Monthly Archives: February 2012

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When I saw this picture, I was shocked! The differences between a 120lb and 250lb woman! Some people workout so they can eat whatever they want, some because they want to look good, others because it gives them energy, or because it’s an accomplishment… Lots and lots of reasons to workout! But when I look at this picture, all I think is “being in shape is really really important and not only because you want to look good, but mostly because you want to feel good!”

When I gain some weight (just a few pounds), I have more joint pains, my lower back is painful…. And I’m not overweight… So if I were obese, I can’t imagine how painful it will be for me (Disclaimer : I’m really not judging people who are overweight, don’t get me wrong. Everyone is different, and as long as you are happy with your body, that’s all that matters =) ).  For my frame (small bones), I can’t gain to much weight or it will really hurt me… Like when I’m at my heavier weight (aka post holiday weight :p), I have more ankle pain when I run, my abs are not strong enough to keep my back straight, and I have less energy.

So right now, I’m still at my heavier weight and I don’t feel awesome. I did a bodypump class today and it wasn’t the best.

But I’m starting my new work Wednesday, so I’ll be really busy and be in my own place (now I’m at my sister). So I’ll stop eating (I eat when I’m bored ! Yeah kinda an emotional eater but I don’t feel guilty about it anymore !), and have a better workout schedule. I found a gym which is open at 7am (In France, most gyms are open after 9am !) so I’ll wake up at 6:30am, grab a banana or some dates, workout from 7 to 8, take a shower at my gym, eat my breakfast and be at work before 9am =). With this plan, I will be able to focus more on my work (once my workout is done, I don’t need to stress about it “If I’m leaving work too late, I won’t workout… How I’m gonna do it ?”. )

My new workout plan is :

Monday : Weight lifting (Full body)

Tuesday : Cycling

Wednesday : Cardio (Run most likely) (or BodyFlow at 8pm ?)

Thursday : BodyPump

Friday : Cardio (Run or elliptical)

Saturday : off

Sunday : BodyFlow (yoga/pilates/tai chi)

 

Or maybe I’ll workout Saturday instead of a weekday ?

 

Did you notice a big difference when you workout depending on you weight ? Energy levels ? Pains ?

11 Things !

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First, I’m in my new city ! 6 hours and a half but I totally enjoyed my “road trip” (candies and chocolate helped a lot !). So right now, I’m staying at my sister’s =)

 

Bess tagged me in this eleven things. When I saw that Bess tagged me, I felt so happy! I felt I belong to the Healthy Blog Community! Little things make me happy. I learnt to enjoy all those little things and not to wait for the perfection!

 

Here are the rules of the eleven things post:

  1. List 11 random things about myself
  2. Answer the 11 questions she asked me
  3. Come up with 11 questions to ask other bloggers
  4. Tag 11 bloggers to do this next

 

Random things

  1. I’m just crazy about the worst/best song ever : “I’m on a boat”. So many great memories !!
  2. I had an eye surgery at 3 because my eye wasn’t totally open… I’m glad my parents took the right decision. I know they probably freaked out because it was risky but I had the surgery and now my eye is perfectly normal =)
  3. I have a wonderful horse. I met her when she was just 7 and now she’s almost 19 !! I really love her and I would do anything (but absolutely anything for her). It’s one of the best thing that ever happen to me. I perfectly remember the first time I met her…. I slapped her ! Don’t judge… Most disrespectful horse ever !
  4. Sorry Mom but I have to confess: Sometimes I really enjoyed when Fidelle (my horse) was making you fall (Vengeance!!) (such a mean daughter ^^)
  5. I usually don’t lie but once I had a fight with my sister and I totally lied to my parents… And since I never lie, they trusted me and not my sister so she was grounded …
  6. I used to hate running (like haaaaaaaaaaaaate) and going to the gym in middle school (“sorry I have my periods”, walking instead of running…)
  7. I used to do ballet when I was younger…
  8. When I was a child, I used to check under my bed if someone was hiding. Every night ! And every night I was scared to find a psycho under my bed !
  9. I really want to play tennis one day but my motor coordination totally sucks !
  10. I hate Jazz music. I just can’t stand hearing it !
  11. I’m an aerospace engineer but I’m not crazy about aviation, space or aeronautics… I just like physics…

 Questions asked by Bess :

