Loving Me & Book Review

While today didn’t start off the best (something showed up that I was hoping not to see), I quickly turned it around and decided to make it more positive. There was no point in being down about it because I trust God’s timing and hate wasting energy on negativity. I’ve done that too much before. One thing I’ve thought about recently is how, after competing in early November, negative thinking was the name of my game. I went through about a month of constantly feeling down on myself because of the weight I had to put back on after the show. Β Hello?! It was for my health because you are not at a healthy weight/bodyfat with competing in figure. Yet I still had problems with it. I was always down on myself, told myself I felt gross, moody, and just a true Debbie Downer. And for what? It only made things worse. And I had absolutely no reason to be so negative about myself and my body. Since then, I take pride in all that is me and my body. So I figured I would share a few things I love about me and my body πŸ™‚ In a non-conceited way, of course πŸ˜‰

  1. The most important thing I appreciate about my body, is that when it is at a healthy weight it will bear beautiful children for me. It has already carried one precious gem for me and I have no doubt it will carry another. πŸ™‚
  2. It can move. I am blessed with the ability to walk, run, lift weights, participate in fitness classes, spin around with my daughter, jump on a playground with her, among many many other things that I would be otherwise unable to do without a physically capable body.
  3. It is pretty strong. I enjoy lifting weights and watching my strength increase. Even though I haven’t been focusing on pushing myself too much right now, I know my body is capable of tossing around pretty decent weight in the gym. It amazes me to see that progress and how my body adapts.
  4. It houses my mind. I love to read (as you well know) and I love to learn and grow, particularly in things related to my faith but in general too. I think I’m a pretty sharp lady, despite my many blonde moments, and I am proud of my intellect.
  5. I have a big heart. I love to love. No matter how many times I’ve been burned, I will still care for a person. And nothing compares to the unconditional love I can share for close friends and my beloved family.
  6. I think I have nice boobs. πŸ™‚ C’mon. I had to have a fun one in there! Haha!
  7. I love that I can see the good where others would often only see the bad.
  8. I love how I am so in tune with my body and what it needs and recognizing how to accommodate it.
  9. I love that I am not afraid of carbs! I used to be way back when and how ridiculous was that?!

Those are just some things that came to me while writing this post. What do you love about yourself and your body?

Now for a book review! πŸ™‚

Deep End of the Ocean by Jaquelyn Mitchard

Many of you will think this sounds familiar because of this…

I saw the movie so long ago that it fortunately didn’t affect my reading of the book. I remembered bits and pieces from the movie as I read, but not enough to where I already knew what was going to happen. That’s important to me. I hate knowing the outcome of a book before I read it. But ironically enough, I despise more when movies change the books. Like this one did….

I was SO disappointed with that movie! They absolutely ruined the book!! But back to my current book review…

The Deep End of the Ocean is about a family with a three year old boy who goes missing from a crowded hotel lobby. He is never found, dead or alive….until almost ten years later when he unexpectedly and accidentally reenters their lives. It was really enjoyable. Maybe being a mother I could really relate to the main character, Beth, and all her neuroticness after her son’s disappearance. The story was really strong and just gripping. The decision of what is right versus what is wrong when her son returns is so disheartening. It kind of reminded me of Jodi Picoult’s books where an issue that you would think has answers that are black and white and clear as day really don’t. It’s interesting to ponder the many intricacies that go into what is right for a family and how decisions have strong repercussions for everyone involved. And how it is sometimes impossible to fix or stop or change. I would recommend it. πŸ™‚

Once again, time for me to get going to tutoring! Fun fun fun. At least it’s easy money. And I already had my fun today with a Group Kick class followed by coloring Dora with the M girl. πŸ™‚

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18 Responses to Loving Me & Book Review

  1. Gracie says:

    What a great post!

    What I love about my body is that it *heals.* I have a ton of different medical issues – from allergies to thyroid issues – yet my body always seems to fight the illnesses. Sometimes it takes a little time and needs some help (medicine, healthy diet) but it hasn’t let me down yet. It still gets me where I need to go! =)

  2. Sunny says:

    hey tina bina! miss ya on 02 but i am following along here everyday & i absolutely love your post today.. i completely agree with you.. sometimes i get down and have bad days where i hate my body and find so many imperfections with it, but then i realize that i shouldn’t because i am blessed that i could live a healthy life and am able to do things that so many people aren’t able to do. we just have to keep telling ourselves that on our bad days! just to add i used to be so afraid of carbs too and now i can’t imagine ever doing any kind of low-carb/no-carb diet..no thanks! lol

    enjoy the rest of your day darling πŸ™‚

  3. Marcia says:

    I love all the things about my body that you love about yours…..well minus the boob comment. πŸ˜‰
    Oh well..we all have our thing–and boobs ain’t one of em’ in my case!!! LOL.

  4. Keri says:

    LOVE this post! Good for you. I definitely think people should be more positive and not worry about being conceited. It is important to believe in yourself.

    I agree with you about being in tune with your body. I am actually working on a post about that because I think I have that going for me too πŸ™‚

  5. I really liked the book The Deep End of the Ocean. A good read, but sad. I wasn’t as impressed with the movie, but it was still pretty good as well.

  6. that’s great that you turned a negative into a positive. I’m working on doing that myself. your 9 things that you love about yourself are so great…i laughed out loud when I read the one about boobs! lol! I love mine too!

    great post!

  7. Great post Tina! I too can tend to focus on the negative instead of forcing myself to see the positive. I’m sorry you were disappointed this morning. But you’re right. And I’m trying to re-enforce to myself that God’s timing is perfect. He knows EXACTLY what is going on.

    What do I like about myself? My blue eyes, my dry sense of humor, my way too emotional side, and my passion for health! Oh yeah, and my boobs. ha ha.

  8. kbwood says:

    i love what you said about yourselF!
    you are such a beautiful, empowered woman
    i look up to that!

  9. Danielle says:

    I love your list! It’s refreshing to hear someone compliment themselves instead of always criticizing.
    And yay for not being afraid of carbs!

  10. julie says:

    you are gorgeous girl and don’t ever forget it! i think we all have those times when we feel like poo but its good that you realize the beauty in yourself!

  11. Mellissa says:

    Keep the book reviews coming, I love adding things to my list.

    I have a lot of the same things on my like about me list, except the boobs 😦 But I have a pretty nice bootay to make up for the lack of cleavage πŸ˜‰

  12. lisaou11 says:

    Love this! No reason to feel down on yourself. I have never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I *know* you are one of the most kind-hearted people I know. πŸ™‚

  13. Vicky says:

    What a wonderful post Tina, we all need to love ourselves a little more and not be so hard on ourselves! Thinking about our strenghts is a good way to accomplish this.

  14. Vee says:

    Sorry to hear about the start of your day!
    I enjoyed reading your post, turning something negative into positive is something I strive towards every single day.

  15. Lindsey says:

    I like my boobs too πŸ™‚ LOL!

    Can’t wait to catch up on Saturday!

  16. I did a blog post just yesterday linking back to a friend’s blog. I was so inspired by a video she had posted called “Embrace you Flawz” (I think that was the title).

  17. Ameena says:

    I love your post…I wish I could say #6 applied to me. πŸ™‚

    This was a great book and a good movie too. Really enjoyed your review.

  18. So true. All of it.

    Thanks for the reminder!!

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