Exercise, Writing and Body Exceptance
5/15/2013 6:27:56 PM
There is a blog post below, but I want to say something first. You are perfect the way you are. Right here and right now you are wonderful, capable, and you are enough. You might need to be a healthier person, but that doesn’t make what you are now wrong in any way.
If you want to be stronger and more fit then you have to realize that it is the body you have right ...Read More
Things I Remember About Being Thin
10/8/2012 8:28:38 AM
I haven’t written a post for a while and that was mostly because I couldn’t think of anything truly inspiring to write about. This morning I thought of an idea that at least seemed interesting. I figured I would write about the some of the awesome things I remember from when I was thin. See guys, I haven’t been heavy my whole life. There have been times in my life when I ate right, exercised ... Read More
10/1/2012 11:30:12 AM
So it’s a new month and stuff. I guess this is the time where I set some goals and start working on getting things done. It’s also the kickoff to the holiday season, and I want to exceed my expectations. I don’t want to say screw it this year and let it all go to heck until New Years. Oh no, I want to get the things done this year that I didn’t get done ... Read More
I Have an Attitude
9/28/2012 9:00:51 AM
It has become apparent to me as I try to navigate the Weight Watchers program that I have an attitude. I have a sense of entitlement when it comes to food and if I want to lose weight, I have to get past that attitude.
What I mean by an attitude of entitlement about food is that I seem to believe that I should have whatever food I want when I want it. If I ... Read More
One Day In and Another Day Out
9/24/2012 9:21:14 AM
As you can probably guess by the title, I kinda didn’t do so great yesterday. We went to an apple festival with the kids and my favorite foods are served at those things. Three things: pork burgers, kettle corn and apple cider. I ate all three and boy were they delicious. That probably wasn’t the real problem. The real problem was me figuring that I blew it and having Jimmy John’s for dinner.
Yea, I ... Read More
Today Went Awesome!
9/22/2012 5:58:16 PM
Had a better day than I have had in a long time as far as my diet and fitness goals go. I ran a 5k today in the park with my husband just for fun. It really wasn’t all that fun because it was totally hard, but it was so worth the sense of accomplishment.
I believe the reason the 5k was so hard was because I have spent the last week eating as much ... Read More
9/22/2012 8:42:38 AM
So what happens when it all breaks down? What happens when you stop caring about eating right, barely hang on to your exercise routine and start wondering why you got yourself into this in the first place? I accept and love my body the way it is, so why try and get better?
Well for starters, what I eat directly affects my running. There is a real difference in the way I feel and my ... Read More
9/18/2012 10:16:59 PM
In my opinion weight loss is about so much more than just losing fat and getting fit. It is about changing your lifestyle. In order to change your body you have to do so much more than eat the right foods in the right amounts and exercise. You have to shift your entire way of thinking and living.
So many things have to change because obesity that hinders your life is a symptom of more ... Read More
So Far, So Good
9/15/2012 8:18:49 AM
I’m rolling right through my first day on Weight Watchers. I have had some hunger, but that is both natural and healthy. We aren’t built to be full all of the time. Hunger, but not starvation, helps drive us forward. I have made it this far in the day by planning ahead. I ate breakfast and then planned my points for the rest of the day. I have also been eating a ton of fruits ... Read More
Deciding to Join Weight Watchers
9/14/2012 7:30:44 AM
I want to have a healthy relationship with food. I think I have a pretty healthy relationship with exercise, but food is a huge hang up for me. Probably because I am a food addict. I really believe that my forays into intuitive eating were akin to an alcoholic saying that they could quit drinking anytime they want, but I can’t quit anytime I want. I need structure and support. I need limits set for ... Read More
Running and Moar Running
9/12/2012 9:42:07 AM
I wrote this yesterday:
Today was my third day of running in a row. I have been training for a long time, but I can’t recall training for three days in a row before. Sunday I did 3.2 miles, yesterday we did a one mile interval/fartlek run and today we did hills. My husband suggested that we start doing more than just trying to run for distance. Hence why we did fartlek and hills. Plus ...Read More
Body Image. It's All in Your Head.
