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Monday, February 20, 2012

I will admit that I am the queen of procrastination (not the president as I'd never get around to running for office). I am also excessively good at coming up with excuses for why I'm not doing things that I should be. All of this leads to my current exercise status; I had been going on the occasional walk but not much else. When I was doing very well on my exercise journey i was going to a water fitness class a couple of times a week. I enjoyed it & it was a lot of good exercise (got in some strength training as well). At this point my schedule no longer allows for the class. I responded to this setback by... whining a lot & ignoring strength training. My CB & diet motivator explained to me that this was not the best tactic to take. She recommended that I wake up a little early & squeeze in at least 15 min of Spark strength training exercises. There are several that don't require any equipment other than a piece of floor. These aren't the most hard core exercises but my core at the moment makes pudding look like steel. I've now managed one week of morning strength every other day. I do actually feel some soreness in my muscles (in a good way). I'm considering adding stretches to the other days (not quite yoga ; but I'd like to work in that direction).

Lesson learned? Stop making excuses & make the time to do a little strength training! 15 min less of sleep won't kill you; but it can begin your day in the right mind & body set.

Disclaimer: the comma key on my keyboard isn't working so I'm misusing the semi colon. emoticon

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KATRINASVANS 2/20/2012 5:59PM

    If only procrastinating burned calories...

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Must read Bossypants

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I don't know too much about Tina Fey. I know she's on SNL but as I have no satellite or cable & my TV is devoted to children's shows for the most part, this doesn't mean much. I had heard of her book Bossypants but hadn't read it or even planned too. Then today I was looking for photos of Christina Hendricks (long story) & I found some quotes from this book. Now I have to read it!~

Enjoy these quotes & check out the book!

“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”
― Tina Fey, Bossypants

“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.”
― Tina Fey, Bossypants

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ARDUINNA 2/20/2012 2:39PM

    I've now read the entire book & I highly recommend it. Sometimes serious; sometimes silly; always entertaining!

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SASSY4U 2/16/2012 8:18AM

    Loved this!!! I shared it with all my friends. Thanks for the smile this morning. emoticon

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KATRINASVANS 1/20/2012 5:47PM

    Ha! I love Tina Fey. 30 Rock is my religion. The quotes ring so true. I have a J Lo butt, it hasn't done anything for my self esteem.

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MISSRUTH 1/20/2012 6:31AM

    Thank you for sharing! I don't live under a rock, but I didn't know Tina Fey had even written a book-- it sounds like it would be a really good read though!!

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MKPRINCESS007 1/19/2012 8:51PM

    I need to read this now! I think Tina Fey, from the occasions I have had to see her plus reading the quotes here, might be a total genius!

Thanks for sharing!


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Diet article on

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I was pissing away time on the computer this morning following link after link when I came across this article. It's about 8 people who sabotage your efforts to get healthy. Check out the whole article using the link but here's the summary:

#8. People Who Think They Are Doctors
If you can't tune these people out, it can really take the wind out of your sails when you're starting out on a simple diet and exercise regimen and don't see much progress at first (which is normal), and start to doubt if you're on the right track. With people spouting specialized theories at you about how weight loss "really" works, and why what you're doing is never going to work, it's pretty easy to just stop going to the gym the first day you feel tired.

#7. People Who Are Cartoonishly Supportive About Body Image
This happens the most when someone is just slightly overweight, like by 25 pounds or so, because that segment of the population -- slightly overweight women -- is the one we think needs the most coddling in terms of self-esteem, the most prone to spiraling into self-hate and anorexia at the slightest provocation. For some people, body image is a very sensitive thing, and a lot of tact is needed, but many people are actually capable of talking about being overweight as a matter-of-fact problem, like if their roof was leaking or their car broke down.

#6. People Who Take Food Too Personally
So if you're on a diet, or you have food allergies, or you're a vegan, and you have to turn down a slice of someone's birthday cake, some people can take it as some kind of personal statement against them. Even worse are the birthday police, where it's not even their birthday, but they feel obligated to get offended on behalf of the birthday person and sometimes jokingly pressure you with, "Oh come on, it's Eric's birthday. He only has a birthday once a year."
The problem is that the 40 people in your department at work might have birthdays up to 40 times a year, and 40 days of cake (plus holidays and anniversaries and weddings and cruises) can really do some damage to a diet. And if I eat Eric's cake but not Jane's cake, that's going to send even more of an unintended social message.

