Food, Mind and Body, Weightloss

Discipline isn’t, discipline is.

Today was one of those days when I REALLY did not want to work out. I was tired from work, blah blah blah.  (Eight point five hours at The Duck Store during football season can be fairly exhausting).

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Exercise, Health, Mind and Body, Weightloss

My heart is smiling

Okay, so I’ve been busy. Busy working. Busy working out. Busy with life.

Between work, errands, chores, and a social life, it can be a struggle to squeeze in a fitness class that you’re not familiar with. But despite life’s many complications, I would like for everyone to make a solid effort at taking a hot yoga class. I did, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision.

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Food, Weightloss

Vacation’s over

It seems like it always takes until frickin’ June to fully shed the Holiday weight. Just me? Okay.

Well in my experience, there always seems to be an excuse to keep on those last few pounds between the months of January and April: “It’s Christmas.” “Screw it, it’s Spring Break.” “To hell with it; I’m on vacation!” Well, I’ve got news for you: vacation’s over.

I recently got back from a weekend family trip to San Francisco and, as it turns out, that city is fully awesome. Also, sea lions are silly creatures.

The last time I was there I was fifteen (fifteen!), and I don’t remember the city being nearly that phenomenal. The people. The architecture. The food. It’s all great. There are good vibes flying all over that place.

After spending some much needed time there with a couple friends of mine, I have determined that I must live there someday. Hopefully, when I reside there I won’t eat in the same excess that I did last weekend. There’s just so many good  restaurants! It’s foodie heaven. (I highly suggest a place on Columbus street called Colosseo…get the Penne in pink sauce with crab meat and asparagus). In just three days, I managed to cover all the no-no’s of eating options, including a cheeseburger from a place called Sally’s and a sourdough pizza from the Boudin Bakery.

I don’t regret these choices at all, for they are just a necessary element in my annual weight loss slash gain cycle. You know how it goes:

JANUARY: Self loathing and resentment due to holiday poundage. Vacation?

FEBRUARY: Acceptance of holiday weight + Valentines chocolates.

MARCH: Pretty much fed up with residual Holiday weight. Vacation?

APRIL: Realization that Holiday weight must soon vanish.

MAY: Panic and chaos reigns in this month as Summer hints at its existence.

JUNE: Comfort foods are no longer sought after since it’s too hot to be comfortable and we must now minimize layers.

JULY: Eat watermelon only. Play outside.

AUGUST: Eat watermelon only. Play outside.

SEPTEMBER: Feel good about self because you are thin from the summer.

OCTOBER: Same as September, but add leftover Halloween candy.

NOVEMBER: Same as October, but add Thanksgiving. Pounds start to add on.

DECEMBER: Fat and happy.

My goal this year is to be beach ready by the time summer starts. Last year I spent the whole summer getting in shape for summer. As you might guess, that’s not actually all that satisfying since the summer was over by the time I was in proper shape. But not this year! This means that in a couple weeks it will be high time to start kicking my own ass into shape. I’m actually quite excited and motivated for this next part of the weight loss cycle.

Another exciting thing that’s coming up is a career-related opportunity that has presented itself. I was selected to be a blogging intern for Cliché Magazine. I even have my own email! It’s jenni@clichemag.com. I’ll be blogging about fashion, music and entertainment for the Cliché website! So it seems that I have not only been on vacation from being in shape, but also from my school/career life. But in a week or two, vacation’s over and Spring is looking up.

I hope that the same goes for everyone else’s season. Until next time…

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Mind and Body, Weightloss

It’s days like today

See this? This is a picture of me in a one piece. It’s what settling looks like.

I know that the end of January and the beginning of February have been a blogging dry spell. This is because I haven’t had a lot of positivity to contribute to the blogosphere. Quite honestly, it’s hard to sit down and write about — what I believe is only seasonal — depression. (See? Doesn’t that word just look bad in writing?)

I don’t know if I just miss the Maui sun, or if it’s just this time of year, but my mood has been up and down like an ultrasound (those things go up and down, don’t they? Yes? No? Well, I know they make some sort of movement).

Since I have been withholding all this pessimism up until now, I will sum up what’s been getting me down lately:

  1. I did not wear a bikini in Maui for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into.
  2. I have not yet started Month 2 of the Insanity Workout (although I do intend to repeat the program in its entirety in the future.) I have been refraining from weighing myself because of this fact.
  3. My mom has moved out of our home to live with her new husband. Truth be told, it gets rather lonely around here.
  4. Car shopping and kitten shopping, the two most exciting aspects of my life at the moment, have been annoyingly and unavoidably delayed.
  5. Because of the above listed things, I have had little motivation to eat right and exercise.

However, since today was a rather good day, I feel motivated to write. It’s days like today that remind me how to be the cause of my own happiness.

