I have been meaning to do a post like this…a short compilation of things on my mind or things I want to share, that by themselves, might not warrant a complete post.
Topic Number 1: We ARE Tough Mudder Fluckers.
You start out trying to avoid it…fairly quickly you are running right through it, hoping it doesn’t suck your shoe off (I threw my shoes out immediately after the race). Sometimes it just went to your ankle, sometimes up your calf. Despite my fear of the electroshock therapy, it turned out to not be much at all. By far the worst was the “ball shrinker.” The challenge itself wasn’t so hard, but the water you went through was bitter cold and you were in it for awhile…all they way in. The scariest challenge for me was “walk the plank.” It didn’t seem so bad standing at the bottom, but standing on top of the 15′ tower and looking at the water below that you had to jump into…scarey. And once again the water took your breath away. In the end, the highlight of the day was spending 4.5 hours with a group of people trying to fight our way to the end of the 10 miles of constant up and down the mountain, copious amounts of mud, snow, water, nets and more mud. Our entire team of 40-somethings completed the course as a team.
There was laughter, fear, camaraderie, encouragement and a few warrior battle cries. In the end, we all finished in one piece and it was a memory never to be forgotten. Thanks Mudder Fluckers for an awesome, once-in-a-lifetime day.
Topic Number 2: What’s With the 4 and 5 lb Dumbbells?!!
I do most of my personal training at a corporate gym. The facility is pretty small, but has some decent, basic equipment. There is a complete set of dumbbells, a few benches, and most importantly, a cable machine. There are mats, a few stability balls, a medicine ball or two…and there is equipment that is pretty useless (and rarely gets used but takes up a lot of room). No one ever asks me what I think the gym needs. Periodically I will show up and there will be, for example, an entire new set of dumbbells or a new bench. However, the other day when I showed up, randomly there were 3 brand new sets of 4-lb dumbbells and 3 sets of 5-lb dumbbells. W…T….F?? We already had a set of 5-lb dumbbells…now we have 4 sets, along with 3 more sets of dumbbells that are a full 1 lb lighter. Seriously, what a friggin’ waste of money. I’m trying to get women to lift heavy weights, and now we have a lifetime supply of silly ass dumbbells…like those are going to make you a bad-ass (exasperated sigh).
Topic Number 3: I’m not losing weight, but I eat really well…
I cannot tell you how many times someone tells me that they are having trouble losing weight, or they want to start losing weight, or they have recently put on weight that they want to lose…you get the idea…and yet (miraculously) they have a good, healthy diet. Warning…if you aren’t able to handle a dose of tough love, please stop here…okay, you asked for it…Bulls***. YOU CANNOT PUT ON WEIGHT or fail to take off weight if you have a perfect diet. Do not try to tell me you have a thyroid problem…most likely you don’t. If you really think you might have a problem, go get it checked out, then come back and read the rest after your doctor tells you that you do not have a thyroid problem. I have recently put on a few extra pounds that I would like to take back off. Generally I think I eat pretty healthy, and I exercise 8-10 hours a week. But if you ask me why I have put on a few pounds, I will readily admit, it’s my diet. While generally good, I am far from perfect. Too much wine, eating out on the weekends (which generally translates into too much food) and boredom eating of things I shouldn’t (potato chips, peanut M&Ms) all adds up to a few extra pounds. Recognize that in order to lose one pound a week (which most people are not happy with) requires taking in 500 fewer calories each and every day for seven days. And that’s week one, one pound. For the average woman, this translates to about 25% of your “maintenance” calories. I think often people fail to really count all the little extra calories they take in here and there, that glass of wine they unwind with each night, that snack size candy bar they grab from the office candy bowl, the donut they have on Friday when someone brings them into the office, going out to dinner on the weekend…I could go on and on. I am not trying to imply that it is easy to lose weight (if it were, none of us would be overweight). But just don’t tell me you “eat healthy.” Maybe you ate healthy yesterday or maybe you ate healthy Monday through Thursday…but it doesn’t take much to erase the gains. So be honest. If you really want to lose weight, write down everything you eat (studies show food journaling helps people to lose weight, probably because it makes them realize how much they are eating), watch portion sizes (a “serving” of pasta is 1/2 cup, cooked…that’s not a lot of pasta) and eat lots of vegetables. In the end, while exercise is good, losing weight is about your diet. Take a serious look at what you eat and stay away from the office candy bowl.
One last quick side note…last week I had the most “views” of my website yet. Just want to thank all of you for reading. Please pass along my web address to anyone you think might be interested in reading…thanks so much for your support.