March 3, 2014 by Leave a Comment
Friday morning I watched an expose on the morning news, before I left for work. It was all about fraudulence in the world of diet/exercise/supplements ads. We all know that once we put pictures up on the internet, they belong to the world, but do we all understand what that translates to?
One woman, who lost a huge amount of weight, the good old fashioned way (let’s call it diet and exercise) posted her before and after pictures on the net. A company (I think it was a supplement company) lifted her pictures and claimed her weight loss was a result of using their product.
This report went on to show so many other before and after pictures that just weren’t the real deal, at all. One woman’s images were used by at least 3 entirely different companies, giving her a different first and last name in each. In another story, one plus-size model who had an image of herself for sale on the net, found that a company used her image as a before pic, and simply photo-shopped her, for the after image.
The last story was more like magic. They showed a man who was doing a before and after shoot, but the images were taken 5 minutes apart. In the first one he sat slouched with his hair all messy, wearing very unflattering shorts, pointing at his belly. He got up, shaved, fixed his hair, changed his shorts and stood for the “after” shot. He changed the lighting, flexed his biceps and his abs, and instantly, he became the finished product.
So here’s the take away. Don’t believe what you see on the internet, the TV, the magazine ads, etc. In some cases, the same person isn’t even used for the before and after shots!!! Understand and accept that when it comes to health and fitness, there is more false advertising than in any other industry as was stated in this expose. Healthy and fit bodies are a result of consistency, hard work and careful eating (unless you are just born lucky!)
Since we all want to look our best, let’s do like the last guy in the story–and all the beauties at the Oscar’s last night (congrats to them all). Let’s stand up straight, wear our most flattering clothing, and be proud of the work we put into making ourselves healthy and fit. Personally, I know I will NEVER have “thigh gap” (a story for another day) but I am so grateful for the strong legs that have been letting me jump, run, dance, lift, push and teach fitness every day for the past 3 decades.
The first Monday in March. With spring just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to get busy with your own body magic. What can you do today to treat that body of yours like the temple it is? Whatever it is, there is no better time than now….Make it a great day.
***The photo at top was a random one I chose off the net.
January 14, 2014 by 1 Comment
Since I have been sort of forced to lay off running for a bit, (injured my ankle, not sure how) I decided to dust off P90X and give it a go, again. While some of my work days are too filled with exercise to commit to the entire 6 day program, other days definitely allow me to put in an additional half hour to hour of fitness and of course I want to do things I don’t do at the gym. Yesterday, I asked Mitch to put up the pull-up bar and popped day 1, chest and back, into the DVR. While I cannot do even 1 un-assisted pull-up or chin-up, EVERYONE can do them by simply putting one set of toes on the back of a chair (as demonstrated in the video) and push off the chair. One would think you would hardly get a workout this way, but I am here this morning to say….I am DEFINITELY feeling yesterday’s workout (which took about 30 minutes) in my lats, my chest, my back, and my abs. Once again, I am reminded of the importance of mixing things up. I look forward to Thursday, when I will commit to the yoga video, which always kicked my butt (and all other parts, as well). I still contend that Tony Horton and this particular Beachbodies program, is about as good as it gets–intense, but not insane, smart, effective, and safe!
I had the opportunity to watch the first 2/3s of the Chopra special on PBS and walked away with some good tips. He suggests when we are thinking about grabbing food, to ask ourselves “What am I hungry for?” and then a series of other questions like “How hungry am I? –Am I hungry for food, or something else that is unfulfilled? –Am I famished?–On a scale of 1-10, 1 being famished, how hungry am I?” and those types of questions. The purpose is to be aware. He suggests that awareness is THE key to weight loss and weight management. He also suggests that if 1 represents famished, and 10 represents stuffed (the way we feel after Thanksgiving dinner) that we walk away from our meals when we are at a 6 0r 7, which represents feeling satisfied. I have to admit, that while I believe I make super healthy choices at most meals, I probably eat more than I should and definitely eat more than I need to. Last night at dinner, I realized how quickly I was eating and slowed down. I thought about the scale of 1-10 and also about those of my friends who are so good at eating just until they are satisfied and how that reflects in their bodies and weight. I was able to be done with dinner before I got that “I’m so full” feeling and was none the hungrier post dinner. Awareness…it is always the first step to change, and with less than 7 months till Kyle and Nicole’s wedding, I vow to be aware at every meal
Time to go turn dull into vibrant. This morning, I think that means 16 minutes of ab ripper x. Nothing dull about that sequence. I wonder if I stick to the program if I will ever look anything like this guy. Hey, gotta have goals!
January 12, 2014 by Leave a Comment