9/10/2012 10:52:29 AM
I guess I am going to talk about body image. I see a great deal of people talking about how they think they should look, or what they they think they are going to look like. I don’t see a whole lot of discussion about embracing the way we look now.
The first question I have to ask is do you really know what you look like now? Have you taken the time recently to ... Read More
3.2 Miles of Encouragement and One A**hole
9/9/2012 6:29:02 PM
It’s been awhile since I ran a 5k. Today’s was the virtual The Great Cupcake Race 5k. It was a pretty good experience overall. The last half mile I really thought I might fall down, but I kept thinking about the awesomely cute cupcake shirt that I would be fraudulently wearing if I didn’t finish...
I was really feeling the love during this run. I had two people wave and smile at us from ... Read More
About Being #FitFluential
9/6/2012 9:47:05 AM
Did you ever have one of those moments where you really realized that you could do just about anything that you put your mind to? I did. This weekend I got an email saying that I have been accepted as a FitFluential Ambassador. I was so excited that I danced around the house for what seemed like forever. I really, really wanted this and I have thrown caution to the wind and worked on my ... Read More
9/4/2012 3:53:57 PM
It’s rant time my lovelies.
I am so sick of “thinspo” I could scream. I don’t really like “fitspo” either. Comparing yourself to other people is a terrible habit. It will lead to negative thinking and that is not how you develop a healthy self image and healthy habits.
You are an individual and here is the bad news:
The person in the picture is an individual too and no matter how hard you work ... Read More
Foodie Pen Pal Reveal August Edition
9/2/2012 4:36:54 PM
I didn’t really get a picture of my package this month. Unfortunately I got pretty sick right after it arrived and I started eating the food. First to go was a delicious vegan pumpkin cookie that I ate when I couldn’t imagine eating anything else. There were some delicious spice and pumpkin teas that really helped with my sore throat. There were also some coco nanas that were really yummy.
Also included was ... Read More
Good Freaking Morning
8/29/2012 7:38:03 AM
I take these classes at my gym that are called Dynamics and are kind of like CrossFit. Every week I have to do at least a few exercises that I hate because they are part of the class and overall I love the classes. I know I have said before that I don’t believe in doing exercises that you hate just to show up other people, but I want to get better at these because ... Read More
Experiment with Intuitive Eating
8/21/2012 11:18:21 AM
It shouldn’t be any secret, I hate counting calories. I hate thinking about and obsessing about the calories in food. I have done it for so many years that I can pretty accurately tell you the amount of calories in almost anything and yet I am still overweight. Lets look at that again:
I can tell you the amount of calories in just about any food and I am still overweight.
I don’t like the ... Read More
I Like Presents
8/15/2012 7:15:39 AM
My birthday is on Saturday which got me thinking about presents and then that got me thinking about rewards. Presents are great, especially when they are something thoughtful given to you by someone who you love. Rewards are awesome because they are like a present with an accomplishment to boot (the someone I love is me. i love me.).
You get something you really want and you get to relish in the thing that you ... Read More
Why do This?
8/13/2012 8:58:05 PM
Every once in awhile (sometimes this is every 5 minutes) I have to remind myself why I am doing this.
Weight loss isn’t really about counting calories and sticking with a fitness plan. Sure you usually have to do those things, but what really has to happen is that you change your mind. You have to decide that you want to be the better version of you.
When you change the way you think your ... Read More
What a Scaredy Pants!
8/9/2012 10:08:53 AM
I have a race today. I’m not going to lie, I am pretty anxious. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason I get really anxious about running. I’m not just talking about races either. I get really worked up over practice runs sometimes too. The symptoms are usually shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat and this overwhelming fear that I am just going to completely failboat. This starts before I start running too. It ... Read More
Today I Don't Give a Crap
8/5/2012 2:25:15 PM
Let’s talk about what to do when you just don’t give a crap anymore. Now, if you are still in the honeymoon phase of your new eating and fitness plan you probably have no idea what I am talking about, but don’t worry because someday you will. Not giving a crap anymore happens when you have restricted calories for one too many days and you are just freaking hungry, when you have passed on your ... Read More
SIAT - Or, Something I Ate Today
8/4/2012 4:50:04 PM
OMG!!! Shut Up with that Noise Already!!
