Wednesday, October 03, 2012
You can not out exercise a bad diet. I'm learning this the hard way. I'm learning that I got out of my workout habit, and I need to get it back.
Guys, cardio sucks. It didn't used to. I used to love the sweaty satisfaction of burning 700 calories in a workout and feeling great. Cardio now makes me die. I am back to hating cardio. I need to change this.
Instead of cardio, I've been cheating with weights. I have gotten my abs back in shape. My core is a lot stronger, but we all know strength training alone isn't enough to lose weight when you're not eating right.
I haven't been eating badly per se... just too much of the good. I need to cut it out and whip myself back into shape. So today I'm hitting the grocery store with a plan. I will buy healthy options. I will find something I want to eat for lunch and I will NOT buy crap.
I had a lunch date with Matt (same guy from last week). I walked 15 minutes to meet him up on campus, then another 10 to the restaurant, and about 25 minutes back -- so I definitely got in a good, unexpected walk.... in my 3" wedges, so needless to say, my feet freaking HURT! So no cardio running for me today. Just more strength training.
I've been upping my weights, because weight lifiting and feeling that burn is my new drug. But I'm kind of an idiot. I'm 5 weeks post surgery and the 25# kettlebell is too big right now. My incision scars were tingly painful after my workout. So not doing that again tonight. I might need to work up to that.
Tonight I'll focus on legs. My butt already feels better after getting back into squats and lunges. Plus some abs and I should be good.
My roommate's bringing home her new puppy today. I need to go hide all of my shoes! Let the puppy proofing begin. I know its going to be interesting to see how my two little dogs react to the puppy.
Plus there's trivia tonight, so I've got a lot to do once I get home. So I guess it was good that I got a walk in early!
(Oh and the scale was up today :-/ Hence the title)
As SALBATROSS reminded me yesterday, we've got 90 -- well now 89 days until the end of the year. Let's make the best of it!
*Things I just realized I have in the last 89 days:
My dad, mom, sister, and other sister's b-days, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Eeep!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
I just saw this video and though many of us on here can empathize with the anchor. People thing nothing of telling overweight people how they need to change, stop being lazy, and stop eating crap. You would never tell a cripple to get out of his chair or throw away the crutches.... You would never yell at a blind person. I just think fat people are the easiest targets in our society because EVERYONE makes fun of us... This anchor stood up to her e-mail bully, and turned the hurtful experience into a message of compassion and anti-bullying.
Click the link to view the video.
The Best Thing You’ll See All Day: Local News Anchor Has On-Air Message for Man Who Called Her Fat
Today on La Crosse, Wisconsin's WKBT News 8 This Morning, anchor Jennifer Livingston responded to an email she received on Friday. man wrote a missive with the subject line "Community Responsibility." The email read:
It's unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years. Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Ugh. Classic. Concerntrolling at its best, and by best I mean worst. Livingston's husband (who also works as an anchor) posted the email on Facebook, causing a brouhaha — and an outpouring of support. But Livingston had an excellent, eloquent, on-air response:
The truth is: you could call me fat. And yes, even obese, on a doctor's chart. But to the person who wrote me that letter: Do you think I don't know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don't see? You don't know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family and you have admitted that you don't watch the show. So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside… And I am much more than a number on a scale.
Jen went on to say:
October is is national anti-bullying month, and this is a problem that is growing every day in our schools and on the internet. It is a major issue in the lives of young people today. And as the mother of three young girls, it scares me to death. Now I am a grown woman, and luckily for me, I have a very thick skin — literally, as that email pointed out, and otherwise. That man's words mean nothing to me. But what really angers me about this is there are children who don't know better… The internet has become a weapon. Our schools have become a battleground. And this behavior is learned. It is passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email. If you are at home, and you are talking about the fat newslady, guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat. We need to teach our kids how to be kind, not critical, and we need to do that by example.
Fatphobia is rampant, and fatshaming is, somehow, the one acceptable form of bigotry we have in this society. Magazines, TV shows and movies openly mock and rail against the overweight, revere "bikini bodies" and help to spread an atmosphere of intolerance. The amount of time this man spent crafting an email — with the intention of making a working mother of three feel ashamed of herself — is a sad testament to a toxic environment. Fat does not mean lazy. Fat does not mean non-athletic. But feeling bad about your weight can make things worse. Less than four months ago, a bus driver who was bullied about her weight made both headlines and, in a show of public support, chunk of cash. It's tragic to hear kids on a bus taunting a grown woman, but it's even sadder when a grown man does the same thing and cloaks it in concern, claiming it's about the "community" and "little girls," when his real issue is that he can't tolerate looking at a fat person on TV.
