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A Wish

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!

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GRACIE4ONE 2/18/2012 12:11AM

    What did Junk Food ever do to you, Nat??????

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WORTHEYMOM 2/5/2012 1:08PM

    i totally 2nd your wish!

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DO4FIT 2/5/2012 11:56AM

  there was an article in the local paper the other day talking about removing all junk food/soda pops from grocery stores and setting an age limit to them like alcohol. it was interesting to read about it. it was more to do with sugar then fast food but interesting non the less and kind of related to what you are saying. and I am not sure if it was the article or a friend who mentioned that there should be zoning rules for fast food joints. so it one could not be within an x mile radious of another! I think THAT would be awesome!

I agree we need to do something about this "epidemic" and I am so glad I am learning about healthy eating now so I can fix the past I lived and teach my children health not quick and easy! You have been doing awesome! keep up the great work!

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GOODDADDY1 2/5/2012 11:23AM

  I work at a major department store, and I see temptation EVERY DAY...if you are having a major craving, it will generally pass within a few minutes if you just will take a deep breath and meditate for a few moments. I know it is hard, and there really is temptation around every corner, even in your own home, or at least mine. The cravings decrease and become easier to resist over time. Unfortunately, we will never live in a world where fast food doesn't temp us, unless we turn hang in there, you can do this....but the world isn't going to change. The change is inside YOU, and you are strong enough to do this. emoticon

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New Healthy Habit & An Interesting "Alarm"

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!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/3/2012 4:20AM

    emoticon I need to do that getting up each hour!! If not for movement but to just get to the bathroom on time!

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MARIA_VIGS 1/31/2012 2:57PM

    OMG - I'm totally putting a pull-up bar in my home office doorway because of you. Thank you for the inspiration! I've never been able to do one properly. I think 2012 is the year to change that!
I have an egg timer I keep on my desk and set it for 60 minutes. It keeps me focused as long as it's ticking and when it goes off I get up and do whatever my mind has been distracted by and has wanted to do in those past 60 minutes. I think attempting some pull-ups is great to do before I do anything else (load of laundry, empty the dishwasher, etc.)
Hooray for awesome ideas! Thanks!

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GRACIE4ONE 1/30/2012 8:53AM

    Leave it to Nat to state the obvious and call it what it is....."numb-butts". You are still cracking me up!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/27/2012 4:43PM

    I'm getting up right butt is numb as I type. LOL!!! Dang desk jobs! hehehehehehe

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KELLIGIRL523 1/27/2012 3:16PM

    Brilliant! I love new, healthy habits!


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WORTHEYMOM 1/27/2012 2:11PM

    ugggg - pull ups! I have never ever been able to do any of those but it is one of my goals for 2012 too. Used a machine at the Y the other day for pull ups and dips - OMG! But that's ok - we got another 11 months! LOL

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    NPW... Numb, Pull, Water! I like!

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Tracy Anderson Method?? Please Answer My Questions.

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!

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SPEEDYBRENDA 1/25/2013 8:32AM

  Hello, Can someone tell me the website for the infomercial? Thanks.

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SPEEDYBRENDA 1/25/2013 8:17AM

  What is the website for the infomercial? I have not tried it yet, but do plan on purchasing it. Thanks.

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CMACEDO75 5/27/2012 10:37PM

    I'm also a P90X graduate and I have purchase other beachbody products. Now I'm a coach due to me falling in love of their products. All their fitness programs work. I have a collection now. It is about consistency and eating healthy. I'm sure if I were to follow the diet I would look better. I think that you can always modify and add weights to any program to make it challenging. For example P90X "Ab ripper" I use leg weights because the workouts are to easy for me now. It is good to mix and try others to keep you going and not get bored or fall on the plateau mode. I need to check out Tracy Anderson, now I'm curious but I believe that not all programs are not suited for everyone. I recommend fitness programs depending on ppl goals.

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WENDYSPARKS 1/30/2012 9:11AM

    I have not tried it yet.

