Posts Tagged ‘November

Flirting with obsession

- November 15th, 2011
Photo by Steve Walls

Carrie Campbell (Photo by Steve Walls)

(Note: This is the November 2011 installment in a monthly series of guest posts by uber-fit Montreal mother of two Carrie Campbell.)

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Obsession versus healthy consideration.

Where do you lie on this spectrum?

Diet and exercise has become an unhealthy obsession for most people. Obsession can lead to multiple things that don’t necessarily fall into the category of eating disorders.

Are you obsessed?

Do you beat yourself up for days after missing a workout?

Do you feel guilt that riddles you long after having an “off” meal?

Do you workout three times a day … lifting, cardio and then and extra bout of cardio “just in case”?

Do you order a Pumpkin Spice Latte but then make sure you get to the gym after to “work it off”?

Do you want to go to the gym but are so depressed about your body that you don’t bother, opting instead to sit at home and binge in front of the TV?

Do you train for weeks on end without any time for recovery?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I hate to break it to you but you likely are already flirting with an obsession over diet and exercise.

Believe me when I tell you that I used to experience similar emotions. I travelled the journey that has brought me to the place of healthy; it doesn’t happen over night and requires self-reflection and growth.

Ever ask yourself, “Is it really supposed to be this hard?” as you are trying to get back into shape again?

The simple answer is, no, it’s not.

With a commitment to healthy eating and an active lifestyle, it really isn’t that hard.

A realization that has personally smacked me square in the jaw recently. After retiring from fitness competing and embarking on a new pathway of dance while maintaining the regime of exercising regularly and more importantly eating a truly balanced diet, I have realized that it isn’t hard.

It is a simple commitment to yourself. Deciding what you want and then just doing it.

So maybe before you trudge off to the gym in misery today or spend thirty minutes pondering whether you really want that Pumpkin Spice Latte, you should take time to assess what does a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle look like for you.

Then simply commit to it.

Stay Sexy,

C2

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Footloose beauty talks fitness

- October 16th, 2011

SELF

SELF’s November issue features Footloose (and Dancing with the Stars) beauty Julianne Hough.

Here are some quotes from the interview courtesy the magazine:

• “There is something so rewarding about dancing. It’s almost spiritual — you let loose, you feel free, you get endorphins from the exercise.”

• “I feel sexy when I’m taking care of myself and not depriving myself.”

• “Rollerblading is a serious leg workout! When I have a day off, I want to be outside — unless I’m on my bed with my dogs watching an SVU marathon!

• “As a teen, I wanted to break free like Ariel in Footloose. My dad is protective. He texts, ‘Right place, right time, doing the right thing?’ That’s still his way of checking in on me.”

• “I vary my workouts every day because, otherwise, I get bored. I always try to run for 20 to 40 minutes on the beach first. Six days a week is fantastic, but four is great, too.

My go-to pre-bikini flat-ab move is the plank, all different types.”

• “I grew up mountain biking in Utah, and I’ve been doing it more recently since working in Miami. I crave danger. I find going fast exhilarating! I adore snowboarding, skiing and skydiving.” (Self’s note: Love it, but wear a helmet, please!)

• “A couple of years ago, my dad asked me if, when I’m on the road by myself, no boyfriend, no family, no dogs to comfort me, I am happy with who I am. That stuck with me. If you don’t know yourself, you can’t really love anybody. Today, I am really happy with who I am and feel like I’m in the right place. I’d met Ryan many times over the years, but we got together at the right time.”

• “My siblings and I had a family band and performed around Utah as White Lightning. People called us the Blond Osmonds! I loved it. If I’m not busy, I feel like I’m not doing enough. And I’m a pleaser. It’s my Julianne syndrome. I’m trying now to learn how to say no to certain things.”

• “My brother, Derek, is the best dancer, but Tom Cruise gives him a run for his money!”

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