#5. People Who Never Think It's Good Enough
Pretty much nobody outside of movies ever switches lifestyles overnight, suddenly cutting fat from their diet, exercising five times a week, quitting video games and TV, swapping pasta for quinoa and steak for tofu. Almost everyone who's successfully turned their weight around started out with one "useless" change, like exercising once a week or subbing water for soda. (I put "useless" in quotes because dropping one extra large soda can save you 500 calories just like that.)
Losing weight after being fat for a long time seems like a monumentally impossible task, like climbing Mt. Everest, or in some cases, a flight of stairs. Either way, going from the way you are to being a "normal" weight can sometimes seem like a ridiculous fantasy. That's why when you succeed with changing one tiny habit, it can change your whole perspective. It's not this monstrous solid mountain you have to overcome, it's just a big pile of stones, and you just easily picked one up and moved it. It's not about heaving the whole thing aside with some supernatural effort, it's just about moving one stone at a time. And the first one wasn't so bad, so you're stoked to grab a couple more.

#4. Overly Spontaneous People
Sticking to an exercise/diet routine depends a lot on planning and routine. Some plans have a once-a-week splurge worked in, maybe a Pig-out Friday to let the pressure out, so you can get back to the grind on Saturday. If you're taking exercise classes -- martial arts, boot camp, yoga, pole dancing -- you might only be able to go certain days of the week.
Once in a while, spontaneity is great, but too many free spirits, helpful parents and poor planners in your life can add up to four pig-out nights a week, a month of missing kung fu classes and a completely sabotaged diet.

#3. Family Members Who Are Not On A Diet
If you cook at home, it's not really practical to make separate dishes for each person, so in reality, you pretty much get to go vegetarian with your spouse or your spouse doesn't go vegetarian. Even if you're just cutting fat, you can't cut the heavy cream out of just your bowl of clam chowder and not the rest of the pot. (Note: If you can think of a way to do this, please let me know.)
It's not completely impossible to switch to a healthy diet without your family taking one for the team and sacrificing some delicious foods from their diet, but being able to do it usually takes some convoluted planning or just black magic.

#2. People Who Make Fun Of Your Stupid Exercise Routine
But if your friend is a perennial couch potato who's finally found the motivation to exercise through country line dancing aerobics, after failing to stick with jogging, walking, MMA and any other cool-people-acceptable exercises, you might want to think twice about whether you might be sabotaging his last chance to not die early of heart disease.

#1. Delicious People
Problems arise with Umbrella Corporation's new diet drug;)

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MKPRINCESS007 1/19/2012 8:56PM

    What an awesome article..........unique perspective on some overly debated or discussed topics to be sure.


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KATRINASVANS 11/16/2011 5:47PM

    You know, zombies in movies are always skinny, but the flesh of most modern Americans is probably quite fatty, since we pretty much eat the same diet as beef cattle. That's Hollywood for you, even the undead set an unrealistic body image (and don't even get me started on vampires).

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ARDUINNA 11/16/2011 1:41PM

    This was a comment left about this article. I thought it was great.

People who have problems with food hear that it's all about getting a bit of self control _so_ often, when in fact self control is usually what caused their problems in the first place. Here's a truth that you don't often hear nowadays: When you have a healthy relationship to food and eating, self control is not needed. At all. If you think that food and self control belong together, then that relationship is already wonky.

This is why people who have never had problems with food are so baffled by people who have problems, I think, and vice versa. Everybody thinks that there's one game here, everyone's playing, and "normal" people are just better at playing it than overweight or eating-disordered people. In fact there isn't a one game everyone's playing; the two different groups aren't even in the same freaking park. One group is playing a grueling game of baseball, where everyone is constantly pushed to their limit, under scrutiny, and if you don't win enough points it means you're a failure as a human being. The other group, on the other hand, are killing time in a nearby park, playing with their dogs and kids, and generally relaxing. People in the first group can't understand how the other people in the other park can talk about it like it's the easiest thing in the world and not the constant source of anxiety that it is, while in the playing-park there is much bafflement as to how one can even count points or why anyone would.

