An inquisitive Beyonce once asked ‘Who run the world?’, not sure why she asked when she knew the answer – girls! Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) and Google made a pretty cool doodle especially for the day! The United Nation’s established IWD on 8th March 1975, but the fight for women’s rights goes back much further. German socialist Clara Zetkin along with 100 other others organised the first celebration of it’s sort in 1911. When it first began women were demanding the right to vote which finally happened in the UK in 1918. It seems crazy now in 2016 that this was something women had to fight for! It also makes you put your woes into perspective.
Don’t worry, I am not going to get all serious on you! But with today being IWD and after attending an event this evening where I listened to women in my industry (advertising) talk about their jobs, I have finished up this grey Tuesday feeling empowered! When I think about my own career it has been women that have helped me along the way. From my first bobby dazzler of a boss, who took me under her wing for 3 years and taught me everything she knows. All the way to a point where I was ready to fly the nest to my next role. Where again I have a awesome she-woman of a boss to teach me more. It got me to thinking about what IWD means to my 70 day shred.
When I used to go to the gym I never used the weights area, because that was where the men folk flexed their muscles. But when I went to the gym recently I wasn’t phased by that, these guns aint going to build themselves! And why is that when someone can’t throw a ball we hear ‘you throw like a girl’, because throwing like a man is a compliment? I have been going to Beachfit bootcamp classes for a few years now and it has always been predominantly women. Yes you get the odd man who turns up at Insanity thinking ‘this will be easy’ when they eye up a room full of ladies. They go full pelt and barely make it past round 1 and then almost never come back. In fact of all the monthly members that go, I can quite confidently say not one of them is a man. But that makes no difference. Everyone of us kicks ass during those 50 minutes.
I also thought about all of the people who have inspired my shred and the stories on my blog so far and guess what….all women! From my Gran Begbie (even though her knickerbockerglories and digestives with inches of butter may have contributed to my weight gain) who went with me age 16 to Weight Watchers. I will never forget the shocked look on her face when she gained 6lbs in a week and looked shocked ‘Gran, did you eat something bad?’ To my auntie who text me tonight to say she had seen a M&S chicken courgetti meal and picked it up for my dinner if I wanted it (she’s awesome). To my friend who brings me sweet potato based gifts instead of wine and chocolate. To my amazing Mum who found out I couldn’t afford to buy my 10lb target treat and bought it for me (she’s my overarching hero in life just FYI).
To my shred buddy who is keeping me on track. To mother in law who reads everyday and sends her good wishes (guess who doesn’t ready every day, husband…see, men suck). To my ultimate shred hero, Sarah! She endured days of questions when introducing me to Paleo ‘can I have sour cream’, ‘can I eat peas’, ‘cavemen drank Irn Bru right?’ She can shift tin better than most men, she buys awesome Lululemon leggings and tells me to sort my shit out and get to class. But most importantly she gets my ass to grass in those squats!
One of the lovely ladies at the talk tonight said you should be the most awesome version of yourself, so that is what I am doing. And while I am not suggesting that shredding a bit of weight and getting healthy is going to change my life, it will hopefully bring a bit of awesomeness to it. It is already boosting my self confidence and that can’t be a bad thing. So my friends, today a bit of shredding….tomorrow the world!
Other things that make me feel empowered:
- Showing my teeny tiny guns off
- Cool Runnings- I see pride, I see power, I see a badass mother who won’t take no crap off of nobody
- Bette Middler singing You don’t own me (my sisters don’t like it when I sing this with my eyes shut while driving)
- Gillian ‘shred yourself’ Michaels
- When Radio 1 play the T in the park ad each year (Scottish is cheering 3-0 up, and even louder 3-0 down)
- When I win anything (I come from a very competitive family)
- When I realise I am enough. You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter and make it a better version of a turd!
Day 30: Shred Log
Breakfast – Banana Nut Porridge
Stocked up on coconut milk and nuts yesterday so I soaked the nuts over night and blasted this up quickly before work. I then heated up quickly in the microwave at work.
Lunch – Thai soup & leftover stir-fry
My sister made a big batch of Thai butternut squash soup at the weekend and kindly brought me a few portions for the freezer. As the portion was tiny (I don’t know what she was thinking) I also had a tiny bit of stir-fry leftover from last night.
Dinner – Spaghetti Bolognese (minus the spaghetti) and broccoli
I made this very quickly on Sunday night and I was very glad that I did. I got in late from a work event tonight so I was VERY please to only have to boil up some broccoli and reheat the Bolognese.
Drinks & snacks – Bootea, approx 3 litres of water and a orange
Exercise – Saldy I had to give Piyo a miss tonight as I had something on after work but I did do today’s Lent challenge which was 3 x 1 min planks
Today’s top tip – Always know that you are enough, just as you are!