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WritersButt Wednesday – Your journey

Hi Friends!

How’ve ya been? How’re ya feelin’? Whatcha been cookin’?  🙂

So, last night I was watching Biggest Loser. I skipped a few seasons but I wanted to watch this season because one of the contestants was a former Olympic weightlifter, which I’m all geeky about and love to do. Also, Bob Harper is now a huge CrossFit freak and since I have a CrossFit gym, I couldn’t wait to see how he incorporated CrossFit workouts into the show.

I have a love/hate relationship with Biggest Loser normally. I LOVE how these people are changing their lives. They come to the show on a path of total destruction and they leave, or seem to, with hope and tools to lead a healthier life.  When the makeover show comes, no one is boo-hoo’ing more than I am! That said, what I really can’t stand is almost ALL of their nutritional advice.  I can’t stand it because it’s paid by sponsors so they have to say all that crap is good for you, when it’s NOT!  Ok, some of it is good. I love ground turkey and veggies, you know, real food.  But diet yogurt?  UGH!

In last night’s show the contestants had a cooking challenge. First, they had 7 minutes to buy all the ingredients to make a dish.  Then they were going to have 20 minutes to cook/prepare that dish which would be judged by 3 of last season’s contestants based on how ‘healthy’ the dish was and also on taste.

I’ll cut to the chase and say that one contestant made a chicken salad. He seasoned and grilled fresh chicken. He mixed it with mayo, he says a teaspoon or tablespoon, doesn’t even matter.  Her served it with pineapple and celery.  In the store, he waffled over the mayo, wondering if he should get full fat or a low/non fat variety. He decided because he’d be using so little and the dish was to be judged on taste as well as ‘health’ he went with full fat. (See Ginger happy with his choice!)

Come time for judging, he listed off the ingredients and the ‘judges’ were clearly flabbergasted that he’d used full fat mayo. The show went so far as to cut away to the female judge, showing her eyes popping out of her head, rasping out, “FULL FAT MAYO? Oh My God. What was he thinking?” (I might have paraphrased, I was in shock!)

Based on last week’s WritersButt post, where I talked about fat, I’m sure you all can picture me doing multiple things, like eye-rolling, waving arms, scoffing, calling the judges names that might have insulted their intelligence.  I wanted to sprint to Facebook and Twitter and vent about this.  But, I held back, showing what I believe is a supreme level of maturity and self-control.  (Yay—I’m evolving!!)

I also knew that today was WritersButt Wednesday so I thought, I’d vent there.  But I’m not going to do that. I’m not because I thought about this all day and realized that not everyone is at the same place in his or her journey and when you are at different levels of your weight loss (or any) journey, your plan of attack will be different.

Let me explain by sharing a story. A few years ago, we had a guy who really wanted to lose weight and wanted to feel better.  He started CrossFit and did very well in his workouts and got stronger. But we talked how a vital component to weight/fat loss was going to come from his nutrition.

Remember: You gain muscle in the gym. You lose fat in the kitchen.

So, our friend made just two changes.  He cut out white bread and soda. That’s all he did at first.  He was still eating other breads and grains and all sorts of things that I would not recommend but, it was a step he could handle. The weight fell off him, dramatically. Eventually, he cut out more and more, as his goals changed in the course of his journey. Once he’d lost a bunch of weight and was getting really strong, he wanted more, so he had to dial in his nutrition even further. But to start with taking everything out would almost certainly have been defeating for him.

All of this to say what you decide to do in terms of your working out and nutrition will be based on where you are on your journey and what your goals are. Knowing those two key components will mean specific steps for YOU to get you closer to your goal.

What I do in my workouts or how I eat is specific to my goals.  I’m fully aware that your goals will be different so that not everything I do will be a fit for you.  I hope that WritersButt is offering some healthy lifestyle tips and tricks that will apply to many of you on your journey to better health, fitness and to boost your writing creativity!  I mean, that’s where all this started.  Understanding the mind-body connection and taking steps to give your creativity a boost which will carry over to your writing.

