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Seriously, sometimes the whole 3-day weekend thing really screws me up. The remainder of the week, I am usually a day late and a dollar short. This would make a lot more sense if I had a job… but I don’t so technically I have no real reason to not know what day it is.

Another hang up I am having? Where the hell is this Summer going? I cannot believe it is already July 8th. We finally had some summer weather round these parts the past few days.. HOT summer weather – like in the 90’s. Honestly, I love it. The humidity, the heat. Bring it on. Sadly, our stretch of nice days ended today when I woke up to a dreary ass day. Figures.

That said, days like this get me a little wonky sometimes, and therefore a little random. So, I figured I would post a bunch of random crap in my post today – because like I said, it is that kind of day.

Fridays Jibber Jabber:

– The Casey Anthony Trial: Yes, I know I will probably get some flack for putting this out there, but honestly I think the whole situation has gotten out of control. I did not even need to put on the news to find out information about the trial, as it littered my facebook and twitter feeds (and it is still all over my Facebook wall days later…)

Obviously, I find it heart-breaking what happened to that little girl, but the sad truth is that a lot of other children are found dead/presumed murdered .. and yes sometimes by a loved one. What makes this story different than the other ones? The sad stats on the amount of kidnapped children (daily even) is horrific, but I never see their stories on my news. Although I do think that Caylee Anthony deserves justice, I also think every other child out there does too.

My issues aren’t just with the national coverage though, as I feel that the uproar in regards to our justice system is unecessary. Yes, we all know that Casey Anthony is a liar, manipulator, and all around big cu next tuesday. Did she murder her child? My opinion only here, but I am not sure. Do I think she had something to do with the child’s death? Yes. Do I think her intent was to kill her own child? I don’t know.

Even though the majority of people in our nation think she is guilty the truth of the matter is that she was found not guilty by a jury. There was reasonable doubt, according to said jurors, and it is done. As for our legal system: yes the prosecution made some errors and probably over-charged her for the evidence they had that was eligible to be introduced to the jury.

But on the opposite side of that, our system is put in place so we can’t just pick up some Joe-Smo and find them guilty of a crime. There has to be evidence, and there has to be enough of it to find a person guilty. The jurors did not feel that was the case here and entered a not guilty verdict. And speaking of the jury and the slack they have been receiving…

They were doing their civic duty as Americans. I find it a bit hypocritical that all sorts of people can trash on the jurors when the fact of the matter is that when most get jury duty, all they do is bitch and try to get out of it.

Moving on to someone equally as terrifying

Jillian Michaels: Oh Jillian.. how I really haven’t missed you at all honestly. I did the 30 day shred video a while back and saw some results in terms of toning. I actually don’t mind her dvds that much and only sometimes do I feel the need to punch my tv. I decided that I wanted to do the 30 day challenge again (starting at the beginning of July)

Why a challenge? Well, a few reasons actually:

  • I am completely vain and wanted to do some toning before my 2 week vacation beginning on August 1
  • I know that during said vacation, I plan to enjoy myself to the fullest and need a detox afterwards
  • I was getting extremely bored in the gym, and this was demotivating me something fierce

So I started the Shred DVD on Monday (not quite the beginning of July clearly) and plan to do it daily for the most part. I also started on Level 2 and have gone back and forth between the first 2 levels. One thing I do like about any workout DVD is that it tells me exactly what to do. That is a major problem when I try and do strength training because I am clueless and usually just give up. At least I have a screaming lunatic who needs better sports bras to keep me doing the strength moves.

and lastly,

– Cape Cod Potato Chips: One thing that really annoys me is when I find a food item that I really like for it only to disappear from the shelves. Case in point: Cape Cod Five Cheese Chips. These chips were amazing.. as greasy and good as a cheesy chip can be. Of course, after a few weeks buying them at the grocery store all of the sudden I couldn’t find them anywhere (except a random small bag at a gas station – yes they are that good)

Then, I found my beloved cheese chips on Monday but quickly realized they had been changed. To whole grain sunchip-wannabe garbage.

Why?

Seriously Cape Cod? I am not too sure what you guys were thinking on this one but it is major fail. First off, your whole grain version is not even good and secondly, if I wanted a whole grain chip — I would eat Sun Chips. At least there chemicals are great-tasting.

