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Sadness

Today I’ve had the day off because the teachers have gone on strike for one day. My day started out wonderfully, I took Lucy for an hour long walk early this morning and it was great to see her getting pats from all the small school children that she passed.

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It was great because Lucy’s getting old and doesn’t get out much. She’s deaf and blind and it was good to see her so excited the way she was as a pup to go walking 🙂 The walk did wonders because last night I was started to feel the beginnings of a cold coming on, but I woke up this morning and felt fine! Kristine’s coming over later so we can do some baking and I’m liking the idea of giving these biscuits from Oh She Glows a try. I’ve taken a real interest in vegan cooking lately, not because I plan to become one, just to broaden my food horizons. (I’m LOVING VeganYumYum at the moment, also why I changed my blog theme, I wanted a more bright and open layout. This vegan food site is so fun and bright and welcoming and the food looks absolutely mouth-watering. The photo below is from the site)

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Anyway, the crux of this post is about a blog post I read this morning on Oh She Glows followed by the Tyra episode I’m currently watching. It makes me so sad to see the body image issues that are still relevant in society even though there has been such a battle against it through things like Operation Beautiful. After reading the blog on Oh She Glows about 9-10 year old girls who were shopping for jeans that will make them look “skinny”, I just felt so broken-hearted that the ridiculous expectations of women in society have reached the impressionable minds of young, pre-pubescent girls. That is setting them up for disaster! Body image is a battle that women should absolutely not have to battle and deal with, just as you think we’re making progress in the world of body image you hear about things like those young girls and it feels as though all the hard work has been in vain.

I was further disturbed by today’s episode of Tyra. It’s about Women who are extremely judgemental of other people, saying things like a woman who is obese must “smell bad” and a woman with a big nose looks like “pinnochiHOE”. I just cannot believe my ears when listening to those words come out of other women’s mouths. Women insulting women based on their physical appearance that they have no control over such as their weight, their nose, their height etc. As women we should be sticking together to try and fight back and destroy these stupid expectations.  I cannot understand how they can so casually throw insults at complete and total strangers based on utter crap about their looks. I know that it’s because they have personal issues… blah, blah, blah, but I still don’t think that is any sort of acceptable justification.

I really hope that there will eventually come a day when all the stupid crap about body image and being judged is just a distant memory. I know some people just cannot be helped with how judgemental they are, but I guess we just have to remember that they’ll pay for it in the end, mentally that is.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some positivity 🙂 I hope you all have a great day.

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September 14, 2010 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

Today was a good day.

Today worked. Today I accomplished what I woke up and set out to accomplish at 6.30am this morning.

I was healthy.

I know that sounds ridiculous because that is something that should come so naturally and easily to me, but it actually requires a lot of effort and will power to make it through just one day without slipping up. It’s like a vicious cycle.. I crave food, I eat, I feel terrible and want to cry but then I figure what’s the point? too late to go back now… and I eat some more.

Today I broke that cycle and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. How did I avoid temptation? By walking away.
“Just walk away… Just walk away… Just walk away…”
It works, instead of cutting myself a massive slice of Lemon Meringue Pie that my mother baked this afternoon, I walked away and made myself a cup of Green Tea instead. I just told myself that by not having any, I wasn’t torturing myself by restricting my intake and already knowing how great it tastes.

I’m happy to say that I have gone this full day eating nothing but healthy, nutritious food and it feels absolutely amazing to have achieved that 🙂 Now I know I can get through just one day, I feel like I can really get back on track and keep this up like I already did for so, SO long.

Not only that, but I sat down today and really really thought hard about how I overcame the Winter hump last year with my exercise and then I remembered how I’d done it.

My grandfather has a large property in his back yard which up until very recently has been a tennis court. He decided that because it was rarely used, he’d take the tennis net out and leave it as a very large and tidy property. Last year during winter when I didn’t want to stray too far from my house or go all the way to the gym I’d set up a circuit on the tennis court and put together a 35-45 minute playlist on my Ipod and do something different for each song.

I did that today, I exercised for 45 minutes and then rollerbladed for a further 10 before it was dinner time. I felt great 😀 I think I’ve found the antedote for my winter blues and the future is looking bright. Already within 24 hours I’ve made a change that makes me feel happy and relieved.

Thank you, internet, for simply providing a place for me to vent my emotions and make important realizations about myself.

Expect more from me in the way of progress. Now I plan to hit the sack and get some seriously good sleep.

Goodnight!

June 22, 2010 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

I don’t know why I’m messing around… I know I’m responsible for my own happiness.

I have been so depressed lately and I keep whinging and moaning about wanting to find happiness and I’m really starting to annoy myself.

I KNOW how to find happiness for myself, I know EXACTLY where to find it. I need to start taking CARE of my body. When I eat right, exercise regularly and get enough sleep I am the happiest girl in the world. I don’t know why I’m mucking around and complaining here on my blog, offloading my issues to people who I’ve never met. Time to get my act together and get it right.

I’m going to visit my father in 2 weeks and I’m so embarrassed about the habits I’ve adopted and my self-esteem is just in the dirt… I’m going to set myself a very public challenge. Since I’ve already shared half my personal life with the people of the interwebs, why not?

I’m going to set a challenge to regain happiness and find that space where I’m content and happy with who I am. I’m not quite comfortable enough to blog about personal AS stuff like weight and waist measurements… But I’ll be keeping that to myself as an incentive.

I need to makeover my life and start making my way back to the person I used to be. I was so so happy and so confident, those days were the happiest I can remember. I know I’m capable of change, I’ve already proven to myself before that I can make a positive change, so now it’s time to do it again. It’s winter and I hate the cold so that makes it more challenging than ever, but I need to prove it to myself that I can do it.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE A CHANGE.

June 21, 2010 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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