Archive for the ‘Enlighten Your Load’ Category

Cave Girl Raquel WelchSorry to have dropped out of sight for the month of November, but Huff and Puff are busy little bees and we’ve been remiss in our posts, but doing double time in other parts of life!  One of those parts (for Puff, at least) is getting to the bottom of all this eating business, and yes, a big part of it is Big Business.  Ever hear of Monsanto?  I’ve gone into research mode (again) and have been culling the credible from the crap so Read the rest of this entry »

I sort of hate to talk about it, but the past couple of weeks I have ditched my diet.  A very good and able friend in the mental health profession calls this The F*ckits, as in when you get to the point that you just say “f*ck it, I’m having Haagen Dazs.”  Or name the Naughty Food of your choice.  I would not say that I actually have The F*ckits.  I would say that, at this point, I have the Over Busies.  As in, I am overly busy and the first thing that gets ditched is shopping, chopping, planning and portioning.  Of course I know this is a recipe for failure, but I also know that it’s symptomatic of the stress cycle that many of us fall prey to.  You know, not Read the rest of this entry »

I will confess, my workouts with Andrew (my personal trainer) have taken on an element of “me” time, in that it’s about the only three waking hours of my week that are devoted entirely to my well-being.  As my friend, Barbara, told me recently, I am a world-class multi-tasker, but it takes work for me to focus.  Problem solved if I’m gasping and panting my way through the third set of lunges.  I am completely focused on not dying.

So what happens, then, when I finally convince The Mister (who Huff and I fondly refer to as “Buff” due to his naturally athletic build) to come along to the gym with me? Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes, in our obsession with journaling every bite that goes in our face and planning meals and scheduling cardio sessions between weight training workouts and generally being focused on our fatty cakes, we lose the big picture.

Tonight, the Perseid Meteor Shower will peak and, for some, it will be a natural light show that lifts the spirits and brings a little bit of gee whiz Read the rest of this entry »

Puff's Inner Child

Puff's inner child reigns triumphant over all fitness obstacles!

Back in April, Huff and I talked about Next Year’s Goals in glowing, yes-we-can terms.  Knowing how much of a backslider I am, I decided to actually (gasp) go back and review those goals and see how I’m doing.  Here we go.

1.    Continue with my low carb weight loss eating plan through December (or until goal is reached), no matter how much I want chips and salsa, brownies, or wine and cheese.  (After that, it’s on to my low carb maintenance eating plan!)
Okay, honestly, I have failed miserably at this goal.  And now I must revise this goal to reflect the realities of life and the more urgent body need in light of increasingly Read the rest of this entry »

Na Pali TrailSometimes, when I’m working out, it seems like this or that silly exercise that Trainer Andrew is demanding that I perform just doesn’t make sense.  Why do I need to be able to do a lateral lunge while heaving a dumbbell up and down, from one side to the other?  I mean, other than ’cause Andrew said so.

Reason One — life skills.  If you read the article I posted on the 50, Fit and Fab Facebook page about functional fitness, then you know that being fit means being able to do all the things we have to do every day WITHOUT injury:  chop wood, carry water, lift baby, heave overstuffed bag into overhead compartment, move sofa, hold door with foot while carrying two arms full of Read the rest of this entry »

Admit it, you’ve made excuses.  We all have.  Right now my favorite is ~  I’m too HOT to exercise.  Granted, right now it is 109 degrees in the shade on my home patio.  And it’s 86 degrees in my pool, so I think I may be making excuses about  not getting my cardio on.  You can breathe heavy in a pool, too, right?

So this blog is about excuses (we all have them) versus reasons (we have these too, just less of them), how to distinguish the two and, most important, how to put your excuses aside and do the right Read the rest of this entry »

Last time, I touched on the controversy about detoxing (or cleansing, as some prefer to call it) and why some are in the “nay” camp, while others are in the “aye” camp.  Hopefully you have done a bit of research of your own.  Like all health decisions, this is a personal decision and only YOU can determine what works (or doesn’t) for your constitution.  And, like so many old ideas, many modern medicine practitioners will poo-poo it as bunk.  Rather than rely on my opinion, or anyone else’s, do your own homework and decide for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Detox ControversyAs you know if you’ve been following along, Huff and I have been decluttering our homes, our offices, our thoughts, and our bodies.  It makes sense that as we Shed That Which No Longer Serves Us, we would eventually bump up against the idea of cleansing the physical body from the inside out.

I’m sure that this will piss off a few people, alienate a few more, and give inspiration and (dare I say it) hope to a few others.  So be it.  If you don’t like the detox idea, you don’t have to try it, that’s all!  It’s sort of like lima beans.  Some love them, some don’t, neither are wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Compare and despair or admire and acquire?

Lately, Andrew has been sort of joking about the Karate Kid montage, set to the tune of “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito, as a motivational tool.  Now, personally, that would not be very motivating to me, but you get the gist.  So it got me to thinking about vision boards, mind maps, positive intentions, and Olympic athletes who use guided imagery to compete at the highest level. Read the rest of this entry »