Monday, May 16, 2011
Yup, I am working hard on tightening that core. If I'm going out in public in a bikini, I want be all that I can be. BTW, did you hear about the survey saying you shouldn't wear a bikini after 47? And all sorts of other nonsense.
So here's what I'm doing:
1. Above all, listen to my body. I only got in 2 ST sessions last week. Ran & walked all over creation on Friday, knew I wouldn't have time or energy for it on Saturday (didn't), thought I might get that last session in yesterday but I was still pretty exhausted.
2. Instead, I worked on my core. Did the abs portion of Jackie Warner's xtreme timesaver DVD (and feeling that today), plus a half hour of Prevention's yoga for abs. But that was it for the day -- too wet out to walk even, and I was still exhausted, altho I did feel more energized after working out.
3. Adding a short core workout to most days of the week. Just giving that core a little TLC. That's in addition to whatever ST or cardio I already have planned.
4. Doing a few core exercises most times after I use the bathroom (works fine when you don't work outside the home!). And by core, I do mean core -- not just my abs, I'm working my back, too (think supermans).
5. Being very honest with myself -- not grabbing a handful here or that & not recording it, or not recording the teaspoon of oil I use on my veggies to roast them. Things I sometimes might do.
6. Adding healthy foods, not deleting foods. I'd like to say that now that the weather is warm I'm craving salads -- except right now the weather isn't warm. It's chilly & rainy. It's supposed to rain pretty much all week, but SUPPOSED to warm up. Then again, it was SUPPOSED to be in the 70s the day of our garage sale & it so wasn't -- I was so chilled, it took me hours & 3 animals on my lap to warm up.
7. Concentrating on anti-bloat veggies & fruits: cucumbers, asparagus, celery, leeks, pineapple -- in addition to the usual suspects (helps that asparagus is one of my all-time favorite veggies).
8. I think the week before I leave I'll also try to cut wheat totally out. Still have oats, and maybe millet (I like millet & flax wraps) -- I rarely eat wheat bread, but I do every once in a while.
9. I also think I'll be making some raw desserts/bars/cookies. Which are gluten free & don't have refined sugar. And travel well.
I don't have a 10th step -- can you think of one?
Cause in addition to the bikini, I plan to bring this dress with me:
The too-big dress from last week is in my trunk to return, but I didn't have time when I was running errands on Thursday. One of those errands was to Target. I grabbed this dress without trying it on. I thought it might be too clingy in all the wrong places, but it's perfect! And really comfortable! And only cost $19.
It doesn't even look bad from the side. And I assure you, I really do still have a small tummy. The wrong dress can make it look larger than it is -- the right one, like this dress, sucks it in.
So, you got a 10th step for my core mission?
Sunday, May 15, 2011
This morning I was getting a salad ready for later in the day. Part of that salad was some mint. Much to my surprise, the boys came running, meowing. Then it struck me: catnip is part of the mint family, after all.
I'm pretty sure I've used mint before, but whatever. They sure seemed convinced I must be hiding some catnip somewhere. Maybe it was this particular batch.
Of course we humans have our pavlovian responses, too. A sweet after dinner is one of mine. I've been working hard to break myself of that habit - usually with fruit - and mostly having success until pre-TOM like right now. All Of the sudden I find myself really craving something sweet after dinner. I have to think about whether or not what I'm craving will really satisfy - often I know it won't & I have to come up with something else.
Anger + tiredness can really pull the sweets trigger, too. Friday I was both. I'd gone inside to search for something for DH, when lo & behold I found his stash of peanut m&m's. I was really, really tempted to grab just a few.
Luckily, I have been working this week on being really honest with myself about my food tracking. I stepped away from the m&m's.
We all have times when we reach for food simply because it's become a habit. And that's a really bad habit. I'm working on breaking some of this bad habits.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I was really hoping to do a running blog today, but I actually need to run first to write about what I want to write about - and unfortunately I've been sidelined by whatever crud I have right now.
I'd hoped to get out for an early morning run this morning, but Chester woke me up barking his little fool head off at midnight & then I didn't sleep well & overslept. I really ought to take a rest day, but we have a garage sale Saturday & I know I won't be exercising then. Not really looking forward to it.
But for the marathoners, here's a link I found in fitness magazine that's cool - endurancecalculator.com .
*While I have good abs, it's doubtful I'll ever have a six pack - I like to eat too much to get my body fat that low.
*A good diet is an individual thing. Celiac disease is real - and no fun - and gluten intolerances are very real, too. But I've done a sort-of elimination diet & I don't think gluten us a problem for me. Macrobiotic, raw, vegan . . . all valid options, but maybe not valid for YOU. Try & decide for yourself.
*Sweets will always be a part of my diet. While I know I'd be healthier without them - they're not a food group after all - I wouldn't be happier. The trick is to make them a small part of my diet.
*Sometimes I will make poor choices. Those poor choices may very well lead to some weight gain. I need to just accept that part of myself & really have a limit for how far off track I allow myself to get.
*I feel better when I look better. And who doesn't want to feel better about themselves? I am worth the time it takes to look good.
What are your truths?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Nit too long ago one of my spark buddies blogged about how her husband was enjoying her newfound interest in fashion now that she's at her GW - and how she was sure he'd enjoy seeing her in a bikini, not that that was going to happen.
We are so hard on ourselves. So willing to be cheerleaders for our buddies, so unwilling to take our blinders off about ourselves - myself included. I still have a lot of body hang-ups. For instance, I hate being totally naked during . . . you-know. There, I admitted it - sort-of. It actually does feel good when I am, so why do I find it so difficult to do? I joked with my husband that I bet he never thought he'd be bargaining for that after 25 yrs of marriage.
Sometimes I think it's important to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. I actually prefer 2-piece swimming suits - so much easier to use a bathroom - but tankinis (are they not the best invention ever?) certainly feel safer. And skirted bathing suits nicely cover up some of my problem areas.
So why am I getting ready to appear in public in a bikini? Despite the fact that I most definitely don't have the perfect body & am not at my GW, not to mention I'm no spring chicken at 49 & have the cellulite, crepey skin, saddle bags, bra fat & stretch marks to prove it?
Part of it is to please my husband. But he'd be the first in line to tell you that I would never do it just for him.
The bigger part of it is to celebrate my body. I worked hard for it. It's not perfect, but then no one's is. I don't have to be perfect. You don't have to be perfect. And you don't have to wear a bikini, either.
But you do have to accept the one & only body you'll ever have & celebrate all the wonderful things it does for you.
Please, today, if only for a moment, celebrate your body in whatever way seems appropriate to you. Stop insulting it. Stop covering it up with ill-fitting clothes that do not let it shine. Stop hating it.
Praise it. Feel it. Really see it. Pamper it. And most of all, accept it. And then tell us what you did so we can be inspired.
Today I'm going to use a mask on my face & maybe some sugar scrub before my shower. I've been putting that off and my face is telling me it needs a little TLC.
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