Everybody is an Athlete

I’m in love with the Nike Women’s campaign, “Everybody is an Athlete.”

Having played varsity sports for literally my entire life, it’s annoying to be riddled with stereotypes all of the time.  I’m sure I’ve been guilty of judging, at some point in life, but I’ve always tried hard not to judge a person’s athletic ability on their appearance.

Example in point:  You’re walking through the produce aisle of the grocery store, when you see a very large individual in front of you.  Your first thoughts are probably, “oh, she’s going to stock her cart with potatoes…” or, “I bet she’s never run a day in her life.”  Sad, but true.  That’s what the media tells us.  What the media doesn’t tell us, and what her personal appearance might not either, is that maybe she’s just lost 200lbs and runs everyday.  That this is the lightest weight she’s ever been.  That she grew up in a household of bad habits, but now she’s about to stock her cart with greens and veggies.

Travel ball, way back in ’05

Don’t judge.  Embrace yourself for the athlete you are, and don’t compare yourself to others.  I’ve never had ripped abs or arms, but I’d consider myself in very good shape.  Embrace yourself.  It’s the most valuable thing that I’ve learned through athletics, and it’s something that gets convoluted and taken advantage of.  It’s amazing to be able to aspire to something, to push yourself against someone or for something, and, undoubtedly, to fail.  All of these things make a great athlete. 

Have fun with it!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting a professional or Olympic athlete, you’ll know that it’s this state of mind that sets them apart.  It’s something I’m always striving toward and – no matter how many roadblocks I hit (“gah, I should’ve pushed harder” etc) – I know that it’s up to me to make the change.

15-year old me meeting my idol, Brandi Chastain (who you hear commentating the women’s soccer matches in the 2012 Olympics!)

Here’s to you, athlete.

 

 

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Puppychow

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday!  But…I had a good reason, promise!

I hosted the Korean Red Cross Youth!

They came to the Red Cross National Headquarters and my fellow Crossers and I hosted fun activities and a tour of the facilities, namely our Disaster Operations Center! Very cool, very fun.  While most didn’t speak English and the language gap was huge, it still managed to be very funny, and I think they all had a great time.

Before this shindig, I whipped up my favorite Perfect Oatmeal (see recipes!), and sipped about 1/3 of a Dunkin Donuts Coconut Iced Coffee with a dash of skim milk.  For lunch, I had a big bowl of beef and bean chili.  Our office is so darn cold, I always crave something hot for lunch!

I worked out (shoulders, lats and abs) and did the arc trainer for 30 minutes before heading to my friend’s house for a much-needed friend party!  For dinner, I had a salad with asian sesame lite dressing and deli turkey, as well as a Yoplait lite.

However.

There was puppy chow at the party.

For those of you who have never had this insane dessert, it is chex cereal with melted chocolate chips, peanut butter and powdered sugar.  Yes, a heart attack.  I munched on it all night, but did NOT let myself go overboard!  My finnicky stomach stayed happy!

I also sipped:

And we played the always-fun Apples to Apples!

The R-rated version.  Hilarious.

Off to explore the National Gallery of Art with a friend visiting from Jersey!  Hoping for no rain!

Cheers!

 

Bad Self-Talk and Regret

I don’t have the best willpower.  To be honest, it’s probably pretty abysmal.  Sometimes, I “overeat” to the point of sickness – and I’m sad to say this happens at least once a week.

However, the worse is the day after, or even hours after.  The self-talk that begins in my head from the moment I realize I’ve overeaten too much is much worse than the feeling itself.

I start thinking things like, “how can I work this off?  How long do I need to go on the arc trainer for?  How little can I eat tomorrow?  Maybe I should just give up carbohydrates for a week.  I wonder if this fat burning supplement is on sale.  Should I just eat more in an attempt to forget that it happened?  I mean, I went off the deep end already, might as well keep going…”

I kid you not.  I think these things, at least once a day, if not more.  I get anxious thinking about eating out, even with friends, and making a poor choice or overeating.  I get anxious when I start to get hungry because I fear the onset of these judgments/thoughts.  It’s a constant struggle for equilibrium that I’ve had for many, many years.

if only I could be this calm in my head on this topic..

So, my question is for you, readers –

Have you any of you shared these thoughts?  What did you do about them?