I still feel that the poor guy on Biggest Loser should not have been made to feel stupid over a spoonful of mayo, and I’d like to tell him I believe he made the right choice. His weight loss goals are so monumental and stem from not caring at all what his choices were, that the very fact that he stopped and considered thoughtfully about which mayo to choose is a victory.

I’m getting wordy here so I’ll try to wrap this up.  When trying to accomplish something, it’s important to first recognize where you are currently and where you want to be. Sounds simple, but most people don’t do this.  In terms of health, if you are depressed, tired, moody, overweight, have high blood pressure, are unproductive, etc., you have a bit of a journey in front of you but it only takes making some initial changes to start. It takes one step to start the journey! Set yourself up for success by making small changes, like the potty squats, incorporating more and more whole foods into your diet, and eventually increasing the intensity of your workouts.

I promise that if you choose low fat mayo, I won’t have a Jack-Jack attack on you. But I draw the line at soda, especially diet soda. Please don’t get me going. I haven’t matured enough yet!

For some of you, you are already in pretty good shape. Maybe you’d like to lean out a bit more, or use exercise as a vital source of energy and as a creativity booster.  Perhaps you’d like to train for a competition of some sort or start a new sport.  Well, you will have to be stricter with your plan of attack. You may not have the luxury of dessert, or simple carbs, or even dairy. It all depends on where you are and where you want to be.  If you’re already pretty good, then you’ll have to be better.

If what you’re doing right now is not getting you closer to your goals, if you are stalled in your journey, then do something else. What’s that saying? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I’ll leave you with some recipes.  I promise to make it shorter next time!

This isn’t so much a recipe but just some inspiration to use your grill if you have one. We love cooking on our grill and I’ll throw anything on there.  Tomorrow night I’m doing burgers with grilled pineapple and I’m grilling my salad too. I’ll take pictures!  On this grill is turkey dogs (uncured), some bacon-wrapped pork kabobs for the boys and some organic, no anitbiotics, (etc.) chicken sausage.  Of course you see the asparagus.  I totally forgot to trim them and to season them. Oops!  I just threw them on there.

This is the platter of goodness.  I plopped all the cooked asparagus over the meat at which point I drizzled it with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned it.  YUM!

This recipe idea came from my husband. It’s a broccoli, chicken slaw.  I got a couple bags of broccoli slaw mix. You can find it near the cole slaw mix, bags of cabbage, etc.  I added in a can of chicken. (Found near the tuna.) If I had more time, I’d used fresh shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken. Mixed in some mayo (You KNOW I used full-fat, the kind with the olive oil even! Some day I’m going to make my own paleo-mayo, but let’s move on, shall we.), little kosher salt, pepper and some chili powder.  Mix and gobble up! The longer it sits, the better the flavors meld together.

Plate of Yum!

Workouts:

I’d love for you all to tell me what you’d like in terms of workouts going forward.  Do you want me to continue to offer you mini-workouts? Are you all good now?  Anything?  Let me know!  Until then, I want you to give me 5 burpees every time to take a potty break and I want you to lunge there and back for every time to refill your water battle. 🙂

Have a great week!

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I’ve been Triple-Tagged — so here goes!

 

There’s a very fun little round-robin thing going around within my writing community.  It’s called The Lucky 7 Meme and it’s where you post a tiny snippet of your current WIP (work in progress) and then tag other writers to do the same–all based on the number 7.  How cool is this thing?  I mean, you can get a glimpse and tease of all these novels in progress!  Love that!!

So, I was tagged, then tagged again and then, one more time for my Lucky 3rd time’s a charm!  Before I post the rules and do my bit, I want to thank the people who tagged me because they’re uber-cool.  I loved reading their snippets and I think you will too, so click on their names, go to their blog and check them out!

First Jessica O’Neal tagged me.  Jessica is so fun and blogs about all sorts of great things AND, she even vlogs, as she does HERE with an archery lesson inspired by the Hunger Games.  How cool is she?

