Bakery, Barbells and Bargains I own a bakery, and I like to lift weights and shop

December 5, 2017

Actually, This Is Better

Filed under: Health,Life in General — shuss @ 10:27 am

“Food will never tastes as good as skinny feels.” Anyone else ever seen this obnoxious quote? It is usually found on Facebook feeds or on Pinterest in the fitness inspiration boards accompanied by a photo of a girl with rock hard abs.

So first of all, the salty author of this quote has obviously never had a treat by Pure Butter Bakery.

Second, can you tell I don’t like this quote? Why? Because I cannot stand the mentality of shaming people for eating. I do not care if you weight 500 pounds, you still need to feed and nourish your body. Do you know there are some people who are very active but due to the fact they are overweight, they feel like they do not deserve a meal? Or they feel ashamed of eating so they will only do so in private? Ugh, what kind of society have we created that we make people ashamed to eat?

So you know what feels better than skinny and tastes better than food? Loving yourself.

I want to loose some more inches and sometimes it feels like an uphill battle but that battle is so much easier when I can love myself for who I am now and not just for my goal weight. It feels amazing to know that I can lift heavy weights and improve at workouts no matter what my size. It feels great to have my doctor tell me I am healthy. It feels great to enjoy a healthy balanced variety of foods 90% of the time and not worry a bit when enjoying a big ice cream cone or a huge buttery biscuit.

Don’t aim to be skinny, aim to be healthy because healthy looks different on each person. Just walk into a gym and I guarantee you will see people of various shapes and sizes completely crushing their workout. In college I was skinny but I was far from healthy, I hardly ate enough and when I did it was almost all carbs and I was constantly queasy from not eating enough.

I don’t care what size you are, you are worth love and acceptance. Think of your friends. When I picture my friends, I know they range in all different sizes but I don’t think about that. I think about the fun things we do together and the special memories we share.

All bodies are beautiful, keep yours loved, healthy and happy.

November 15, 2017

Thoughts I Have at the Gym

Filed under: Life in General — shuss @ 8:00 am

I’m late, again….why does this tiny town have such massive traffic?

Oh good, they are still warming up, I’m not THAT late.

Oh nevermind…..

Oh snap!  We are doing back squat max today!

I love back squats, I love back squats, I love back squats…..

Holy cow, this is heavy!

And now onto the main WOD……

Eww, burpees and thrusters??? In the same day??? Good grief…

I should not have skipped yesterday…..

Oh sweet, I can RX this workout!

Wait, I didn’t see pull-ups on there, I have to do ring rows….I can almost RX this

Oh….I cannot lift that much…..

I literally have to modify this entire workout

Whatever, no shame in my scaled game…tehehe

Okay, so this won’t be too terrible, I’l just try to go really fast on the burpees and get it over with

Oh wow, these people are strong….should I put more weight on my bar?

Nah, I’ll just end up slipping a disc

Or passing out

Wow, my hubby is lifting a lot

He’s so handsome over there with his gigantic weights

Don’t hurt your knee babe….

Here we go……let’s try to finish this in less than 6 minutes

This isn’t bad at all

~5 reps later~

Hmm…..should I already be tired?

I don’t think I can do all these reps

I hate this so much

Why do I pay money for this???

Good grief, I have about 10 loads of laundry to do at home and instead I am here doing this nonsense

These are not good pants for burpees, I have to stop and pull them up every single rep!

Okay, this bra is definitely not burpee friendly, I’m going to turn around and face a wall

Note to self, check the WOD before packing gym clothes…..sheesh!

Oh this bar is getting heavy, should I take some weight off?

No, just keep the weights on and get it done faster

My gosh, these college kids are so fast


Hmmm, my kid needs to tell me something.  Bless her sweet little heart for interrupting me for a minute so I can breath

Oh I hate burpees so much, they make me nauseous

DO NOT throw up

Five minutes in, hurry it up!

I am seriously never wearing these pants to the gym again

Oh snap, I am on the last set

YES!  No more thrusters!  Pound out the burpees and ring rows

And done, where’s my phone so I can log this?

~5 minutes later~

That wasn’t bad at all

I feel great, I’m so glad I came to workout today!

High fives and fist bumps all around

I’ll absolutely be back tomorrow





October 31, 2017

Fitness, Food and Self Acceptance

Filed under: Life in General — shuss @ 3:28 pm

A little over a year ago, I walked into my local CrossFit box for my first Foundations class. Walking in the door was the hardest part, the short workout left me sore and I was hungrier than I had been in a long time.  The intense workout made me feel amazing, I was hooked.

Starting a scheduled workout program is one of the best things I have ever done for myself physically or mentally. I have struggled with food and accepting myself for years. I was a fairly normal sized but picky eater as a kid, and I can remember being worried I was too fat at just six years old. Looking back at photos, I was not a fat kid, maybe on the chunkier side now and then, but the 90’s were all about being lean.  As I hit my early teen years, I started to stretch out more in height and was a good average size.

