Posts Tagged ‘body transformation challenge’

This year I am embarking on a slightly different adventure. I thought long and hard about my body, my fitness level, my extra bodyfat, my thoughts on body image and my own internal struggles with a desire to not conform for the sake of conforming. I have long had a desire to get in better shape, but I don’t really act on it. I may think about it a lot, even make a few steps here or there but very rarely have I made an actual push to lose weight. I have not been on any diets save the raw food thing (and that was for spiritual not physical reasons, though it had great physical side effects) although I have certainly pondered many over the years. But in the end, any diet or fitness regime required a level of commitment I just didn’t have, despite not being totally happy with my body. It took me many years to realize that a big part of this is a holdover from my experience with ballet, my strong feminist leanings, and where the two interact.

I had a pivotal experience when I was 15 at my fairly well known dance school, wherein I was told by the director of the school that the reason I had not gotten into the audition-only summer program (that I had been in the year previous) was because “you’ve gotten fat, didn’t you notice?” No joke, those were her exact words. As a psychologically tender 15yo (especially shaky given that I had lost my father a year before), these words were incredibly devastating. I had until that point had every (relatively reasonable) expectation of a career in dance. This turned my world upside down and let me wondering what to do to address this.

I should explain a bit here: I was 5’2″, and had gone from 98 pounds to 108 pounds. I was maybe a size two. I am currently 155 pounds and I am not overly unhappy with my curves. Certainly at 125 (years later) I was very happy, and got a good amount of admiration for my body. However, at that time, somehow 108 was “fat” to this woman, something objectively at the time I knew was absurd. See, despite my love, infatuation, and overall adoration of ballet, I still had a very strong feminist-raised ME inside…and that me saw two choices: 1) obsess over my weight, try to diet and workout to fit a ridiculous and unrealistic ideal pushed on me by others, and give myself an eating disorder and huge psychological problems for life or 2) say FUCK YOU to the ballet establishment. I chose option 2. This meant that I spent several years totally unmoored with no idea what to do with my life, as well as resulting in my eating a ton of junk all the time, no longer dancing or working out at all, pretty much in a direct, quite unhealthy bodywise, rebellion. I gained 50 pounds in a bit over a year. I embraced dating and blossomed in my sexuality now that I had time to be social. Over the years I lost a good amount of the junk food weight and stabilized around 130. However I was never quite okay with not working out, not being able to use my body in the way I was used to. Getting winded easily SUCKS and it hit me like a punch in the face every time it happened.

Quite a few years later, after two pregnancies and a stressful dissolution of my marriage, I am back up to 155, almost as much as I weighed when pregnant with my second – and slightly more than I weighed in my first pregnancy. Still, it took me some time to get to the point where I was willing to let go of my “OMG losing weight = conforming to patriarchal standards” mindset and finally want to DO something about all this excess fat I am carrying around and the non-fit state I am in.

I know from experience that some changes are very easy for me and others never happen. One of the things I do very easily is classes. I am a pretty damn good salsa dancer now after knowing nothing before I started classes. One year, I just decided I was going to take some ballroom classes. Once I signed up, I continued nonstop, finding time and money. Commitment was never a question, it was easy. I also know eating healthy is very doable for me, and the raw food thing I did was a great lesson. I loved it while I was on it, but once social pressures hit, I didn’t have the necessary habits cemented to stick with it, and one of my main downfalls kicked in: my “all or nothing” mindset. Once I started slipping up, giving up altogether happened almost immediately. So I knew any changes I wanted to make, in order to be serious, needed to create commitment for me in a way that was “easy” for me, and needed to be about longlasting, habit-based lifestyle changes that were sustainable and reasonable.

Luckily for me, there’s a program that I already knew of from my years of reading. Fitness and nutrition, as well as all sorts of random body-function fun facts, have long been a huge archair interest for me, unsurprisingly. Years ago I discovered http://www.stumptuous.com, a website about weight lifting for women that I adore for both her vast knowledge and her hilarious, uncensored approach to writing about it. Through Krista I learned about Dr. John Berardi, and was impressed with his focus on basics first, and his article on the compliance grid which I thought was brilliantly simple. Several years ago when Krista left the academia world to work for Dr. Berardi at Precision Nutrition, I knew a better endorsement could not be found. Still, I was not ready at that time to act. As the year came to a close however, I just knew…now is the right time. Spending $99 a month for a year – a previously “crazy” sum – now seemed perfectly reasonable. See, at the end of the day, I don’t need someone to creat a “perfect plan” for me. In fact I have quite enough knowledge to do so for myself. No, what I really need is someone to check in with my, every day, and say “hey, did you do simple step x today? Great, do that again tomorrow!”

