Baked Oatmeal with Apples

By Katie, 5:01 am

A year and a half ago, at a women’s retreat in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, I fell in love…with baked oatmeal.

Sorry, Dave! ;-)

It was in the retreat center’s cafeteria that I tried baked oatmeal for the first time, and it really was love at first bite. Since that time I’ve made several versions of it, including the standard Banana Baked Oatmeal from Kath, Blueberry-Coconut Baked Oatmeal, and now this Baked Oatmeal with Apples.

It’s a perfect recipe for fall, the peak season for apples. This was especially delicious because I used those of the Honeycrisp variety, which are – without contention – the best apples ever eaten by humankind. Ten bucks says the serpent who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden did so with a Honeycrisp. ;-)

Granted, my Honeycrisps were no longer crisp post-baking, but their flavor was just as vibrant, the perfect mix of sweet and tart.

To make this particular baked oatmeal, I first layered a prepared baking dish with banana slices. (I think bananas are an oatmeal staple, baked or otherwise.)

Then added some apple slices.

Then topped the apples with a mixture of oats, dried fruit, brown sugar, baking powder, and spices. On top of that – it’s really all about layering here – I poured a mixture of milk, egg, butter, vanilla, and agave nectar. Thirty minutes later my love of baked oatmeal was re-kindled; one mouthful quickly reminded me why I fell in love in the first place. ;-)

Swoon!

Baked Oatmeal with Apples
from Healthy Food for Living
Serves 4

Ingredients
2 large bananas, sliced
2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dried fruit of choice (like the original recipe, I used dried cranberries, which were very good!)
1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each nutmeg, cloves, and salt
2 cups milk
1 large egg
1.5 tbsp butter, melted and cooled, divided
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener, like honey or maple syrup – I like using agave because it has a relatively neutral flavor)

1. Preheat oven to 375º. Coat an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Layer the banana slices along the bottom of the dish. Top with the apple slices. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, dried fruit, brown sugar, baking powder, and spices.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg, 1 tbsp butter, vanilla, and agave.

5. Top the apples with the oat mixture, and then pour the milk mixture on top of the oats. Drizzle with the remaining melted butter.

6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top layer is lightly browned and crisp. Cool for a few minutes before cutting.

No doubt most of you already eat oatmeal, but have you tried baked oatmeal yet? I promise it will send your heart a-flutter!

What’s your favorite kind of apple? Have you tried a Honeycrisp yet?

Three Lesser-Known Facts about Fat Talk

By Katie, 5:12 am

October is a pretty awesome month. I mean, there are pumpkins…

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And babies in funny costumes…

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And, of course, Fat Talk Free Week!

Fat Talk Free Week, which this year runs from October 18-22, is a chance for us to spread the word about how much damage our society’s “thin ideal” can really do. It’s an opportunity for us to reject the hurtful, negative langauge that has unfortunately become second nature to too many women. It’s a moment for us to look critically at the obsession with weight and size and say, No more.

Fat Talk Free Week means that phrases like “thunder thighs” and “jello arms” are off the table. It means that I won’t call myself a whale or an elephant or any other large animal that I most certainly do not resemble. It means no pinching my mid-section and wailing about how fat I am. No, no, no.

But those are rather obvious examples; we can all agree that that kind of negative self-talk needs to go. The tricky thing about Fat Talk, however, is that sometimes it’s clothed in disguise. So I’d like to take a moment to unveil the truth about this unfortunate phenomenon.

Three Lesser-Known Facts about Fat Talk

1. It can be camouflaged as a compliment.

You know what I’m talking about. The old “You look great! Have you lost weight?” I truly believe that people who say this mean no harm; they usually have the best intentions. But when you tell someone they look great and immediately follow it up with a question about their weight, there is a definite implication there: losing weight = looking better. Good intentions or not, we’ve got to challenge that assumption.

