Archive for October, 2013

  • During my mad-vacumming blitz I got lodged in between the tank of a washing machine and corner of a wall and couldn’t UN-lodge myself for a good 3 minutes. I utilized my limited YOGA skills to slither out of this domesticated Jason Bourne laundry def-com crisis.
  • A massive robo blitz call went out to all parents of all schools in our area stating “your child is absent”. I did not know it was a system-glitch and hyperventilated until almost passing out while calling all the schools to reach a busy signal. Thankfully, I received the update via a text from kind friends, before face-planting on the tile.
  • My latest complaint to I-tunes is headed “Every-time I try to fix a playlist, download music or even click on the I tunes Icon,, I reach for a fork, in which I plan to stick in my eye”

Good Day.

What’s the Message

Posted: October 17, 2013 in balance, diet, eating, fitness, food, Uncategorized

We really need to see more Dove Campaign Special K type body shapes and Messages- in the Fitness /Health world. If you truly want to reach those who are having serious health risks because of their addiction to food, you have to take a good look at what society , is saying to them.¬† I am passionate about people seeing themselves as a whole being and being inspired versus being guilt -ed or shamed into getting off the sofa. If a person is “guilt-ed or shamed” into getting off the sofa and eating healthy, the person will not stick to a plan and make lifestyle changes. This is a fact.. Page 127 American Council and Exercise ACE Group Fitness Manual “The least effective type of motivation is a form of extrinsic motivation called intro-jection,(Deci & Ryan) With intro-jection people report being physically active because of some external factor suggested by someone else and NOT ACCEPTED BY THEMSELVES..and are likely to experience feelings of being controlled, tensions GUILT or pressure..” The chapter goes on to describe that people have to feel intrinsically motivated- Which does not come from feeling guilty about themselves. Therefore,I vote for inspiration,authenticity and humility versus “what’s your problem” or”what’s your excuse” every-time.

Speaking from a busy stay at home parent’s perspective, (yes I’m busy even though I don’t “work” full time in society’s eyes), the pressure to “do it all”, is unbelievable.¬† There is a major Supermom atmosphere that radiates out over myself and my friends on a daily basis and it isn’t all in our heads.¬† I have yet to see a cover of a magazine regarding Parenting that truly depicts what’s going on in a parent’s life.¬† I get it, pictures of disheveled parents , is not going to cut the mustard;however, I do think the parenting/health/fitness industry could do a much better job in providing an authentic¬† view of how to balance the stresses of life while creating, routines (exercise included!) into their life.

If I had to got back to work tomorrow, full-time, I know that I would not be as disciplined about it as I am today. You know why?¬† BECAUSE I’M HUMAN.¬† You are human. Give yourself a break.¬†¬† I’ll admit that actually have to back off of the exercise from time to time,¬† because I do not want to become obsessed with working out and eating healthy because I do NOT think it’s a good message to send to my children.¬† ¬† I do get caught up in the comparison game but I’m much better at stopping that undeniable,self-defeating train-wreck-thoughts of destruction,¬† to realize that I’m doing the best I can based on my abilities.¬†

 

I do not know the answer on how to reach the masses in helping America fight obesity and/or unhealthy sedentary lifestyles. I think there are some great programs that do attempt to reach all parts of society. I also do know it’s a sore subject and even writing¬† the word obese makes me a little uneasy because I feel like America automatically associates that term¬† with outward “image” and/or “lazy”.¬† That¬† isn’t always the case. You have NO IDEA what’s going on in that person’s life and whats going in their life.¬† You have no idea if they walk 50 miles a day or if the were starved emotionally and physically as a child.¬† We need to stop labeling people and meeting them where they are now so they can find their intrinsic motivation!¬† Food may be their shield and they used it to protect themselves, my goal is to help them find another, healthier shield.


All I know is I want to help people get active and feel good about themselves because I do not want people do die from unhealthy life styles that can easily be prevented by¬† making slow, steady balanced challenges in their life. .¬† It’s NOT ABOUT SIZE.¬† A super. skinny runway model can be five times as unhealthy as a person that may be a little bit overweight on a “medical chart” or worse by “Cosmos’s standards”¬†¬† I used to smoke, drink , and run. Sometimes all at the same time, because I thought I was a freaking rockstar! (insert electric guitar music..)¬† Was I healthy? heck no. Quite the opposite. I’d much rather be 10 to 15 lbs heavier with a little junk in my side trunk then ever go back to being a spindly , spidery crazy-eyed-crack-en trying to run off my the previous nights’ beer calories only to go home to chug Pinot.

