Watching the Biggest Loser simultaneously upsets me and inspires me. I hate it.
It boggles my mind that there are people who are actually so clueless that they don’t know how to do a squat, or lunge, or crunch, or jumping jacks, or get on a piece of cardio equipment and just try. I know their point is to set a very low standard of “Before” in order to make the “After” that much more impressive, but still… it’s heartbreaking.
Yeah, I joke with my girlfriend that we should audition for the show because we could win; but if they put me in that effing gym and told us we needed to work out on our own I’d kick her fucking ass. The real question though is why I can’t do it on my own. But I guess the answer is that I can. I just gotta hop back on the right track. It’s been a while, and I make excuses with the move and everything, but it’s about time.
Note: I’d love to see a season of this show without eliminations. You could even have a winner and prize money. But I’d kill to see a season of this show where they stuck it out with all of the contestants, pushed everyone to their limits, and really gave them all what they were hoping for. (Even though I don’t think it’s a good way of doing things, even though I know it’s not healthy, even though I hate a lot of it, I think they deserve to get what they’re signing up for, I think they should get to follow it through to the end if that’s what they want.)
Spending my birthday at work with a sore throat. At least I’m taking home a paycheck I guess. (Eventually haha)
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Now this is pretty fucking cute.
Besides, people are going I critique how you look whether you go to the gym or don’t. There will always be people who think you’re too thin, too fat, too muscular, too flabby, too WHATEVER; and most of the time these people have no idea what your workout regime entails. So just do you, because you can’t make everyone else happy, so you might as well pick yourself to please.
Finally settling into a pattern at the new place. We’ll return to your regularly scheduled blogging very soon. In the mean time, here’s a photo of my lunch!
We’re all different, and you gotta do YOU.
YOU includes a history that you need to work with to make the best decisions for your body: the way you approach your diet and training needs to work for all of “you”.
Some people are totally amazing at moderation. They can have treats in the house, and eat them when desired, without finishing the whole box or bag. Others might struggle more with it, and having treats in the house is too much pressure for them. They might feel like willpower failures, but the truth is they aren’t. All it means is that in order to make the best decisions for themselves, they might need to be more diligent about controlling their environment. That’s empowerment, not weakness: a former alcoholic who refuses to keep booze in the house isn’t weak, but rather doing what they need to do. The same goes for people who might need to calorie count and those that don’t. Or those that need trainers/buddies to workout and those that don’t (sometimes you’re better off with friends and sometimes, it’s not the best for you). When you employ techniques, sometimes you need to base them on WHO YOU ARE. Not necessarily who you’d like to be. In short, it means keeping them realistic to your current situation.
If you can’t seem to commit to an hour a day, there’s nothing wrong with 20 minutes. If you can’t ever seem to make a morning workout, maybe a different time works best. If you have tried and absolutely HATE broccoli, there’s no need to eat it. There are far too many veggies in the world for broccoli to be the end all be all. Try something else.
I’d love to be the person who can keep treats in the house and never touch them. But I’m not that person. If I buy them, I’ll eat them. If I eat them, I often feel shitty on the inside and my workouts/life suffer for it. I’d also love to be the kind of person who loves going to the gym, but I’m not. At-home workouts are what works best for me, and I focused my energy on making them awesome with tools, research and by making my space conducive to home sweating. I used to feel guilty about this (as a trainer, I suppose it’s weird to hate gyms), but I realized there are loads of people like me who can benefit from at-home training experiences. I simply stick to what I do best and kick as much ass with it as I can.
In addition to your routines, your goals should also reflect your own self-awareness. My example would be the fact that I’m not pursuing goals related to incredible leanness, six packs or getting the lowest body fat percentage possible. For some (especially those competing), these are goals they attribute to success and they work really hard to get there. For me - due to my history- these are goals I attribute to disorder: it can be dangerous for me to focus too heavily on aesthetics or numbers. I don’t feel empowered when I micromanage my diet: I feel out of control. I don’t feel good about measuring my body fat percentage against other people: I feel obsessed. It would be very easy for me to pursue those goals, especially with the support I’d have from MANY awesome people. I even feel as though I “could” do it and keep my body in fairly good health too (or at least try). But because of my history - because of my self-awareness OF that history - I’d be poking a sleeping dragon. It wouldn’t be healthy for me to pursue those goals given my history with body image and food.
For anyone who’s interested: we’re getting settled in to our new place! It’s wonderful and I love it. I can’t wait to go running soon! We’re also two blocks down the street from a CrossFit Box!!!