I'm looking at November as a month of possibilities.
It's possible that I could lose weight and get in better shape this month. Given that it is November, and the thirty-day container of probably my most favorite of all holidays (Thanksgiving), the probability if that is less than, say, August- when there aren't any holidays to speak of and Im sweating out the dog days of summer and thinking that anything I cram in my gullet is going to cause some sort of gastro-discomfort and blooming of my muffin-top over the waistband of my swim trunks. Those same swim trunks that were so flattering on the catalog model gracing some un-named website.
I don't remember if I even looked at the picture of the suit itself, I just went all left-brain and found 1. Size, 2. Price, and 3. Free Shipping, and nothing beyond that before pulling the trigger on what I was sure would just be a dynamite set of short that would cover my tuckus for the best price. Awesome possum, send me my shorts and get my butt to the lake.
Anyhoo, November is a serious month for a few reasons. First, I've seen way too many pictures of myself and if I can get it together during a month so frought with food, I'm sure I can make some lasting dents in areas of my body whos bulges could use some denting… and make it last. Second, it is NaNoWriMo and this is the year I'm going to accomplish something I've always wanted to do but have never been truly committed to doing: writing a novel. Fun part- doing it in thirty days. Third, I'm getting a new step tracker to count my activity throughout the day. My last one (actually the one I'm wearing right now) is totally whack and the company is sending me a new one.
The thing is, I really shouldn't need a starting-off point. Every re-entry into consciousness should be one. Everytime I open my eyes from more than a long blink should bring with it a commitment to act; an expression of the desire for constant improvement. Isn't that what consciousness is all about?
I’ve often said that there are few-to-no original thoughts occupying my skull- not that I originally made that statement. I think it was a claim made against me by another gentle human. As in, “You didn’t come up with that!” or “We were sharing a moment, please find your own table in the restaurant.” Anyway, I thought I’d share a short blurb I received in an email from the folks at the link appearing at the bottom of their blurb.
Fats and Dieting
When you’re trying to lose weight, you may be tempted to cut out fats. But keeping some fat in your diet can help satisfy your hunger longer, and some types of fat are really good for your health. Healthy fats can help protect you from heart disease, and they can help you look and feel your best.
For weight loss, try to get some healthy fat each day from sources like these:
- Seeds and nuts
- Avocados and olives
- Fatty fish (like salmon)
- Olive or canola oil
But remember: some other types of fat are not good for you at all. These are saturated fats and trans fats. These fats are typically found in red meat and pork, fried foods, potato chips, and packaged cookies. It’s best to limit these when you can.
To learn more about which fats are good for you and how much fat you need in your diet, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian.
Everyone Needs a Coach™. Visit Healthyroads.com today.
I don’t know that “Everyone Needs a Coach™”, but they are the source of this blurb(tm)— so credit where credit is due, I s’pose.
Fall has to be my favorite time of year. Beautiful weather that's no too hot or cold, changing colors amongst the flora, and so on and so forth. Today I decided to walk to lunch, or rather, for lunch. The cool thing is that I've been wearing a step-tracker and this will provide a boost to the number of steps I take today- something that has become oddly important– because of the aforementioned device.
More about that later.
Who can stress the importance of sticking to a plan of action ad nauseam beyond success better than me? Well, pretty much everyone but I'm going to give it a go.
The thing is, I've gained and lost a crap-ton of weight- and had I stuck to what was working for me, I would have piled as much of that crap-ton back on as I have. Run-on sentences aside, tenacity and persistence are the true keys to success for pretty much anything worthwhile.
Steve (yeah, I'm talking to me), you've been consistently riding your bike and going to the gym. That's a good thing. It's well passed time to redevelop a sustainable daily face-stuffing thats healthier and less adipose-swelling than what you've been gob-stuffing. And stop talking to yourself, it's weird.
This morning was the first time since the beginning of August that I had gone to the gym. That may not seem like a big deal to most, but two months away from something I’d be visiting daily had turned into a very big deal for me.
The cool thing is that I’m back now and will continue to go back each morning- at least until my pass runs out.
Continue awesomeness and rock on.
This post was written by an awesome young woman who decided to get off the couch and do something. Brava!
I’ve never been a big fan of exercise- or any sized fan of exercise for that matter. One of the only forms of it I truly enjoy is dancing, but I don’t think I’ve ever broken a sweat doing the Dougie. However, every so often I decide that I really should be somewhat active, and I start a workout routine. This lasts for at around a week before I stop for some stupid reason and wait at least three months before continuing. Sad, I know.
My most recent attempt at getting fit was actually earlier today. My friend, Cherry, and I share the same love of being lazy and the same strange desire to become active at some point in our lives. So why not achieve it together? It wouldn’t be the first time we set a goal together, and so far the others have worked pretty well. She and I had created a workout plan with another friend earlier this year, and we all went to the gym together once. It was kind of fun (I guess) but more awkward than it was worth. Needless to say, that plan was very short-lived. This time, however, we were much more determined. We ditched our other friend (it was for the best, he was kind of a know-it-all when it came to working out and we really didn’t need that kind of intimidation) and decided that we would run for a half hour then do some circuit training for another half hour. It sounds pretty intense (to me at least) for a couple of girls like us, but understand that I’m using the terms “run” and “circuit training” pretty loosely.
For our run, Cherry bought an app. I have no idea what it was called, but it started with a five minute warmup walk, then a minute of running (slow running because we’re slow), and a few minutes of walking. It repeated that pattern of running and walking for a half hour. Super easy, even in the heat of a summer morning. Except for one small detail: I probably haven’t done any real physical activity in about four months. Not only was my mind telling me to sit down and eat a doughnut, my body was in full protest as well. I felt like I was going to throw up and pee at the same time. But that’s besides the point. We both made it through the “run” without giving up; most likely because we were each there to motivate the other.
Our version of circuit training was also pretty low key. We did planks, lunges, squats, jumprope, and sprints. In rotation, of course. And once we finished that we stretched. I hope you realize how amazing stretching is. Like honestly, I could stretch for the rest of my life.
Besides the initial discomfort that came with the running, I think it was a productive workout. At least for two inactive girls it was. Hopefully we’ll be motivated enough to keep this one up, at least long enough to be able to run more than a minute at a time. And I definitely don’t want to go back to never doing any sort of exercise. Being active is good, even if it hurts sometimes. You just have to find the motivation to keep it up.