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-Amy

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Gym equipment envy…

Ever since I vowed to get my healthy lifestyle back I really have been making some killer headway in the gym department. Our 10-day pass to LA Fitness really came at a good time, and since the start of the 10 days, I have been doing some form of exercise every day! Sadly, LA Fitness isn’t anything to write home about, but it also is my only option for a gym due to where I live. I mean it has the “necessities” but I would prefer it to have a much better cardio equipment selection. It doesn’t have the Precor elliptical cross trainer with arms:

(only the standard one) along with some very old basic cross trainers. I had also grown to love the arc trainer:

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and LA Fitness does not have any of those either. Double envy. Another issue I have is that there is no stretching and abdominal mat area. They have a small mat in front of a wall mirror that allows about four people to use at a time. Lame.

Even with the slacking cardio choices and no stretching area, TK and I decided to join the gym. Like I said, it is really our only option and believe it or not, I like what belonging to a gym does for me mentally. I find that I am much more motivated to go, and get a good workout in. I have even found that being a gym rat as of late, has even given me the motivation to keep my streak going by utilizing the small fitness room in our townhouse complex when time has been of the essence. They only have treadmills and an old school elliptical, however, I have used the room twice and gotten a good sweat on!

One thing I do have to give LA Fitness credit for is the weight room. It is huge, and split between two sections: free weights and machines. TK is very satisfied with the free weights and I find I never have to wait for a lifting machine because they doubles and triples of everything… Eh, can’t win them all right? And for $29 bucks a month (contract FREE) we figured we would give it a go.

I can say that I feel a million times better now that I have been working out on the reg. I was really getting into a “winter slump” and my new exercise habits seem to have come just as there are signs of spring here in Boston like setting the clocks forward and the Boston Flower and Garden Show:

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YAY FOR SPRING!!

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So, I am the epitome of routine. I have certain things that I like and I am comfortable with, and usually don’t stray too far from my “norm”. And although I am ok with this fact, sometimes I realize that I miss out on new experiences because I am so set in my little box. This is definitely relevant in terms of exercising. I usually do the same old thing every. single. day. – cardio and lifting machines. I realize this is most people’s worst nightmare – doing the same thing every day – but that isn’t what is bothering me…

What’s bothering me you ask about my standby routine? The fact that I want to try new things, but me being a bit shy is holding me back. Specifically, group exercise classes. I have belonged to about 4 gyms and all of them offered group classes. I always told myself I would go and check out the classes, but alas I never did. I always made up some excuse, but the truth is … I was scared. And I still am. I really want to check out some of the classes that my gym, LA Fitness, has including Zumba and Spin, but I am afraid that 1) I won’t know what I am doing and 2) will make a fool out of myself. Of course, it doesn’t help that I don’t know anyone at my gym either.

I know, I know. Sound the lame bell but this is something that I really want to work on – for myself. So since it is Sunday, I figured I would post some goals of mine, since I love lists and all…

Weekly Mini Goals:

1) Attend at least one group exercise class at the gym!

2) Take care of some “personal housekeeping” (ie errands) that I have been completely blowing off…

3) Plant something outside…

That last one may seem a bit odd, but I am trying to broaden my horizons here people!

Any suggestions on getting over my fear of group classes?

-Amy

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Ever since I wrote about “non exercise guilt” I have been giving my eating and exercising habits a little bit more thought than usual. For the majority of the time, I have been always been a gym rat (or at least active in one way or another) on a daily basis. Even when I had my desk job, I used my lunch break to squeeze my workout in (luckily the building I worked in a training room upstairs that employees could use for free – so it actually was quite common) It wasn’t until the Holidays that my regular routine was interrupted (since we moved in December!) and then again in February, when I got a bit of post-vacation blues. Other than that, it has been a major aspect of my life.

If you had asked me 5 or 6 years ago why I worked out, the answer would be simple: to help me lose weight. But after I dropped the weight and I really started learning about healthy living and studying health and nutrition in my classes, my outlook on exercise completely changed. The point in which my thinking was completely turned around was when I read that exercise can actually add years to a person’s life expectancy. Of course, when I entered into a relationship with someone who was 16 years my senior, I began to care more about things like living longer and living healthy. But that’s besides the point.

Then, of course, there is the benefits of exercise for me:

Regular physical activity can help you prevent — or manage — high blood pressure. Your cholesterol will benefit, too. Regular physical activity boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly by lowering the buildup of plaques in your arteries.

