Green Mountain at Fox Run » Blog http://www.fitwoman.com Women's Weight Loss Spa Retreat for Healthy Living Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:36:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Binge Eating Diaries: We CAN Just Do It! http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/08/28/binge-eating-diaries-can-just/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/08/28/binge-eating-diaries-can-just/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=27825 I did something crazy. Me, myself, and I took Nike’s famous words of wisdom – and we just did it… I Wasn’t Feeling Up For My Regular Gym Routine I was on my way to the gym after work the other day – and I just couldn’t bear the thought of going through with all of the tedious steps: finding a parking […] Read more »

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I did something crazy. Me, myself, and I took Nike’s famous words of wisdom – and we just did it

I Wasn’t Feeling Up For My Regular Gym Routine

binge eating diaries we can just do itI was on my way to the gym after work the other day – and I just couldn’t bear the thought of going through with all of the tedious steps: finding a parking spot, walking in, awkwardly changing in a bathroom stall (undressing in the openness of the locker room is still not an easy task for me), and getting my entire routine started.

I was exhausted, mentally, physically, emotionally – you name it. (It’s been a rough couple of months, my friends.)

But for me, it’s a proven fact that exercise is the one thing that, without fail, gets my engine going, gives me a second wind, and always strips away a layer of stress.

But that day, I knew that the gym was out. It just wasn’t happening.

So… I just did it.

I pulled over into a parking lot down the street from the gym. I was wearing a dress, but beneath it I was sporting barely-there spandex shorts and a skimpy tank top.  (The discomfort of chaffing thighs and low-cut dresses sometimes leads to this type of wardrobe damage control. But hey, to make herself comfortable – a girls’ gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!)

Before I could overthink my plan and talk myself out of it, I whipped off my dress in the middle of that parking lot, threw on my sneakers, placed my headphones in my ears, snapped my fanny pack around my waist, and started jogging. (And before you question your eyes and re-read that last part, let me just reiterate that yes, I’m 25-years-old and yes, I’m the proud owner of a black pleather fanny pack!)

I Felt Empowered And Mortified At The Same Time

As I started on my impromptu journey, the devil on my left shoulder and the angel on my right shoulder immediately started going at it. Half of me felt empowered! The other half – felt mortified…

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My little red-horned friend kept pointing out the fact that my thighs were rubbing together. And I became self-conscious every time I had to stop and pull my shorts to keep them from riding up you know where.

My sweet angelic side told me that I was awesome. You’re moving your body! You’re outside! You’re challenging yourself! It’s okay to stop and fix your spandex wedgie!  You’re wearing SHORTS! In PUBLIC!

Judging Myself By ‘Mind Reading’ Other People

Then my dark thoughts would creep back in as I kept imagining what every single driver thought as we crossed paths. Were they mocking me? Laughing at me? Commenting that someone of my size shouldn’t, under any circumstances, be wearing such a minimal outfit?

But I shook my head and reminded myself that I am The Queen of Mind Reading.


Nobody is paying attention to me or judging me. They’re focused on their own lives. And even if someone did have a negative thought about my body – I’m never going to know what it is and it’s NEVER going to hurt me.

As I returned to the parking lot, I realized that unless I backtracked, I was going to have to walk by the restaurant that I had avoided at the beginning of my jog.

The problem? The whole side of the building is one big window – or, as my shoulder devil tried to tell me – one HUGE opportunity to embarrass myself.

As I approached the building I wondered whose appetite I would ruin if I jogged by in this outfit that didn’t belong to my body.

But I did it ANYWAY.

And guess what? As far as I know, the evening news didn’t highlight any stories headlined:

Local Patron Suffers From Shock After Witnessing Jogger in Spandex Shorts!

I was in the clear. In fact, I was in the clouds.

Taking A Different Path Instead of Binge Eating

I could have gone home that day, headed straight for the fridge, and numbed myself with food.

Don’t get me wrong – part of me really wanted to take that path. But instead, I took a different route… around the block, in the warm air, with the sunset as my backdrop.

Bingeing has been at the forefront of my thoughts a lot lately. The small bumps in life turned to hills and then they became mountains. And my edible companions have been taunting me to take a ride to Binge Town.

But that ride is never free. It costs an emotionally-charged pretty penny.

Jogging on the other hand – now THAT’S some guilt-free, un-food-related movement I can work with.

Choose Fitness – Or Rest – Options That Are Right For You

Okay, so I know that jogging is not for everyone. For most of my life I loathed it. And sometimes, I kind of want to punch the concept of jogging right in the face (if it had one). So those days – I just don’t do it.