My second tag came from Alicia Street. Alicia is part of a fab writing-duo as she writes with her husband, Roy Street. You check out book one in their Dance ‘N’ Luv series, KISS ME, DANCER. Love this pair!!!

My 3rd and final tag is from one of my blogging besties, Myndi Shafer.  Myndi is the bomb!  I mean, she makes homemade soap! She also loves music and posts all sorts of fun videos. She takes her music seriously and can be reduced to making an ultimatum if you don’t like a video she believes you HAVE to LOVE! 🙂

Ok, so here are the Rules of the Lucky 7 Meme:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP (I’ve seen page 7 too, which is what I used since I don’t have 77 pages yet!)
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written.
4. Tag 7 authors, and let them know.

**Full disclosure: I cheated a tad by giving a few more lines to wrap up the moment. I don’t have to follow all the rules if I don’t want to.  But, I did follow the ‘post as they’re written’ rule. This part was hard because I’m a perfectionist (AKA: edit-whore) and this part was written in 3rd person and now the novel is being written in 1st and well, I didn’t change it. You’re getting it in all it’s rough, 1st draft, glory!!  ACK!!!!

So here a peek at my Ninja-Chick novel currently being written:

Beside her, her best friend Cici lounged in the grass, long brown legs stretched before her, ankles crossed, sunglasses in place so she could admire the guys finishing up their try-outs.  Cici’s a volleyball girl.  She only hangs out at the soccer fields to admire the scenery, the male kind.

“Could you at least be useful?” Mai tossed her other cleat into Cici’s lap and dug into her backpack in search of her shin guards. 

“How do you always get your shoes so knotted?”

“Please, like I have time to ponder.”  She pressed a guard against her shin and shimmied her sock over it.

“Holy crap, Mai, what planet of Gods did that guy come from?”

Mai averted her face so Cici wouldn’t see her eye-roll.  “Don’t tell me you’ve spotted your precious Clay Wellburn.”

“Clay who?”

“Wellburn … wait, what do you mean Clay who?  Only the guy you’ve mooned over all summer.  Only the guy I’m so entirely sick of hearing about.”  Mai got her second shin guard in place and grabbed her other cleat sitting forgotten in Cici’s lap. 

“I’m officially over Clay.” Her voice had taken on a dreamy, fawning quality.

“Oh really?  Since when?”

“Since him.”

Mai spared an impatient glance in the direction Cici ogled and froze.  “Oh my God.”

“I know.  He’s to die for.”

“Not unless I kill him first.”

~*~

Now, the fun part!  I get to tag 7 people. Oh my gosh, who to tag who hasn’t already been tagged?  Ok, here goes — TAG you’re it …

Lynn Kelley

Diane Capri

Karen McFarland

Shannon Olson Esposito

Prudence MacLeod

Lynette M. Burrows

Rachel Funk Heller

Have fun!!  😉

WritersButt Wednesday – Let’s Chew the Fat

Hello my friends!  How are you doing?  How are you feeling?

I’m always really excited this time of year when we ‘spring shead’ with our clocks and the season of spring is literally in the air, with birds twittering about, warmer sunshine slanting through the trees and the smell of our Texas wildflowers being carried along with the breeze.  For me, it means more outside time and that summer, my favorite season, is right around the corner.

 

Pretty soon, we’ll be breaking out our grill and let me tell you, we grill everything.  Food cooked on a grill just tastes better for some reason. In the meantime, for today’s post, I’ll share some recipes with you that I’ve made lately.

Before we get to the food though, let’s chew the fat a bit about, well, FAT.

The vast majority of people I meet, who are trying to ‘get into shape’ or ‘lose weight’, are essentially trying to reduce their fat. In other words, they are trying to be smaller and be more toned or rather, less flabby.  That same majority is usually going about this by reducing their caloric intake (trying to eat less) and eating a low-fat or non-fat diet. Now, I know this will be hard to believe but this is typically the opposite of what they need to be doing.  They are taking the wrong approach.