Wendy emoticon

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GRACIE4ONE 1/30/2012 8:56AM

    You always have just too many questions, Nat!!!!!! LOL

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ALMA_S 1/25/2012 7:36AM

  Hi.. i just wanted to share my story about Tracy Anderson method..
I started doing her method 2 years ago as a preparation to my wedding..
i have been an athlete whole my life, training karate since I was 6 and I used to have this bulky muscles and didn't have a body to show off :)
anyway I started doing Tracy's method... that is cardio portion (which is really fun dancing) and mat portion.. exercises for abs, arms and legs.. I have seen changes in my body in 2 weeks, and after that I became addicted.. :))

my body has changed so much, my butt is lifted, my arms are not bulky any more.. and i finally have abs..
KEY is consistency :))

one thing is for sure - it's not easy.. I havent tried p90.. but I can tell you this is hard work... it may seem easy.. but it's not.. if you dont believe, go on youtube - and you'll find some free videos.. try some of the exercises.. she does about 40-60 repetition for each butt lift, and she uses 3 pounds weights.. but believe me. it hurts :))

she recommends doing her method 6 days a week for one hour (1/2 hour for cardio and 1/2 hour for mat work).. Of course, if you want you can do 45 mins of mat work and 45-60 min of cardio.

I usually do from 4 to 6 days a week for an hour and really important, I dont follow her meal plan. But i try to eat healthy, a lot of fruit and vegetables.. fish, chicken.. drinking a lots of water..

Tracy Anderson Method works :) you can go on facebook, check her page and there are a lot of pictures of fans who really changed their bodies.. I'm definitely one of them.. I don't follow the diet, and I don't buy her shakes.. but I do her exercises and she has really changed my life..

I hope you'll find your answers :)

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PATTYCAKE17 1/24/2012 11:15AM

    What I've learned about most infomercials is that they're all about money, and Gwyneth is probably getting paid a LOT for her endorsement. Plus, she has always appeared to be a naturally thin woman, so lifting a feather would probably keep her toned and thin.LOL
I tried going on to an infomercial website yesterday for something else, and they wouldn't even give the price of the product unless you first PUT IT IN YOUR CART. I JUST DELETED AND ESCAPED the whole site.
Hope it works out well for you whatever you decide. Just remember, if it looks fluffy, and feels fluffy, it's probably a cotton ball! emoticon emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 1/24/2012 11:07AM

    I seen the same infomerical. Found it interesting but I think that we can get the same effects by doing pilates and yoga. I too don't like the idea of taking any vitamins, shakes, etc. Who knows what is in them.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/24/2012 10:14AM

    Anything that would have me buy their shake (food, meals, etc) as an essential part of their program is out for me. If I can not buy it at the farmer's market or the produce section of the super market, I steer clear.

Its a diet.

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DO4FIT 1/24/2012 10:08AM

  have you gone to the website?

Might give you some more answers. I just read your blog and wanted to look into it a little more as well... I did not find the site very useful to me but it might have some of the answers you are looking for!

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A Body Epiphany

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:
)....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 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.

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JIVANA108 2/14/2012 8:43PM

    love this blog. Sexy but not skinny is my aim as well beautiful words and so appropriate for me as well:)

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SWTHNY- 2/10/2012 10:22AM

    Very nice blog it shows ...balance in ones life is what its about!!! You RoCk!

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    LOVE this blog!!
Thanks so much for sharing.

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WOLFKITTY 2/8/2012 10:29AM

    You've got a rocking shape/bod. I'm glad you're still working to treasure yourself.


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DONNA088 2/7/2012 9:01PM

  Way to go!

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MISSB8604 2/6/2012 2:43PM

    Work it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THEIS58 2/4/2012 2:54AM

    Great insight!

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TINAJANE76 1/28/2012 7:08PM

    I love your balanced perspective--this is what I'm striving for. No, you don't have the body of a fitness model. Yours is better!

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FOXY13445 1/27/2012 8:55PM

    omg its like u READ MY BRAIN!!! I needed to read this, I have been so full of self doubt this whole month but you really put things into perspective here, THANKS! emoticon

I completely relate to this ENTIRE BLOG

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LCHADBOURNE 1/27/2012 12:09PM

    Awesome blog (as always!) I needed this today. I have been feeling so guilty about "living" lately (nothing wild just a little more chocolate and sugar than normal, lol). While I am going to make some changes before I start to slide out of control it is nice to feel a little less of the guilt that is so counter productive! Thank you!!!