And that is exactly what I have gotten, and I couldn’t be happier! I thought I would blog about this experience over 2012, however I probably won’t post overly frequently. I don’t want blogging to become more important to doing, and I know I need to be especially careful that I don’t let “oh well I didn’t post today so I may as well not bother doing this” stinking perfectionist thinking into my head! So, that’s all for now. 🙂

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So, I had come across polyphasic sleep through Steve Pavlina’s 30-Day Trial of it several years back. It intrigued me but didn’t catch me on a personal level. However, I came across it again a year or so ago, and it caught my eye again. I did the same thing I did the first time – pondered, plotted possible nap times – but then I started thinking Hmmmm…could I actually do this?

In writing up my plans for 2010, I had a general idea of the shape of my year, and I pencilled in Polyphasic Sleep Trial for September, because I figured I’d be doing the Turbulence Training Transformation Contest in May/June/July, and Burning Man in August, so September seemed a good time. Then, shit happened. The dissolution of my marriage threw off my workout plans and I never really got going with the contest. Additionally, in the process of moving, my ex threw out or otherwise lost the tickets we had purchased for Burning Man way back in January. Many many things got juggled in this whole process, particularly as I worked to keep my head together and sort out my conflicted emotions, as was to be expected.

And in all that, the idea of polyphasic sleep got dropped completely. It was never on my official list, and it simply slipped my mind. Until yesterday.

Now, I had been fairly serious in my research going into this year, and in fact I had bought the definitive book (written by the woman first documented to be on the Uberman schedule as it’s called), so I am fairly prepared, at least as much as one can be. So when it popped into my head last night to do this, and I realized that, quite coincidentally, it was in fact the beginning of September, I didn’t hesitate to say FUCK IT, I’M GONNA DO IT. 😀

The transition period is pretty much a month of hell, but hey I am not working right now anyway, so what better time to try it? The ironic thing is, I was originally shooting for September so that I wouldn’t be pushing hard to work out and get fit at the same time as this major sleep overhaul, and yet…here I am, with the next TT Contest starting September 5th, my last chance to complete one before 2011. (Even better, starting Sept 5 means I will be done just before my birthday – that’s a pretty awesome gift to myself!) And unlike polyphasic sleep, THAT is on my definitive list of shit-to-do in 2010, so that MUST happen. On the upside, I figure working out (and prepping food – did I mention I plan to be mostly-to-totally raw during the 12-week contest?) will give me stuff to do during all those extra hours, especially during the zombie-like transition difficulties.

So, the basics on polyphasic sleep, as I am doing it:

6 naps, 20 minutes each, at 12, 4 and 8 (am and pm)

I have an absurd list of things to occupy my time, several alarm clocks, and have authorized the kids to dump water on me should I not wake up when said alarm clocks go off LOL. I’ve also explained to my sister what I am doing, and given her kill-switch power – so if it seems like I am not getting any better (or start hearing voices or something) after 4 weeks, she will make me quit.

The transition is hellish from what I understand (I am imagining worse than my 9-day fasting experience…and that was pretty epic), so why might a person voluntarily go through massive sleep deprivation in order to train their body to function this radically different way? Well, 6 extra hours a day is 91 extra days PER YEAR. That’s a pretty big plus side.