I tell them, “If you want to lose fat, you need to eat fat and get enough food so that your body doesn’t think it’s starving and hang on to your fat like Jack in the Titanic with a literal death-grip on that raft thingy.”  They look back at me with undisguised skepticism.

You guys, our bodies are made for survival.  Assuming you’re not legitimately over-eating, if you deprive your body of calories, it will go into survival mode and hang on to everything to keep you alive.  And do you know what it hangs onto? Fat! And yet, this does not mean you can deprive your body of fat either, since you’re probably thinking you have enough, thank you very much. 🙂 You NEED fat in your diet.  It’s vital to your brain, your moods and yes, you need it to lose fat, as in be smaller and leaner.  Trust me on this. In fact, don’t just trust me, check out this article, in which it says:

Studies show that keeping your mind sharp and your moods in balance may be largely related to the type of fat you eat. Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fat, and they’re arguably the closest you can get to a miracle food for the mind. Over the past decade, studies have linked omega-3 fatty acids to brain benefits ranging from better blood flow to improved mood and memory function.

Or this article, which has a great list of healthy fats and says:

EFAs also increase your bodies ability to absorb fat soluable vitamins, increase the metabolic rate and help burn fat. Yes, you can eat fat to burn fat! But there is a catch – you must eat it in moderation as part of a healthy diet.

Here’s another thing that many people don’t realize.  Fat is a fantastic energy source.  It’s slower burning than sugar (think simple carbohydrates) that many people consume for an ‘energy boost’.  Well, that sugar-laden boost will not last long. But some good, healthy fat will not only keep your engine running well, but it will be able to sustain you for longer.

Please don’t be afraid to consume fat … the healthy kinds.  Some great sources of healthy fats are, nuts and seeds, avocados, olives, oils (especially coconut!), egg-yolks (yes, quit throwing them away!), nut-butters like almond butter and sun butter.

If you see a product labeled ‘low-fat’ or ‘non-fat’ … that is codeword for processed! AVOID! Listen, they remove some or all of the fat but then they add in a bunch of crap that is bad for you. Check the labels if you don’t believe me.  🙂

Please, ask me any questions about this if you have them.  I’m not telling you to go crazy and eat a gallon nuts a day. That really would be too many calories and you’d likely have a very noxious case of gas.  No good!

Bottom line, you need healthy fat for a myriad of things but don’t go off the deep end and dive into a pool of coconut oil. Although, laps through that might be a great workout!  Ha!

Ok, moving right along to some recipes for you.

Spaghetti with zucchini ‘pasta’

Many of you know that I don’t eat grains, or very rarely, so I’m always trying fun ways to enjoy some of my favorite meals without grains. Spaghetti is a favorite in our house. It’s what my daughter requests every single birthday.  I make my own spaghetti sauce–recipe below. For the pasta, I will often either make a regular whole wheat pasta for the kids, or I’ve recently found quinoa pasta noodles which I LOVE.  It  has such a great texture and a rich, nutty flavor.  But if I’m going grain-free, I’ll also have a pasta substitute such as spaghetti squash (delish!!) or what I did last time which was to make my noodles be thin zucchini strips.

Note: First I sliced the zucchini very thin and liberally salted it with kosher salt.  This will pull out the moisture from the veggie.  Then you rinse off the salt and pat it dry. This is so it won’t end up soggy/mushy.  Then you can slice it up into thin strips like picture above.

Sauté zucchini in coconut or olive oil, seasoning to taste.  Don’t cook too long.  You don’t want it too soft.

Finished product. It was so good!

Ginger’s Spaghetti sauce:

This is the base recipe that you can multiply (I do!) and adjust. Oh, and I don’t measure anything but:

Sauté onion and garlic

Add pound of ground meat — brown

season with kosher salt, pepper, chili powder, italian seasonings

28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (I like fire-roasted flavor, but whatever you like. If you want some tomato chucks, throw in a can of diced toms.)

