Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Senorita's Ten To Looking and Feeling Better

Hello There My Little Muffins,

So, there are a lot of weight loss blogs out here in Bloggy Land. My favorite is Bitch Cakes at http://msbitchcakes.blogspot.com/
She doesn't have over a thousand followers for nothing. I am willing to bet that over half of my readers already follow her blog.

Anyway, we all have our own little methods for how to get into better shape. We all do it differently, and what works for some doesn't work for others. Different strokes for different folks, if you will.

Anywho, I will offer up ten of my strokes. Enjoy ! And please do share some helpful tidbits in the comment section. Would love to hear from you !

1.) The best thing I've ever heard was "You can do anything for 10 seconds." So while you're running, sprint for ten seconds and then go back to running. If you're doing pushups, go hard and fast for 10 seconds. It's better than just working out at the same pace and letting your body get used to the same pace.

2.)Invest in good running shoes or good walking shoes for that matter. Your feet and back will thank you for it.

3.)Find an activity you like doing. If you don't know what you like exactly, then invest some time to figure out what that is. Don't go to the gym and do exercises you don't like. Some people like to run, others like weight lifting. If you like an activity, do it. I love bellydance. I've stuck with that for 8 years. You may have to try out a lot of different activities. But once you find that one you like, stick with it.

4.) Staying in shape or losing weight is not a short term change. If you don't make it a life style change and think long term, you will not be successful in the long run, because as soon as you reach your goal, you will stop and gain it all back. I can't see myself journaling for the rest of my life because I know I would forget and leave things out, so I don't do it.

5.) Know what you are willing to part with, and what you are not willing to give up, and live your life accordingly. You can't eat it all, so sacrifice some, but not all.

Things I don't consume:
- Soda (Never liked it anyway)
- Mayonnaise
- Butter (I only eat a little at restaurants, I don't buy it)
- Alcohol (I maybe have on average 5 drinks a year)
- White bread
- I rarely eat fried food.
- Salad dressings, sour cream

Things I refuse to part with (so sue me)
- Cake, cupcakes, cookies
- Wheat bread
- Pasta
- Coffee
- Whipped Cream

6.) Push yourself. There is a difference between pushing past the discomfort and feeling better and pushing yourself to where you hurt yourself. Don't hurt yourself. Know the difference and push yourself accordingly. If you don't know, then learn. Hire a personal trainer, and make sure he/she is qualified to help you. Or talk to your doctor.

7.) Don't ever tell yourself you can't do it even if you really can't. Tell yourself you CAN do it and keep trying. You won't get there overnight, but sometimes you really gotta fake it to make it.

8.) I don't buy junk food and keep it in the house from the supermarket. In fact when I go grocery shopping, I just buy healthy food so there is no temptation in the house. This is the best advice for me out of the bunch, otherwise I would be one fat cow.

It's not that I don't eat junk food, it's just that I do most of the damage outside of the house, and I don't like to spend money on junk food. I usually get it free at work anyway.

9.) Don't get discouraged. I've been working out a lot more, and it took a month for the scale to even budge. I don't know why, but that's not the point. The point is, I accepted that I wasn't getting what I wanted and I still got my ass into the gym and still sweated it out. I am hitting some major plateaus early, but at least I am sticking to working out so I can feel better at the very least. That is why you should find an activity you like. So when you aren't seeing any immediate improvements, going back and working out isn't so awful when you are feeling down. At least you are doing something you like.

10.) Know why you're getting into shape. It's okay to do it for whatever reason. Don't say it's for you or to be healthy when you really just want to look hotter or attract the opposite sex, or same sex if you are into that. Don't let people tell you that you should only be doing it for you or your health. That is the most politically correct bullshit answer ever, unless you actually truly mean it, and I can't see most people meaning it. Yeah, of course I want to be healthy, but I don't get up and bust my ass and wanting to scream like a little girl so my heart has an easier time beating. I wasn't dying in the first place. Also, yeah, it would be nice to be healthy when I am old and my tits are sagging in my shoes, but that isn't for a while anyway. Thinking about that is a little depressing anyway. I am doing this because I want to look better. As they say, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

Do it for whatever reason, but just get out there and do it. And then as you start to feel better, you may actually end up doing it for you. But at the very least you will be healthier and feeling better about yourself.

11.) BONUS* Stop with the excuses. Sometimes we don't want to work out, but at least admit it to yourself and stop with the excuses. Do you want to look and feel better or not ? How much is it worth to you ?

