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Of Turnips, Magazines and Kings

Friday, June 11, 2010

For some reason, I'm thinking "Alice in Wonderland" this morning - probably because we did the Jazzercise routine to Kerli's "Tea Party" song yesterday - fun song, strange but entertaining music video, just like the new "Alice in Wonderland" movie.

I am feeling so good! The past week and a half has been really on track eating and exercise wise. I am having to incorporate vegetables into every meal even more than normal to keep up with all our CSA veggies plus our own garden's production. I feel like I'm eating a giant salad with every meal, which is good, because all that bulk fills me up so I don't overdo it on more calorie dense items.

This week in particular, exercise-wise, has been really good. I've made it to double Jazzercise twice, and I've found that both times, the second class I had so much more energy than the first. DH is a little worried that I'm going to overdo it and get burned out on going, but I am totally enjoying myself. The owner of the studio was teaching again in my second class yesterday and called me out in front of the whole class (it was a packed room of about 35 Jazzercisers), saying "Don't you guys think she should be an instructor?!" He told me after class that he'd make an exception to get me in to the next round of training even though I missed paperwork deadlines. I'm still thinking about it, and I know DH is concerned about me overextending myself with more jobs, but I'm there 5 days a week anyway - why not get paid? Something to definitely ponder this weekend.

I read an article in Shape magazine a few days ago that has been irking me since I read it and wondered what you guys thought. It was one of their "transformation" type articles about someone who was overweight and overcame their bad habits, lost what they wanted and of course are now living their ideal, most awesome life. It made me mad because they described her as 5'4" and that by the time she was in her mid-twenties, after being fit in high school, she had "packed on the pounds to reach 154." The phrase "packed on the pounds" really bothered me. This is exactly where I am right now and I have worked really hard to get here. Their phrasing seemed so demeaning and rude, and I guess it struck a nerve. I've been considering canceling my subscription to this magazine because of issues like this in the past few months. Not only have they become more focused on stylized ideals of beauty, but they're also shifting to a lot more celebrity coverage, which I could care less about. Those people aren't anything like normal, everyday Joes and Janes and its a total waste of my time to read about what Kim Kardashain is doing to keep herself looking like she does. I'm not her and I never will be (and I don't want to be!) I guess I need to look more for a magazine like Women's Health or something that is more health and fitness based rather than image based. Shape used to be a much more fitness based magazine, but they are definitely shifting to more image focused features. emoticon Not sure that's for me.

I am so close to achieving my next big goal - 152 and a facial at the Aveda Institute! I know I'm going to reach it this weekend. Can't wait to call and schedule it!

Hope you all have a great weekend, wherever you are! emoticon
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    I completely agree with your comments about Shape. I also get the mag and have not been impressed the last few months. I looked through the entire thing and didn't read any articles this month. I also am completely put off by all the diet pill advertisements throughout the entire magazine. As if I only need to go get the latest drug in order to reach my goals. In the real world this drugs are harmful and make you feel worse not better.

    On a positive note, hooray for meeting your goal! Hope you had a great facial emoticon
    3080 days ago
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    Add-on: have a nice facial next week to reward you for reaching your goal! You deserve it!
    3084 days ago
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    Oh you can already eat your own veggies--I've still been living out of my CSA produces till now, but thankfully their produces are more and more diverse now.

    Let us know what you decide for the Jazzercise training. Getting paid to practice a hobby sounds fun.

    I hope you'll find a magazine you like, maybe online?

    3084 days ago
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