Why not having a thigh gap is better…

I was once told that a woman is not considered at her peak of fitness until she has a thigh gap. That  a thigh gap somehow determined a person’s health. That is the most absurd thing I have EVER heard. After hearing this I spoke with my trainer at the gym and she almost fell over. She is a very petite five foot, 130lb (guesstimate), super-buff woman. She’s without a doubt one of the healthiest women I know and she almost got angry with me that I would even question that statement. She began by showing me that her thighs touched then went on to say that if I looked at any woman that ran on a regular basis and worked to become healthy, I would not find a thigh gap.

forget the "thigh gap"

I’m not saying that women with thigh gaps aren’t healthy or fit because lets face it there are some VERY lucky women out there who don’t even have to work for it. Do I wish my thighs didn’t touch? In most occasions, yes but only because I hate chafing.

Here are a few good reasons why not having a thigh gap is wonderful…

1. Having a gap almost always guarantees that you won’t have a nice butt. Squats work your gluteus maximus (butt), your quads, and your hamstrings (those last two are your upper legs) so in order to work your butt, you have to also work your thighs which result in a muscle development which make for those amazing, strong legs. I have never heard a man say “Wow, check out that thigh gap,” but I have heard a lot say “That is a nice ass.”

2. This may be old news for some of you, but more fat in the butt and thighs lead to a healthier heart. A report put out by ABC News stated that women who carry fat in their hips and thighs are less likely to suffer from certain health diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease when they were compared to women who carry fat in their stomach.

3. Having a “thigh gap” is a newly found trend that our grandparents have never even heard about. Most men, have never heard about it. To be honest women are only trying to get a thigh gap to impress other women. Sooooo start trying to impress your significant other, not that stuck-up in high school that criticized you for the true beauty you are.

4. The ongoing concern that every woman needs a thigh gap can lead to eating disorders in women of all ages. So being a role model of being healthy, sexy, and having your thighs touch make you that much more desirable and respected, #AntiThighGap.

  

I was absolutely mortified when I saw the two pictures above. Starving yourself may drop the numbers on the scale but it will not make you any healthier and could cause serious health risks such as anorexia which is a disease that cannot be taken lightly (no pun intended).

Despite all the serious reasons why striving for a thigh gap is dangerous here are a few humors reasons having your thighs touch is awesome:

5. Having a thigh gap leads to the assumption that you want to have chicken legs like Spongebob.

  

6. Built in cup holder.

6. This is just classic and true, we’ve all been there and done that.

7. You’re a mystical goddess. You’re a mermaid.

8. You’re always warm in the winter. Where else are you going to put your hands when you forget gloves?

9. This guy won’t show up at your door…… thank goodness.

10. Thighs that touch are a defense mechanism. Being a strong woman is nothing to be ashamed of, even if it does mean your thighs touch.

11. Easier to clean up after yourself.

12. I’m too sexy for…. a thigh gap

13. The picture says it all.

14. Because the woman on the left is way sexier than the woman on the right.

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Here’s to the next chapter

Today I began my journey to become a fitness professional. I have enrolled in the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s online Certified Personal Trainer program. My husband and I’s low income has proven to be too much for us to handle. He got a second job working with his friends at the baseball field and I felt it was time for me to do something to and so I decided to expanded my education and completely step out of my box and begin this course.

I have no intentions of talking about the course or going into detail about what I’m learning. I simply just want to talk about my struggle of taking a new career path and seeing where it may lead me. I greatly enjoy working out and I enjoy the time I spend with my trainers that I think its without a doubt something I could do as a part time job to hopefully help my husband and I get out of this poor state we’re in.

I have never been the type of person to actually “follow my goals.” I daydream a lot about what it may be like if my husband and I were able to afford a nice new car or build our dream home but daydreaming gets you no where. You have to step out of your box and try something to make it happen. I’m putting all my faith in myself and God. I know I can do anything I set my mind to and I’m going to give that accountability to myself by trying to post in my blog. If I’m the only one to ever read this blog that’s okay. This is more for me than it is for anyone else.

 

So here goes nothing… I’m now a student of NASM and I’m going to work hard to pass the exam and be certified!

Happy Valentine’s Day to me!

My doubling up of working out and playing in the snow is paying off! I wasn’t able to keep track of all my work outs this week with my Polar Watch because I forgot to put it on two of my 8 workouts 😡  but I lost 4 pounds this past week and I now weigh 156lbs. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that number on the scale.

I’ve been trying to put more protein in my diet and I really believe that’s the difference.

I have a protein drink after my morning work out and it really keeps me full in the mornings. I don’t have an urge to snack which I think has really helped. I’ve found delicious recipes for chicken breasts so that I never get bored. I recommend just oil and balsamic vinegar or Weber Seasoning packet. For these you just marinate the chicken with either orange juice, lime juice, or lemon juice. So good! My husband and I have been putting the chicken over lettuce with an oil and balsamic vinegar dressing that we mixed up ourselves (way easier than it may sound, we literally just put oil in a container then the vinegar then shook it up). It’s very good and filling!

I also recommend trying Ezekiel bread, it’s sprouted bread so it has to be kept cold but it’s very filling with enzymes that help with digest, not to mention it’s delicious! I love the raisin bread.

