Patience…or lack thereof

Why is this taking so long? I workout everyday. I burn calories. I eat healthily. I run half-marathons, I lift weights. Why don’t I see the results of my hard work? Why is is taking three months to lose five pounds? Why don’t I see the definition in my arms that I am working so hard to achieve? These are all questions I ask myself and you probably ask yourself too and for good reason because when you think you are working really hard, you expect the results  to reflect your hard work, that’s how it’s supposed to work!

Well, it turns out that it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of time for you to see the fruits of your labor when it comes to working out, be it for losing weight or for toning and sculpting. If you are trying to lose weight, you have to realize that 3500 calories equals 1 pound of fat, so you have to create a deficit of 3500 calories just to lose a pound a week. 3500 calories!!! Can you believe that. You don’t realize how hard that is until you start to log your food and calories burned and realize how fast the calories you consume add up. It takes no time at all to consume 3500 calories which is why it is so easy to gain weight if you’re not eating properly or exercising.

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Protecting yourself during a workout

When I started running a few years ago, I knew that I needed a good pair of running shoes and comfortable workout clothes and that’s all I thought I needed. I started running and as I talk about in my “Just Keep Running, Running, Running…” post, I started off with a 5k and gradually increased my mileage. Well, one of these Saturday’s, I was running along, happy with the progress I was making when I stepped onto the curb with one foot and felt a weird pain in my right knee. It was just a brief, sharp pain and I was able to shake it off and finish my run. I came home, went about my business and forgot about the whole thing. The next day I wake up to pain in that knee. It wasn’t a terrible pain and I could still walk but I feared I had injured myself and would never be able to run again and maybe even more importantly, I would never be able to wear heels again!

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If I could just cut it off…

I have always had a love/hate relationship with my body. In my teens and 20s when I was at my skinniest, I was insecure about being too skinny. This wasn’t helped by the fact that I was teased constantly about being too thin. I was 5ft 6ins tall and weighed 101 lbs and all I wanted at that time was to gain some weight. I remember being about 23 and going to McDonald’s everyday for an extra thick vanilla milk shake and a Big Mac with fries. I would get cans of Ensure from the grocery stores and drink those everyday for breakfast because someone told me that it would help me gain weight. Of course looking back now, I realize how silly I was and wish I had left well enough alone. Continue reading “If I could just cut it off…”

What is your greatest weakness?

We have all at some point in our lives been to a job interview and were asked the dreaded, “what is your greatest weakness” question, at which point we respond with the standard, “well my weakness is actually a strength because….”. Well, regardless of what we tell an interviewer, we all have weaknesses, we are human after all. This is especially true when working out. It could be that you are unable to do plyometric exercises because of knee issues, or your body is inflexible so you find certain exercise moves difficult or in my case you struggle when it comes to push-ups (oh my gosh, they are so hard for me!).

Unless, there is a medical issue that prevents you from doing a particular workout, the only way to not allow a weakness to control what you want to do, is by trusting and believing that you are in control of your body, you tell it what to do and that little voice in your head that’s telling you you can’t do something is just a little negative Lucy! In one of my previous blogs I talk about mind over matter and this is an instance where this is so true. Your body will do what your mind tells it to! Continue reading “What is your greatest weakness?”

Comfort before beauty

I am a firm believer of beauty before comfort. I will squeeze my feet into an uncomfortable pair of delicious shoes if I have to because looking cute is way more important than being comfortable, am I right?!

The one time I believe in comfort before beauty is when I choose clothes to workout in. I can never understand ladies that workout in full on makeup or with their hair all done and stuff. If you can pull this look off then more power to you but I can’t think of anything more uncomfortable than sweating by mascara down my cheeks and into my foundation. No thank you!

I personally don’t believe in buying expensive workout clothes. You will be sweating in them anyway so why spend hundreds of dollars on them. Would you get sweat all over your brand new $100 sexy black dress? I don’t think so. I buy majority of my workout clothes from Amazon. The questions I ask myself when looking are 1. will this be comfortable 2. will I have to keep pulling my shorts down while I’m running and 3. will it fit me properly, that is, not so tight that I can’t breathe and not so loose that I’m falling out of my clothes. Continue reading “Comfort before beauty”

Make your workout fit

Time is one of those things no one ever seems to have enough of. There is simply not enough time in the day to fit in everything we have to do in our daily lives. This is especially true when you have a family. I only have one child but sometimes I feel like I have three so I can only imagine what it must be like for families with two, three or four kids. Unfortunately, because we are so busy, finding time to get a workout in becomes a challenge. If you have to choose between preparing dinner for your family or helping the kids with homework and working out, it becomes very easy to postpone the workout or cut it out altogether. There’s always tomorrow we tell ourselves and each busy day goes by.

I made the decision a few years ago, that I will strive to make my workout fit into my life, into my schedule and make it part of my list of tasks I had to do for the day. Once I made this decision, I came to realize that no matter how busy I am, there’s always time to fit in a workout. You probably think I’m crazy or have no idea what I’m talking about, so bear with me for a second.

When I say workout, it doesn’t necessarily have to be an hour long session at the gym. Most full time employees are entitled to two fifteen minute breaks in the day. How about instead of sitting in the break room, you use those fifteen minutes and walk briskly around the parking lot of your office building. You may work in a building that is more than one level. Why don’t you walk the stairs for ten to fifteen minutes each time. Do you still think I’m crazy?

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