I have to say I love a good tool! Not the latest 12-in-1 wrench, knife, corkscrew … tool although I love that kind as well. No I’m not talking about THAT guy at work either. I mean an idea that can make it a bit easier to get things done. When I first started changing my life and going to the gym. I used a tool. I called it “Just One Thing”. You see it is easier for me to deal with challenges if I simplify it. Each day I told myself that I had to do “Just One Thing”. Is the suspense killing you yet?
Food is my kryptonite. My relationship with food is complex and dysfunctional. It has been that way most of my life. I have messed around with food for so many years that I have no sense of hunger nor do I recall ever having that feeling. Now that I have a hernia my stomach will let me know it has been too long since I have eaten by giving me heartburn. I do get very persistent cravings which can last for many hours regardless of what I eat or do not eat. I am often almost paralyzed in my inability to select food that will satisfy my needs. This is because simple nutrition is not the only need that food meets.
Uhhhhhh! Woof, Woof, Woof! Breath! OK. Today I’m going to talk about the thing that scares me. But first I’ll talk around the edges of the topic. Then I’ll hint at the topic and run away to some other slightly related story. Then maybe I’ll pull off the scab and say it. People say I am brave for actually putting my real weight on this web site and putting up a picture of myself in a swimsuit. That is nothing! Here it is my personal kryptonite. I am a binge eater! Wow! I am shaky! I usually avoid talking about food because I have so much anxiety about it. I’m sure anybody that has had a weight problem can relate to this.
Today I have my first guest post. I harassed my personal trainer and confessor Javier into writing an article for me. Yeah!! I admit I am a challenge, between being afraid of some exercises and physically limited plus generally mouthy, the man rises above and gets the results. I thinks its mind altering drugs myself that keeps him going! Thanks Javier!!
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
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?
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. ”
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.