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8 Reasons Why its Hard to be Goth and Workout

What do you mean this isn't a proper gym outfit?

Training for Tough Mudder: What do you mean this isn’t a proper workout outfit?

  • No Eyebrows:  I have no eyebrows by choice.  But this means when I sweat I have nothing to stop my sweat from dripping into my eyes and it stings!  Even worse, I can’t workout with my eyebrows on because they will smear.

  • Hair Color:  Fantasy colors aren’t permanent.  When my hair is freshly colored it stains my neck and my clothes, and having to wash it more makes it fade faster.  It’s so much work!

  • Being Pale:  Trying to work out outside is a nightmare.. no matter how much sunscreen I put on I still burn to a crisp, or even worse….. get a tan! ew!

  • Tattoos:  I have to plan getting my tattoos around my workout schedule so I can give them some healing time.

  • Workout Gear:  Finding black sneakers is so hard, and when was the last time you saw proper workout clothes with skulls on it?  Never.

  • Music:  Goth music isn’t the most motivating, in fact sometimes it might slow me down.

  • Classes:  Have you seen a goth girl do Zumba?  Probably not, our industrial dancing just doesn’t translate well (example here).  I am glad I tried it in the privacy of my own home first before I embarrassed myself.

  • Sleep Schedule:  How many goth kids do you see up in the morning that aren’t on their way home from the night before.  We are night owls by nature and need gyms that cater to that and there really aren’t many.  I unfortunately am now a morning person in order to get my workouts in.

 

But with all this said, I still love it and I feel so much better doing it.  It might be hard to get over certain hurdles, but it’s worth it in the end.

I used to never like wearing my hair in a pony tail or a bun and was never happy if I had to go out without a full face of makeup or my hair perfect.  Now I am more comfortable with my own skin that I can do that with confidence which is amazing.  You have to make every negative a positive, sure my hair is faded, but pastel colors are in, and maybe I can’t do Zumba to save my life, but I can definitely punch and kick which is perfect for kick boxing.  The only thing I can’t fix is my tan, but I am dealing with it I suppose and I am keeping the sunscreen companies in business.

What about you guys, do you have anything to add to my list?  Any problems you had to over come?

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Synchronized Crunching and Eating for our Abs

Yesterday was yet another gym and dinner date with Bianca.  This time she asked if we could do abs, so that is what we did, a ton of ab workouts and a half hour on the arc trainer to finish it off.  I also may have went early and ran 2.5 miles before she got there because, why not?

We did burpees, butt ups, bicycles, side planks, v twist sit-ups with a weight, planks, regular crunches, and standing side crunches with a 25 pound plate.  The only thing I couldn’t do was the planks because I still can’t put much pressure on my elbow.  darn… But that made it easy for me to make sure that Bianca didn’t lift her butt up to make it easier, and I got to smack it every time she did.

560068_10200625187567483_1799736067_nTired Bianca after her 3 one minute planks

photo copyif only we had a third person there to film us,  our reflection in the window was hilarious because we were synchronized the whole time.

After we were done working out we headed back to my apartment to have an entire dinner full of foods that are good for the mid section that I got from a Women’s Health article and a few other articles online.  After all they say abs are made in the kitchen don’t they?

I basically wanted to include greens, nuts, dairy, beans, organic soy, oats and whole grains, berries, coconut and olive oil, and chia seeds and I somehow did it.  Actually I shouldn’t be surprised that I did it, that is really just a balanced healthy meal isn’t it?

I saw a recipe in fitness magazine for a kale salad that actually incorporated a lot of the things listed and even better it actually sounded good.  I searched and searched online but could not find a link for the recipe so I had to take a screen shot of the magazine (thanks to my iPad subscription for making that easy)

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I added a bit of garlic to the tofu croutons however and lemon to the dressing because it was kind of flavorless.  I don’t know if I just didn’t get enough juice from the grape fruit or what, but the lemon kicked it up just right.  I also soaked my hazelnuts over night and dried them in my oven.  And for added protein added cannellini beans.

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i love that there are dollar bills in this photo so random

Also whoever decided that the cutting grapefruit over a bowl thing was an easy task is crazy, it was so hard.  I destroyed my grapefruit, no pretty segments for our salads.

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Yum!  but that salad is not complete!  We forgot the shaved romano cheese!

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kalesalad2-rtmuch better!  Thanks to Bianca for stopping at a fancy Manhattan cheese shop to get it, the salad wouldn’t be the same without it!

For dessert I made a mixed berry crumble.  I looked up recipes for an idea of how to make it but didn’t really follow one, so I will just list what I used, this is for two.

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Filling

  • fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • 2 tbsp Chia seeds (1 tbsp for each)
  • quick drizzle of maple agave syrup (maybe 1 tsp tops on each)

Crumble topping

  • 1 packet of Kashi go lean hearty breakfast cereal
  • 2 packets of Monk fruit in the raw
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbps coconut oil

pack the filling into the ramekins very full as they are going to condense down then top with the crumble topping.  Mix the topping with your hands to get all the stuff mixed together, the heat from your hands will melt the coconut oil enough to make sure everything is well combined

Bake in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes, but keep an eye on them so that you don’t burn the top.   Let it cool for 5 or so minutes, and the chia seeds will help thicken up the juice!

image_1A lot of the recipes I found online had you add flour and sugar to the berries.  Why!?  Aren’t berries sweet enough on their own.  I wanted to omit the flour so I went for the chia seeds and it worked pretty well!  I was also toying with the idea to put a little balsamic vinegar with the berries, but I totally forgot because we were so hungry, but I think I am going to try it next time!

imageoh no!  Bianca is done and I didn’t make extras!

No Bianca!  It's Mine!

No Bianca! It’s Mine!

