Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Things change..And the stay the same...And they change

I am still active...Almost everyday. And my focus has changed a bit from trying to be skinny to embracing my curves and my strength. I created a new Instagram @curvyandstrong.  In the meantime since joining Instagram my eyes have been opened to an amazing body positive, supportive world for plus size athletes like myself... There are more of me out there!!!  I'm not gunna lie...Part of me thought I was special and was a little sad that I wasn't unique or trendsetting but the other part is excited, motivated and inspired to do more and join in #bigfitgirlmovement !

My first eye opening​ adventure was the Embrace documentary screening in Vancouver and then the Big Fit Girl book by Louise Green.  Lots of great information for those new to fitness, wanting to learn how/where to find support and  resources.  My  a major take aways from the book was setting goals and making a plan.  I typically sign up for events and don't really make a training plan. Nothing bad really happens but I know I could probably do better and acheive

more if it set my mind to it and enrolled others....That was also a major for me is having a 'tribe'....I am typically a lone wolf when it comes to exercise, probably because I never really wanted the embarrassment of failing or struggling in front of others.  After reading the section about paying it forward I realize how much I could be helping others by being out there encouraging and supporting.....Now to just find my niche or avenue to do that.  I had planned to take my fitness theory course next week but the class got cancelled however I will continue to look into it and continue to post by trials and tribulations on Instagram/Facebook....And I've msgd 2 friends about setting up some hikes this summer....Oh hiking how I have missed you.  

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Fat Prison- seen on a couple different websites-

I want to tell you about a very unusual sort of prison. It's called Fat Prison. Why is it so unusual? Because it's completely voluntary.
No one sends us to Fat Prison, we send ourselves!

What's it like to be a fat prisoner? The rules are very strict. To begin with, each prisoner must wear regulation uniform. This consists of a baggy skirt or elasticated pants. Most prisoners pretend they don't mind walking around in this shapeless uniform, but secretly they hate it. They'd much rather walk down the street in a slim pair of jeans.
Exercise is strictly controlled Swimming or playing with children is forbidden. And no prisoner may walk more than a few yards at a time. The penalties for breaking this rule include sweating, shortness of breath, soreness and fatigue. After a few years without any sort of proper exercise, prisoners become so soft that the very idea of movement terrifies them. If you don't believe me, go up to a fat prisoner and suggest a nice long walk in the fresh air!
Everyday life The main feature of everyday life inside Fat Prison is tiredness. Prisoners carry lots of extra weight around on their bodies, so not surprisingly they suffer from chronic fatigue. Result? After doing their daily chores, most of them slump down exhausted in front of the TV.
Even when they allow themselves a night out, many prisoners find it difficult to enjoy themselves. They feel awkward about their shape so instead of mixing with other people they tend to sit in the corner with other fat prisoners.
Prison Mentality After many years of locking themselves away inside their Fat Prison, many prisoners develop a prison mentality. They lose confidence in themselves and their ability to "go straight". They look at slim people and think: "I'm never going to be like them!" They think they are doomed to stay in Fat Prison, forever. Result? They let themselves go completely.
Bad for Health Fat Prison is very bad for prisoners health. Don't forget, the greater our weight, the greater the strain on our joints and spine. And the fatter we grow, the harder our heart has to work to keep us going. No wonder so many fat prisoners get ill!
Depressing Fat Prison is a depressing experience, not only for the prisoners but also for their families. In fact, the children of fat prisoners often grow up to become prisoners themselves. It's a vicious cycle.
Question So why do so many people end up in Fat Prison? And even more important, why don't they leave once they discover how awful it is?
Answer Because they prefer to eat cookies, chocolate, potato chips, popcorn, doughnuts, fatty meat and creamy desserts. They know that this stuff makes them fat but they don't care. They'd rather go to prison than give up their regular mouthful of fat. *Some may have other reasons
Are you a fat prisoner? Have you locked yourself up in your own private Fat Prison? If so, here's some advice. Don't waste another day of your life in jail. Get out now!
All you have to do is stop eating junk and start eating properly and you can walk free tomorrow.
It may take a few months before your weight returns to normal, but your tiredness will lift immediately and within a week you'll feel ten times better. So what are you waiting for?Get out of your Fat Prison today and start really living!