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foryoursplendor
I desperately wish I had time to workout because I really do not want to gain weight now that I'm in school again. *sobs*
epinephrine
Well, it seems I was a little ambitious in my workout plans. On days when I didn't feel like I could do the whole thing I'd just get discouraged and ditch the workout altogether, which was pretty counterproductive. My method now (at least on days when I don't have plans or spontaneous adventures) is to eat lunch right after class, even if I'm not particularly hungry, and then spend the afternoon relaxing, digesting and doing homework. When I feel I've got a good chunk of homework done (or when my brain flatlines and I can't do any more) and my stomach is comfortably empty, I give myself a chunk of time to go to the gym and do as much as I can without taking breaks or spending time planning what to do next. I just go down there, warm up on the stationary bike on the highest gear for 10-15 minutes till I've got a good sweat going, do a brief stretch, and start randomly doing whatever exercises feel right, switching up when it really starts to burn. I try to stick with a general legs-abs-arms circuit and do compound exercises to make the most of it - bicep curls and forward presses with lunges and squats, crunches with chest fly, etc. When time's up I go back to my room, throw some veggies and tofu in the steamer and have a quick shower, and they're ready to eat when I get out. It seems to be working really, really well - I'm making it into the gym 3 or 4 days a week now. I've kind of reframed my workout as a time slot in which to do things and not as a bunch of things I need to do, which I realize now was the main source of stress and guilt in my anti-workout mental block. No matter what I've got to do in the day, that 30-60 minutes will always be in there somewhere. Rather than serving as a distraction on days when I've got lots of homework, it actually refreshes me, gives me a sense of structure, and helps me get all that fidgety energy out of my system, so I end up getting way more work done. And when I work out I'm way more motivated to eat well and have less cravings for crappy food. I actually find working out suppresses my appetite because my stomach is so fussy about exercise - I absolutely cannot exercise with food in my stomach, which means I can't eat for 3-4 hours before a workout, and I can't eat for at least 30-45 minutes after.

I'm also looking forward to getting back into yoga and dance again - I finally found the regular gym on campus that offers drop-in classes! They're entirely in Chinese, of course, and I have no doubt I'll be the big fat white freak in the class, but whatever. It'll be a very educational experience, and once they get over the shock of having a real live foreigner in their midst I'm sure the other people will all be super nice and I'll probably make some very useful acquaintances. I'm hoping to sign up tomorrow. Stoked!
ketto
That's great, epi. I too have recently found that changing the way I think about working out has made a big difference.

In mid october indoor soccer started again so that was kind of the catalyst to get me back into a bit of a routine. I've also been practicing mindfullness and staying present in the moment as a new sort of life philosophy and my whole life in general feels a lot less stressful. The idea is that you have no judgment for yourself when you don't get to a workout or if you feel too tired. I know that sounds like it might just be an easy way to say "i'm not going to work out" but once I took away that internal debate ("Oh, I should be working out" - "but I'm tired" - "but I haven't done much this week, I should get out there" - "but I'm so cozy in here") then I had no resistance to doing workouts.

I never ever ever thought I would be into meditation but that's been a big part of my mental change. I've also never been one to exercise past about 7 or 8 at night, but last week I went out twice at 7:30 and 9:15pm. One of my big problems is not feeling great when I wake up or feeling overwhelmed with everything I have to do that day and then I basically tell myself how much I don't want to work out and talk myself out of it. Now I just get up, accept that I might not feel great for the first hour after I wake up but that I very well may want to later in the day. If I do, then I do, if I don't, then I don't.

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Rather than serving as a distraction on days when I've got lots of homework, it actually refreshes me, gives me a sense of structure, and helps me get all that fidgety energy out of my system, so I end up getting way more work done.


Totally. I can't meditate first thing in the morning, but I do a serious of stretches as soon as I get up. Often it gets rid of my headache and I just feel so much more pleasant and ready to push myself harder. I love it.