Behind the scenes action shot!

image_2We only use the high-tech stuff here, poster board on a chair.  Thats how you get it done in a small Brooklyn apartment.

 

 

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Motivation : Take Two

One of the top things people always bring up to me is motivation.  I get comments all the time from people saying “I wish I had your motivation” or “where do you get your motivation?” etc.

I’ve done a post about it before (Let’s Get Motivated).  I talked about the importance of setting small goals, having a friend with you, and exchanging the word diet with life change.

Those are still all great ways to keep motivated.  When I first started this blog I mentioned that I didn’t start it until I lost 15 pounds because I am a quitter.  I read somewhere that one of the worst things to do when making a goal, or a resolution is to talk about it.  It said that when we talk about things we want to do with other people that often times the response we get when we talk about the idea is enough to satisfy us that we don’t end up following through with whatever goal we had.

I totally agree.

So what am I saying you should do?  Don’t talk to me about trying to find your motivation, stop telling other people that you are going to work out, the only person you should tell is yourself, and maybe a friend.  Don’t set yourself up with unattainable goals.  If you do and fail it will only make you less motivated.

When I started this whole life change, I originally told myself I would go to the gym 3 days a week.  Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays because those were my days off and I wouldn’t have to wake up early before work to do it.  That to me made this entire thing possible.  At the time I was sleeping till almost noon and going to work at 1.  I knew if I totally changed everything about my life right away I would grow to hate it and I would fail.  Once I realized that the three days a week was easy, and I didn’t hate it I added an extra day in there (before work! gasp!) Before I knew it I was waking up all by myself without an alarm clock around 8.30 am and going to the gym everyday before work.  Even stranger, enjoying it.  And you know what, I feel better than I ever did before.  Not only is it nice waking up on my own without the loud screeching alarm clock, but I also have less stress and less weight to lug around to boot.

I am also not above bribing, I bribe myself all the time.  Well, I mean reward.  yeah, reward thats it… What’s better than buying new clothes and shoes?  To me nothing…  Shopping fuels me.  The more weight I lose the more dresses I get to buy, and even better the more dresses I can fit in.  How is that for motivation.  I know a lot of people tell you not to shop for the size you want to be, but why not?  I don’t see myself quitting anytime soon so why not buy dresses that I like if I know I am going to fit in them later.  I am not saying go out and buy a size 0.  But a size or so smaller, I see no harm.  Plus I think one of the hardest things in the beginning was feeling frumpy in everything I wore.  In the beginning I didn’t want to buy new clothes until I changed sizes drastically, but it left me feeling gross and ugly.  I think by feeling good in your gym clothes, work clothes and any clothes for that matter also keeps you going.  Maybe you have a dress that looks good on with spanx right now, well keep working and eventually you won’t need the spanx, then later it might be in your sell pile.  I’m a visual person, seeing my sell pile grow is motivation, and seeing a dress i couldn’t zip all the way up zip up with no problem makes me ecstatic.

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so much to sell, so little time

I guess the point of these posts are that there are plenty of things that can motivate you… the trick is YOU need to find what motivates YOU.  If you are ready to make the change you will, and it won’t be easy, but it won’t be impossible either.  If it were easy everyone would do it, and if it were impossible no one would have done it.  So lets go… find your motivation and start working towards what you always wanted, be it losing weight, getting fit, or even something totally unrelated and be one of the people that other people go to to find their motivation.

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Our First Spin class

I have been in LA for two full days, I have indulged in a lot of crappy food.. Well not literally a ton, but i have definitely eaten worse than I would have if I were in NY.  I kind of think that it is funny that everyone acts like you can eat so healthy in LA but I feel like there are way more junk food and burger joints than healthy spots.  There are soooo many burger places. sheesh.

One of the things that I had (which was amazing) was a butterscotch drumstick from a place called Milk

I figured It since I went out running and stopped at a park to do some calisthenics I deserved a little treat. right?

One of the things that I forgot about California is it has hills.  Its not flat like NY so that added more of a challenge to running outside and the sun was way out so I got a little burnt. Here was my route, it was pretty simple, I didn’t run as much as I normally would have but I did a lot more squats and burpees and stuff

My friend Robert, has been hosting me since I got here.  Unfortunately he has had to work while I am here but one of his clients is a spinning instructor at Up Dog Fitness and invited us to a class since we never did it before.

The class started at 8.15 and I am not going to lie I had to work kind of hard to convince Robert to be excited but we got up, got ready and walked on over.  I had no clue what to expect, especially from a studio in West Hollywood (apparently they do a broadway musical spin class lol.)

We showed up and our teacher Graham was super friendly and told us that it was a difficult class to try for our first time, but to sit down on the seat when we had to and stuff like that then he strapped us to our bikes and on we went warming up.

The whole class was about 50 minutes long, and it was hard!  The seat hurt my butt, my quads which were already sore from all the stuff I did yesterday, but now they are extra sore.  I think if I do the class next time I will rent the special shoes.  Being strapped in wasn’t as comfortable because my sneakers didn’t give me any support in my arch for it so that was a little ouchy.

Robert and I finished it, were super sweaty but we still were smiling.  It was actually super fun!

That was Robert and I smiling with our protein shakes.  I was super bummed because again my heart rate monitor went crazy, and stopped measuring my heart rate half way through and stopped counting calories, but it still kept time.  Kind of annoying.  I would have liked to know how many calories I burned, but Graham said it was probably about 600 or so, so I will take it hehe. My monitor never did the double line thing before, I am hoping it means the battery is dying?  Even though it shouldn’t.

When we got home Robert took control of my roots and colored my hair, thank god.. they were insanely long and now I look so much better lol.

yay!  no roots! Only a few more days left in LA with some more friends to catch up with, then onto Vegas on Monday!  Can’t wait!

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