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When I started this blog, I wanted to choose a topic. I wanted to write about things that had a great relevance to my life, that meant something to me, things I am passionate about. Sexuality was an oft-proposed topic. I am very positive-sexuality oriented and a number of people were on my case to write from that perspective, and about my experiences with poly, with bdsm, etc. How could you work kink and parenting, who did you tell about your multiple relationships, all sorts of things. And yes, this was something I could go on about at length (as anyone who’s ever got me started about poly knows LOL!) But thinking about kink and parenting got me thinking about parenting, about cosleeping and natural childbirth, about breastfeeding, “extended” nursing, babywearing (aka slings), cooking for kids, free-range kids, all things I am wildly interested in as well (as anyone who’s heard Eva’s birth story on their first date with me can attest…) Thinking about feeding kids got me pondering cooking from scratch, essential spices in the pantry, “un”cooking aka raw food and green smoothies. That brought me to Craig Ballantyne and Turbulence Training and the Transformation Contest (all of which I learned about through Stumptuous, AMAZING site), which in turn got my mind on changing habits and routines and Flylady and housekeeping. Which links right back into everything else.

So in the end, I chose the title “Easier Than You Think” because I want to write about all these things which, in my mind, are so connected and which generally I feel get a bad rap as being “hard” when, well, they don’t have to be. Some of these things I grew up with and so didn’t struggle with overly, but for the most part they are all things I have changed about myself, my perspective and my approach to life over the years. So I know from experience that it’s not as hard, as daunting, as it can seem, and that even the stuff I am currently in mighty combat to change :p will in fact look pretty simple when I look back on it.

Which brings me to what’s on my mind today. These things all go together; teasing out “where to start” in a :LIFE: is not only silly but is pretty much impossible – a starting point can be anywhere. It’s all connected. For me, things fall apart first in my home, if something is not quite right in my mental state. Why is this? Well, probably because I grew up in a VERY messy household. Intelligence, curiosity, integrity, all sorts of things were valued…but cleanliness? Just wasn’t really high up on the list. Things suffered even more when my father – the homemaker, a quite unusual thing for the time, died unexpectedly when I was thirteen and my sister was ten, leaving my mother suddenly widowed with a new house we’d been in less than a year that she had no real idea how to care for, landlady responsibilities she had never signed up for, and OH did I mention my sister and I went through puberty the year after that…at the same time? (I apologize to my mother upon occasion for the whole puberty thing…) The house was atrocious, terribly horribly bad. But it was what I was used to, and though it may seem intuitive if you’ve grown up with it that way, there is “learning” in how to keep a house neat. Not just how to CLEAN it – that I excelled at, I could take the worst, most terrifying room, and get it spotless through an insane amount of work…I just couldn’t maintain it, I couldn’t KEEP it neat.

Over the years, I lived in my own place (sort of) with two roommates, and we battled over dishes and such. I discovered Flylady and overthought it instead of taking baby steps, I just wasn’t grokking the reason yet why you can’t fix everything in on fell swoop. I got married (to one of my former roommates), moved in with my inlaws for 9 insanely difficult months (suffice it to say, my mother-in-law grew up in EXACTLY the opposite situation as I did, cleanliness-wise, and even for that, it remarkably anal), and then my husband and new baby daughter and I moved to our own, totally independent place.

And there I struggled. My husband, having grown up in such a different way, was always on my case about the house, or so it seemed. I was working, and he was the one at home with the baby (no longer quite so unusual a choice), and even with that, I wasn’t keeping things clean enough for him (despite that he did most of the work). This caused so much tension that it led to our separation – he left me while I was pregnant with our second child. Now, the house was nowhere NEAR as crazy as it was when I grew up, but the constant fighting finally got to be too much for him. For my side, I couldn’t figure out what his issue was. I mean, he told me, but it didn’t make any sense. Meanwhile he wasn’t stellar either – among other things, he would splurge money that wasn’t “his” to spend, often putting us in difficult financial situations that should have been easily avoided.

We were separated for two years. How we got to a point of reconciling after that is a long story, and one worth telling in its own right, but a big part of it is that I finally figured out WHY he was upset. I finally understood one of his favorite sayings, one I just never :got: before: “A room is like a mind.”

He would say this, and I would nod, maybe smile, and thought I got it. But I didn’t.

Living on my own, with only a 2-year-old, left me no one to blame for things being out of place, and no one to clean up except myself. I was well and determined to prove him wrong, very motivated to show him that FUCK YOU I can do everything you can do, and BETTER, and a whole lot else besides. I wasn’t doing it in a mean way really, but I was absolutely certain that, his naysaying aside, I COULD change, and I WOULD dammit. And so I returned to Flylady.