Editorial: Jennifer's Message to her Bully [News 8]
Monday, October 01, 2012
Okay I'm officially getting back on the wagon in October.
NO. More. Excuses... ! (I mean it)
It was so easy to fall off the wagon when it comes to exercise! I was going strong 5/6 days a week pre-surgery. Now I feel like an old lady with no breath and no muscles. I have been justifying not working out a lot lately. In truth, I've been allowing peer pressure to get me to go out more -- drink more -- be home to work out less... so it is partially my fault.
I haven't been eating at a weight loss rate lately. I haven't been tracking, I've just been trying to make smart food choices. Its been keeping me at a maintenance level at least. I think my problem right now is that I'm too happy with where I am (weird right?)! I am happy, feel great, think I look pretty good (most days), but I'm not at my goal weight. So now is my "goal" weight too low, or is my motivation to reach my goal weight too low?
I am not going to change my trackers for now -- I still am going to attempt to lose another 4-5# by Thanksgiving and the last bit by the end of the year. So now my goal is to be 170 in 2013. That's my "goal"-ish weight.
In other news -- someone please smack me upside the head. I need to stop listening to people who are food and alcohol pushers. Especially when they're cute boys taking me on dates... My weekend consisted of a date night Friday (again with the guy from Wed), then a pizza luncheon with my grad student friends (free pizza!), then out to a winery for grape stomping (I didn't drink there, but I also forgot to bring snacks) -- and another slice of pizza out there..., then home for Doctor Who.... spent all day Sunday cleaning (just in case I had a visitor) and baking.
I made a pumpkin loaf -- semi healthy. Go buy:
1) Box spiced cake mix
2) Can of pumpkin
Mix the cake mix with the pumpkin and about half a can of water... then add applesauce until it thins out a bit ~1/2 to 1 cup. Bake normally = healthy pumpkin loaf. Its silky like cheesecake and so much healthier! All the fiber!
I also made banana bread since I had a bunch going bad (and a ton already frozen) -- so I ate that too... plus I was so busy cleaning I didn't do cardio or workout (other than cleaning).
So I suck. Being hungover on Sat didn't help either...
October, you're going to be better because I'M going to be better.
I will: Workout at least 3 days a week for the 1st two weeks, then 4 days a week for the last 2 weeks.
I will: Track my food at least 5 days a week.
I will: Not let anyone pressure me into eating or drinking stuff I do not want or need in my body.
I will: Stop making excuses.
I will: Lose at least 2# this month!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Well I had an interesting 2am wake up call. My Pomeranian Pippa was throwing a hissy fit and freaking the eff out. At 2am. Needless to say I wanted to kick her. So after like 15-20 minutes of her crying I got up to physically carry her outside, which I don’t do since I have a doggy door.
I should have known something was wrong by the way she was acting. There was a RACCOON in my kitchen/dining room!!! At least I think it was. All I saw with my sleepy/not awake/really annoyed eyes was something grey/black with a bushy tail going out the doggy door – and this thing had to be about 30#~!!!! So unless it was a really fluffy housecat who went to the wrong place – I just fed a raccoon dog food out of a bowl.
So needless to say, I screamed – scared the crap out of my roommate, and locked the doggy door. Then tried to find a way to calm down and not freak the eff out about this happening again since raccoons are freaky smart!
Pippa was so scared she slept in the bathroom (the farthest point from the kitchen) for over an hour shaking. My silly little dog wanted ME to get up and get that thing out of the house ASAP! And she’s kind of a bully about attacking things (she tried to attack a horse for Christ sakes), so I wonder if she went near it and it swiped at her. She’s super fluffy (she had a bath last night) so I’ll check her again when I get home, but she wasn’t hurt. *thank god
So now what? Lock the doggy door at night? I turned on the outside security light. Maybe that will scare them off, but jeez, I was floored. Still kinda freaked out by it.
Fitness wise, I started some lower body stuff, more weightlifting. My abs need to get whipped back into shape. I might do some cardio tonight after I go out to dinner with friends. I ate pretty good so far. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted for lunch so I just brought cereal and soy milk. I’m weird sometimes…
Date was okay earlier this week. He was so normal it was refreshing, especially after the last guy was a stalker. I eventually just had to send him a really b*tchy message telling him the reasons WHY I wouldn’t go out with him again. Then he said, oh well if you change your mind I’d still love to go out with you *CrAaAaAzZyY
So yea, I’m looking forward to a normal weekend where I can get some good workouts in, clean up a bit, and craft on my Halloween costume (a TARDIS dress!). I may end up doing an Andy Warhol Marilyn… you know, paint myself pink and wear my white dress around to see if anyone gets it ;-) But for now I want to finish my TARDIS dress.
Hope everyone has a good weekend!
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