The only thing I've been wanting to do that I haven't gotten around to is getting back into hot yoga. I have a lot of muscle and back problems and I think it would be great for me. I've always loved it when I did it but I've never gone regularly.
buttercups
Has anyone used The Firm workouts? I just got the total body transformation kit for xmas and I really want to try it out and see if it works. (New Years resolution is to love my body somehow, so this is how I'm gonna jumpstart that!)
epinephrine
Buttercups, you lucky girl! That kit looks awesome! I've never heard of it, but the reviews on Amazon are pretty good and it sounds like a good balance of cardio and strength with some variety to keep you out of the slump.

And if your New Year's resolution is to love your body, I'd suggest bellydance classes. Or any kind of dance you enjoy, really. Bellydance did amazing things for my body image when I was in my teens, and still does. It makes me feel absolutely gorgeous. Everyone looks beautiful doing it, no matter what their shape or size, but if you ask me, bellydance especially flatters curves. Plus it's just so much fun to get in front of a mirror in your favourite gaudy colours with all your jingly janglies on and shake your stuff.

I cannot stop thinking about my bike lately. I know I could get a bike here in China if I wanted to, but I'm not a big risk-taker and I absolutely would not feel safe riding a bike in this crazy place. I really wanna do some bike touring when I get back to Canada. And depending on the traffic situation I may even attempt to commute the 20-odd kilometres to and from school by bike every day. A little ambitious, maybe, but lots of other people do it, and if they can do it I can, too.

I'm really enjoying not being a starving student anymore. It's been years since I could afford to eat this much fresh produce. Although it would be nice if it were easier to find healthy food in restaurants here, at least I can load up on fresh veggies to bring home for just pennies a bag. And I'm really looking forward to having access to a proper kitchen again when I go home to my mom's next year; I'm pretty sure she'll indulge my every culinary whim as long as I do the cooking. I plan to be a model of conscientious eating once I'm back in familiar territory. No sweets, no dairy (except the occasional super-expensive local farm-fresh yogurt), easy on the wheat, lots of fish, nuts, beans, fruits and veggies. I'm already planning menus.

Although I do plan on sucking back the coffee like a fiend when I get back. I'm pining for a Globe and Mail and a double espresso something awful these days.
damona
i got a pair of Sketchers Shape-ups for christmas. i love these shoes! my bgp just raved about hers smile.gif so i finally got some and they are so comfy!

i also got a yoga ball (or whatever they're called- the big ones that you can sit on). it came with a workout dvd, but i don't really like it. i love the ball, just not the dvd. can anyone recommend a good workout dvd to use with this thing?
missladyj
Is anyone here a body electric fan? Margret Richards is my fitness idol. I Dvr her shows on public television and then do them in in evenings. It is a great quick workout she usually does about four muscle groups a show and she kicks my ass. She is amazing.

I put on a pair of pants and did not like the way they fit so I am trying to get my ass in gear before new years. I really want to get back into the pool and start swimming again. I dream about it.

didn't there used to be a resolution thread?
spot-on
Not to burst your bubble on these but the "toning shoes" have been proven by ACE not to work.
http://www.acefitness.org/pressroom/758/ac...-shoes-fail-to/

My personal opinion as a PT is that if they make you want to workout/walk more then go for it, but just don't be surprised if you don't get results.

No idea on the DVD for the ball. But I'd check out your local library for workout DVDs, mine has a few ball DVDs I just haven't loaned them yet. Maybe look at Pilates on the ball series? Or check out online?

QUOTE(damona @ Dec 27 2010, 07:39 PM) *
i got a pair of Sketchers Shape-ups for christmas. i love these shoes! my bgp just raved about hers smile.gif so i finally got some and they are so comfy!

i also got a yoga ball (or whatever they're called- the big ones that you can sit on). it came with a workout dvd, but i don't really like it. i love the ball, just not the dvd. can anyone recommend a good workout dvd to use with this thing?

spot-on

Nope never tried em.

