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Push-up goal!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I didn't make 150lbs by the 1st of this month, but I did just complete a single set of 60 push-ups! I really want to be able to do 100 push-ups in a set by my birthday next year so I am well on my way. Now I just have to be satisfied with not seeing much improvement for long stretches over the next year.


Should I Include Juggling As Exercise Minutes?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I juggle about an hour a day. This supposedly burns about 214 calories an hour. Roughly equivalent to light yoga or a casual walk. Does this count as exercise? It certainly isn't like running, but it is a lot different than the calories burned reading a book too.

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EINSTEINFAN 7/29/2012 4:24AM

    I do have an old video of me juggling clubs on here. I am not good with clubs but I am a little better with them now than in the video. I have been expending a lot of time lately trying to get 5 balls down.

I like that everyone is supporting it as exercise! These means I am a lot more active than I thought. Christer, I actually started juggling as a way to relieve some of the stress of grad school and you are right. It is hard to think of anything else when doing it. Something similar to meditation I would imagine.

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K_CHRISTER 7/28/2012 11:57PM

    It would count in my book, I am also sure it would clean the head!

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TANNUBYKY 7/28/2012 1:06PM

    Okay, too cool that you juggle :) I agree with KMSIMMONS1 I think you need to post a video blog and show off your skills!!! (I juggle too but only 3 at a time!) not sure about counting it as exercise, but I don't see why not!
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KMSIMMONS1 7/28/2012 11:56AM

  It would count in MY book! You should post a video of your juggling - I would love to see it. I would love to learn how. Keep up the good work!

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Weight Loss as a Political Statement

Monday, July 23, 2012

Last winter I read "The Hunger Games" and was struck by how well it portrayed the current split in resource allocation in the world. Regardless of whether you like the book(s), it spoke to me as a member of the West. I was fat, and still have a few more pounds to lose, while millions upon millions of people are starving or underfed. Considering that I have labeled myself an extremely socially conscious person, I felt terribly hypocritical.

I understand that my eating less doesn't put food in people's mouths around the world. Mostly, it is symbolic. Resisting the pull of food in the West, for me, is refusal to take part in a system that works for a few while the majority suffer. It has the added benefit of being good for my health and providing an incentive I previously lacked. This added incentive has helped me get to a weight that I haven't seen since middle school.

I write this not to talk about my own successes at weight loss, but to start a discussion on a powerful motivational tool that might be overlooked by many. Acknowledging that what we eat and in what amounts have global implications helps place weight troubles into a conflict that is more than about calories and exercise.

There is an argument that the only person you should lose weight for is yourself. I always found myself eventually not giving a damn if I was fat. Taking the power away from me to blow off my diet so easily has made it stick longer than it ever had in the past.

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TANNUBYKY 7/27/2012 12:22PM

    Your blog made me think how strange it is that as a kid I was encouraged to eat MORE because there are people who don't have enough in other countries. It didn't make any sense to me then or now actually. (Thankfully that was my babysitter and not my parents so eating more than I was hungry for didn't fully become a habit until I was older.) I like your view on it much better... and I can understand how not taking part in the system can be motivational. I think i'll hang onto this idea for when I need that extra incentive XD emoticon and emoticon

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CROWLEY123 7/23/2012 10:05PM

    I admire your purpose and having a point to your eating, or not eating, habits.
Good for you!

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Featured Motivator

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I don't look at the sparkpage of the featured motivator all that often. Maybe once a week I will take a look and read what that person has to say and did. I say this to admit that my sampling size is small. With that said, I have found a lot of the motivating people are in a similar position.

There seems to be a common thread of losing a large amount of weight a few years ago with months or years between blog posts and then more recent posts talking about gaining back much of the lost weight since the person was last on Sparkpeople. We all know that this is a common occurrence, but to see the regression by people who had seen so much success losing weight the "right" way falling into the same traps as those who lost it by fad dieting, pills or surgery is humbling.

I am writing about this not to point out the failure of others, but as a reminder of what lies ahead. In a previous post, I wrote about this being a journey and not a race and this is a great example. Many of the motivators I have seen gain back a lot of the weight before they come back to the site, but I haven't seen one that said they were at the same weight as when they first started the Spark. These people show that there are going to be bumps in the road, but that they have developed the skills to deal with these issues.

My hope is that over time I can allow for myself to make mistakes and to gain weight but never allow a regression back to the person I was before I started. Each regression teaches us something if we allow it. Eventually, a five pound gain may be all it takes to realize that something in my life needs adjustment. I think these motivators show this journey well. The trick now is to learn their lessons so I do not have to teach myself as so often happens.

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EINSTEINFAN 7/5/2012 5:25PM

    Thanks for the comment. I have battled with my weight for around 20 years now. I had a high school health teacher that once said it takes as long to lose the weight as it did to gain it. I am starting to worry that he might have meant something a little different than I had thought when he said it.

It seems clear that a massive shift in philosophy will be the only way to make the change stick. Maybe, once I have been at a healthy weight for as long as I have been fat I will finally know that I have beaten this.

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CROWLEY123 7/5/2012 6:35AM

    I think You have hit the proverbial nail on the head; so many of us have that very same hopes and fears. I know for certain that I do.

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Sensa Advertisement is Irritating Me

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Every time I log into Sparkpeople.com I see an ad for Sensa. It starts out with a figure of a male that is very over weight and slowly transforms into a body builder holding a football. If you are reading this blog, you have seen it. The problem I have with it, and many fitness advertisements, is that Sensa will never do what this ad shows.

No matter how long I take Sensa I will never look like the guy on the ad. That guy most likely never took Sensa either. That man's body required years of extremely hard work, a precise diet, and many drugs regardless of their legality. It is not that this body is unattainable, but Sensa will not get you there. In fact, for most men, nothing will get you there.

Recently, there was talk about suing Apple over the SIRI app because the app can't do everything the advertisements show it doing. I am not saying Sensa should be sued, but this ad is as misleading as SIRI even if there is a general understanding of the drugs limitations.

Mostly, my problem with the ad is that it supports an ideal of the male image that is extreme. Healthy males don't look like that guy. However, young men especially look to these photos as a representation of an ideal. An ideal that will leave nearly all of them wanting. This has been discussed a lot in relation to female models and the image that leaves with young girls but the male version is no less damaging. Sensa should be mindful of this fact.


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