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The scale is driving me crazy & there is an awesome book out :)

5 Aug

I am someone who is chained to the scale.

It’s an obsession. I get up in the morning, stumble to the bathroom, and head to the scale before I’m even woken up. And that number dictates how I feel that day. Twice this week I’ve put the scale up in an attempt to break this bad habit, and twice I have brought it back out. I’ve read so many blogs written by women just like me who were obsessed with that number, but now are not. Alot of them don’t even own scales. I’d like to be that way some day, and not even have a need to have scales..but I’m trying to lose weight. On one hand I feel like I need the scales so I can track my progress, and on the other I feel like I could just judge my weight loss on how I feel and how my clothes fit or don’t fit.

So, I’m thinking..instead of trying to cut myself off cold turkey..maybe I’ll cut my scale usage down. Right now I weigh myself every. single. morning. I am going to try and weigh myself once a week..perhaps every Saturday morning. That way I don’t start my day off on that freaking number that drives me crazy. I know I shouldn’t let it, but I still do..and I’m still working on that.

On a semi-related note, have you seen all the posts about the Operation Beautiful book coming out?  The author has a healthy living blog (which is a great read and you should check it out) and she started Operation Beautiful to promote self-esteem and fight against body image issues. The idea of Operation Beauty is that you leave litte inspirational notes around places. For instance, on a scale you might leave one that says “That number does not define you. You are beautiful!” along with the URL to the website so those that see the note can go check it out. In turn, those that see that note may leave their own notes..and those that see those will leave some..and so on and so forth. It’s an amazing movement, and I am thrilled that it is getting exposure. I hope that book sells like crazy! Good luck, Caitlin!

 

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Goals.

27 Jul

I enjoy setting goals. It’s fun. The problem is, sometimes I don’t set goals that I’m going to particularly enjoy. For instance, I keep trying to complete the 30 day shred. Now, I want to complete the Shred and I love the idea of it..but I don’t love doing the Shred. I mean, it’s called SHRED. You don’t hear many positive sentences that include the word shred. “My tire blew up on the highway and it’s completely shredded”. “The doctor says you shredded your ligaments and they’ll never fully recover”. ‘Shred’ is not a good word, people!

That’s not to say that it’s not a good program. I’ve seen tons of reviews that point to the contrary. But for me? There is so much more exercise out there that I do enjoy, so why waste my time trying to force myself to Shred?

So that got me to thinking: What are some goals that I can set that I would enjoy?

 

Belly dancing! I ‘ve done plenty of belly dancing videos on YouTube, but I would really like to try actual classes. Who knows, I may not enjoy it in a class setting like I do at home..but I would like to try. Oh, and I want some of those jingly hip things too! 😀

 

Running. The last time I really ran on a regular basis was a long, long time ago. I would like to eventually be able to run an actual 5k (and maybe even longer in the future!) so I am thinking of starting the Couch to 5k plan. Have any of you tried it? How did it work out for you?

Insane yoga poses! This is the Scorpion pose. I love yoga. LOVE it.  But I have yet to try poses like this. You know, the ones that make you wonder how they did that without snapping a few vertebrae. (PS. Yogadownload.com has lots of free yoga videos, and lots of videos you can purchase. Check it out!)

So, those are three of my goals. I hope to accomplish them by the end of this year or the beginning of next. At least before I’m 23! 🙂

Do you have any fitness goals?