Wednesday F4A: I am your Personal Trainer: A few things to try for a healthier life . . .

14 Mar

If I weren’t a novelist, I probably would still work as a Personal Trainer–I truly did enjoy this work. So, I put down my “metaphorical pen” and pick up my “metaphorical whip” . . . ha! And here we go . . .

All Y’allses want a healthier life, right? Riiigghht! Then why ain’tchoo doing something about it? *Personal Trainer Kat Evil Eye* You, yeah- you! Come here! You, you with the face! –Yeah. I’m talking to you. Uh huh; I know;  I know. I know you have been trying a little o-this and a little o-that. Good. I’m proud of you. Now it’s time to kick it up some more. Time to give yourself a little nudge to do more—or let PT Kat nudge you. You can do more to be healthy. You can do more to feel your best.

If you have already succeeded in doing these things below—Brava! Then you are good to go and I’ll see you next time. If you have not, then . . . whatchoo waiting for? Your body will loooooove you for it, right? Riiiighhht!

Quit Smoking. You don’t need a lecture, do you? of course not. I will only say this: my father smoked many years before he finally quit. But the damage to his lungs would come back to haunt us all—his damaged lungs are what killed him. Daddy was in fairly good shape for a man in his 70s and would have had more years, if not for those atrophied lungs. I truly believe it was his smoking years that began what would be his ending. That’s all I’m saying. Except, don’t have your family grieve over you with “If only . . .” thoughts.

Try an interval training program: The beauty of this is you have “rest periods” between high intensity periods—you can do that, can’t you? Whoopeeee! This is FUN! It is, too. Stop whining! Stop it, I say! Of course you can do this. Hup two tree fo.

I ran/jogged for a year before I tried intervals because I didn’t believe it would really make much of a difference in my exercise routine (my brother finally convinced me to try it—his trainer uses it). Now I understand why people/trainers love it so much. It’s changed my body—I’m stronger, faster, better *bionic woman music here,* my metabolism, my breathing/heart-rate—all changed/changing for good. I also lost weight doing this even though I wasn’t really trying to lose more—in fact, I’ve had to add calories to stop the weight loss (Kat don’t wanna be all skinnied-up like the Lollipop-Head Brigade of Hollyweird).

But as well and important for jittery chaotic oft-discombobulatingly whooopity whoopity whoopity me, it helped with the “boredom factor” I will find if I do not do something to stimulate my need for variety. (Writing is great for my jittery brain because even though I am stilled in body, my brain is creating all these Places and People and Events—boing boing boing boing boing!).

Doing intervals, I alternate between walking at a moderate pace with some pretty high intensity jumping around, skipping, running, sprinting fast as I can, etc. Now, I do this on the treadmill and I don’t recommend to all y’allses out there doing the crazy stuff I do on the treadmill, so find your own way of interval training that works for you. And as always: See Your Doctor before beginning a new exercise program, or if you are beginning exercise for the first time.

There is also HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training. I suppose I do a version of this, though it is said if you are truly doing the real HIIT, you can barely do twenty minutes of this kind of cardio exercise, and I do an hour on the treadmill, then strength training and yoga. I. Feel. Great. I do not feel 55. My stomach is flat; my muscles are strong; my endurance is greater; brain is all zippity do dah, zippity aaaaayyy!

Carbs are not our enemy, y’all (and neither are “good” fats, but more on that another time)! It’s the “kinds of carbs” that matter. Our brains and bodies  need carbs, protein, and fat. Read “Why Carb is not a Cuss Word by August McLaughlin, for it is just what I would have written.

Drink water, and/or eat plenty of fruits/veggies for water-intake. Our bodies need water. Our bodies are made up of 60% – 70%  water. Good “natural” water will replenish our needs in a way that clears our mind, keeps us from feeling sluggish—and sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are often only thirsty.

If you are drinking lots of sugary soft-drinks and juices, can you at least replace one today with a tall glass of water? Or even some fresh fruit and veggies? One Coke/soft-drink/Pop—whatever you call it, or one glass of other sugary juice drink, for one glass of water or fresh fruit/veggie. It’s a start.

“Sugar-Free” and “Fat Free” are not necessarily our friends. I personally do not eat sugar-free foods/drinks nor do I eat fat-free foods or drinks—unless they come naturally that way. Ugh. Do not like them. Nasty. Icky. Plee-yuckity *spit-out noises*

There is much evidence of how sugar-free and fat-free are not healthy alternatives as people may think, and if your goal is to lose weight, well, they aren’t always the best choices for that, either. I mean it! No, really! Really! No, really. No, really. Really. I could keep going here—lawd. Annnnnnywaaaay . . .