In high school I dropped some weight fast without even trying and became about a size four for the first time ever. Compliments everywhere from everyone on how great I looked and I loved it, no one had ever complimented my weight before then.  I loved when people would comment on how “tiny” I was and how I had the “perfect figure.” Unfortunately, what people did not know was I hardly ever ate anything. I didn’t really stop eating intentionally to loose weight, but because I was just too busy during lunchtime in high school to take a break and actually have lunch.  I was also too shy to eat around boys, so silly but it is common with young girls.

This continued into college until about halfway through my second year.  I remained slim, didn’t eat enough and I was walking more now that I lived on a college campus.  About half way through college, I became interested in eating healthy and working out.  I kept a little book to log all my calories for the day and spent at least two hours a day at the gym.  I lived on campus and spaced out my classes to where I did the most walking possible around campus and I walked to my job on the far end of campus.  I steadily gained some weight through school but I was much healthier than I had ever been.  I graduated at a healthy weight.

I mostly stayed my “graduation weight” for several years, gaining  and losing some here and there.  About two years before my daughter was born, I got really paranoid about food and got so into healthy eating that it was obsessive and unhealthy.  I counted calories like crazy, not only calories but fat grams, trans fat grams, sugar, carbs, protein, sodium, ect.  Even on my “cheat days” there were foods I was actually terrified to eat.  Certain restaurants were off limits and I would look up the nutritional information before going out so I could log my calories ahead of time.  Before going to a party I would have a veggie smoothie to fill up so I wouldn’t eat too much party food.  Grocery trips took me extra time because I read all the ingredients of everything I purchased. I constantly searched for health information, often googling phrases like “most heart healthy foods” or “top foods to prevent cancer.”  I keep a list of “the world’s most healthy foods” in my calorie book and made sure I ate at least five items off that list per day.  If it were midnight and I had not worked out, I would still hop on the treadmill for at least an hour.  At work on my lunch break, I would do a workout video.  I saw my doctor and a nutritionist because I did not think I was losing weight fast enough.  My nutritionist told me I ate healthier than her and didn’t really have any advice for me….I failed to tell her how obsessed I was or she probably would have had more to say.

Finally, one day about two years ago I ran across an article written by a nutritionist about how there are no bad foods and you should never feel guilty for eating.  I wish I had a link to it because it helped me SO MUCH but I read it years ago.  Basically, it said to eat good 90% of the time and to just not worry about counting calories, listen to your body instead.  It also talked about how everyone is built different and not all people will be skinny, and that is okay.

I finally let go of my obsession.

I stopped counting calories.

I stopped lecturing myself when I ate cookies.

I listened to my body.

I didn’t lose weight but my relationship with food was improved.

Last summer, I had some hard times in my life come to a head.  I had some past hurts I just could not get passed.  My daddy had also passed away the previous December and I never really stopped to grieve his loss.  Basically, everything all hit me at once and I just did not feel good mentally or physically.  I had been using my treadmill when I could find the time to get to it but it just wasn’t working for me anymore, the walking alone for long periods of time was giving me too much time to overthink things.  So I made two key changes in my life.  Our family found a new church where I really reconnected with my faith.  I signed up to join CrossFit and gave my body a new challenge.  The new more intense workouts gave me a great endorphin boost and I did loose some weight……actually I lost around whopping 5 pounds but I dropped two sizes.  I feel a lot better and I am working to loose more (my weight is stubborn) but what I have gained is so beneficial.

Me with a barbell, drawn by my little girl

I gained confidence.

I gained strength.

I gained knowledge on how exercise works.

I gained more time with my hubby who had already been going.

I gained new friends.

The self acceptance at the CrossFit I attend is so refreshing.  Do our coaches push us to challenge ourselves?  Oh yes!  Do they encourage us to try hard and work towards our goals?  Yes!  Will they give nutrition advice?  Yep!  Will they give us advice if we are having a hard time meeting our goals?  You bet!  Will they celebrate when you reach a goal?  Oh goodness yes!

Do they tell us we need to be skinny?  Nope!  Do they shame you when you gain some weight or fail to loose it?  Nope!

My first day in class, our instructor told us he was not promising we would all have six-pack abs, because God made us all different.  That has really stuck with me and this is what I love the most about the gym and our coaches.  Some people that never work out are thin, some that work out all the time carry some extra fat.  God made you who you are and his design is perfect.  Focus on creating healthy habits and let the weight loss be a side effect.  So if you are struggling with weight. I encourage you to find a fitness program that you enjoy and a gym/trainer that will lift you up.  Talk to a nutritionist to make sure you are fueling yourself well.  Remember that your health is way more important that your size.  And finally, love who you are and remember you are worth love no matter your size.

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