Monday Link Storm!

On Mondays I will be providing links to any interesting articles I have read (many of the links came from my in-house researcher Havva) Read about Super Hero Yoga Here It looks like a lot of fun! Which Diet Works? – NY Times Click Here High Intensity is Key for Both Cardio and Weight Benefits – Dr. Mercola Click Here Newly-discovered “beige fat” cells provide a new target in the fight against obesity – Gizmag Click Here Obesity related to when in the day food is consumed Click Here

The Bountiful Bathing Beauty

For many years there was one rule that could not be broken.  Nobody is seeing me in a bathing suit ever!  Well when I joined the gym 5 years ago at 446 Lbs there was not a lot of exercises or machines I could work out on.  There was certainly no getting down on the floor for some crunches because there was no guarantee I would be able to get back up.  It only made sense that the pool was the place I belonged.  My first few months I wore a regular one piece bathing suit with bike shorts underneath and a bra.  The bike shorts and even the bathing suit didn’t hold up too well to swimming and soaking in the spa every day.  I probably looked more conspicuos with my extra layers than if I had just dressed in a regular swimsuit.

Endorphins 101

A couple years ago I was pushing myself pretty hard lifting weights under the direction of my trainer.  I was tired and whining as is my way and the trainer told me to just keep going and enjoy the endorphins.  I gave him the look.  You know the one!  On a side note, it does my heart good when I guy suddenly realizes he is in danger and he gets that stunned look on his face as his body kicks into fight or flight and you are the person who put that look there!  Let me explain why my trainer almost died.  I am all about fair play so if I am due some prize for busting my butt lifting weights somebody had better make sure I get my prize.  To my knowledge I have never experienced endorphins or “runners high”.  If running is required to capture these endorphins then I see where the problem is and I’ll pass on the prize thanks! So how do I get my fair share of endorphins?  Is this a myth made up by people who like to see fat chicks run?

Christmas in July

That fountain of knowledge Havva has done it again.  She sent me an excellent article (Link to Article) which is a review of a study of 50,994 adults over 6 years.  The conclusion of the study was that it is much more unhealthy to be underweight than to be over-weight or even severely obese.  The article also says that BMI (Body Mass Index) is a poor measurement of obesity as it does not account for the fact that people are three dimensional. “During the study period, the “underweight” subjects showed a risk of death no less than twice as high as the “normal” participants.” “It was considerably safer to be “severely obese”: the people in this category were just 1.26 times as likely to die as “normals”.” “People who were merely “obese” or “overweight” didn’t suffer from diabetes or hypertension any more than “normal” people, and ran no increased risks.”

The Call of the Recliner

For the past six months I have been involved in dysfunctional relationship … with a Lazy Boy recliner.  Much of the day is spent thinking about my recliner and the comfort it will offer me once I get home.  Pure bliss!! When I get home it is “Out of the way cat!”  … bathroom … toss the work clothes and flop into the big warm embrace of my recliner.  Once I am in, it is like the pull of quicksand, I am not getting out.  All around my chair I have a large collection of every possible item I might need so that I will not have to go through the agony of leaving my chair.

Cindy’s Top Ten Work Out Play List

Here are my top ten favourite workout songs.  Click on the song title to listen to the song at Amazon.com Start the Commotion – The Wise Guys Black Horse & The Cherry Tree – TK – Best of Shape Walking album Enter Sandman – Metallica Sandstorm – Darude Pa’ la Discoteka a Bailar – Vibe Tribe Wrong – Everything But The Girl Girls on the Dance Floor – Far East Movement Ghost N Stuff – Radio Edit Mix – Deadmau 5 & Rob Swire Acapella – Kelis Hot N Cold – My Fitness Music Vol 9 at iTunes I almost forgot to give you number eleven of ten! Kung Fu Fighting – Bus Stop (See this funny video on YouTube)

Quotes – M. Scott Peck

I love a good quote or saying.  I am sure that if I hear enough of them they will soak into my brain and magically transform me into a better person with little effort on my part. Today we have quotes by M. Scott Peck author of “The Road Less Travelled” “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ”

You’re doing it all wrong!

I’m sure you have heard the saying that “a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing”.  Well that is my topic for today.  People have a tendency to become very invested in the bit of knowledge they have and are unable to see that there are other ways of doing things and other experiences out there. My personal pet peeve is when I am discussing a success I have had in some area of my life and I get the “You are doing it all wrong”.  I had success, how can it be all wrong.  Ahh, I didn’t do things the same way as my companion did.  I got from point A to B by a different route and apparently my way is full of as yet unidentified pit falls.  It can be frustrating trying to get a person to understand that you are different than they are and that what works for them may not work for me.  Their path may be shorter and smoother for most but maybe not for me.