Wednesday F4A: Personal Trainer Kat says: Your Least ain’t good enough . . .

2 May

Yesterday while sitting my arse on the porch floor for at least an hour (this after I sat in the rocker still as my jittery self allows for me to be “still” –ungh– for at least that long), looking for that “perfect” camera shot of birds doing something other than eating seeds, I thought, “This is a metaphor/analogy for writing. Patience, practice, doing something you don’t always think is fun and sometimes is tedious—but if you do these things, then it’s worth it. You find that moment of AHA! YES!”

spread your wings and flyyyyyyyyyyyyyy - worth the wait on the porch

Today on the treadmill, I thought further about things that are Worth It. Things that require more work and sweat and sacrifice.

Y’allses, you will hear/read, “You don’t have to exercise much—five minutes a few times a day is a good way to be fit.” Well, maybe if you want the minimum results, the least you can do to obtain the least of all the leastestststs.

But if you want to transform your health and your body, then you must work harder. Yup, sorry but it is true. Doing More than expected—doing more than “the least.” You must sacrifice some time and energy and put yourself full into what you are doing to achieve better results in mind and body. There are things we cannot control in this life, and there are things we can.

This here, folkses, is true about so much of what we do in this life. We can do the Least half-ass way, or we can go full out for nothing and transform our health, bodies, life, work.

You going to fast food joints and eating greasy-ass hamburgers and fries, and you drinking soda/soft-drinks/coke/pop (whatever y’all call it in your region) like they are the elixir from the heavens, cramming down your throat candy and

Lift those wings - that's right - up, down, up down, Give me two more!

cookies and chips and other processed foods, and shunning fruits, veggies, whole grains, and other healthy alternatives—and sitting on your ass instead of moving—make for choices that will leave you tired in mind and body, will make your innards gooey and nasty instead of healthy and beautiful, and when you look into the mirror your results will be doughy and bulgy instead of taut and fit—does this mean you all should be “thin” and “skinny?” Now, did I say/write that? Nopses, I did not. “Fit” does not have to mean “skin and bones,” or “skinny” or whatever word you want to give what some people think of as “normal.” What’s normal is what makes you feel your BEST!  Fit means you are giving your body the movement and food it needs and craves. It means you stop doing the easy, the Least, and you begin making better choices that sometimes may not be always fun or comfortable or what you want to be doing because it’s haaaarrrrd. Right? Riiiiighhht.

Stop whining. I said stop it! *giving you the Personal Trainer Kat evil eye* The old cliché of anything worth doing is worth doing well—aren’t you worth it? Isn’t your body and mind and all the inner workings both mental and physical worth it?

Now, I want to direct you to a couple of places I’ve been visiting here lately. August McLaughlin’s blog where a recent blog post is “Factor or Fiction: 10 Diet Myths Debunked” – Read, y’allses! Couldn’t have written it better myself.

And, “Round to Ravishing” where she writes of things she has given up but doesn’t miss. I love this and I love her tenacity and spirit and dedication to Go For what she wants. “I don’t miss you” is the name of her recent blog post.

There is nothing wrong with being hedonistic sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with eating something rich and gooey. There’s nothing wrong with an occasional treat. But I guarantee you that once you begin a serious, not Least, healthier lifestyle—LIFESTYLE, and that doesn’t mean you go all obsessive and then tire of something rarely anyone could ever sustain—you will not feel the same way about the old ways, the former foods you gobbled down, your former body that dragged around tired and frumpy.

Bye! later, all y'allses!

One body. One life. And so many choices. What choices will you make Right Now?

Namaste . . .


18 Responses to “Wednesday F4A: Personal Trainer Kat says: Your Least ain’t good enough . . .”

  1. Glynis Smy May 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Loving your motivating posts. I am still being good, and my lifestyle has changed. I even have a jog now and then! I enjoy wearing slimmer fitting clothes, and make up again. My mind is sharper too.

    I love those birdy pics!

    • katmagendie May 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      I continue to be proud of you, Glynis – and new clothes are always fun! :-D

      • Glynis Smy May 3, 2012 at 12:11 am #

        Aw, thanks, Kat. I am not normally a shopper but my interest in clothes is returning. Something to do with being a new shape I think.

        • katmagendie May 3, 2012 at 7:14 am #

          I’m not much of a shopper, either – I hate trying on clothes, but I finally learned I have to – I watched many episodes of What Not to Wear *laugh*

  2. August McLaughlin May 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Aren’t treadmills a great place to think? :) Thanks for the inspiring reminders, Kat, and for the sweet shout out. Valuing, respecting and nurturing the one body we get can breed so much health and happiness. Hope you’re having a great day and week!

    • katmagendie May 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      Sometimes it’s the only place i can EMPTY my head – laugh- I have the music so loud and am concentrating on my “treadmill aerobics-dance” (I wrote TREATmill at first Freudian slip!) – but, when I’m working on a new book, I do have images come and thoughts and . . . wheee! :-D

  3. karenselliott May 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    I made the choice to get up and do 20 push-ups (I do them leaning against my kitchen counter and stretching out as far as I can get). I do a total of 100 a day. :) I will make the choice to walk again tomorrow! Oo-rah!

    • katmagendie May 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      whoo-hooo! :-D you go go go !

  4. karenselliott May 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    I’m subscribing to comments, and every time I see another comment, I’m doing 20 more. EEEK!

    • katmagendie May 3, 2012 at 7:12 am #

      LAUGHING! — oh oh oops

  5. CG Blake May 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Now I really feel guilty about wolfing down that quarter-pounder at BWI Airport on my way home from Kansas City. But I was SO hungry! I took the dog for a long walk today, so I don’t feel so bad. Thanks for the great reminder about regular exercise.

    • katmagendie May 3, 2012 at 7:12 am #

      Drop and give me twenty *see Karen Elliott’s comment* Laughing! :-D

  6. jinkwillis May 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    I love your wonderful rants, your thrashings–i’m guilty but i promise to improve! No more backsliding here!

    • katmagendie May 3, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      Just picture me on your shoulder with my lil pea-head and all :-D haw!

  7. Barbara Forte Abate May 3, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    And here’s 20 more for Karen :-D

    You definitely hit one of ongoing peeves–alleged exercise gurus that claim 5 minutes will fire-up, tune-up, and reshape all that ails. Such a dreadful and dangerous lie! For those of us who love our foodie delights AND yet love even more to be in shape, it’s all about hard work, and yep, good old fashioned deprivation when the cookie tray is being passed around. It’s not easy, the temptation is great to buckle to the chocolate chips, but the rewards of going though life in fine fighting form are far superior.

    And all this obsession with skin, bones, and nothing between the two–pitiful. That just isn’t the way to treat a body UNLESS that happens to be your own natural packaging.

    • katmagendie May 3, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      Hi Karen — are you tired yet? *LAUGHING* . . .

      Yup – I think the general idea of “okay, 5 min will do it” works for a Beginning – to get people off their couches and onto their legs/feet – but, five minutes should lead to five more, and then more . . . :-D

  8. Jessica Nelson May 3, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Oh dear. LOL I’m the type who is satisfied with keeping myself how I am right now. I am not sculpted nor firm…but I do think I’m healthy, so maybe it’s okay to be satisfied with that? I hope though that I’m never satisfied with just being published. I hope I always try to make my work better and better.
    Great advice, Miss Kat! :-)

    • katmagendie May 3, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      As we age, we begin to lose muscle mass – so while you are young, why not build a little muscle? It’ll sure help you when you become my age and need that extra protection around your joints, etc, and your bones will be happier too!

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