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Moderation

16 May

So I got some good advice recently and I really have realized that I AM that ill fated yo-yo dieter. Going on health binges, then party binges then food binges.. Enough! I just need to set some very reasonable goals that will help me slowly get in shape.

1. Eating when hungry – don’t starve, don’t binge, eat healthy or just small portions of calorie dense foods and I’ll feel good
2. Interval training. The last few times I’ve gone to the gym I’ve been doing interval training on the elliptical and stationary bike. I just feel like I’ve really WORKED something. It takes more motivation then just pumpking away at the machine but I’m going to stick with it.
3. Go to classes. Yoga, pilates, at gym, whatever. I am a Crunch gym member, known for their great “Superfun” classes and I never go. I want to try out some new ones, spinning and yoga (even though I hate the idea of doing yoga at the gym – it’s free cause I’ve already paid for it!)
4. Drink less. School is over, summer has arrived and I’ve just been going out out out! What can I say I love to go out and have fun and in nyc drinking is always part of it. My solution – as stupid as this sounds is that I think I’m going to try to get another job, just part time in the evenings. This will be a great distraction for me, great excuse for me, and I’ll get paid in the meantime

As of today i weighed 127lbs. OUCH! But honestly I just died my hair dark brown (I’ll upload a pic soon!), I have my two potential boys, and I’m feeling sexy and feeling good. Gotta love the summertime!

Master Cleanse: Day #3

26 Apr

Day #3, no hunger (so strange), no problem. Even went to the gym for a light light workout (133lbs btw). But, let me tell ya-these morning are NOT fun. I live with three other roommates and the fact that everyone is running around using the lil’ girls room in the morning, leaving it occupied is, well, just NOT fun. I was just emailing with a friend of mine and she recommended that only 1/2 cup of the herbal laxative be drank at night, instead of the full cup, so that mornings are a little less rough. There should be less and less to be “pushed out” of me as the days go on. Ew you don’t wanna here this.

So as you guys know it’s way more important for me to have a nice waist-hip ratio than to lose weight. Noone is carrying me anywhere, I can weight as much as I want! In response to one of my previous post “Skinny and Curvy?” an anonymous poster recommended that I do weight training to get a thin toned waist and still keep my curves. Ameliabelia, I feel you, my hips always get smaller first (My gym buddy says that is due to using the Elliptical/Cross-Trainer). But just in general my hips are much smaller than the rest of me. Does anyone know enough to recommend specific weight training exercises I should do, or better yet cardio equipment to use? This is for when I get off my cleanse-I don’t see a point in strength training now it will be too much exersion and I’m not eating any protein! I think running would be the best for toning up allover, especially the waist, but I have bad knees and I can’t run- at least not regularly or for more than 15 minutes.

One trainer online recommends, “If you want to lose fat, you should weight train at least three times per week (e.g. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). I like to recommend total body workouts each session for beginning trainers as it helps the body to learn the exercises faster and build strength and muscle faster. The REAL key to losing fat is ramping up your metabolism to burn calories ALL THE TIME rather than just when you’re exercising. By keeping cardio intensity low, you only burn calories DURING exercise, not so much after. But when you boost intensity, your metabolism gets cranked up and you burn more calories ALL DAY.”

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I know that this weight training thing is the correct idea. I do 98% cardio and don’t see significant changes in my body shape. Currently, I use the elliptical machine primarily and bike sometimes for cardio. I do crunches whenever I’m at the gym and sneak in a yoga class here and there. I think that perhaps I should try spinning as a high intensity cardio exercise. Also, pilates classes would be very beneficial because, as I have raved before, when I was doing pilates every day I had the best body in the world. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or money for that anymore, but I should be able to fit in at least one class a week.

Longing for the days of free Pilates and Yoga classes…

24 Mar

I used to work at a holistic health center two years ago. They taught yoga and pilates, which I could take for free and did 1 or 2 times a day. I have never been in better shape. Toned, long, and a sense of strength and body awareness that I hadn’t had since the depths of my ballet days. Unfortunately, living in nyc these classes are all cost around $15, a few less, some even more. My Bikram yoga classes cost me $20. Not bad for one class, but very expensive when you are considering taking multiple classes a week (or a day!) I wish I could get back on the pilates track though. It went along so well with my previous dance training. If only I had time, but maybe I could work study at a pilates studio?Joseph Pilates