-Health & Fitness
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- Train to run a 5k
-Participate in at least one 5k this year for Charity/Organization
-Finish that 5k in less than 30 minutes
-Double up my weight lifting number by the end of the year
And I start today….
In the past couple of months, I have forced myself to click unfollow to many fitblr/fitspo blogs to the point to where I’m down to a few left, most of which are inactive. This is disappointing.
Why? I am tired of all the fat shaming! All I see are awful words and phrases like “fat ass”, “I feel fat”, and “fat day”. First off, fat* is not a feeling. Second off, fat is not a negative context, except by media propaganda, stop making it one! Using this kind of language is detrimental and triggering. I am tired of body shaming as a whole.
Little story: My GI specialist said I wasn’t reacting like a “normal” patient. I asked what most of his patients go through. His response? “Well, everyone is different.”
I am not sure if he saw the irony there, but I did. Everyone is different, people are unique. We share similarities, but everyone is different. Every body is not going to be the same as yours. Accept that, embrace it. Love your body; accept what you have and what you don’t.
You want to change yourself? Then do so, but leave everyone else out of it. No one else is your responsibility.
If you’re working out to get into a certain size, you’re missing out on the whole experience of what exercise does for you. It’s uplifting, it’s strengthening, and it helps many body ailments and functions. If you work out to have a certain shape you want to replicate that belongs to someone else, there’s a very small possibility it will happen and a more likely possibility you will suffer psychologically.
I was hoping that the fitblr/fitspo community would be about collective data of intelligent health articles from medical journals (not journalists who want to push agenda), helpful workout routines, sharing of fascinating recipes of all variety, different fitness workouts, insight to marathons, events, and an overall community feeling. There are many that contribute all of these things.
Still, most of what I seem to get is tons of pictures of models in bikinis, people wishing they had an unobtainable photoshopped body, body shaming, and a lot of negative body issues where I wonder why they think losing X amount of weight will solve all their issues, especially the psychological ones (tip: it most likely won’t).
Encourage healthy alternatives, but don’t push it. If you can help it, try not to put others down who do not choose your lifestyle. Respect that their choice is not yours.
*I chose the word fat as I’ve been told this is the correct term. I don’t like the words “overweight” (over WHAT weight?!) and “heavy”. If the word does offend you, then I truly apologize. My goal is to create a safe environment, not a negative one.
In relationships, the way you eat is not always the same way everyone else is going to eat. This is very true between my spouse and I. In our relationship, I am what many call a “health nut” and my spouse is absolutely not. Unfortunately, I am the one who does the cooking so most of the meals and food in the house caters to me more often than my spouse.
There’s been complaints about a lack of gluten products. We’ve opted for gluten free products, as a way to meet in the middle. While I don’t eat the products myself, it’s easy enough to prepare and I don’t mind it in the house.
The problem with most gluten free products is what they’re made out of- I don’t feel comfortable buying food with tons of listed ingredients I wouldn’t recommend ingesting. I’ve been disappointed in the ingredients list of the gluten free pastas at many health food stores. The other problem? No one has been a fan of the taste/texture of the ones I’ve bought. I’ve gotten many recommendations and still the brands have been vetoed one by one.
I came across a product, surprising that isn’t sold in any health food stores that I frequent:
Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Brown Rice Pasta
Two ingredients: 100% whole grain brown rice flour & golden milled flax seed.
Spouse loved the penne and couldn’t taste the difference at all. Finally, we have a winner! No corn, no tapioca flour, no ingredients that I sit there and cringe at.
I know not all of my followers follow the diet that I do (and don’t expect, since I’m under special circumstances) so occasionally I will do food reviews on items I don’t eat but can recommend to those that do. Enjoy!