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best decisions…by domi

April 22, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Body, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

Though we’ve never met, I really love this girl! Domi is the blogger behind Eat, Pray, Lift and she’s been a wonderful “blend” for a while now. Listen as she tells you one of the best decisions she ever made…and MAKE this decision if it’s a problem in your life!! Thanks, Domi!

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The Best Decision I Ever Made:

Choosing Health Over Aesthetics

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Hey yall!  I’m Domi, the writer behind Eat, Pray, Lift.  I’ve been reading Lindsay’s blog for about 2 years now, and I look up to her not only as a blogger but as a sister in Christ.  Lindsay has generously let me guest post for her before, and when she mentioned needing guest posts for when little Porter arrives, I jumped at the chance!

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One of the suggested themes for these guest posts was “Best Decision I Ever Made.”  At 23, I have my fair share of decisions that I am thankful to have made (as well as those that I regret), and I am hopeful that the years to come will bring opportunities to make even better choices ahead. So far, though, one of the best choices I have made in terms of health and fitness has been taking ownership of my health.  I’ve been living a “healthy lifestyle” (i.e. training/working out regularly and eating well) since I was about 13, but for the majority of that time, my “healthy” actions have always been driven by vanity.  I know that body image and self-esteem could warrant their own post (or series!) entirely, so suffice to say, those factors were major driving forces in my workouts and my diet choices.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good, but it should not be the sole motivator behind anyone’s fitness endeavors, let alone a consuming focus or obsession, as it had become for me. It wasn’t until the past year or so that I began to reorient my focus from aesthetics to health.  By looking at my lifestyle choices as an investment in my wellbeing rather than a means to an end, I found a new level of enjoyment in my training and diet, and I discovered a new appreciation for my body.

There are a few particular ways that I’ve been able to reorient my focus from fitness for vanity’s sake to fitness for health’s sake.  It started when I stopped using hormonal birth control.  I had been on the pill for years as a matter of convenience, and I finally realized that it was silly for me to still be using it when I had not practical need for it and I was not enjoying any of the side effects of hormonal supplementation.  (Birth control can be a very personal issue, so obviously my experience should not be taken as prescriptive. You do you, you dig?)  About 6 months after stopping the pill, all my lady matters were quite self-regulating, and I felt a much-improved sense of overall wellbeing.

After realizing how much better I felt being off of birth control – when I had been taking the pill out of habit for years – I started to wonder what other ways my health might be improved with a little more attention.  I requested a full lipid panel from my doctor, and then put some serious effort into studying up on the numbers I got in my results. For me, this was fun, because I’m a huge geek like that.  But more importantly, this was really valuable knowledge – heart disease runs in my family, and I realize that to be proactive about preventing heart disease in my own life, I need to start now.  By consciously keeping up to date on my test results, I know what improvements I need to work on, and I can tailor my workouts towards those goals.

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Perhaps the most impactful change I’ve made has been incorporating more of a mind-body focus into my approach to fitness.  For years I avoided yoga because I knew it wasn’t going to be something that burned enough calories to “count” as a real workout. More recently, I started incorporating a home yoga practice once or twice a week as a means of giving my body (and especially my joints) a break from the more high-impact/high-stress training I typically do.  What I’ve found is that yoga can actually be quite challenging in its own right, and the physical benefits – flexibility, a better mind-body connection, etc. – translate into my workouts and my everyday life.  It’s also been very helpful in rehabing some chronic overuse injuries that I’ve nursed for years.  In addition to practicing yoga, I started to put more priority into mental health “exercises” such as journaling and simply taking the time to read a good book for an hour a week.  I found that by setting aside time to invest in my mental/emotional wellbeing, I was able to make better choices in relation to my health.  For example, rather than working out as a means of self-punishment, I could choose workouts based on what would benefit my body best.

