1. - My Dad

    Being a body-imaged obsessed teen, I didn’t take my father’s words to heart. I thought it was just some stock phrase parents use to brush off their daughter’s concerns about her body weight. But now, five years later, I find myself saying that same quote to a lot of my body-troubled friends.

    Being active and treating your body well isn’t about obtaining an ideal body. It’s about just feeling positive. Feeling sexy. Feeling accomplished. Like I said in a previous post, being healthy shouldn’t be about reached goal weights. It’s when you can get out of that sick mindset and start loving yourself no matter how you think you look. 

    Now that I feel like a part of the fitblr community, I see that there are a lot of people who in the pursuit of health, lose themselves and their positive body goals. They count calories, obsess over how much they run, obsess over their weight training and early morning work outs. They stress out over the slightest cheat, worry about family dinners and people’s opinions concerning their hard core healthy lifestyle.

    Being healthy becomes a neuroticism.

    And that can’t be healthy at all.

  2. I just wrote a behavioral self-mod report about this! It focuses on positive self-conception and its effects on exercise behavior. :D

    That’s awesome! My minor is psych so this stuff really interests me.

  3. I find that in the pursuit of “being healthy” we seem to lose the psychological goals that we set for ourselves. By psychological goals I mean the goals you set for your mind, for your well being, for your spirit.

    Physical goals in pursuing “healthiness” (whatever your definition of that may be) can include:

    • losing weight
    • gaining muscle
    • increase endurance
    • etc

    While psychological goals in pursuing healthiness may include:

    • increased self esteem
    • positive body image
    • feeling “good”
    • etc

    These psychological goals are usually in the background of physical goals, they underline the very essence of why you are pursuing a healthy lifestyle. For example: “By eating healthier I plan to lose weight and therefore increase my positive body image and my self esteem.”

    The words in bold are not always said out loud, but they are there. They lurk deep within your ambitions, slowly carving your behavior and motivation.

    Now onto my main point…

    I was scrolling through my dash earlier today and I found a particularly interesting post about  a fitblr’s anxiety when they had to eat at an “unhealthy” restaurant. They were completely distraught with the idea of ordering a salad while their entire family indulges.

    Basically, I don’t think it’s right to have an anxiety attack over eating out with family. Even if you are on a strict nutritional diet, it’s not a bad idea to sit back and enjoy food and company. Your body can adjust after one meal that’s “outside of your plan”. All of your hard work will not go to waste. If you were consistent enough with your nutritional plan, one meal will not change anything.

    I hate to see people suffer because of their dietary choices. Why make the choice if it’s just making your unhappy? You have to analyze your psychological goals behind your physical goals, and make your decisions then. A healthy diet choice should not be a stressful one. A healthy diet choice should not make you sad.  A healthy diet choice should not make you throw a panic attack on the internet. A healthy diet is supposed to give you a happy mind and body, fueled by positive psychological goals.

    My psychological goals include:

    • positive body image
    • supporting my local farmers
    • scientific curiosity as to how my food affects my life

    What are some of your psychological goals in becoming healthier?

  4. Cool article about love and rejection.

    Using an fMRI the researches found that when participants looked at pictures of their exes, their brains lit in the same areas as physical pain would.

    Read more here.

  5. I did paleo for a solid month in February (with minor cheats here and there at work) but nothing about my body was changing. I was confused, I even felt a little cheated because I gave up a lot of my favorite things for the sake of losing those last 10 lbs.

    So I decided to calculate my BMI:

    21.6!

    I’ve been seriously uncomfortable with the way I’ve looked for the greater part of my life. I’ve always been the tallest, the heaviest, etc. This 21.6 is a bit of a shock to me, because I’ve always thought I was overweight. And since I didn’t lose or gain any weight when I went paleo, I would’ve had a BMI 21.6 before I even started this health adventure. It makes me wonder about how my attitude towards my own body has changed. 

    For the first time in months I looked in the mirror, wearing my prospective bikini for the summer, I thought “Anita, you look good.”

    Starting to eat paleo/primal has had an effect not just on what I put in my body, but it had a much greater effect on my psychology.

    And that is the effect I will invest in.

  6. Lecture hall. First midterm let’s do this

    Lecture hall. First midterm let’s do this