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Easter breakfast

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Looks tasty, doesn't it? But I'm phenomenally disappointed to discover that I don't actually like star fruit. It doesn't taste as pretty as it looks!

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JILLYBEAN25 4/20/2014 5:52PM

    I've never had it before... Major bummer!

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PINKHONEYLILY 4/20/2014 4:40AM

    Well at least you gave it a try emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/20/2014 4:37AM

    Star fruit is kind of bland...but it sure does look pretty!

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Beautiful (and strong)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Aunty sent me a photo from my belly dance class at Girl's camp last August. And here it is:

Now, my first reaction was EWW! SHINY!!!
But then I looked again. At that moment I had around 15 girls and 10 women staring at me (one of the things I hate most), but I'm still smiling, and my posture is really open. I look like a confident person.

On even closer inspection I can see some of hard kettlebell work paying off in the lines of my arms and chest, and the long tails of my coin belt tied around my shrinking waist.

I'm so quick to judge myself sometimes. I need to learn to slow down, look properly and see how amazing I really am.

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ANONSI 4/14/2014 10:20AM

    I agree. You look very happy and relaxed. Great picture. :)

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    And our amazing stuff doesn't have anything to do with our bodies.

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POOKASLUAGH 4/12/2014 5:41PM

    You look beautiful! And the "shiny"? It looks like you have lights on your face, that's all. :)

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KNOWNANDLOVED 4/12/2014 5:11PM

    You look good! :-)

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Why I will never have a six pack

Monday, March 17, 2014

I love strength training. Swinging kettlebells around is one of my favourite forms of exercise, and once I get a set of dumbbells in my hands I'm away. But I hate training my core. If I were only allowed to have peanut butter after 5 minutes of core work, I would most likely never eat it again.
I've tried sit-ups, crunches, ab wheels, planks, pilates, leg raises..you name it. And I hate every single one of them. A blogilates video actually reduced me to tears not once, but twice.
What is it about that area that makes building it so psychologically difficult?
It's a good job there are a couple of planks in my bodyweight circuit, otherwise I'd probably never do any core at all.
Abs of jelly, anyone?

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RAWCOOKIE 3/21/2014 6:25AM

    My secret belief (shh) is that most women aren't supposed to display their abdominal six-pack muscles - it ain't natural! I feel the same as you about core stuff - I can do a plank though. What I HAVE been able to manage is Coach Nicole's seated core workout, and there's a similar one on here somewhere which is a crunchless core workout - I added both of those videos to my 'favourites' list and can tolerate them! I am motivated to do them by wanting to protect my back from damage.

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LPRUNWALK 3/18/2014 11:50AM

    Cassey Ho has reduced me to tears too, but after many tries I find I can now do almost all of the core workouts on Fitness Blender. The ones I like best alternate between core and cardio. This gives you a break from all the ab pain while also raising your calorie burn. My absolute favourite is Fitness Blender's Ultimate Workout for Belly Fat Loss. If you try it, I really want to know how it goes!

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    I'm the same way and I'm fine with it. I do enough physical stuff that I'm pretty complete in the exercise arena.

As to why you cry when you do intense ab workouts? Perhaps because that's where your core or your power chakra is.

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HAPPY-DESTINY 3/17/2014 4:28PM

    EVERYONE has a 'six-pack' under the omentum! It is true! certain exercises define them more than others as far as making them stronger . . yet they are there!

'Spot workouts' or training just in a certain area of the body affects the rest of the body as well! I guess you could take handweights and just do curls to the right bicep.. you would have one bicep bigger than the other..yet the whole body will reap the rewards as well!

I use resistance bands and I also have a Total Fitness Gym from Walmart that help my abs!

I also use a Pilates ball and I raise it (while standing) from resting (the ball) on my knees and I raise it over my head slowly 15 times. It should take you 6-10 seconds to raise it up.