This time, I read the whole thing, I let it sink in, and I started small. I kept my sink shiny, and I read the emails daily, and what do you know, my house started to come together. And as my house came together, I felt better. When I wanted to make something, I could find the materials I needed. When I woke up in the morning and walked into the kitchen, I wasn’t overwhelmed at the dishes needing to be done. In fact, my shiny sink positively HUGGED me. It made me smile, giggle even, every single morning. It was AMAZING. I could think clearer, I could relax, and I WASN’T cleaning all the time. In fact quite the opposite. I felt like I wasn’t doing much “work” at all. What made the difference, what finally taught me not how to clean but how to KEEP things clean, was routines.

At the end of every night, after putting Ana to bed, I would pick up any stray items in the living room and kitchen and put them away. This was the work of only a few minutes. (It helped that I got in the habit of, whenever moving from one room to another through the day, asking myself “is there anything here I can take where I am going and out away?”) Then I would sweep the carpet (again, tops 3 minutes) and HEY the living room was now pretty much spotless. Moving into the kitchen, I would wipe down the counter, stove and table (maybe 5 minutes…if I was slow), do the dishes (usually 15) and sweep (2 minutes). Then I would mop (something I used to dread but realizing it actually took very little time helped a great deal!) All in all, I’d be done with the main rooms in less than half an hour, and WOW did it look good after. And I felt great. Instead of tiring me out, having the house clean gave me energy.

And somewhere in all that, I finally understood. When the room is cluttered, your mind is cluttered. Your energy is all tangled up and everything is hard. Finding things (in room or mind) is difficult, it takes lots of work, and often ends up in needless duplication (anyone who’s ever bought a 2nd, or 4th, pair of scissors when you couldn’t find the first (or third) knows what I mean here…). When the room was clear, my ENERGY was clear. I could relax. Nothing whispered at the back of my mind, telling me “look at those dishes, you’ll have to do that soon”, or reminding me for the umpteenth time that “you’d better mop up, it’s getting downright sticky in there.” When I relaxed, I was truly relaxed. Nothing needed doing because everything urgent was DONE. “A room is like a mind.”

And oh, what a difference it made to understand that.I finally understood that THIS is where we had been crossing wires, this more than anything else. When the room was messy and the kid just gone done for a nap, *I* had seen two hours to spend with my husband, precious minutes to catch up, to talk, to fuck, to snuggle. I didn’t want to CLEAN, that was WORK, and kept me from that vaunted couple-time. But for him…the subconscious message he got if I pushed him to chill with me was “she doesn’t care if I can relax”…pretty much the complete opposite of what I wanted him to feel. We both wanted the same thing – enjoyable, pleasant time as a couple – we just crossed wires in understanding how to get there.

That brings me to today. Three years after we reconciled, we are apart again. For some of the same reasons and some different ones, but on the whole a very friendly separation. It’s been four months since we broke up, and while I am doing quite well in a number of ways, I realize some things definitely suffered. And chief among them has been my routines. Now, to be fair, my routines had suffered a great deal before we separated, and so the structure for them was already crumbling. As I mentioned, keeping my house neat is one of the easiest things for me to lose, even though it gives me so much benefit. Still, changing such entrenched habits and mind-processes IS difficult. Or rather, not difficult, but one must respect the process, the fact that it takes TIME to create new pathways in your brain, and moreso, to program those new pathways to take precedence over the old ones that have been carved in.

I forgive myself for the fact that the house has been pretty bad. This is important – if I don’t forgive myself then I can’t move forward – and, that said, I have been getting back to Flylady and my routines. One of my favorite sayings of hers is “You are never behind. Just jump in where you are.” and that’s what I have been doing. I’ve pulled out my timer, and in 15-minutes bursts I’ve made a goodly amount of progress over the past week. The most important thing is that I have KEPT the progress I have made, because I have not just been cleaning but also doing my morning and evening routines. THAT is the important part.

A room is like a mind…and I am ready to let mine be clear again.

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Yesterday’s fast went very well except for the end. One should not break a fast with wine, trust me on this. To make matters worse, we were missing one of our normal wine-sharing people at rehearsal and for some unaccountable reason I felt obliged to drink her portion as well! What I was thinking, I could not tell you. I can say I knew going home I was pretty drunk, so when I made a bad eating decision and ate not one but *two* bags of potato chips, I kept the bags in my pocket so I would remember to record them today. Good thing too as I know I would have forgotten altogether otherwise!

