Dreams For Lean Girls Club

There have been fewer and fewer post these last few weeks, maybe even months. It’s not for a lack of activity. Yes, I’ve been running less since the marathon was canceled but I’ve been more active in other areas of my life. I’ve also given myself a much needed break after marathon training.

You see, when I started Lean Girls Club in 2009 I was at a place in my life when health and fitness was everything. Health, fitness, and living a great life was about being skinny (being honest here!), lean, being able to run fast, developing muscle, and having very little fat as possible. I’ve struggled with weight loss and self image all my life and I figured blogging was a way for me to connect with others going through the same thing. And it is. But I now know it’s about more than that.

Maybe it’s maturity, or maybe it’s laziness, but I’ve come to learn that health and wellness are about more than working out, fitness, and eating right. There are so many things in our lives that weigh us down besides poor food choices, cause us to over eat, not exercise or value ourselves. And there are so many other things in our lives that lift us up, make us want to love ourselves, exercise, and take better care of our bodies. For you maybe it’s a good book? Or a new hair-do? Wellness and health in life is about balance. Balance of work, play, fitness, food, the good, the bad, and the ugly. There is nothing wrong with the bad and ugly. The point is to make sure that the good outweighs the bad. The point is to celebrate the former, and learn from the latter.

That’s what I want LGC (and my life) to be. Over the next few weeks, you’re going to see me fiddle with a few things on this blog. At times you may think I’m all over the place. But in my head it all makes sense, because at the end of the day, it’s me. I want to share more of my work and play (in addition to the fitness), because those things have a greater impact on my health and fitness than workouts and certain foods do. At the end of the day, I hope you are inspired and challenged to do the same – to really life a life worth living…with grace. I hope you will join me on this journey.

PS: I hope you are all having a wonderful season of holidays. I, for one, am enjoying some time actually celebrating Christmas in NYC and in Virginia with my family. I even decorated my very own “tree” in my tiny NYC apartment.

christmas tree lightsunion station christmaschristmas present
korean christmas brunch

 

 

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Why I Will Run the NYC Marathon Post-Sandy

I, like many runners, have been torn about whether to run the marathon. Whether we like it or not, this race is happening with or without us.

I mean no disrespect to those who are still dealing with the aftermath of Sandy. If anything, I pray for you and our city and have already sought opportunities to volunteer in the coming weeks.

While I am originally from Virginia, I consider myself a New Yorker. I always have been and always will be. I was here the weekend after 9-11 and I remember witnessing the resiliency, strength, and community that New Yorkers shared and I wanted a part. I cheered for the Yankees in the 2001 World Series because the city needed a reason to cheer (I have been rooting for the Yankees ever since). For the record, Hurricane Sandy is not 9-11; however, the people and their hearts are the same.

To quote Bart Yasso from My Life On the Runpg 184:

“We had started the journey as Russians, Germans, Canadians, French, Americans, Irish, and Inuit, but we ended as athletes. Running does that to people. It brings unlikely folks together and fosters a fellowship like no other sport.” 

That is exactly what the Marathon does. Those who are normally divided by borough, race, economic status, neighborhood, street, creed, etc. are one on Marathon Day. And isn’t that what we all need in this time of distress? A little unity. There is no other day when you’ll see a kid from the projects hi-five an old Hasidic Jew. It’s one day where people put aside their differences to support and cheer for another human being. It’s a glimpse of Heaven.

The conditions aren’t perfect and I wish the circumstances were different, but I support New York City and will run for it this Sunday.

Today I am asking friends, family, and any other good Samaritans:

-OR-

  • If you cannot donate $, please donate blood or volunteer your time to one of the many great organizations working to help families affected by Sandy.

In exchange for your donation, I will mail you a cut of my heatsheet (it’s the aluminum thing marathoners get wrapped in after a race), will etch your name on my race day shirt, and sing your praises on my LeanGirlsClub blog. For one day, we can all be marathoners and New Yorkers.

This race is not about me, never has been. It’s for New York.

 

Work (It) Out

I’m sure you’ve noticed the lack of posts. And I know I use work as an excuse for not blogging so I won’t use it again. But in general, I’ve noticed that we (I included) use work or life as an excuse a lot.

“I can’t go to the gym because I don’t have time. “

“I don’t have the energy after work.”

