Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Intellectual Funny For Your Wednesday

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Hello readers,

 

Today I thought I would share with you something I love. It is not weight-loss relevant but it plays to my historical passion.

 

If World War One Was a Bar Fight

Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint.

Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashed on its trouser leg.

Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view.

Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.

Serbia points out that it can’t afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for the cleaning of Austria’s trousers.

Russia and Serbia look at Austria.

Austria asks Serbia: “Who are you looking at?”

Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.

Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so.

Germany appeals to Britain: “France has been looking at me and it is sufficiently out of order for you not to intervene.”

Britain replies: “France can look at who it wants to, I am looking at you too, Germany. What are you going to do about it?”

Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such an action.

Britain and France ask Germany whether it’s looking at Belgium.

Turkey and German go off into a corner and whisper.

When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone.

Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.

France and Britain punch Germany.

Austria punches Russia.

Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other.

Russia throuws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over.

Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it’s on: “I’m on Britain’s side!” But stays there on the other side of the pub.

Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.

Australia punches Turkey, and gets punched back.

There are no hard feelings though because Britain made Australia do it.

France gets thrown through a plate glass window, but gets back up and carries on fighting.

Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.

Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over anyway.

Italy raises both fists in the air and runs around the room chanting.

America waits until Germany is about to fall over from sustained punching from Britain and France, walks over and smashes Germany with a barstool, then pretends it won the fight all by itself.

By now the chairs are broken and the big mirror over the bar is shattered.

Britain, France and America agree that Germany threw the first punch, so the whole thing is Germany’s fault.

While Germany is still unconscious, they go through its pockets, steals its wallet, and buys drinks for all their friends.

 

Happy Hump Day!

Much love,

Bing xxx

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The Fourth and Final Monthly Weigh-In

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Morning readers,

 

Yesterday was the last day of my 30-day weight-loss training programme. I must admit, it wasn’t a hard ask in terms of training programmes. I have endured more intense in my time and I think the intensities of these regimes were the reason why I had failed in many of them. With this training programme that I took up over the last month, I worked out almost every day however, at a lower intensity. For example, rather than spending an hour working out four days a week, I would work out every day but for only 30 minutes or so. I also changed up the kinds of exercises I was doing a lot: one day upper body training, another day was core training and another day was lower body training. I found that this was good for me as I didn’t get bored or lose discipline in sticking to it.

 

Yesterday was my final weigh-in for the training regime. I must admit, I was pretty certain on a loss in many of the target areas. I have been very disciplined in  my intake in the last week despite going out to dinner three times in the week. May I add that even when going to restaurants, there is always a healthy alternative and that salad does not always mean boring. One night when I was out, I had a massive seafood salad. It was all grilled meats (calamari, whiting and mussels) with a little bit of green salad. Another night, I went to Nando’s and managed to find a spicy grilled chicken salad which had a calorie count of under 500. The best eating out option is always Japanese though and I had this on Saturday night. I recommend the Salmon Nigiri: tasty and extremely low in calories but high in protein.

So, despite all the dining out, I think it is time to reveal my numbers for last week. I must tell you right now: I AM PLEASED WITH MYSELF!

Last week’s weigh in and measurements:

Weight: 51kg

Left Leg: 49cm

Right Leg: 50.5cm

Left Arm: 29.5cm

Right Arm: 29cm

Hips: 83cm

Waist: 64.5cm

Chest: 83cm

Neck: 31.5cm

This week’s weigh-in and measurements:

Weight: 50kg

Left Leg: 48.5cm

Right Leg: 49cm

Left Arm: 28.5cm

Right Arm: 28.5cm

Hips: 82cm

Waist: 64cm

Chest: 81cm

Neck: 31cm

 

So, since starting the regime at the end of October, I have made considerable losses to my weight and measurements.

First Weigh-In:                         Final Weigh-In:                         Loss Total: 

Weight: 54kg.                            50kg.                                            -4kg.

Left leg: 54cm.                          48.5cm.                                       -5.5cm.

Right leg: 55.5cm.                    49cm.                                          -6.5cm.

Left arm: 32.5cm.                    28.5cm.                                       -4cm.

Right arm: 29.5cm.                 28.5cm.                                       -1cm.   

Hips: 85.5cm.                           82cm.                                          -3.5cm.

Waist: 69cm.                            64cm.                                           -65cm.

Chest: 86cm.                            81cm.                                           –5cm.

Neck: 32cm.                             31cm.                                           -1cm.

