Archives for June 2012

Mindful Eating Challenges

Are you savoring your life?

I’ve been privately mulling over my mindless eating habits for a while now, and reading MizFit’s post about mindful eating finally inspired me to write this post.

I’ve been a proponent of the intuitive eating approach for a year. That doesn’t mean I’m particularly good at eating mindfully!

When I began eating intuitively, it was easy to be conscious about every aspect of my eating. I rediscovered the joys of eating when I consciously savoured every single piece of chocolate or ice cream I put in my mouth. I tasted my forbidden foods and discovered my real food preferences (I don’t like high-fat ice cream). At some point I tried using a hunger scale to measure my feelings of hunger and satiety.

But then the novelty of intuitive eating wore off, and it was harder to stay mindful about my eating. Staying mindful is hard work, and it’s much easier to go back to the old automatic habits.

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There’s one paragraph in Mizfit ‘s post that really grabbed my attention.

I’m a misfit who grew frustrated with how she felt, STOPPED, paid attention, listened to her body (finally) & ended up where she is today.

One thing that makes me shy away from mindful eating is the fact that I suspect eating has an important role in my life – as  a convenient distraction. If I stopped every time before I put something into my mouth, how often would I be forced to admit that I don’t really crave food, I’m just bored and stuck in my life?

I would loath to give up such an easy – and relatively cheap – means of distraction.

I’m actually pretty satisfied with my eating these days and I must be doing something right because I’m gradually shrinking. I just wouldn’t call my way of eating especially mindful.

My question for you today:

Is it ok to eat chocolate and candy if you’re fully aware you’re doing that to distract yourself from your boring and unsatisfying life?

The #1 Obstacle on My Way to Fitness

I’m really mad. (Accidentally, my father looks  exactly like this when he’s angry)

For some reason, I kept getting more and more mad when I wrote this post. I wanted to post about deliberate practice but then the post deteriorated into griping and complaining.  I decided to publish the post anyway, just to get rid of it!  🙂

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This post was originally inspired by Marion’s recent post on how to reach superior fitness. In her post, she asks a good question: how did she morph into someone who can do a 160-lb bench press when most gym goers just tread water year in year out?

What does she do differently?

The answer is deliberate practice. Marion mentions seven practices – like getting feedback from more experienced peers, tracking your progress and careful experimentation- that are necessary if you want to have truly remarkable fitness results. It’s takes much more than just trying harder or doing more to get truly fit. [Read more…]

Meet Exercise Hero Aimee aka Amazing In Motion :-)

Aimee is a marathoner

I’m glad to finally introduce you to the fourth Real-Life Exercise Hero – Aimee of “Amazing in Motion” fame. 🙂 Aimee belongs to the slighly intimadating group of atheletes  (intimidating in my mind)- marathoners – even though she claims she started as a non-runner.

I absolutely love the name of Aimee’s blog and also her tagline which says: “I’m a mom, a wife, a nurse and now I’m a runner…catch me if you can!”  🙂

I also found it especially inspiring how Aimee takes pains to schedule exercise into her busy life as a mom, wife and employee.

But read for yourself.

 

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Why did you start exercising? How long did it take before you started liking it?

I feel like I’ve always tried to incorporate exercise into my life because I’ve been overweight for as long as I can remember. Exercise for me was always associated with attempting to lose weight.

I joined the gym about 9 years ago. At that time walking and light strength training were my main forms of exercise. I love to walk and I could walk quickly for long periods of time. I would be diligent for a time and then I would slack off for days at a time. It was always difficult to start again. [Read more…]

My (Very) Gradual Weight Loss Progress

It’s again time for the weight loss comparison pictures. I should really start calling them fat loss pictures, because my scales haven’t budged – I still weigh about the same as I weighed two months ago. You can check my first set of comparison pictures here.

4th May on the left, 7th June on the right

I think my belly has shrunk a bit and it’s a tad easier to fit into my size 38 (size 8 in US, 10 in UK) goal jeans – never mind the hanging belly!

4th May on the left, 7th June on the right

I think it’s actually a miracle there’s been any progress. After I came back from visiting my relatives, and after I had a bout with migraine, my eating has been off.

I’ve also noticed a recurring pattern: on Thursday nights I start feeling stressed out and tired, and on Fridays I have to push myself to get anything done. On Friday night I often get some candy to take off the edge of stress and to pass the time.

If this is pure stress eating, I need to figure out ways to decrease my stress levels.. Stuffing myself with candy is a poor way to relive stress anyway. Eating candy is never as satisfying as I imagine beforehand and I often wonder why I bother with it. But that wondering always comes afterwards.

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A word about my workouts.

This second phase with Female Body Breakthrough has been hard for me. The muscles in my upper back have started tensing up again. There are too many moves that put a heavy load on the muscles of my upper body. I probably going to ditch the prone jack-knife from workout B and the chin up from workout A.

Anyone know of substitutions that train the same muscles?

Using Willpower for Evil

Today's fitspiration may be a bit incompatible with the topic of the post...

I’m not in a mood for writing a long post today, so I created a new fitspiration picture for a quote from Edmund Hillary: “It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”

But then Marion’s comment to my self-control post started bothering me. Here is a part of what Marion said:

Sometimes, I think that it’s great to have no self-control for a while. I had years of my life where I ran myself ragged with self-control and I wasn’t very happy. I’ve learned to let the housecleaning go, sometimes, for the sake of relaxing. So there still needs to be a balance, I guess.

I think Marion makes an important point here. [Read more…]