05-27-2014

Unhappy

Lately, I have not been the best with eating. In fact, for weeks now I just haven’t cared as much. I mean, I haven’t been eating like total garbage. I eat a pretty healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s just what’s been had in between those meals that hasn’t been great. And it seems months of being lax has caught up to me. I’m just not happy with myself now.

I know I did this to myself. It’s my own fault considering I’m the one who decides what goes into my body. I’ve definitely eaten too many cookies, too much ice cream…too many sweets in general. Each week I try to eat better, but my sweet tooth has just gotten the best of me. I can’t control it. Has this happened to anyone else?

Anyway, this weekend I went out with friends and we took a bunch of pictures, and I just was not happy at all with how I looked. Once I saw the pictures, I felt self conscious about how I looked, and the next day I thought, “I really need to make a change.” Those pictures just made me feel…gross, for a lack of a better word.

I know that if someone, such as a client, was telling me this, I would tell them not to be so hard on themselves. I mean, how many times have we seen this quote?

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But at the same time, I just know I need to make a change. This is probably the heaviest I have been…and it’s definitely not muscle. My workouts have been great. I mean, I exercise pretty much every day. But you know that saying about how you can’t out exercise a bad diet? Yeah, it’s true.

This weekend I ordered a nutrition plan to get back on track. I will let you guys know which one it is and my thoughts once I get it. I want to do a full review of it myself before I post about it.

How can I be so motivated workout-wise, but just not at all nutrition-wise? Why is eating clean so hard? Especially after you’ve fallen off the wagon. I’d like to lose 10 lbs, since that is about what I have gained. But ideally, I just want to feel comfortable with myself again! I just wanted to get this off my chest and see what your thoughts are. Any tips would certainly be appreciated.

Have you gone through something similar before?

How do you bounce back after falling off, whether it’s with exercise or nutrition?

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03-10-2014

The Thigh Gap

Trigger warning: I will be somewhat discussing eating disorders.

When I first started my blog on Tumblr in 2010, a lot of posts I saw were “thinspo” or “thinspiration” which included pictures of girls with thigh gaps. It took me back to the days where a friend told me she wanted a thigh gap, and that your thighs shouldn’t touch. At the time, I wasn’t a personal trainer yet, so I didn’t think much of this, and didn’t think it was unhealthy or anything to want a thigh gap. I was remembering all of this because I saw Cassey from Blogilates posted on her Facebook page about searching for #thinspo, #thighgap and #skinny on social media platforms…I’ll get to that further below.

If you’re not sure what a “thigh gap” is, look it up on Google and a ton of pictures will show up.

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The Problem

As with any desire to change a certain body part, it becomes a problem when it is something one obsesses over. From what I’ve seen through social media platforms like Tumblr, it seems that younger girls are really striving for this. Looking through the hashtags on thigh gap pictures, you may find things relating to eating disorders. There are lots of workouts that also target this “thigh gap.”

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Why It’s A Problem

Having a thigh gap could be an unrealistic goal…something many girls may never achieve. Why? Because part of it depends on your hips. If you have wider hips, you may naturally have a thigh gap. If you have narrow hips, you probably don’t and won’t – no matter how many exercises you do. Here’s a good visual (and post explaining the thigh gap) I found on Tumblr:

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Girls are chasing something that they may never achieve, and may be doing unhealthy things in order to get the thigh gap (like eating less).

Now, I’m not saying that people with thigh gaps are unhealthy. I’m saying that we shouldn’t be so focused on one body part, no matter what it is.

Social Media & Its Role

While social media certainly helps promote thigh gaps and helps girls spread these “thigh gap workouts” and “thinspo,” social media platforms are also doing a good job of letting users know that searching for these key terms isn’t necessarily healthy. Cassey from Blogilates reminded me of this (as I mentioned in the first paragraph). I knew Tumblr had a pop-up message, but wanted to explore other pages as well.

For example, when I searched “thigh gap” on Tumblr, this was the message I got:

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I think it’s a great message, and helps to promote healthy goals, as well as possibly help those who need it.

Here’s a message from Pinterest:

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If you can’t read that it says, ” Eating disorders are not lifestyle choices, they are mental disorders that if left untreated can cause serious health problems or could even be life-threatening. For treatment referrals, information, and support, you can always contact the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 or www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Cassey mentioned that no posts came up on Instagram for “thigh gap” and I searched as well, and it comes up as blank. However, if you search #skinny, a similar text pop-up as the Pinterest and Tumblr ones comes up.

Nothing yet for Twitter.

Final Thoughts

Whether it’s thigh gaps, flat stomachs, “toned” arms, etc. I always feel disheartened when someone is so focused on one part of their body. Sure, I want to lose some belly flab, but I know that there are healthy ways to go about it, and also know that it’s possible I may never have a visible six-pack. As I mentioned, it’s a problem when something like this is obsessed over, and the sole goal of eating “healthy” and working out.

Like I said, I’m not bashing anyone with a thigh gap. We shouldn’t focus on whether or not we have one…but why not shift the focus to how strong our legs are? Girls should strive to make their legs stronger, whether it’s through running, lifting, CrossFit, etc.

I’m glad social media platforms are also standing up and trying to help those who may need it. It’s a step in the right direction.

What do you think about the thigh gap? Have you heard of it before?

Time to be positive: Leave a comment with your favorite body part and why you love it!

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03-06-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

I have a three day week this week woohoooo…so after work today, my weekend has technically begun =) I’ll still be busy working on a few things but at least I can work from home.

Here are some great links for you this week!

Moms or future moms need to read the above link. We need our daughters to grow up loving their bodies and not worried about dieting or being skinny. Look at this letter one mom found on her 7 year old daughter’s floor…I couldn’t believe it…

Initially, when I first read it, I thought “What has this world come to.” When I was 7, I wasn’t even thinking about this type of stuff. I don’t think many of my friends thought about “dieting” until high school or college. A lot of us were active in sports and that was enough for us. It just makes me sad to think that girls, younger and younger, are worrying about their bodies and being skinny. I know when/if I have daughters, I plan on talking to them about being strong and healthy.

What are your thoughts on this?