QUOTE(buttercups @ Dec 26 2010, 12:01 PM) *
Has anyone used The Firm workouts? I just got the total body transformation kit for xmas and I really want to try it out and see if it works. (New Years resolution is to love my body somehow, so this is how I'm gonna jumpstart that!)


If anyone is looking for good DVD recommendations I suggest:

chalene extreme
turbofire
P90X
buttercups
Thanks for doing some research for me epi, I've started the first DVD and it totally kicked my ass! I've been in so much pain that I haven't been able to try the second workout yet, but I think I'm going to take it A LOT slower, and I'm def gonna keep at it. I'll let everyone know how it goes.

Bellydancing sounds like so much fun! Thanks for the great idea! And you're getting me motivated to eat healthier too, so many new years resolutions, so little time.

Do those shoes really not work spot-on? I didn't read the article you posted yet, but I always wanted to try them. Gonna read it now!
spot-on
Nope the research showed they were no better than regular workout shoes.
foryoursplendor
Has anyone ever tried using a fitness blog?

I started one this week, and I'm finding it to be super addictive. I will post a link to my blog later on when there is more stuff on it if anyone is interested in that sort of thing. If anyone here has one, lemme know. I'd love to see it.
spot-on
I have a fitness blog where I'll be posting online workout video's etc. (sometime in January once I get the crazy new year weeks over). As a fitness professional I love to educate!
foryoursplendor
Awesome, I'm excited to see it Spot-on.
falloutmk
QUOTE(ketto @ Jan 14 2010, 11:03 AM) *
I took my brand spanking new cross country skis out on Monday. Holy hell, I forgot what a workout it is. It was a warm day (by winnipegs january standars) and I wore my winter jacket and no hat. I went out for 30 minutes and when I got back into my apartment my hair was completely drenched in sweat. Looking forward to going out again tomorrow!


That is awesome! Except the drenched hair part, but you know, that is the sign of a good old workout. Have fun skiing in the New Years~
buttercups
This might be a question for spot-on or any of you other fitness gurus out there. I'm starting the firm- which combines weight training with cardio. I don't want to lose any weight, I am just doing this strictly to tone up and get stronger, plus I already run for about 4 miles/day. I am too skinny in many places as it is *cough * BOOBS *cough* and I really don't want to lose any little of what I have there. Is it possible for me to tone my body without really losing weight? I really don't want to get rid of what little curves that are there, but I don't know if this is possible since you can't spot train.

Thanks!
spot-on
Ok firstly lets get one thing cleared up, "toning" is such a misnomer of a word, in the true fitness industry it doesn't exist, it's a word made up by advertising execs. Our bodies can do a few things, they can lose weight, lose fat, and/or gain muscle. All of those things ARE different, and require different training.

IMO it sounds like you want to gain a little bit of muscle? If so do the strength DVDs, with medium-heavy weights. You WON'T bulk up like many women think, you'll just build a little muscle and maybe lose a small amount of fat (muscle burns fat, as well as the cardio you are already doing). Remember that working the pecs will help in the bust area a little. it won't give you more breast tissue but WILL give you a tiny boost from the pecs under the breast tissue.

You cannot spot reduce fat BUT you CAN spot increase muscle! That is the difference. Muscle WE can influence by training, and that means it gets bigger, so if you want a firmer, stronger, more defined butt, work it!


QUOTE(buttercups @ Jan 1 2011, 02:53 PM) *
This might be a question for spot-on or any of you other fitness gurus out there. I'm starting the firm- which combines weight training with cardio. I don't want to lose any weight, I am just doing this strictly to tone up and get stronger, plus I already run for about 4 miles/day. I am too skinny in many places as it is *cough * BOOBS *cough* and I really don't want to lose any little of what I have there. Is it possible for me to tone my body without really losing weight? I really don't want to get rid of what little curves that are there, but I don't know if this is possible since you can't spot train.

