Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Happy Hump Day!
My arms are sore. My back is tight. All the result of my training with Bobby...the trainer who I affectionately refer to as "Deebo."
Now, working out everyday has been challenging, but rewarding...and training has been hard, but definitely worth it. I have no complaints about that at all - and Monica and I will be in tip top shape in no time!
But can we talk about this diet?
Eddie, the nutritionist, hooked us up with a diet plan that we are to follow for 14 days, and then he'll switch it up in accordance with our work outs. Here's a taste of (or lack of) what he has us eating:
steel cut oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins
low-fat cottage cheese (I refuse)
whole grain waffles (cardboard with no syrup)
baked fish and skinless chicken (no problem with that)
brown rice or whole wheat pasta
Not so bad right?
Well, considering we can't use salt, butter or any real salad dressing - it gets pretty boring and bland. I'd almost rather not eat at all. I had to choke down that oatmeal this morning after I discovered that cinnamon only makes food SMELL good, not TASTE good. Raisins and all.
But I'm not complaining...that much.
As a Black woman, we are at the highest risk in the nation to be overweight (BMI over 25) or obese (BMI over 30). You don't even wanna know my BMI - child please. I wasn't thrilled when Deebo put me on the scale either, but now I'm even more determined to do something about it. While I think I'm sexy at my size, I know I could be doing better.
Obesity contributes to many health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes - but with education and dedication, we can help avoid or reduce dangerous excess weight through diet and exercise...something I'm very well aware of, but haven't really been doing. I know what I need to do for my well-being and health, and for the past month, I've been doing it.
I think as Black women, we think thick is sexy...and our men would most likely agree. I've never had a problem getting attention from men (I think my height helps to mask these hips of mine). But thick and obese are two totally different things. I don't want to be rail thin - I want to be healthy. Being healthy shouldn't be about vanity - it should be about living a long, wonderful life.
And not for nothing, I wanna do a chin-up dammit! And not get winded walking up those damned steps at Grand Central! You'd never guess I played 3 sports year round all throughout middle school and high school. Truth be told, I just want my athletic self back. And Deebo is helping me get there.
And so is Monica. Without her, I know my motivation level wouldn't be where it is today. If you've been trying to work out more, try doing it with a friend who encourages you, supports you, and motivates you to be your best. I know I could do it without her, but it would be so much harder. Thank you Monica for being right there with me and being my inspiration!
I'm ready to do it y'all - one day at a time. I AM doing it. I feel great, I sleep better, and I feel my body getting stronger. I hope to continue to get stronger everyday - and I'll deal with the nasty, bland food if I have to in order to get there. Besides, nothing tastes as good as healthy does.