Taste and season accordingly — best done with a lovely glass of wine.

*I sometimes add in mushrooms, which I would have sautéed first (no salt) and set aside.

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Chicken Tacos

This is what was for dinner that last couple nights. I always try to  make a huge meal that will last at least 2 nights. I plan this so that the second night falls on a busy ‘kid’ night so that I don’t have to cook.  Make cooking healthy for your family work for you!

I washed and trimmed about 3 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breasts, cut them in half and threw them in the crockpot.  I seasoned it with some salt, pepper, chili powder, minced garlic and cumin.  Let it cook all day.

At dinner time: served with whatever taco fixins you like.  We had spring greens, sliced annaheim peppers, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream. The picture above is my helping with a sliced jicama for my ‘shell’.  The kids all had mini-flour tortillas.

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Ok, this last recipes was a huge hit.  We went to friends for dinner the other night and I wanted to try this appetizer.  There are Olive Meatballs.  It’s a recipe from one of my new paleo cookbooks.  Basically, pound of ground meat, recipe called for lamb or pork I believe, I used turkey.  Add your seasonings to taste.  Then flatten a ball in your hand and wrap it around a green olive, sealing the opening. Sauté meatballs in coconut oil. Display with leftover olives, serve warm with fun toothpicks!

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For workouts this week I want you to continue what you’re doing with your water and incorporating potty-squats, or push-ups or lunges into your DAILY ROUTINE!

Also, here are 2 workouts you can play around with and let me know how it goes.

Since it’s spring, let’s take your workouts outside.

Workout #1:

4 rounds

Run 2 blocks

10 x Burpees

Workout #2:

Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how many rounds you can finish of:

10 Push Ups

10 Squat jumps (do a squat just like your ‘potty squat’ and then jump out of it with hands reaching to sky)

That’s it!  Have a great week and enjoy some healthy fat this week. You’ll LOVE it!

Hunger Games going down at midnight!

The Calem Clan is very excited this week. Something BIG is going down.

Do I have a child turning 16 and getting his license? No, that happened last month. I know, I haven’t gotten over the shock yet either.

Is it Spring Break? No, that was last week. It’s over. I’m still wiping my tears.

Am I heading off to a FANTABULOUS writer’s BIF (Break Into Fiction) retreat weekend with my bestie-writing-teach, the amazing Mary Buckham? No, that’s next month … 32 days and 7 ½ hours from now … not that I’m counting.

No-no-no, it’s nothing like that. But it’s something we’ve looked forward to for a long time and it’s finally almost here. What, you want me to get to it already?

Fine. Grouchy much?

This week is the movie premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES! And here at the Calem Clan stronghold, We-Can’t-Wait! And we’re not going to wait long because we are seeing the midnight showing!! Squeeee!!!!!

Yes, we’re the parents who are going to take our 3 school-age children to a midnight showing on a school night. Why? Because it’s fun and you just have to have some fun like this sometimes with your kids. On Friday when everyone might be talking about seeing the movie on opening weekend, we’ll have SEEN it. We will likely see it again too.

Do you know what makes this even more fun and special? Like all of the Harry Potter books and movies, the Hunger Games series were books we all enjoyed. We can talk about them together, as a family. It’s not that often that the same books are equally enjoyed by the parents, through the teenagers and down to the 5th grader. I love that! Those are the kinds of books I want to write. It’s the sort of story I’m striving for with my Ninja Chick.

For the past few weeks, we have listened to the audio version of The Hunger Games so that we’re all refreshed with the details and characters. Daughter has her T-Shirt to wear to the premier.

I even bought this magazine with lots of behind the scenes photos and details, bios on all the actors and even 3 full-sized posters!

So, tell me, are any of you seeing the midnight showing?  Have you ever gone to one before? How early do we have to line up? Do you sometimes do things that might not be conventional (like taking school-age kids to a midnight showing) because the experience is bigger than what might be considered ‘acceptable’?

