Thursday, March 10, 2011
That used to describe me and my attraction to foods that I should have eaten less of, as well as my love affair with my couch, when I could have been active.
Now, I visualize something else…
Since mid December, I’ve been working out almost daily, sometimes 2 hours plus per day. Zumba (2+) times per week, Group Power (weight lifting/toning to music, 2 X per week), contact cardio kickboxing, yoga, walking, weigh lifting machines, dreadmill, recumbant bike… Whatever it takes, whenever I can.
And until the last two weeks, I hadn’t been losing weight. And I am truly okay with that. I even had to do something COMPLETELY CRAZY and eat MORE food. Some people call this a plateau, I call it storing power. I KNOW that I am losing inches, that I am feeling stronger, that my muscles are getting more defined. I KNOW that my fat is going away and being replaced by “fit”.
The way I picture it, fat cells are like lazy, stupid, slow moving moths. Just sitting there, hanging around with no purpose other than to make me unhealthy.
Muscles are like a bug zapper. My muscles before December, were just sitting there, unplugged, at a wattage that was too low to zap even the slowest of fat cells. Right now my muscles are gaining power, getting charged up and ready to start frying fat cells, left and right.
I can’t wait (weight?) till the end of our fitness challenge that I joined at my gym. (-3 lbs and 1 dress size in 4 weeks with 4 more weeks to go!)
When my body gets to the point where I have built my muscles up to “full charge”… Let the Fat Fry begin!!
Spark on!! Or would that be Zap on?!?
Thursday, February 17, 2011
There are two discussion that come up at the gym almost every day:
1. What is the best shoe to wear for Zumba, treadmill, Group Power, or whatever exercise class you are doing?
and more quietly
2. What is the best *ahem* "support" to wear?
Today, I'm addressing the second question. Those of us that are more endowed know how bad it can be with the wrong kind or lack of support. The regular, step-through type of sports bra tends to give what has been termed "uni-boob", both sides, squished together and still, bouncing around. Since even my very fit Zumba instructor needs to wear 2 of this style at the same time to keep her girls from roaming, it's sure not going to work for my 38-D's!
Frankly, if I can find one of the step-through style sports bras that can fit over my curvaceous hips, it's too wide/loose to fit around the middle, and if I can pull it over my head, it ends up a twisted mess. So, I have to find a serious "fitness bra". I MUST have a brassiere that has clasps, a wide band, adjustable straps, and a whole lotta support. I know, they cost more $$ than Victoria Secret pretty thing, but I am worth it!!
Here's a great article that I found on FitBottomedGirls.com fitbottomedgirls.com/2010/11/sports-
There are also a few different articles and conversations on Sparkpeople... here is one message board post and there are more www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
This one, however, has become my favorite. And not just because of the name... the Ta-Ta-Tamer by Lululemon shop.lululemon.com/Ta_Ta_Tamer/pd/c/
520/np/520/p/1642.html I was lucky to find a color that was going 'out of season' so it was on sale. Since my bra is covered... I don't care about the color!!
Get out there, try on something new. Let the lady at the shop measure you!!! Most women are already wearing the wrong size bra, wrong width, wrong cup. It is a free service in most stores. It will make you more comfortable. It will make you feel better. It will help you to exercise better and more efficiently.
Just remember when the price is wrung up at the counter that YOU ARE WORTH IT!!
Keep on Sparking!! And don't forget to keep 'the girls' in line!!
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Sometimes we get caught up in the details of calories, BMI, when to log activity/exercise as cardio/strength training or "other". How much, how long, pounds and minutes, weight and size. The numbers can drive you crazy.
A friend of mine and I were joking around the other day and thought about how "simple" weight loss should be. Eat Less, Move More. It is much of the attitude that I have taken, since this is a life change, not a diet.
To get to the size that I was over a year ago, I ate more (quantity and poor quality, than I should), and I sat on my ever expanding posterior (moving less). So it *should* be simple. If ate more, moved less got me to my "before" stage, then Eat Less, Move More should get me to the "After" stage. And that is what I am doing now.