2. It can be directed at others.

Most of the time we discuss Fat Talk in relation to the things we tell ourselves – that we’re too fat to do this or wear that, that we’re failures because we lack will power around cookies, that things would get better if we could just lose 5 pounds. But unfortunately Fat Talk can also be directed at other people, which is equally unacceptable.

“She’s too big to wear that kind of top.”

“She doesn’t have the body for that bathing suit.”

“Maybe if she’d lay off the Cheetos just a little bit…”

Even though it’s directed at someone else, it’s still Fat Talk. And just plain cruel. (I’m containing myself here; I have zero patience for those kinds of comments. :-x )

3. It hurts everyone.

Similarly, it’s important to remember that when you make negative comments about yourself, you’re not just hurting yourself; others are affected too.

Here’s my personal example. Someone close to me – who happens to be naturally very skinny – has a tendency to complain about how fat she is. Even though she’s directing the comments at herself, not at me, she is quite obviously smaller than I am. So if she thinks she’s fat, then – by logical extension – she thinks I too am fat. Fatter, even.

The point is this: don’t just stop Fat Talking for yourself. Stop Fat Talking for people around you too. You just never know who’s going to hear those words and be affected by them on a level you never intended. We’re all better off when the words that escape our lips are positive and encouraging.

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Please join me in this effort by spreading the word and by pledging to work on building yourself up instead of tearing yourself down. The time to put an end to Fat Talk is NOW.

Have you ever been the victim of Fat Talk? Either by engaging in it yourself, or by hearing it from other people?

How can you help put a stop to it?

Easy Peasy Dinner Idea

By Katie, 5:39 am

When you’re looking for a balanced, satisfying meal that doesn’t require a lot of time or effort, I highly recommend this:

Just make a box of this…

Add a can or two of this…

Throw in a chopped-up stalk or two of this…

DINNER!

You can, of course, make substitutes to suit your tastes. The broccoli could be exchanged for peas perhaps, and chicken, shrimp, or canned salmon would be delicious subs for the tuna.

Love it!

What’s your go-to easy peasy dinner plan?

Why I Didn’t Win an Oscar

By Katie, 5:50 am

My cousin is currently at the University of Miami studying film production. He once told me that he believes acting is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. I happen to agree with him.

Sure, the whole being-famous-and-making-tons-of-money thing probably isn’t too challenging, but actually acting - actually embodying the fullness of a character - well, I think that’s quite demanding. And I’m speaking from (a little bit of) experience.

In February of my junior year of college, the theater department announced that it was hosting auditions for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It’s a fun, light-hearted comedy about two very stubborn people – Beatrice and Benedick – who on the surface appear to hate one another, but deep down are actually in love. Awwwwwwwwww.

Ummm, yeah, it was a crazy cast!

Although I had very little theater experience, my love of both public speaking and Shakespeare motivated me to throw caution to the wind and go to an audition. The next thing I knew, I had been cast as Beatrice, the main female character. 8-O

I did what I thought I had to do. I memorized my lines and my gestures and where I was supposed to stand. I practiced for hours every night. And in the end, I think I gave an adequate performance. I mean, I wasn’t bad. But I was certainly no Emma Thompson, who starred in the movie version.

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At the time I couldn’t figure out why my performance wasn’t spectacular, but now I think I have a better understanding of it. You see, what makes a really good actor – and what makes the profession so difficult in my eyes – is that you have to have an extremely high level of emotional awareness.

I could say the lines just fine, but any emotion behind them was simply coming from my tone of voice, not from actually feeling anything. Which makes sense because at the time, I was barely feeling anything in real life too; I was too busy dieting and overeating and filling my life with one commitment after the other to really experience my own ups and downs.

