2017 – Fitness Friday 14

So, I should really stop calling this post Fitness Friday. I should really be calling it “Workouts of the Week”. However, I like the sound of Fitness Friday. I’ll decide later on how I want to proceed with naming this post.

Anyway, I have been busy lately that I haven’t posted. I really do want to start posting more nutrition related posts and I will do my best to do it.

Before I get into what I have been up to, here were my workouts last week.

Fitness Friday 4-21-17

I really need to start training for my 10k that is coming up in early June. I don’t think it’ll be too much of an issue but I at least I did work on some speed work. I did one mile sprints today as well. Hopefully, it’ll help with my speed.

In other news, I have been busy. This past weekend, I worked out and went shopping at the mall with mi novio. I also met up with some friends, played video games, drank beer and had fun. It was pretty nice. I even had time to do some grocery shopping. I bought the Trader Joe’s marinated Pollo Asado and it tastes pretty good. I am eating that along with brown rice and fajita veggies I made for lunches this week.

So, as I have mentioned in a previous post, I have been reading and following dietitians that have a realist approach to nutrition as well as focusing more on being more body positive. Below are two links to two blog posts that I enjoyed reading.

Hummusapien – Alexis writes about how ridiculous articles are about how the new Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino can kill you (seriously, it won’t kill you). Mainly, it’s about food shaming and how it shouldn’t happen.

Immeatthat – Kylie posts a few random thoughts in regards to nutrition, weight, and “meal prepping” (cooking).

I hope you guys enjoy reading their posts. I love the work that they are doing!

So, how was your weekend? 

Have you tried the Unicorn Frappuccino yet? 

 

Women, Body Image, Media

Please watch this video. I have nothing more to say. All I can say is we have to change what the media is doing to women. They have to change their ways to respect women. This is why many women have body image issues and it MUST change. Please watch and share your thoughts.

Fitness Friday 93 (On a Saturday) + a short body image talk

Happy Saturday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing alright, thank you very much. Well,  I could be doing better. I got a little sick this week and I’m trying to recover. I only worked out once this week, on Tuesday.

Fitness Friday 10-16-15

I started feeling it on Wednesday. I guess my intense workout got my immune system repressed for a while and I caught something during that time. Or my immune system was trying to fight something off and it didn’t help that it was repressed after exercise. The body’s immune system is comprised about 2-3 hours after working out. It’s best to stay away from those that are sick during that time. With the flu season coming up, taking public transit, and being in school, there are tons of opportunities for me to catch something. I just hope my immune system will fight off this cold I am developing before it gets worse. That is why I did not workout after I started feeling sick.

Anyway, in other news, I do want to talk about body image a little bit. I still deal with body image issues, even though I am studying nutrition. I see myself comparing myself to other women and I tend to feel bad about myself. I don’t want to post some thoughts that I have but I do know that it’s not healthy. I think it’s due to the fact that I have gained some weight. Big surprise, being really busy.

Let’s think of it this way. Can my body still allow me to pick up heavy objects? Can I still run? If so, I am still good. Also, everyone’s body is different. We all have different genes. It is nearly impossible to achieve the same body shape as someone else. What is popular these days is either being extremely thin or being curvy. I say, just be healthy. Eat well and exercise and you will have the body your body is meant to have.

Another thing about eating. I see woman eating a salad for lunch at school and I have a veggie  burger and fries. I feel bad about myself. However, think about it this way. Maybe she ate something heavy in class earlier and is eating something light after. Maybe she is struggling with her own body issues. Maybe she has a metabolic disease or something that doesn’t allow her to eat something. Try not to compare yourself to what others are eating. Hey, I eat pizza or pasta as well. Those foods aren’t “off-limits”.

I also see women post meal plans and the calories they eat. I never post the portions on my meal plan because everyone is different when it comes to how many calories they need. However, when I see a 5 ft 6 in woman post that she eats 1500 calories and is also working out, it gets me upset. Usually, that is not enough calories to eat for that height. Include working out, it is usually not enough. I don’t want to promote unhealthy eating behaviors and restrictive eating. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.

There is more about the topic I want to talk about but that is it for now.

How were your workouts for the week? 

What are your thoughts on body image and today’s culture?

Fitness Friday 45 + The Change of My Exercise/Eating Habits

Happy Friday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing alright, thank you very much. It is 9 at night as I am typing this. I’ve been busy all day today! The FAN Club’s Nutrition Information Panel was tonight. FAN stands for Food and Nutrition. Anyway, I’ll talk about that in another post. This post is about Fitness Friday.

Here were my workouts for the week.

Fitness Friday 11-14-14

As you notice, I am still unsure about tomorrow’s workout. I’ll see how I feel tomorrow. I might end up running 10 miles tomorrow. Who knows!

There is something that I want to talk about right now and it is about my workouts and eating habits. Let’s just say, I think my habits now is more “healthy” that when it was two years ago. Here’s the story.

I was so caught up with the scale and looking skinny. I exercised 2 hours everyday. I didn’t take a rest day. On top of that, I ate around 1500-1600 calories (tops). Of course I would be skinny at that point. But, you know what? It wasn’t healthy. It wasn’t something that I can sustain. Exercising two hours a day and eating that little calories can really mess up your metabolism. It really does.

