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Because I’m happy

I’ve decided to start each morning with this Pharrell phrase. Seriously though. I’m going to use it and you should too. We should listen to the song together and purchase replicas of his magical hat.

Too much?

Well let’s just try the positive affirmation thing then.

I’ll admit I was a little grumpy when I took Finn out for our morning walk today. It’s March 4th, it snowed again yesterday and wind chill temps are hovering at zero. If you’re wondering that’s approximately 42 degrees off the average. I’ve worn my severe winter essentials nearly everyday since October and even they are begging to be taken to Goodwill at this point. I’m. Over. It.

Finn’s not though. He wakes up so happy every morning. He spins in circles as I gather his leash. He yanks me down the stairs and outside, smiling ear to ear as he inhales the brisk, cold air.

I love our morning walks. We are typically out the door just after 6 and aside from other dogs and owners, we have the neighborhood to ourselves. It’s a rare period of near silence in the city. Soon the sirens will echo the streets and honks and chatter will fill the air.

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So imagine my surprise to hear Pharrell blasting from a car as we turned the corner on the final leg of our walk this morning.

“This is my jam!” the driver yelled over the parking lot to her friend who had just pulled in.

“I’m happy!” she said as she cranked up the volume and danced along to the song before starting her day at a local school.

“I’m happy! Are you happy?” she bellowed out to me as Finn and I walked past, his ears perking up as he wagged his tail to the beat.

I couldn’t help but smile. Two blocks ago I was grumpy, but after hearing the song and feeling her energy I too changed my tune.

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My goal over these next 40 days is to wake up as energized and happy as my pup. He has no clue what the day will bring but he wakes up with eager enthusiasm each and every morning. Literally. I have to shush him when we get back inside because he wants to tell all of Chicago how very excited he is just to eat his breakfast.

Happy.

Make it your jam too.

Workout Wednesday: learning to love your body

Happy workout Wednesday. And an especially exciting one at that because it falls just before Valentine’s Day.

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Let’s talk about loving your body.

Not to discount my oh-so-loyal male readers (ahem Dad), but this week’s post is dedicated to my girls.

As women we are often our own worst critic when it comes to our bodies. As a society, we are more comfortable brushing off compliments from other women than accepting them. Does the following scenario sound familiar?

Friend or stranger: I like your hair!
You: Oh really? I totally need a haircut and my roots could really use a touch up.

That’s a cute dress!
This old thing? It’s from Target like 4 years ago. You can have it if you want.

You look great! Have you lost weight?
No chance. I just ate an entire sleeve of thin mints. Yay for Girl Scout cookie season.

Thanks to two very nurturing parents who kept my sister and I active and never critiqued our bodies, I have always had a strong sense of self confidence. And yet I still find myself more comfortable giving out the compliments than taking them. I often wonder why our society supports that? Have you ever tried to just say thank you when a woman compliments you and leave it right there? It’s not easy! I’m trying to work on it myself but sadly, it’s as though our culture has caused us to see that as a sign of arrogance.

It shouldn’t be.

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I saw this sign today in a women’s bathroom and smiled. My first thought when I saw the sign was the same as when another woman compliments me though. I immediately thought,

Oh sign, you probably say that to all the women in here regardless of how amazing they look.

And then the sign said, Duh.

And then I realized I was having a conversation with a piece of paper.

The bottom line is we can’t just blame society for this issue. Often times it starts with us. If we stop focusing on the things we don’t like about our bodies, our “problem areas” if you will, we can learn to love the whole thing a little more.

So this Valentine’s Day, let’s start to love our bodies. Let’s love them as they shift in size and elasticity throughout our lives. Love the squishy parts in your tummy because you grew a small human for 9 months. Love the thickness in your thighs because you did the squats and lunges to build them up. Love the dimples in your butt because your mom has the same dimples and the fact that you know that your mom has the same dimples means you’re pretty close with your mom and that’s pretty cool. (note: mom, I’m not saying you have dimples in your butt) Love your body because it’s yours and you guys are going to be together for a very long time so you might as well make the relationship enjoyable.

Disclaimer: I am still learning to love my body so selfies make me very uncomfortable. Especially gym selfies as they go against my rule of well, no gym selfies. That being said, it’s in the effort of full disclosure that I share a gym selfie with you.

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I’m not recommending anything specific today workout-wise, but rather a few exercises I do to target the areas I want to show a little more love to.

Shoulders=push-ups, chin-ups

Biceps/Triceps=bicep curls, bench dips, chin-ups

Abs= planks, yoga

Quads=bosu squats, lunges, wall-sits

Hamstrings/Glutes= bosu squats, lunges, fire hydrants, clamshells

I invite you to change your perspective when it comes to your body. Challenge yourself to take compliments from other women with a polite thank you and no watered down responses after. I know I am going to make a strong effort to do so too. Together, we can shift the perspective of how we view ourselves.

Tell me! What body part do you love best?