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That’s It! Thursday: Avoiding Clothes Shopping… No More!

30 Aug

I’m pretty cheap, but I love searching for a good deal. My mom used to tease me that I had way too many shoes, purses, and accessories but not actual clothes. I mean come on, shoes are the one thing I wear a small size in, of course I love shopping for them!

As I become more confident in my body, I’ve also become more comfortable clothes searching as well. I actually think that “cute” clothes look cute on me when I feel good in my own skin. Otherwise, I want to hide behind baggy jeans and an old t-shirt so as to not attract any attention to myself.

All of this to say, I did some shopping today. Bought some lovely items from LOFT and then a great black J.Crew cardigan for $16 at Buffalo Exchange! I’ve never owned anything from J.Crew ever so I’m pretty excited about that.

Shirt from the Loft, on sale of course! I love that green color.

I’m still buying the same sizes, but they’re fitting better and to me—most importantly—I’m confident in them!

What is your favorite thing to shop for? 

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30 Aug

Cassy is an inspiration. Many of you know I’ve been feeling like I’m falling off the wagon lately. Then I read a post like hers and my motivation returns. I just had to share her most recent post.

Journey To Awesomehood

Sometimes, I don’t realize how much has changed in the past year. I have been constantly on the go since my father passed away last year, and I really have not taken time to sit back and think on everything. For some reason, if I am not accomplishing a lot, I feel like I am all of a sudden a complete failure. Gosh, I am such a drama queen sometimes. Ok, I am not too much of a drama queen because I don’t really like drama so that’s definitely not the right term for it. But, the whole not accomplishing thing is huge because I have accomplished way more in a year that I should be proud of. I am not at my goal yet, but I have done so much to set a foundation for a successful life. I got off my lazy ass and actually did stuff this…

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Accountable Monday: On a Tuesday

28 Aug

Sorry for being a bit late with this post. I did weigh in yesterday– and saw 154.

That’s one pound down, and given that it’s the time of the month and I wasn’t very good last week, I’m very pleased. I’m still doing TurboFire until I get my hands on my friend’s Insanity, but am really having trouble with motivation.

I’m also due for taking measurements in the next few days so I’m hoping to see some good progress there as well. I’m about 7 weeks into my lifestyle change (and this blog) and am trying hard to keep it a routine- a balance- and not burn out/give up.

I have to remember that I’m doing this for so many reasons, and I can’t give up.

I can’t give up on myself. It simply cannot be an option.

End melodramatic post… sorry about that.

I Am Not A Failure If I Don’t Complete TurboFire

26 Aug

I’ve been having a battle with myself lately. I’m midway through month two of TurboFire and I posted recently that I was getting tired of it. This past week I haven’t been very good about getting those workouts done. A few of you suggested it might be time to change it up.

But, would I be failing myself if I gave up TurboFire before completing it? At first, my gut reaction was yes. Of course, I simply had to complete what I had started. What was the point if I was going to give up halfway through?

Here’s the thing though. I’m not giving up. I’m changing courses. Maybe. I might only do another workout for a day or a week and then go back to it. That’s okay. I know at this point in time I need a change to regain focus. I tried the “giving yourself a day off” to shake things up, and that didn’t seem to be enough. So, I’ve come to the decision that it is okay for me to change courses. It doesn’t mean I failed. It means I needed a change.

I’ll be borrowing a friend’s set of Insanity dvd’s and am going to give that a shot sometime this week. Who knows, maybe it will reaffirm my love for the fun dancey ways of TurboFire. Or, maybe it’ll help me push to a whole new level. I think what is most important is that I keep pushing myself. Keep fitness and my health as a priority in my life. I don’t necessarily need to follow one set series to do that.

We’ll see how this goes!

I’m Getting Tired Of TurboFire

24 Aug

Or maybe I’m just lazy. Probably that. I don’t want to work out. I just want to lay around and do nothing. Why is that? I know I feel better once I get off my butt and actually do it, but committing to the actually getting to done.

I read all the time about people who “love” to work out. I believe them. But will I ever be one of them? Did they love working out when they first started out, or is it something they learned to love? Is it something you have to have within you? Or you just get used to the routine?

I don’t know. Maybe I’ll never love it. But I have to learn to accept it as an inevitable part of my life and routine. So, I guess it’s time that I stop complaining and go press play!

That’s it! Thursday: Do You Have To Take That Short-Cut?

23 Aug

One of the great things about living in NYC is the vast amount of walking you do on a daily basis simply due to the fact that you live here. My apartment is a ten minute walk to the subway- just under a mile. So, I walk at absolute minimum 2 miles a day. But why do I find myself cutting through a parking lot to make my walk shorter?

Do I really need to get there that little bit faster? Am I truly too lazy to walk around the parking lot instead of diagonally through it?

I hadn’t really thought about it. But, this morning on my way to work a light bulb went off. It doesn’t make any sense to be working out and trying to incorporate more fitness into my life, but yet keep taking short cuts on my regular routes. I was completely doing it out of habit!

Therefore, for this That’s it! Thursday, I’m going to work on being more conscious of “lazy” habits that I’ve developed—and no longer cut through that parking lot. I can totally walk around it and build up those extra steps. Every little bit helps!

How do you try to incorporate fitness into your everyday life? Park in the back of the parking lot? Do calf raises at your desk at work? I’d love to hear!

