Saturday, February 04, 2012
"He's the yeti of the YMCA... I see him, but I can't believe he exists." (On seeing a gym regular who wears the most bizarre workout clothes.)
"I want to have children so they can be healthier and better-mannered than all their classmates."
"I wish it were the Middle Ages and I could burn calories by being a milkmaid and tending to my herd of sheep. Oh wait, but then I wouldn't have an iPod. Nevermind..."
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It's true, my brain is a scary place!
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
My gym (more of a recreation center, really) has a rule that children under twelve need to be supervised in the change room. Today, there were three girls there who I thought were about nine or ten. They commented that they were going to "hang out" for twenty-five minutes before their class started. Two of them were quite slender, one was slightly chubbier. Oh, puberty. So the two slender girls are standing in the change room, in front of the full-length mirrors, poking at their stomachs and thighs and complaining that they are SO FAT. The chubbier girl was like, "Ummmm, no. I'M fat." The slender ones would say, "Oh, YOU'RE not fat!" This went on for about ten minutes. I had NO IDEA what to do. I know a lot of girls that age, and I could definitely talk to girls I know about the impact of their words and body image, but these were strangers. I didn't want to be the weird naked lady telling them not to call themselves fat. So, I totally chickened out, got dressed, went to the front desk and said there were children in the change room making bad choices who needed supervision. Now they'll probably get kicked out of the gym forever, never engage in physical activity again, spend their days watching TV and eating Doritos, and end up far worse off than if I'd just left them there to put themselves down in peace. What would you have done in that situation?
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
So, I signed up for "Survivor" at my gym!
I don't even know what this is! The signs say to ask at Member Services, so I asked at Member Services, and they told me to check online, but online it says to ask at Member Services!
So far I know I'll be assigned to a team (hopefully one with a dark t-shirt so that my sweat doesn't show!) and my team will earn points based on the number of minutes we spend working out for six weeks, starting in February. I'm not sure if everything counts, or only certain workouts. I don't expect to know anyone else on my team, and I'm not sure if we'll even ever meet.
But it would be cool to win! (If only I knew how we could do so!)
Victory will be mine!
Monday, January 23, 2012
So, I haven't exactly been eating as well as I did in 2011. For one, I went away for the holidays. Remember all those holiday treats you ate? Well, they're still sitting around my house because I wasn't here to eat them! So I'm definitely indulging in a few too many treats (and too much Starbucks, since to receiving more than $200 in Starbucks cards). Second, I'm not gaining weight. I'm staying right here at 124, which is one pound below my initial goal weight and well within the healthy BMI. I think that by keeping up my exercise routine, including sticking with the strength-training I added last fall, my metabolism is in a way better place than it was last spring. So I'm going to be relaxed about eating some of these Christmas candies, and go for half-sweets at Starbucks (or, even better, green tea!), but I'm NOT going to completely drop the ball (like I did after my successful weight loss two years ago, when I got super-duper-over-confident and stopped Sparking). I want to keep up my daily food tracking, keep up my fitness tracking, and transition from dramatic weight loss to maintenance (or, if my body allows it, super-slow weight loss plus super strength building!). Let's see how this goes...
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