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I could go on for awhile about all the ways that my workout and diet have changed since I switched my focus from aesthetics to health, but the bottom line is that it has been more than worth it.  It’s ironic – my body has definitely changed for the better since I started working out to improve my health rather than my pants size, but what’s changed even more is how I see myself.  I think it’s important to recognize that there is a difference between caring for your body as a temple, and treating your body as an idol.  I have an incredible appreciation for my body now, one that goes beyond how I look on any given day.  It took me years to realize this, but our bodies are incredible gifts.  To be healthy and have the ability to move, dance, run, squat, swim, jump, and live the way we do is an amazing gift, one that we take for granted far too often.  As recipients of such a gift, we have a responsibility to take care of our bodies and our health, and the more consciously we do so, the more we are able to appreciate and reap the benefits of our health.  By putting my efforts towards maximizing the health I’ve been blessed with, I have become so much more appreciative of my abilities and confident in my potential.

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QUESTION:  Tell me, friends, what is your main motivation behind your exercise and diet choices? Do you try to keep tabs on biomarkers like cholesterol, A1C, triglycerides, etc?  What’s one thing your health enables you to do that you are grateful for today?

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February 21, 2014 in Blog, Guest Post, Homeschooling, Kids by travisvwright

Henry is at the stage where he’s learning to read.  With the right incentives. he’s made rapid progress towards his rewards.  He’s to the point where he can sound out pretty much any word.  Well any word that can be sounded out.  How do you explain to a 5-year-old that the “o” in “both” is a long vowel, but the “a” in “bath” is short.  Or that you can “wind” up the rubber-band fan and it will make the “wind” blow.  Or how about when you have to “read” a sentence twice to be sure you “read” it correctly.

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English.

Really makes you wish Christopher Columbus and the other guys who found America (collectively known as the “founding fathers”) would have declared independence from a different country, like France.  It would have also been a good idea because there were a lot less French troops they would have had to fight.  When you really think about it, (in addition to the language drawbacks) England was the dumbest country to declare independence from because of their military presence.  Off the top of my head I can just go alphabetically and think of countries that had no military here at all, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Cambodia, etc.  Really the revolutionary war could have taken a lot less than 1,776 years if we had been smart about who we addressed with the declaration of independence.

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But I digress.

English is what Henry is stuck with.  Sounding out words he could do.  But once he got a word, he would go on to sound out the next without remembering any of the words that came before.  His reading comprehension just didn’t seem to be there.  So we decided to hide his incentive (BTW it’s Legos), and plotted a scheme where he could only get them by the power of reading comprehension.  We came up with a scavenger hunt.  He loved it!

splendid…travis

best decisions…meet lee!

May 16, 2013 in Best Decisions, Blog, Blogging, Friends, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

I’m on a boat PLANE headed out to Utah!!  I might be a little sparse over the next few days with Blend, but I promise to overload my Instagram and Facebook feed with pictures, so make sure you follow on both of those outlets if you can!  Did I tell you guys that TRAVIS is coming with me?!?!  I’m stupid excited about getting to travel with a companion, even if he does fall asleep within 5 minutes of sitting in the plane seat (and stays that way the remainder of the flight!?!?  I can’t sleep on planes.)  Anyway, today we travel, so I thought I’d introduce you to my friend Lee and her best decisions!  Take it away, friend!

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Hello Lindsay’s List readers.  My name is Lee and I blog over at In My Tummy. I’m excited to do this guest post for Lindsay on the five best decisions I’ve ever made.  Let me tell you, giving my blog that dumb name was not one of them.

1. Moving to Atlanta. I’m from the Washington, DC area. I went to college in Vermont and after I graduated, I didn’t quite know what to do with myself, so I moved back. Though I lived in an apartment with a friend and had a job (actually two; I had a full-time job and I waited tables), I just wasn’t happy so I saved up some money and took a leap of faith. A couple of my friends lived in Atlanta and just sort of decided that I was going to join them down in the ATL. It’s been ten years now and I’ve made my life here and I can’t imagine what it would have been like if I didn’t.

