Drop the Half

I am a huge fan of don’t drop my half inch in my height. I don’t mind being what people call short but do not drop that half inch because that half inch is mine. But today I realized it’s sometimes best to drop the half.

When calculating the BMI via the CDC adult calculator while I rechecked the math formula my nutrition program had me using I found 1. I don’t suck at math. 2. It’s best to drop the half for a lot more than just doing lazy math.

On the CDC calculations if I drop my half I am at the perfect normal weight. If I add my half I am 1 pound underweight. And if I cut my half in half and do 1/4 I am still underweight by 1 pound but with this I would have 1 pound less space for the max weight permitted to be deemed normal.

A long while ago somebody who is in the weight and fitness profession told me that BMI was never meant to be a definite. They brought out the fact that muscular men/women could come in as overweight just because of the numbers and height ratio. They could be healthy and fit but the numbers don’t know if you are comprised of mostly fat or mostly muscle.

Well, I like my weight just the way it is so 1 pound or not, I do not plan to gain it. For this I will drop my half inch but that doesn’t mean I’ll drop it for everything.

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Financial Express ~ Saving While Broke

I know that not everybody thinks about saving money and that some that do just don’t think they have any money they can save. For some it’s always ‘next time’ or ‘maybe next year’. But I find that next time and next year doesn’t always happen. I know if you’re broke savings seem impossible to build. I have been there. Sometimes I feel like I’m still there. Bills, food, home repairs that you don’t expect and cannot afford happens. Even if you’re renting you are likely to have financial hurdles to forge through. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either.

Today I’m going to talk starting or building an existing savings account. How to do it, why to do it and can you really do it.

A tip I heard not too long ago was to zero out your balance.

Hold Up!

To zero out your balance is not saying take your checking account down to a balance of zero. Do Not do that.

To zero out your balance means to get the balance down to numbers that have zero. For example:

$125.70 – Balance minus $5.70 moved to your savings will leave you with $120.00 in your account.

If you have the space try moving $25.70 to your savings which will leave you with a solid$100.00 in the checking account. Your savings will grow by the amount you moved to it to zero the checking account.

I know you might not have that much left after bills, food, car stuff and all those other life issues that eat into your paycheck every month, but you can still do it.

For example:

If you have $2.69 left after all your bills are paid, food bought and any other expenses needed are taken care of then you can move $0.69 to your savings and that would leave $2.00 in your checking account. By this method you have zeroed out the balance making it easier to balance too and still increased your savings by $0.69 for that pay cycle.

I know it probably seems pointless at first sight but in reality that minimum amount of change adds up. $0.69 done twice will give you an additional $1.38 to your savings account. Over some time this can grow and if you can make this zero out attempt after each paycheck you’ll be able to see the savings grow each month; no matter how small that growth seems it’s still growth.

It is also a good idea to have your savings in a high interest yield monthly savings account. I went with American Express for mine when I started. It’s a free account that I was able to start with under $1.00 and your interest adds up monthly.

Find what works for you and start doing it because tomorrow will have the same problem that today has and if you keep waiting for the perfect time you’ll never start your savings.

On the Financial Express section of my blog I’m going to talk about budgeting, investing, balancing and more topics that you might be able to use to help you move forward with meeting your goals. This isn’t an every day section as I like talking fitness, food and health but I will be talking financial topics here too.

 

It’s Been A While

Life has been so busy lately. It’s not all bad it’s just a mix of chaos and sunshine, dreams and disappointments. That’s life for you. Nothing is perfect. Nothing lasts forever. Dreams die and new ones are born. That’s life.

How are you all doing? New hairstyles? New workouts? Something good lighting up your life? I hope you’re all thriving. If you’re not just hang on. Those goals you’ve set are still out there waiting for you to reach them. Keep working at it; you’ll get there one day.

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Morning Surprises

I’m happy to say that with a morning, “why not step on that” move to the scale I am three pounds lighter so I guess most of the gain was a hormonal thing. Yeah, I like the smaller numbers so I’m glad to know I didn’t just “let myself go” even though I didn’t think I had since I was still working out and trying to eat mostly healthy.

While I’m happy about the slightly smaller number I don’t want to lose the fuller cheeks thing. As a lot of people already know, you cannot control where your body puts on the weight or drops it. You can tone, sculpt, stretch, but that doesn’t mean the pounds are going to go where you want them to go.

So what’s next?

I’m going to keep working out but I am going to try to stay here where I am and not go more than three to four pounds up and not more than  two to three pounds down. Try being the operative word. Since I really don’t step on the scale unless I am worried because one of my fave dresses is fitting tighter and my stomach looks poofy, then I don’t think I will keep a strong watch on the numbers so I won’t know for sure if what I’m doing is keeping me in the number range I have decided I would like to stay within.

At any rate I kicked off the morning with a much welcome weigh-in surprise and manged to get my yoga practice in too.

I hope you all have a good, productive and healthy week. I am going to go make breakfast.

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Here and There Busy

I know I haven’t been here in a while but I’m busy writing for my “need to pay bills” life. I love writing sometimes more than others but trying to stay focused is sometimes hard. Being busy with my writing world which you can read about on my Capri Montgomery blog has kept me from consistently posting very often on that blog too. Although I had dropped that one earlier because I wanted to talk workouts more. Last post on my other blog my leading man just wanted attention. I actually like Collateral Damage; it has a little of me in it actually but people, even the ones who know me, won’t know what.

