Weight Loss Embarassement

I don’t tell people that I’m trying to lose weight.

I say that my stomach hurts to explain away saying no to cake. I tell people that I’m meeting friends at the gym to ensure that I couldn’t break my plans with the elliptical. And I pay no attention to how my clothes fit so that people don’t know how often I think of my body.

I don’t like drawing attention to the fact that I’m trying to be healthier.

And I know exactly why:

I don’t want the embarrassment that comes with professing to be so devoted to my health, only to renege on my goals and go back to openly professing my love of brownie style cookies.

Because that’s what happens. A lot. I prove exactly how much I’d like to get and stay fit by going to the gym every day, eating exactly the right foods, and beinga model of excellence for all of those with similar goals. And then something happens that makes me slip (that unknowable force that suddenly takes away the happiness you feel when running and leaves your only source of satisfaction as entirely dependent on consuming an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s) and I’m left floundering to explain to those same people that I suddenly don’t have plans with friends at the gym and that my stomach is miraculously feeling better and do you have any extra cheese I can put on this sandwich?

It’s embarrassing.

cupcake marathon

I know that it would be good to get support from those around me, and I know that so many people would be there to cheer me on if I could only be open and honest with them, but that’s hard when I’ve rightfully come to expect failure from myself.

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An App a Day Keeps the Weight Away

fitness apps

My phone goes with me everywhere. I don’t use it for much more than listening to music and receiving pictures of my cat from my mom, but I always have it by my side.

And since it buddies around with me each day, why not put it to good use and add some apps that can help me stay on track and help shake off some pounds.

Here are some of the apps that I’m already using:

And here are some apps that seem promising:

Are there any specific apps that you use to stay in shape?

Winter Workouts

It’s chilly, you don’t want to run outside and tennis hasn’t seemed like a viable option since September.

don't run to bed

You can either brave the cold while you workout outside, or you could mix up your routine and focus on activities that you could do inside or that are specifically winter-focused:

http://voices.yahoo.com/top-10-indoor-exercise-ideas-winter-4967662.html?cat=5

https://www.pinterest.com/jessicacawley/zumba-workouts-on-youtube/

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/fitness/getmovingblog/2012/11/8_indoor_altern.html

http://www.blogher.com/stay-shape-when-its-cold-outside-5-winter-workout-ideas

http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/8-winter-workout-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/jessicanjela/youtube-workouts/

http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/5-indoor-workout-ideas-during-winter?page=1

http://www.tone-and-tighten.com/2013/08/10-of-best-ab-workouts-on-youtube.html

http://verilymag.com/the-best-winter-workout-at-home/

How do you mix things up for your fitness routine when winter arrives?

Play that Funky Music!

What’s your favorite song to jam out to while working on your fitness?

I’m such a fan of You Make My Dreams Come True and Mambo No. 5 that I could most likely run a marathon if they were on a constant loop.

And no wonder, considering:

  1. Music distracts you from your exertion
  2. Bopping to the beat improves your mood
  3. Tunes with a moderately fast beat make you work harder
  4. Songs help you get in the zone by recalling past performances
  5. Beats can help you stay on pace
  6. Music makes you want to move and is a great source of motivation

music and exercise

While I do love music, I can’t help but wish that eating Doritos provided these kinds of exercise benefits…

Preparing for a Challenge

Before we all embark on this 30 day Fall into Fitness Challenge, I know that I’m trying to get myself motivated and prepared for this exciting journey!

fall into fitness 30 day challenge logo

There is no Halloween candy within a 50 feet radius of my room, I have stocked up on diet hot chocolate just in case I get the wild idea to go beyond that 50 foot radius, I’ve been thinking of blog ideas to share with my new challenge pals, and I’ve been planning some different and potentially fun exercises to try out.

Oh yeah, and I’ve been keeping myself motivated by reading some realistic fitspiration photos which you would all do well to take a look at:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/9-fitspiration-posters-corrected

realistic fitspiration

How have you been preparing for the approaching challenge?