Here’s a Dr. Oz  (GMR calls him Dr. Ooze *laughing*) article on sugar/fat-free foods. But there is more information out there—do some research; do your homework.

But folkses, I would rather occasionally treat myself to a nice sugar/fat dessert treat than to stuff myself with the other alternative that isn’t going to satisfy me—we tend to eat more of the fake stuff than the real stuff anyway, so, calorie-wise, we can actually eat more calories, or just as many, of the nasty-arse ickity blee-yucky crap than if we had a wonderful tasty decadent dessert that we’d eat less of because it is so rich and yummy and . . . *oh oh—kat want treat now.*

And finally, my last thoughts for the day:

Love yourself and take care of the beautiful body you were given to care for in this life. It is not about being Skinny (that’s one issue I’d love to take up with Dr. Oz – I love him, but he is always using that “skinny/fat” thing and it kind of drives me crazy), but about TRULY becoming healthier—you know what you are doing when no one is looking, dontchoo? Uh huh, so who are you fooling, truly? Who matters here? Who are you getting back at for not becoming healthier? To whom are you saying “SO THERE! HA!”—think about this.

Care for yourself so someone else doesn’t have to care for you (and yes, I do understand sometimes things unexpected happen even when we take care of ourselves). Be grateful for your body and all its wonders.

Be filled with Gratitude for your life and all those around you—family, friends, colleagues, nature.

Please take care of yourself.


14 Responses to “Wednesday F4A: I am your Personal Trainer: A few things to try for a healthier life . . .”

  1. karenselliott March 14, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I have given up sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, and hard liquor. I have yet to be able to give up the smokes. I’ve tried so many times, I quit counting. I’ve even considered hypnosis and accupuncture. I eat right, I exercise, I even do 30 push-ups a day. Just wish I could quit the other thing. And no, I do not need a lecture.

    • katmagendie March 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      No lecture – just me saying “try again. . . ” and again . . . again . . . until success.

  2. Jessica Nelson March 14, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Ha! You’re right, skinny isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I was thin my whole life and I’m still thin up top (lol). It’s not fun being bony.
    I love this post. Love carbs, love water! I’ve heard of interval stuff, like jogging, sprinting, jogging, walk, sprint…etc.

    • katmagendie March 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      Some people are naturally thin – as some of us are more naturally round! We should embrace who we are as long as we are healthy and happy!

  3. Barbara Forte Abate March 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    All great stuff here, Kat. I’m definitely, absolutely, positively on your page when it comes to chasing after the best possible health (extra bonus, chasing burns extra calories, and keep muscles limber!). My biggest issue is drinking water–drinking in general. I’ve been something of a camel my whole life, and remembering to hydrate isn’t something that comes naturally :-( I do know how VIP water is though, so I try to remember to drink-up with some regularity.

    BTW, did I real that comment from Karen correctly? I can’t believe she would say “Please, oh, please, but I REALLY would love a personal lecture” :-O

    • katmagendie March 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      *laughing!* Snork! I gave her one – just sort of a short sneaky one *laugh*

      I drink lots of water – but it’s just a habit I’ve been into for a while now :-D

  4. Hilary March 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Hi Kat .. I definitely need to exercise .. stretch and walk more .. while the drink instead of eat story is so true … I’ve started doing more of that recently … really need to hone up and improve my body this year .. and summer is a-coming thankfully …

    Great post to remind us .. thankfully the dreaded weed has never been in my life .. cheers Hilary

    • katmagendie March 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      Yay! Glad you do not smoke! *hi-fiver-doody-doo!*

  5. karenselliott March 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    But if I quit smoking and take up sex again, what am I going to do ‘after?’ :) I walked for nearly an hour this morning – if I had a great place to walk like you do, I’d go for hours. Right now I’m walking throughout my FEMA temporary trailer park and a wiped out, boarded up neighborhood across the street. Rather sobering.

    • katmagendie March 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      laughing! . . . Well, you could . . . um . . . get a drink of water?


  6. August McLaughlin March 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    Terrific, sensible post, Kathryn. Thanks for caring about the wellness of others and sharing your expertise. Thanks also for sharing my link. Your support means a bunch!

    • katmagendie March 15, 2012 at 7:43 am #

      Love supporting other authors, bloggers, et cetera. Thank you for writing the post on carbs — I’ve been after people to please do not be afraid of carbs for years!

  7. Carolyn V March 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I love your posts Kat! I’ve tried the HIIT. Wow! It is hard! But well worth it. I’m working my way for more time. But I’m up to 4 miles. Yay! I’m switching our diets here at home so we are eating better. It takes time, but doable, and I feel so much better. ;)

    • katmagendie March 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      GOOD FOR YOU, Carolyn! *big ole grinning smile from PT Kat!*

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