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Love your body

As I was browsing through Facebook today I came across a question that said “do you love your body?”   It made me think about what I feel about my body.  My body and I are going through some changes.  Almost a year ago I had weight loss surgery.  It was a difficult decision to make and it was and continues to be one of the most difficult yet rewarding things I have ever done.  I have seen and heard all of the arguments about surgery being an easy way out or a quick fix but that is one of the biggest lies every told.  If anyone every wonders how easy it is I welcome them to watch my 600 lb. life.

My 600lb life

While not everyone is 600 lbs. and up, obesity in this country is a reality for far too many people.  So while I was never 600 pounds, this show can give those who don’t know the struggle or the journey a glimpse into what it is like to live with obesity and the process of having weight loss surgery which is an all too often long and tedious process.

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So back to the question at hand do I love my body?  The honest answer is that it is a struggle.  There are some days when I love my body, the curves, the scars, the imperfections and then there are days where it seems that every flaw is magnified.  I can honestly answer that I LIKE my body and each day I am growing closer to loving it.  This has been a long process.  There was once a time when I HATED my body.  I am happy that I can now say that 90% of the time the response is more positive than negative.

What about you?  How do you feel about your body?  Do you like it, love it or loathe it?

Crazy for Cone

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Summer in Chicago is fast approaching.  With that being said there is always something to do or some festival going on in the city.  It is also the time to indulge the outdoor seating at your favorite restaurant and find a way to cool off to beat the summer heat.  While there are many new places that are popping up one place you should definitely put on your to-do list is Cone Cone is located in the West Loop and the best part about Cone is that it is open year round and you can go there at any time.

Anyone that knows me knows that I love ice cream almost as much as I love the color pink.  So recently when me and a friend decided to go out for some ice cream, I checked to see if there were any ice cream parlors in the area.  Not to throw shade at Baskin Robbins or Cold Stone, but sometimes you just need a nice fancy ice cream parlor.  Imagine my surprise when I Googled and found Cone, located in Chicago’s West Loop area.

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Cone definitely did not disappoint.  A nice ice cream parlor with both inside and outside seating, Cone was definitely what the doctor ordered on that rainy Saturday evening.  Cone offers a variety of flavors, some traditional, they had butter pecan, and some not traditional, like the flavor Netflix and Chill.  No matter what your palate for ice cream calls for, Cone is definitely a treat.

I cannot wait until the Chicago summer comes when I can sit out on their outdoor patio and enjoy the ice cream and a gently breeze.  On this trip I indulged in the Not Your Mama’s Brownie Batter and Butter Pecan in a sundae.  I had to take most of the sundae home and enjoy it the next day and it was just as good on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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Cone offers space that can be rented out to host parties as well as an ample outdoor section.  The next time you are in the mood for ice cream and you do not want just the basic 31 flavors or the mixins from Cold Stone I would recommend that you definitely put Cone on the top of your list.  Located at 1047 W. Madison in Chicago, Cone is my new go to for ice cream in Chicago.

Be Blessed!  Be Fabulous!

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