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How "The Accidental Fat Chick" Hatched...

Welcome to The Accidental Fat Chick's new online home!

During the summer 0f 2008, I woke up one morning with a drive to live a healthy lifestyle. Since then, I've made many changes and lost nearly 50 pounds. Many of my friends and family members have come to me, asking about what I'm doing & how I'm doing it. While I certainly would never claim to be an expert, I'm happy to share what I've learned along the way.

So after careful thought... "The Accidental Fat Chick" has hatched... with the hope of helping at least one person and to be the accountability I need to finish what I started. :)

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wacky Wednesday

This was the most odd Wednesday I've had in... hmm... a LONG, LONG time. As I mentioned last week, Wednesdays are typically crazy, busy for me. Today just wasn't... I took a short nap after my son got on the bus, put in an hour at the gym, did some core & free weight sets at home, babysat, had a friend come visit, packed up the car to go to kids group. It was all so oddly calm, I don't really know how or why... but I'd love to put it on repeat for all future Wednesdays. Maybe yesterday's "day of rest" was more helpful than I thought. :)

For my hour at the gym, I tried something completely out of the ordinary & was surprised with the result. I have NEVER done this before, but I took a book to the gym with the intention of reading it while I was on the bike... which is just what I did. My usual resistance level on the bike is 6 & I'll bump up to 8 for a little variety. Today, I set it on 12 & just rode. What a huge difference it made... my heart rate was up to the fat burning zone within about three minutes & easily stayed there the entire time. There was literally sweat dripping off my elbows & the sides of my shirt were SOAKED when I finished. I completed the same number of miles I do in an hour on the lower level, which really surprised me... it felt like I was going way slower. Total calorie burn (from my HR monitor) was just shy of 500... which I think is a decent number for the bike.

There was a moment tonight, that made me giggle and a little sad for the person at the same time. One of the people at kids group made the statement that "God shouldn't have given us taste buds or the sense of smell," his point being that then it would be easier to be a healthy weight. Keep in mind here, he was chatting with my mom at the time & she considers food to be a mortal enemy and I think she truly believes that if its good for you there is no possible way it can taste good. This way of thinking is soooo foreign to me... it makes me crazy. But at the same time it got me to thinking...

Where does that mind set come from? How do we go from eating the nutritious, whole foods our parents fed us as infants to a society where if its not battered, deep fried & filled with things we can't pronounce then it can't possibly taste good?

Don't get me wrong - or think I'm being judgemental - I eat a lot of things that fall into the latter category. But, I also genuinely love the flavor of many healthy things - especially fruits & veggies.

But I'm curious... why do you think people fall into that way of thinking?


fitncrafty said...

Great job on your workout! I have never been one to be able to read, or watch tv during workouts. I feel it interferes too much with intensity!

I could get really started on the whole food kick as well. I think the unfortunate thing is we are started with jarred processed baby foods instead of whole foods, and it goes downhill from there. I don't know why people are afraid to feed babies real food and just wait to feed them whole foods until they can eat them... I did that with all three of mine and for the most part they love their veggies (although they didn't eat the brussel sprouts I steamed last night)

Have a great day today!

Kristina said...

Great workout and glad to hear your day was calmer than the other day! We hear SO often growing up that if its good for you it cant taste good and the opposite.....maybe the mindset is just from hearing it so many times. Just like anything else in our life, if we hear/say it enough we can come to believe it.