Discovering Me

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So I recently realized I have muscles.  Yes, I know everybody has muscles but I’m talking the kind of muscles you have when you are lifting serious weight and getting serious strong.  See that picture above?  See my arms?  Those biceps?  Where the hell did those come from?  I saw them for the first time when I looked at this picture.  You see that droopy, flabby fat hanging below my biceps?  That’s the only thing I ever saw before this picture.  This single, little picture completely turned my own body image upside down.

I didn’t realize that I still had such a negative view of my body.  I’ve come a long way but I realize not that I still have a very long way to go.  I guess body image is constantly changing and variable.  It’s up to me to make sure that those variations move in a positive direction.

After seeing this picture, I walked into my bathroom and flexed in the mirror for the first time ever.  It was amazing.  I saw my biceps,  defined shoulders and traps.  I even found my triceps!  I was completely fascinated.  I had no idea!  I don’t know why but I thought fat people could never see their muscles.  I thought my fat self would just have to trust I was building muscle as they would always be hidden under many layers of fat.  I was wrong.

I like being wrong.  I like being strong.  I like discovering me.

Social Media Sunday

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Hey everybody,  I’m co-hosting a social media link up.  Every Sunday is an opportunity to connect with interesting bloggers and link up your own.
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It’s that time again friends! Time for another Social Media Sunday!

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Amber @ From ABC’s to ACT’s

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Michelle @ The MaMade Diaries

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Marissa @ Looking at the Rays of Grace & Joy

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Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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Just fill out this form and Amber will email you to get you scheduled!

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As you know Social Media Sundays are a place for you to connect with other bloggers in as many ways as possible, since meeting other bloggers and making new friends is one of the best parts of this online world!

The rules are simple!

Follow your hosts and guest hosts and leave a comment letting us know so that we can follow you back.

Grab the button and spread the word, the more the merrier!

Get to hopping! Check out your fellow bloggers and make a new friend or two!

Most importantly, have FUN!

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Whole30 – Results and Final Thoughts

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I finished Whole30 several weeks ago.  Lots of people have been asking if I saw any improvements with my digestive issues.  I have purposely been putting off writing this post because I’m still evaluating the results of doing this elimination diet.  To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much.  My issues have revolved around veggies and I was supposed to eat more of these than ever on this diet.  I had no idea how my body would react.  Some tiny part of me was hoping for a miracle much like the ones I read in the Whole30 book, It Starts with Food.  I didn’t see any miracles.  I’m still having issues.  BUT I am seeing lots of positive changes.  In no particular order, here is a recap of general thoughts, feelings, and results of the process. Continue reading

Arnold Sports Festival 2014

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I moved to Columbus, Ohio a little over 15 years ago.   It was then that I had heard of this event called the Arnold Classic.  Started in 1989, The Arnold Classic was a simply a bodybuilding contest.  It has become the most coveted contest second only to Mr. Olympia.   Bobybuilding is something that I will never understand.  Even as I have gotten into weighlifting and now have an appreciation for strength, it is still something I can understand.  Many people in the city of Columbus were super excited every year for the Ahhnold.  I always ran in the other direction. Continue reading

Fat Girl Recommends…

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Here’s a line-up of the past week’s heath and fitness articles that caught my eye.  Enjoy!

What did you read this week?  What is your most favorite food you can’t live without? How do you feel about insect parts in your peanut butter?