You have to forgive yourself

When there’s no time to work out, what can you do?

I’m as guilty as everyone else:

  • I have the stupid thoughts where I look in a mirror and think I could lose a few pounds.
  • I admonish myself for NOT working out today (even if it was snowing and icy and dangerous on the roads)
  • I tell myself I’m lazy if I don’t do a workout one day (it’s been 4 weeks at present)

But what can I do? I’ve been dealing with MS symptoms since the new year, we were under snow for a few weeks last month, and then I went and caught Bronchitis and have been on home rest for the past week. And still, I’m getting down on myself for not doing squats as I brush my teeth.

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fitness blogger shows off her rolls

GM here again with another article. I read the news for about an hour or two each morning after I wake up, before I get out of bed. Enjoying the cozy in winter is a top priority for me.

I read this article and started this post LAST YEAR – but I needed to take a break from blogging on FF because I was having my own fitness issues and working out some new plans, which I will write about over the course of the next few weeks.

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IMG_1962By definition, ‘Toxin’ is a poison or venom causing disease when presented or present at a low concentrate in the body.  This build up of toxin can have long term effects on the body, like causing disease or killing good bacteria, leaving room for bad bacteria to grow, blocking oxygen to the brain or heart or blocking the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals that we need. With regard to those, you have the simplest things like less sleep, which doesn’t allow your body to recover its immune system, leaving you vulnerable to all kinds of germs and diseases.  With lack of sleep comes your body’s inability to manage its own functions, leaving the door wide open for heart disease, blood pressure or blood sugar problems. Some chemicals are even linked to causing obesity and depression. These chemicals have such a negative effect on the body and brain that it can have damaging effects to a degree of killing you or mentally breaking you down to the point of suicide. End game “It’s not good George, it’s just not good.”

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TOTAL TRUTH from TIME magazine.

How to Feel Thinner in 30 Minutes

Jun 16, 2017

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Using some tools to hold myself accountable

While we were on vacation with my in-laws last month, we walked. A LOT. We went everywhere, we did everything, and we ate ALL THE FOOD. That’s what vacation’s for, right?

So during that time, my sister-in-law was using a steps tracker to see how far we’d walked. It wasn’t anything much, just a little app that’s free on the Apple Store, but it worked really well.

There was one day when she tracked us at over 26,000 steps. That was our high point. This led us to talk about the daily recommended 10,000 steps per day, and whether that was easy or hard to reach. In my mind, I thought it was easy, since my doctor recently told me that I have to get up and walk every 90 minutes. I should be getting 10,000 in, right?

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Symptoms that I never noticed or paid attention to, until recently

I say it all the time: We are our own worst critics.

I’m just like everyone else, I think, in that I have days when I feel like I’ve gained a bunch of weight, days when I’m really low energy, and days when all I really, really want to do is eat an entire box of Cheez-Its. I’m pretty sure all of that happens to everyone, once in a while.

My issue, of course, is that I have to pay attention to my body more than others. My body makes things very clear, very often, when I think I can do too much. And I have to make sure not to overwork myself or push myself too far, or I’ll trigger a relapse.

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You guys. My body is REJECTING Cheez-Its.

The unthinkable is happening.

From Germanihon-Marie, with love

I don’t know what the fuck is happening. I just can’t imagine THIS is happening.

When my friend Camilla came to visit me in April, she brought me two family-size boxes of my favorite Cheez-it flavor: regular. NOTHING HAS CHANGED since I finished off the last box, except that I may have started eating less junk food in general.

But that’s nothing much, really. It happens. I go crazy and only eat tofu and Japanese pickled vegetables for like a week, and then I start bleeding and eat everything in sight. It’s the cycle.

But maybe I waited too long to open the next box, and now the beautiful, delicious American junk food is wreaking havoc on my stomach.

I’ve done the same thing a few nights in a row: eat healthy all day, then as we’re settling in for the night, have some Cheez-its while we watch something. And without…

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As it turns out, no. No, I couldn’t. But that’s not going to stop me.

Look, we knew this was going to happen.

There’s no such thing as being able to be 100% of anything.

I wrote that my weekend was going to be hard, as I’d have to get up and out much earlier than normal. And that appears to be my personal issue. I just can’t bring myself to go home after doing things all day and do a workout, or yoga, or whatever. And I can’t get out of bed early enough to do them before leaving.

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30 Days of Yoga: Can I do it?

Actually, I think I can!

I’m trying to do 30 days straight of yoga at the moment because I’ve been really lax and lazy on those back stretches that my Orthopedist told me I should do, and now my back pain is coming back.

There’s this idea that if you do something for like 21 days in a row, it will become a habit. And that’s what I want. I know that I might not be able to keep it up during the colder winter months when I don’t want to leave bed, but I think that at that point, I might be able to convince myself to get up and go running, instead, if getting out of bed early does in fact turn into a habit for me. I want to run now, but I’m doing baby steps.

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Drinking Vinegar

I’ve been learning a lot from my students regarding Japanese health practices, and one of the things that keeps coming up in conversation is this idea of ‘drinking vinegar’. Not just the actual action, but the ‘vinegar that is flavored for drinking’. Maybe people don’t drink normal white vinegar for fun.

Of course, we have a similar idea in the states, which often shows up in the form of pins on Pinterest from people planning to drink Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (left).

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