My belly dance class was awesome today :) The instructor asked me if I had danced before, because I was catching on so fast!
I was just like…
BUT! But. The shimmy is killin’ me ya’ll. Seriously. I was trying so hard not to move my upper body but there it was, moving all over the place annnd uuuugh. So hard. Oh well, there’s always next class :D
Ugh guys I have been feeling so tired lately. It’s driving me nuts but I just feel EXHAUSTED all the damn time and I don’t know what to do. I’m pretty sure I’m eating enough, and getting enough sleep. Is tiredness a PMS symptom?
for my belly dance class tonight! It’s a dance style I’ve always wanted to learn AND I haven’t taken a dance class in forever so YAY!
No worries, I’ll still be incorporating my bodyrock workouts into my routine, just from now on I’ll only be doing those twice a week + weights. I’m not gonna lie, I get bored VERY quickly doing the same exercise over and over, so I think adding the belly dance classes to my routine will get me motivated again.
I hate to say it, but this article applies to a lot of people on tumblr, myself included. I try not to make a point of knocking anyone trying to get fit, be it by running, lifting weights, crossfit, or even zumba. However, when I see a poor sap doing 45 minutes of every variation of the bicep curl imaginable, I have to tell myself “at least he’s in the gym and not being a fat ass watching TV.” We were all beginners once, and I’m sure many of us would look back and smack ourselves for some of the bullshit we did. Instead of belittling them, lets point them in the right direction.
Remember, unless they’re curling in the squat rack, try to remember that they’re trying to better themselves.
because I hate them. Is hate a strong word? Sure! Should it be applied to yogurt commercials? YES. ALWAYS AND FOREVER.
Every single time I see a yogurt commercial on TV I either change the channel or mute it (I also do that when the education connection commercials come on but that’s not really relevant. SO.) because they just infuriate me. Why? Well…I’m NOT an idiot, but these commercials insist on treating me (as a woman) like an idiot. Let’s start with the obvious.
DO YOU LIKE PIE? Then you’ll love yogurt!
I feel like the commercial is telling me, “Oh hello, you are a lady! Ladies like to eat sweets don’t they? To the point where it interferes with their daily lives, am I right? Chocolate, right ladies? Riiiight? Want to eat pie or pie flavored things all day AND lose weight? I know you do, because you’re a lady! Watch that figure and eat sweets! It’s perfect, am I right ladies?”
NO COMMERCIAL. NO. GO AWAY. Of course I like sweets, everyone does. But if I want to have a slice of key lime pie, I’m gonna go have a slice of key lime pie. NOT key lime pie flavored yogurt. Especially because that yogurt has almost as much sugar as the slice of pie. Sorry yogurt. You lose. And don’t get me started on the ‘low-fat’ versions. Gross. That ‘artificial sweetener flavor’ is just not appetizing. Do not want.
Also, commercial, STOP ACTING LIKE YOU KNOW ME. You don’t. Stop acting like you know what women want. Because clearly, you don’t. Just. Stop it.
And what I hate most….You’re lady and you want to be healthy, but exercise and choosing good, whole foods is hard for you, so let us do it for you!!!
Uuuuuuuugh. I swear this attitude in marketing ‘health foods’ toward women (not just yogurt) is insidious. How many of these commercials talk about eating clean and picking up a pair of dumbbells? How many? None? EXACTLY. Lifting weights isn’t ladylike! Neither is eating steak! So just eat Special K and yogurt all day and you’ll be dancing around in a bikini in no time! The worst part is that a lot of people don’t take the time to research things, so they fall into this trap. They feel they are healthy because their cabinets are stocked with Special K, Yoplait Light, Healthy Choice, and 100 calorie snack packs. And I’m not talking smack about them, because I’ve been there before too. I’m talking to all those companies that flood us with these messages. It is incredibly irresponsible, but they don’t care because they’re making their money.
The worst part is when you try to tell people that these foods aren’t good for them, they look at you like you’re crazy. Great job Yoplait marketing department, now everyone thinks I’m a crazy food snob. THANKS FOR THAT.
Stupid yogurt. If you haven’t seen it already, check out Target: Women’s awesome video about yogurt.
If you want something besides a sense of accomplishment...
go check out Earndit! This neat little service wants to boost your workout willpower by giving you real rewards in exchange for your sweat.
How does it work?
