Friday Round-Up: Words Matter

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I don’t like to run in the evenings. I can go to the gym and lift at night, but not run. My energy is usually low, my body is tired, and I’m typically starving by the time 5 or 6 o’clock rolls around. And I can’t really run after I eat all of the food.

But last night, I was itching to run. My mind has been pretty scattered lately and my body has been creaky and achy and stiff. I haven’t been running much recently but I needed to move. I hoped that by doing so, everything would click back into place. Plus, it was a beautiful evening.

I needed that run, largely because I needed to get out of my own head. Oftentimes when I run, I stop thinking aka over-thinking and obsessing about the things that I have no control over or sulking in some bad mood. I just move.

I came home feeling lighter than I have all week. Do you have runs like that?


Here’s this week’s Friday Round-Up – some of the best posts that I’ve read this week. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did.

What We Say to Girls* Matters [New study shows what telling a girl she’s “fat” really does]
Wow. There’s so much in this post from Charlotte about the power of words, body image and fat shaming. It amazes me that we continue to come back to equating our self worth with our body image. I know that I continue to do this, no matter how much progress I make in my own life, it feels like this primal reflex that kicks in.

As Charlotte says, words matter. “And we’re using our words to talk about the wrong things. We have celebrities talking about ‘eating air.’ We have women using diet talk as the way they bond with each other. We have people telling little girls they are fat in an effort to ‘help’ them. Instead, I wish we would use our words to tell our bodies thank you.” <– YES.

So, About Writing
It’s no secret that I adore Galit’s writing. In this post, Galit shares a bit about how she comes up with those brilliant words. I love pulling back the curtains and getting a sneak peak into some of my favorite writers and their process. I think it’s because I wish that I had a process. Do you have a writing process?

A Eulogy for Twitter
There’s been a lot of murmurings about how Twitter has changed, that it’s full of noise, that people aren’t engaging in the same way. I know for myself, I don’t hang out on Twitter as much as I used to. It’s partly my own fault (I’m not very good at organizing my followers into lists to help me keep track of things). Just as the blogging world has changed, it’s inevitable that social media platforms evolve and change too. What do you think?

From the Coach: 10 Life Lessons from Running
Debbie is preparing for her 14th season coaching high school cross country. Here, she shares 10 life lessons that high school students will learn from running. I wish that I had learned these lessons at an earlier age. I’m still learning them now.

STOP making excuses and START achieving your goals
To be quite honest with you, I’ve been feeling stuck lately. I’ve been having trouble staying motivated and moving towards my goals. Mostly, I just want to sit around and read a book. Carla’s post was a good kick in the pants and helped me acknowledge the fact that yes, I am making excuses for not doing the work. I love her pointers on how to move forward.

Speaking of Carla, I’m over at her place today sharing a bit about how I started to find my voice. I would love for you to come and visit!


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  1. says

    I’m not an afternoon runner either, but I understand what you mean about runs that clear your head and leave you feeling lighter. They are pretty rare, but oh, so wonderful.

    I always love your Friday Favorites because you choose a few of the most thoughtful and interesting posts of the week. I am honored that you chose one of my posts to share this week.

    Now to check out Charlotte’s post. :-)
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  2. says

    I need to have runs like that! So very much up in my head right now. I don’t run but am thinking of ts tarting just for the mind cleaning of it all.

    Can’t wait to to read these posts! Galit’s was so lovely wasn’t it?
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    • says

      I LOVED Galit’s post. I love peeking into everyone’s process. I think that’s one reason why I run/exercise because it gets me out of my own head. Sometimes I think through things during that time. Other times, I don’t think at all and that’s kind of freeing.
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  3. says

    I love those runs that leave you feeling amazing! As for being stuck, it’s a normal part of the process, right? We can’t be going forward all. the. time. But it’s also important to recognize when we’re letting ourselves hang out there and make excuses longer than we need to be. However, I don’t see that being a problem for you. Let yourself relax and read, and you’ll soon be back at it!
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  4. says

    If I were a runner, I would love evening. Although that’s when we take Athena to the dog park because we wait for Cassidy to come home and I love that golden hour around 6-7. With my camera and with the weather. So I suppose that I do exercise in the evenings. Then I have dinner later.
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  5. says

    I used to run more in the evening, but I am definitely a morning runner now or 9-10 am would be ideal if I didn’t have to work. Evenings can be good sometimes, especially when you really NEED to run things off.

  6. says

    I love this! I totally agree words matter, but I don’t think we should limit this to girls or women. I have an acquaintance that calls her young son chubby, fatty, rolls, chubbs, etc…more than she uses his real name and it bothers me a ton. While there is obviously more studies linking ED’s and emotion instability to women, I am sure there are plenty of men and boys that suffer the same but are expected to deal with it because of the social roles placed on males.
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  7. says

    Even as a sophomore blogger, I felt the shift last year in how people interacted with me on my blog. It actually was a good lesson learned for how I will manage my business blog until I can hire someone to manage it for me (isn’t that crazy that I, a blogger, will have to hire someone to manage my business blog? crazy but necessary….) As always, a great roundup Christine, even when I don’t comment, I always take a peek at what you are talking about on Fridays. xo
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  8. says

    Lots of good stuff to read! I am there with you in that I mostly do not like to run in the evening, but sometimes it is just what you need! I loved your posts here….interesting to think about Twitter. people are always going to try and be ahead of the curve and say something has changed. I think twitter is doing well and will continue to do so for a while!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
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  9. says

    Sadly, I agree with you about Twitter. Too many people have become slaves to brands. It’s like one big commercial. I can barely filter through and find good conversation anymore.

    As for running, I can bust out a good run to the fridge for some snacks, but I’m damn good at speed rope. ((winks))
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  10. says

    I have read most of these & all great reads. Charlotte’s hit home cause I had so much happen to me in my youth that really affected my feelings about myself – in not such a good way. Very hard to come back from it – we can but inside your head, it is still there.

    As for Twitter – I just never was a fan. I know it is what brands like but for me, eh… I find myself wanting to move farther & farther away from some of this social media to be honest…
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  11. says

    I totally get the zen run thing! And there is something magical about running in the evenings:) Thank you so so much for including me on your list – I’m honored that you liked my post!

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