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“It’s entirely doable. And yes, you’ll have setbacks. And yes, you’ll fall off the wagon and hate yourself and crawl back on. And yes, you’ll get to a point where you won’t see any difference…but it’s happening. Your arteries are becoming more flexible and blood is flowing. Your muscles become stronger, your lungs fill more easily and to greater capacity. Most importantly, you’ll have more ENERGY. And then it will become a drug. You’ll LOVE the feeling of sore muscles. You’ll CRAVE stepping on the scale. Three more pounds. Five more pounds. Two pounds. Only one pound this week, but still! Fuck, man! Eleven pounds! That’s like a big brown paper grocery sack full of Campbell’s Soup cans! And it’s GONE FROM YOUR BODY! And then you’ll stop losing weight. It will confuse you at first, then you’ll realize that you’ve actually GAINED muscle tissue (not like, ripped fuel super-metRX gainer power jacked, but shit, man…muscle!) and realize that muscle weighs more than fat per square inch but it burns more calories, so working just as hard as you have been you’re already burning more calories and then it’s three pounds gone. And two. And five. And you’ll have a moment of victory, a little thing like “Holy shit! I can totally see my toes just standing here! This is awesome! I’m peeing and can see where I’m aiming! Guys! Guys, come look at this!” And it’ll make you so goddam, deliriously happy. It’ll feel good because YOU did that. YOU. No special pill or surgery or program or whatever. It’s eating spinach and nuts and walking around the block and it’s all you. I can’t wait, man. It’s gonna be so awesome.”

Originally posted on CJJMFG:

I’m tired, guys.

Tired of feeling like shit.

Tired of feeling inadequate.

Tired of getting the front seat by default.

Tired of sometimes not being able to put a seat belt on.

Tired of being a third wheel.

Tired of assuming I’m not allowed to date attractive people.

Tired of people asking me if I’m OK as we walk a few blocks.

Tired of pretending to be afraid of roller coasters when I only avoid them because I know I can’t fit.

Tired of the disgusting sound me knees make when I trudge up a flight of stairs.

Tired of being unsure whether I’m having a heart attack or just getting worked up over nothing.

Tired of being fat.

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I want to change. I have to change. I don’t want to croak before I hit 26.

These past few weeks have been kind of hellish for me, maybe not on…

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“Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You”: Comfort Zones, Vulnerability and Success.

Exercise vs. Diet: Which Is More Important for Weight Loss?

Yes, we should all eat healthier. Yes, we should exercise every day. There are infinite things wecould do in order to be healthier, like sit less, eat more vegetables, eat less processed food, or drink less alcohol. But they don’t take into account the reality of life: we are all constrained by a finite amount of resources such as time, energy, willpower, and money. Recommendations that don’t take this into account can easily make us feel like we are failing our fitness and health goals.

5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

It’s the last 2 that resonate for me:

4. You are focusing too much on the scale. Put your scale away and stop letting it determine your mood or measure your success! Getting frustrated by the numbers on the scale can cause unnecessary stress that can lead to increased cortisol! Cortisol has been termed the “stress hormone” because excess cortisol is secreted during times of physical or physiological stress. It has been shown to cause an increase of fat in the abdominal area and also an increase of appetite.

Instead, measure your progress by how your clothes fit, how you look and most of all how you feel. Remember, just because the scale is not moving it does NOT mean you are moving in the wrong direction. The scale is NOT a true indication of your progress. Start using your own set of eyes and your own instincts to learn your body and listen to the signs your body gives you. If you are following your plan and being consistent with your efforts, I promise you, all of your hard work is paying off!

5. Too much cardio and not enough weightlifting. It is common to think that lifting weights can add unnecessary size and bulk, and that cardio will help trim you down, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Weight training will not only help shape your body and give you the beautiful curves you are looking for, it will also add nice, lean muscle. The more lean muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is and therefore the faster you will lose body fat.

There is no other way to do this than to be consistent with weight training, a healthy diet and a realistic amount of cardio. Cardio is an essential component, but not the only component! Doing endless amounts of cardio can potentially break down muscle tissue and therefore cause a decrease in metabolism and slow down fat loss. Focus on your weight training and diet and use cardio as a secondary source of exercise but do not use cardio as a sole means of fat loss.

Sometimes I’m amazed at how much my weight bounces around.  I  can gain and lose the same 10 pounds over and over, in a matter of days.  If I get enough sleep it comes off, I don’t, on it goes.

I think my ‘current weight’ is actually a range, not a set number.  As I consistenly lose, I still bounce around.  I use to bounce at 220-230, then I got down further, but still have that flux of 10 pounds.

Now I hover around the 200 mark, under and over – yes it’s a new fresh layer of hell when you’re bouncing around such a signfiicant number – so I’m just going to keep going.

strive

Originally posted on Fit Is a Feminist Issue:

The big health and fitness news headline last month was this one: Study: Physical Inactivity Responsible for Twice as Many Deaths as Obesity.

Here’s an excerpt:

A study of 334,000 European men and women over 12 years concludes that physical inactivity is responsible for more than twice as many deaths as obesity, and that even small changes in activity levels can make a significant difference in life expectancy regardless of BMI.

In an article e-published ahead of print in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (.pdf), researchers compared individual BMI, waist circumference (WC), and self-reported physical activity (PA) levels with all-cause mortality data for 116,980 men and 217,181 women in Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Individuals with baseline heart disease, cancer, or stroke history were excluded from the analysis, as were individuals who were in the top or bottom .5th percentile of…

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Oh dear!

I’ve been awesome the last 10 days.  On target, on plan, back into the routine that I lost last fall.

Feeling great!  Remembering how I felt when I was on routine.  Sure I’m exhuasted as the work stress is piling high, but I’ve decided to just ignore it, and keep to the goal.

So this morning I jump out of bed…and I know V Day is coming because “Open Arms” was on the radio…and climb into my bathing suit only to realize the seams have let go.

I haven’t woren this one for a while.  It’s the size 20 and I’ve been wearing the size 18 routinely, but I decided on back to back swims this week, rather than alternating into the gym.  Swimming is better when the work stress gets overwhelming.

Well the suit is toast.

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Pool’s are so hard on them.

And it really through me, and while I considered grabbing the gym clothes, my head space just wasn’t there.  I’m just too tired for the intensity of gym working out.  So I showered and got into the work clothes.

Not sure I have the budget this week for a second swim suit.  Will have to see what’s what on payday.  It’s still too wintery for the cheapie suits to be in at the department stores.

Back to being me!

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Well the alarm clocks back to 5:30.

Been back in routine for a week now and the energy is climbing again.

Happy to be me!

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