Wednesday, November 27, 2013

When the Skin Detests H20

 'Psycho' actress Janet Leigh is shown screaming in the famous shower scene of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller.
 Surviving a cold shower in this chilly week .Oops I have actually fallen a victim to this. Details watch out.

Oh did I mention that the shower is 5 minutes long?  Yep.  5 minutes are just enough for me in the bathroom.

Let me tell you how I get through those 5 minutes now that I'm becoming a bit of a cold shower therapy professional lol , but these 3 past days have tested my patience on the combo of this chilly weather and the cold shower

  1.  I usually get up around 5 15am.  
  2. I set the timer for 6 minutes (Why 6 minutes?  Well because it usually takes about a minute to psych myself up to get in the tab.
  3.  I get in,and start thinking about it
  4. Then.  I scream.  
  5. (*Note - for these 3 days I just stood there, like an idiot in the cold water, and then I got smart.  Time went by much faster if I were doing something, so I started washing my hands and feet in cold water)
  6.   Once my hands and feet are washed, which usually takes a good 2 minutes, then...I take a deep breath, as deep as I can; given I am having trouble catching my breath, and I turn around.
  7.   I move to my chest.  Oh My GOD! Once the chest is well saturated with the cold water. It's almost painful it's so cold.
  8.   Then I rinse and cleanse my face. Oh yes.  I do.  
  9. I take care of the business of the rest of the body, and then I start to pray a little bit.  Almost exactly the same way every day.  Almost pleading, "Please God, be it over?  Please.  God.  Be over."  And then..suddenly the timer goes off.
I am a cold shower friek but it had never been this hard like the past 3 days of my life.   BUT...I have my cold shower for 5 minutes every single day...for the past 25 years.

This last 3 days have tested my Ninja powers, but starting today I am back on my cold shower life time therapy. 

PS: I don't wanna do lukewarm showers I cherish the cold one more.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Love Your Body, Even If It's Shaped Like A Brick

I'm definitely rocking the PEAR,. I guess I'm lucky that the weight I've added in the past 5 years has proportioned itself pretty well all over. I feel so much better about the ice cream I just ate now too, Mocha Almond, yummmmmm!

But don't go crying because you're a BRICK when you'd rather be a Vase... Today is the talk you have to look in the mirror and smile. Because today is THE LOVE YOUR BODY TALK The Embrace and love your body including having ice cream, doing some yoga, listening to positive music and having safe sex.

For all the ladies out there.

 women's shape bell
 women's shape apple
 women's shape cello
 women's shape hourglass
 women's shape column
 women's shape pear
 women's shape brick
 women's shape vase
 women's shape goblet
 women's shape skittle

women's shape lollipop
women's shape bell
women's shape cornet

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Are you Dying to Look Fashionable?

Obesity is unhealthy, but anorexia is a killer too. And it is never a good idea for young people to go into starvation mode just to fit in and look fashionable. It can do more than make you weak, it can even kill you.
For many youngsters, fashion is like a mirror and it isn’t surprising that many young women today want to be stick-thin. They try to imitate movie celebrities and models they see on the ramps of fashion week. For years, the fashion brigade has peddled an unrealistic image of women as the epitome of feminine perfection. Thin was in. With time, it deteriorated to rail-thin and then to the anorexia chic. 
The Wake Up Call
Then came a wakeup call and the world realized that thin wasn’t all that right. A revolution of sorts occurred a few years ago when the organizers of the Madrid Fashion Week turned away underweight models. The widespread concern about girls and young women trying to ape the anorexic look and developing eating disorders to attain the look of the excessively thin models themselves finally reached a climax. With this line of thinking, there should actually be a collective sigh of relief among models and youngsters. The fashion industry is responsible for projecting an image of beauty and health, rather than the “crack chick” look. Young women need role models who look like real women and not like moving cloth hangers on the ramp.

Hate your Body?
It is tragic that in today’s world, the promotion of thin as the ideal has created a situation where the majority of girls and women don’t like the look of their healthy bodies. Body dissatisfaction has led girls to practice unhealthy behaviors to try to control weight gain. Semi-starvation and excessive physical activity will result in deficiencies of vital vitamins and minerals.
Infections, skin conditions, poor wound healing, low blood pressure, muscle wastage, heart problems, kidney damage and thinning of the hair on the scalp are just a few of the ill-effects. Excessive hair growth on the body, exhaustion, emotional fragility, depression, lack of energy and lethargy due to the low-energy content of their diet are some of the definite consequences.

The Negative Side of Diets
A low calorie diet usually leads to weight gain, rather than weight loss. Initially there could be a rapid weight loss, but the body then starts to slow down in order to conserve calories. Up to fifty percent of the weight that is lost is not fat, but lean muscle tissue because the body starts burning up its own muscles, as the fat tissue requires fewer calories to maintain than muscle tissue. The body thus ends up retaining more fat and burning more muscle as this is a natural defense mechanism designed to overcome the effects of a food shortage.
A very low calorie diet of less than 1000 calories can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies, involving extreme tiredness, bone weakness, skin and hair problems, as well as hormonal problems. One of the reasons that adults experience weight problems and ill health is because they follow drastic or unhealthy weight loss diets during their younger years. Dieting to reduce weight is not recommended until body growth, including all the internal physical development, has ceased, which usually happens around the age of 18.

Lose Weight the Healthy Way
If you’re fixed on losing weight, a wiser option would be to maintain a balanced, low-fat diet that provides sufficient energy through carbohydrates and all the protective vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential fatty acids and bioflavonoids. A healthy daily diet should consist of a wide variety of foods providing your body with different nutritional contributions. Choose a variety of foods from the main food groups, fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meats and dairy products. The thumb rule being, foods high in complex carbohydrates, fibers, vitamins and minerals but low in fat and free of cholesterol. These should make up the bulk of the calories consumed. A healthy diet doesn’t mean depriving yourself of higher-calorific foods like ice cream, toffee, popcorn and cheeseburgers. You can enjoy these but in moderation or as occasional treats.
A sensible slimming program would be to eat six small meals. Eat in moderation once every two hours and do not skip meals. Exercise regularly and adopt weight training. And also, keep in mind that all of us have our limitations. Get realistic. Be healthy and fit instead of waif thin and sick. Our body shape is predetermined. Each one of us is one of a kind. You are your best model.

Staying in shape is a good thing, but suffering and killing yourself slowly just to look fashionably-in for a few years of your lifetime is just not worth the chance.