Then I hold it straight in front of me and turn from side to side. I use that as a warm up before I get on my TFG!

I could guess as to why it is so "psychologically difficult" . . but I do not know you so it will be a guess . . BUT . . My guess is you are afraid of Success! I read a lot of your blogs and they seem to have a tone of 'discouragement and doubt' about yourself thus you may fear the very success you wish for because you already doubt yourself and the ability to get where you want to be. . And should you get there . . you may doubt your ability to stay there (Based on self-doubt) ! (?)

I wish you all the best as I do for everyone that is a member here!

Remember . . Lose the Omentum . . Gain the Momentum!

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ZOSBOS 3/17/2014 4:12PM

    emoticon Working your core is really hard, especially if, like me, you officially have no core to speak of!
It does sound like you've got quite a psychological block there though, perhaps some bigger whole body moves which also work your core might be better for you than targeting that group of muscles specifically.
I always kinda liked core work because it sucks everything in a bit - so you look and feel like you've lost weight even if you haven't actually managed to! But if you're doing bodyweight circuits you are probably working your core a lot without realising it - much better to do something that you enjoy than something that makes you miserable, so ditch that evil blogilates video!

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Love your body challenge

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I've started a Love Your Body challenge on a site of an awesome lady I follow, Molly Galbraith.

Before I get going, I have some questions to answer:

1. How do you feel when you think about how your body looks? 2
(1 = absolutely terrible, 10 = freaking awesome)

2. How often do you think about things youd like to change on your body? 2
(1 = constantly, 10 = never)

3. How often do you look in the mirror and think, I look really awesome!? 4
(1 = never, 10 = always)

4. How confident do you feel when youre in a swimsuit? 3
(1 = not confident at all, 10 = extremely confident)

5. How confident do you feel about your body during intimate moments? 1
(1 = not confident at all, 10 = extremely confident)

6. How often do you catch yourself saying/thinking negative things about your body? 2
(1 = constantly, 10 = never)

7. How often do you catch yourself saying negative things about your body to other people? 3
(1 = constantly, 10 = never)

8. How well do you receive compliments from others? 4
(1 = not well, 10 = really well)

9. How often do you have feelings of shame in regards to your body? 2
(1 = constantly, 10 = never)

10. If I told you that you could drastically change your perception of your body in 28 days, would you believe me? 7
(1 = absolutely not, 10 = no doubt about it)

As you can see, I really need this challenge. I know I CAN build up my self-confidence because I did when I first joined SP, it's just taking the time and effort to actually do it.

So, day 1: I have to do something to take care of myself today, and repeat this mantra 10 times: "My body is my home. Its the ONLY place I have to live. I will treat it with the care and respect it deserves."

I think I will do my own mini manicure as the thing to take care of myself. My nails are in need of it because I hardly ever spend time on them.

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RUBYREDIVY1 3/6/2014 4:54AM

    Good luck! Remember you are unique and you will have unique features no one shares with you - make the most of them!

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ZOSBOS 3/5/2014 11:35AM

    It sounds like a great challenge - best of luck with it!

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    emoticon I think you'll enjoy it.

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POOKASLUAGH 3/5/2014 9:14AM

    I have Molly's post bookmarked. I know I'm late, but I really want to start this challenge too, and need to take the quiz. But I've been sick the last two days, and my youngest is home sick today, and spring break starts next week...I might just be starting the challenge late, haha!

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Reward #1

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I finally managed a good eating day (having baking as my main stress-reliever is not entirely working for me), so I bought my first reward song on itunes - Love me again by John Newman.
I love this song, it never fails to get me dancing!

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BEANIES_MOM 3/5/2014 6:20AM

    emoticon One day is all it takes to get started on a streak of good days!

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RUBYREDIVY1 3/5/2014 4:40AM

    That's brilliant! I'm so glad you're feeling better!

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IDICEM 3/4/2014 3:43PM

  That's a good reward! Congrats.

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