Things to remember:
1. I can eat a couple of cookies ON OCCASION, just not the whole bag
2. It is okay to throw away ice cream (also known as, it is NOT okay to finish a pint in one sitting)
3. Veggies are your friend (just don't drown them in cheese sauce)
4. Chocolate is good in LIMITED amounts, so it might as well be the good stuff
5. Pizza is okay, just not the whole pie! (homemade with veggies and turkey pepperoni... YUM!
6. Protein is good for you, as long as it doesn't come deep fried or through a window.
7. It is okay to ask for dressing on the side. And even better if you leave most of it behind.
8. It is okay to say "NO!" when someone asks "Do you want fries with that?"
9. Despite what Grandma always said I do NOT have to finish everything on my plate.
10. Just because someone brings a box of Krispy Kremes to the office does NOT mean I have to eat them. If they are offended, that is THEIR problem NOT mine.
11. "I don't have time for exercise" is an excuse, not a reason. I have time. I MUST put in the effort (This comment is for me, myself, I, GolfChick 2-0, not anyone else. I won't make assumptions or presumptions of anyone else's life or lifestyle)
So there it is. EAT LESS, MOVE MORE!!!
Be Healthy, Spark On!!
The following comedy skit may be offensive to some people. If you are one of those people, DON'T OPEN THIS LINK! I will not apologize. It is meant to be humorous. I am poking fun at ME, not anyone else.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I'm heading out for 8 days of fun, sunshine and roller coasters. What does a person eat at Disneyland to not send body into a calorie/fat laden tailspin???
Here's my plan so far:
1. Staying in condo with kitchen, cook at least one meal a day
(already mapped nearest grocery store)
2. Take power/protein bars with me
3. I have been told they have fruit options in the park
4. I am staying 1 1/2 miles from the park and will walk there in addition to walking around
5. Only have 1 (one) Churro while on entire vacation (not per day) (a girl's gotta live!!)
6. Drink lots of water at the park
Anyone have any suggestions on how to help food planning on vacation???
Monday, January 10, 2011
1/10/2010 I signed up for SparkPeople under the moniker of golfchick2-0. I had been on about 1 ½ years previously as golfchick and decided that I needed a fresh start. I specifically didn’t sign up on New Years full well knowing that, for me, resolutions don’t work!
I just had a check up on 1/6. I was 232 lbs; healthy range of blood pressure and no sign of Type 2 Diabetes (a concern with my family history on both of those) but my cholesterol was over 210.
Several years ago (2002-2004), I was on Weight Watchers. I managed to get down to 168 lbs. and then I had major surgery, abdominal hysterectomy, which put me into a physical and emotional tailspin. I gained back every pound… plus a couple. When I look back at my time on WW, I did well, but I found a way to cheat. I would weigh in on Friday morning, eat, drink and be merry all weekend (within reason) and then half starve myself until weigh in on Friday again. Of course now, I realize that I was only cheating myself!
I am doing SparkPeople right. I am following the guidelines. I am exercising. I won’t say that I am doing perfect. But I am doing better.
Followed the program to the letter, food wise, I Made my goal of losing 30 lbs. by July 31st (my 25th High School reunion) and then I petered out a little. Even then, I should have been more active.
After making my major goal, I still kept in touch. I didn’t let SP slide away. I kept active posting responses, blogs and Team posts. But I let it slide some.
I did regain about 5 pounds, but made a challenge to myself that I would not gain any weight between Thanksgiving and New Years. I did that by still eating Holiday food and drinking Holiday cheer… but I started moving more. I joined a gym and got into some good active habits.
Now, I’m back on track. I already have started working out on a regular basis. I found classes that I enjoy for both aerobic and weight lifting/toning.
Here’s the tale of the tape as of today:
Weight 202 (Still at -30)
Cholesterol under 180
Stamina WAY up
Sleeping much better
Eating much healthier
Down 2 pants sizes
Thank you Chris “Spark Guy” Downie and all of the staff and sponsors of SparkPeople for giving me a way to take back the power and responsibility of being in control of my life, my weight, my health and my well being.
Thank you to all of my SparkFriends. Those of you who respond daily with your hints and support, with your suggestions and your “I failed too, and it’s okay” stories. Those of you who have made a comment on a blog, those of you who have inspired me to be a better person.
Here's the basic philosophy I need to live by "Eat Less… Move More!!!"
Spark on my Friends!! Be healthy, be happy.
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