A Morning Workout

Mind over matter, mind over matter. Part of pushing yourself is prioritizing the goal in your mind and ignoring the pain. Mind over matter. This definitely works on the treadmill, but when it comes to getting my body out bed, matter outweighs mind 9 times out of 10.

On the days that I do complete a morning workout, I feel amazing. A recent article in health magazine said that morning workouts burn 20% more fat than gym sessions done later in the day.

Morning workouts to do few things:

  1. They get a fitness goal done for the day
  2. They get your circulation going
  3. They help you burn calories throughout the day
  4. They set your expectations of yourself higher – so you’re more likely to make good choices throughout the day.
  5. They get your endorphins going – so you feel better about life.
  6. They give your bragging rights (but you feel so good about yourself, bragging isn’t even necessary.)

I really, really love morning workouts. Hopefully my love for them will soon soak into my subconscious so that it’s easier to get up and do them..

I need workout inception…

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Post 126: Let’s Take A Picture

Photogeneity is not my strong point.

Take a look at any of my Facebook albums and you will see that I’m never really looking in the right direction. I’m always standing too straight (trying to look skinny), or hunched over (for the more casual look). With a face that’s all cheeks, squinty eyes and wacky hair, I don’t know how I will ever leave this world with proof that I had any amount of poise, or even eyeballs.

If you’ve never had new girlfriends, know this: they want to document your initial bonding moments. I’ll tell you all about my new friends tomorrow, but I’m explaining why no pictures will be included today.

Pictures are a big reason behind people’s motivation to lose weight. They are also a way of tracking progress and showing results. So even though I haven’t figured out how to master the following tips, here’s how you can look your best in all future images.

Looking Good

1. Be a good subject. Be prepared, with hair done, makeup in place and best clothes.

2. Pop Your Joints – Putting your hands on your hips or putting one leg in front of the other makes your arms and legs appear skinnier.

3. Smile with your eyes – If you plan on smiling in your pictures, realize that it’s more than gritting your teeth in a positive way. Think about things that make you happy.

4. Look at the lens – kind of basic, but babies and I usually miss this one.

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Oh, and if you’ve successfully stalked my Facebook page, just know that I was not drink, high or unconscious in any of my photos. I know, I know – but it’s the truth.

Day 94: What Not to Wear

As much as I want to, I don’t buy clothes. It’s been part of my life for years. Do I have the desire to shop? Yes. Try new trends? Of course! But when I try doing these things, do they pan out the way I want them to? No!

So as much as I would love to have new clothes, I don’t go near clothing stores. And I won’t- until I lose weight. Telling myself that a particular item “Just looked better on the hanger”, isn’t excuse enough for me.

Here are a few things I’ve learned about dressing while being overweight.

Avoid horizontal stripes. You know how discouraging the tape measure can be? Wearing stripes is like wearing a bunch of tape measures around your middle.

Go for long tops that draw attention to your skinny parts- the more your middle is covered, the better. I like tops that draw the eye away from my middle.

Pick ascending necklines. When I get bigger, my boobs follow suit. And like it or not, boobs are fat. When they are big and visible, it’s a little too much for the average eye. I have to admit, this is where I do wrong most of the time.

Accessorize- This is another one where I do wrong. I’m in too much of a hurry most of the time to remember to change purses or earrings or shoes. Good accessories draw attention to and make you feel more put-together.

i don’t think I would have any trouble putting outfits together did I have a better foundation (i.e. body). But in the meantime, I can do what I can with what I have.

Day 79: My G-Fruit

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“Wow! That’s really big!”, was my friend B’s comment when I showed her the picture at right.

I made her clarify that she was talking about the grapefruit.

If there’s one way to beat the 2:30pm blues (and the 4:30 ones), it’s by eating grapefruit. Talk about a flavorful, guilt-free snack! I feel like I’ve found the panacea for afternoon downers!

Grapefruit is amazing. It speeds up your metabolism, wakes up your taste buds, and has tons of nutrients.

Of course, not everyone likes grapefruit. This blog about it is hilarious and hit’s home for pre-Skinny 365 me.