2. That leads to me to point number two and I can’t believe I’m going to admit this because I usually don’t. Trying out internet dating. Right before I met Jason, my husband of almost three years, I had been sort of hanging out with this guy who was a real jerk to me. To sort of get over him, I decided to create an online profile and ended up meeting Jason and the rest is history. I know that it’s common to meet people online nowadays (I mean, hello blogger friends) but I still sometimes wish that when people ask us how we met, I could say something like “in college” or “through friends.” Oh well. I just admitted it to you guys and called it one of my best decisions.

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(I promise, we don’t normally wear matching jackets.)

3. Getting a dog. After Jason and I had been together for about a year, we got Murphy from a golden retriever rescue. (Though when we got him, his name was Ricardo. He told us that he felt more like a Murphy though.) He is the cutest golden retriever you’ll ever meet even if he’s a little camera shy. I cannot imagine life without my best buddy.

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(Hello crows feet. Maybe getting some eye cream should be one of my next best decisions.)

4. Running. I was not athletic in the slightest when I was growing up. When I was really young, like elementary school aged, I did soccer and gymnastics, but from about age 10 to age 18, I did nothing athletic whatsoever. For a few years after that, I ran off and on, but I really didn’t get into it until my mid-20s when I randomly decided that my first race was going to be a half-marathon. Now, I’ve run ten of them and various races of other distances. While I’m not a particularly fast runner in any sense of the word, running has given me a sense of self confidence that I never had. It showed me that if you put your mind to something, you can do it, even if you aren’t really naturally inclined.

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This picture cracks me up. So dorky!

5. Starting a blog. Cheesy answer, but it’s true. I have always been one of those people who kept journal after journal. I probably have them going back to when I was about 14 years old, maybe younger (and they are painful to read)! I kind of view my blog as an online journal. I get to talk about myself (which I like to do!) and meet new friends at the same time. I mean, it’s a total win-win and it’s become one of my favorite hobbies. See, new friends. I bet you recognize some of them.

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There you go, my five best decisions!

QUESTION:  Share one of your best decisions!  Or give me tips on how to sleep on a plane (i just get so gosh darn excited – i must have a window seat!)

splendid…lindsay

a little friday inspiration

May 3, 2013 in Blessings, Blog, Faith, Friends, Guest Post, Inspiration by lindsaymwright

Have you entered the Blend Retreat giveaway yet???  Last day!  I’ll announce the winner tomorrow! 

Today, I give you Heather.  I’ve only met her once (last year at Blend), but since then, I feel like we’ve become soul sisters.  We have similar views on life, God, family, and most everything else.  She is one of the most genuine people I know and I’m thankful that she emailed me this week and asked if she could help me out by writing a guest post.  What a blessing to be loved on during this time!  To boot, her words were exactly what I needed to hear – maybe you too! 

Thanks, Heather!

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The other day my husband and I took our son, Weston (14 months) to our community group meeting. Now here’s the thing: our son is young. He is learning all the time, constantly exploring, and generally the cutest thing on this planet. As a couple who has led numerous community groups where children are present, we figured we had it in the bag. Sure, we could control him for a few hours, entertain him for bit, and work together as a team should he start to get a little distracting.

We were wrong. Besides the fact that we brought Wes we had also failed to do our homework for the evening, something we didn’t think about until the car ride over. Needless to say you could tell there was a tad bit of frustration in the room as we traded off chasing our son and simultaneously tried to pay attention to and participate in a conversation we were not ready for.

I think you call that a #fail.

Luckily our group has always had a lot of grace for us. Living life together is always going to be messy; you take a bunch of fallible people and throw them together and there will be friction. However, that also means that all of life is a constant opportunity to love one another well and to live out the gospel. What an amazing gift – not just the gospel in and of itself, but the chance to share it in our every move, thought and word with one another!

