smaller by inches

Sometimes I think I'm entirely too sarcastic and caustic for positive thinking, but then I realize that being positive probably can't hurt anything.

I'm Laura - 22 years old and trying to stop digging my own grave.

You feel … just … slow. Weighted down. Too eggy and buttery. Kind of at a loss, but bread is not the answer. You need something for fortitude.
Your mother had an opinion about breakfast. You never skip it. Something of it is hot. It is calories and protein and rich rich love, a love you promise to feed to your own self when not with her.
You already know what to do, when you feel like that.
Porridge. Seek advice from the English, the Irish, and the Scots. The original fortitude.

Kippers and marmalade, laverbread fried in bacon fat, egg sandwiches and black pudding are all fine, upstanding stuff if you’re off on a long frosty walk, but less practical on a daily basis if, say, you spend your life pottering around the world wide web. Porridge, however, is the acceptable face of the traditional British breakfast – note I say British, neatly skirting around the fact that according to the Oxford Companion to Food, it descends from that “thoroughly English institution” the medieval pottage – being high in fibre and protein, proven to lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease (in its more austere guises anyway) and, that holy grail of modern living, “low GI”.
In other words, porridge takes a goodly while for the body to digest, which means it releases its energy more slowly, keeping you feeling fuller for longer. (This last property can also be blamed for the “porridge glow” many people experience when entering crowded public transport in the mornings.) According to the media (ie people like me) it’s also pretty fashionable, although I’m not sure David Cameron and Tim Henman are quite the arbiters of style Quaker Oats believes they are.
How To Cook Perfect Porridge from The UK’s Guardian

Healthy Carrot and Apple Muffins - Clean Eating Recipe
Recipe Link: southerninlaw.blogspot.com.au
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Here is my advice: if you’re trying to get fit or healthy or whatever for purely physical/appearance/attractiveness reasons - it is going to be super difficult to keep up with your goals. I’m not saying wanting to look good is wrong, because I would be lying if I said that I don’t want to feel confident when I look in the mirror. But I am also keenly aware that if I boil everything down to my appearance, especially fitness wise, then that isn’t going to keep me motivated in the long run. Other people might disagree with me, and that is fine, but I truly believe that if you want to stay determined and focused - then making those changes to better yourself overall (mentally, emotionally, and physically) is going to be far more effective than trying to get skinny so boys will think you’re hot.

This post has been triggered by the supposedly ~motivating images~ floating around on Tumblr, spewing shit like “train so he’ll think you’re hot” or “get skinny so he’s proud to be with you”. Ugh. No. 

So, yes train for a rocking hot bod. But do it for yourself. And do it because - along with making you look good - it also makes you stronger, faster, happier, healthier on the inside, gives you self-belief in your abilities, etc. They are also really important reasons.