Sunday, February 05, 2012
It's never gonna happen, but I wish...
There was specialized "zoning" for fast food joints. It kills me that in the shopping center that houses my gym, there are also 3 fast food places. If I'm having a tough (weak will-power) day, I will honestly avoid the gym just to make sure that I also avoid temptation.
Junk food was available only in JUNK FOOD STORES. Just like (at least in this area), alcohol is available only in liquor stores. I guarantee, junk food causes just as many addictions and deaths each year as alcohol. Yet, I can't go down a single aisle in a grocery store or drug store, without facing at least one "end-cap" display featuring poisonous temptations. I dread the grocery store every time I have to go, because I know I will spend the entire time fighting that inner battle: "but you don't NEED a Peanut Butter Snickers", "but I really really WANT one", "but it does not support your goals", "but I really REALLY want one"..... And don't even get me started on the childhood obesity epidemic and the pressure moms are under if we ever dare try to navigate the supermarket WITH our children in tow.
I doubt these things will ever happen. But then again, ONE of my past wishes was granted, thanks to DVR - the ability to fast-forward through junk-food commercials. So hey, I'll keep dreaming, and you never know!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Some days, I am shooting (with a camera, not a gun). On those days, I am quite active and feel great. Other days, I sit at my desk, editing photos, answering calls and emails, and working on everything else I have to do as a small business owner. Those days, even though I almost always get in a workout of some sort, I don't feel as good.
I've read articles here on SP and other places that advocate getting up and doing SOMETHING to move your body at least once every 60-90 minutes or so. Since we all tend to get lost in work and lose track of time, these same articles recommend setting an alarm that will remind us to do it. But I realized today that my body gives me a very reliable and natural "alarm", I just have to listen to it. After all, if you really think about it, you'll almost certainly realize that there are several times during the workday when you get that "numb-butt" feeling...or is that just me? Okay, so if you don't get numb-butt, maybe you get tight shoulders?? Work with me here.
Today I decided that every time I have that numb-butt feeling, I will get up and do something active - just one set of something, anything.... Then I remembered that I have made it one of my 2012 goals to be able to do pull-ups. And I did just buy this crazy resistance cable contraption to assist me with said goal until I get strong enough to do them unassisted. And my pull-up bar (with attached assistance contraption) hangs in the doorway that is directly in my line of sight when sitting in my office chair (which is a stability ball on wheels, btw, but I digress). So, there it is, pull-ups every time my butt goes numb!! And hey, maybe I'll really go Pavlovian and immediately drink a big glass of ice water upon completing the set of pull-ups! Yes! That's it! Numb butt - > Pull-ups -> Water!!!
Yay for new healthy habits!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I saw the "Tracy Anderson Method" infomercial last night. Honestly, it looks ridiculous. But then again, I have an aversion to anything endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow, so maybe I'm biased by that... Plus, I'm always interested in trying something new, fitness-wise, so I try to stay open-minded even though on the face of it, this program appears to go against most of what I believe to be true about fitness. (Looks like lots of cardio, very light weights, and frankly, just too easy...but I know looks can sometimes be deceiving.)
So has anyone else here tried this program? What are your results?
What does she advocate in the "diet" portion of the program? How long are the workouts, and how many times per week?
Would this kind of program be kind of a joke (as in, too easy) for someone who is a serious fitness geek (i.e., a P90X-grad such as myself)?
Any other thoughts, praise, or criticism to share?
(If you're doing this program and like it, please don't be insulted by my blog and/or questions. I'm just going by what I saw on the infomercial, and I know you can't really understand something without trying it. That's why I'm asking questions, I am always open to having my first impression challenged.)
Thanks so much!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I learned (or was it more like, "decided") to love my shape a while back (see this blog for that story: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3253740 )....and I really have made so many strides in that area. However (there's always a however, isn't there?) I still kept thinking, I love my shape.....now if only I could get my SIZE where I want it. Then it hit me today as I was driving along, anticipating tonight's birthday celebration for my FIL, and stressing over the thought of eating birthday cake. STRESSING OVER BIRTHDAY CAKE?!?! How insane is that? Yet I know for a fact that MANY of you can relate to this exercise in absurdity.
What exactly was it that "hit me", you ask? Hold tight, cuz here it is:
I am not a fitness model.
I will never have the body of a fitness model - not because it's not possible for me, not because of genetics, not because I'm too old, not because I don't have the ability to work that hard. None of that. I will never have the body of a fitness model because I do not have the willingness to eat and/or train like a fitness model. (Note to my fitness-model friends: I love and admire you and am happy for you, as long as you are happy. I simply have no desire to live the way I would need to live to be you.)
My body is what it is because I eat healthy a lot of the time, yet I enjoy a glass of wine/cocktail or three from time to time. My body is what it is because I work out HARD 3-7 times a week, but I refuse to spend more than an hour at a time, and most days it's 30 minutes or less. My body is what it is because I eat tons of fruits and veggies, but I also love my sweets. My body is what it is because I practice portion control most days, but give in to overeating on holidays (because it's gonna be a while before all those goodies are on the same table again). My body is what it is because I care deeply about my health, but I also care about pleasure and fun and living like a normal human being.
My body is not perfect, but it is beautiful. My body is firm and lean some places, softer and rounder other places. My body is in the "overweight" range on the BMI chart, yet I turn heads in a bikini.
I am sexy because I am fit and healthy even though I will never be called skinny. I am sexy because I am confident in some ways...and yes, vulnerable and insecure in others. That makes me real, and real is sexy. I am sexy because I enjoy life and all of its sensual pleasures (yes, including amazing desserts). :: Side note: A million years ago, I dated a bodybuilder guy who ordered 2 broiled skinless chicken breasts, a salad with no dressing, and plain oatmeal every time we went out to a restaurant. So NOT sexy. I'm just sayin. ::
I believe that the key to life is balance. And my body reflects that. And I think that's pretty effin cool.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
I'm trying this again.
Why have I been AWOL from SP? Simple: I struggle with balance, and I was spending waaaaayyyyy too much time here.
HOWEVER, I am once again having a hard time going it alone, and have been struggling with the scale creeping back up. So, one of my NYRs is to check in on SP daily (check-in meaning update my status and track my food). I will not be tracking my exercise, as I don't seem to need the help in that area. My eating is where I am challenged to stay honest and on track, so there ya go.
I will also not be nearly as prolific a blogger as I have been in the past. Between writing the posts and reading/responding to the comments, it's just too time-consuming when measured against my goal of balance.
That said, it feels right to be back. Though I have been mostly absent, I truly do appreciate SP, and all of you.
My other NYRs:
eat more raw veggies
finally do unassisted pull-ups
take over the world
reach and maintain my goal clothing size: 2
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