Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I've been doing a lot of reading, research, and some personal experimenting. I've found something that helped me drop 5 lbs in one week! Me! With only 4 workouts, no cardio and no changes to my diet! Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles! Just by eating a Bubbies kosher dill with breakfast and one before bed my body has kicked into metabolic overdrive! How you ask? The particular way these pickles are brined gives them an ideal water to sodium ratio and since they are also loaded with fiber this combination acts as a catalyst to draw water into your muscles thus activating your muscle fibers from the start of the day so that they burn more calories though out the day even while you're sedentary! The dill has trace amounts of capsaicin which is a natural metabolic booster. Eating one before bed time has the same affect so that you're burning more calories in your sleep! This is amazing!
Okay, so how many of you are frantically searching for places that sell Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles, and how many of you are currently Googling to see if pickles have any of those properties? Point being, I just made all that crap up. Until about 10 minutes ago I never even knew of Bubbie's brand of pickles. Any meathead with a computer can give dieting and training advice and PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW IT! Do not under any circumstance take dieting and training advice you find at face value without doing a little research first! Check their sources of information, are any medical journals or studies cited? Did it come from a .com or .net domain as opposed to a .org or .gov (which TEND to carry a little more credibility, but not always.) Did they give a name brand product or a type of product? If they're constantly name dropping one brand, most likely they're getting kick backs from that company. There is a lot of false information floating around out on them there interwebs. Do yer research buckaroos!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Every journey begins with a first step...
So where did my journey begin? I was one of those kids who ran before I walked, I needed to climb on everything, I was a master of bed jumping, and I never once touched the lava (aka the carpet) when jumping from the couch to the coffee table to the rocking chair in the living room. And guess what? My sister was the same way. Guess how annoying that was for my parents? Yup, throw the kiddies in gymnastics and tire them out. Plus we TOTALLY wanted to be like Mary Lou Retton after watching her in the 1984 Olympics. I was 4 years old then and I STILL remember watching her vaulting to victory. So that was the very beginning.
Fast forward 26 years later...
30 years old, office job, normal gym-goer. Retired gymnast and acrobat. What's a girl to do? I thought turning 30 should be memorialized with something epic. Marathon! No wait, I hate running. Bikini competition? Sure, perfect! I love working out! Wait? What do you mean I have to diet? Ummm so switching to Splenda when baking cupcakes counts as dieting right? NO?!?! Okay fine, I can diet for 12 weeks. That's such a small fraction of time in the grand scheme of my life! And besides, this is just a one time thing.
And of course being Robin, nothing EVER goes as planned. My one time check off my bucket list changed my life. I fell in LOVE with the fitness industry. I've tried going back to a "normal" life and I realized fitness is my new "normal". And yes friends and family tell me I'm obsessed, even lost some friends because of it. But I really can't think of anything I'd rather be obsessed with! I had a few years of my life where I was completely miserable and self medicated with a lot of alcohol. I think this is a way better choice! I like being able to constantly set new goals and blow them out of the water. I like knowing that I'm strong. I like knowing that I'm turning 33 in a few months and people still think I'm in my early 20's because I take good care of myself. I like constantly pursuing knowledge of health, and I like knowing that I love and respect myself enough to still have the occasional donut or cupcake or ice cream because I will ALWAYS have a sweet tooth and I'm okay with that. ;-)