Anyway, talking working out and fitness here…

I’ve gained 5 pounds. At first I freaked out. I thought it was just hormonal stuff but after a while I really started to worry. I workout every day in different ways. Anyway…I really did gain the 5 pounds and I’m almost sure of this because the extra three pounds dropped off swiftly so I know it really was just one of those things. The 5 pounds, however, stuck to me and I really was sad about that. 5 Pounds when you’re short really does make a difference.

But I am okay now for the following reasons:

  1. I did my measurements when  I woke up and as always it’s the same number in all areas except my hips where the high hip decreased 2 inches and the low hip decreased 1 inch. (I sew corsets sometimes–I used to as I haven’t sewn lately due to knitting, so high hip is an important number to know before creating the corset look I want to make.
  2. My facial cheeks filled out a little more and I like it. I liked my face before. Losing weight when you’re not really concentrating or trying is like cooking a frog (which I’ve never done btw). If you gradually lose the weight you get so used to your looks that you don’t notice until the clothes need to shrink too. I guess I just never realized how much I liked my face a little fuller.
  3. My mom told me yesterday that she was worried about me. She said she could see my bones and she thought, “she’s not just losing weight; she’s sick.” Okay, parents worry a lot and I think she needs new glasses or something. I could not see my bones.  I am at my healthy weight. I wasn’t underweight so it’s really not that big of a deal.

Anyway, now that I’m starting to really love my slightly fuller cheeks I’m going to hang on to my five pounds (I think) and keep working out to tone and keep my body healthy. Plus I do Love working out.

 

Times They Are a’Changin’

No…literally–in all aspects. If you live in an area where times change today is that day to move the clocks up an hour. If you live in an area where they don’t follow this highly stupid changing of the times (I used to live there and miss it) then just roll over and go back to sleep. Better yet, wake up and workout. You knew I couldn’t resist that.

Since we’re talking working out–we are now anyway–let’s talk seasonal changes. Spring is just a little over a week away. Next week while they swear it will be Spring I still stand by the fact that nature will make up its own mind when it wishes to be Spring. Once it does decide to stop snowing, raining buckets of ice cold water or, depending on where you are, being far too hot to be outside at certain points of the day, a seasonal change can leave room for a change in your workout. Do you have any new workouts you want to try out? Are you ready to go back to an old workout that felt rewarding emotionally and physically?

The season is soon to change so why not spice up your workout too? Have fun, and as always…

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Breathing While Stitching

I have said I’m not good at this meditation thing and I really am not. I have a tendency for my mind to wander off to things that need to be done, should be written, should be cooked. It’s hard to sit still and meditate. Even if I set the timer I find myself thinking, “is it almost over yet?”

All that being said, I found this video while working on some knitting research. It might be good for you if ou want to try to at least attempt to meditate.

Meditation Video

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Life Shifts

Life is one of those things. Unstable. Undetermined. Uncontrollable. Life just happens to all of us and no matter how hard you work to change or fix something it doesn’t mean if will be changed or fixed.

So what do you do when you’re in that area of your life when everything seems the same and none of it seams right?

For me I think I haven’t found the perfect solution to that question. I love to workout. I always feel better after I do it. No matter how hard in cardio I push myself I feel amazing and happy. It’s like I accomplished something new when all I really did was do something old.

I won’t say that working out is my crutch in and of itself, but I think because I find when I’m down, or stressed, my first thought is to change clothes and hit the workout hard kind of means I do lean on working out for both physical and emotional health. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

I love to workout but should I also use it as my therapist? Should I really let myself run to yet another workout in a day that can total up to five just because I need to take my mind off things? Should I use it to avoid my pain or should I force myself to deal with what has me running?

As a woman who was once a psych major I know the logical answer to those questions. Avoidance does not make the problem go away. When the adrenaline calms you’ll circle right back around to the same problem that sent you running in the first place.

Good, bad, something in between–life shifts are inevitable. Enjoy the good, learn from the bad and keep going in the in between. You never know, the next shift might just be amazingly epic.

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Monday Morning Kickoff

While dinner, beans and rice, is still cooking in the crock pot I got my water goals for today started and went straight to the yoga workout I planned to do today. Sometimes I find myself not doing the ones I planned to do and picking something else instead but it was my goal to check the planned workouts off my list.

  1. Cardio Part 1
  2. Cardio Part 2
  3. Cool Down

The day is still young and I have much work to do today but I know I will do another workout later today even if it’s just a light one.

I hope you all have a great week.

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Yoga in the Morning

I like yoga at any point of the day but I am more likely to do it in the early morning to get me stretched out and my day started. Most days it helps me to knock out the daily worries because I really have to focus on the move that I’m doing so I can be sure to stay balanced.

If you’re interested in using yoga for your workout I recommend Tara Stiles. I found her videos on YouTube and her videos stuck with me the most. She also has a lot of different videos focusing on different parts of the body and in different lengths so you can pick whichever one fits you at that moment. From beginner and intermediate to advanced…it’s all there.

I Did It My Way Yoga 2I like this one for Weight Loss because it really does work the entire body. I don’t know if you’ll lose weight so I am not making that claim, but I like this one as a starter for some of my mornings and I follow it up with things like lean legs and slim waist.

Have fun finding the workouts You like to do. What works for one person will not always fit another.

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