Monday, 3 March 2014
I am inspired to look at my own health and re-begin my quest for satisfaction in my own body. But, you know what? This morning I was looking at the pictures from the red carpet and after parties and quite frankly I don't want to have bodies that look like that. Well, not everyone, but the majority of them look too thin. I don't want my bones showing that way. Sure, I would love to be not have a double chin and to able to wear a dress without random bulges in places, I would prefer they weren't, but so many of the women looked too skinny. I won't name names, as I'm not trying to be mean. I'm simply saying what has become the norm, is too much. It's pushing the skinny envelope too far. Like watching Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club and being distracted by his appearance, I felt the same way watching these women. Yes, they are all beautiful and I admire them for many reasons. I admire their speeches. I admire their self-expressionism. I admire the fact that they made it in business in which it is ridiculously difficult to succeed. Such a poetic life they all seem to lead.
Cate Blanchett's acceptance speech touched on the fact that women-centred films are not just a niche, but box-office powerhouses. I can only hope that these strong, determined women will eventually stand up to the conventional rules of Hollywood appearance and put on a few pounds. It will be healthier for them and healthier for the future generations of girls, wanting to follow in their footsteps.
Friday, 10 January 2014
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
I have officially lost 15 pounds! Can you believe it?!
With my birthday looming around the corner, I am hoping to lose a pound and a half this week.
I had been exercising religiously and then I fell down the stairs, which hampered my ability to work out for over a week. Of course, I have found that losing weight is secondary to the changes that I am seeing and feeling in my body. I feel stronger and fitter, which means more than the number on the scale (but I really want that number to go down too).
On the inside, I have been just plain grumpy. I'm hoping that the Christmas spirit will soon take over and cheer me up. I think it's because I feel very unorganized this year. Should have cruised through the holidays with Flylady. There is still time to get out of this Scrooge-y mood!
The challenge will be to not indulge too much over the holidays. All that yummy food and drink.....my mouth is watering just thinking about it! That reminds me, have you had your water today?
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Now I will admit that I still kept eating well, I just didn't exercise, so I didn't gain any weight back, but I didn't lose any either.
This upcoming weekend, I have a wedding to go to, so I am doing the unthinkable (at least to me), and trying a very low calorie diet for the week. And I have been exercising like mad! Of course, this is the hottest week of the year so far, so I think I have set a world record for the amount of sweat one person can produce, but after 2 days, I am down 4 pounds and my muscles hurt like crazy, so I must be doing something right!
The plan is to do the diet for this week, then go back to sensible eating next week, while continuing my intense exercising. I have a family reunion in two and a half weeks, so I have more incentive to get in shape. I wish that just wanting to be in shape was enough incentive, but I'll take what ever incentive I can get!!
On the inner finding myself front, I have been working on that throughout the past few months. I am currently trying to be more conscious of my thoughts and feelings. I think that in our lives, we tend to put up walls to protect ourselves (or at least many of us do), maybe they are put up after a particularly hurtful event, but then it becomes a habit, which we use constantly. That is the trap that I fell into, and I am determined to stop living my life hiding from myself. Unfortunately, all of this conscious thought is at times overwhelming which makes my walls become solid again. But I will persevere and keep trying to bring them down.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
I then tried on another shoe, whose model I can't recall. This shoe fit perfectly on the top, but my heel didn't feel quite right. If only I could have blended the two shoes together!
I was so close to getting the 1080, when my lovely salesperson, who was so helpful, suggested the w890v2. Well, my feet were in love the moment I put them on! Of course, after walking around the store, my pesky top-of-foot problem re-emerged. Hmmph. I was not happy, but I was shown a different way of lacing the shoe which helped relieve pain to that specific spot. The only problem left was that the store didn't have it in the colour that I wanted.
I really am proud of the fact that this inactive, weak person, with no desire to exercise, has turned into someone who has exercised every day in the past two and a half weeks (except for Sunday, when I was incredibly ill and could barely move). I feel stronger, and I don't get out of breath anymore doing simple tasks.
I think that if I weigh myself weekly, then I will be able to save myself from fretting over the small stuff. Now, hopefully Friday's weigh-in will reflect all the work that I have put into reclaiming my body and my health!
Saturday, 16 March 2013
I decided to get back on that kettlebell horse and do the workout again. Granted, the Dead lifts and squats were definitely not as low as they were in workout #1. That would be impossible. I did manage to do the workout twice, so I was proud of myself.
I, also, dusted off the ol' Tony Little Gazelle and did 20 minutes on that. I didn't want to go outside and walk because a) it's cold outside and I really don't want to walk in the cold today and b) Walking Buddy was helping out at a birthday party, so I didn't have anyone to walk with.
I went to a cool website called Fatburn.com which has a nifty little Fat Burn Tool to calculate calories burnt during different activities. Based on their numbers, a 25 minutes moderate Gazelle workout is equivalent to an hour walk. So, I plan to add some gliding to my fitness plan on the days where I don't actually feel like leaving the house and walking.
Next week, I need to work harder on a meal plan. I seriously failed in the food department this week, and given the fact that tomorrow is St.Patty's Day and will be filled with yummy stew, shamrock shakes and a beer or five, I won't fret about the food/drink until Monday. I'm still proud of myself, though. I really can't believe that less than two weeks ago, I never exercised at all. Like, at all. AT ALL. This two-week challenge has made me realise that I can put myself first and that I actually can do things that I didn't think I could, if I set my mind to it. And that's much more rewarding than the 3 pounds I have lost so far.