Sync up your fitness tracking device/app with the service at earndit.com, and start getting points every time you work out. Earndit uses the data it gets from services like fitbit, Nike + and even foursquare (checking into your gym gets you points!) to award you points. The more points you accumulate, the more stuff you can get.
What kind of stuff can you earn?
Giftcards and discounts to a decent selection of retailers. Most of them sell healthy food/snacks or workout clothes. Also, if you are the charitable sort, you can instead choose to make donations to charities
Have you tried it?
Noooooo but it sounds cool so I thought I should share haha. Has anyone tried Earndit yet?
How many of you have fallen off the fitness wagon? C’mon, raise your hands. I know this has happened to pretty much everyone, especially me. That just goes to show how normal it is. I sincerely believe that, when it comes to fitness, our society sets us up to fail. How? Let’s start with…
Unrealistic expectationsof our abilities and our bodies.
How often do we often do we plan out these incredibly optimistic workout plans and then never live up to them? A lot? Yeah, I know. I do that too. We make a 6 days a week workout schedules and then get discouraged when we don’t follow through.
What we no one bothers to tell us is that we don’t need to workout 6 days a week to get fit. We don’t need to spend hours on a treadmill. Rest is just as important as exercise. Did you know all this when you started? Because I sure didn’t, and I would be disappointed in myself when I missed a workout, even though my body was screaming at me that it just wanted to rest. Society and media make it seem like if you’re not spending half your life in a gym, then you’re not doing it right. Every time you feel tired, that guilt kicks in. There shouldn’t be any guilt. Listen to your body. Your body knows what it needs, and if you’re genuinely tired, that has nothing to do with laziness.
What does society tell us is a healthy body? What does the media tell us? What about our friends? Our families? How do those expectations affect yours? Quite a bit. Many of us start our journeys with dreams of looking like Miranda Kerr or Gisele Bundchen. While these ladies are very beautiful, the media likes to tell us that their beauty is the only acceptable kind. We in turn internalize this, and when we start to want to change for the healthier, we set the bar impossibly high for ourselves. We focus on the wrong things. The once again comes that guilt. ‘Why can’t I get Miranda Kerr’s body?’ Well, because its impossible. We are not Miranda Kerr. Or Gisele Bundchen. We can only look like healthier, fitter versions of ourselves, and that should be our ultimate goal.
Lack of supportfrom family, friends and even co-workers.
It never fails that someone will have something to say when you decide to make a lifestyle change. The problem with this is that it’s usually not positive. There’s always comments. Unwanted advice. Discouraging words badly disguised as humor. While easy to brush off, it’s still irritating to hear. Why aren’t people more supportive? Well, that’s another point for society. Society hasn’t taught us to genuinely compliment people, or to voice our concerns in an honest way. It has taught us to be passive aggressive and tear things down. A lot of that has to do with the fact that we have all these insecurities building up inside us, helped along by a skewed media picture of what beauty and health is. Understanding this, cultivating love for ourselves and others, and supporting one another is what can help us move past negativity.
Lack of support from family members comes from a different place. Sometimes, when you decide to make a change, your family can take it is as a personal affront. People can get really attached to the way they do things, especially cooking. These stubborn attitudes can be really discouraging, especially if you live with your family and getting them involved is important to your success. The best thing to do in this case is stick to your guns, and document your progress. Show your family how far you’ve come. Eventually, they might want to get healthy with you!
So how does this help you?
Well, I think its important everyone knows that falling off the wagon is totally 100% normal. It happens to everyone. It happens more than once. And that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up. I know, its hard not to, but the key is simple. Make ‘failure’ (I don’t like that word, so negative) a part of your fitness plan. I know that sounds weird, but it really helps. Change your attitude about so-called failures. They are just as much a part of your journey toward health as all those good workout days.
Remember that self-love we should be trying to cultivate? That self-love involves knowing yourself and your body. Your body will tell you what it needs, and when. If it needs rest, let it rest. You will know when you are ready to climb back up onto that wagon. Forcing yourself or guilt-tripping yourself into it will only make you resent it. Again, you will know when you’re ready, and when you are it will feel amazing!
It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted something. Like, a looooong while, and I wanted to apologize for that. I never thought I would have so many followers, but that still doesn’t make it okay that I haven’t been sharing my journey with you guys, because that’s the whole point isn’t it? To share all of our fitness journeys, whether they’re going well or not.
Anyway, I’m sorry, followers. I’m working on some new original content for all of you, and of course, more updates on my personal progress!
There’s another post to come in a bit, so stay tuned :)
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