What I Love About Me Wednesday!

Every Wednesday I will feature something about me that I love! Let me explain: all this Unfluffing might make it seem as though I am/was unhappy with my body but quite the contrary! I was unhappy with my lack of energy, my poor eating choices and my unending progression to larger clothing sizes that meant I had to keep spending money in order to wear clothes that fit.I didn’t have something that was truly mine, that I could rely on to really challenge myself and push me to newer and higher limits.

On Project Unfluff, you might notice I’m not really into body shaming, I don’t believe in using shame as a way to motivate us to make changes. I am all about celebrating and challenging our abilities as well as building healthier relationships with food and exercise. Human beings are not designed to be sedentary which is why you feel soooo good after a work out or a nutritious meal- we were designed to keep it moving and to not eat things that come out of factories and warehouses!

Furthermore, I must admit, I love the heck out of my body and nothing motivates me more than making something great of it.  I may not like what it can or can’t do sometimes, but I do love it unconditionally at the end of the day. This one and only body that I have has been through so much and I wouldn’t trade it in for all the skinny females in the world. This body has made it through awkward middle and high school years, all-nighters in college (both academic and social), break-ups, falling in love, wedding planning, graduate school and most importantly, my body allowed me to grow and feed the most important little lady in my life.

I owe my body so much already for giving me so many incredible experiences and that I’m paying me back for everything! My thinking has now shifted from “if I make this choice, others will probably think ___ about me…” to “what can I do to nourish myself and feel good today? what can I do to make up for some of the not so great choices I have made this week that will help me move forward? what can I challenge myself to do today that I’ve never done before?”  <— (running!!!) It’s when I attempt to answer these questions that I get to experience the rush of discovering all the new things I can do (I mean really Jillian Michaels, you should send me a medal) and tastes I never thought I’d enjoy.

Phew! Ok, back to my point. Every Wednesday, I will not be featuring a part of me that I LOVE, whether it’s physical or related to my life in a very important way. Most importantly, I invite YOU, my readers, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, etc. to reflect on and share what you love about you too! You wouldn’t be here, reading this, if some part of you wasn’t thinking about the same things I often share about my own health journey.

And now for the good stuff! Today’s WILAM isssss……my eyes! I am famous for my peepers, it’s true! I have these huge, hazel-ish eyes with long lashes for curling and adding mascara and vast eyelid space for eyeshadows and liner. I love my eyes because they allow me to see the beauty in all things around me and they are the first feature most people notice about me. But the best thing about my eyes? I’ve passed them on to my daughter and now I get to see what everyone else has always talked about my whole life. Lucky me and lucky you!

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And now it’s your turn! Take a second to look in the mirror or just really think about the things that you love about you! What makes you stand out not matter what size or stage you are in life? We all have SOMETHING and if you’ve never been asked this before, well, there’s a first time for everything.

❤ M.

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Happy Valentines Day! Top 14 Things I Love About Project Unfluff

Good evening Unfluffers! You’re probably digesting a delicious meal or dessert or adult beverage or in my case all three… I had a lovely dinner with my husband and daughter tonight. We made Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (Coctel de Camaron) served with whole grain saltines and paired that with green wine (so yummy!). This was followed by a strawberries and cream layered torte. Yes, most of it was pretty rich and heavy on the points, but I’ve been preparing for this meal all day with some extra walking and a points-conscious lunch. It was worth it, I regret nothing. Nothing I say!

Here are some pictographic highlights from my day: Dinner, my Femin-Awesome Valentine’s Day gift and sharing my treat with my little lady.

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So to honor the 14th of February I have compiled a list of my top 14 things I LOVE about doing Project Unfluff. So, without further adooooo….

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1. Last night I bought work pants TWO SIZES smaller than the ones I was sadly holding up with a belt and a prayer.

2. Planning ahead for treats and special meals makes them taste so much better!

3. My energy level is through the roof every day. I get so much done!

4. Consequently, I am also dead tired by bed time and I’ve been sleeping like a baby, even though I have a baby!

5. I’m always toning my legs and booty since now I prefer to take the stairs.

6. I save so much money not going out to lunch and instead packing my lunch and snacks each day.

7. Eating said packed lunch at my desk while I work means more time to do other things like enjoying a lunch hour walk around the Magnificent Mile.

8. Staying hydrated makes for clearer skin and less of that icky dried out feeling from sitting in heat all day.

9. I’m rediscovering clothes that haven’t fit well for a while.

10. As my core gets a little stronger, I stand up a little straighter, improving my posture over time.

11. Today, I was able to bend all the way over my middle to tie my shoes instead of having to angle one way or another to get around my belly fluff.

12. Mancakes did yoga on his own the other day! Ya get up at 5:30 am enough times and well…

13. I barely drink anymore so that makes me a cheap date!

14. Our kid, our friends and our families are all on board with trying healthier foods with us and that, my friends, is HUGE.

Feel free to add any of your top Unfluffing perks in the comments!

Wishing you all peace, love and bacon carrots ❤