In a moment of crisis, anxiety, discomfort, fear, or anger – the most important thing you can do is choose a physical activity that feels right at the time.

Forcing ourselves to follow a normal exercise routine can backfire and demotivate us.

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But by giving ourselves the freedom to choose – we can do something that’s going to make us FEEL good from the inside out. Maybe it’s taking a walk. Maybe it’s blasting your favorite song and having a dance party in your room. Maybe it’s punching your pillow a few dozen times. As long as it’s safe, who cares!

Or maybe, your mind is going 70 miles per hour and the more comforting thought is to sit quietly, meditate, write, or head to bed early for an energizing night’s sleep.

Rest can be just as important as exercise – if not more important at times.

Learning From (Instead of Judging) Ourselves

In this game of life, rarely are there right or wrong answers when it comes doing the things that make us FEEL better. This was hard for me to learn – especially because food was always the ONE thing that I thought would always make me feel better. But it isn’t. Fact!

There are so many choices to be made – sometimes we like the ones we make and other times, we wish we’d chosen a different path, and we come to know better for next time.

But we shouldn’t limit ourselves or judge ourselves… we should learn from ourselves.

For so many years, I thought it was “all or nothing” but I finally realize that something is usually better than nothing. And that that by actively choosing to do nothing – we’re actually doing something!

The point here – is that when it comes to taking care of your body and your mind – follow your gut, go with the flow, and JUST DO IT!

Until Next Time,

Jace

P.S. If the only thing your mind and body feel like “just doing” circles right back to eating, I hope you feel welcomed to re-visit the safety of Fitwoman.com for some inspiration and motivation. And if that kitchen keeps calling your name, take a moment to decide if you’re hungry for food or craving comfort. If it’s the latter, try writing a list of other activities that make you happy, close your eyes, point your finger, and surprise yourself! And then, you guessed it – just do it, my friends.


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Before and After: Finding peace when you’re somewhere in between http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/08/27/before-and-after-weight-loss/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/08/27/before-and-after-weight-loss/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=27810 Weight Loss Before-and-After Photos We’ve all seen them. They pop up everywhere and they all show some kind of weight-loss “transformation” that seems nothing short of miraculous. The “after” photos show a seemingly happy, healthy person. Put side by side with a “before” photo, it implies that the subject had been neither of those things in the past. Read This […] Read more »

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Weight Loss Before-and-After Photos

We’ve all seen them. They pop up everywhere and they all show some kind of weight-loss “transformation” that seems nothing short of miraculous.

The “after” photos show a seemingly happy, healthy person. Put side by side with a “before” photo, it implies that the subject had been neither of those things in the past.

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While these photos serve as markers of progress and inspiration for many—for someone with body image and eating difficulties, these common comparisons can become a bit of a pitfall.

Judging Success By Appearance: An Incomplete Picture

In most of these montages, the differences seen in the subject are supposed to scream “SUCCESS! Do what I did and you can have it, too!” But judging success (or lack of it) simply by appearance, a split-second moment captured in an image at that, is a tricky road to go down. It says nothing about how the person actually feels, how they live, breathe, and move through every day.  Furthermore, notably absent is a representation of the journey, both its difficulties and its joys, through the changes that took place.

Living In A Constant State of “Before”

In the past, my being at a higher weight meant that I felt like I was in a constant state of “before.” I was always thinking about the future, always putting things on hold, saving life experiences and happiness for that great day when my body would finally be good enough to be an “after” photo and good enough to deserve a real life.

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By making my own personal happiness conditional to what my body looked like and what other people thought of it, I suddenly realized that I was wishing my life away.

Success Can Be About How You Feel

Still at a higher weight, choosing love over self-judgment is a familiar struggle of mine. It’s difficult not to use photos like that to turn a critical eye on myself. While I attempt to be more mindful and present in my seemingly imperfect body, it’s hard not to want an idealized “after.” Coming to Green Mountain, I expected to see walls full of before-and-after photos, but it wasn’t like that at all.  It allowed me to embrace what they’ve been saying for 41 years—that it’s not about how you look; it’s about how you feel.

change the way you think maya angelouSelf-Acceptance Is Part Of The Journey

I can’t begin to list all the diets, fads, foods, pain, and pills I used to try to fix my “before.”

What really needed mending all along was the way I thought and felt about myself. The truth is, it’s still incredibly difficult for me to be fat and self-loving at the same time. It’s a daily battle that I sometimes lose, but that doesn’t mean that I need to stop trying.

Unfortunately, I can’t wake up tomorrow and magically be thin. But I can try to treat my body and myself well, and fill my days with enough actual life to forget about what I look like for a minute.

In Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, Maya Angelou says that “what you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”  I think my journey, and perhaps yours, is about learning how to do both at the same time—changing both how we treat our bodies and the way we think about them, together.

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Staying Fit On Vacation http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/08/26/staying-fit-on-vacation/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/08/26/staying-fit-on-vacation/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=27797 Be Active To Help Stay Fit On Vacation During a recent long-weekend trip to Maine, I began to question “How can I remain fit and healthy while on vacation?” The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the fitness guru who provides the fitness industry’s recommended levels of duration and intensity for exercise, tells us that we want to be: Cardiovascular Exercise Rhythmic […] Read more »

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Be Active To Help Stay Fit On Vacation

staying fit on vacationDuring a recent long-weekend trip to Maine, I began to question “How can I remain fit and healthy while on vacation?”

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the fitness guru who provides the fitness industry’s recommended levels of duration and intensity for exercise, tells us that we want to be:

  • Cardiovascular Exercise
    Rhythmic exercise, using large muscle groups to increase heart rate), three to five times per week, for 20 to 60 minutes, with moderate to vigorous activity.
  • Strength Training
    Using an outside force to induce muscular contraction which will improve muscular strength and endurance) 2 to 3 times per week, with 8 to 20 repetitions of 2 to 4 sets.

With those requirements in mind, I decided that a sedentary vacation, just lying on the beach, might not be my best move to maintain a respectable fitness level. Instead, I chose to enjoy a more active vacation.

What Fitness Looked Like On My Vacation

Walking

My day started out with a brief 10-minute walk down to the beach to watch the sunrise.  Watching the waves roll onto the shore, listening to their rhythmic crashes, and smelling the salty-fishy air just erases my stress.  A couple of deep breaths, connecting with gratitude, and a few minutes of meditation, I was ready to start my day.

Playing Ping Ping and Kayaking

After breakfast I played a competitive game of ping-pong (and lost two out of three), and then took a kayak ride out in the ocean.  My focus was on appreciating the ever-shifting sky and cloud shapes, watching seagulls pass overhead, and observing the path of the white sailboat in the distance.  Using the strength of my arms and core to paddle, I decided this could be considered my strength training for the day.

Window Shopping and A Sunset Walk

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The rest of the day encompassed strolling through stores, and even though I’m sure I was not jogging into one store to the next, it was pretty easy to walk for a few hours while window shopping. I have to say, I wish I was wearing a pedometer – I would have loved to know how far I had actually gone.  My perfect day ended with another trek to the shore to watch the sunset.

Hiking

The next day, I had the fortune of going on a 4-mile hike. But instead of a mountainous view at the top, it opened up to a secluded beach.  I soaked my feet in the chilly ocean water, basked in the sun, watched a fisherman take in his catch of the day, and headed back down the path.

Bike Riding

On my final day, I woke up early to have enough time to sneak in a 10-mile bike ride before checking out and driving the 3 hours back home.  If you do decide that bike riding sounds fun, remember the rules of the road:  Ride With Traffic / Walk Against Traffic.  Of course, don’t forget your helmet and water bottle.

TIP: On another note, I find that staying at a location with a kitchenette helps me keep fresh veggies, fruits, and yogurts accessible and available.

Benefits Of Staying Fit On Vacation

I have to say, that at the end of this vacation, I feel pretty good.  With the exercise I did, I slept well, and although I certainly indulged in lobster rolls and homemade ice cream, I can return back to “life as usual” refreshed, re-energized, and content.


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Meghan Trainor’s #1 Hit “All About That Bass” – Body Positivity or Misogyny? http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/08/21/meghan-trainors-1-hit-bass-body-acceptance/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/08/21/meghan-trainors-1-hit-bass-body-acceptance/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=27605 A Body Image Breakthrough? Meghan Trainor sings she’s ‘bringing booty back’ in her new hit song “All About That Bass.”  Some say it’s a fun, catchy tune that boldly promotes body acceptance – or body celebration – even if you aren’t a “size two.”  Other say that it reinforces a superficial and misogynistic view of women. The positive message of this controversial song may […] Read more »

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A Body Image Breakthrough?
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Meghan Trainor on The Today Show

Meghan Trainor sings she’s ‘bringing booty back’ in her new hit song “All About That Bass.”  Some say it’s a fun, catchy tune that boldly promotes body acceptance – or body celebration – even if you aren’t a “size two.”  Other say that it reinforces a superficial and misogynistic view of women.

The positive message of this controversial song may be in doubt - but with over 18 million views on YouTube (and climbing) and roughly half a million in sales in less than two months since making her debut, it’s obvious that the 20-year-old pop phenom has struck a powerful chord with young girls. “Bass” has rocketed it to Billboard’s Number One on Digital Songs, while displacing such pros as Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea.

