Eat Like a Parisienne, Work Out Like an American Part V

May 9, 2012 | Recipes | 12 comments

Sorry for the delay… I swear I am not trying to make this series last a month, I have so many other things I want to blog about too… but I have been busy with our Buy One Get One P.F. Magazine  Mother’s Day Special…. and I am just wrapping up
500 macarons for this
weekend’s Shop the Shed event, … hope to see you there!!!

Work out Like and American.

Une Americaine.
 
I’ll catch you up real quick, if you are just joining us you should start at the beginning of this series… but the basic premise is that the Parisienne’s eat very well and moderately but no matter how hard we try, we are not (alas) Parisienne’s.  Good Lord, those poor souls don’t have MEXICAN food at their fingertips like we do…. and we love us some Mexican food… which is why we have to work out like Americans.
You gotta work out.
Got.  To.

What I do want to do is digress for a moment… cause weight can be a touchy subject.
What I want to make clear is that I’m not saying that everyone should look the same, that everyone should strive for some perfect figure and be miserable if they don’t have it.

I hate that.

You gotta stand up straight, chin high, straighten your shoulders and be who you are.
Don’t apologize for yourself… especially with your posture.  If you want to loose weight – fine.
Do it.
If you don’t – that’s cool.
Our focus should be HEALTH not some ridiculous
standard set by a fourteen-year-old supermodel.
Savvy?

Though I have never been skinny and probably will never even be “thin” I do hate to carry extra weight.  It just makes things too difficult.  Getting dressed is a pain and I can’t express myself with clothing the way I want to.  When the weight is gone I find that I am not trying to hide flaws, cram myself in Spanx…
It’s so much for effortless to throw on a sheath and go.

Staying strong and healthy will only benefit us as we get older.
We are talking quality of life here.  Who wants to be 72 with a countertop full of high blood pressure meds and knees that can’t make it up the stairs anymore?
We can maintain a more youthful appearance by keeping up with our muscles… they give our bones something to lay on!

I heard once that for every pound we are overweight our heart has to pump like two extra miles of blood.  Could that be true?  Yikes!

I believe our bodies were made to work.
Made to be strong.
Our great-grandparents worked so much harder than we do.
They didn’t spend hours commuting, watching T.V. or blogging!  
They contributed TO LIFE.  The did not consume it.
They ate hearty foods and yet remained rather small.  Whenever I visit the Vintage Clothing Show I am astonished at how SMALL the turn of the century dresses are.   True, their bodies were conformed to corsets and possibly but overall they were very small.  Our lives are very sedentary as compared with our ancestors (and compared with our Parisienne sisters who walk just about everywhere) and many of us have a lifetime of meat and dairy consumption that has been pumped full of growth hormones.
But like I have said, we are products of our environment – we have to work out.

Working out not only creates muscle but it helps us manage our stress.  Speaking of our grandparents… I also heard the other day, that you and I experience the same amount of stress in sixty days that our grandparents experienced in 60-70 years OF LIFE!
That is positively frightening.  No wonder so many of us carry around that,
“Is life really supposed to be like this?” feeling.

Working out does wonders.
If you began walking 45 minutes a day did you know that without changing another thing you will most likely be 15 pounds thinner a year from now?

My work out journey has been full of variety.
I have been working out for eighteen years (my biggest gaps being 5 months during pregnancies) and I have had to change many things along the way to accommodate my life.  I’ve worked out for two hours a day some years and twenty minutes a day others…  Alone pounding the pavement and alone with my thoughts or holding a baby who began to cry in the middle of my step routine.
There are no excuses that can not be creativley  “gotten around”.
So, are you ready?  Are you ready to learn to love to work out?  Are you ready to get addicted to that endorphin rush?  Ready to breath that fresh air, or feel that pumping bass of the music pushing you on to continue?

The bottom line is you matter NOW.
Don’t believe some sick lie that you will matter once you look a certain way.
That is a lie from the pits of hell, encouraged by our celebrity obsessed culture.
Feeling like crap right now?
Is your hair washed?
Are you sitting up straight?
Got your lip gloss on?
Have you breathed any fresh air today?
You matter now.
Why not begin to take care of your body?
It’s time to sweat!