Still, despite my indiscretions in breaking my fast, the scale was moving in the right direction this morning, and though I somehow do not recall an…intimate encounter…I am not hungover either so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Next time however I need a plan in place for breaking my fast.

I did get to the gym for my intervals workout yesterday, though I went at 2 instead of at 1 as my coworker requested that. In general I will be going at 1 every work day. My plan is to go to the gym every week day on my lunch break even when I don’t have a TT workout scheduled. In this way, building the habit of going will be much easier – my default option. On non-workout days I have several options: steady state cardio, pilates, salsa practice or handstand practice.

I skipped my salsa classes yesterday, in favor of talking to a friend online that I have not spoken to in a while. We got into a very interesting discussion on the impact of sex on friendships :). I did of course go to my salsa rehearsal at 9:30, where I ran into the aforementioned bottle of wine. My legs felt fine during rehearsal, not too sore at all, though I was a bit off balance but I am 98% sure that was due to wearing my performance shoes (with quite high heels) instead of the dance sneakers I’ve been fond of lately. Also, from my prior experience with HIIT I knew to hold back just a bit so I could walk later!


Today’s goals:

Eat well at work (this is easy for me – fruit, salad and larabars are my workplace staple)

Eat supportively at home (tonight that means having a big salad with curried sunflower seed pate and indulging in a small piece of my sister’s homemade pizza – she is making it nondairy by using buffalo milk mozzarella and I know better than to think I will abstain totally, the key here is moderation)

Weights workout B (I may try and do intervals as well using a jumprope, or I may do them at the gym today or tomorrow) after dinner, no excuses

Complete my evening routines fully. This morning was a wash as I overslept, though the house looked pretty good so clearly my past few days of dedication to my routines is keeping me in good stead.


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Yes, I have switched back top counting “up” instead of “down”…


Last night went better than I expected. The extra coffee I had on my way home didn’t hurt any, I’m sure!

Foodwise yesterday was not great but not bad either. Raw-wise, not so hot…

AM: large coffee with soy, Cashew Cookie (Larabar)
Lunch: large salad (spinach, cauliflower, scallions, red cabbage, orange pepper, snow peas, cucumber and oil and vinegar) with curried sunflower seed pate, large glass of water with lime
PM: large coffee with soy
Dinner/snacking: half a grapefruit (too sour to finish!), 2 sunnyside-up eggs, spoonful of peanut butter I should not have had, and a bit of the Japanese sunflower seed pate
Post-workout: one potato with olive oil and curry powder (ummm yeah…I like curry)

OK on to my evening. Coming home I was somewhat tired but not as bad as I expected. Once I got home, dinner for the kids came together quickly since there were leftovers that I could reheat. I also made my younger daughter two eggs as she loves them 🙂 and that is how I ended up eating eggs lol. Getting the kids to bed went very smoothly and I cleaned up as I went so once they were asleep there wasn’t too much left to be done. I was thinking about doing my chores first, but decided I had better work out ASAP before I passed out – I was beginning to drag a LOT.

I did the weights Workout A from the Beginnner TT.  (I will do the intervals today at the gym during my lunch break.) I had done one “test” workout from the Intermediate last week and decided that starting slower is not a bad thing – it’s been a long time since I’ve done any weights, a year and a half I think. Because of that, I also tried to keep it challenging but not too heavy, so that I can walk come tomorrow LOL! All this is to say that I am not beating myself up over using 8 pound dumbbells 😀 as I’m sure I will get my strength up again pretty soon.

The workout itself felt pretty good. The stability ball exercise is killer, and I don’t even think I did it right the first go around! Working out gave me a good burst of energy, and I ended up finishing my chores for the evening with energy for doing a little bit more – except for packing my lunch, which I put off in favor of sleep as I can pick up salad at the cafeteria today and happened to have money set aside for it. (NOTE: I ended up deciding to fast today.) Even so, by the time I was done showering I did not get to bed until midnight or so. On the upside, I’ve been getting back in the hang of using a neti pot, which is nifty! 🙂

My goals for today: I am fasting today (after I finish this coffee lol!). I also will be doing my intervals from Workout A at the gym today at 1pm, and probably doing some Pilates stuff or salsa practice a bit since the intervals won’t take me that long. For my “off day” 30 minutes, I will be walking to the dance studio after work. Then I have a full evenig of salsa classes (3 hourlong classes plus an hour and a half rehearsal). I don’t count my dancing for my “off day” activity as it is nothing new for me (and clearly if I was going to lose weight from it it would have happened alread LOL!)