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Curvy Magazine

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

As I was pissing away time time at the computer I found Curvy magazine. I'm enjoying many of their articles, though as always I'm confused by some of the people who come on to comment. If plus size people offend you, why go on the site in the first place? Are you such an insecure person that you need to go on to sites to try and belittle people??

They did an interview with a make-up artist who does YouTube instructional' videos & I felt that what she had to say about her weight loss was interesting.

"First, set REALISTIC goals for yourself: they have to be realistic!...
Then, do 1 step at a time: start by just giving up sodas for water or by cutting back on sugars. The key is to just cut 1 thing at a time so it doesn’t feel like you’re depriving yourself. Then don’t tell yourself “I’m giving up _____”, but say “I’m trading candy for fruit salad” or “I’m trading Pepsi for Diet Ice Teas”- you have to find healthy substitutes for what you eat now that still taste good to you.
It’s all about making YOUR health a priority. All your other plans can wait, your top priority is YOU and your health. You have to come first."

For the full article go to the link.

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ARDUINNA 9/11/2011 11:19AM

    Want to trade my huge belly & double chin for defined abs & a swan like neck ;) emoticon

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KATRINASVANS 9/9/2011 3:52PM

    I'd like to trade my a%& for a smaller one please.

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ARDUINNA 9/7/2011 8:13PM

    I'm going to try the "I'm trading ___ for ___" instead of I'm giving up ___ to see if it helps.

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Free Exercise

Monday, August 01, 2011

Free exercise for those who have nice weather or just want to get out of the house: find different neighborhoods, parks, wildlife areas, beaches, or even malls (if people watching/AC are your things) & WALK. Studies have show it can be just as good as running/jogging as a form of exercise (less calories burned in short term, but much better for joints or those starting to get in shape again). It is free! If you have stress, this is a great reliever & getting out & about can help with depression or just the "life is overwhelming" blahs.

Anyone have a fav place to walk?

I live in San Diego where we enjoy nice weather all year, I'm very lucky. I'm also lucky in that San Diego has tons of green belts scattered through out the city which have walking trails. The beach provides good exercise & many beaches have trails around/near them. I find that when I am feeling blue, exploring a new neighborhood can perk me up. Sunday, the fam & I went walking near Seaport Village. As the name implies, it's right on the water & in connection with some parks, has miles of waterside "trails" suitable for walking, biking, skating, etc. We discovered an outdoor theatre used by the San Diego Symphony for outdoor summer concerts. We're going to have to make a point of taking a walk near there during concerts ;) We also discoverd the stories of stairs on the back of the convention center. Forget a stairclimber at a gym, you can get a great workout going up & down these a couple of times!

Helpful(?) hints:
make sure you are wearing good shoes for walking. You don't need expensive walking shoes, but do make sure they have good support.
Make sure you take water with you are at least take advantage of water fountains. Avoid Gatorade, Powerade & the like, unless you are doing an extreme work-out causing buckets of sweat to pour off of you, you don't need the extra electrolytes. Sports drinks are bad for your teeth (up there with soda) & give you needless additives & calories.
Don't forget sunscreen. Put it on 15-20 min before going out if possible. Don't neglect the sunscreen just because you don't burn or have darker skin, you can still get sun damage!
I prefer to walk in the morning or evening when it is cooler & the sun less harsh. This is a personal preferance, though I have read that the sun does more damage between 12pm & 3pm. I just don't like being out in the heat.
Anyone else have a favorite free exercise?

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KATRINASVANS 9/9/2011 3:51PM

    stretching in front of the TV

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DEE0973 8/2/2011 9:56AM

    way to go. I enjoy Taebo and playing tennis with my hubby

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NEW_ME_FOREVER 8/2/2011 9:47AM

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ARDUINNA 8/1/2011 8:34PM

    Photo is of my "Stairmaster", he chases me up & down stairs ;)

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