Thanks!

squirrelgirl88
**Any BUSTies out there interested in joining a workout group on EA Active 2 for the Wii??**

I'm just getting back into the swing of working out and recently investing in the EA Sports Active 2 system for the Wii. I want to start up a workout group for BUSTies! Almost all of the people who are on Active 2 are either a) people who are extremely sporty or cool.gif people in other countries. Not that any of these things are bad! I would just like to have a workout group with some sassy ladies who find this whole working out/getting in shape thing just as frustrating/trying as I do!

Any interested parties reply to this entry and I'll send you the name and password for the group after I create it!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! laugh.gif
foryoursplendor
Arrghhhh! I wish I had a wii!
squirrelgirl88
If you have $200 bucks to blow this month, do yourself a favor and GET ONE. Not only is it fun, but the games are not time-suck games like other consoles. Most levels/areas/etc. in Wii games take 10-20 min at a stretch, so you can play games and still have time to do other things. Also, the Wii exercise stuff is so fun!

Do it! Join me on my path to tighter thighs!
ketto
After weeks of being sick I had a soccer game last night and I was surprised how good I felt on the field. Today I did about 5 or 6 km skating and I'm going again tomorrow. It feels sooooo good to be moving after being completely sedentary for 3 weeks.
epinephrine
Bah. Totally fallen off the wagon in the past few weeks. Between exams, a bad cold, miserable energy-sapping weather, and some digestive unrest due to sketchy Chinese food, I haven't been working out. Knowing that I'll be on the road for six weeks doesn't motivate me much either. Getting into a routine knowing that I'll only have to break it again in a week just discourages me, so I haven't even bothered. I hate not working out, though. It just throws me off. My digestion, appetite, metabolism, sleep, mood, everything. I don't know why I have such a hard time motivating myself when the benefits are so immediate and so huge. I guess I just resent having to make time for it now. It bugs me that I have to schedule a slot in for "maintenance" when I'm used to an all-around healthy, active lifestyle that didn't really require this level of premeditation and focus. I never really had to think about exercising before, it was just a part of my lifestyle. It doesn't help that the gym here is a smelly run-down old dungeon. I miss my bike so much I can't stand it - I loved being able to work out and commute at the same time, never having to think about where I'd fit in a workout. At this point I know I'm not going to get fit while I'm here - the best I can hope for is to maintain my fitness level enough that I'll be able to resume my active lifestyle somewhat painlessly when I go back to Canada.

And I'd like to apologize to Buttercups for my comment on the bellydancing - I'm so, so sorry if I contributed to your body issues by making special mention of the benefits of curves for bellydancing, I actually had no idea you were a petite girl and when I read your post on working out and learning to love your body I just jumped to conclusions and assumed you wanted to loose a few pounds. In my experience, bellydance is the best way to see your body differently without actually changing anything, but I've only experienced it as a curvy girl. In all my bellydance classes there were women of all ages, shapes and sizes and they all looked gorgeous and radiant and feminine, so my recommendation still stands!
spot-on
As a fitness professional I'd say if you have $200 bucks to blow get P90X or a TRX. Both will work you harder than the Wii anyday!

QUOTE(squirrelgirl88 @ Jan 9 2011, 09:08 AM) *
If you have $200 bucks to blow this month, do yourself a favor and GET ONE. Not only is it fun, but the games are not time-suck games like other consoles. Most levels/areas/etc. in Wii games take 10-20 min at a stretch, so you can play games and still have time to do other things. Also, the Wii exercise stuff is so fun!

ketto
Epi, I feel the exact same way you do. I got sick and then I got full of christmas treats. I'm lucky in that I live downtown and can walk to almost anything I need but I don't really have the need to go anywhere that often so I have to make my own time to exercise.

