Wednesday, January 01, 2014
THE PLAN (and if I post this out loud, it helps):
Since I did it before and it worked fairly well, I'm gonna start doing the ol' gettin' up at 5am thing to hit the gym thing again. (I'll make breakfasts and lunches the night before). If I get to the gym by 5:30am, that gives me a full hour to do some cardio, but more importantly, I can get in some strength training - which I *know* is going to make the biggest difference in the overall shape & appearance of my body. (I've been mulling this over for two weeks now, formulating a plan, psyching myself up for what I want & need to do.) So... that's just what's gonna happen exercise-wise. Gym in the morning (at least 3x's per week; preferably 3x's during the work week, then at least one FUN outing on the weekends...like a bike ride, or an outdoor run....).
The goal is to start building core and arm strength. By Warrior Dash on April 5 (6?) I hope to be able to pull myself up and out of any muddy ditches (thereby avoiding what happened last time when the ex FLUNG me out and into another one...not cool.) I want...nay, NEED to be able to do it myself. I know it's not gonna be perfect after 4 months, but I just want it to be BETTER... After the Dash, I can keep working on the arm strength so that by June/July, I can wear my favorite bikini again. (I don't like the "over hang"/muffin top thing... I'm done with that. No longer need it.)
Oh - and since I've been too immersed in the Facebook Land, I came up with a little "reward" system: for each minute of exercise I conquer per day, I earn one minute of Facebook time. If I do 30 minutes of exercise in the morning, I get 30 mins of Facebook that day. (I still haven't decided if I'm allowed to "carry over" earned minutes from one day to the next.)
AND - concurrent with the exercise schedule, I'm changing my eating & drinking habits. I've been imbibing TOO MUCH alcohol lately (and not just over the holidays, but since July). Alcohol will be limited to TWO glasses per WEEKEND. That might mean ONE on Friday and ONE on Saturday, or TWO on one of those nights... but none of this "glass every night 'with dinner'" baloney. (Besides, it disrupts one's sleep, and if I'm getting up at 5am, I need my sleep!!!)
Alcohol and sugar cravings tend to be related, so that will also get cut. I'll keep the sugar for my one cup of coffee per day, but it's gonna get eliminated from everything else.
Fresh veggies and fruits are now back on the menu! My favorite meals over the summer were usually a fruit or veggie with a little cottage cheese. It sounds "old school diet-y", but when assembled well, it's a PERFECT meal. Light in calories, full of protein, and the sweetness of fruit (or savoriness of a veggie like a cucumber) is REFRESHING!
The hardest part of the new menu is going to be the grocery shopping. To keep things from spoiling in the fridge, I'm gonna have to shop every few days or so, and the temptation to buy things off my grocery list is gonna be great...but I know that I - WE - can do anything we set our minds to!!!!!
So... thanks for reading this. Feel free to share your own intentions for this New Year... I have more, but this one is big on my mind today.
And here's my "before" picture. Granted, the sweater is too short (which cuts the visual line across the worst part of my bod) and my arm is probably covering the small of my back, so it LOOKS like I'm preggers, even though I'm not. But here's where I'm starting. I want to post something for April and again for July and again for October. By January 2015, I want to be strong, 145lbs and back in my size 4 LBD. Go, Me!!!
Monday, November 18, 2013
It's almost the end of 2013. I started this journey at the beginning of this year and set some goals that I believe were highly achievable. I wanted to lose 20 lbs by the end of July. I haven't done that. I thought I was making progress, then I wasn't, then I was a little bit again, then I wasn't.
This morning, I woke up and discovered I'd GAINED a pound. Okay, okay... I know. It's just ONE pound. It could be water-weight left over from last night's Thai fest. It could be from "that time of the month", it could be because I'm being inconsistent with both my exercise and my nutrition. And cheese. OH, THE CHEESE!!!!
So... what can I do to make the last month and a half of 2013 count? What can I do to still make this year - with all of its ups and downs, breakups, health challenges, weddings, small personal victories - a successful one?
Well... I could cut back on a few things. Alcohol: it's been a lot of fun lately, but even one glass of wine every night (at about 100-150 cals each) still doesn't provide me with any proper nutrition. Cheese: I've chosen the lower-fat options, and it's a GREAT quick protein, but cheese in every meal isn't helping me. DESSERT: I don't usually have dessert, but when a craving hits - even a "little nibble" - it's a setback.
I could also incorporate a few things, too. VEGETABLES: I can eat more of these now. No, really!! Now that I'm not dating the MAN-CHILD (who refuses to eat like a grown-up), I can make entire meals full of fresh veggies! EXERCISE: I can also incorporate more exercise. I took a break from it for a bit (I needed more sleep and the gym membership was getting a little too pricey), but finding consistency of 30 minutes a day is what I need (not these crazy 2-hour daily power sessions the ex expected from me). I have to do these things for ME.
I look at my past successes and ask myself, "What worked and why do you think so? Was it easy or difficult? Was it expensive or affordable after all? Can you commit to doing that again?" I still hope to drop a few more pounds before the New Year, so what ELSE do I have to lose? Think of what I have to GAIN!!!
Alright, Holidays... Brace yourself!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I just read this article www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
althy_size and as an actress living and working in Hollywood, I think I can provide *some* perspective, here.
