October 2007 - Posts
As you can tell, the SFC has been pretty much shut down for the past few weeks and its mainly my fault. As you can see, its not easy posting all these contests, plus regular blog posts and then Fitness posts. So, instead of me emailing the Fit Clubbers and posting about it, I'm just going to post it all here. I had posts ready to go on Monday but for some stupid reason, it wouldnt publish from home. So, here's whats happening.
On Wednesdays (starting next week) I will post the Weigh In and you will post your weight plus a response. This allows for more Steeple Media members to participate at their leisure. Starting tomorrow I will post the daily fitness which is not required but is RECOMMENDED. Then, every other Thursday, I will post a fitness challenge. Good luck!
I was on MSN today and saw something about how Jason Statham (Snatch, The One, Crank, The Transporter, etc) got back into shape. Not like I have ever seen the hottie out of shape. Doesn't seem to radical actually. But I wouldn't get the results he did. He must be holding something back.
Ok, I'm giving this a go!
As Zach said, I had some concerns.
The focus our society puts on the number on the scale is scary and unhealthy!
I think I look fine. I don't appreciate anyone asking me "But couldn't you afford to lose a pound or two?"
Always looking to be thinner thinner thinner meanwhile we forget to appreciate and enjoy the bodies that we have.
Now I'm not saying if you are 5'2" and weigh 300lbs that that number is not a concern.
I'm just saying that I WISH people would focus on being HEALTHY rather than on weighing less.
I have too many friends who are skeleton thin, starving themselves so they can see the 'magical' number on their scales - whatever that may be.
One of my friends was so NAUSEATED that her thighs were beginning to touch when she SAT down that she decided to ingest nothing but coffee until the situation was rectified. Did I mention she was 6 months pregnant at the time???
I do watch Biggest Loser, can't help myself, but that show also makes me feel ill in a way too. The prize money goes to whoever loses the biggest percentage of weight. If you think about it, the best way to win on that show, is to actually gain as much weight as you possibly can before going on, and then to lose so much that you weigh about as much as a 7 year old girl, then CONGRATULATIONS! Great job! You WIN!! It's sick. Everyone who reaches their goal should win. Whatever the goal is. Whoever lives the longest should win!
So, this is where I am coming from.
Kids are really the best role models! When they see themselves in the mirror, what do they think?
Not "I'm fat, I'm ugly, My legs are dimply" They look and say "Wow look what I can do! Look what happens when I poke my tongue out! Look how I can stand on one foot and touch my nose! Wow my body is amazing!"
So....I'm very anti DIET, anti WEIGH INS, anti competing for greatest amount lost.
HOWEVER, I am very much for healthier eating and healthier lifestyle - for me and to pass on to my family.
I am hoping Fit Club will motivate me to get on that treadmill for 10 mins (instead of catching up on emails), to dance around in the loungeroom with my 2 yr old (instead of watching and clapping enthusiastically!), to bundle up and get on that trampoline even when it gets a little cooler and I'm still in my pyjamas!
Basically, I need to get off my behind! I don't have enough energy, and I need to build stamina.
So far I'm not feeling a 'push'.
I did the first exercise, but I don't feel any 'pull' to do much more yet...
I mean I did a couple of push ups, and there is a reason why these are not a part of my life already....they suck!
Hoping the team thing will kick in soon and I will feel more motivated to get moving!
Ha! I knew it!
I just knew it had to be true! According
to a recent study, as reported by Seth Borenstein, AP Science writer,
scientists have explained chocolate cravings!!
Yes, folks, there is a REAL
reason we crave that sweet, smooth, delectable treat. According to Sunil Kochhar, co-author of the
study, there is a link between the type of bacteria living in people's
digestive system to a desire for chocolate.
Now, everbody has those little microorganisms living inside them - it's
what keeps us healthy. But apparently,
those of us who crave chocolate have DIFFERENT ones, and they are what may make
us desire that luscious, tasty morsel, made with the richness of fully roasted
and properly sweetened cocoa beans...mmmmmmm.
Oh, wait, back to the story.
Okay, anyway....this may also
be the cause for other foods as well. The
study was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Proteome Research. Prote-what?
Oh, never mind, not important.
What is important is there is a reason for it. Of course, this was a very small study composed
of only 11 men who were not obese and healthy (except for not eating
chocolate). The study was delayed for
awhile because it took a whole year to find 11 guys who didn't eat chocolate!
