The ELFF Diet

Losing weight is hard. Exercise is hard. I know all too well - I've tried a hundred times. This time, though, I was successful. This blog is the story of how I did it. If you are new here, welcome! Start with the About link, and then dive in to the archives. (Read more)

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March 03, 2008
Ab work 101

So, in order to try to break myself out of a slump, I've vowed to work on my ABS. That's probably the weakest part of my body, and the one that could use the most work.

I bought my husband a set of dvds for Christmas - P90X, a super intense workout. I've done a few of them and they are REALLY tough. I'm doing the Ab one every day, and whoa, do I have a lot of work to do.

Core work is essential to fitness. A strong core will help you run faster and farther, improve your posture, make your clothes look better, and help with a host of other situations.

What do you do for ab/core work?

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Letter to my brain

I'm writing this as a kind of counterpoint to the Blogher Letter to my Body. It's just some random stuff that I was thinking about, and more importantly, trying to think out, while I was running yesterday.

Dear Brain,

Hello? Pardon my asking, but where in the blazes are you? Are you with me or against me?

Are on board with the rest of my body? I feel as if you are an alien from a foreign land. A stranger who got on the train at the last minute without a ticket, a concert goer who came in during the second movement of the concerto. You seem to have no idea what is going on. All of the hard work for the past two years, the sweat, the effort, the energy and the exhaustion - have they been for naught?

Your desire to eat, and eat, and eat some more, your lack of motivation to run - despite a much anticipated 8K held in 15 days - your dismissive attitude and nonchalant thoughts are not doing me any good. The rebellion in particular makes me want to scream.

And yet, when I do get out and pound the pavement, the endorphins that you are the recipient of must be amazing. Why do you not want to continue? You know how much I enjoy wearing a smaller size and looking great. You know how good it feels to do something productive, how positive and motivated I feel when I exercise - why do you try to drag me down? Telling me that just one missed day won't matter, go ahead and squirt the whipped cream right into the mouth, and eat a brownie. It's ok, you tell me. We can just get on track tomorrow. Enjoy today. It takes a few days to gain a pound, you tell me. Just enjoy it, and think about it later.

But, see, that's what got me into the mess in the first place. You know I don't want to go there.

You are on notice. Spring is here, and I'm hoping that the fog will lift for me. When it does, you'd better be on the same page as the rest of the body.


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I'm still here

I know, I know. It's been almost a week since I've been here.

I am starting to wonder if I have a bit of SAD. This is the first year that I can remember - well, except for when I had PPD so badly I thought I'd slit my wrists - that I've felt so down. I'm always cold, except when I'm at work, because it's hot there. I feel tired and unmotivated, fat and ungainly. A friend told me that I've lost my helpful layer of body fat - that's why I'm so cold. Whatever it is, I need it to get warm and sunny here. STAT.

I'm trying to plug away, though, day by day trying to make positive choices. The one day at a time type thing. Some days, healthy choices are the easiest things in the world, and some days are HARD. I've had a spate of difficult days lately and need to be remotivated.

Let's talk fruits and vegetables. Specifically, in order of preference, list the following:

FRUIT - apples, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, watermelon,cherries, red grapes, oranges, pineapple, green grapes, grapefruit.

VEG - green beans, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, green salad, sweet potatoes, and what am I forgetting?

Those are listed in my order, with the following caveats. Apples would be honeycrisp, watermelon must be in season and I HATE grapefruit. I love fresh steamed broccoli and not frozen. I have a brain spaz and can't remember other veggies, so add in what you like.

And PRAY for warm weather. Do you think a tanning bed will serve the same purpose as light therapy?

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