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and What it Means for Health and Weight Loss

22 Aug

I’m a big reader. Recently, I was reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and one section really stuck out to me—it speaks to how community affects our health.

Living a long life, the conventional wisdom said at the time, depended to a great extent on who we were — that is, our genes. It depended on the decisions people made — on what they chose to eat, and how much they chose to exercise, and how effectively they were treated by the medical system. No one was used to thinking about health in terms of a place.

Wolf and Bruhn had to convince the medical establishment to think about health and heart attacks in an entirely new way: they had to get them to realize that you couldn’t understand why someone was healthy if all you did was think about their individual choices or actions in isolation. You had to look beyond the individual. You had to understand what culture they were a part of, and who their friends and families were, and what town in Italy their family came from. You had to appreciate the idea that community — the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with — has a profound effect on who we are. The value of an outlier was that it forced you to look a little harder and dig little deeper than you normally would to make sense of the world. And if you did, you could learn something from the outlier than could use to help everyone else.”

This chapter was published in the New York Times and you can read it here. To me, this was an important eye opener. So often, we think about genes and decision-making as the two main drivers behind our level of health. The research that Gladwell is referencing indicates that it so much more than just the individual. Our health is also a product of our culture, the people that we surround ourselves with. Whether we’re trying to pinpoint why someone is healthy or why they aren’t healthy, we need to not only look at the individual but beyond them to their culture and environment.

Outliers (book)

Outliers (book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What does this mean for someone who is trying to change their current health status? To me, I think that it means we have to think of ourselves within context. None of us exist in a silo. We are influenced by the people around us and their values. Does something in our environment have to change in order for us to succeed in changing into a more healthy being?

How do you think your cultural context has affected your health? 

Accountable Monday: Weigh-in Results & TurboFire Month 2 Beginnings

20 Aug

Good Morning! Monday is weigh-in day around here, and today I saw 155.

That’s one pound down since last week and 7 overall since the start of TurboFire. I’m quite pleased.

Month 2 of TurboFire has been off with a bang. The workouts are longer than last month’s on a whole, and there are none of the HIIT workouts on the horizon. My endurance is building but I’m still struggling through the longer workouts. I did something funny last night, apparently, and my left lower back is not so happy today. I’m going to have to take it a little easier until that goes away but I’m going to make sure I’m still getting my heart rate up.

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 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Additionally, my lovely SO who certainly has nothing but the best of intentions gave me a “tip” today after I stepped off the scale that my weight loss results would be better if I didn’t eat so much crap. True, yes, but my diet has significantly improved and I’m trying to make this a lifestyle change. I know that if I cut out everything I’m craving it will not be sustainable. I’m cutting down on those indulgences not eliminating them completely.

Maybe I won’t lose weight as quickly as I would if I were eliminating anything remotely unhealthy from my diet. But, I’m proud of the progress I’m making and am looking forward to finding ways to still enjoy life but be more mindful and healthy as I do so.

Lifestyle Change: Taking Care of Myself Overall/Essie Marathin

18 Aug

I’m currently sporting a pretty pink Essie nail polish color called “Marathin”* which previously would have been totally out of character for me. Coincidentally (or not) it’s from Essie’s new fall 2012 “Yogaga” collection. I have no idea why they have a Yoga themed nail polish collection. The collection includes names like Spinning Again, Pilates Hottie, and Gym Dandy. Most of the colors are pretty soft and muted, but I’m telling you, this pink is out of my comfort zone. My fingers are screaming, look at me! (At least in my mind.) Which is the complete opposite of what I’m usually trying to do—which is hide.

Ever since I’ve been taking better care of myself—eating healthier, drinking more water, exercising regularly (you know the drill), I’ve been doing lots of other little things that I had let go by the wayside.

Marathin from Essie’s Fall 2012 Yogaga Nail polish Collection

I never really wore much makeup; but now, I’m taking 2 minutes in the morning to look in the mirror. I’ve gotten manicures and stopped biting my nails. I’ve worn headbands more than once.  It’s not that I’m becoming consumed with my appearance. I’m just making myself a priority again. I’m letting myself feel beautiful and confident.

For so long, I just wanted to blend into the background so no one would look at me. And for me, that was a way to be less accountable. If I hid behind my “lazy” I didn’t have to face reality—I felt like I could just “disappear” and all would be okay.

Most importantly, I’m learning/accepting that it is okay to feel beautiful and comfortable in my own skin.

*Disclaimer: I don’t want to be thin, I want to be healthy and fit.  I wish they named it Marafit!

Are your nails painted? If so, what color are you currently wearing?

Accountable Monday: TurboFire Month 1 Results & Weigh-in

13 Aug

Yesterday, I posted about my thoughts of the first month of TurboFire. Notably, however, I left out my weight loss results– which I’m sure many of you were eager to see. I know I was.

I started TurboFire on  at 162 pounds on July 15th, 2012.

As of today, August 13th, 2012, I weight 156 pounds.

That’s six pounds down!  

Of course, it’s not as much as I would have liked. (Got to love those unrealistic expectations and lofty goals!) But, I know I’m well on my way and moving in the right direction. I’m building muscle, getting stronger, and I’m sure I’m loosing inches along the way. Measurements in a couple of weeks will tell me for sure.

My goal was 15 pounds by the end of TurboFire on November 4th– that’d make me 147…. 9 to go! That feels do-able. I like breaking it down it more bite-sized goals like that.

Did you weigh in this week? How were your results? What are you going to do this week to make it even better?