Now, granted, they don't
know if you have the bacteria, and thus the cravings, or if your diet when you
are younger changes the bacteria along the way.
Regardless of the cause, it is undeniable proof that it's not our fault,
right? I mean, if you've got millions of
these little thingies living inside of you, and they want chocolate, who are
you to deny them?
Oh, did I mention where
Kochhar works? He's in charge of
metabolism research at the Nestle Research Center
in Lausanne, Switzerland. Nestle paid for the study. But honest folks, it really is a legitimate
study! One you can read about in depth
right here. Now be quiet and pass the
Many changes in my life lately have caused me to put on weight. I am now trying to eat healthy meals. I hope by joining the fitness club I will lose the unwanted weight and tone up at the same time. I look forward to working with everyone. I am sure I will need some support and will gladly give support when needed.
Let's get started,
Good luck everyone!
Okay, I am a new member of fit club.
My story: Always had weight problems. Was the chubby kid. Went to a high school were I had to run every other day and then do sports the other days. Also, played two varsity sports: basketball and soccer. So anyway, got trim after that. Then in college (with no PE and no sports), went up and down in weight. Due to some athome fitness tapes, was in shape when I came to North Carolina. Then car accident. Hurt my back and didn't work out for a while. When I was ready, I started working out. Then got sick. sigh. So I have ballooned up in weight. Since January, I have been eating healthier (I won't call it dieting). And I am ready to work out again. I am hoping that my schedule permits me to as much as I want to. I will also be participating in an exercise study at Duke University, so I will be getting free gym access at the start of the new year. Yeah. Should be fun. So I am hoping that I can get going and keep it going.
Ha, ha, thought you got rid of me with the original SFC? No such luck!! So long as there is fitness to be had, I'll be there. (Man, am I lame or what!)
Okay, let's be serious now folks; fitness is a serious matter for everyone. I've made it through the first week of the "new and improved" SFC2 and I'm on a roll. What's different this time than last? Well, first of all, I found I have gotten past my turning to "comfort foods" when I get upset or stressed. And this was a banner week for that. We implemented a new student system for the school district and it's time for mid-term progress reports and we are finding a LOT of problems.
But, I seem to have finally gotten myself in the right frame of mind to deal with it without hitting the ice cream and cookies. How? Well, even though I don't have the whole weight thing straightened out yet, it seems good habits are paying off. I would much rather work the stress out, than binge it away.
Exercise and a good book are an awesome way to beat the workday blues!
Welcome to the very first Weigh in of Steeple Media Fit Club 2! We are very happy to be here for a second round. The Fit Club members are working hard to get fit and possibly lose weight. In the process, these people gain muscle and learn how to eat right. The catch is, they have to do it by themselves. Some have chosen to use one of my new favorite websites, www.SparkPeople.com. Others have chosen to eat cheesecake and nap all the time.
This time, we have some twists we pulled on the Fit Club members. The first one was already displayed on the blog, SFC2 is a 52 week challenge. Anyone can join for any amount of time (over 8 weeks).
We did have a possible Fit Club member who was iffy about joining due to what happened last year.
In the chat room, Sandi was talking to me about how she doesnt feel that SFC would be right for her. I told her to trust me! She will be glad she is in here. Sandi feels that she is not overweight and doesnt want to be judged by a number. I told her thats fine! So, I made a deal with Sandi, if she stays in for 4 weeks and turns out to not like it, she can drop out and I will send her $10. If she likes it, then she can stay for her final 4 weeks+. Lets see how well everyone does!
So, what was the 2nd twist? Each week, the Fit Club members will be emailed a website with a bunch of training techniques on Monday. Then, on Thursday after the Weigh in is posted, they will be emailed two exercises, by Saturday each Fit Club member has to email me their final total which will be posted here Monday morning.
So, lets meet our Fit Clubbers!
Zach -- Weighing in at 279 lbs (1 lb less than when he started SFC1)
Scoutmom -- Weighing in at 210 lbs (1 lb more than when she started SFC1)
Thats 2 more Fit Clubbers than we started with last time and 4 new Fit Clubbers!
Tune in on Monday to see how these New Fit Clubbers do in this weeks physical challenge. Also, look for their first "diary entry" for SFC2 next week!