First, the camera lens is curved - like a fish bowl. This is why they always say "the camera adds 10lbs" - because visually, it does.
Two, actors are not just entertaining us. They are spokespeople for products - for instance, Fashion. Many fashion designers create "sample" sizes of their designs which are generally size 0-4. People make money when an actor wears a designer's dress or suit on the red carpet ("Who are you wearing?"), but if you can't wear it, you don't get paid (and neither does the designer...it's complicated). Additionally, size 8 is considered "plus size" by Hollywood standards.
However, I will say that there are many actresses who - particularly in their late 30's and 40's - maintain a more healthy weight because they're in a different "type" category. They can't play the 20-something coed anymore; they play the all-American housewife/comedienne/attorney/cop/etc. and those types of characters can be physically demanding (not only to film, but to maintain over several seasons).
And let's not even get into plastic surgery (which, IMHO, is only done by those who suffer from tremendous insecurities)!
This is a cruel, superficial industry. Remember the horrible backlash that the awesome-amazing-talented Melissa McCarthy endured when her show, "Mike & Molly" first aired? She ultimately prevailed because she is an AMAZINGLY talented woman with a truckload of integrity and spunk. I personally have a little girl crush on her.
Therefore, for me, healthy is the way to go. Currently, I'm on the border between a size 6 & 8 and I'd like to get back to being a size 4 (simply because I love the way that size feels on my body). But I am driven to win over Hollywood by my talents, not my waistline. If the side-benefit of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is dropping another size, then so be it. But I'm going to do it because I'm happy with who I am on the INSIDE.
So, here's to getting up every day at 5am for a run and sticking to a reasonable, nutritious "diet" plan. Let's raise a glass (of water) to perseverance, tenacity, and chutzpah! HUZZAH!
Monday, September 02, 2013
It's been about 2 months since I ended my relationship with my BF of a year and a half. In that time I've been reflecting on many of the challenges I experienced in the relationship (e.g., "why didn't it work?") and I'm trying to see what I've learned through all this.
To begin, we were the couple that was always out “doing stuff”. We would go out to eat, we’d go to concerts, movies, sporting events. We always had something on our social calendar. We would work hard at our jobs during the week, get our daily workouts in, and then we’d play just as hard together on the weekends.
The irony is that despite our constant athletic activities (5K/10K fun runs, obstacle course races, etc), the relationship itself was unhealthy. I won't go into all the details of what made it unhealthy, but in the course of a year and a half, I gained about 20lbs. Much of this was due to my feeling completely stressed out trying to incorporate a healthy, active lifestyle into my daily routine & responsibilities.
I wanted so very much to have activities that the BF and I could share together – and I thought exercise could be something we could “bond” over. Unfortunately, I was not the same kind of athlete that the BF was. I tried to see things from his hard-core athlete perspective - maybe "training" would give me the physical results I wanted instead of just looking at exercise as a "fun pastime"?
But the more I tried to "train" the more I heard his voice in my head, "You're not getting the results you want because you're not working hard enough. Stop being lazy. You need to do more." So I did. I did more. I pushed and pushed until I spread myself thin (but not the “thin” I wanted to be.) After a while, what I heard in my head was, “He won’t love you if you don’t push harder. Do it for him. Do it for the relationship.” I wasn’t losing the weight I wanted, but I was losing my sense of ME.
During the last few months of the relationship, I started to feel completely burned out on running and pushing and training (not to mention all the other fun activities we shared together). I wasn’t seeing any results (despite having stuck to my Spark plan as best I could since the beginning of this year). I decided to do the *opposite* of what I’d been doing – and just choose rest over exercise. Much to the chagrin of the BF, it finally started to work.
As the relationship broke down even further, I began to lose more weight. It wasn’t a staggering amount – maybe only a pound or two per week, then a slight gain, then a slight loss again – but after about two months of NOT exercising, I’d lost between 5-8 pounds (about the same amount I’d lost in 6 months of “training”).
One good thing about having committed to the SparkPlan is that I developed good eating habits. So, once the break-up finally happened, I didn’t do the “depression diet” and stop eating (or binge eat) – I just kept my same nutritious foods in the right portions. In fact, I started eating BETTER because I wasn’t eating out all the time!
But here’s where I’m starting to feel some “loss”… I haven’t exercised in MONTHS. I’ve gone on little walks here and there, I’ve found other activities that I already do that have burned a few calories in the day… but I can’t seem to bring myself to put on those running shoes again and run FOR ME. I still hear that voice in my head, “You need to push harder. Stop being lazy. You’re not doing enough.”
When will it ever be enough? When will I be able to lace up my shoes, hit the asphalt and just enjoy the run for the hell of it? When will that commanding, judging voice in my head *finally* shut the hell up and just let me enjoy something for once?
The only answer I have right now is that just like adopting a new fitness and nutrition lifestyle, it takes time. There is no “quick fix” or magic wand that makes all the ick go away. It just takes a shift in thinking – a shift back to me. If I do something I need to start hearing that little voice say, “Hey, you did it. Doesn’t that feel GOOD?! You are enough. And you know what? I love you. I love you, Me.”
Now…where is my other shoe…?
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