"Pursue your goals, but never lose sight of the reality of things." -Amy Suto
Over the past 10 months, I’ve lost 2% of my body fat and dropped ten pounds. For some, that may seem like the real accomplishment.
But the real accomplishment is in what I’ve gained.
I’ve gained two new passions — yoga, which has dissolved that growing ball of stress that had been ruling my life and ruining my health up until I set foot into my first yoga class — and ballroom dancing, which is pure joy and happiness in the form of motion.
I used to count calories and focus on what was on the scale. That helped to an extent — I brought my weight back into a healthy range through changing my eating and exercise habits, but it still wasn’t the right perspective.
But losing weight was not what made me happy. What made me happy was gaining a love of fitness and eating healthy.
This is a health and weight loss blog because part of being healthy is keeping your weight within a healthy range. But that’s only part of embarking on a health journey.
Being healthy means treating your body right. It means loving yourself, and loving doing things for your well being: sleeping well, eating well, exercising, and taking time to slow down and relieve stress.
So don’t just make everything about weight loss. You’ll find that by focusing on doing things for your health instead of agonizing over every calorie, you’ll be healthier and happier, and you’ll see a positive change in your body as a side effect of treating yourself right.
It’s all about perspective.
Hello all of you beautiful people! Today is that magical time of the week where I take a stand against dashboard spamming and instead answer most of this week’s questions in a handy dandy compact format!
EATING HEALTHY IN COLLEGE
This is still something I’m trying to learn!
I have both a microwave and minifridge, and as of yet all I’ve been “cooking” are Quaker Medleys (which aren’t terrible for you… but let’s be honest they still have added sugar) when I don’t feel like going to the dining hall for breakfast.
However, that didn’t stop me from brainstorming some things that I plan on cooking in my dorm later this week!
Here ya go!
Oh, and I also found this pinterest board with a bunch of dorm friendly recipes:
Beware, though — some of the choices (like the microwave cheesecake) are not very healthy!
I would suggest the caprese wraps, and my fellow vegetarians can just omit the chicken.
(and only you people who actually read these posts and like my Facebook page will be able to take advantage of said resources!)
WHY YOU CAN’T LOSE FAT IN ONE SPOT
Magazines lure us in with titles like “lose belly fat in seven days!” or “slim down your calves!” when in reality it is impossible to chose where you’ll lose fat.
Your body is genetically predisposed to lose weight in certain areas first depending on your body shape (Miller).
For example, apple shapes will lose belly fat last. Pear shapes will lose the fat in their hips and thighs last.
I’m a pear, and when I lost weight I dropped a cup size and several inches off my waist way before I lost any fat in my lower body.
You can tone certain areas of your body by gaining muscle and doing strength moves, but you won’t see the definition those muscles provide until you lose the layer of fat on top of it.
Apple shapes can do a billion crunches but they won’t have flat abs until they lose enough fat through a mixture of high intensity interval training and strength training.
HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK SHOULD I EXERCISE?
Hey there! Looks like you’ve got a great workout plan in the works!
Here’s some tips:
As always, listen to your body and craft the workout schedule that fits you.
That’s all for today!
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Miller, Christa. “The Best Way to Lose Weight For Your Body Type.”LIVESTRONG.COM. Livestrong, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.
Recently I’ve been rewarding myself for reaching my fitness goals with new dresses!
After working out 5x/week for three months, I got the red one, (just in time for Valentine’s Day!) and after not drinking caffeine for two additional months, I got the blue one:
Also by clicking on this link and buying something, I get a snazzy $15 coupon as well!
If you do use the coupon, know that you have my eternal gratitude and I’ll personally send you a thank you note and a ridiculous amount of thank-you gifs such as this one:
Just send me an ask saying you used the coupon and prepare yourself for the abundance of gifs that will inevitably fill up your inbox!
Anyways, I thought I’d pass this on to you guys (and be 100% transparent about how it works — honesty is the best policy!) so if fancy shmancy dresses are your thing, you can use them as rewards for reaching your goals.
Have a great day!
Hey guys! Today is the first Fitblr Friday here on Reality of Healthy!
When you guys like or reblog my posts or send me a non-Anonymous ask, I love to check out your awesome blogs, and I thought, hey! My followers are really kind of awesome. I should spotlight some of their blogs!
So without further ado, here are two fantastic fitness blogs you should check out:
I’ll be on the lookout for more positive health blogs to feature next Friday!
Have a great weekend!