Friday, April 23, 2010

One week away...

I am currently one week from my first race post-baby. It's a half marathon (13.1 miles) and I'm feeling woefully unprepared. I've even spent the last week or so trying to find a way out of running this race. At the end of the day I'm telling myself that I'm just going to do it and shut up (partly because I've paid for it already) but truth be told I'm a little scared. I realized that once I became athletic again with my personal training (I was an athlete for most of my childhood) that I definatly identify myself as an in-shape, athletic person and I don't like not feeling that way. I feel like I don't know this post-baby body, we are not friends. So I've decided to go on a 13.1 mile search for my friend (athletic suzy) although I'm sure it will be a longer search than that - but thats ok. I would probably run a marathon looking for athletic suzy (although I REALLY hope I don't have to!) So once this race is over I will be sending out a search party for athletic suzy, and search parties work slowly and thoroughly, they don't race. My search party will be working most days, doing what they can in that day, nothing more and nothing less. I know that fitness is achieved in small choices, but I'm just as impatient for results as my clients. I'm going to try to follow my own advice for once and take this slow and steady (my swim coaches always called me a turtle anyway). I've been carrying around a quote in my phone for weeks now that reads "good people do good things over the long haul" - you're never going to accomplish everything in one day - and I'm in for the long haul now. (I feel that I also have to mention that the background on my phone is an elephant sunning itself on a beautiful beach because i don't want to be the elephant on the beach - so I'm probably sending myself some mixed messages but hopefully it all will work!)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Do you know what's in your food?

I don't know if anyone out there has been watching tons of tv lately but have you seen the commercials for high fructose corn syrup?? The corn manufacturers have banded together to reverse the tide of public opinion regarding their product. Most of the commercials are the same, person one offers person two food and person two says no because it has HFCS in it, person one asks why they think its bad and person two stares at them blankly while person one tells them all the 'health benefits' of HFCS and they both end up eating the HFCS food.

These commercials bother me to no end.

The reason that HFCS is bad for you s because it's in foods that typically already contain sugar. So although it's 'fine in moderation' - it's never in moderation!! And on top of that it's also put in food that you wouldn't think even had sugar. You'll even find HFCS in yogurt!

Why not substitute HFCS for actual sugar? At least then you know what your getting into.

I've been reading a lot of Mchael Pollan lately and I agree with almost all of his ideas - I would encourage anyone that is interested in knowing more about their food to check him out.

PS. If a company has to tell you the health benefits of their product - you probably don't need to be eating it!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

First Blog Ever!!

Hi Everyone!

This is my very first blog ever!! I have created this blog for many reasons, mainly because I am a personal trainer and I want to reach people on a more personal level. Secondly, because I am a new mom and want to document my getting back in shape as encouragement to all other new moms and people that are trying to get into shape themselves. And lastly because I come across a lot of issues within the workout/nutrition world and want to share them and get feedback too!

More to come!