How can you help? Ask me about the intervals after 2pm!

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Or, Getting Shit Together One Piece at a Time

I am done with excuses. I’ve had a great many perfectly reasonable “reasons” for not having worked out in the past three weeks. None of them matter however.

So last night, after I got home at 1am, I did all the chores on my ostensible checklist (I have a nifty chart I wanna generate from this, but I digress…). Washed dishes, put away laundry, cleaned the kitchen and mopped the floor, picked out clothes for today, and then shower etc. I had soaked sunflower seeds to make a pate out of but I didn’t want to run the food processor in the middle of the night so I got all the ingredients together and threw them in the container (actually, I did two variations – curry and Japanese) so that this morning all I had to do was dump the contents of the container into the food proccessor and turn a knob. Rinse, repeat, two yummy pates done.

This morning, I woke up after 3 hours of sleep surprisingly awake. I ran upstairs, blended the pates, and made two quick salads (one for Deme) with spinach, orange pepper, cauliflower, scallions, red cabbage, snow peas, cucumber and oil and vinegar, plus the curry pate. All of which, plus getting dressed, took me about 25 minutes.

So why so fanatical about doing my routines fully? Simple. The busier I am, the more important staying on top of everything becomes. The house being messy, being behind on the laundry, these are all luxuries that I can ill afford when I have so much I am choosing to put on my plate. Tonight when I get home I will make dinner, put the kids to bed, and then workout. After that, I will do the same cleaning up as last night, and start some more sprouts. One of the benefits to having a thorough evening/bedtime routine is that while you clean more frequently, each time actually gets easier and faster since it was not very bad since the last time (say, a day ago) you did it (there is a point of diminishing returns of course lol!) So while it seems that mopping my kitchen every night is harder, it really makes my life much *easier*.

I’ll post an update on tonight’s workout tomorrow – I fully expect it to kick my butt, but it’s all good. Do me a favor? Stay on my ass! If you don’t see a post tomorrow, bug me about it. In fact, I am going to think today about what leverage I can use against myself as it were. – something that I pledge to do if I miss my 3 workouts in a week. What do you think? Suggestions?

It bananas! It's a heart! It's yummy.

It bananas! It's a heart! It's yummy.

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Because the contest has a rolling start date, I am going to “restart” with Day 84 on Monday, and take this past 5 days as a “warmup” week. The reason for this is that although I have been pretty good with my diet, I have not been working out. This mainly has been happening because doing the workouts at home is much easier for logistical reasons (in part having to do with the fact that the stability balls at my gym are on another floor and thus doing supersets where the first exercise is with dumbells and the next with the stability ball will not work) and because I have not been getting enough sleep, so getting up early to workout has not happened.

So, the lessons I have learned thus far are:
– I need a bedtime, particularly on the nights before my workouts. This should not be overly difficult to do as those nights are on days when I am either off work, or get off early. The kids are asleep by 9 at the *latest*, so my new bedtime will be 10:30 for those nights. This should give me plenty of time to finish up my chores for the evening. One thing I am going to use to help me is to set two alarms on my phone: one for 10:00 as my early warning, and one at 10:30. If you see me online after that and it is not a Saturday, please give me a swift kick in the ass!! 😀

– Workout clothes and other essentials need to be easy to grab. I took care of the clothes to an extent by buying some pants earlier this week. I still need to buy a lock for the gym (I will be going there for intervals and some yoga on off days). I will be doing that today. I will also eb buying a new backpack – I have been using a bag that is much less than ideal, and given that carrying my food and other accoutrements becomes very heavy, a decent bag is essential. I will also take time this weekend to reorganize my clothing so that workout clothes are separate and folding into ready-to-grab piles. I have to make it easy, or it won’t happen LOL – I know myself!