Let’s pick this up in a day or so!
-Angela

12 Comments

  1. Lady Courtney

    OK, I’m going to take a walk around the parking lot now (I’m at work). But I agree with you, working out makes you feel better, we all need to do it…the alternative is not pleasant! 🙂 donna

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  2. Mrs. Sutton

    Inspiring words and so true. I used to be fit – before kids – but my fitness and attention to my own health has slowly but steadily gone down hill ever since. I keep telling myself that I need to embark on a routine (although I DO do some yoga)but I always plan to start it ‘next week’ and usually inspired by a celebrity diet article in a magazine. It’s good to be reminded that it’s about taking care of my body – not following a fad. great post – looking forward to the next. Paula x

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  3. peggy

    Hi
    I love these posts, and have been following them dilligently. 9 weeks ago I started weight watchers, with a goal of eating cleaner and better (and less) and making myself stronger and healthier. I have also started working out, starting with small walks, moving up tho the elliptical and now a Shred DVD that is killing me (it is day 3 and I am really dreading today).
    But thanks for the inspiration and encouragement. I keep passing your posts on to my WW group on Facebook. They have really been my support and encouragement and drill sergeants in this road I am taking.
    Thanks so much. Keep up the brilliant work.

    PS: My mom said that you got the little book I sent and I hope the children like it.
    P.

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  4. peggy

    Hi
    I love these posts, and have been following them dilligently. 9 weeks ago I started weight watchers, with a goal of eating cleaner and better (and less) and making myself stronger and healthier. I have also started working out, starting with small walks, moving up tho the elliptical and now a Shred DVD that is killing me (it is day 3 and I am really dreading today).
    But thanks for the inspiration and encouragement. I keep passing your posts on to my WW group on Facebook. They have really been my support and encouragement and drill sergeants in this road I am taking.
    Thanks so much. Keep up the brilliant work.

    PS: My mom said that you got the little book I sent and I hope the children like it.
    P.

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  5. Ashley

    Love it, Angela! I need to learn to like working out (although it’s my husbands profession…it’s not my favorite pasttime).
    But I’ve been doing some pretty intese yoga lately and LOVING it. My favorite workout yet – we’ll see if I get results…my muscles surely hurt!
    And yes! you do gain 2 miles of capilaries for each pound of fat (learned that one in all of my health/nursing classes.) DISGUSTING. And motivating.

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  6. africanaussie

    so inspiring! I brought a treadmill into work and have been walking on it at lunchtime. It makes such a difference to be doing something other than sitting for part of the day!

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  7. Corrina

    Thanks Angela, as always a well balanced discussion- who needs self condemnation?!! Pop on over to my blog for my tribute to mums for mothersday- some of my favourite portraits I have had the privelege to take of mums. The first image was taken 1 day before the bub arrived into the world! I love mums and their love for their precious children. Happy mum’s day to you you are an awe inspiring mum. xxCorrina.

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  8. Stacy's Shabby Shoppe

    So incredibly true! I’ve been very athletic since I was a young girl and I can tell you…if I don’t work out I feel like CRAP! That’s all there is to it! (*_*)

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  9. Mark Hopgood

    Great article – balance is the key, I agree. Here’s some useful info I picked up from a sports nutritionist I met once.
    The only way that your body burns fat is through having stable blood sugar (between 80 and 120).
    I’ve helped many mothers do this using blood sugar stability, diet and exercise. If you go for run, do bun exercises when your blood sugar is not stable, then you will simply burn muscle. This is the secret that is taught in high school science, but everyone seems to ignore it. http://bloodsugarstability.blogspot.com has an interesting explaination.

    It’s important to have a few cheat meals – love that. No one is perfect, that’s what makes us human. I enjoy the odd sausage in batter and my body rewards me by burning it off while I sleep!

    Au reviour!

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  10. Stephanie

    I’m glad you mentioned the stress factor. It’s very real and constant and must be dealt with. I’ve noticed the effects of stress in my life and exercise always helps take some of that away.

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