Oh, and of course, I HAVE to ask …. Peeta or Gale?  Or maybe I should save that for another blog post.  It probably comes as no surprise that I have a definite opinion and I’m prepared to argue my point.

Locks of Love: My daughter’s Donation

Today is all about my daughter and her how she grew her hair out to donate it to Locks of Love. I love it that she started this over a year ago, when she was ten. And now, at 11 ½ it is long enough to donate.

I’m willing to guess that there isn’t a single person reading my little blog who hasn’t been touched by the dreaded “C” … cancer.  I have been, numerous times, with many loved ones and cherished friends. The evil beast that is cancer has stolen people from me, people like my Aunt Alice, who I think about every single day of my life and I still miss her acutely.

In looking at Locks of Love’s website, I see that they provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the US and Canada under the age of 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.  How cool are they?

Before I show you the pictures, I want to give a huge shout out to the salon, Scarlet Red, for doing the cut and donation FREE OF CHARGE!  Scarlet Red’s owner, Cirstan, is awesome! As you will see in the pictures, she’s a talented stylist, extremely professional and made sure that it was a very special experience for my daughter.  In fact, before we left the salon, I made an appointment to get my hair done next week.

Now – the photo evidence. 🙂

Check out that wall of hair!

Getting it prepped for the big cut.

Cirstan was awesome about discussing the photo that my daughter brought in to make sure she understood how short her hair would be and how it would fall once it was cut and making sure she’d be happy.

The cut!

I hope some lucky child gets that thick pony tail of healthy hair!

Now time for the professional cut.

 Thank you, Cirstan!!  Awesome job.

Have to add this photo so you can see what an amazing cut she got.  Cirstan even made sure to leave a little hint of the fun color at the nape of her neck.  🙂  My daughter left swishing her hair about and walking tall and proud. Love it!

Fashion trends that should stay dead

In the effort to spread some smiles around today, and maybe bring forth a giggle or two, I pulled an image from the vault.  You know the vault, right? The place where old pictures are locked away so that they may never again see the light of day.  Well, I think there are times to unlock the vault and revisit a time gone by, just for the sheer shock value.

Here’s a shot of some friends and me before we headed off for a night of fun. I’m sure we were off to Tijuana but that subject is for a whole ‘other’ blog post.

I know, you need a moment to take it in. I’ll wait.

Ok, try and pull your eyes away from the hair. Yes, I know it’s hard, but try. I ask you, what in the world?  You guys, we worked hard for that volume, that height.  You gotta commit to a lot of hair spray for this look. Thank goodness none of us caught on fire!

I loved the 80’s.  I’m a full-product of the 80’s and yet, I can say there are some things better left behind. This got me thinking about today’s hot looks.  What about them will make us cringe in a decade or two?  I’d like to believe the boys will be embarrassed over showing off their underwear to the world. I’m embarrassed for them now!

Here’s a look my daughter rocked out to school this past week.  I think she’s adorable (duh!) and I’m proud that she’s confident enough to own her own style.

How we dress and style ourselves is such an expression of who we are. It also says a lot about our lifestyle as well.  Unlike my younger self, where I spent a lot of time on my hair and makeup, these days, my get-ready routine involves a super-fast shower, quick minimal makeup (if I’m wearing any that day) and a bare-minimum hairstyle. Normally, I can be found dressed in workout clothes.  I spend a lot of time at our gym and outside of that, doing my normal mom/writer/homemaker routine. My ‘dress-up’ is usually jeans or shorts and t-shirts or tanks. Some of them funky or fun so I feel girly. 🙂

Am I a different person than I was before? Yes and No.  Yes, I’m older and I have different priorities. And no, I’m still the same Ginger deep inside who has learned to feel comfortable in her own skin has way better things to do than spend much time on coiffing.  When we’re young, there is a tendency to have so many insecurities or worries about what other people think of us, that we package ourselves up in a way we feel will be accepted and popular.