First of all, I bought a fresh new outfit: moccasins, skinny jeans, and a shirt-dress. Shopping has the power to cause emotions to soar up or plummet right into the ground. Today was a good day for shopping; I could sense it. I didn’t even fret when my usual pants size turned out to be snug. I picked sizes that fit and flattered my body correctly without becoming defensive at the clothing manufacturers. This resulted in  me feeling good about myself and my purchase. Often times — and I’m sure you can relate — I coerce myself into buying sizes that don’t fit quite right because I intend on shrinking into them later. And you know what? That just makes me feel like shit about myself later on. So it’s just like Stacy and Clinton say on What Not To Wear, “you have to select clothes that fit you NOW.”

Reason number two for why today was a good day: I utilized the buddy system. When I can’t seem to muster up the motivation to exercise, I’m always relieved when a friend asks if I want to workout with them. Today, my friend Kenzie made my life much easier when she invited herself over to do Amy Dixon’s Ultimate Fat Burn (it’s our favorite). Just seeing her come through the door dressed down in active wear gave me that nudge that I needed. Having Kenz there throughout the workout also made it more fun because we got to chat for the whole 38 minutes.

Today I have a new outfit that I love, I feel refreshed after my workout, and I feel motivated for tomorrow. I’ve had a revelation that while I may not be making a great effort to lose weight right now, that doesn’t mean I can’t make an effort to not gain weight. This realization makes it easier to find the motivation to exercise and eat healthy.

To top it all off, there is a good chance that I will be adopting a new kitten tomorrow! If that didn’t brighten my spirits I would be deeply concerned. Yes. Today was a good day.

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Exercise, Uncategorized, Weightloss

Motivation via manipulation

Photos by Ryan Mowery

After more than a month of making unpleasant adjustments to your new fitness plan, you are starting to see obvious differences when you look in the mirror. A standard running distance for you is now a solid 2 miles, but you could probably keep going. Eating only healthy meals and snacking smart isn’t just easy, it’s second nature. You can’t help but agree when your family and friends tilt their heads in admiration as they acknowledge your slimmer shape.

Congratulations! You (like me) have achieved the funnest part about losing weight and getting fit. Let’s bask in it and perpetuate, shall we?

You should really take a moment to fully appreciate that your body and mind have made themselves comfortable in a marvelous and pain-free stage of the plan. At this stage of the game, fear, suffering, and laziness cease to exist. Even better that motivation, confidence and energy have taken their place and seem to be thriving.

I credit my own arrival at this place to my own dedication and ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ attitude.  But I also need to give thanks to all the tricks that got me through the dark place I was in throughout the first couple weeks of June.

I put on a good face, but as expected, June was rough. All I wanted to do was feed myself bad things like tortilla chips and french fries. If we’re being honest here (and I really think we are), there were a small handful of times that I cheated. I’m not proud of myself, but I must own up to this fact in writing. When cheating happens, it’s natural to want to give up on the whole ‘working out thing’ altogether. It can get out of hand. What I’m talking about is this mentality: “well I already messed up this whole day, so I may as well just not workout and start over tomorrow.”

But thankfully, I have plenty of little maneuvers in my bag of tricks that assist me in fooling, forcing, and sometimes guilt tripping myself  into exercising.   They’re not really tricks so much as they are blatant manipulation of the mind. Now I am aware that these tricks probably won’t work for everyone, but they certainly work for me. To develop your own self-motivating tricks, one must have a solid understanding of one’s own mind. Try these ones until you figure out your own tactics.  And when you do, please share them with me!

Vocalize it!

The next time you update your Facebook status or tell someone your plans for the day, make your exercise plans known. Say, “I’m going to the gym,” or “I think I’m going to go for a run.”  This will hold you accountable and reaffirm your plans to exercise while making you believe your own words. You have already decided you are going to workout, and have now made it public knowledge, so you better follow through!

Play dress up

Even if you’re loathing the workout, take the first step and put on your sports bra, workout clothes and tennis shoes. (Sometimes I even set out my clothes ahead of time to persuade me to put it all on. Tricky tricky!) Once you’ve put all this effort into changing your clothes, you will feel far too foolish taking it all off with that pathetic look of failure on your face. Now that you’re in the clothes, working out doesn’t seem like such a huge task, huh? Your brain goes from thinking you might not workout, to thinking that you must be since you’re suddenly strapped into the sports bra.

Wait out the weigh in

Wait a month between weigh-ins. This is one of the best ways to keep you motivated in the long term because you’ll see a bigger amount of pounds come off, and seeing that loss will keep you motivated for the next 30 days. This will, in turn, help you lose even more weight because you’ll stick with it. Eventually, your monthly weight loss will become less drastic, but this just means that you are in better shape, so you need to crank up the intensity on your workout regimen. The best part? You can handle a tough workout because you’re strong and physically fit.

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