Friday, October 29, 2010
One of my oldest friends (meaning friend I've had since childhood, I'll refer to her as H) just "came out" about her smart health choices. H is a lot like me (creative, funny, introverted, a capricorn!) and quietly (like me) she'd started making changes in her eating and exercise routines.
So for the past few days we've (along with our other friend who I'll call V) been emailing and discussing "30 Day Shred" and sports bras and eating fruits and veggies.
What's even funnier is, for once H and I are the ones really leading the charge. In the past, V was always the one of us who was into some diet or exercise thing (usually something that was popular at the moment) but she always lost interest (for the record, V has also always been the "thin one" of our group, she's also the one with the smallest body structure over all and the one most "obsessed" with weight in general).
I get the feeling V is starting to feel left behind on the exercise front. It sounds like she's going to try and do more (or risk getting left behind by H and I!) which is awesome. We can laugh at the silly things that come up (like how pathetic we are at some exercises) and cheer each other on.
So my web of support has grown from my internet friends (all you spark folks!) to my "flesh and blood" friends. Combined with my spouse, who's always quietly supportive, leading by example and my sister (who's doing kick ass in her own changes, shedding weight and changing habits) I'm VERY encouraged in my own changes.
What a great way to usher in the new month (and new goals!)
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Subway just plain sucks.
There, I said it.
Last night between being crunched for time (I have an oil painting class Wednesday nights right after work, so I have to do quick pre-made eats) and watching finances (getting paid once a month leaves you really watching the fundage the last few days before the next paycheck hits the account) the wife and I ended up at Subway (oh and thanks to a coupon, too).
I've never been a fan but I figured I should give it one more try (especially after my sister told me the wheat bread was much better than the white--the bread was what I disliked the most about my last subway experience).
Well let me tell you, the bread isn't the only thing that's gross.
I got a foot long chicken (the chicken version you can get for $5) and the CHICKEN was the problem. Yeah, the bread was still underwhelming (not horrible, just blah) but that chicken barely resembled something that had once been a live animal. While it looked like breasts it was nothing but bald chicken nuggets. NOT REAL MEAT.
Honestly, I didn't really expect real meat on a $5 sandwich but I did feel ripped off at how unappealing the sandwich was as a whole.
This whole "subway is a healthy choice" thing is really a load of bull flop. The "chicken" in that sandwich can NOT be healthy. Unless there's not a lot of fat/calories in sawdust (lots of fiber though!).
And the portion is deceptive, too. If you read all the information splattered around the store (again, bragging about their "healthy" fare), you see the nutrition numbers are for a SIX INCH sub, NOT a foot long. I'm willing to wager that most folks don't eat only half of that foot long, either. So by the time they wolf down the full "healthy" footlong they've racked up about 600 calories. While that in and of itself isn't horrendous, it's not that much better than other fast food (note: I'm only comparing calories, not factors like fat and all that). I can get a happy meal (4 nuggets, fries, and pop) for LESS money and about the same calories (if memory serves it's 500-600). And it's going to be every bit as filling (yeah, a few hours after I ate that crappy subway sandwich, I was hungry again).
(and yes, I understand you can get veggie subs that won't be quite that caloric but I'm only comparing the things I would eat and when I have a sandwich I want a little meat in there)
The next time the wife has a coupon I'm going to tell him we should just skip it. I'd rather go to the grocery store and get a sandwich or salad. It may be a little more expensive (a few dollars more) but it will be tastier and more filling.
At least now I can cross Subway off my list. There's nothting there for me.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
With all the changes we are making (eating healthy, exercising, etc) the hardest thing to change is our own minds.
Think about it. The more you eat heathy food the more your tastes change so you no longer crave the "bad" stuff. And when you don't crave it you don't miss it so much. The more you exercise, the stronger you get so the easier it is (you have more endurace so you can do more and you feel successful).
But then there is your mind. Even when the scale gives us good news and inches are coming off and we're moving down in clothing sizes and we can see muscles peeking out under our fat our mind will still be nagging, focusing on the one or two things we did wrong or those bad habits we haven't tackled yet. Pointing out our weaknesses and failures and just really pissing all over our parade.
Then, just to add a final kick to the groin, your mind starts the dreaded comparison. "So-and-so has lost X lbs, so much more than YOU."
Deep down you know comparing yourself to someone else is an exercise in futility. No two people are alike so of course they're going to use different methods and achieve different goals.
What THEY are doing means NOTHING to YOU! Weight loss is not a competitive sport.
Let me type that out again (in hopes I can get it though my own thick skull).
WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT A COMPETITIVE SPORT.
Weight loss is more like a religion. Religion (at its heart) is a private practice. You and your diety. Same with weight loss. It's you and your body.
And your mean little mind, throwing up negative road blocks you have to learn to recognize then go over, around, or through.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Since I started living well (yeah, I think that's what I'm going to use instead of "healthy lifestyle". . .living well. . .yeah, I like that) I've noticed I touch my body more.
No, not like THAT. ;) (though that kind of touching is pretty fun. . .)
I mean just running my hands over my body. Legs, arms, belly, butt. . .ALL of it.
And, for the most part, I like what I feel.
Oh, there are still bulges and ripples of thick fat. Spots that shamelessly jiggle despite efforts to firm them up with strength training. But even in my most jiggly spots (belly, inner thighs, and bye bye arms I'm looking at YOU) if I prod just the littlest bit I can feel it. Muscle.
Muscle that *I* put there (ok, yeah, it was always there but you get what I'm saying).
Since I started living well, I have discovered I have BUTT CHEEKS. At the bottom of my rump there are firm and defined cheeks which bump out from the leg. I also have Ghosts of Abs to Come. Not a six pack, not even a three pack. Hell, not a "pack" at all. Right now they're just little lines on my skin, kind of reserving a spot for the real abs when they finally get here. But under my flab, I can feel them. Real abs. Muscle.
Best of all, by touching my body more I know it better. My body is my friend. Sometimes we argue (like when it refuses to lose weight where I think it should be losing) but deep down, like the muscle hidden under my fat, we get along.
My only regret is I didn't meet this friend sooner.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Eating healthy gives you ghost poo.
Yes, ghost poo. Poo that leaves hardly a trace (you know what I'm talking about here).
It makes perfect sense when you think about it for just a second. If you eat closer to nature (meaning fresh fruit/veg, whole grains, lean meat, water) you'll poo more like our furry friends.
Most wild beasts aren't using half a roll of toilet paper to clean up after themselves. Why should humans be any different. A few squares to make sure it's tidy (which it will be) and off we go.
And I have to say, I really enjoy this new change. Now that I have ghost poo, I no longer have an upset stomach after eating or other digestive complaints. When I do get some gas (yeah, those veggies will get you rootie toot tooting sometimes) it's not the noxious foul stuff that comes with greasy junky meals. Really, you can almost do it right in public and (as long as it's not loud) no one's going to know.
I mean. . .no, I never fart in public. *snicker*
Ghost poo and secret farts. Now it those aren't two reasons to eat healthy, I don't know what else folks need!
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