My tips for losing it:

  1. Break your training regime in to small time frames (30 minutes instead of an hour) and training a few extra times a week. This should include three days of walking cardio to ensure that your muscles are given the chance to repair. Change up your training regime constantly to ensure that you are not bored.
  2. Cliched but true: DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!
  3. Eat more raw foods or if you need to cook, try to steam instead of boil to keep in the nutrients. Also, do not peel the skin off your vegetables as this is where most of the good stuff is found (I will allow the discarding of banana skins).
  4. Indulge every now and then. I am not saying eat a whole block of chocolate but a few small pieces of dark chocolate is great for the mind and packed of antioxidants.
  5. Do not just weigh yourself…measure your progress with a tape measure. Also, I can guarantee if you are fitting in to clothes better, you are losing weight…sometimes the scales DO lie!
  6. Finally, stay positive and surround yourself with positive people. Do not get stuck in a rut because I can tell you right now that it will only make you feel worse so every time you are feeling down, grab some music and go for a walk as it will clear your mind.

I start my new training regime today but I am not going to go too much into it as I still need to figure out a few things to tailor it better to my needs. I will let you guys in on it tomorrow. I would ideally like to get off another two kilos as this was my pre-Europe weight last November however, as long as I can easily slide in to my jeans then I will be happy also. I just have to keep on going.

 

Much love,

Bing xxx

The Blogs

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Afternoon readers,

 

Yes, I am late today. You see, I have been busy with my life an all. I am going to fill you in on my fourth weigh-in tomorrow. As it is my last day of my training regime today, I think it is more appropriate that I give you a month update tomorrow rather than today. So, today, I want to point you in the direction of a few of the other blogs I am reading at the moment. These are blogs which help to give me inspiration. Just thought I would spread some love and who knows, maybe one day, someone might spread the love for me.

 

The Actor’s Diet: The Life of a Hollywood Actress. Meal by Meal.

http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/

 

Loftier Musings.

http://zaknafein81.wordpress.com/

 

TemptingLimes: Right Now, It’s All You have to Change Your Life Around.

http://temptinglimes.wordpress.com/

 

Much love,

Bing xxx

The Pledge

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Don’t Bash the Loving Out of Me

A poem by Maureen Watson

 

The party’s over and I sit here waiting,

For you to come thru that door

And my guts are tied up in knots inside,

And we’ll go thru it all once more.

If there’s any female Gods up there

Why can’t they make you see

You’re bashing you head against a brick wall

Bashing the loving out of me.

The good times don’t make up for the bad

In the beginning I thought they could,

Sure we had our fights and arguments

But the making up was good.

And life was a game till the babies came

Then more pressure and jealousy

And you lash out in your frustration

And you bash the loving out of me.

Oh, you cry to me after, and you swear you’ll change

And you beg me not to leave you

But it builds up and then, we go thru it again

So how can I believe you.

I turn away from the fear in my babies eyes

That everyone but you can see

You kill a child’s pride in her

Daddy While you bash the loving out of me.

Some people have to fight from the day we’re born

But its us women who are black and blue

Praps its our love gives us strength to carry on

Like the love I have for you.

But I live sick inside with the waiting

For the violence I dread will break thru

And don’t ever think I’m not pushed to the brink

But I don’t bash the loving out of you.

Your enemy is inside you,

Deeps wounds fester where you can’t see

Well take them out of there, confront them

Don’t bash the loving out of me.

I’m tired of making excuses for the things you do

I’m tired of carrying the guiklt and the blame

You’ve got to be able to front up to yourself

To own your violence, your shame,

I know the day will come that I have to leave

I only hope that they you’ll see

And as time goes by, I know we’ll both cry

Cos you bashed the loving out of me.

 

Maureen has now passed away and permission to use this poem was given by her son.

Make a pledge to end the silence on violence against women today: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/myoath#swear-form.

 

Real men should swear…

Swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.

Please support White Ribbon Day today to bring to light the cycle of physical abuse that happens against women.

The reality is that anyone in your life maybe experiencing violence towards them and you wouldn’t know. These people need our help to find their voice to fight back.

 

Much love,

Bing xxx

 
 

The Cure

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Morning readers,

I have been thinking a little bit about self-esteem and the way in which it can affect an individual. I have lately been experiencing a few ill feelings towards a few aspects of my life and thinking about the way in which I have been dealing with them. Before starting my exercise regime, I would have most likely let my emotions get the better of me and retreat in to my own private abyss, not talk to anyone or leave the house. Despite what is going on in my life of late, I have actually managed to not do this and I believe that my new-found health kick has to take the credit. After much thought, I have decided to identify the major problems that cause low self-esteem and how to better attack these issues to ensure that you do not become a recluse.

