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Exercise can be weird.

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???

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EASTENDCLAM 10/21/2012 7:08AM

    I've never stepped foot into a commercial gym so I can't comment on your observations but like BIKECHIC1 I love to break a sweat. Huffing, puffing, eyes stinging from the salty drops rolling down, it's all great. I keep it pretty simple, stationary bike and free weights so no leaning curve there. GREAT photo, BTW.

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BIKECHIC1 10/16/2012 2:55PM

    Sweetie, I don't know which gym you workout at but it doesn't sound real. At the gym where I go, there are lots of varying sized people to the morbidly obese to the skinny 'gym bunny', that do a few paces on the treadmill and spend the rest of the time chatting to their friends.

When I do my workout, I get hot, sweaty, red faced and start gasping for breath while actually smiling like a loon in the process and I smile because I actually like getting hot and sweaty while working out, it makes me feel I've achieved something. Most people at least say 'good morning' or 'hello', when going pass but the reason most people don't strike up a conversation is because they don't want to put you off your rhythm but they will talk to you in the changing room when you've finished and it's amazing how many people started the gym for the same reason...to lose weight and get healthy.

Don't despair, keep it up it does get easier.

I do 40 mins treadmill
30/40 mins on the powerbike
15 mins on the cross trainer
varied weight machines
dumbbell kickbacks
shoulder presses
forward lunges
crunches and modified pushups.

All at the gym.

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PARKERB2 10/16/2012 2:46PM

    I close the door to my office to do some exercise in my office. Then in the exercise room here at work I usually just walk, bike or elliptical. So I guess I'm one of the ones who don't want to shake, rattle and roll for someone else.

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You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but....

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.

*End rant*

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CHRISTINASP 10/8/2012 11:35AM

    It's a classical thing that those who have problems with food and moderation will attempt to draw others into 'their camp'. Just keep focusing on your own needs... you will be the best off in the end!

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YOBOELI 10/8/2012 10:28AM

    Good Luck with your weight loss, it may be hard to resist when you live with people who aren't completely supportive. Just stay strong you can do this

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30 x 30

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Ok, so I finally have a 30x30 list. It took me FOREVER to fill it up, but I thought it might help to have it uploaded for posterity.

(For those who haven't heard of this: it's a list of 30 things you would like to do before you turn 30. Kind of a pseudo-bucket list for those that hate to wait.)

1. Weigh under 200lbs
2.Run a 5K
3.Travel to Maine or Florida (both?)
4. Present at a conference
5. Make >40k
6. Learn a latin dance
7. Wear a bikini
8. Read 30 books
9. Go to a Giants home game
10. Write book (based on childhood)
11. Fall in love emoticon
12. Go on a 2 week vacation
13. Get my MBA
14. Play the Bass Clarinet again
15. Get my teeth fixed
16. Learn more about Java, etc.
17. Find a favorite wine/beer/drink
18. Learn to Crochet
19. Send Christmas cards to family (electronic counts)
20. Feel good at my weight
21. Go to Traverse city
22. Play 18 holes of golf
23. Make a new friend
*24. Be a Bridesmaid DONE 6/2/12
25. Stay up all night and watch the sun rise
26. Get ears Pierced
*27. Visit Las Vegas DONE 6/15/12
28. Stop checking Facebook/email for 1 week
29. Buy a new wardrobe for work
30. Celebrate the last night of my 20's!!!

There are definitely stories behind all of these and I plan to fill everyone in gradually. I will also update the list as I check things off.

Hopefully this sparks you to make your own list!

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RTWAITE 10/2/2012 5:32PM

    I am also turning 30 soon. (next year). You list looks fabulous, even have some done already. I just got under 200lbs for the first time in a long time, it can be done! emoticon

You can do it!

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Feels so good.

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.

For Narnia!!!



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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