Yes, I know they’re all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the year!
Based on Google Analytics, social media reports, and good ol’ fashioned comments, below are the Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014.
Last Saturday was cold, rainy, and—in my opinion—the perfect day to go to the mall.
I had no plans and I needed things.
Now, you might be thinking, “Did you really need things or did you just want things?”
Yes, I needed them.
I needed jeans. I needed skin care. I needed makeup…
…and yes, as superficial as that all sounds, I still stand by the idea that I, personally, needed them.
You might not believe it (or, maybe you might) but one of the most common answers I get when I ask people why they exercise is…
…”I want to look better naked!”
Setting aside the fact that what “looks better naked” is subjective, as someone who firmly believes that diet and exercise can help improve so much more than just our physical appearance (such as our mental and physical lives), I always want to educate them on the other benefits of regularly working out.
So, while looking better naked is great, below are an additional five benefits of exercising.
I finally got a new tattoo last week.
I say “finally” because I’ve been planning this thing (or, at least, planning to get this thing) for a couple of years.
However, I shouldn’t say “got a new tattoo” because it’s actually a cover up.
What’s it covering?
The same thing: a set of sunflowers.
As you probably guessed in my Running and Life post, I used to worry a lot about what other people thought of me when I was exercising.
Once I decided I was more worried about my health than I was about what others thought of me, I hit my city’s gorgeous track.
I hadn’t run in years, and for the first few weeks, I was hyper aware of everyone around me and what I just knew what they were thinking.
The person driving by is laughing. The person passing me is aggravated I’m so slow. The person coming my way can’t believe how red my face is. My ankles are too skinny and my ass is too fat and my belly is too jelly.
Have you watched Hungry for Change yet?
A few Saturday nights ago, I had nothing better to do than sit in front of Netflix (sad, I know, but let’s stay on topic here). As I flipped through the new releases, a documentary called Hungry for Change caught my eye.
I suppose it was the documentary’s cover image, a happy chick holding a grocery bag full of whole foods wrapped with a measuring tape, that caught my eye.
Because my grocery bags have been looking more and more like that lately (see Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?), it seemed potentially up my alley.
So, what’s Hungry for Change all about?
So, this week’s earlier Christina Aguilera-inspired post about loving rather than complaining about our bodies was super timely: Lady Gaga has launched a new campaign to do just that!
Following a week of open criticism about the weight she’s gained (by her count, more than 20 pounds), Lady Gaga did what she does best: Bared her soul
On Tuesday, the 26-year-old “Bad Romance” singer posted four pictures of herself to her fan website, littlemonsters.com, wearing only underwear (see left) under the blog title “A Body Revolution 2013″ and with the following captions:
Be honest: Are you more likely to flaunt your toned legs or complain about your huge butt? Show off your flat belly or gripe about your flat chest?
If you chose complain and gripe, you’re probably in the majority. (Of course, this is just my opinion; I haven’t conducted a super scientific survey or anything). Too often, people complain about the body parts they hate the most, instead of enjoying and finding confidence in the body parts they love.
Of course, not everyone focuses on what they believe are the negatives, and one such well-known person is singer and actress Christina Aguilera.