Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Wiggle Less Wednesday: Kitchen Dancing is Exercise, Right?

There comes a point in every woman's life when she must choose between her face and her fanny. I do not wish to make this choice. Can I not have a beautiful face and a bodacious back end? Perhaps having both is possible - so long as I set reasonable goals and keep an eye on my booty as I make a concerted effort make my face a little less round while I firm things up.

I am tired of boot camps and extreme diets that force you to work out until you can't walk and cut out your favourite foods. They work for a short period of time and then when you inevitably can't maintain these rigorous standards, everything falls by the wayside and you are left back at square one, or worse. So, this time I'm going to go about things differently. This time I am going with the mantra "slow and steady wins the race".

I am exercising again - moderately. Instead of running I am walking. I am starting out with a 50 minute walk at a 4% incline at level 4, 5-6 times a week. It is just about as fast as I am able to walk without running. Once I have this under control I'll add in a yoga class or two. I am drinking water again - all recommended 8 glasses. I find this particular task challenging, and I continue to wonder why I would have absolutely no problem drinking 8 glasses of wine, but water? That's hard! I am writing down what I eat, down to the single glass of red wine I enjoyed tonight and the square of dark chocolate. And, last but not least, I am weighing myself (gasp!). I don't love the number, and I will admit to setting a goal of losing 17 pounds. Now, if I get to a point where I feel great, and I like the looks of my face AND my booty, I may decide that I don't need to lose 17 pounds. Or, I may lose 17 pounds and think, hmmm...maybe a few more (but I doubt it).

So, wish me luck. I plan on kitchen dancing my way to a fitter, more confident self. I'll keep you posted on how it all works out!


  1. Good for you!

    Some good news - I recently read an article that says eight glasses of water does absolutely nothing to help you lose weight. They said that if you find yourself with the urge to snack, then you should drink some water just because sometimes dehydration masquerades as hunger. It seems that there are really no major health benefits to drinking eight to ten glasses of water. My bladder simply can't take that much water so I am taking the article as gospel and saving my bladder the agony!

    We can dance in the kitchen together on Sunday. I'm on a tone up my flabby bits mission myself. I hate exercise but my abs hate it even more. Ouch!

  2. By the way, "eight glasses of water" really means eight glasses of liquid. Juice, coffee, tea, pop, etc. is all hydrating. Even caffeinated coffee (albeit less than water). Plus you get water from your food. So you really don't need to chug-a-lug eight glasses of actual water.