At the end of the evening we were talking about how it is a continuous fight against our sinful human nature – EVERY DAY – to live as Christ called us to live. It is hard to not fall back on our sins; in fact I’d almost call it comforting on some level to live in a place that we so easily can travel back to. It can be so easy for me to fall back into destructive thoughts and eating patterns, so simple to just pick apart every meal and activity of the day. But when I think about the freedom I’ve found in Jesus, I can’t go back. And I won’t.

But y’all? Fighting is hard. It’s a battle, to the death, every day. And that’s when a new friend shared John 16:33 with us – a verse that I’ve heard a million times before (and probably quoted a few times). GOD OVERCAME IT ALL. WE DON’T HAVE TO – because the reality is that we can’t. But he can and he did.

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My prayer is that you can rest in that grace and in that truth not just today, but all the days of your life. Life is hard; but God has overcome everything so that we may live in peace and fullness with him. Grab hold of that hope and that gift!

You can find Heather at:

www.heathersdish.com
www.facesofbeauty.org
www.bespokevid.com

best decisions series – meet maureen

April 2, 2013 in Best Decisions, Blog, Blogging, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

Welp.  I’ve got another sick child on my hands – Miss Clara this time.  This stomach virus reminds me of ….well, I can’t think of anything as bad as this thing is.  Brooke Hogan, Vanilla Sky, even Crystal Pepsi…they all pale in comparison to the foulness that is this toddler stomach virus. 

We’re hanging low over here, but I didn’t want you guys to suffer.  So I thought it would be a great day for another installment of the “Best Decisions” Series.  Today, meet Maureen!  An inspirational, 120-pounds-lighter actress who I love!  Check her out!

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The 5 Best Decisions I Ever Made:

1. Committing myself to a happy & healthy life.

I spent the majority of my life not just overweight, but obese. By the time I was 16 years old, I weighed 246 lbs (and I’m only 5’2). My junior year of college, however, due to a variety of factors, something clicked within me. I started eating right and exercising, losing 120 lbs. Unfortunately, I went through a period where I was too obsessed with exercising and calorie counting and I gained some of that weight back during a period of binge eating and depression. I’ve committed to a healthy, happy life, free from my disorder and I’m finding my way back there now. I’m finally on my way to discovering a healthy balance between food, fitness and fun, and I couldn’t be happier.

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2. Getting involved in Theater.

Theater has been an integral part of my life since I was little. Ever since I did my first play at 10 years old, I’ve been hooked. The thrill and adrenaline I get performing in front of a crowd. The passion and joy I get from theater is like no other high in the world and I can’t imagine my life without it. It has given me so much self-confidence, so many wonderful friends and innumerable treasured memories.

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3. Studying Abroad.

During my sophomore year of college, I made a rash decision to study aboard, and honestly it was one of the best things I ever did. I learned how to be independent and how to travel and fend for myself. I made lifelong friends that I never would have met otherwise. I connected with family I hadn’t seen in years. I was lucky enough to travel across Europe, being a young, carefree teenager, and I will always be grateful for that. I left a part of my heart in Ireland, and you can bet I’ll be back one day to get it back (or leave more of it there!) J

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4. Making my college choice by following my heart.

I faced a lot of pressure my senior year of high school to attend a college that was “worthy” of me according to my high school teachers and counselors. However, I chose to attend a smaller, lesser known college that gave me a full academic scholarship and placed me in an honors program that would allow me to make meaningful connections with wonderful professors and friends who remain an integral part of my life until this day. I was blessed enough to be chosen as the commencement speaker for my graduation and it was the perfect end to a perfect college experience.

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5. Appreciating how important family and our culture is.

My family has always been incredibly close and we act as each other’s support system. Our Irish heritage is very important to us and we use it as a means through which to stay connected and tied to each other’s life. My family is like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Irish Edition, and I wouldn’t have it any other way J

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Thanks for listening to my ramblings!  If you’re interested in reading more, please check out my blog<-thanks so much, Maureen!!