You can say that people majoring in nutrition usually have some sort of body image issue. I know that it’s not always the case but most I’ve encountered had some sort of weight loss/gain story.

Anyway, I know I gained weight. It started when I decided to start lifting weights my first year, second semester in college. Then, for some strange reason, I decided to run a half marathon that summer. It takes a lot of energy to train for a long distance run. It takes energy for muscle to build. So, of course, I gained muscle (and fat). I was eating a lot more to fuel my workouts. I increased my calorie intake by 600 calories! Crazy! I gained 20 pounds. I didn’t increase my calorie intake by eating junk food. I still was health conscious about my food choices.

Do you know what the funny thing is? After my half marathon, I haven’t gained weight. I still consume the same amount of calories as I did while training (the amount I was suppose to be consuming) and I reduced my exercise to 1-1 and a half hours a day, taking one rest day a week. My body was burnt out after my first half marathon (or maybe it was a trigger point).

What I am trying to say is, listen to your body. Don’t restrict your calorie intake to a bare minimum, especially if you’re exercising a lot. I don’t know how I survived for so long doing that. It eventually catches up! I had to take a rest week. Even then, I didn’t fully recover.

I know I am not as skinny as I was before. But, you know what? I still love my body. I am not fat. I have curves. I have muscle. I am fit. I am HEALTHIER. Some people say that I am skinny but I know that I am not as skinny as I was before. But hey. I know I don’t look bad.

Anyway, I just had to say that. Don’t slip into unhealthy habits to achieve a certain look. That’s my lesson for you guys.

How were your workouts this week? 

The Affects of the Media

You see it everywhere. You see it in magazines. You see it on the web. What is it that I’m talking about?

You know what I am talking about. You see those women in the magazines, all skinny and toned. Women admire their bodies and want to look just like them. Men drool all over these pictures, since just looking is closest they might get being with another woman. Notice that I used the word might. Woman and men are guilty of the same thing. But, I’m just using the woman’s point of view since I am a woman. Men may want to look ripped, fit, and have muscle. Women also look at these pictures of fit, muscular men.

I know that everyone is not like this. However, there are people that are like this and it is real sometimes. I know that everybody thinks differently. 

I don’t know statistics about this but I know that the media affects the adolescents (actually, everyone. Not just adolescents)  in one way or another. One way to look at this is that women start comparing themselves to these people on the magazines and web. They have the “perfect” body. They wear the “perfect” clothes and make-up. They want to look like them because it is what they think is “desirable” in society.

They start dieting and going to extremes to lose weight to look like these women. Then, some spend tons of money on clothes, make-up and even plastic surgery. You know what? For the most part, it is unhealthy and unrealistic. Everybody is different. You don’t have to look that certain way to be desirable or look good. Not eating, restricting certain foods and food groups is not healthy. Excessive exercise is not healthy either to achieve these “perfect” bodies or women the media portrays.

What I found is that there are men that like curves. They like shape. Sometimes a very skinny person is unattractive because they’re afraid they can break them. Also, genetically speaking, curvier women tend to bear children better. It’s part of reproduction.

Woman are also starting to dress more provocatively, starting at a younger age. No 13 year old needs to wear a mini-skirt. What they should be focusing on is school and friends. It is what the media is doing. What annoys me is that more of the children clothes are smaller versions of adult clothes. What young girl needs a mini skirt? What young girl needs a bikini? It is really annoying the hell out of me. Sorry for my language. But these little kids need to be kids. Let them act like kids. Not like young adults. They don’t need a boyfriend by 6th or 7th grade. It’s crazy. They don’t need to wear a mini skirt to get a boyfriend because they don’t need one in the first place.

Another thing that gets to me is that it can get women jealous, looking at these magazines. Personally speaking, my ex wanted me to look like them. He wanted me to wear make-up, get a pedicure and manicure, and dress provocatively, you know, that stuff. He said I’d look so much prettier if I did. In my head, I was like, you are attracted to me without those. Why do you want me to wear that stuff now? So me, being jealous that his eyes will stray and might get bored and do some other things, starts wearing make-up and starts doing what he says. He says every girl gets a pedicure and manicure and wears make-up. He likes it when girls wear make-up.

Well, not every girl does. And, he doesn’t get that. Every girl wears make-up to impress guys, he says. And I’m like, dude. If I have to be superficial to get your attention, then that means your attention gets distracted pretty easily. And, you know what? I just want to be myself and do what I like. I find make-up useless and a waste of time to put on. Of course, I didn’t say that to him. But it shows how shallow some guys are.

The point with this is that women sometimes think it is what a guy wants. It gives guys the impression how women should be like. Well, you know what. It’s best to be yourself. Don’t be influenced by the media. If it’s about a guy, don’t worry. A guy should like you for being you. Hey. I don’t wear make-up. I don’t get pedicures and manicures (except for that one time). And I still dress normal. I don’t restrict my eating and I don’t exercise excessively. And, you know what? I still catch guy’s attention every single day that I am out. You don’t need to look like those models or celebrities to look pretty, nice, or desirable.

Sorry that this is a jumbled up post. My thoughts are all over the place. I’m not trying to be sexist or anything. Women and men are guilty of the same thing.  Don’t let the media and social media affect who you are. Don’t let it affect how to perceive how others should be.