Friday, June 01, 2012
The gym is a great place for people to go to help them achieve their goals. I will never ever ever fault, diss, or be negative in any way when talking about people attending the gym. But oh my some of the stuff I see there.
Cardio is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it help burn body fat but it help keep the heart healthy, yes, no heart no life. So more than once I have seen people on the eliptical machine in the most flimsy flip flops imagineable. There is no way that can be good for the feet. Isn't there usually a rule about closed toe shoes being required? I usually think to myself that I hope they have a good podiatrist.
Ahhh the treadmill. This wonderful piece of equipment that is supposed to simulate outdoor walking. If you increase the incline it simulates walking up hill (or incline). Now how many people do you see outside walking at a 15% incline straight up holding onto something for dear life so the don't fall backwards? Oh but I see it sooooo frequently at the gym, these people who belive that increasing the incline actually improves their workout...."oh oh look at me I can go 4 mph at 15% incline...woohoo", so what if they are standing up straight and holding onto the top of the machines control panel? seriously? I cannot even do 15% incline at 4mph, and I go hard, but I also use proper form.
Then there are the inconsiderate bastards..yes I did say that. These are those lazy guys who just walk away when done and leave their bars loaded. Today I saw the inverted leg press with 7 45lb plates on each side and no one who was using it. So what if I needed that machine? I don't want to unload almost all of the plates, I am strong enough but I shouldn't have too.
So I could go on but you all get the jist, right?
Sunday, May 27, 2012
So this is my vent of what I saw that pissed me off today.
At one of the larger local grocery stores where I shop, they, like all other large stores, have displays at the front of each check out line. Usually these are cold sodas, chips, magazines, and other little last minute inpulse buys. Well this store does have the candy display, but this one has big banners on the side of each one with the words, in large print, "KIDS CANDY".
Seriously?? So we all know that candy is unfortunately a fact of life, but does it really need to be pushed to kids?? The childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes rates are climbing at alarming rates, should there really be signs that tell kids that these are happy, yummy items designed for them? The contain sugar, high fructose corn syrup, multiple chemicals and artifical colors, some even contain trans-fats. So rally these are good choices for kids?
Well, so is corporate America so desperate for sales that they have to use this kind of marketing? Parents do technically control their kids diet, but kid pressure in the grocery store can be huge, so of course parents will give in. So shared responsibility, yeah kinda, but corporate america put the whole catalyist there to start with.
Friday, May 25, 2012
So I am still planning on competeing but I feel this is a great place to do my kind of "venting" entries. The more I think and see the more I think that big companies are trying to pull one over on us.
Todays issue that has pissed me off. Why are fast food places calling their menu items "sandwiches". Since as long as I can remember the big mac was a "burger" not a sandwich. Seriously, a sandwich was always something that was supposed to be healthier that you took to school for lunch. How did a big mac and a PB&J both end up being called a "sandwich". To me a sandwich was a ham and cheese on wheat, tuna on white, roast beef on rye, not a grilled meat patty on a bun. A burger can actually be made in a healthy way, do they call the big mac a sandwich because they can't or they refuse to make it healty, and they want all of us to think it is? I guess under this philosophy we should start calling all those cool "burger joints" of the 50's "sandwich joints".
Hmmmm....what do you all think?
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
So it is well known that most regular soda has high fructose corn syrup and that most diet sodas have aspartame. Both evil entities! So when I was in the store I saw that Pepsi had a new cola on the market. It stated (I think) "60% less sugar". I thought how cool they might actually be on the road to something a bit more healthy and less fatening. Then I read the label. This stuff has both high fructose corn syrup AND aspartame, so they basically just combined two evils into one product...Great
I really at this point just do not know what to say......
Thursday, February 09, 2012
So things went a bit crazy at home this AM and I left for the gym later than planned. Not a big deal, nothing major scheduled. On my way there I was thinking that maybe I could just take a day off, but I said to myself, no I need to go and do at least a little. Crazy as it sounds, once I got to the gym, jumped on the treadmill and started my warm up, my thoughts completely did a 180 flip. I did more weights than I had planned, did harder cardio than I planned and actually had to tell myself to stop because before even realizing it I was over 60 min of cardio. My diet was also better than normal (normal is really clean), with the exceprion of a little bit of dark chocolate. This evening I had a better gymnastics class than normal, doing a few things that I hadn't been able to hit for a month or so.
I guess what I am saying is that strangely enough, some of our most unmotivating starts become some of the best days......
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