When we’re older, and perhaps have learned to place more importance on how we feel about ourselves instead of other people’s opinions of us, that we can ditch some of the trappings and façade to just showcase the real us!  I should note that I feel getting all glammed-out from time to time for special occasions is very fun. The fact that it’s not an everyday thing is what makes it enjoyable for me … kind of like playing dress up.

It’s fascinating how trends make the rounds.  There are lots of things in the stores today that give a fun nod to the 80’s.  Woo!  I also love some of the 70’s inspired t-shirts and I love funky knee-highs which make me think of Punky Brewster. So far I haven’t seen the big-hair comeback and that’s a good thing. No one needs to inhale that much hair spray.

So tell me, what trends from the past do you hope make a comeback?  Or, what do you hope to lock into the vault forever?

WritersButt Wednesday—Buddy Up!

Hi Kids!  I’ve been thinking about you all a lot this past week.  I loved the response to last week’s post about creating a powerhouse in yourself and loving YOU in order to honor your dreams and promote your own success.  I’m glad it inspired you.  But, in addition to loving yourself, you have to let others love and support you too.  It’s that age-old buddy system and I say it’s time to Buddy Up!

 

Where am I going with this?  Ok, well, since you asked …

Many of you who read my blog know that I’ve recently taken an online course on blogging and branding by Kristen Lamb, who wrote the book We Are Not Alone. It’s that concept of TEAM that I’m getting at.  Kristen wrote a fab blog about the true value and beauty of teamwork in the effort to realize your goals and see success.

You can do the same thing with your health and fitness endeavors.  You are not alone. Of course I hope you all know that I’m here for you, but I’m not enough. Yes, it pains me to say so.  But we, as a WritersButt group, need to stick together.  We can hang out on our Facebook Page, or on Twitter (#writersbutt), and that’s awesome.  Also, you can group up in pairs or in small groups to support each other. It’s time to find some peeps to be in your corner with you!

“When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.” Tibetan Proverb

This is very important because we are often far more accountable to others than we are to ourselves. Take people who join a gym class.  Do they have to join a gym to get into shape? No. (Even as a gym-owner, I still say, no!)  Can they get workouts done on their own? Yes.  But more often than not, they don’t, because no one is relying on them to show up. This is accountability. But, when those same people hook up with a class or group, who are showing up same as they are, now it’s an event not to be missed.  You don’t want to be the person who’s the no-show.  It gives you that little nudge of being there for someone else.  They are relying on you!  Are you going to let them down?

I bet you won’t.

 

So, I propose that you find either another WritersButt buddy or someone in your ‘real’ life (if there is such a thing—I often question this! ~grin~) and cheer each other on.  Hook up throughout the day/week on Twitter, FB, text, email, … whatever works and check in.  Has your buddy done the mini-workout she said she’d do today?  Have you? Of COURSE you have!  So, let her know. It might motivate her out of the chair during a moment of pure procrastination.  Then when she checks in, cheer her on because I bet you anything, she’ll be cheering you right back!

Let me tell you a secret. Motivating others is the best feeling in the universe! Seriously. Doing for others, helping them, inspiring them and knowing they appreciated it is like an elixir to the soul.  If someone has done that for you, tell them! They will pay it forward and soon, maybe, we can all be appreciative of each other and create this vortex of gratitude and encouragement that will keep us all swirling in the awesomeness of it all!

Be a WritersButt Warrior and Cheerleader for yourself and for others. You won’t regret it!

Before I get to this week’s challenge, I’d like some feedback and what you all like best or would like to get from WritersButt.  I’ve offered my view of incorporating fitness into your daily life and how/why it’s connected and vital to your creativity.  I’ve given you some nutrition information, recipes, workouts, and even some kicks in the pants.  As I move forward, I’m not sure where I should take WritersButt now.  I can make Wednesdays a fitness/recipe sort of day.  I can take questions from you all and answer them on the blog.  I’m open for any suggestions so that it’s a useful and fun place to visit on Wednesday.

