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by Coco Peate
To the lady who was throwing up her lunch in the bathroom stall next to me...
I could hear you, I knew what you were doing, and I cried a little for you. I wanted to knock on your stall and put my arm around you and tell you that you needed to stop. I wanted to tell you that you needed to love yourself enough to get past everything that brought you to this point. I know, however, that it’s not that easy. Moving past an eating disorder can seem impossible. I know the desperate feeling that eating even a very small amount of food can cause you. It can be so hard for people who haven’t been there to know what this is like.
I do hope and pray that one day soon someone will ask you what you need in order to get better. I hope that they listen, that they understand, and that they help you. Your honesty and courage and their compassion and love will help see you through. I know that being told that you need to eat, that it's what's on the inside that matters, that just "eating healthy counts" are not the words that help. I know you can't see how your already very small pants barely stayed on your tiny frame or how your arms were so thin that I wondered how long you have been struggling.
Perhaps this is new to you, or you have been doing this for so long that you can’t remember when it started. Please know that there is always a way out. It’s not easy, but know that it can get better. It starts with knowing your worth just as you are and deciding that you must love yourself. Once you can appreciate and value yourself, change can happen.
Thoughts on running and training for my 1st 1/2 marathon....
This morning proved to be awesome - I completed my 1st long trail run. It's a big accomplishment for me simply because at one point I could not even run 1 mile. After the birth of my 3rd child I started running and over time I could run longer and faster distances. It never fails that just as I am getting better, I find out I'm pregnant. I keep up with running as long as my pregnant body allows, but my body does not appreciate it - everything seems to ache, always - when I'm pregnant. Running makes this worse. And I always have to run near places with bathrooms, which is a whole other problem. Then, the baby arrives and everything is turned upside down around the house for a few months and running is not at the top of my to-do list. My baby is almost 7 months old and I have a decent handle on things around here so it's back to the running. The past few weeks I have been feeling pretty good about my running and I started to think about completing my 1st 1/2 marathon.
I had been thinking about it for some time, but I was scared. I have run a few 5ks and have done well in them, but long distances scare me. I have never run anything longer than 10 miles and I am not a fast runner. Anyway, I found out that a few moms from my children's school would be running a local and very popular 1/2 marathon on March 22. I know most of them and they very kindly have included me in their training for race day. This morning they had scheduled a 9 mile run, mostly on the trail that we will run that day. I have to be honest, while I have run that distance before, the thought of keeping up with others, perhaps the fear of being judged as a slow runner, and running a completely new course all freaked me out a bit.
Well, I ran it...it was hard...and I will do it again next week. Funny thing - I kept thinking that a rattle snake was going to cross my path or that a mountain lion was going to leap out at me from behind the brush. I took this picture when we reached the top of a steep hill...nice, huh?
I was reminded about 2 things on my run:
1. Comradery is awesome. On today's run, right around mile 5, I felt exhausted. The newness of running a long distance (for me) on a hard trail was beginning to take a toll. My feet hurt and I doubted I could run any longer. Then, I started to focus on my friend running in front of me. I just followed where her feet landed and kept ker pace. Later, when I couldn't run up the steep hill, another person in my group waited for me. I saw 3 other groups of women running the trail. The sense of "we are doing this together" was really nice.
2. Usually the best rewards require a lot of work, and it can be painful - physically and mentally. Yes, those of us who have been in labor can totally relate, right? I am not suggesting that we should all push our bodies to the point of exhaustion but the health goals that we set for ourselves often mean doing things we don't want to really do. Sometimes they hurt and that's ok.
I'm not training for a great finishing time, just for the ability to persevere and make it across that finish line with some friendly running partners. Looking forward to March 22nd race day!
Today, I totally was THAT lame mom in front of about 15 middle school kids. AND I am so happy about that!
It was the perfect afternoon for meeting a few friends at the park after school. Sorry friends who don't live in SoCal, we had pretty awesome weather this week. Anyway, I volunteered to drive over to the nearest Starbucks and get our sleep deprived bodies some caffeine. As I drove past the middle school located near the coffee shop, I cringed. Not because I don't like adolescents, but because I knew that there would be a LONG line at Starbucks. It's a thing around here, kids seem to flock to the nearest Starbucks after school!
Ok, so I park and go into the Starbucks and sure enough I'm #100 in line, well, ok #10, behind 9 middle schoolers. Behind me, a bunch of middle school boys. The funniest part was that I think every kid in there was taller than me! I didn't mind my place in line too much until the 3 boys behind me started talking. They were APPALLING! Ok, I know, boys "are like that" you may say...."Oh you must never get out" or "that's just what kids say these days," but honestly I was taken by surprise. I will spare you all the details, but basically they were joking abut RAPE! To both sexes!Read more...
At Vidacoco, we always talk about the importance of passing down traditions to our children. The Christmas season is a wonderful time to practice sharing the beautiful customs and memories that we remember from our childhood or to make new ones with our families and friends.
It seems like the past few weeks, Christmas traditions have often been a topic of discussion among my friends, at mommy and me classes, and it keeps coming across online and television. It’s especially nice to hear about the many ways that this season is celebrated in the homes of those that I know, often combining new and older traditions.
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Stocking Your Pantry for Quick Meals
I have created a list of food items that I keep on hand in my pantry, refrigerator, freezer, etc. I did this for a friend…