My soccer game on Saturday got me off the couch again and once more seems to have kick started my activity. All of a sudden I have tons of energy to burn so I've been in the kitchen cooking, reading books, and motivating myself to venture out into the cold weather. Yesterday I did some skating, only about 5k since I've been sick, and then today paperboy and I did a very short little run just to get our bodies moving a bit. I always forget how much I love running in winter until I get to. There's so much less people (although tons of bikers today) and I love the cold wind on my face. I'm hoping to get my ski's out again this weekend too.

Back when I lived with my folks I used my turbojam dvd a lot, which was a pretty basic run of the mill dvd workout but it was a good mix. But now in our apartment I feel like the movements would be way too loud for our neighbours. I really feel like I have to find outdoor sports to occupy myself in the winter and get moving.
buttercups
Hey Epi, oh no need to apologize I didn't take it that way at all! But thank you so much for being so thoughtful and sensitive to my feelings. Few people I've ever known would have even thought to notice anything like that, so I appreciate it a lot!

I'm back at school again now and already finding it hard to keep a routine- we gotta find a way to motivate each other!

Glad to hear you're feeling better ketto, get out there and kick some butt!!
spot-on
Yep TurboJam is heavy on the pounding floors for an apt, the creator of TurboJam is the same woman who has new series out called TurboFire just incase you want to go the DVD route. If not for home workouts I'd say TRX and running outdoors would be your best thing, TRX ROCKS!


QUOTE(ketto @ Jan 10 2011, 06:16 PM) *
Back when I lived with my folks I used my turbojam dvd a lot, which was a pretty basic run of the mill dvd workout but it was a good mix. But now in our apartment I feel like the movements would be way too loud for our neighbours. I really feel like I have to find outdoor sports to occupy myself in the winter and get moving.

foryoursplendor
Has anyone tried the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred?
epinephrine
I have the 30 Day Shred and it's ok, if a little easy. The circuits are a nice quick workout that get a sweat going. I didn't follow it strictly or anything, but I doubt it's tough enough to "get you ripped in 30 days" or whatever it promises. I used it for days when I was feeling lazy or pressed for time. I liked the "No More Trouble Zones" circuits better - the ab circuit was absolutely brutal, I could barely stand up straight the next day!
epinephrine
Also, does anyone here know a good resource that can help me plan meals? I know about the food groups and the proportions I'm supposed to eat them in, but I'm not sure how to build a meal plan around them and whether specific meals are supposed to be balanced in a specific way, especially when you factor in exercise. Am I supposed to eat more carbs/proteins/fats at breakfast, for instance, or more sugar before exercise or more protein after?
epinephrine
I went back to the gym today after a month-and-a-half hiatus. I knew I'd be hurting after, so I took it really easy - just half an hour or so, slower pace than usual, with lighter weights and a good 10 minute stretch after the warmup and again after the workout. I've been keeping a food journal all week and tracking my calorie and nutrient intake thanks to this handy USDA site - I know there are probably better sites out there, but this one seems to be ok, if a little limited in its choices. I have to enter pea tips as spinach and things like that. According to the food tracking I did this week, I'm averaging about 1550 calories a day, which seems reasonable. More than I'd expect, actually, considering how much of my meals now are just plain steamed vegetables! One day I only ate 1300 and felt really tired and gross, but as long as I eat smart and drink plenty of water, 1500 is plenty. I've been getting back into having hotpot for dinner - it's great because not only is it super healthy and tasty and easy and customizable, it's dorm-friendly! I just boil water in my rice cooker on the table next to my desk and have a leisurely hotpot meal while I surf the net. Another great thing about hotpot is that it's really easy to pace yourself - you can cook your food a mouthful at a time if you want. I mostly cook veggies and tofu, and I've found that limiting myself to three ingredients per meal eliminates the salad bar effect. My dipping sauce is a very low-calorie mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, chilies and cilantro. I'm finding my veg-heavy dinners tend to burn off quick, leaving me hungry at about 10 or 11 at night, which is annoying, but when the pangs start I have a cup of soymilk or some fruit and it seems to be ok. Surprisingly, I don't seem to be having any cravings - I think cravings may be a side effect of generally indulgent eating for me. When I have whatever I want all the time, I'm more likely to crave things that are bad for me because I'm more likely to be eating them anyway! The website's been a big help - so far, this diet's been not only painless, it's actually been kind of fun. I'm a nerd and I love making lists and looking at charts, so that really helps. Plus it helps me keep track of nutrients, not just calories - I know roughly how much protein, fat, carbs and vitamins I'm eating, and I generally check in after lunch to figure out what gaps need to be filled at dinner.