“I can’t eat a sensible, well balanced meal because I’m always on the go and have to eat what I can get.”

“There’s a lot going on in my life right now.”

Does this sound familiar?

I was watching American Idol last week and admiring J.Lo. I love her.  She’s amazing and is stunning EVERY TIME. To which my boyfriend says, “I know, you say it every time. Of course she’s stunning, it’s her job to be stunning. If your job was to exercise and eat right, you’d look like that too.”

That’s arguable. But he’s on to something there. I work really hard at work. Or at least I think I do. But what if I were to put in the same principles and effort that I apply towards work into myself? What would that look like?

  • Show up on time.
  • Stick to a schedule – be consistent with when you work out, when you eat, when you rest…
  • Set meetings – schedule workout meetings with yourself. It’s rude to cancel on other people. Why would you cancel on yourself?
  • Focus – just like you shouldn’t surf the web, FB, chat during work don’t text, stare blankly, or workout without a purpose.
  • Have a plan – I have to plan months/weeks advance my plan for a project.  Plan out what you’re going to eat ahead of time so you’re not tempted to cheat and venture away from your goals.
  • 100% – give it all you got. Just like your boss hopes you don’t half-ass your way through work, put the expectation on yourself that you won’t half ass your way through working on YOU.
  • Be aggressive – you don’t “no” for an answer at work. Don’t let your body tell you “no.” Make it change. Keep pushing until it will change.
  • Fix it – if problems arise, rise to the challenge and address it. Don’t cry. Fix it. Work It Out. It’s called work for a reason. And it’s called a work out for a reason, because you have to work.
  • Work with the best (that you can afford)- Choose the best trainer, eat the best foods, etc. Don’t short change yourself.

My point is that it’s YOUR JOB to take care of yourself just like J.Lo. YOU are more important than anything else (within reason…don’t be overly selfish now). Now get to work.

Until the Fat Lady Sings

Karl Lagerfeld made the headlines yesterday because he said Adele was a “little too fat.” Is anyone else tired of people calling Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Christina Aguilera fat? I met Kelly Clarkson recently, the night VH1 Divas taped. She’s not fat. Notice how her waist actually similar to MJB’s or J.Hud’s? The only reason she looks thicker is because she’s shorter.

Photo courtesy of VH1

I’ve seen Adele perform in an intimate setting. She’s not thin, but she’s definitely thinner than when she first came out with her debut album ’19.’ She’s even taken steps to become healthier. 

Adele in the “Chasing Pavements”

Adele at a performance for ’21’

Photo credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

And Christina…I love Christina. She’s been ridiculed for being too thin and then too big. She’s yo-yo-ed like the rest of us. I’ve never met her. But I know she’s really tiny, as in short. When you’re short, gaining two pounds looks like you’ve gained five.

Here’s Christina with Etta James in June 2006

Here’s Christina at Etta James’ funeral

As someone who works in the music business and has seen what celebrities look like in person and in photos pre-retouching, I’m telling you- Do Not be fooled by photos and videos. No one looks exactly like their official publicity image or a magazine cover. (I even have to remind myself of this when I find myself comparing me and JLo 😉 ) I can’t tell you how often I hear “she’s so much smaller than I thought. ” In the last year, I was working with a male singer. We did a great photo shoot with a famous photographer and the photos were amazing. As soon as the album cover was released on Facebook, fans immediately commented “you look fat” and “damn, he’s gained weight” or “I guess you took time off to eat.” The reality was he did gain weight, but he put on muscle and lots of it. But his getting “bigger” was not getting “fatter.”

So who are we to judge? Who hasn’t yo-yo-ed +/- five to ten pounds. I’m sure if someone went through my Facebook timeline and reviewed all my photos, they’d think I was fat too! The key is to not listen to “dem haters” but to listen to yourself and consult a health professional. I don’t think Adele, Kelly or Christina are on the border of being unhealthy. And like the rest of us, their weight issues aren’t over. It’s an every day battle. I guess it really ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

 

 

 

French Women Don’t Get Fat

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Yoplait Thinks Twice About Yogurt Commercial

The Huffington Post is reporting that Yoplait has agreed to pull its recent yogurt commercials this week at the urging of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). The NEDA believes that the commercial might trigger dangerous behavior in those with eating disorders.

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