8/4/2012 2:21:57 PM
I was inspired to write this post by some absolute craziness being discussed in the circles I circle in. It’s some nonsense about fruit making you fat. Crazy.Talk.
Okay first off:
Fruit is a healthy, whole food. The majority of your diet should be whole foods. When you look at your food you should recognize what it is. Fruit definitely meets this criteria. If you were one of modern man’s ancestors wandering around tens of ... Read More
The Secret to Being the Best Coach for Team You!
8/3/2012 4:14:06 PM
How do you talk to yourself? Imagine this scenario:
Your child is on a sports team and they get a new coach. The new coach sits the kids down for a pep talk and tell them he doesn’t think they can win this season. He points out that the other teams have better equipment and that some of the kids on this team are too small to be any good. He goes on to tell ... Read More
Foodie Pen Pal Reveal
7/31/2012 10:26:45 AM
My Foodie Pen Pal box was all about yummy treats and delicious foods from other countries. I got yummy gel treats that were kind of like jello only with delicious bits of fruit. There was also pasta and tomatoes to make a delicious italian dish. European chocolate and homemade marshmallows were a huge hit! I also got yummy tea and my first try of coconut water.
Jerk sauce, strawberry preserves, vegetable soup, raspberry drink and ... Read More
7/29/2012 10:21:40 AM
Ok guys, so now that you have your top 3 priorities established it’s time to set goals. If you haven’t already gone out (or online) and purchased Chalene Johnson’s book Push: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, A Bangin’ Body, and the Life you Deserve!, I highly recommend it. I will discuss what I am doing here and how it is changing my life, but I can’t give you all of the information available. That ... Read More
7/28/2012 9:58:40 AM
Becoming a Certified Personal Trainer
I plan on taking (and passing) my exam to become a National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer at the end of August. I will call on Monday to schedule the exact date, so more on that at a later time. I guess I am pretty confident about passing because I ordered business cards last night.
I made a decision about what to write about on this blog until I ...
7/24/2012 2:45:03 PM
I know, I know. I already posted once today about my Beachbody challenge that is starting in August, but I had to post again because my NatureBox came in the mail!!! It is my first one and it is so full of yummy, healthy goodies. Here is what is inside this month's NatureBox:
Southern BBQ Sunflower Kernels
Lemon Pucker Pistachios
Sunny Trails Snack Mix (Only 100 calories per serving!!)
Zesta Fiesta Mix
Garden ...Read More
7/24/2012 9:06:09 AM
Oh Yea it’s Challenge Time!!
Here’s the short of it:
Hey Everybody, I am starting this 90-Day Beachbody Challenge group and have space for just a few more people. If anyone would like to hear more, please send me a message. For the next week you can get started for $14.95 and try before you buy. If you don't like the program you choose (But you will) you can return it and not have to ...Read More
7/22/2012 7:08:40 PM
So, my husband was all like “You need to run intervals”, and I was all like “Whatever, you don’t know what I need”.
Turns out he was right. (Don’t ever tell him I said that). I ran intervals this afternoon and I burned a ton of calories. I also got an endorphin rush that had me as high as a kite. In fact I went to the front desk to sign up for my weekly ... Read More
7/16/2012 9:35:59 PM
Running Start for the Overweight and Obese
I always wanted to be a runner. Well, not always, but for a very long time. I thought that I had to wait until I was down to a “healthy” weight before I could begin running and that means that I never got started. I didn’t occur to me that I could train and run when I was overweight. I am now ready to run my first 5k ... Read More
Fitness Bucket List
7/5/2012 9:46:41 AM
What Are My Ultimate Fitness Goals?