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Don’t forget to head over to the Blend site and enter our FITMIXER giveaway!!  Remember – we’re giving away something EVERY SINGLE WEEK leading up to Blend!  Oh, and we still have tickets available!

splendid…lindsay

best decisions ever series – natalie

March 21, 2013 in Best Decisions, Blog, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

Hi guys!  I’m having a blast with Technogym!  As is IHRSA!  As is VEGAS!  As am I.  While I’m out of town, Natalie has agreed to share one of her BEST DECISIONS - take it away, friend!!

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Hello! I’m so honored that Lindsay is allowing me a little time to share something very special with all her awesome readers. When I saw her call for posts about “The Best Decision I Ever Made” I didn’t even have to think about mine.

Whenever I start talking about this particular subject, I feel like I need to introduce myself as if I’m in a support group. Hello, my name is Natalie, and I’m addicted to backpacking.

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I routinely strap a thirty pound pack on back, and haul myself up mountains. I sleep on the ground, and eat nothing that requires newfangled technology like refrigeration. I go for multiple days without showering, and have gotten very used to using nature’s facilities. I have hobbled for miles on a knee that just couldn’t go anymore (I do not recommend that!), gotten scabs on my hips from my backpack straps, and lost two toenails on a memorable trip that ended in a visit to Urgent Care. And here’s my little secret. I love every minute of it.

I haven’t always felt that way. My husband had been backpacking a few times, but I thought that was going to be his “guy thing”. It used to sound as crazy to me as I’m sure it does to some of you. If someone had told me that backpacking would become something I start to plan whole vacations around, I would’ve laughed them out of the room. That all changed in the spring 2010 with a simple decision to enjoy a truly beautiful day. My husband and I headed to a local state park for some day hiking, and, at the top of one of the hills we had climbed, I told him it might not be so bad to go on an overnight trip. Looking back, I blame it on an adrenaline rush!

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That first overnight trip near our home in Oklahoma quickly spiraled into longer trips that have taken us to Glacier National Park, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. In the three years since, backpacking has become my passion. There is nothing quite like the feeling you experience when you realize you’re surviving completely on what you can carry on your back or the beauty of the backcountry that relatively few people will ever see.

Backpacking gives me a sense of self-confidence that was missing before. It has taught me what it means to be both physically and mentally strong, and has shown me that I am capable of far more than I thought. That’s a gift I’ll carry with me long after I’m forced to hang up my boots (not that I intend that to be any time soon!)

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For now, there are always new trails to explore and another mountain to climb. I’m always on the lookout for the next awesome trip, and my husband and I even dream about someday backpacking the Continental Divide which is a 3,000 mile trail that stretches from the Mexican border to the Canadian. Of course, we’re going to have to figure out how to get that much time off work first! In the meantime, we’ll be embarking on a 150 mile section of the Colorado Trail this summer. Ten nights, no shower? Sounds like heaven to me!

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You can find Natalie at www.frhuman.com or on Twitter!  Thank you so much for sharing, friend! 

splendid…lindsay

“the best decisions i ever made” series

March 8, 2013 in Best Decisions, Blog, Blogging, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

Friday.  Friday.  Gotta get down on Friday.  Something something for the weekend.  (I should probably learn those lines.)

But seriously.

You need to get down low on Fridays.  It’s really the only day of the week when it’s acceptable.

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It’s also acceptable to dress like this….

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no.

Anyway, I’m so very thrilled that it’s nearly the weekend.  Travis had a hellacious schedule this week (1pm-10pm), which left us crossing paths…well…never, so I’m happy to have the next two days to spend with that guy.  We’ve got some work to do at the new house – painting, cleaning, etc.  If you haven’t noticed, I’ve all but given up on trying to update you on the progress.  Real quick – we hope to move in by the end of this month – we have one room to paint then the floor guys will come in and refinish all the hardwoods (should take 1 week), then new flooring in the kitchen (should take 1 day).  I pinky promise that after it’s finished, I’ll go in and take some “After” pictures!  Exciting!