 

1. Self Hate: 

Definition – anger and frustrated about the person you are and you cannot forgive yourself for even making small mistakes.

Cure – do not resign to becoming your own worst critic. No one is perfect so forgive yourself for making mistakes. Making mistakes means positive growth. Challenge yourself to prove the negative comments wrong.

2. Perfectionism:

Definition – living with a constant sense that you may fail because no matter how impressive the achievement, you always feel that you could have done much better.

Cure – set realistic expectations of yourself. Failing something you do does NOT mean you are a failure as a person. Try to focus on the big picture rather than nit-pick at the small details.

3. Poor body image:

Definition – can affect everything from how you behave in relationships to how you project yourself at work so as far as symbiotic relationships, this is a big issue.

Cure – avoid comparisons to others as it leads to heightened insecurities about yourself. Look after yourself with a healthy diet and exercise regime as it releases positive hormones throughout the body. Make an effort and take pride in your appearance.

4. Feeling worthless:

Definition – doubting ones ability to the point that a deep-rooted sense of worthlessness appears which makes you believe that you are not as valuable as other people.

Cure – accept that you have your own special talent that may be different to others and be proud of that talent. Do not take people’s opinion of you as the gospel as this will make you feel like they are better than you. Treat others the way that you want to be treated.

5. Oversensitivity:

Definition – angered by criticism or you literally feel demolished by any comment that’s directed at you,

Cure – listen carefully to the criticism and decide for yourself if it is true or not. If the criticism is unfair, make sure you say that you disagree. If there is truth in the comment, learn from it rather than over-analysing it. Move on and don’t dwell on it.

6. Fear and anxiety:

Definition – the fear and a belief that you are powerless to change anything in your world.

Cure – distinguish the genuine fears and the unfounded ones by challenging your anxieties with facts. Face your fears.

7. Anger:

Definition –  you start to believe your own thoughts and feelings aren’t important to others which can causw repressed hurt and anger to build up, so something seemingly small can trigger outbursts of fury.

Cure – learn how to remain calm and do not let emotions boil under the surface until you explode. Remove yourself from the situation for a little while to breath and calm down. Do not over do it as this will only make your feel bitter when struggling to cope.

8. People pleasing:

Definition – feeling you have to please others so that they like, love and respect you and as a result you end up feeling aggrieved and used.

Cure – learn to say no as your self-worth is not determined by others approval. Be selfish on occasions and at least consider your feelings before others. Set limits on what you will do for others and this will alleviate any future resentment.

 

The sad thing about this list is that for a long time in my life, I actually did experience all of these symptoms of poor self-esteem. The truth of it is that when all of these symptoms are combined altogether within oneself, it not only hurts yourself but ends up extending to the relationships in your life. I have done some really stupid things over the years that have hurt a lot of people and all of which was because I struggled from low self-esteem.I hope some of you will find this post interesting and maybe some will find it helpful in turning their lives around.

 

Much love,

Bing xxx

The Bikini Body Disorder

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Morning readers,

As the termperatures begin to sore in the west of Australia, the need to keep cool is paramount. Lucky we have some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world to cool our little tails. There is nothing better than heading down to the beach, playing some cricket, jumping off jetties and indulging on some fish and chips on the white sand. However, while this seems all well and good, there is one issue that many of us have to deal with before we can even consider stripping off to bathe in the sparkeling waters (besides the Great White issue): the need for the perfect bikini body.

Some of the U.S. magazines and health journals have been reporting on the ‘Bikini Body Disorder’ for quite a while now and while I actually hadn’t heard the term before I did some research. I think it is true that many people in the Western world do in fact suffer from the syndrome that obsesses over having the perfect beach body. Our magazines, particularly my ‘favourite’, Who Magazine, have cover spreads announcing the best celebrity bikini bodies and love to give you diet and exercise regimes in order to achieve the look.

 

The Online Medical Dictionary has a definition for the obsessive disorder: Bikini Body Disorder: An ad hoc term for the female obsession with weight loss and the drive to recapture the svelte ‘bikini body’ of youth.

So with medical journals reporting on it, you actually have to think is it an actual worry?

