Hope you guys are doing well! Since we last talked, Owen and I went to Boston, celebrated our 4 year anniversary, experienced beautiful fall colors, weather, and leaves, I started watching Gilmore Girls (and can’t stop), got through launch week at Gold’s gym, tried clam chowder for the first time (delicious), tried corned beef hash for the first time (also delicious), had an early (really early) Thanksgiving, & other things.
I’m excited because my boot camp girls and I are doing a 4-week Fall Into Fitness challenge! We did one this summer and it went really well for everyone! It is an accountability sheet where you get points for positive health choices, like getting enough veggies, water, protein, no sugar, etc. and whoever gets the most points at the end of the 4 weeks gets a prize! I love it. I have needed some accountability for healthy choices, especially leading up to the holiday season!
Okay, switching gears into something a little more serious (I’m sooooo good at those transitions, I know)
I’m just gonna throw this out there, but does anyone else out there struggle with bad body image? Am I the only one?? Sometimes I feel that way. I want to wave my hands up in the sky and say “IS ANYONE OUT THERE?” because sometimes it feels like I am the only one. I am the only one that one day feels totally fine & then the next day (or moment) feels the need to nitpick every little thing on my body that is imperfect or doesn’t meet my standards.
Am I the only one?
I know I’m not, so why don’t we ever talk about it? I feel like there is a special shame associated with body image, especially if we love God. This shame says “This is not important, so just stop it,” or “I shouldn’t be concerned with this, there are other more important things to worry about,” or even “God doesn’t care about this, so why do I? I need to stop being so self-centered.”
However, those same thoughts lead us to shut ourselves up and hide in fear of what others think. They make us spiral even more into negative thoughts, more body image issues (because we never really resolved them in the first place), and isolation. We feel alone & less-than in our struggles.
My desire is that we as women (and men, too, please!) will stop being so ashamed of our struggles and just talk about it. Initiate with a friend and just open up, as scary as that may be. Just say it out loud. What are you disappointed in? Why? Sometimes just even saying it out loud helps– we hear what we are saying and how ridiculous it is and it helps us realize the lie in what we believe.
I will be the first to admit I’m the worst at this. My immediate response in my struggle is to isolate myself and make myself shelf the issue because I just shouldn’t be struggling. But that always opens the door for those thoughts to grow, fester, and continue to eat me from the inside. 1 John 1:6 & 7 says “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” I imagine when we live in darkness, we are closed off and hold our sin inside. That closing off creates darkness in us that will continue to stay if we don’t let light in. When I think of us walking in light, I see us opening up something deep inside, because that’s the only way light can shine in on the darkness. The more open we are, the more light we allow in, and the less room there is for the untruthful ugly darkness.
So let’s just talk about it, okay? I want to hear from you about where you are in the journey, what truths you are holding on to, what you’re learning from God, triggers, and just whatever else is on your heart and mind!! Let’s get to talking, people!!! Comment below or feel free to email me at Kitchenspired @ gmail.com!
Balsamic Bacon Strawberry Chicken
- 6 slices bacon
- 1.5 lbs chicken breast, cut into strips or chunks (however your prefer!)
- salt & pepper
- 1 tbs minced garlic
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat up a pan over medium-high heat. While the pan heats up, cut your slices of bacon into pieces.
- Place bacon in pan and cook for about 6 minutes, or until bacon pieces are cooked but not super crispy. Remove bacon from pan and place on a plate with a paper towel, set aside. Pour out the grease from the pan (but leave a little bit in the pan to cook with!) and then place on the heat again.
- Salt and pepper your chicken on both sides, then place in the pan. About 2 minutes in to cooking, flip them all over. Keep turning and moving the chicken chunks for about 5 more minutes, until they get a nice sear on the outside.
- Add garlic to pan and mix around with chicken for 2 minutes. Add strawberries to the pan, mix, then add balsamic vinegar. Lastly, add the bacon pieces back into the pan and place the entire pan in the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes
- Remove from oven, let cool, and then serve. Enjoy!