Today, I have a request for you guys.  I need guest posts!  Over the next three months, I’ll be traveling quite a bit so I want to give this platform for anyone who wants it.  I’m creating a new series called, “The FIVE Best Decisions I Ever Made,” where the guest poster tells us all about his/her life through decisions they’ve made.  (You don’t necessarily have to provide 5 – just pick as many as you want.)

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For instance, one of my best decisions would be going to UNC-Chapel Hill.  It’s where I met Travis, got a killer degree (that I don’t use – ha!), and where I overcame my eating disorder.  Like any posts, they should have pictures and be at least a little funny.

If you’d like to help me out and write a post, please email me at lindsayslist AT gmail DOT com.  You don’t have to be a blogger to submit a post!  There really is no deadline – I’ll post them when I get them (and as I need them).  Can’t wait to learn more about you through these posts!

HAPPY FRIDAY, friends!!  On Monday, I’ll have a “Back To Basics” post for you.

QUESTION:  What are your plans for the weekend?  Anything fun and exciting?

splendid…lindsay

i could never

February 28, 2013 in Blog, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

Happy Thursday!  We’ve (almost) MADE it to the weekend!!!  I’m going to celebrate by taking the day off of blogging and letting my good friend (and future Blend bandit!), Amanda, tell you a little about a super fun fitness challenge that she’s starting NEXT week!!  Be sure to sign up!

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As a marathon runner, the only phrase I hear more frequently than “you’re insane” is “I could NEVER run a marathon”.  Having said this myself years ago, I understand the mindset that places limitations on our capabilities before we even try.

I’m not bringing this up to convince everyone to run a marathon. I really think no sane person does and only crazy people do more than one (I’ve done 6 now). Instead, I recognize this as a pattern that many of us repeat in different areas of our lives AND “I could never” may actually mean “I don’t want to” or “I’m afraid to fail” or “that change is too scary for me right now”.

When Lindsay recently posted about giving up a number of foods to heal her gut the response was frequently ”I COULD NEVER give up______”. These are the very words, I have uttered to people that give up chocolate for lent! But the truth is when I found out I was allergic to dairy and eggs, I was able to stop my morning egg habit overnight.

There was a time where you probably believed you could never ride a bike without training wheels, but when you remain focused on the goal and not the obstacles many things in life suddenly become possible. Because in that mind frame you are able to clearly see what you want and decide that it is a priority.
Nothing is impossible
I would love to have six pack abs, but I could never….
I would love to own my own business, but I could never…
I would love to set up a foundation to help people, but I could never…

What are you telling yourself that you could NEVER do as a excuse not to try?

I’m not going to say you can do ANYTHING. Most of us will never win an Olympic Gold Medal or suddenly make ourselves taller or have a private jet landing outside our Oprah sized mansion…instead I’ll say if there is something that you want then get out of your own way and start taking action to make it a possibility.

Now I’m challenging you to break your own walls down.
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Are you ready to break the I could never cycle? Here are a few quick tips

  • Affirmations – You have to start telling yourself a different story and affirmations are one way to replace the negative self talk.
  • Accept imperfection – One of the worlds most recognized models, Cindy Crawford, has a mole that could either be seen as an imperfection or a beauty mark. Perfect is overrated.
  • Embrace failure – Be your own Michael Jordan and get cut from the team, then learn from it, grow and come back stronger.

Do you want some added support and encouragement as you create new habit and make changes to reach your goals? Check out the Spring Challenge hosted by Amanda, but move fast it starts on March 4th!

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Amanda is a 6 time marathon finisher, certified personal trainer and passionate runner who shares stories, travels, workouts and recipes to help you enjoy the healthy living journey at RunToTheFinish.com.

