Sunday, November 10, 2013

Traditionally Built

* Excerpt from Alexander McCall Smith's novel
The Miracle At Speedy Motors



"Mma Ramotswe had never been able to understand that, and considered it one of the very worst features of modern society that people should be ashamed to be of traditional build, cultivating instead a look that was bony and positively uncomfortable.  Everybody knows, she thought, that we have a skeleton underneath our skin; there's no reason to show it." * 

"All women knew that traditional build was something that could happen to anyone, and would not abuse another for it."  *






This is book 9 in a series of many.  If you've never had the pleasure of reading a book from the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series let me introduce to you Mma Ramotswe.  Precious Ramotswe is a remarkable woman - resourceful, amusing and intelligent.  She is also traditionally built, which means overweight.  

The above quote resonated with me.  It's simplicity makes a powerful statement.  As a society we value looks and body image over mind and soul.  It's a distressing thought and one that I have bought into.  I'm sure most folks have, as it's thrust in our faces 24/7.  

So how do we make peace with our traditionally built bodies while embracing the idea of less is more?  I know there is a happy medium that we can all achieve.

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Clean Eating

New recipes to try this week.








The last few weeks I'd tried to eliminate most carbs only to realize I can't and don't want to live without them.  The above two recipes use carbs, although natural and clean.

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Workouts

So the cyst on my knee is actually a rare non-cancerous tumor.  I am scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday to find out where the tumor begins and ends.  Surgery is in my future.  At this point I only want the tumor excised so that I can get back to doing the simple things I have taken for granted;  walking any distance, bending, kneeling.  I never realized how much the knee joint is used in every day activities.

Upper body workouts only.

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Total weight lost ~ 9 lbs ~ down 1 lb from last week



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