Listen to two different heath, fitness, or nutrition podcasts this week. Blog about why you enjoy them and what you learned from them for 30 points.
Blog your plan for the challenge. How are you going to inspire yourself, and what is your plan of attack, what are the goals that will keep you motivated?
Share that with 2 people on another INSPIRE team that you've reached out to so far during this challenge, sparkmail your plan to them and let them know how are you are doing.
So I've never listened to a podcast before. Say what?? I know.
But I heard that Jillian Michaels had a podcast, so I googled it, found it on her website, and downloaded a couple from itunes. I am SO good at technology!
I am super surprised at 1) how easy it was to get a podcast onto my iPhone, and 2) how much I liked listening to them during my commute. My commute isn't long by any means (8 to 10 minutes), so I had to break it up over a few days.
Podcast #1 - Self Help that Harms & Sugar
The first half was all about how not to get sucked into a cult. Helpful tips, seeing I do not want to unwittingly join a cult. Then she talked a lot about how sugar is naturally occurring and, really, worth the calories if you use it sparingly. I always use Splenda in my coffee, so maybe I'll switch to raw sugar when I'm done with this pack of Splenda. It's true - why drink a bunch of chemicals to save myself 14 calories?? Then she talked took a call from a woman with some psychological/fitness issues, and it's like I was watching the Biggest Loser when she mentally breaks down the contestants. Good stuff!
Podcast #2 - Never Fear Protein & Knowing CPR
The first segment of this one was really good, talking about how much protein we really should eat everyday. I had no idea the FDA only recommended 56 grams of protein a day. THAT IS CRAZY. Jillian impressed me with her quoting of studies from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (or something). It turns out that if you're trying to lose weight, then we should be eating about .68 grams of protein per pound of body weight. For me that is about 128 grams of protein/day. I definitely don't think I'm getting there. She says this amount helps maintain the muscle we do have and help our muscles get stronger/rebuild themselves after a workout. Speaking of workouts, she also quoted studies that say we should eat 10 grams of protein 30 minutes before a workout and 10 grams of protein within 30 minutes of finishing a workout to maximize protein synthesis. Very interesting. She also said "I'm going to piss off some vegans" and told us that whey protein is the best protein to use because it's an animal protein and contains the right balance of amino acids whereas plant-based proteins tend to fall short in certain areas. Makes sense. Thanks, Jillian.
Then she gave a brief overview of how to do CPR (which reminded me I need to update my BLS). And then she took a couple of calls - one was of a woman who clearly needs professional counseling and reminded me of SO many of my own patients who "try" to quit smoking and "try" to eat healthy and "try" to workout, but who really end up doing none of the above because "it's just so hard." Whine. The next call was a really good one though - she scolded this woman (5'1" and 110 lbs, boo hoo) for not eating enough calories, and this is why she has a fat stomach. Also kind of like watching the Biggest Loser, and excellent.
Now I'm subscribed to her podcasts (which I assume means they will automatically download to itunes now), and I'm excited to see what's next!
And now, a brief word on my INSPIRE plan/goals...
Goals to keep me motivated:
1. Going to Key West in 5 weeks. I know I won't have my rockin' body by then, but I WOULD like to be 5 pounds lighter. Especially since my skinniest friend (I bet Jillian would tell her to eat more) is getting married on the beach.
2. Birthday coming up in October - not a big one, but I'd like to be lookin'/feelin' good.
3. Next spring, 2 different weddings in 2 great locations - one in Vegas (I want to look hot poolside), and another one in Cancun. I REALLY want to have a cute swimsuit as opposed to my current old lady one.
1. To stay in my calorie range and track my food. Even if it means putting a cupcake on there every now and then.
2. To workout 5 of 7 days per week, alternating cardio and circuit training/ST.
3. To actively participate in INSPIRE as much as I can, to keep myself INSPIREd!
Now, I have to get my butt in gear and finish packing for my float/camping trip! And pray the possible severe weather hits this morning and not this afternoon/evening when my only shelter will be a tent.