I’m sore! I haven’t worked out much this past week because I haven’t been feeling well since the weekend. Yesterday, I finally started feeling more like myself and was itching for a good workout. I went to the gym, ran a mile and a half (YIPEE!) and did this leg workout. OMG. My legs feel like jell-o right now, but in a good way.
There seems to be a theme among my Friday Round-up picks this week – expectations. Expectations that we have of ourselves, that we have of others, and that others have of us. I’ve been thinking a lot about my own expectations lately and I realized that those expectations often get in the way of my ability to be grateful and to appreciate the #littlethings.
I adore Ilene’s writing. She manages to captures many of the complex and conflicting emotions of being a parent. But this post really got to me. I tend to be hard on my kids but Ilene shows how maybe we need to bend the rules a little more.
In this guest post that Kristen wrote for G*Funk*ified speaks to expectations that we have of ourselves and how sometimes, when even though we meet all those expectations that we have for ourselves, it doesn’t feel quite right. But what can we do about that?
Did you hear? Lady Gaga gained 25 pounds!
Recently, Lady Gaga has been highly criticized in the press because (gasp!), she’s gained 25 pounds since Christmas. Nicole writes a great response to this and our society’s focus on perfection versus being fit and healthy. Lady Gaga has responded to the criticism by posting photos of herself in her underwear and encouraging others to embrace their imperfections. I really admire what she’s doing and think that she’s offering up an inspiring example.
What does the 80/20 really look like?
I think that we all aspire to live a healthy balanced life and for many of us, myself included, that means abiding by the “80/20” rule i.e. eating healthy and nutritious foods 80% of the time and allowing 20% of your intake to be “treats.” Tina puts together some helpful scenarios to help gauge whether you really are following the 80/20 rule or just think you are.
Behind the Scenes Interview with Kelly Slater
OK, this is from a little more than a week ago but it’s a really interesting interview between Kelly and Sal Masekela about surfing as a profession and being on tour, and the things he cares about. He also talks about the expectations that others have of him as a professional athlete and role model. I know that not as many people are as familiar with how professional surfing works so I wanted to share this piece. Just watch the first minute or two.
What are you grateful for today?