My Head of Research at Fat Chicks Fitness Havva was kind enough to send this link to an article in the New York Times Magazine from yesterday. The article had a number of concepts I had heard before but also many I had not heard about. The article is fairly long and comprehensive. Enjoy! “…Fourteen years ago the heads of America’s biggest food companies held a secret meeting to discuss the early signs of an obesity epidemic. Did they agree to tackle the public health issue? Not exactly. They decided to profit from it, by making snack foods more addictive. Some industry figures now show a proper sense of shame. But the damage is done..” NY Times Magazine The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
I can just tell this article is going to feel like giving a speech while naked! OK lets rip off the band-aid! I lost a pile of weight. I put a little bit back on and I have been sitting at the same weight for almost 2 years. Up 10 pounds then down 10 pounds. I’ll grant you I have tried some experiments that did not work out and I learned a few things about myself. I’ve been injured more than once for a long time now and that has added an extra level of difficulty to the challenge, but still I have a minimum of 150 pounds still to lose. I should be able to make some progress unless of course I am sabotaging my efforts. Dum, Dum, Dumb! The only reason to do that would be fear! So, what am I afraid of? Well like most people I am not a big risk taker and change is a risk. I have experienced some of my highest highs after taking a risk so I know stepping out of my comfort zone can be amazing. Hanging around in this big body, in my big comfortable chair, in my private … Continue reading
Unfortunately if I do that I have to work an extra half hour. Confession time. I don’t really pay attention during staff meetings or office one on ones. The kind of work I do means that somebody understands what I do. I just have to get accurate data to the next guy on time and nobody understand what he does either. I really have nothing to do with anybody else’s work in the office so generally nothing is discussed in these meetings that pertain to me. One day the Human Resources manager pointed out to me that I had taken a one hour lunch when I was only entitled to a half hour. Huh! When did that change? Like a year ago. Luckily I rarely take lunch at all and I put in a lot of unpaid overtime so the matter was dropped. Don’t get me wrong my employer does give me a bunch of perks that other companies would never give me. But, well now that it’s gone I want it back!
I think today I will talk about food and some strategies that are working for me. I know you are supposed to journal and I fight that tip every time I hear it. Well! I’m journaling just don’t call it that. I am using My Net Diary on my iPhone. Why does it work for me? Well first and foremost it doesn’t lie to me like much of the packaging at the store. I used to eat cereal, healthy cereal I thought. That was how it was packaged and presented. Put that in my handy dandy program and its telling me good job on the fibre but what’s with all this sugar and salt. Wait for this. The cereal was recommended by my doctor to get me more fibre. Anyway that has been a real help as I can scan barcodes at the store and see how different products compare quickly.
So this morning I was running my mouth as I often do while working out with my trainer. I don’t mean chatting although I was doing that too. I was giving him a hard time and generally being arrogant. Sometimes I get away with it without getting squashed like a bug other times the trainer challenges me with something new. Poor man I really am going to have to bake him a cake or … Oh right I don’t cook! I’ll offer him my best wishes some day! Yeah!
You can’t use that word in a post title or you get a lot of traffic and comments that … well. NO! So I’m reading an article by Rob Sulaver at Greatist.com called 6 Convincing Reasons to Start Working Out Immediately. Sounds good I have trouble convincing myself that there are rewards other than sore muscles for working out much of the time. Educate me Rob!