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WE_PA_FIT 1/27/2012 10:53AM

    LOVE THIS!!!!! I could have written this. I have this same exact thoughts ALL the TIME. Thank you! thank you!!!!!

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KELLIGIRL523 1/27/2012 10:23AM

    :) And you, my dear are absolutely beautiful!

Thank you for sharing.


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HEALTHYCALM 1/26/2012 1:52AM

    Natalie I just read this and it is wonderful!! I want to print it out and carry it with me! Thank you for putting it all together like this--I so admire how good you are at staying positive and the way you express yourself in your blogs. You are really remarkable!!

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GETMETO50 1/20/2012 6:47PM

    confidence is what is sexy! You look great!

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WILDHONEYPIE1 1/18/2012 8:44PM

    Absolutely Fabulous blog. emoticon

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FITFORMYKIDS 1/18/2012 7:03PM

    You look amazing just the way you are. And you could so be a fitness model!

Comment edited on: 1/18/2012 7:04:48 PM

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CRAZYWOMAN10 1/18/2012 6:37PM

    Way to put things in perspective....Not only are you beautiful, smart, and sexy, but you are blessed to be so confident! You have done an awesome job!

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KSTARANNE 1/18/2012 1:30PM

    Love it! You go girl! emoticon

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SPRINGHAZE 1/18/2012 12:53PM

    love love love this. thoughts similar to these have been bouncing around my head lately. thanks for putting it into words!

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COURTNEYM100 1/18/2012 12:48PM

    Thank you!! Very inspiring! You make me want to appreciate myself and my body so much more!

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BJWESTON70 1/18/2012 12:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Great blog Nat!

emoticon for the inspiration!

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WORTHEYMOM 1/18/2012 12:35PM

    Thank you! thank you! thank you! I'm almost there - can't rock the bikini yet - but I will before this summer! I love me and that is what matters most!

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JERRYB56 1/18/2012 11:53AM

    This is one of the best blogs I've read lately. You are arriving at the same decisions I'm reaching with respect to my own body - gender references aside :) To be maniacal about your fitness and nutrition is to be UNhealthy, regardless of your "data." Health should not be one more item on the list of stressful obligations. Eat well, eat clean, work out hard, and then remember to ENJOY LIFE! ... because, otherwise, why bother!

Oh, and by the way, you're closer to being a fitness model than the rest of us non-fitness-models!

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TASHANCARRION 1/18/2012 10:30AM

    Great Motivational and inspirational blog!!! Thanks!!!

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I'm Back! (Well, Sort Of) ;)

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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HEALTHYCALM 1/8/2012 5:42PM

    Awesome plan for 2012 Natalie!! It's been pretty much my strategy for the last few months--I track every day, get my spark points, and surf around a little bit. So far it's been working pretty well!

It's good to know we're all here, even if we're just hanging in the wings a little bit.

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    I so get that :) I also go through spark addiction phases when i have to take some time out for the rest of my life... but its not a bad thing to be addicted to AT ALL :) good to have you back :)

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    Balance is my weakness too...welcome back and good luck reaching your goals. Happy New Year! emoticon

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CRAZYWOMAN10 1/4/2012 5:12AM

    Balance is so important...I'm in the process of learning that now. We're here for you!

I have no doubt you'll reach your goal!

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SWEETNSKINNY 1/3/2012 11:34PM

    So glad to hear from you!! You were missed around here friend.

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POINTAFTER 1/3/2012 10:17PM

    I know what you mean. There are days when I track my food and that's it! Let me know when you're about to take over the world emoticon

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/3/2012 3:17PM

    So glad to have you back on here...even if it is just a little while. I totally understand about the replying to everyone and how much time that takes. I think that is the main reason why I just went through my friends list and took people from it. I can't wait to read that you have reached all of your goals! You go!!

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KELLIGIRL523 1/3/2012 2:53PM

    emoticonback! Missed ya!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 1/3/2012 2:28PM

    glad to see you back (ish) :)
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