Workout Challenge this week:

Free Choice Potty Workouts. Say what?!!  Yes, you get to choose what you do every time to go to the bathroom. Now, I will frown upon the choice of eating cookie for every tinkle!  Be inspired! Get creative and tell me what you’ve decided to do.  Then hook up with a buddy (or me!) and tell me how you did each day.  Yes, I’m asking you to challenge yourself. Set a potty-goal (haha) and then report in.  Post in the comments what you plan to do. You may inspire someone else with your idea!!!

Mini-Workouts to choose from should you be up for the challenge:

#1—

3 rounds of:

10-Dumbbell squats/presses **

15-Push ups

**Using a single dumbbell and holding each end with your hands, and standing in a slightly wide stance, squat down, lowering dumbbell between legs and touching it to the floor, (focus on keeping chest up, don’t hunch over!), then stand up and press dumbbell over your head. Repeat.

#2—

Outside workout

4 rounds of:

Sprint/run/job/walk as fast as possible for 2 blocks

10 Burpees

#3—

3 – 5 rounds of:

30 jumping jacks

20 walking lunges

10 sit ups (full sit ups, not crunches)

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Have a fantastic week!  I’ve got my pom-poms out to cheer you all on, and if inspired, I’ll throw in a cartwheel!

Just Say it Sucks

Don’t you wish advertisers would tell you the truth about a product?  I realize if they did that, people would not buy their stuff and they’d not make any money. So maybe not the smartest marketing plan, but it would be nicer and certainly more honest.  I mean how refreshing would it that be? The Truth!

Take mascaras for instance.  There are a zillion kinds and they all tell you how your lashes will be amazingly transformed.  But they lie! Like the one that says 8X the Volume.  Really?  Well, I tell you, that is not true.  I tried it and my lashes did not expand 8 x times that day and they most definitely didn’t look like this. (photo removed)

 

Promises of fuller, longer, and curly thrown at you left and right. False eyelashes are the rage and now there’s a mascara called Falsies. You can just swipe those false-lashes right on.  It doesn’t work.  I have a tube. It sucks. Quite frankly it should be called, Goopy Gunk.

And before you think I’m out to vilify mascara, because I’m not, I love mascara. I just want it to not suck. Let’s look at some other false advertisements.

How about that shampoo where the woman in the commercial is having a very, um, exciting, shower.  Really?  It’s just shampoo. If she was having that great of a shower, well, let’s just say it wasn’t the essence of herbs

Don’t even get me started on those shape-shoes. You know, all the shoes out there now telling you that you don’t have to set foot in a gym to have the perfectly muscled and toned legs and butt. Just buy these shoes and walk around and VOILA—Bootilicious-is-Yours!  What??!!  If you could get the perfect rear-end from spending forty bucks and wearing a certain shoe, if they ‘really’ worked, everyone in the nation would be wearing them. In fact, there would be no need for advertisement.  Be realistic! Sorry, the ad should say, “We don’t really work but you’ll try anyway just in case it’s really that easy … but it’s not.”

Here’s my tip of the day … no strike that, it’s the tip of forever.  If you want an amazing backside and shapely legs, use this equipment correctly with a lot of weight on each end and eat clean wholesome food.  Shoes optional!  🙂

And another thing, explain how ‘invisible solid’ results in white streaks on my t-shirt?  Should be called, Deodorant – Will absolutely leave a mark.

Now, don’t think I’m cynical and grouchy. I just like some straight talk. I want to know how marketers can get away with these promises.

Some products actually deliver. When they do, I tell everyone about them.

Take Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser.  Now that thing is truly magical. I’m serious. I don’t know how it works but when in doubt, try it. It cleans anything, I swear! They don’t call it magic for nothing, folks.  It’s legit!

What do you think? In the comments, you get to have some fun with me.  Re-name a product for what it ‘really’ does and not what it promises to do.

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