Friday, February 21, 2014
I subscribe to quite a few workout/training/therapy/rehab blogs, and today's email from Mike Whitfield (who has lost 100# lbs and still works out so he can eat pancakes) really struck a chord with me.
(Full disclosure: This person advocates "intermittent fasting," which I do NOT. If it works for you, great. But starving yourself is never a good idea.)
Some of you know how much side-eye I give to ANYONE who thinks you can "just" and see results. Mike feels the same way. His site: trainwithfinishers.com/
Dr. Oz, you are sadly mistaken. The next big "breakthrough" drug, pill or miracle liquid will never, EVER transform the health, inside and out, of ANYONE.
I would love to say I took some magic potion or miracle pill to lose over 100 pounds.
But for anyone that happens to read this, I'll tell you the truth. My hands got dirty. I sweated. I made sacrifices. I had to drastically reduce my favorite foods. I had to make tough choices.
It was extremely painful at first. I remember to this day the feeling of doubt and fear I had after being exhausted just a few minutes into my first workout.
Heck, I'll admit it. I cried. That's right. I cried. There were times when I cried out of frustration and sometimes, the tears were all about a milestone.
Thousands of reps, thousands of "no thank yous" and thousands of minutes of commitment and never giving up is what got me here, 105 pounds lighter and keeping it off.
The only breakthrough "fat loss supplement" that helped was one that most people aren't willing to take... and it's a combination of ingredients like attitude, working with tenacity, being uncomfortable, discipline, faith and hard work.
It's simple. You blend all that up and drink it daily. And you know what? It's FREE.
I know, I know. "But that doesn't sell."
But don't worry, many people aren't willing to accept this freebie, so they spend their hard-earned money on the next new "breakthrough" fat loss supplement (AKA CRAP).
I don't sell fairy tales and you shouldn't either.
Loser of 105 pounds
Boom goes the truth dynamite.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Since I'm here and posting before work...July 31,2013:
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Good morning, Sparkers.
I'm having a get-together this weekend and putting together a nice menu which is gluten-optional, dairy-optional, vegan-optional and low-carb-optional. "Paleo" people are out of luck, as there is no butter or bacon on the menu.
Can you guess what I'm serving??? (Bourbon is part of the "optional" menu, haha)
ANYWAY. It's the beginning of a new year, and while the super-cold temps have kept a lot of new folks out of the gym, being inundated with diet and exercise "advice" is part of the program, yes?
So - here is what has worked for me, over TEN YEARS of this journey, with a 100# loss maintained over the past six. YES, I have had to tweak, and change, and re-create to get results - as your body changes, so does what works best.
Also - some of these are anecdotal, meaning I do not have science to back me up, simply my experience or the experience of others I've known/worked out with/trained.
1. A lot of obese people have plenty of muscle, and greatly benefit from long bouts of cardio exercise. It works so well that we forget that our bodies burn both fat AND muscle - and there is a "tipping point" where we begin to tear down more muscle than fat, and when you hit a plateau - think "LIFT" rather than "RUN." You need muscle to burn fat! I could do an entire blog post on this...pondering...maybe a billboard? Or pop-up ad? :)
2. Drinking too much water can be detrimental. I know Spark encourages everyone to drink lots of water, if you're having leg cramps, stomach pain or headaches - ease back on the water and see if that helps. If you Google "hyponatremia Boston marathon," there is a study out there - made me uneasy, personally.
3. Eating properly. If your diet is not on point, you are not going to see the progress you want, at least in the long-term. I think we've all tried to outrun our bad eating habits! Didn't work! Doing all the boring things the folks in the National Weight Loss Registry do (breakfast, fruits and veggies, planned meals and indulgences) and don't do (binge, snack late) really does work! And a 10% reduction in calories may be all you need - I've done this twice with wonderful success - 30 lbs the first time and 14 the second. Still eating about 2000cals/day though.
Having said this, I am sitting here "hungry" because I decided I wanted a croissant and iced coffee from Starbucks this morning rather than my usual brekkie of a banana and toast with PB&J...um...not worth it. :P
4. Flexibilty and core training - pilates and yoga. I shaved off FOUR INCHES from my waist (I made the nurse measure me three times) in a year doing pilates 2x a week. No, it does not happen overnight, and yes, flexibility and core strength have to be consistently practiced, but - who gets up one day and runs 10 miles? My running and cycling are SO much better, and my pilates class (who all have known this much longer than I) believes flexibility and core strength are what drive all their other workouts. Truth.
5. Everyone's diet plan is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Or, it works for a short time, then your body rebels. It's a process that goes on and on. My body goes nuts on a low-carb diet - high blood sugar levels (I have Type I diabetes) and intense stomach upset. So - no. High fat diets, nada. Carb cycling - NOPE AAAH! Gotta work that out and keep tweaking. It gets easier with practice.
SO - having said all this - What works for YOU?
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Once again, I am down to zilch on the Spark radar...just not here, other things are higher on the priority list...
I think I forgot to mention here (as I have in other venues, online and in real life) that I got married in July. Happy, here.
Getting married = new home, new routine, new person in my space. That seems to be a fairly smooth road, our place is lovely and we like each other. :)
Job #1 is fine, just buried under everything to be done.
Job #2 is good, figuring out how to deal with a board member with dollar signs in their eyes. That should calm down once he realizes we don't have any money!
Job #3 is good, I teach Pilates 2x a week and cycling on Fridays, filling in for other folks' classes when they need it.
Trying to save up for some additional yoga training. That stuff gets very expensive, and I am sticking with my resolution that job #3 is just that - a JOB - and I can only spend what I earn and no more. Otherwise, it is a hobby. Yoga insurance took a bite out of my discretionary training budget so I'm hoping for a comped class at work. *fingers crossed*
All things health and weight are lovely - I realized that my tracker has not budged, and neither has my weight, so I'm calling it a win. Double win that I am maintaining even though most weeks I only manage a session or two of cardio. Those bloodwork numbers are gold-star level, so hooray!
New year plans are...set by my new husband/household executive/social secretary haha. I'm going to keep going what I'm doing, and change if it's not working. That'll do.
Happy (belated?) new year!
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