Yeah, grapefruit isn’t cake, but it is pretty awesome! I depend on it to get through the day, Thanks to God, farmers and the grocery store for bringing this delicious fruit to a store near me!

Day 77: 27 Signs that Your Workouts are Working

  1. Your clothes are looser
  2. You can feel some muscle underneath that fat
  3. Your arms hurt so much that it takes 5 minutes and a lot of twisting to get out of your sports bra
  4. pinterest-inspirational-quotes-motivationYour mood is directly dependent on if you made it to the gym the previous day.
  5. When Nike commercials come on- you know what they are talking about
  6. 2 hours at the gym turns from a marathon into completely normal
  7. Post-gym exhaustion is now post-gym energy
  8. You can be half-asleep when you leave the house and STILL remember your gym bag..WITH everything you need in it
  9. There are callouses on your hands where you hold your weights
  10. You have welts on your knuckles from kickboxing
  11. You can run faster for longer
  12. Every song you hear is evaluated for its workout playlist potential
  13. You come up with reasons to move around…sitting still feels weird
  14. You are more likely to try new forms of exercise
  15. You start counting reps, sets and weights
  16. You no longer get winded after a few flights of stairs
  17. Goals seem so much more attainable
  18. You feel better about yourself..as a person
  19. People comment on your weight loss
  20. Feeling sick and lethargic happens less and less frequently
  21. You’re okay with being in pictures
  22. You are the one inviting your friends to the gym
  23. You feel beautiful after a workout..(okay- after a workout and a shower)
  24. You start abbreviating the names of muscle groups
  25. You naturally stand up straighter
  26. You are willing to spend money on more fitness clothes, gadgets and experiences
  27. You identify with fit people

Day 71: The 4:30 PM Blues

19090817263Even the best of intentions are combatted with the worst of temptations around 4:30pm.

For those of you who don’t work in an office, 4:30 pm marks the time of day when you beg the seconds to tick by faster, or where you pray for more time to finish your work. No matter how hard you’ve worked, you’re usually tired.

It was around this time today that I felt the need to nap. The droop of my eyelids, the pain between my shoulder blades, and the lethargy of prolonged sitting filled my head with thoughts of speeding home, flopping down and not getting up until I had to return to my desk the next day.

Sure. I could grab an energy drink, but I’ve found that the only way to liven up those 4:30 pm blues is to always have a gym bag on hand and always make a beeline for the gym.

My development of this habit paid off today. It was only after a nice bit of yoga that I let myself lay down. I was still dog tired, but I’d gotten in a workout and my back didn’t hurt anymore. It was worth it. It’s worth it every time!

So even if you got them 4:30 pm blues, I’m sayin’ it’s okay.

You put on them running shoes and sweat those blues away.

Day 68: The Best Life Diet

best-life-diet-revised-updated-bob-greeneSince hindsight is 20/20, I can only say that I wish I had read this book closer to the start of Skinny 365. On Day 29: Holy Books, Batman! I asked for book suggestions, and Holly told me to read “The Best Life Diet” by Bob Greene.

But it takes time to request books from the library, get them and read them during the holidays. I just finished it today.

Bob Greene breaks down healthy diet to simple, easy-to-digest information. For people who are more experienced with healthy eating, a lot of the stuff he covers is repetitive and kind of “no duh”. But for people who are new to health food and healthy lifestyle, I can see where it would be helpful.

Not only does Greene point how HOW to change lifestyle habits in a three phase program, but he approaches the physical and psychological reasons WHY abuse their bodies by overeating. He also talks about the results of prolonged good behavior.

A great portion of this book tackles the subject of hunger. Why we eat, where we eat, how often we eat, how we feel before and after meals, and the differences between good and bad eating. He covers how to change the way hunger affects you.

Another great thing Greene does is to encourage you to do more and more to improve your health. Upon getting to “Phase 3”, he emphasizes that this is supposed to be the diet for the rest of your life. It is realistic, and covers the “instead ofs” that you can incorporate into your life. He also looks at the different levels of activity and encourages you to move to the next level.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is debating their own weight loss, or has just begun trying to lose weight. The Best Life Diet is no-nonsense, great advice.