I have no idea if I've lost any weight, but contrary to what I'd been thinking, I don't seem to have gained much over the past month, if any, so that's a relief. If I'm not too sore this weekend I may go for a hike up one of the mountains nearby. I'm going to aim for 3-4 hours at the gym per week, plus plenty of walks and hopefully a hike once in a while.

I know I've said this before but...my god, I miss having a lifestyle that was healthy and active by default back home! All this planning makes it so easy to get discouraged and slip into bad habits. Ugh.
epinephrine
Feeling ok today after my reunion with the gym - sore in that good way. I was tracking my food intake on that USDA site and noticed some significant discrepancies, so I scrapped it and switched to caloriecount, which seems much more reliable and user-friendly. According to that site, I only ate 1300 calories today (which is what a person of my size, weight and activity level is apparently supposed to be eating for healthy weight loss) and I felt fine. As long as I eat well at breakfast and lunch, a light dinner and a light diet overall is no problem. I've also found this guide which helps you put together meals within a 1300-calorie allowance, which is exactly what I've been looking for - I want to have choices, but I don't want to have to do craploads of math and planning all the time!

So, I'm feeling pretty good about this. Now that I think of it, this is actually the first time I've officially been on a "diet". It's really not so bad. Next goal: work up the guts to check out a Chinese yoga class at the campus gym!

Spot-on, are you still around these days? I'd love to see that fitness blog of yours!
epinephrine
So I'm into my second week of this diet and I'm feeling good! I'm eating my veggies and being careful to take my meals on schedule and faithfully logging everything I eat on caloriecount. It's going pretty well. I love that the site shows me all the nutrients I'm getting, not just the calories, carbs and fat. I don't sweat it when I go over my calorie allowance sometimes. I'm doing this to feel good - there wouldn't be any point if I didn't let myself enjoy life and go out for the occasional plate of squid fried rice! I made it to the gym two or three times last week and I've started doing things like lifting weights while I wait for my roommate to take her turn in Scrabble (we play all the time and she's slooooow). I haven't got a clear idea of my weight because the only scale I have access to here is off by 14 kg and its inaccuracies may or may not be consistent, but by my rough calculations I seem to have lost two pounds, which is cool. My goal this week is to go to the gym three times and extend my cardio warmup on the bike by 5 minutes.
ketto
I get so lazy when I'm sick. I feel like I've been going nuts on pizza and cream eggs, haha! I was sick for a while but I've been feeling better the last few days so I played a soccer game on Friday and then went for a 3km run last night. It actually felt really good, I didn't think I'd be able to keep pace as well as I did. That's nice motivation to keep pushing it. Now that the days are so ridiculously long already it seems hard to stay in when the evenings still have good light for running. I only get weighed every 4 months at my endocrinologists and today was the day. I was at 120 which I'm very happy with. Two years ago I was at 135 and now I feel like I don't need to worry about numbers anymore. I really want to build up my strength and stamina again. I can't wait until the snow melts so I can ride my bike to work again.
buttercups
I love how you ladies are focusing on how you feel as opposed to how much you weigh. It is inspiring, and I love it, rock on!
epinephrine
So I missed my workout today due to a nasty PMS headache which incapacitated me all afternoon. Which means I probably won't be able to work out tomorrow, either, because of cramps and fatigue. And I have an extra class on Thursday evening which will likely prevent me from working out then, too. So looks like this week is kinda blown workout-wise. Boo. Oh well. I'll just take it easy and eat super healthy and load up on the spinach so I get my iron.