 

U.S. People Magazine (the Yank version of Who) did an article a couple of years ago on the over-40 bikini body. The editors were chuffed with themselves, placing a bikini clad 48 year old Valerie Bertinelli on the cover announcing “My bikini body at 48: how I did it and the fact I can’t believe I did it!” After reading through the article, you can tell how she did it…cutting down to toddler intake calories and a damn sophisticated eating disorder: one which prompts you to look in the mirror and focus on your ‘jiggly bits’ (I am not sure she realises that women actually have boobs!). The woman wasn’t even happy with a toned 60kg so she practically starved herself down to 55kg just to do the photoshoot. Was it a positive weight-loss journey story? No, it just reconfirmed the obsession of dieting at all costs, even unhealthy costs, in order to fit into that little cossie.

http://news.change.org/stories/valerie-bertinelli-and-the-bikini-body-disorder

As I researched more on the disorder, I was again directed towards the pro-thin/pro-anorexia webpages that I mentioned  in my ‘The Thinspiration’ post (https://bingistryingtogetthin.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/day-two-the-thinspiration/). Is a healthy diet and regular exercise enough for an amazing bikini body that you can be proud to show off? It should be and I know that when I put on my little bikini yesterday, I felt comfortable even though I was only walking around my house. If people were so worried about their ‘jiggly bits’ in a swim-suit, there is no way any of us would leave the house to indulge in the beach or other summer activities. I can guarantee you, I am not sitting on the sand judging everyone for not sticking to a solid three month spring regime to get December 1 beach body ready…I don’t have the time or the care, I just want to cool myself down.

 

Much love,

Bing xxx

 

The Third Weigh-In

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Morning readers,

Yes, I know this post was meant to be done yesterday but on account of misplacing my tape measure, I was unable to post my weigh-in results. Today is the day though and I must admit that I was incredibly nervous on Friday knowing I would have to weigh-in after the weekend. The weekend was going to prove to be a major test for me and my diet in particular.

I had to attend weddings over the weekend. Not just one BUT two! I was fairly certain that I was in for a gain knowing what the food load is like at weddings: cake, sweet things, cheese, a lot of alcohol…oh dear. Also, it was hard knowing I would not be able to control everything I eat unless it was a buffet which even then, would spark temptations. So what happened? Well, due to a very set menu at the first wedding, I was only able to eat the tomato and fennel soup…it was amazing. I couldn’t eat the steak (I can’t eat too much iron) but happily indulged on two spears of asparagus and half a tree of broccoli. I didn’t even touch the dessert. Which, as you can see in the photograph below, looked amazingly yummy. The second wedding was a buffet and considering I hadn’t eaten much in the last 24 hours, I was glad to see some food I could eat. It was important however to not let my ‘starving’ force me to binge. I did have the spinach and ricotta tortellini entree, the sorbet and dark chocolate pallet freshener and had as much meat and seafood as I possibly could from the buffet. The main thing though: I DID NOT HAVE A DROP OF ALCOHOL ON EITHER NIGHT! Yes, I did indulge in a bit of sweetness, a few carbs and a protein overload however, it was a wedding and I know it is nothing that can’t hurt me too much.

Ok, enough talk about weddings and food. It is time to reveal the results of my weigh-in this week and to see whether a naughty weekend at a wedding can in fact, ruin your weight-loss plans.

Last weeks weigh-in and measurements:

Weight: 53kg

Left Leg: 52cm

Right Leg: 53.5cm

Left Arm: 30cm

Right Arm: 29cm

Hips: 83.5cm

Waist: 66cm

Chest: 84cm

Neck: 31.5cm

Today’s weigh in and measurements:

Weight: 51kg

Left Leg: 49cm

Right Leg: 50.5cm

Left Arm: 29.5cm

Right Arm: 29cm

Hips: 83cm

Waist: 64.5cm

Chest: 83cm

Neck: 31.5cm

I MADE A LOSS! A big loss! Two kilogram loss off last week. More importantly, I have shaved centimetres off nearly every area of my body. I can tell though, I am fitting into clothing so much easier. I tried on dresses to potentially wear to the weddings on the weekend and I didn’t cringe at the way I looked in them. I actually looked pretty fine. That is the main thing, I think, feeling good about yourself. When you feel good, people see it and will think you look good too. So I am approximately 6kg away from my goal weight. Although, I am thinking I might have to revise it as I am beginning to consider it unreachable and unhealthy.

Happy and healthy at one of the weekend weddings

My main attributing change to my diet has been my indulgence in more home cooking. I have found the delights of the omelette which provides a nice amount of protein and you can stick almost anything in it to give it a nice kick. My personal favourite ingredients for a low-fat omelette: ham, green capsicum, bok choy and red onion. I actually only have a week to go with my current exercise regime before I begin a new training session as well. I am actually pretty excited to up the workload of my exercise however, I need to remember to take it easy in the first week or so to avoid any injuries.

Sorry it has been a little long winded today, I just wanted you to know the context of my weigh-in. Overall, I am incredibly pleased and proud of myself. I need to keep up the good work.

Much love,

Bing xxx