It Ain’t High School Gym Class

At one time you were a 17 year old high school geek praying it wasn’t going to be square dancing day or yoga day or gymnastics day in gym class.  You hoped you were not picked last for team sports and that you were invisible when changing in the locker room.  Most people had the same experience in gym class.  There was something you were not good at and the potential for embarrassing debacles was high. That’s right you have spent years erasing that 17 year old twit from your memory.  You’re a responsible adult that others look to for guidance.  You don’t stammer and stutter your way through a meeting.  You are clear, concise and effective.  So how come that 17 year old is the one making your decisions about fitness?  I can’t join a health club! I won’t fit in!  I won’t know what to do!  People will look at me and laugh behind my back!

How to Install Pelvic Flooring

It’s time for another Squeamish Moments Session with Cindy!  Yeah!!  I feel like Crusty the Clown, Hey, Hey,Hey!!  Any guys reading this can leave now.  This article is about girl stuff!! You would think I was one of those kids that brought her snake to school or ate earth worms.  Nope I ran away screaming from that kid but I always looked from a safe distance.  This article is kind of like that. I was reading http://www.curvygirlguide.com/health-2/how-to-install-pelvic-flooring/  and since I loved her title I used it.  I steal all my best work. She recommends Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor so that you can do jumping jacks without peeing on yourself.  Hey, statistics say that 1 in 3 woman who have gone through child birth have this condition so don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about.   The young gals can learn something here as well.  Imagine the fun when you have developed strong pelvic muscles and can shoot out baby number one alien style.  If you don’t manage to scare the doctor I’m sure any family that has been invited will provide the desired reaction.

Bluesday Link Storm

This is the first day of the work week for Canadians so instead of Moanday Links Storm we are having a Bluesday Link Storm! If you are looking for unique fitness clothing, shoes, fitness equipment, music, nutrition and food or  new exercise ideas you may want to go to the CanFit Pro Consumer Fitness and Wellness show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, August 18th from 8:30AM to 5:30PM for free.  Just follow the link below and on the upper right it says Free Ticket.  Fill out the form and bring it with you to the show.  I have been in the past and had a great time.  I was in love with the yoga wear on sale.  Sorry they generally only go up to size large.  The fitness and dance demonstrations are amazing.  You can participate in the demonstrations just be aware that most people that are at this event are fitness pros so they are going to be able to follow along with little instruction.  There is a lot of fitness equipment to try on for size and talks by your favorite fitness personalities. http://www.canfitpro.com/en/trade-show The Huffington Post has a great on-line series of article called Becoming … Continue reading

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?

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)