Monday, June 25, 2012

My thoughts on diets and beauty.

Last week I blogged whined about this cleanse diet I was doing.
Lots of you wanted a recap so here it goes.

I did lose 5 pounds, so that's good. 
The first 3 days (just fruits and veggies) were actually nice. It felt good to eat so fresh and get rid of all the sugar and other junk in my body. This is the part I stuck to faithfully & it's also when I lost the poundage.
The 4th day I did add in bananas and soy milk/soy yogurt but I also had some other fruits and veggies. Call me crazy but I'm just not into starving :)
By day 5 I was pretty much over it. I did have a lot of tomatoes and tofu, plus lots of other veggies... and a granola bar.
Day 6 we just called it. I was up at 4am with a teething baby, baking by 6am and at the farmer's market until 2:30. Oh and it was 100 degrees. So I ate. And I drank an iced mocha.
Day 7 is supposed to be soup all day. Again it was 100 degrees. So we ate scones and hummus instead.

In conclusion: Next time I feel like cleansing I will stick with fruits and veggies. It was a great way to feel clean and refreshed without being deprived and starving. Plus it helped me to cut back my sugar intake even when I added it back in. Plus 5 pounds :)

Also requested last week: Pics of my new do.

Can I just add a little disclaimer to this here diet post? 
It's super important to me to raise a daughter that loves her body and is thankful for how amazing she is... not obsessed with dieting and changing her looks. 
I believe that as her mom it's my responsibility to show her a model of this behavior. 
It makes no sense to me to tell her how beautifully God made her and then constantly speak negatively about my own body. 
I've come a long way and can finally say I'm in a place where I'm happy with the way I look. 
I don't look like an airbrushed model who is 4 inches taller and 20 pounds lighter. 
But I'm happy to say I'm totally fine with that. Believe me, I wasn't always. 
To be honest, giving birth (almost naturally) has given me a fabulous new perspective about this body I've been gifted with. 
Ya'll it's AMAZING. It grew/carried a human for 9 1/2 months. Then it sustained her for another 11 months with this body alone! I can haul my 20 pound 1-year-old around on my hip, jog with her in a stroller, and even do a little of Jillian's 30 Day Shred if I feel so inclined ;)  
So it has a few lumps and bumps and unwanted marks here and there. It just doesn't matter to me the way it used to. 

Sorry friends. Self portraiture just isn't my thang. 

Anyhoo. I'm getting a little windy this morning.  I just get so fired up about this topic.
I think that if you're a mama reading this (or plan to ever be) it's about so much more than just you. 
Our kids will be bombarded by media that tells them they aren't perfect enough. 
It's our job to deeply imbed in their tiny minds that the media is lying, and I don't believe our words will be enough. 
We have to show them what we believe. 
So be healthy. Cleanse if you must. Work out for sure. Limit your sugar intake. 
But be happy with the body you're blessed with. 
Be thankful for it... out loud. 

bits of splendor monday


  1. great post - i tried this diet before and only lasted like 2 days i think, ha. oh, then gained back the 3 lbs i lost, but like you, i'm finally in a place where i'm okay being. and that feels amazing. love the new hair do too by the way, SUPER cute!

  2. LOVE the new hair! wish i was brave like you!

  3. I had the same experience with becoming a mother and that really helping me to rid my unhealthy obsession with my body once and for all! Praise God for that! Thanks for sharing this!


  4. LOVE THE HAIR!!!! I'm growing mine out, but oh it's so tempting to chop it when I see yours. Short hair is SO FUN!



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