, “fall down three times, stand back up four times”? Or whatever it is. Yeah, that’s what I’m living.

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Not every day is easy. Not every day is even fun. Life isn’t happy-go-lucky as soon as you decide to just stop listening to the eating disorder part of you. It’s still there. It’s still real. It still hurts! But, that’s what recovery is about. It’s about saying “hey, eating disorder voice, I hear you, I hear what you’re saying, but I’m not going to deal with/listen to you right now. I’m going to go do….” Eating disorder recovery is about healing and part of that healing is learning about yourself. Which brings me to my next point…it’s about loving, accepting and being proud of yourself.

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We live in a world where people preach confidence and then turn right around and criticize you for being confident and proud of yourself. I’m about to tell you that I’m learning to accept myself by saying “I am who I am. If you like me, great and if you don’t like me, that’s great too. But this is me, and I’m going to go on and be myself.’  I’m learning to try to be an actual friend to myself. I’m proud of myself for realizing that I need help. I’m proud of myself for meeting with someone. I’m proud of myself for being about to try and make a new path. I’m proud of myself for almost being through with student teaching (I finished my last evaluation this week.) I’m proud of myself for doing student teaching and somehow managing to get married in the middle! I’m proud of all of the things that my body can somehow manage to, and finally, I’m proud of myself for about to be a college graduate. I’m never actually thought it was okay to be proud of myself, but I had a short conversation with my coach today and she said to write down all of the things I was proud of myself for. She also said it’s great to be proud of yourself! That’s self-acceptance!!!! So, there is it. I’m proud of myself. You should be proud of yourself too.

I know I need help. I have hurt people and never intended to. And that I can't live with cause I hurt the most important person in my life and I have lost her. I can't do this alone. So nervous and scared yet hopefully to be going to pine lodge tomorow. I know it's gonna be tough but so what I need. I surrender cause my way isn't working for me.

In the spirit of the season of thankfulness (considering Thanksgiving is less than a week from today), on my way home I realized that I have so many things to be thankful for. I’m actually happy. I’m so incredibly blessed by everything that surrounds me and that has happened to me in the past couple of months. I’m thankful for my family (the new and old), my friends (especially the ones who have been with me through thick and thin…nudge, nudge), KIDS to teach, music, writing, books, GOD and the opportunities that I have been given in this life BY HIM. I find myself full of gratitude and looking at the world in a positive light rather than negative. Life is beautiful.  Stay Fearless, y’all ❤

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