which picture makes you feel better just by looking at it?
Yeah, yeah, I understand hunger and flavor too, but I am not asking you to give up b for a.
I'm only asking you to have a lot more of a, and a lot less of b.
A and b are used as symbols here, and they don't represent just a cup of tea and a cheese burger. They represent different lifestyles. They represent choices. And how much you want to love yourself today, tomorrow and the next day.
What I am asking you to do, going forward in our Bikini Club is to remember these two pictures. I want you to start putting serious thought in your meals. I want you to plan ahead, even if just in your head, the next meal or two.
Every time you need to make a choice, try to pick the healthier one. If you are only thinking about "bad" food, try to mentally start over and re-direct your thinking towards something that will benefit you, and not "fatten" you.
It takes a bit of work, but it is necessary if you are watching what you are eating.
I start this thinking process in the morning, and while I usually have the same breakfast so that's not much of a challenge, my mind jumps ahead, and tries to pick some interesting and healthy for later.
So that when at lunch time I'm wandering the streets of New York still clueless about what to eat, my determination for a healthier me (stronger because of my mental planning) helps me stay away from fast food and hot dogs, and guides me to the first salad bar it can find.
That's what you have to do, too. Think about your food. Make better choices. Silence the "junk" thoughts. Love yourself more, and worship your body by giving it only the best and most nutritious foods.
Believe it or not, your cravings start in your head. And that's where you need to kill them.
By replacing all the "Hmm, I'm going to have a cookie even if the NY Spender said I can't have one" with "I think it's time I start eating better, and a nice salad with all my favorite toppings is going to fill the spot!"
All this "healthier thinking" won't come natural at first, but the more you'll practice it the more it will become second nature.
Now, as far as progress report:
I've had no sweets this week. I don't miss them and I don't want them. I've only had a third of a can of Coke yesterday, and I am not planning on having any today.
I've really focused on my exercise on Tuesday. I was lucky to catch a biceps and triceps fitness show on FitTV, and it was great! I couldn't really move my arms today, but it was great!
It was intense and kept me interested the whole time. Which is very important for every exercise and fitness regimen. It needs to keep you interested otherwise you will quit it. The same thing won't work for every one, and it's up to you to find what will help you succeed.
On a side note, a little parenthesis on another fitness video series. The one by Carmen Electra. Words cannot express what I felt trying to exercise to that.
This woman is so beautiful, but so boring! As she tried to explain the exercises, I kept tuning her out! I kept thinking "Get to the point, Carmen!". She has absolutely zero trainer charisma. And when she tried to get technical, I just couldn't buy it because it was coming from her!
Not to mention the very irritating fact that the camera kept zooming in on her face (yes, we know she is beautiful) and you couldn't follow her movements anymore, because now you could only see her piercing blue eyes, but had no idea what she was doing with the rest of her body!
As for beauty routine, I enjoyed taking some time to nurture my hair, and I'm looking forward to trying my new scrub tonight - long story short, I have 3 different scrubs right now, and you will probably have a post about them soon. ;)
Now, to better prepare you for next week's drill, let me give you a heads up:
Buy calcium supplements.
Calcium boosts the metabolism and helps you lose weight. There are many different kind of calcium supplements out there, even chewable, and I remember learning that calcium citrate is better absorbed than calcium carbonate. Make sure that the supplements come with vitamin D. Read more about calcium supplements.
Buy yogurt (with live and active cultures).
Same as above, yogurt will provide calcium, plus vitamins B2 and B12, zinc and other essential nutrients. It could also boost your immune system. And it could lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. It could increase your fat loss. It could protect you against ulcers. It could reduce your risk of colorectal cancer... do I need to continue?
Buy a cool nail polish color for your toes.
Guess what's going to be on the beauty list next drill? :)
Buy a scale (if you don't have one).
Yep, we will have an official weigh-in.
Your turn. How is your progress coming along?