Finally figured out how to work this blog-thing! I have been on SP for 12 days today. Not very long- I know, but I have to be honest, I think this is the longest time that I have stuck to a “diet” plan. Usually I burn out after a good 4 days because the sugar cravings start screaming and I give in. I give in then give up. But I think this time is different. See there are a couple of reasons:
1. The fact that I am now an Exercise Science major, and I didn’t feel as though I could “keep up” with the other people in my class. I was embarrassed that my fit tests were so low, I felt weak! See, I am so used to exercising as a part of my daily routine, and therefore eating whatever I want, that when I came to college and stopped swimming- well I also stopped burning off those extra calories.
2. BMI: I used to be concerned about my weight when I was younger because I thought that since I worked out so much, I should look like those super skinny girls. Hey news flash: I never will! Why? Because that is just not how I am made! I have big hips and butt! I have those “child bearing hips” that the boys love, and you know what, I am now okay with it! I look at some other girl (the skinny ones) and realize how much I love my curves! My BMI used to be classified as normal, but now I am classified as overweight. This word put the fear of God in me!
3. Skin folds: when I was told we would be performing labs in sports bras to complete skin fold testing, I started getting nervous. I want to be able to feel confident that I can rock the sports bra and athletic shorts without over hang, hence my want to have lean muscles and a toned healthy body.
4. Hippocrates: the father of preventative medicine. I want to be healthy for ME this time, not for other people. I want to take care of my body because it deserves it. Exercise is just a part of health. Nutrition is another important aspect. This helps in prevention against disease and impaired life.
5. Alyssa: A friend I will keep forever. She is the most inspiring person I know. Not just on her body, but her nutrition and attitude. She has such a great body because she WORKS for it. She exercises and eats like a rabbit and she always has a smile on her face. Whenever I think, “wow, those cookies look good”, I ask if Alyssa would eat one. Now I’m not saying you can NEVER have cookies, because she does! But not every day! She knows her limits and helps me be honest with mine.
6. Pintrest: this site is great. It is a virtual pin-board that allows you to “repin” your favorite pictures. Whether you like photography, fashion, food, history, or DIY projects, this site has something for everyone. I love this site because I get very bored with monotonous workouts and this way I am able to get great ideas for new things! It is also great for the food aspect- there are so many sites that give you lists of healthy food substitutes so you don’t have to feel like you are eating twigs, berries, and grass all of the time.
So this is my inspiration! Hope you find it useful.