One thing I just noticed today: my skin is better than it's been in months! It's almost completely clear, despite the fact that I should be having my monthly pizza-face right now. My worst trouble zone has always been under my jaw, which I've heard is a symptom of poor nutrition or digestive problems. Guess I'm doing something right, then!
spot-on
Yes! Sorry things got batshit crazy round here so I haven't done as much with the blog as I'd hoped to, but my office is finally taking shape so hopefully by mid April I'll be posting workout vids smile.gif

blog: www.workoutwithdi.com

Mostly random health & fitness stuff right now. Feel free to ask questions there though, I don't tend to have time to check in here much anymore, not as much as I'd like!

I've been teaching more classes at work (10+ a week), more PT clients and just started studying for another PT cert. Big life changes happened this year with switching careers but I think I see light at the end of the tunnel!


QUOTE(epinephrine @ Mar 5 2011, 06:59 AM) *
Spot-on, are you still around these days? I'd love to see that fitness blog of yours!

spot-on
Exercise can actually help reduce PMS symptoms. If you have a hormonal headache I'd stay clear of high impact or loud music, but maybe some low impact or walking. Maybe even pilates or yoga?

QUOTE(epinephrine @ Mar 15 2011, 05:43 AM) *
So I missed my workout today due to a nasty PMS headache which incapacitated me all afternoon. Which means I probably won't be able to work out tomorrow, either, because of cramps and fatigue. And I have an extra class on Thursday evening which will likely prevent me from working out then, too. So looks like this week is kinda blown workout-wise. Boo. Oh well. I'll just take it easy and eat super healthy and load up on the spinach so I get my iron.

One thing I just noticed today: my skin is better than it's been in months! It's almost completely clear, despite the fact that I should be having my monthly pizza-face right now. My worst trouble zone has always been under my jaw, which I've heard is a symptom of poor nutrition or digestive problems. Guess I'm doing something right, then!

epinephrine
Awesome, Spot-on, I'm checking out your blog right now. And about exercising with PMS, usually it's no problem and I especially favour a good workout to help deal with cramps. This month's headache was more like a migraine, though. Just awful. I wonder if it's my body adjusting to the change in diet. I didn't change that much, really - the biggest change I made was cutting out the yolks from my morning boiled eggs. And on days when I feel like I need it, I'll eat a yolk, too.
edna2
Hi! I used to hang out here in the Lounge about a million years ago, but it's been a long time since I've posted. I am hoping that I am not being too spammy by doing this: it's a contest, and I s'pose my friend would love your vote. However, mostly I just want to share this someplace, and I feel like some Busties might appreciate it.

My friend, Sophia, is really inspiring to me and to a lot of other people who take yoga classes at our neighborhood studio. She's super-confident, healthy, and disciplined. She saw this contest for a cover model for Yoga Journal, and she went, "I'm sending my picture in." I love these photos of her, and I love that she's such a great yogini, a living example that yoga, exercise, and health are for everybody, every body size. I also would love to see more diversity on the cover of any damn magazine.

Anyway, here she is: (scroll on down the page to see her)

http://talentsearch.yogajournal.com/view/1260

http://talentsearch.yogajournal.com/view/1258
foryoursplendor
Soooo.... I gave in and joined WW again. I also admit that I am a flaky exerciser. I workout sporadically, when I should be working out regularly. It's easier for me to just eat better than it is to commit to regular workouts in my whack-o schedule. It's better to have something of a plan, rather than just eating anything and random exercise - at least until my "me" time is more abundant.
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