Thursday, August 25, 2011
I get health and fitness related emails from several different sources, and about once a month or more, there's one that says something like "The 10 Worst Foods"or "25 Foods You Should NEVER Eat" and then goes on to describe said foods as "diet busting" or similar.
Okay. First of all, I'm not on a diet, so I suppose I don't have to worry about any particular food "busting" my diet, right?
Secondly, aren't we suppose to avoid putting foods in "good" and "bad" categories? I get that these are foods that are so packed with calories, fat, sugar, sodium, etc that they aren't something that one should indulge in regularly, HOWEVER, I think that every healthy eating plan has room for an occasional splurge. Matter of fact, I think if we don't let ourselves go just a little crazy here and there, we're going to be setting ourselves up for the big kaboom, where we give up and dive face first into our old favorites and habits. I also think, if I were to, say, go out and participate in a triathlon, or some other major event that I trained for, I might be inclined to say to myself "Self, you worked darn hard, you trained, you put your all into that event. I say go ahead and get that bloomin' onion." and not feel one little bit of remorse. There are some days where you really, really earned that splurge, ya know?
Thirdly, and this is a big one for me, I really, really, really HATE being told what to do. When I read "You should NEVER eat ________" my mind immediately says "Wow..I really want ______!" I know it's childish, but, they aren't the boss of me, and I'll be darned if they tell me what to do! Even more annoying? When they tell me to NEVER eat whatever delicious food item they've decided will apparently kill me at first bite? They also put a PICTURE of it! Okay, really? Am I so stupid I won't recognize it from the name and description on the menu? Will I go home after dinner, be sitting in the living room, and suddenly realize "OH CRAP! That was the thing I was supposed to NEVER eat! AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! Welp, may as well give up now...anyone up for dessert?"
Seriously, food police, give it up. You're not the boss of me, and if I read one more of those darn articles, I swear you're going to push me right over to the dark side(they have yummy food there.)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Every once in a while, I get this bright idea that I'm going to get up early to exercise. Today was that day. I enlisted the help of my business partner and best friend, Super Trainer Mike, so I knew it was going to happen whether I liked it or not, that guy is SO a morning person.
I have a vague recollection of waking up during the night, hearing thunder and rain, and seeing lightning, and thinking "Oh YAY, there goes our run, I get to sleep in!" but no....the darn weather cleared up. So I got up at 5:45, Mike showed up at 6:00 and out the door we went so we could be back by 7:00 when my husband had to leave for work.
I did it...it wasn't fast...it wasn't pretty..but I got through it...and I'm really glad I did it, now. It's funny how much I LOVE getting up early after I've done it...just wish the process would be a little easier.
BTW,,,,,that big ratface early riser partner of mine? Went home and went back to bed....lol.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I read a conversation between a couple friends today(on facebook) about age. The first friend, who is under 30, was complaining about feeling OLD (can ya believe it?) and the second said "This almost 35 year old thinks you should SHUSH about getting old." I couldn't resist, I said "This 48 year old thinks you can both complain about getting old if you want, but I'm going out for a run then spending a half hour or so hula hooping."
I've realized I can still do the same things I did in my twenties, I just do them a little slower, and appreciate them A LOT more :)
Monday, August 22, 2011
I hit my first goal today.
I still have 34.5lbs to lose to get to my longterm goal, but my first short term goal was to get under 200lbs, and I weighed in at 199.5 this morning. I'm happy about it, don't get me wrong, but I really thought I'd be....I dunno...happier?
Maybe it's because I know I still have a long way to go, or maybe it's just my general not great mood lately. I did take a little longer on the scale this morning to just stare at the number...and then I thanked God for getting me this far...but I've only told one person I hit that goal (other than here, I mean) my business partner, who is incredibly supportive. Six more lbs to my next weight goal.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I mentioned this on someone else's blog today, and I've thought more about it throughout the day. We(general "we") are always looking for the easiest, fastest solution to things, when sometimes, there just IS no easy answer.
Specifically, weight loss (obviously I'm thinking about weight because, well, it's why I'm here, right?) People are constantly looking for a pill, a drink, a magic potion that will just melt away the pounds, but if there were something like that, would any of us be where we are? I've found when I've told people I've lost "x" amount of weight, the first question is "What's your secret?" There is NO secret! The answer is eating healthy and exercising, but no one seems to want to hear that. Honestly, if wearing a certain kind of shoe, or clothing, would work instead of exercise, wouldn't we all be wearing them? If taking a pill, or a supplement would get rid of the weight, wouldn't we all be taking it?
I mentioned on this other blog, that I recently left a facebook professional women's group because they decided to do a weight loss challenge, and they weren't interested in eating healthy, changing their habits or exercising at all. It was all about which supplement or product they were going to use. I didn't feel right about chiming in about all that stuff being pretty much snake oil, because some of the women there sell the products they're using. That wouldn't have gone over well at all...heh. So I left the group...partially to keep from saying something that would tick someone else off, and partially because I'm co-owner of a business that promotes healthy living. I'm a massage therapist and my partner is a personal trainer. I didn't want to be associated with this "challenge" in any way shape or form. I tossed around the idea of offering my partner's services (he'd have been fine with that) but honestly, I dont' think either of us would have wanted to look like we were promoting the use of the products they were promoting, so I left.
Isn't there a saying or 12 about things that take time and effort being the things that are worth having? I really believe that to be true, and I'm willing to put the time and effort into being the best I can be, rather than looking for that easy fix, that's just a temporary fix in the long run.
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