“Time for a little pep talk here. The truth of the matter is that while it may feel like it, you don’t screw up anymore than anyone else…you are as human as the rest of us and you need to remember that mistakes are part of life. Time to stop comparing yourself with others and live your best life.”—
In the yoga biz, the standard way to gain credibility is to be an RYT-200. That means Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 hours of training. Well, I’m an FYT>200; that’s a Fat Yoga Teacher at over 200 pounds. I’m very conscious of the fact that there aren’t a lot of us. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, but that statistic is not reflected in yoga teachers or in yoga classes. I wish that were different.
Thanks to insurance failing to recognize that an eating disorder is something that needs serious care, I was not allowed to continue at Monte Nido in 2012, nor was I able to afford the follow up care required and recommended.
Bee, the young woman who won my last giveaway, is raising money to continue her eating disorder recovery after her insurance decided not to cover her treatment.
While static stretching before a run is a big no-no, yoga is a whole different ballgame because it involves movement-based stretching. These four exercises will get your blood circulating throughout your bod. Slowly loosen up typically tight areas such as the hips, hamstrings, and lower back with these dynamic stretches. They just feel so darn good and prep your body for a great run.
“It’s hard to express how alone you feel when you’re counting every calorie, pre-planning every meal, and working out every single day. The funny stares when walking through the park holding a one-gallon water jug were not a big deal. The late dinners at which I ate nothing (seriously, not a single thing) were bearable. But despite supportive friends and team members, no one really knew what I was feeling, what I was going through, and what kept me going. I felt trapped when asked to go places and do things. I felt embarrassed on weekends when I had to make sure to spend hours in the gym each day. I felt uncomfortable making others awkwardly eat and drink alone. I felt hungry and sad when I went to bed. The final week, I could barely sleep at all (my worst weekly sleep average for the whole #absperiment) – sort of as if even my body wasn’t supporting me anymore. Worse, there were also noticeable side effects for others. I’m usually really positive and happy, but (as everyone in my office now attests to) I was tired and grouchy throughout the #absperiment. That sucks. Ultimately, I’m not entirely sure who the people are who get and maintain six-pack abs for an extended period of time, but I feel for them and hope they have some awesome friends (who maybe ideally have six-pack abs, too?).”—
"So are six-pack abs worth it? I began this #absperiment with the belief that you don’t need six-pack abs to be happy, but wanted to see for myself. I look better than I ever have, but am I happier? Absolutely not. The past six weeks haven’t been full of torture and suffering — they’ve been hard, sure, but ultimately manageable. But I won’t do it in the future and, in retrospect, I wouldn’t go back and do it again. Six weeks is too short of a time and demands too many sacrifices, sacrifices that I now know I’m not willing to give up. Six-pack abs are a superficial measure of health and fitness success — they don’t mean you’re the most in shape, the most healthy, or the most anything. If you’ve considering trying to get six-pack abs yourself (or maybe even were inspired by this series), I’d suggest it may be worth asking yourself what you’re really after.
Is it six-pack abs or simply losing some weight? Is it six-pack abs or feeling a little better about yourself? If you begin to make healthier choices, one at a time, maybe you’ll get six-pack abs eventually… But is that really what you want? Everyone is different, motivated in different ways and interested in different things. And though six-pack abs are not for me and, I think, not for most people, maybe they are for you. That’s totally OK, too. Just know what you’re going to have to sacrifice. And I’d recommend taking more than six weeks to get there.”
If you run, bike, or are deskbound all day, your hamstrings could use some extra love and length. It not only feels good to stretch this commonly tight area, but hamstring flexibility is also important for the health of your back, hips, and knees.
Hi! I'm not sure if you have any advice, but I was wondering if you (or any of your followers) had tips about how to maintain a routine. I want to /want/ to work out but I find motivation is lacking. I'm paying on a membership to a beautiful gym and there are activities that I don't dislike, but getting myself to go/keeping it up is a constant point of frustration. Thanks!
Motivation is something that’s going to be different for everyone. There are lots of little tips and tricks, but the underlying source is really what’s going to be most important to discover: You need to start recognizing why you want to workout, what benefits you get from it, and how you ultimately want to spend your time.
Start by asking yourself a couple questions: Is there any particular kind of exercise that you enjoy the most? Do you play sports and like competing? Is it a team effort kind of thing that appeals to you? Are you working towards a specific fitness goal? If so, is it the exercise that you actually enjoy, or is it the appeal of this ultimate goal?
Once you start to figure out exactly why you like spending your time exercising, the entire process tends to become more fun. It’ll push you to engage in activities that you genuinely like for their own sake, while keeping you away from exercises that you might be guilted into participating in.
So for you: You say that there are a few exercises you don’t dislike, but that’s really a far cry from genuinely enjoying them. Maybe it’s time to start thinking outside the gym: Would you be more interested in a team sport league? Or exercising outdoors? Or exercising with animals? Or do you want to build towards extreme sports? Or races? Don’t limit yourself to a gym. Gyms are great for weight lifting and indoor cardio, but there are just SO MANY other ways to stay active. If you’ve tried the gym and it isn’t working you for you, it might be time to admit that you have to take another approach.
After letting these thoughts marinade for a little while, the best thing you can do is start trying out something new. Maybe this is just adding new music to your workout playlist and hitting the gym with renewed vigor, or maybe it’s signing up for a few community basketball intramurals, or even signing up for a horseback riding lesson. Eventually, you’re going to hit on an exercise that you can’t wait to do again! From there, it’s a matter of setting a long-term goal to work towards and turning that knowledge into a routine that’ll get you there. Having a goal is important because it gives you a reason to keep staying active, even if you have the occasional bad day.