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Wait, what workout?

May 19, 2011

Dear Janie,

You have just spent the past hour debating whether to work out or not.

Don’t.  I’m going to give it to you straight and simple: you are tired.

It’s okay to go to bed right now…even though its only 8:00.

It’s okay to not work out for the second day in a row because yesterday you chose to go shopping instead and today you chose to get a much needed haircut.  Your hair looks awesome.  It was worth skipping your workout.

It’s okay that you indulged in your boss’s birthday snacks at the office.  The Boston Creme Cake was heavenly, the beef chili cheese dip was delicious, and those peanut butter bars were perfect.  Stop trying to make excuses.

It’s okay that this weekend is graduation and your legs might not be super tight and toned underneath your dress.  That’s why they made those black gowns so flowy.

I know you want to look like one of those women on the cover of Women’s Health or inside Glamour’s fashion spread.  You want to “Get Your Beach Body Now” and “Slim down in 20 Minutes” and “Cut those Carbs!”  You want to be that girl who blogs about the raw carrot lunch she ate or the 6 miles she ran in 45 minutes.  Don’t worry, you can be that girl tomorrow.

Tonight, listen to your body.  It wants to sleep.  Wrap yourself in your blanket, turn off your light, and hug those curves that probably won’t ever disappear.  Remember what your aunt used to do when she felt unsatisfied with her body?  She would look down at her thighs and say, “It’s okay that you’re chubby.  Thank you for being strong and healthy.  Without you I wouldn’t be able to dance or run or jump or climb mountains.”

Tomorrow you can hit that treadmill and pump that iron and crunch those abs til your little heart’s content.  Until then, get some sleep, love those jiggly bits, and savor in the fact that raw carrots will never be a meal for you.

Good night.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauren permalink
    May 19, 2011 9:45 pm

    Can I get a “HELLLL YEAH!”?

  2. May 20, 2011 9:01 am

    Like. 🙂

    And congrats on your graduation this weekend!

  3. danny permalink
    May 27, 2011 8:16 am

    Girl Power!

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