And there’s more. Regular physical activity can help you prevent type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. (source

And although the benefits are amazing, I do believe that exercise habits have to be in balance with other aspects in life life eating/nutrition…. Which leads to my point of my rambling…

You see exactly one year ago (May 1), I quit my desk job. It was absolutely, without a doubt, effecting me in too many negative ways for me to continue to ignore. I was mentally, physically, and emotionally drained and therefore was no pleasure to be around. Eventually, I got to my breaking point. After talking it over with the boyfriend, I walked in one day and gave my notice. It was the best decision I had ever made. Seriously. Ok, I got sidetracked again with my incessant babbling on (I do that often) Where was I? Oh, yes. Back to after I left my desk job…

And that I did - I went back to school!

The days of sitting at a desk all day were over. Days of munching all. day. long. were also over. My day to day changed, my eating habits changed, and even my exercise habits changed. Before I knew it, July came around and the boyfriend looked to me and said, “Honey you are too skinny” Of course, I had never heard these words before (it usually was just the opposite) but after stepping on the scale, I was shocked to see that he was right.

I had not taken into account the major changes that came along with NOT sitting at a desk 9-5. I wasn’t eating what I was eating before and clearly hadn’t realized that I was practically grazing all day long. (which in turn did lead my work pants a tad tight but nothing I really gave thought too) and I was practically sedentary for the majority of the day. When I realized my lifestyle had changed, I had too change my eating/exercise habits so they would be more balanced with my new lifestyle.

For the first time in my life, I wasn’t concerned with eating too much, but with not eating enough for my day to day life. I had to pay more attention to the details of my diet, and be more mindful of how my body was feeling. So, as it is one year later you are probably curious if I have found my “balance“…

Short answer: Not even close. It was a lot harder than I anticipated, and each day that I become more informed about health and nutrition; I believe I become closer to finding my balance.

But, at least I am a work in progress.

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Guilt is a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has committed an offense, wrong, etc. It is an affective state in which one experiences conflict at having done something that one believes one should not have done (or conversely, having not done something one believes one should have done).

As I touched upon yesterday in my post, I am a person that has suffers from “non” exercise guilt. Imagine my surprise when Guiltless posted on a similar topic last night. (For those who have not checked out Guiltless — Do it. You won’t be disappointed)

For me, it isn’t so much exercise guilt as it is NON exercise guilt. I don’t feel like I need to work off calories or earn my dinner. Instead, I find myself feeling lazy and therefore – guilty, when I don’t workout or exercise. I am a believer in “active rest days” so when a day comes that I have done nothing active, I get down on myself and end up feeling guilty about feeling the way I do. In the past, there have even been days where I have given a certain choice of food a second thought, due to the fact that I had been lazy and not exercised on that particular day. Albeit, these feelings haven’t caused me to change my choice as of late, but was definitely more of an issue while I was actively trying to lose weight. During my weight loss days, I would feel that not exercising would “undo” my work for that day. I also was very ill-informed and now look back at the disordered thinking I had with amazement (and not the good kind)

Although, I can say today that as every day passes I become more informed and more “in tune” with my feelings as well as my body. As far as my exercise “non” guilt is concerned, I feel that as long as I continue to make strides in recognizing this harmful way of thinking and feeling, I believe one day I will overcome these feelings completely.

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As I had said in one of my very first posts, my weight loss battle was and still is something that I don’t know how to quite to classify and explain. I have said in the past that I had tried every diet out there and my weight loss was definitely not done in the healthy, recommended way the majority of the time. I have made two very important realizations regarding this aspect of my life since embracing a healthy lifestyle:

1) Recognizing disordered thinking (regarding weight loss, body image etc) can lead to an opportunity to fix such thinking.

2) The more informed I become about healthy living, the more I want to live a healthy life.

¤  Mentally ¤ Emotionally ¤ Physically ¤

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I realize this post is quite jumbled and all over the place, and I apologize. I felt just “off” today and have no idea what the dealio is. I go from cold to hot in a flash. I get that feeling where I just want to crawl out of my body and have a rental for a few hours. One thing that may be attributing to me feeling like poo is lack of sleep. It really is becoming a pain in the ass butt. Last night, I tried a new to me product called SleepMD:

Holy Nightmares. I am talking the type of gory nightmares that would make an excellent horror movie (like The Hills Have Eyes, and The Hostel) My panic and fear woke me up at 3 different points from 1:00 am – 5:30 am and then I tried falling back to sleep at 5:30 but couldn’t. So needless to say, I think it is safe to say that the 10 bucks I spent on this product goes in the loss column.

Such is life! Now, my bed is calling… let’s hope it is my name that it is calling! Here’s to a good nights sleep…

-Amy

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