In school it was harder for me, especially with my job after. But I somehow found a couple of hours to watch tv. I could have used that time to work out. I just chose not to.

Parents. I am not a parent, but I know a lot of single parents that bust their asses raising their children AND staying in shape. Surely if they can, anyone can. Sometimes people tell me an excuse like that, knowing I don't have kids so I can't really say anything back, at least not out loud.

People with disabilities. Work with what does work for you. You may not be able to do it all, but you can do something, so do that something. Unless you are completely bedridden, you can do something.

So that is all for now my sugary, carbohydrate laden treats.

Besitos !


dadshouse said...

Great post! Number 1 is perfect. I actually read somewhere that interval training is the best kind of trainging you can do. (You described interval training)

Also, for weight loss - I cut out desserts and alcohol for a week. It's hard to do! I eat un-buttered popcorn when I get hunry, and grapefruit.

And I work out to look hot. There, I said it. Okay, not hot, but fit. Just not like some overweight middle-aged dad. But someone who could actually get a date if there were any single women my age around. Doh!

Shelly Rayedeane said...

I love your list. How inspirational!

I wish I could stay the he'll away from diet coke. I'm removing my bad habits one at a time.

I figure my caffeine intake will be last cause quitting everything at once wouldn't feel good right now.

I haven't had any sweets in months.

I don't remember the last time I even had a pizza. Lol.

Bev said...

Great advice! Thanks for sharing.

mac said...

I could give it all up, EXCEPT for my MtDew. It ain't gonna happen !

Well, I like peanut butter cookies a lot, too ;-)

Realliveman said...

I have discoverd that if I want to loose weight and get fit I can't call it diet and exercise. It has to be a lifestyle change and I have to live it as if it were.

I suppose I can beleive it more when it someting I live, rather that something I do. :)

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

Great list!!!

Anonymous said...

Senorita, you are right in that many people are either unwilling or afraid to push themselves, but that's the only way to make a difference.


Anonymous said...

you can do anything for 10 seconds and find an activity that you like

okay, got it

i know EXACTLY what i'm gonna do, wink wink


Stacie's Madness said...

this will not bode well in the bedroom however.
"go hard and fast for 10 seconds"

just sayin

The Pipster said...

Yes, I agree with dadshouse. Great post! I wake up at 5am every morning before work to run. I work full-time and have the kids at night. I try to run sprints on the treadmill too. Your little muffin, Pippi

Anonymous said...

Great post T!

I am one of those people who hibernate during the Winter.. It's just how I've always been.

Spring - Fall I jog with my dog, and ride my horse. So I get exercise a good 2 - 4 days a week.

I cave about once a week to junk food - meaning places like Chipotle [better than McD's!]. But I surround myself and my kids with otherwise healthy food. Ice cream and such things are only allowed during the weekends, for ALL of us.

This past Winter I was terrified I'd start having to wear the bigger jeans, since I stopped my jogging and riding routine. But I just kept up with small portions and eating healthy, and I have stayed the same size since November! So yay.

So now it's time to shrink down a couple more sizes now that the sun is out and shining its warm rays. =)

P.S.: I have started a new blog, to replace the other. Please follow! I've always enjoyed your comments. =)

Danielle said...

Heading to the gym now!

Ily said...

What works for me is a full life and small portions of anything I enjoy eating. Simple!

I have two kids and I'm not naturally thin...I don't overeat and I try to get out and do something fun (not just sit around eating and drinking).

I'll do the exercise bike a few times a week and arm weights and situps. Something active every day will keep you in line...and enjoying activities that don't involve food!

Jimmy's Journal said...

I'm not into those ten ways but I always feel better after a scotch on the rocks.

Fantastic header photo! Sexy!


* Ashleigh * said...

Nice words of wisdom chica!

Let's hang out soon - miss you tons!

Zsuzsi said...

Something that works for me is to swap foods for healthier options. E.g. instead of eating full-fat yoghurt with a lot of sugar and some strange flavour to it, I'd rather pick non-fat natural yoghurt and eat it with fresh fruit or berries.
Fruit is wonderful, by the way. At least I suspect that having some mango is healthier than eating a whole bar of chocolate ;D
And about exercise: I totally agree with you that it's importamt to find something that you enjoy doing. Where's the fun in forcing yourself to do something that you hate? You'll just get bored in no time and give it up.