My Paintbrush and Why I Work Out (and Other Things)

My Paintbrush and Why I Work Out (and Other Things)

I’m just popping in really quick to share a few links. I’m working on a post for tomorrow answering a pretty deep reader question and I happened to come across two articles that are really relevant to it in very different ways.

Both were shared by friends of mine on Facebook that I met because of this blog, but that’s a whole other story.

The first is called Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece. Here’s an excerpt:

Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. Whether your paintbrush is a tall paintbrush or a thin paintbrush or a stocky paintbrush or a scratched up paintbrush is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that YOU HAVE A PAINTBRUSH which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life — where others can see it and be inspired and comforted by it.

LOVE this whole article. I’ve been quoted recently saying: My body is a product of my lifestyle. But there’s a second part to what I said that really connects to the metaphor of the paintbrush. What I said, or at least meant to say, was:

My body is a product of my lifestyle and I’m living the life I want, so why shouldn’t I be happy with it?

As someone who wasn’t living the life she wanted for so long because of how she felt about her body, this is success more than any number on a scale or the size of me jeans could ever be.

The second one that caught my attention was 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out. I agree with every single of the authors points but these 3 especially:

  • Fitness opens doors.  Being healthy and fit can help you see the world differently.  The planet looks different from a bike or a pair of skis than it does from a car or an airplane.  Out in the elements you have the time and space to notice details and meet people and remember smells and bugs and mud and rain and the feeling of warm sunshine on your face.  And those are the moments that make up your life.
  • Exercise is a lifestyle, not an event.  Being an active person isn’t about taking a class three times a week at the gym.  It’s about things like biking to the grocery store and parking your car in the back of the lot and walking instead of taking a cab and catching up with friends on a hiking trail instead of a bar stool.
  • Endorphins help you cope.  A good sweat session can clear the slate.  You will have days when nothing seems to go right…when you’re dizzy with frustration or crying in despair.

Like the author of that post, I never liked it when my instructors or trainers would try to motivate me by promising aesthetics. For the past 2 years (and the first time in my life) I’ve been going to a gym that focuses on fitness — period — and I LOVE it. I feel strong, capable, fit and energetic. Last week I walked carrying my 30-pound 3-year-old on my shoulders for about a mile. I race my kids, hike, wrestle and never miss an opportunity to be active with them. THAT is why fitness is important to me, looking good in a dress is awesome! Don’t get me wrong but keeping up with my kids trumps it any day.

This is already longer than I anticipated but, whatever, I’m still sharing 2 of my own posts.

Today, for lunch I made the weirdest salad ever!

Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad With Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint

I can’t quote myself again because that would be obnoxious BUT I will rephrase what I said in that recipe post: I would have never eaten those things together just a few years ago but now Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad With Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint sounds (and was) delish! It’s amazing how much my taste buds have changed over the years.

And finally, Jen and I posted about Uber on TheUnworldlyTravelers.


We can’t be the last people to learn about Uber, can we? Anyway, it was SUPER cool. Click here to see what I’m talking about.

OK, I’m off. I WILL go to bed early tonight. I WILL!


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