  1. If you could change your name, what would it be? A short name … Léa ?
  2. What is your favorite place to go on vacation? Bahamas (I went once  with my family, it was awesome). I love the USA too (San Fransisco is my  favorite place !)
  3. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life? A midnight  swim with my friends … Lots of fun !
  4. Best dessert you’ve ever had? Kouign Amann. It’s french so most of you probably don’t know it, but it’s so good !!! Main ingredients : butter and sugar … but Yummy !
  5. Favorite workout? BodyPump ! (BodyFlow too)
  6. One thing you wish you could do? Speak English without my terrible French accent :p
  7. What is your guilty pleasure? Sweets ! And listening to my favorite songs really loud (and have my parents pissed off for that !)
  8. If you could speak another language besides the one(s) you already know, what would you chose?  Hindi ! I want to visit India ! (Bucket list !!)
  9. What is your perfect date? (April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not  too cold, all you need is a light jacket??) Beach or doing something totally stupid, random and stupid =) Nothing too romantic because I’m totally freaking out when it’s romantic (weird right ?)
  10. What was the first pet you ever had? A guinea pig “Kiki” … He lived almost 8 years !!
  11. Favorite motivational quote or picture? “If you are going through hell, keep going”

 Questions for the 11 bloggers

  1. Dark chocolate or Milk chocolate ?
  2. When did you feel proud ?
  3. Do you have any siblings ?
  4. Harry Potter or Twilight ?
  5. Have you ever gone to France (my country!) ?
  6. Do you believe in friendship between guys and girls ?
  7. Left or right-handed ?
  8. If you had a chance to switch bodies with someone you admire, would you do it ?
  9. What is the weirdest thing you do in your everyday life ?
  10. Did you ever check you ex-boyfriend’s facebook page ?
  11. If you won the lottery, would you keep working ?

And I tag :

Haley, Tracy, Lauren, Lena (she just did her first half marathon !!), Tara, Jessica, Kayla, Sarah, Sophie, Kim, and Meg !!

Ready to move !

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I’m ready to move !

I said goodbye to my therapist (I’ve been seeing her for one year and a half. I’m so thankful for all the time I spent at the hospital. She was great (I used to hate her at the beginning. But I went through ups and downs, and she was always there (I know that’s her job but still. She was really amazing and annoying sometimes: p . I used to go once a week (sometimes 2 when I really needed it) and the good thing: it was free (so no guilt for me =)) because it was at the hospital.

Anyway, Wednesday I went to the hospital, told her about my new job and that I was moving 7 hours from Paris. We talked and we both agreed that I didn’t need to find someone else, that I learnt a lot about myself, about life, my body, stress… I’m strong now and I feel that I come from far far faaaar away. I feel like I’m a totally different person than a few years ago. I feel peaceful about who I’m. I’m not ashamed of being weird sometimes ^^

I’m so grateful for my family, friends, the hospital, this community! And ME :p .

Ok ok, I won’t keep talking. I just needed to write it =)

 

I’m moving Tuesday! I’m gonna drive for 7 hours (at least…)…

Now I need to start packing and put my whole life in my car! It’s gonna be interesting… or not !

 

Workout

I had a great week for my workouts too!

Monday : CXWork and 30min walk

Tuesday : BodyFlow and 45’ walk

Wednesday : Weight lifting (back, chest, arms and abs) and cardio (10min walk and 20 elliptical)

Thursday : 30min walk and 30min run (I’m so happy because I’m able to run more now ! My leg is not fully recovered but it’s better !) and Abs

Friday : BodyFlow and 30min walk

 

I talked with the trainer today, and this week end I’m going to do some legs !!! I haven’t done any weight lifting (legs) for the past 2 months, so I’m gonna do some light weights and see how it goes. Fingers crossed =).

I’m also planning to go back to a BodyFlow class with my mom! She doesn’t workout but I almost convinced her =). I did pretty good this year: my father bought a gym membership and goes 2 (sometimes 3 !) times a week and he even started to weight lifting (Fun story : He used to run and I used to do more weight lifting. He asked me to join him for a run in the woods and I kinda lost him! Since then he does some weight lifting to have strong legs ahahha). And my sister just bought a gym membership (one month ago) because I can’t stop talking about how good I feel after working out (and because she wanted the same a**).

I like sharing my love for fitness, and I love even more sharing it with my family =)

And this week end, I also want to do some cardio (depends on my leg though).

 

A few eats?

Ricotta cheese, banana, hazelnuts and oats

Salad and veggie pizza (I love pizza!!! And sometimes it’s good to indulge..)

Hummus and chicken on rye bread

 

Do you workout with your family ? your friends ?

Does your family share your passion for fitness too ?

 

ANNNNND I FORGOT ! Those who live in Florida or California or a sunny place… Enjoy ! I’m jealous ! It’s -7°Celsius here (19° F). Too cold for me ….