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QUESTION:  Name some of your Spring goals (fitness, health, whatever) that you’re hoping to attain!

splendid…lindsay

Why you should gain 5 pounds, like now.

February 25, 2013 in Blog, Body, Diet, Guest Post by travisvwright

Interesting title, eh??  I’ve spent the last 4 days cramming for a continuing ed class (I take it today!), so I asked Travis if he would write one of his famous (fabulous) guest posts for me.  He agreed so here you go.  Thanks babe!

Hey all, Travis here again.

Recently I was having an online discussion about the benefits of creatine.  The conversation itself was a typical, “Should I take creatine given these stats and these goals” and while I’m generally a fan of creatine and have used it very effectively in the past, in this case the answer was no.  But then the conversation took an interesting turn.  You’ve no doubt heard some version of, “Don’t DIET – Make a LIFESTYLE change.”  And in defending short term changes, I had the opportunity to share a well known common sense fact that while obvious, is counter intuitive.  Basically you already know this but it’s not something you would naturally think about or realize:

The best thing you can do for your health, weight wise, is gain 5 pounds.

You know from science class that muscle is much denser than fat.  In fact you probably know two people who weigh roughly the same but one is much fitter than the other.  You’ve all seen pictures of Lindsay’s abs, but I expect you would be quite surprised to know how much she actually weighs (I don’t think she’s typed out the number before).  So it’s obvious that if you straight swap 5 pounds of muscle for 5 pounds of fat you will “look” thinner, and be healthier (not always connected BTW).

Ok but swapping 5 pounds of muscle for fat is really hard.  In fact, it’s kind of the dream.  It’s the goal of nearly everyone working on human body composition.  So I’m going to put forth that the next best thing is just gaining five lean pounds.  So here’s the example:

Let’s take 2, 20 year olds.  One fat, and the other fit.  Put them both on an identical diet, and exercise program (doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad). Let’s say they are both 200 pounds – the hypothetical fit person at 10% bodyfat and the other at 30%.  Don’t get me started on BMI.  Depending on the BMR calculation (Basal Metabolic Rate) you use, we are talking a difference of 300-400 calories per day and when you factor in even the lowest Activity factor of 1.2-1.3, there is a 500 calorie difference.

So at 40 years old, the “fit” hypothetical person will have burned over 1,000 extra pounds off compared to “the fat”.  And all the benefits that go along with that: better blood work, better cardiovascular health, lung function, joint health, and on and on (even better looking).  And this is all in vitro.  In real life, “the fit” is more likely to get up and dance while “the fat” just sits at the bar.  Because of the 1,000 pounds less “the fit” has put on, he’s also less likely to go on very unhealthy crash diets.  And then we have the whole other dimension of social approval, self-esteem, enjoyment of life, etc.

Given this, I again claim there is permanent benefit to temporal improvement.  By the way, 30% body fat is considered healthy so don’t think I’m using some extreme example for “the fat”.  In fact I probably need to apologize for calling 30% body fat “Fat” – that’s actually incorrect.  30% just gave me nice round numbers.  So consider for a second what an actual fat person’s stats would do to even further my argument.

 

Now I’m going to get crazy by adding in compounding.  See if you could just zap someone with 5 pounds of muscle, (change nothing about them expect in this instant you weigh 5 pounds more, distributed evenly over your skeletal frame, so for most people no visible change), you would give them a better, longer, healthier, more enjoyable life. That 5 pounds burning an extra 75 calories a day (using the common 15 calories per pound), which works out to just over 3 pounds of weight loss per year FOR CHANGING NOTHING.  Three years from now, they will have lost 10 pounds, along with all those health benefits. Being that healthier person they would naturally be more active further improving their health, so that over the next 10 years they would benefit even more.

 So, have I convinced you to gain weight yet?

QUESTION: Who much do you think Lindsay weighs?   Should I write a follow-up post telling you HOW to gain muscle?