We’re hoping to try more recipes soon but tonight is Valentine’s Day so we are going out to dinner. Remember, one cheat meal won’t make you fat, just like one salad won’t make you skinny! It’s important to satisfy your cravings at least once a week so that you’re never splurging and over doing it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!! ♥

It All Adds Up

Here’s my accountability for the past two days and what work I’ve put in. Some at the gym, some at home, and some in the snow!! Having my Polar fitness watch has made counting my workouts so much easier and I can’t wait to workout and see what my heart rate is going to be and how many calories I’ll burn. It’s only been three days and I feel great!

At home image… workout to come!

image  ←More fun in the snow!

Kinetik Fitness→ imageGym time!

Kinetik Fitness→ imageGym time!

I love sharing these numbers with everyone. I can’t wait to have more at home work outs for everyone to try. I also plan to add recipes and any tips and tricks I can provide. Please remember this is a journey that I’ve just began and I’m looking to have followers through out the journey, not once it’s over. I see so many people on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter that have lost a lot of weight but we never see too much progress or how they do it and I want to be motivation and give workouts/meal ideas to have others go along with me. I hope that I can gain more followers so we can all have accountability with each other. Please feel free to follow my blog and email me/comment any questions. I’m happy to help!

FYI: Kinetik Fitness is a gym that is similar to work outs that I do at home only they involved more equipment. No treadmills, ellipticals or steppers, but they have weights, bands, medicine balls, etc. It’s a lot of body weight workouts which is similar to the workouts I do at home. There’s an example of one of my at home work outs in an early post “There’s No Excuse.” I don’t post any workouts that I haven’t done myself. I will do my best to post more workouts as I do them at home! 🙂

 

TGIF!

Who ever said burning calories isn’t fun?

After my husband and I decided to hit the gym at 3:45pm I was motivated and ready. I couldn’t wait to try my Polar Watch at the gym and then go tanning afterward to prepare for our trip to Florida! On our way to the gym things changed and we ended up going to pick up a snowmobile.

I was extremely disappointed that I wouldn’t get to go to the gym or tan but we were going to my parents house to sled ride with my niece and nephew so I saw that as my opportunity to get some exercise in.

I opt out of the option of riding the snowmobile back up the hill after taking the sled down. I had my Polar Watch set and it turns out I burnt over 500 calories in less than an hour! I was ecstatic!  I told myself I had to at least burn off that glass of wine but my glass of wine plus my lunch was equaled out. Who ever said burning calories isn’t fun? I had a blast going down the hill that it made the calorie-burning climb well worth it.

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This is a lesson in working with what you have in your every day surroundings. It’s way too cold for me to run but it wasn’t to cold to put on 10 layers and slide down the hill with two really great kids! Do you have any outdoor work outs that burnt more calories than you would have thought? I would love to hear about them!

There’s no excuse!

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I woke up at 6:30 set up my new Polar Watch and did a quick 20 minute workout. It had my heart rate going and burnt 231 calories. Well worth it. Every little bit helps, even if it’s just 20 minutes. Here’s the workout I followed, found on Pinterest.

I went through the work out only twice. I did each exercise for 30 seconds and did my best to not take a break between (I did have to pause to check the next exercise and to move my cat).

Jumping jacks
Wall sit
Push ups
Crunches
Chair step ups
Squats
Tricep dips
Plank
High knees
Lunges
T – rotation push up
Elbow down side plank (each side)

Here are a few pictures to show you the proper form for some of the trickier exercise.

Tricep dip
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T – rotation push up
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Elbow down side plank
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This was after my workout post-shower so please know that I was sweating enough to drip on my blue fitness mat.

Follow my blog for more fitness ideas and work outs. I look forward to having accountability with my followers!

Wake me up and let’s go, go. First fitness post.

As warm as my bed was, and as cuddly as my cat was, I still made it a point to get out of bed this morning and go work out. One thing is for sure, you never regret working out, ever! You may regret not getting that extra hour of sleep or the immense pain you’re in for the rest of the day and into the next, but you never regret doing something a little more for your health, yourself, and those skinny jeans!

I am by no means a skinny girl. I work out 5 days a week, sometimes 6, and still struggle to find clothes that I’m comfortable in, but I’m a work in progress. I like food. End of story. Easy as that. The only thing keeping me from my goals is Middleswarth BBQ chips (if you are not familiar with these chips, keep it that way, they’re a Pennsylvania thing and they’re my weakness) and any kind of dip (chip dip, veggie dip, sweet dip, cheese dip, any dip).

Seeing as my husband and I are reaching an age where everyone wants to know when we have kids it’s something we have to consider before we get too old. I’ve decided that I want to have a body before I lose it.

So allow this to be my accountability blog… I plan to give an idea of my work out (length and calorie burn) and also, what I eat… the good, the bad, and the ugly! Please keep in mind this is not a normal health blog… I love meat, cheeses, and bread. I do not plan to deprive myself, I just plan to make smarter choices and I want to let everyone in on it.

So here’s the dirt that everyone always wants to know, myself included….

Height: 5 feet 4 1/2 inches
Weight: 161lbs
Inches to come…
Jean size: 10 (30)
Shirt size: M/L
Dress size: 10/12

Equipment: Polar Fitness Watch
Gym: Kinetik Fitness — Boot camp style
Other hobbies: Running (when the weather is nice); walking; dancing while drying my hair, Xbox kinetic

I will likely post my dinner from the night before and my breakfast and lunch from the current day. I will always include snacks because I feel that’s where the real accountability lies… if you’re willing to tell the world you had an entire bag of M&M’s and feel that guilt then you’re on the right track.

So I want to thank any future followers who have faith in my goals… I hope to reach my goals through accountability and determination. My goals will be posted in another blog in the near future!

~NM