Thursday, November 20, 2014
I think you and I need a break from each other. We have this toxic relationship where I'm always trying to get validation from you - and you're just being honest, I get it, so it's not your fault. It's not you - it's me. I need to work on not relying on you to help me feel like a successful, healthy person.
So, Scale, I propose that we take a break til January 1. In the meantime, I'm going to work on myself, stick to my healthy habits, continue to work out, and not let the sun rise and set on the feedback you give me.
See you in 2015, Scale.
Monday, November 17, 2014
And it's shaping up to be another great week. I'm feeling strong and motivated!
I didn't want to get up and do Insanity this morning - it's a cool, grey, rainy morning here, which is never conducive to getting out of bed, much less so for pushing yourself past your limits. But - I did it, and apart from nearly throwing up (it's called Insanity for a reason, folks), I felt really good! I can see myself improving in little ways - a little more "pop" here, an extra rep there. I'm also starting to *feel* a little more toned - even if my body and the scale are not really showing it yet. I'm determined to not get bogged down by numbers. As easy as it is to SAY "don't live and die by the scale," in practice, it's still really hard for me and it's a challenge I continue to work on.
I'm so mad that I left my Fitbit home on Sunday - I was actually really active that morning filming a safety video for a friend of mine. All those steps not logged! Gah!
Anyway... I'm hopeful for another really good week. Last week I was nearly spot-on, and I want to continue that momentum - especially in these days leading up to Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday season. Sooooo many opportunities to eat unhealthy, crappy food. Ugh.
Soldier on, friends! Keep fighting the good fight!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I do love this workout...
Some really good stretching going on here, but there are also some fantastic strength exercises. Love it!
Although I love it, it's not really too much of a calorie burner - so I may grab an "extra" tonight. I do love the Kenpo workout from P90X - I think I may do that one!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
It is vitally important to develop healthy habits while you're young.
I started being earnestly serious about my health in my early to mid-thirties, which isn't such a late start, I guess - but in hindsight, I wish I'd been better about it in my 20s. I was fortunate in that I have mostly always been a really healthy eater (save for that year between 2005-2006, when I got waaaaay out of control), but I truly wish I'd have been better about exercising in my 20s.
Fortunately, it's NEVER too late to start taking care of yourself by eating better and moving! The effects are almost immediate.
This is especially true if you are female... because OH GOOD GRIEF do our bodies go through major changes during our lives. First, when we hit puberty and start to menstruate, our hormones go all nutty... then, when we get pregnant, again with the hormone craziness... and then, when we get older, our bodies change AGAIN when we prepare for and go through menopause. (Why do they call it menopause? Shouldn't it be called menoSTOP?)
Along with these bodily changes come a host of physical side effects that can make even the healthiest person feel like crap: cramps, fatigue, bone loss, anemia, migraines, endometriosis... and the list goes on, believe me.
Fortunately, eating clean and exercising helps minimize a lot of these physical side effects - and the earlier you develop the habit, the easier of a time you will have.
I bring this up because last night, I had my first hot flash. At 38 years old, this is a little worrisome (perimenopause? primary ovarian insufficiency? something else?) - and I'll bring it up at the doc. The intensity of it was shocking to me; I woke up in the middle of the night completely drenched, and I could NOT cool off. If there had been snow on the ground outside, I would have gotten into my bikini and gone outside and rolled around in it - which is dramatic by itself, but especially so when you consider my personal trait of hating cold, snow, and ice.
So, now that it appears my body's going through some changes (regardless of cause), it just underscores how vitally important it is to be proactive about my food and exercise choices. A healthy, fit body and heart is much easier to treat than an obese, weak heart and body that is full of sugar, chemicals, and crappy food.
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