My point is, life is not fair, it’s hard, there is always going to be someone that’s better, faster, thinner, more muscular , better hair, funnier personality..whatever… and some of it’s genetics, upbringing..etc. ¬† My Dad’s nick name is Spider, so go figure, some parts of my body are natural going to be thinner, whether I eat white bread (gasp!) or not.¬† My sister is tall , I am not. I’m working with what my momma gave me and what I’m trying to give myself!¬† You need to define what a comfortable, healthy weight and size is FOR YOU , your heart and your soul. It’s the whole picture.¬† If you are a size 6 and you want to rob a bakery every day , have major headaches and are miserable, maybe your body is not meant to be that size.¬† If you let yourself got to a size 8, and you feel much better as a whole person, then you have your answer!

There are  SEVENTY ONE ROADS IN ATLANTA WITH THE WORD PEACH-TREE IN THE NAME.   Look, I do not have a very good sense of direction, in fact, I have gotten lost  a multitude of times; however I have lived in Georgia for a cumulative total of eight years and I have NEVER gotten lost as much as I have in this state.

I indicated one major conundrum above. Imagine Siri or the google chick’s confusion when there are that many road/streets with labeled “peach-tree'”.¬†¬† I have also been cited a few times for illegal u-turn, all in Georgia (amazingly I have never received a ticket.. I guess I”m pretty darn charming).¬† Listed below is the common dialogue betwixt Siri or the google dame and myself (I use both depending upon which catches GPS signal first)¬†¬† -

Siri” “make a u-turn when possible”

Me: “for real?”

Siri “No really , make a flipping u -turn now..what is wrong with you anyway”

Me: “Stay calm. Say the Serenity prayer. Let’s not fight today Siri”

Siri: “ok, ok wait. no like totally. no wait, let’s stop and re-route.”

Me: “OHH EMM GEEE are you flipping kidding me?, like whatever gurhhhl. “

Siri: “No, ok I got this. I GOT DIS, hold up. Re-do that last u-turn, and make a reverse u-turn”.

Me:¬† “*&*&&*&#*&&$*#&!&@%”

Siri¬† “Oh eff it, turn around when possible and go buy a map”

Although I am grateful that I live in an area that is rapidly changing, it can prove to be quite a kerfuffle to get from point A to point B at random times during the day. Let me explain, firstly, in my area,¬† it seems as though a gaggle of builders all go to the same watering hole and say “HEY LET”S BUILD 7500 subdivisions along a country two-lane road AND THEN widen the road once the congestion becomes completely unbearable.”¬†¬† I am not a city planner , but sometimes the logic and timing of when the department of transportation decides to widen a road, escapes logic.

Secondly, I mentioned random times during the day and I really meant that phrase. One would think, that these two-lane-country-road-DOT-projects, would only get congested during rush hour.¬† That’s simply not the case.¬† Yes, it does become grid-locked during rush-hour; however, there are many times, when I am traveling along said-above road at 10:30 or 2:00 in the afternoon, and it is completely jammed with traffic.¬†¬† Besides my important self, where are all these other people going in the middle of the day?

I say all of this out of good clean fun. I find it ironic that with my complete lack of any kind of directional sense , I live in an area that has lacked originality naming it’s roads and albeit we are the peach state, I think 35 roads with the name “peach” in it would have clued any city planner to pick another fruit or state celebrity.¬† Additionally, the names of the roads are undoubtedly, the longest, I have ever seen in my life.

Peach tree Industrial Boulevard

Lawrence ville-Suwanee Road

Nelson Brogdon Blvd/Georgia State Road 20/Buford Drive/Highway 20 – I’m not flipping kidding you – Siri will spit this ALL out when telling you to travel on this road

Buford Highway/Georgia State Road 13

 

Let’s stop here. The above road (Nelson Brogdon)¬† or /Buford Drive/Highway 20 is NOT to be confused with the road Buford Highway/Georgia State Road 13 are two totally different roads AND I live near both of them, so when I try to give directions to my house I literally have to think about how to phrase this to any newcomer.¬† Better yet, there is a Nelson Brogden ROAD which is not the same as the mouthful of roads (which is just ONE ROAD) listed above. I know right, just reading that makes your head what to explode. KABOOM.

The other day I was traveling to a neighboring town for a trail run (near Lake Lanier, which is a massive lake) thinking, “oh, i’ll figure it out” and lacked the forethought to map out the big picture. ¬† With hopeful glee, I knew Siri would pull through and guide my directionally challenged mind.¬† Needless to say, I ended up on Peachtree Industrial Blvd, when I should have been on Nelson Brogdon Blvd/Georgia State Road 20/Buford Drive/Highway 20¬† fervently yelling at my phone, “Please why are you doing this” and speak-texting into my Facebook inbox that I was going to be late, because heaven forbid I use a map or call anyone directly anymore.¬† That would make too much sense.