Oh, this is so in your face! I wish I were referring to some super cool, super effective new fat elimination sucker thingy, but alas, this is not the case...I'm talking about the marketing mantra of the millennium, the one that probably has even your balls firmly in its grasp. Of course I speak figuratively ladies, and I don't know about you, but I don't let anyone touch my balls without very special permission. Feel the same way about yours? See if you have accepted these views/opinions/attitudes about fat:
1. Fat IS gross and disgusting. Remember, there was a time in history, and not that long ago, when fat-bottomed girls truly did make the rockin' world go round. And then, frickin' Twiggy...what a gynormous 180 degree that was! Skinny chicks were considered poor and sickly and now they pay the really pretty ones millions to make the rest of us feel ever so below par. Which leads to point number two.
2. If you have excess body fat, you have a perfectly legitimate reason to HATE yoursel...
I was in the middle of a serious game of Tug-of-War with my dog, a very important part of our day, when I heard it. There is little that would cause this bonding time to be interrupted but I dropped the bone and ran to the living room as fast as I could. The TV was on and a man was saying "I guess I'll just have to learn to accept it - I've got my mother's thighs!" A few other guys appeared, lamenting similar gripes. I just about fell over with laughter (thanks to years of training with an adductor machine, I don't have to say "Just about peed my pants...") especially as it turned out to be nothing more than a commercial. It went on to say that men don't really sit around and whine about such things so why should women? Oh yeah - nice try, I thought. Women are focused on their weight and the size of the jeans they wear, something that's always bored the hell out of me, especially at gatherings where women end up in one room and men in the other. It has to do with my greatest fear in li...
As I watched this video, I couldn't help but notice what was happening in the background. Take a look and see if you can spot it before you read any farther. Initially, I laughed at the fact that the cell phone has truly become like a necessary appendage and we are unable to go anywhere without it. I grew up with rotary phones and wonder at how the phone has taken such an important place in our lives that we must have the phone right there in our hand at all times! Now that I gave you a huge hint, did you see the girl using the ab machine while texting?! How can that be good for your workout?
I am definitely opinionated when it comes to exercise and while it is true that there are many roads to fitness, I think that there are some guidelines that should be part of any approach:
These should be obvious but if you are texting while you exercise, they all just went out the window! We may think we are great at multi-tasking but time and time again,...
"I just wanted to tell you, you look amazing. Keep doing whatever you're doing - it's working!" This is what a nice man in the gym said to me last night. Sure, I've heard it before. Yes, it's always nice to hear. Especially on days like yesterday when I was feeling the effects of trade show trauma, my term for the physical exhaustion that follows the packing, driving, checking into a hotel for 10 nights, going to start the set-up process for my show (a total of 6 hours when everything goes smoothly), getting to bed late and then up early to complete set-up which makes the first day of show a 14 + hour day. And all without a lunch or other kind of break, on my feet all day, talking, talking, talking. It was on my agenda to go to the gym after all that but of course by quitting time, I was trying to talk myself out of it, thinking instead how good bed would feel. And then, the list of excuses started to well up like a ground spring - I'm so very tired (true), I am hungry (I was actually...
I wish it would run! The spot I'm talking about is the area of the inner thigh that is relentless in its ability to go round after round with me and somehow always manage to outlast me. So very frustrating! On a daily basis, I am asked "How do you get your abs/shoulders/biceps ripped to shreds?" Getting ripped to shreds has a LOT to do with diet and PATIENCE. And finally, there is NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCING. My inner thighs are the perfect example! I work them very hard and over the last 6 weeks, I have lost only 1/2" off each thigh! In all fairness, I did lose a whole ring size so my fingers are looking good. I think I should dress them in little mini skirts with high heels and strut on past Thing over at the Adam's Family house.
The battle one must wage in losing the last few patches of stubborn fat is truly of epic proportions! I've been slaying it at the gym, been oh-so-good with my daily diet for 4 months and as sweet reward, my body blesses me with thinner fingers. Yeah baby!
Because I work 11 hour days, 10 days or more in a row with no lunch or other kind of break during my shift, and the fact that I am constantly interacting with the public, it means 7-course meals are definitely NOT going to happen. Not that I would want that many courses but at least one would be nice...It feels more like I have only 7-second courses throughout the day, with Dang That's Green Smoothie filling in the rest! Seriously,
I don't even have the luxury to sit down and eat - I literally eat while I'm walking, talking, working. Doesn't leave a lot of room for creativeness. I do pretty well on this however, and having green smoothie always nearby is a lifesaver. Vitamix travels with me and that there is some mighty precious cargo! This may not sound appealing (doesn't to me either by the end of a show...) but it works and keeps me feeling good, energized and healthy, strong for my workouts and I'm able to eat without too much interruption to work.
This is not really a question. Of course, ideally do both. Maybe a work schedule isn't a challenge for you but there are other things that compete for your time. The most important actions will be the ones you do consistently, so missing a workout occasionally won't hurt - just don't fall prey to using work as an excuse not to workout. You can make great improvements to your health and fitness with as little as 10-20 minutes, 2 - 3 times a week and you CAN find that time, if it is important enough to you.
Work for me presents a variety of challenges in that I travel doing trade shows, where I'm on my feet ALL DAY LONG on hard concrete, constantly engaging the public, talking, talking, talking. I don't get a lunch break or for that matter any break while I am working as I cannot leave my booth unattended and I work alone 98% of the time. Getting regular bathroom breaks is also not easy which means that liquid intake becomes an issue as well. My shows are 10 - 14 days long and during this...