Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Who came up with the idea that exercising with a bunch of strangers is fun. The promotional fliers for gyms are always littered with the smiling faces of perfectly toned people, rampant discussion by the water cooler, and not a sweaty face to be had.
1. Most people are not smiling when they work out. It's usually not some joyous occasion. Anyway, if you were just smiling to yourself, I'm pretty sure everyone would think something is wrong with you.
2. No one talks to each other. The creation of the ear bud and iPod have also squashed any dreams of chatting it up by the rowing machine. Yes, there are a few exceptions; friends that come in together, overly talkative people, etc, but in general don't expect to fraternize.
3. I have only met a few people that look really good at the gym. (and I workout at the college rec center!) The secret to their sweat-free face is they aren't working very hard. They probably don't even need to work out. They just want to be seen working out cause that's what the cool kids do. Or they are petrified about looking bad in front of other humans. You can usually tell who these people are before they start; makeup, perfect ponytail, too fashionable gym clothes... ***disclaimer: I'm sure there are people to work hard and don't sweat, but I haven't met them***
4. Why aren't there more fat people at the gym??? Has everyone reached their goal or do they just wait till they have a gym body? I'm usually the only big girl there and I want to make sure I didn't just miss the rapture.
Honestly I'm just not a fan of people watching me do something I'm not good at. I can walk just fine or even run, but ask me to figure out the toture-like equipment in front of the football team: No Thanks. I've had 26 years to work on my walking skills, but I'm relatively new to the rest.
Also, aren't most other exercises just a touch embarrassing? Doing squats and downward dog in certain styles of yoga pants can get downright pornographic. C'mon people.
I guess I'm just trying to figure out what exercises are publicly acceptable. For example, if I start doing burpees at staff meeting: On the positive side, I'd get out of staff meeting, but I probably wouldn't have a job. Walking seems to be acceptable, and running has become extremely popular. (They're always like "I ran like 500 miles last weekend" and I'm like, "I walked 2 miles because I've got sh*t to do, Carl"...)
I've been really consistent with my walking, but I know I'll get bored. I have the spark workout unopened on my dresser, so I will start that when it is colder. But I need something to do that isn't completely boring and won't make me look like a fool.
Let's be real, what exercises do you do in public, and which ones do you keep in the bedroom? Any recommendations???
Monday, October 08, 2012
It's funny how when you start paying attention to your nutrition, you end up noticing everyone else's habits. I live with two naturally normal weight men, and I guess I just assumed that they ate healthier than me. Not the case.
And that's what is making my journey much harder.
They are wonderful and I love them, but they are constantly encouraging me to go out and drink, eat out, and eat things they make or bring home. They try to persuade me by saying "just one won't hurt" or "today can be a cheat day".
Well, not everyday can be a cheat day, and no one but me can dictate when one will happen.
It doesn't help that they both have distorted views on weight and weight loss. They are yoyo dieters to some extent. The one is abnormally skinny by his own will. He'll eat like a king until he gains 5-10 pounds. He then will proceed to take his calorie count to about 1300 per day. Within no time, he's back to his skeletal frame. The other is the complete opposite. He might make a few food swaps (whole grain, etc.), but he relies on exercise to keep his size. They will go through brief periods of obsession with weight and weigh themselves several times a day. Most of the time, though, they like to go out often.
It's as though they equate being young with living in excess. I'm not sure I want that. But these have been my friends since middle school. I can't just make new ones and leave them behind.
I just hope I can keep my strength up. Maybe once they start seeing the results, they'll believe this method works.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
It feels good to plan my meals ahead of time. I'm a very organized person, and having my eating schedule in turmoil was stressing me out. I was eating fast food constantly, eating everything in sight, and not moving. (A horrible combination)
I credit the steroids for getting me on track. And no, I am not training for the Olympics. I was taking steroids to get rid of the nasty case of poison ivy I caught. With the steroids, I suddenly had more energy and began itching (haha) to go on walks and workout. I took that opportunity to come back to SP and track my fitness. While I was tracking my fitness, I thought why not track my food. It has stuck.....hopefully for good.
This is the start of my second week and it is the best I have ever felt.
Friday, December 09, 2011
It feels great to be done with the semester.
It'll be great to start making Christmas gifts and clean the house. Most importantly, I can continue to mess around with cupcake flavors and decorations for my "business." I have an order next week, and I'm excited to do something creative again.
It may seem counter-intuitive for a person trying to lose weight to make cupcakes, but I really don't eat very many of them. I'm actually not a big cake fan, so I only eat one of each type to make sure the flavor is good. It gives me something to do that is not searching or going out for food.
I started experimenting with cupcakes a few months into my sister's pregnancy. She wants me to make cupcakes for the shower. I'd like to get a few more tests done before the shower in January.
I swear I won't post a pic of food next time ;)
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