I can finally retire my Campbell’s soup hand weights.
Look at the little cutie pies I picked up yesterday:
I have a set of 5-pounders, but sometimes they’re just too heavy for what I’m doing—like during those tiny, isolated arm movements that are repeated a kajillion times.
I was torn between the 2 and 3-pounders at Target, and eventually settled on the 2’s because, well, they didn’t have the 3’s in hot pink. How’s that for logical decision-making?
Maybe you can’t tell how small and cute they are. And so, I am forced to take another embarrassing selfie.
Would you believe Mason took that?
Worth a shot.
Speaking of questionable decision-making skills, I also saw this bracelet at Target and couldn’t decide if I liked it/it was my style/it was worth $20. Still torn. Thoughts?
Also, should I ideally be a belly-dancer to own something like that? I’m not sure.
Last night, I was eager to play with my new toys, so I used them in this Physique 57 arm video:
It was all fun and games until we got to something called “the can-can” in the last minute. Eesh.
I’ve been really pining for barre workouts, ever since I got my first taste a few months ago. But until I can find a way to make the $25/class price tag compute in my brain, my repertoire is limited to what I can find online. (I even have the perfect barre in my kitchen—you can see it right behind me in the pic above!)
So after last night’s can-can, I also did Gina’s Barre Burner video.
Gina (The Fitnessista) now has a YouTube channel you can subscribe to for lots of quick and easy online workouts.
This morning, I wanted to top off a short treadmill run with some arm work (fine: I wanted to use my little pink weights again), so I did this 10-minute circuit:
I was a little disappointed that it didn’t involve the barre at all (the series is called “Booty Barre,” after all), but my weights got plenty of action, and my arms were definitely burning.
It’s a little harder to find good full-length (30 min+) barre workouts online. I did this Barre3 video recently, and while there were a few tough moments, I found it a little too easy as a whole.
In other news, this post about elimination diets and finding what “works” for you really got me thinking yesterday. If I had to sum up Kaila’s argument, I’d say it’s something like this:
Eliminating whole food groups is generally unnecessarily, and often the result of self-diagnosis, hyperawareness, or confusion stemming from the futile pursuit of “the perfect diet.” (Kaila, is that close?)
She also talked about the danger of building negative associations around food by piling on food rules and limiting yourself in different ways. And she made two final great points:
–With enough focus and obsession on finding out how each and every food affects us, ANY food can be found to be harmful in some way.
–Is it possible that we say “works for us” is really just what we make our minds believe, but not really what our bodies need?
Her article is definitely worth a read!
My primary thought on it is this: for every good thing that exists in this world, there are going to be people who take it too far and ultimately turn it into a bad thing.
I think food elimination, as a temporary thing, can be awesome. It can help rid your body of a food addiction, empower you to discover that you don’t have to be a slave to that food, and show you what your body is like without that food in the mix. When you add the food back in, you can do it in a controlled way, so you’re in the driver’s seat, rather than the food.
Self-awareness is another great thing that can go sour when taken to the extreme. I used to be so out of touch with my body, I couldn’t fathom that I’d be able to manage how I felt from day to day. Every random symptom would completely blindside me. On the other hand, obsessing over a little butter (dairy!!) or soy (estrogen!!) here or there strikes me as overkill (unless you’re allergic).
One thing that irks me about this conversation is that it often wraps up with something warm and fuzzy like: “Just eat a well-balanced diet, including mostly whole foods, keep it simple and eat intuitively, and you’ll be fine.”
Right, well, how the heck do you do that?? A lot of people don’t have a clue, and that’s the problem. They’re trying everything in the book to achieve just that, and the book is huge and confusing, and something like “keep it simple” is just another piece of confusing advice in the world of Food Advice Overload. It’s also advice that makes people feel stupid, for getting so caught up in all these different, conflicting ideas when The Ultimate Answer is, apparently, so obvious and accessible.
Those who find this intuitive eating business, well, intuitive, sometimes forget what it was like before they knew the answers. Until the day it all clicks—and that’s a good day—there’s just nothing simple about it.
Have you found any great online barre workouts?
What are your thoughts on elimination diets?
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the food advice out there?