This is an idea that I only recently started contemplating. I really got into fitness and health because I wanted to lose weight and get down to a healthy body fat percentage. The more I work towards that goal, the more I start to see myself as an athlete. I am actually starting to believe that I am capable of doing amazing things. I don’t have to be just ... Read More
Handling the Holidays
7/4/2012 10:34:06 AM
Are the holidays all about food for you and your family? I know that for the longest time they were for me. The problem isn’t in having one splurge meal on a holiday, but having a splurge meal at every get together, barbeque and family gathering you attend. The problem is using a date on the calendar to stuff yourself until you feel sick and ashamed. The problem is binge eating on a holiday, figuring ... Read More
Fitness Friday #1
6/29/2012 2:06:25 PM
Are You Ready?
Are you really ready for the weekend? You may have been working hard towards your goals all week long, but now you are staring down the weekend. It’s summer and weekends are full of mini vacations, family outings and barbeques. Or, maybe you don’t have any activities planned but you are tired and rundown. Listen to me now : you don’t have to blow your goals this ...Read More
Fresh Start Monday
6/25/2012 5:35:59 PM
Hey everybody! It’s Monday and that is exciting! Today is the day that many people have sworn that they are going to stick to their new healthy lifestyle for real. This time it’s going to be different you have told yourself all weekend long. Well, it’s time to get to it.
This is probably one of many Mondays that you have made this promise to yourself. That doesn’t mean that this time it can’t really ... Read More
@#*% This Diet
6/24/2012 12:02:02 PM
Diet is a Four Letter Word
You promised yourself you were going to do it this time. Monday was going to be a fresh new start for sure. You have your “last meal” or several last meals and then you are ready to start fresh on Monday. Monday is pretty easy because you are excited and well fed from your previous last meals.
A couple of days later things are a bit different. You are ... Read More
I Don't Want That Anymore... No, Really I Don't
6/19/2012 9:58:44 AM
What to do When the Sweets Turn Sour
Okay, they don’t really turn sour. They do however start to lose their appeal. The flavor becomes too sweet and too rich and they start to make you sick to your stomach. This really goes for overly fatty and/or processed foods too. My former favorite foods all make me sick now. I keep trying to sneak them in for my cheat meals, but it isn’t working.
I ... Read More
Yea!! A Weekly Re-Cap
6/15/2012 5:13:15 PM
What was it Like to Lose Weight this Week
I guess this is a weekly recap. I think I did well this week. I started adding baby spinach to smoothies and bought some kale so that I can try that out. It feels good to get large amounts of vegetables and fruits packed into my diet. I feel good and I feel energetic. Running seems to be getting easier too.
So far I have run ...Read More
Don't Be so Crazy Pants
6/13/2012 9:04:23 AM
Change a Little, Change a Lot
This post is about taking it slow. It is about learning to trust yourself and the process. I often start thinking that I am some sort of super woman and set totally unrealistic and probably dangerous goals. Are they medically dangerous? No, but they are dangerous to my ability to make my goals and to my self esteem.
Sure, I can lose 4 lbs a week. Wait? I didn’t ...Read More
Carbs, Carbs, What to Do With Carbs?
6/7/2012 10:18:42 AM
How I Feel About Carbs
We do need carbs to be healthy and feel our best, but in my opinion people are eating way to many of them. The bulk of your carbs should come from vegetables and fruits. Other secondary choices include oatmeal, brown and wild rice, and antique grains like quinoa and amaranth.
You can also get a decent amount of carbs combined with good fat and protein in the form ...Read More
Why are We Here?
6/6/2012 7:42:09 PM
Why are We Here?
I don’t mean this in an existential sense. I don’t want to wax philosophical about why we are alive and here on this planet. What I do want to talk about is why we are here in this place where we need to lose weight and why we are now dedicating ourselves to losing it. (and keeping it off!!!)
My motivation for losing weight is two-fold. The first is ...Read More
6/3/2012 6:23:14 PM
That is a tribute to my wonderful husband Jay, the software architect and developer, who is making all of this possible for me. You probably have to know a developer or have tried to learn a programming language to understand the reference, but that isn’t really important for us. Feel free to Google it if you are the curious type like me.
The reason that I am starting this blog with a tribute ...Read More