Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I borrowed the book "Making the Cut" from my friend and started reading it tonight. Before you start, you're supposed to take pictures and measurements and do this fitness test. If you don't score at least an average on all of the tests, it is recommended that you do another workout/diet first.
Here's the fitness test.
Three minutes doing step ups on a 12" step then check heart rate.
Rest four minutes.
Do as many pushups as you can in one minute.
Rest four minutes.
Do as many situps as you can in one minute.
Rest four minutes.
Do a wall sit for as long as possible.
Each exercise has a chart to tell you how you did for your age group and gender. Except the wall sit. 30 seconds is average, 60 seconds is good, 90 seconds is outstanding! I am shooting for spectacular on all of the tests. However, if I could actually achieve that, I wouldn't need the book, would I?
I'll let you know how I did! Whether you want to hear it or not! LOL!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Don't worry...I'm not going to ruin anything for you if you haven't seen it. Safe to read.
One thing that I noticed, and have noticed each season, is that there is a lot of "blaming" going on. Very few of the contestants, or potential contestants, took credit for their current state of unhealthiness. Poor relationships, bad experiences, genetics, whatever. All of those things can make it harder to make the healthy choices. But in the end, we are each responsible for what we put in our own mouth. I don't discount that many people have had some rough patches...or entire rough lives! But if you're going to change, you have to take responsibility for your own actions. The contestants who will be successful are the ones who will do just that.
And then there's the drama. Each city that BL visited, there was a challenge for potential contestants. Depending on where they were, it was either a one-mile race or first to 500 steps on a step. Both are extremely challenging for these contestants and for many folks who have weight to lose and/or have not been exercising. It's hard. It's a workout! But I don't agree with collapsing on the step or at the finish line. I'm not talking about the folks whose body gave out and could not finish the challenge due to physical limitations. That's gotta hurt...knowing your body failed you when you needed it most.
No, I'm talking about the folks who finished the race or the steps and then collapsed. It was hard, no doubt. But collapsing? Maybe I'm just a cynic, but that screamed "DRAMA" to me. 80% exhaustion, 20% pay-attention-to-me. This is my opinion and if I have offended someone, I apologize. And, having said this, I know that everyone of those people is going to work harder than I have ever worked and know pain like I have never known. I will watch them struggle. Some of them will annoy me. Some of them will make me cheer. Some of them will inspire me. And I hope they all get what they want to get out of their trip to the ranch.
Good luck to them all!!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I've discovered podcasts for my iPhone. I download whatever I feel like listening to and then listen at work. Helps drown out all the extra noise and nothing I download requires serious thought and concentration. If I miss something, I can back up the podcast and listen again. BTW...everything I download is free, because I'm too cheap to purchase any of it!
Jillian Michaels has a free podcast that she's been doing for awhile. I just found it and am listening to all of the back "issues" before listening to the most recent ones. I'm up to January of this year.
Anyway, one of her analogies that she uses over and over is the flat tire analogy. If you're driving on your journey (see where this is going?) and you get a flat tire, what do you do? Get out and slash the other three? NO! At least, I hope not! You get the tools you need, the people you need and you fix the flat tire. Then you can continue on the journey!
This analogy really hit home for me. I am one of those people who would decide that since I'm already out of calorie range for the day, I might as well eat whatever I wanted for the rest of the day since I had already "blown it." I was slashing the other three tires! Now, when I make less than stellar choices (I know, I'm shocked that I would do that too!), I remember that it is only one flat. No need to slash the tires. Or fire bomb the entire car! LOL!
So, SPark Friends. Fix the flat!!!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I checked out the book "You: The Owner's Manual" by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. It is very thick and I do not have the time (nor the desire) to read the whole thing. My plan was to read the book and figure out what happens inside your body when you eat healthy food and how that differs from when you eat less healthy food.
So far, the book is only covering the mechanics of what the body does, regardless of what you put in. Of course, I've only read about 10 pages. Even though the book is very well written and in language us everyman-non-doctors can read, I don't think I'm going to get the info I want from it. I'm planning to read the chapter on the intestines, the chapter listing the "You Diet" and the "You Workout" chapter. Then move on. If I learn anything worth passing on, I will.
However, a friend of mine has the book "Making the Cut" by Jillian Michaels. For those of you who don't know, Jillian is VERY much into organic food and no processed foods and no sugar and no chemicals. VERY into all of that. The book, Making the Cut, is a plan to get off those last 5 - 10 "vanity" pounds. My friend is going to let me borrow that book. I do not know if I will follow her program, but I think she will tell me some of those things I want to know. Like how much my body will rebel when I eat three Krispy Kreme donuts right after finishing off a Philly Cheese Steak Burger and large fries from Carl's Jr. (Yeah, I did that tonight.)
Maybe, once I am more informed, I will not do that to myself. Or maybe not. They did taste good! LOL! Oh, and just in case you're worried about me (as I know you ALL are...tee hee), I do not feel guilty about my little binge. I planned to make some unhealthy choices today. Maybe not THAT unhealthy, but what's done is done. My body already yelled at me. I'm done eating for the day and I will make MUCH better choices tomorrow (and the rest of the week). One flat tire will not make me slash the other three!
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