Day 58: Feeling It

Life is short...

I’m an open book. What you see on my face, the words I say- it’s all real.

This is a blessing and a curse. People believe what I say, but I also have a bad instant blushing trait. My emotions don’t get in the way of my life, but you can tell what I’m feeling. I don’t believe that you can be a writer without knowing the thoughts and emotions that dr

 

ive actions. I let myself feel anger, sadness, guilt and grief, but I never let them stay long. Perhaps that’s why I blush so hard when I’m embarrassed- I’m feeling all the mortification I will ever feel about that moment right then and there.

There’s too much to be happy about in this world, too many blessings to dwell on the negative.

So this article from Mark’s Daily Apple “The Physical Toll Negative Emotions”, really stuck out to me. In a very well written piece, he explains the physical connection with negative emotions and and immune function, heart attacks, stroke, depression and other negative emotions. He emphasizes that, “We’re designed, of course, to experience (and recover quickly from) a wide range of emotions, but when we get stuck in a negative rut for too long, it exacts a physiological as well as psychological toll.”

 

I couldn’t agree more! Experiencing negative emotions is completely healthy, but holding on to them is like carrying around a bag of garbage on a hot day.

How does this apply to weight loss? I used to have a lot of latent self-hate buried deep inside when I started Skinny 265. I’m sure it showed, but I didn’t want to admit to myself that I didn’t like that part of myself. I hid behind my strengths, knowing that my weaknesses

were literally taking up more and more space in my life. Since I’ve embraced self discipline, self control and given myself gym time and a nutrient-rich diet, I’ve felt that burden leave me. Had I not started this, I would never have known the difference.

Now that I love myself more, I am more loving and accepting of other people. It is easier to move past cha

llenges and harder to go back to old habits.

Want to lose weight and achieve your goals? Let go of negative emotions. Embrace love of self.

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-physical-toll-of-negative-emotions/#ixzz2FejNucNu

Day 50: Gym Supplies

My typical gym bagI can always count on the following items items to be in my gym bag:

  • Running shoes
  • Earphones
  • Water bottle
  • Sports bra
  • Comfortable pants
  • Loose top
  • Hair tie

One of my worst excuses when I was beginning my exercise routine was flaking out on my workout  if any of these items were missing. If I didn’t have headphones or water or even a hair tie well, how on earth was I supposed to work up a sweat? All of these items, easily purchased at the gym or a nearby store, were my excuses to not work out.

Then one day the inevitable happened: my one and only hair tie broke. it was mid-run, and I had a mile and a half to go. Before I pressed the emergency stop button on the treadmill, I thought about what would happen if I called it quits. I would feel bad for not completing the run. I wouldn’t burn as many calories. I also wouldn’t feel the endorphine rush that I was beginning to crave. I smoothed my hair into a manageable twist and kept running.

Since then I’ve decided to cancel a workout if I am missing running shoes, exercise pants and a water bottle. Any shirt will work and, even though uncomfortable, a regular bra will suffice. The gym plays music: I can listen to that. Learning to live through gym sessions like this was a big turning point in my exercise regimen. I overcame myself and am getting stronger!

What’s can’t you live without at the gym? Comment below and let me know!

Day 44: Truffle Shuffling

I was the token fat kid today.

I’m not ready to wear yoga pants in public yet, but the darkness and fuzzy thoughts of this morning led me to grab them instad of loose-fitting gym pants. So when I showed up to kickbox cardio class today, I was more than aware of my less-than sveldt self. Not that anyone in the class was skinny, but I was the fattest. I’m felt like I looked like this

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Mortification is something I got over long ago. When I find myself getting embarrassed, I stop myself and move on. I only got embarassed when I looked in the mirror. But since the room was mirrored floor to ceiling on three walls, I was constantly pushing back my inclination to run and hide behind the punching bags.

I forced myself to power through the class, focusing not on my shape, but on my form. Did my punches coordinate with my footwork? Could I squat lower? Was I pushing through every kick? I probably didn’t come out of that class any skinnier, but I can confidently say I built my kickboxing skills!