– I cannot allow my sister to keep candy treats for the kids in my kitchen. For my own sanity, she MUST keep those things in her own kitchen. Now, we don’t have many – the bag of large marshmallows she got so they could have hot cocoa on these past rainy days has been the first in about 2 months – but I just don’t want to deal with the extra stress.

– In a similar vein, on Thursday nights, my sister cooks dinner. She tends to get a bit elaborate (either in recipes or in number of dishes) and it is always very tasty and smells enticing. When Deme cooks, he has been making us both a large salad, and it is easy to avoid temptation. Since I don’t have an ally (Deme is not home Thursday nights) when my sister cooks, it has been a struggle. Therefore, I MUST have a plan in place to avoid caving. I am going to start preparing a more elaborate raw-food meal for myself for Thursday nights, so that it has a “treat” feel in my mind while still being goal-supportive food. (As I am inherently lazy, and like salads, I usually keep my dinner simple.) I will probably use a few of the recipes that I enjoyed on Thanksgiving, and use Gone Raw for more recipes. (Also, pssst! a birdy told me I am getting Everyday Raw for Mother’s Day) I think this will help me mentally a great deal.

– I need to keep a physical food log as well as putting things into fitday. This way, when I am not near a computer I am still easily accountable. Also, this means I would only have to visit fitday *once* a day, thus wasting less time. Plus I can then keep track of where I was when I was eatnig, how I felt at the time, etc., all the emotional stuff that can help in figuring out if certain things trigger binges, etc.

Now, except for yesterday (my sister’s burgers done did me in!), I have been pretty on point with my diet. And, though I haven’t worked out yet, I *have* incorporated some lifestyle/mindset changes relatively easily. For instance, I have been taking the stairs without exception – and when that means 4 flights followed by 3 flights 30 seconds later exiting the train, it’s quite a change! Even at work, when I go up to the cafeteria I take the stairs every time. And I walked to the ferry today, and will continue to do so (it didn’t hurt that it was a LOVELY morning). So I have made some progress there that I am pretty happy with, because it is not me “trudging” along – I am happy to be active.

With that said, I’ve decided to start posting weekly goals and tracking them by color (inspired by a fellow TC participant!).

My current measurements are
Height: 5’2″
Weight: 136.6 lbs
Chest: 35.25″
Waist: 31.5″
Hips: 40.5″
Thigh: 22″

First off, my longterm goals, for the end of the contest:
Weight: 115 lbs
Waist: 29″
Hips: 38″
This is subject to change – what I am most interested in is bodyfat changes, but I have no measurements to go off of yet (more on that soon). I am not interested in being “skinny fat”,  so weight as a measure is very subjective to me.

I am working on some fitness-measure goals which I will post this weekend. Pushups will surely be on it! 🙂

So, for this week coming up:

5th Turbulence Training Transformation Contest Week 1
Sunday:  Play with the kids at the park/gardening. Prepare food for the week (sprouts, nut pates, etc.) Update fitday/blog/TT Forum.
Monday:  TT Intermediate workout A before breakfast. Walk to the ferry. Interval training at 1:00. Walk to the studio. Salsa classes/rehearsal. Start fast at 6pm. Update fitday/blog/TT Forum.
Tuesday:  Walk to the ferry. Yoga/Pilates at 1:00. End fast at 6pm.  Update fitday/blog/TT Forum.
Wednesday:  TT Intermediate workout B before breakfast. Prep Thursday’s dinner. Walk to the ferry. Interval training at 1:00. Walk to the studio.  Salsa classes/rehearsal. Start fast at 6pm. Update fitday/blog/TT Forum.
Thursday:  Walk to the ferry. Yoga/Pilates at 1:00. End fast at 6pm. Update fitday/blog/TT Forum.
Friday:  TT Intermediate workout A before breakfast.  Walk to the ferry. Interval training at 1:00. Update fitday/blog/TT Forum.
Saturday:  Play with the kids at the park/gardening. Update fitday/blog/TT Forum.


Other workout performed

For this weekend:
Buy lock.
Buy backpack.
Buy calipers.
Take bodyfat measurements.
Update fitness goals.


Hope everyone is having a happy and productive Friday!!

Apples are healthy!

Apples are healthy!


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