Critiquing The Message and the Messenger

With society’s pressure on women and girls to look a certain way, “Bass” appears to be - at first blush – one young woman’s rebellious anthem that has quickly cultivated an enthusiastic following. According to Trainor, the song is meant as a declarative statement that sexy doesn’t come in one size, and women of all shapes have a right to feel good about their bodies.  

When writing the song, I was thinking about girls today…and the message of the song is to love your body no matter what,” said Meghan.

Some critics, however, say “Bass” perpetuates misogynistic stereotypes and opens itself up to ridicule. One blogger, Jenny Trout, questions why this song is being touted as positive message for women in the first place, and points out male bands who have covered the song “up the ante on the misogyny and body shaming” in their versions:


Former X-Factor competitors Emblem3 have covered “All About That Bass.” See how you feel about lines like, “Us guys like a little more booty to hold at night,” and “It’s pretty clear she ain’t no size two/but she can shake it shake it/the way she’s supposed to do,” when you’re listening to young men sing them…Are we supposed to applaud this? It’s positive to hear young men trash “skinny bitches,” just so some women can feel better about not fulfilling a standard of beauty they’re longing for?  ~ Trout Nation

Good point, but is Trainor to blame for not being progressive enough or in the ‘right’ way? Does “Bass” deserve to be ridiculed because male bands have chosen to do so?

“Skinny Bitches”

Perhaps this song is just a sad reflection of our society. The reality is that teen girls are preoccupied with wanting to be attractive and sexy to boys, and if their bodies aren’t a socially acceptable size, they can face horrendous weight stigma and bullying that leaves them vulnerable to eating disorders and long-term psychological damage.

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It may be that society is more deserving than “skinny bitches” of Trainor’s thinly veiled anger (and heaven forbid that a woman express anger – or anger directed at other women), but I wonder if it’s not better for women who feel disenfranchised to express some anger rather than turning it on themselves with all-too-common, self-destructive eating behaviors.

Trainor relates how some young girls who have been bullied say they’ve found solace and hope in her lyrics:


“I tear up and I call my mom like, ‘Did you see that? Did you read that one?’ because some girls are like, ‘I’ve hated myself. I hated life. I didn’t want to go to school. I get bullied. And then I heard your song and I cried,’” said Meghan. “They say they cried because they’re happy and they dance around the room. And I was just like, ‘What?’ It’s crazy.”

Yes, it is crazy. Our society has a mental illness when it comes to women and weight. Isn’t it crazy that a song that champions the sexiness of average-to-large body sizes is seen as a breakthrough?

Society Sorely Lacking In Positive Body Images

The “skinny bitches” lyric is getting a lot of attention, but Trainor also points out how society isn’t doing enough to change how it portrays women in the media:

I see the magazines working that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real
Come on now, make it stop  

As consumers, we have a lot of power we aren’t exercising. How long would it take for women’s magazines to change their imagery if we started a boycott? By buying – and buying into – the thin-crazed media message, women are their own worst enemies. Talk about reinforcing misogynistic stereotypes!

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While a song that focuses on how women with “all the right junk in all the right places” are just as sexy to men as a “stick thin Barbie Doll” is inherently limited in it’s progressiveness, some say that it still holds a positive message:

I know you think you’re fat,
But I’m here to tell you that,
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top!

Would “Bass” have risen to number one on the charts with a different beat or melody? Perhaps not. Are there other songs by female artist that do a better job of promoting body acceptance without playing into stereotypes?  I’m sure there are, but that doesn’t explain why this particular song has gone viral.

“Bass” Apparently Fills A Body Positivity Void

Ultimately, the song’s popularity with fans – who are calling themselves “Megatrons” – demonstrates how desperate teen girls are to feel good about their bodies. Meghan herself laments how she could have used a song like hers when she faced peer pressure and body image issues in school:


“I wish there was a song like this when I was 13,” said Meghan, admitting that she’s not always confident. “It’s all mostly in my head. I would sit there in class like, ‘I know they are judging me right now. I know they’re picking on me.’ So it helped me a lot, watching this video and seeing the comments that were positive.”

Whether you think the song is deserving of being dubbed a “body acceptance breakthrough” is up to you. For me, the positive aspect of “Bass” is that it has generated global discourse on body image, body acceptance and weight stigma. People are talking about these issues from all sides and perspectives. And clearly, as a society, we need to have that discussion.

You Decide: Watch the “All About That Bass” Music Video

Read the full All About That Base lyrics here.

Is “All About That Bass” is a positive or negative message for women? Why do you think it’s so popular?


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