“I do not run to add days to my life. I run to add life to my days.” ~ Ronald Rook
dailyMYB: REMEMBER WHY YOU WORKOUT.
In your moments of fatigue, disinterest and lack of motivation reach for the reasons we do all this in the first place. The sun on your face first thing in the morning. The breeze waking up your skin with every step. A positive and triumphant way to start your day. A refreshing way to end it. A kick to the middle at lunchtime. The pre-day accomplishment. The sense of self. The feeling that you can conquer anything. The natural energy that flows all day. The sweat that bathes you before you hit the showers. The kickstart to your day that doesn’t come in a coffee cup. The power of knowing that it’s just you and your body. You and your energy. You and your own strength. The relief of getting the workout in before the day. The security of knowing that no matter what comes at you all day, you’ll be able to mental dump at your workout that night and shake it all off to start anew. The way you feel, the way you look, the way YOU see yourself.
That’s why we do it. To capture pure awesome. To do something exactly the way you want to do it. To exist in a place of no limitations. To be your own boss for an hour a day. To reep immediate benefits from just 20 minutes of work from head to toe. To feel AWESOME. To be your best self. To generally kick ass. These are the reasons we skip that 45 minutes of snoozing, hit the gym before hitting the couch, voluntarily choose to sweat like a maniac. It’s not just about the run/yoga/bike/walk/weightlifting/crossfit/whateveryourworkout — it’s about the LIFE that surrounds it. THAT”s why we do it.
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Tosca Reno sheds some light where our major problem area is concerned.
By Tosca Reno; Photography Paul Buceta
Tough Lessons from Tosca
I was counseling a woman who was concerned about being “skinny fat.” She was frustrated because she watched everything she ate and exercised. With her clothes on, she looked great, but with them off, she said it was a different story. It turned out, she ate sugar in the form of desserts, crackers, pasta and bread, and couldn’t do without her nightly glass of red. Her sugar load was high, and her body was essentially inflamed from the deluge. I highlighting where sugar was flooding in to her diet, and helped her find a way to slowly rid her body of the toxic mess clinging to her middle. I had a surefire plan for her, but she needed to be impeccable about her compliance, otherwise the cellulite and bloat would stay with her.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I train six days a week for two hours a day and I’m still fat. Why can’t I get rid of this fluffy middle?”
I’m not exaggerating; I have heard this complaint a thousand times. In long lineups at book expos, at the Arnold Fitness Expo, the Canfitpro, and even at the loo, women will whine about their unmanageable midsections. No joke: women have even reached over and hiked up my shirt to have a look at what is attached to my midsection.
Every woman – even many slim women – has some degree of puff, unless her body-fat levels are in the single digits. Would it interest you to learn that some of this excess may not be fat? Suspicious extra middle fluff may be the result of a chemical mixture about as complicated as Marshmallow Fluff.
While I was studying to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, it was fascinating what I learned on the topic at a seminar I attended. For example, bits of what we breathe, eat and are exposed to in this polluted environment unfortunately do end up in each of us, and, depending on the level of exposure, can potentially pose problems for our bodies. Fat is the safe storage compartment for toxic waste in the body. So, if you think you are doing a good job of staying clear of toxins, ask yourself what kind of water you drank today. Tap water can contain fluoride, chlorine and a host of chemicals that aren’t kind to your insides. You drove your car to pick up this magazine, didn’t you? Chances are, you breathed in toxic exhaust fumes on your trip down the highway. Did you drink water from a plastic bottle, microwave your food, walk through airport security or smoke a cigarette? Then you, too, may be full of toxins like the rest of us. Even the fillings in your teeth could be releasing mercury into your body every time you swallow, chew or talk. And this chemical soup is stored in your middle.
North Americans are eating about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. This is a crisis of monstrous magnitude, creating bulging middles of aforesaid proportions. What sugar does to your insides is a lot like what a car wash does to the shiny new paint job on your BMW – scrapes the hell out of it. It can also cause inflammation in your body.
Inflammation is a necessary immune response by the body, but if you are inflamed 24 hours of every day of every week, you will soon put your body in a state of crisis. The end result: that puffy middle.
Out with the sugar and in with healthy fat. Yes, fat. It is something of a godsend to be able to feed your body delicious, saturated fat because it satisfies like sugar never can. My favorite is coconut oil. And don’t forget, with carbs comes sugar. For the last six months, I have eaten no bread, starchy carbs and very few grains other than quinoa, soaked oat groats and a few wheat berries. I have eaten three tablespoons of coconut oil every day (considered a therapeutic dose) and have discovered the flattest stomach this side of 50 years of age.
But the body needs a little help moving fluids around. That’s where lymph nodes come in – those nodules you can feel on either side of the neck right in the pain zone when you have a sore throat. They’re found throughout the body, and their job is to run toxins out of dodge. The lymph system is sometimes described as “the river by which all junk is eliminated from the body.” The lymph is squeezed through vessels in your body, collecting trash at every turn and getting it out via the liver and colon. Your big, beautiful muscles are the pump that squeezes lymph through the body. But if you are not exercising, you are not squeezing anything, except maybe into your jeans.
Skinny fat, puffy belly doesn’t have to be your reality. Do you have what it takes to vaporize it from your middle?
Remember, I’m always listening.Tosca
Here’s a tip:
Always have eggs in your fridge
You just never know when someone will split their head open
Or cut their finger while cooking
And so on
See that membrane there?
While the blood is gushing - hold pressure and crack open an egg
Peel that there membrane off and put it on the wound (continue holding pressure)
The membrane will harden and keep the wound closed until you can get to the ER for stitches
If you even need them that is
Further proof that nature gives us everything we need
Learn to let go. We have all done it; beating ourselves up about not getting fit sooner, not going to the gym when we should have, or simply letting ourselves get so out of control. While it is important to hold yourself accountable, hating yourself for not always making the right choices is only negative and will often lead to you going right back to making the same mistakes. Learn to forgive yourself, move on and try to keep yourself positive and accountable in the future.
May Issue of Cosmopolitan: 9 Foods That Melt Away Flab!
Vitamin B12in the yolk helps your body torch fat. Plus, they are super filling and starve off binges.
2. Peanut Butter
Creamy or chunky, it’s a source of magnesium, which powers cells to metabolize energy. efficiently.
It’s high in craving-quelling “good” fat and rich in L-carnitine, an amino acid that fires up your body’s engine.
4. Sirloin Burger
Made with 90% lean beaf, it’s like pure protein, which takes more energy to digest than fat or carbs.
Conjugated linoleic acid in dairy helps your body burn fat. Go with a tangy, creamy kind that satisfies your palate.
A medium pickle is only 7 calories - you’ll burn more energy digesting this salty, crunchy veggie.
7. Green Tea
It’s teeming with catechins, antioxidants that studies show destroy body fat. Plus, caffeine gives your system a metabolic jump.
Regular and low-fat kinds have probiotics, bacteria that may reduce the amount of fat that your body absorbs.
Because your body works hard digesting this protein-packed whole grain, you burn off extra calories.
Eggs like crazy! Not even kidding, whenever I eat it, results next morning.