Actors not only have to deeply feel a wide range of emotions, but they also have to be able to conjure up those emotions on demand. They even have to learn to portray feelings that they may never have felt before in their own lives. As someone who is just beginning to feel everything truly and deeply, this absolutely astounds me! 8-O

So I now have a greater respect for actors than ever before, and I appreciate that their profession provides a good metaphor for the kind of emotional life I’d like to lead. My goal – as I continue to explore my emotions rather than avoid them or push them away – is to become the type of person who could be a decent actor, even if I never take to the stage again. Because that type of person is fully experiencing everything life has to offer – the good, the bad, and everything in between.

What do you think – is the key to good acting having a high level of emotional awareness?

AND

Have you ever done any acting? Does it come naturally for you?

Apricot Graham Snackers

By Katie, 5:49 am

Many people limit their graham cracker intake to situations involving camp fires, chocolate bars, and marshmallows. But those people are missing out; the world of graham cracker possibilities goes so much deeper than your traditional s’more.

Take these Apricot Graham Snackers for instance. They’re a satisfying mid-day treat, no logs or newspaper required. And while I thoroughly enjoyed these as an adult, I also think they’d be perfect as an after-school snack for the youngsters in your life. :-)

I got this idea from the monthly Whole Foods flier, which I scour regularly in search of a Larabar coupon. But this recipe caught my eye even before I found my 50 cents off any two Larabar varieties, primarily because of the dried apricots. I will try almost any recipe involving those lovely little orange shrivels I love so much. :-)

All chopped up.

I tossed my dried apricots into the food processor, along with some plain Greek yogurt…

and a touch of cream cheese…

and a little bit of honey for sweetness. The spread was still pretty tangy, which I liked, but Dave wished it had been a tad sweeter. So if you’re not a huge fan of the “bite” of plain Greek yogurt, consider upping the honey to taste.

Whirled it all up until it was spreadable but still chunky, then smothered it on some graham crackers. A lovely little snack!

Apricot Graham Snackers
from Whole Foods

Ingredients
1 (6 oz) container of plain Greek yogurt
3 tbsp cream cheese
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1 tbsp honey
graham crackers (I used honey, but the cinnamon variety would also work)

1. Puree yogurt, cream cheese, apricots, and honey in a food processor until spreadable but still chunky.

2. Spread atop graham crackers and enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy graham crackers?

AND

Growing up, what was your favorite after-school snack?

What I Mean By “Disordered Eating”

By Katie, 5:51 am

I spent the majority of my two years in graduate school writing research papers – short ones, long ones, awesome ones, not-so-awesome ones. And each and every time I was given a research paper assignment, it was accompanied by this simple instruction: be sure to clearly define your terms.

Oops… :oops:

Defining your terms is important because it ensures that you and your readers are on the same page – in other words, it helps your readers know what the heck you’re talking about.

Recently it occurred to me that I haven’t been as clear here on HWS as I’d like to be when it comes to defining my terms. Specifically, though I use the phrase quite often, I’ve never clearly outlined what I mean when I say disordered eating.

And how can we have a dialogue about disordered eating if we don’t even know what it is? What if we’re all defining it differently and we don’t even know it? :-?

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So I’d like to take a moment to explain what I mean when I use that phrase. Note that this is not an official definition by any means; indeed, I don’t even know if there is an official definition! (If you’re aware of one, please share in comments!)  But when you read the phrase “disordered eating” here on HWS, here’s what I have in mind.

Katie’s Definition of Disordered Eating

To me, disordered eating means having an unhealthy relationship with food and/or your body, one that diminishes the quality of your life and affects your overall health – physical, mental, and/or emotional. Sufferers of disordered eating may not fit the full diagnostic criteria of a traditional eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder; they are often within a healthy weight range and don’t exhibit behaviors daily or even weekly.

But they are still suffering.

When I say “exhibit behaviors,” I mean one or more of the following:

  • constantly thinking about food/meal plans
  • obsessively stepping on the scale
  • feeling upset over minor fluctuations in weight (to the point where it affects your happiness)
  • feeling upset/guilty over a missed workout (to the point where it affects your ability to have a good day)
  • occasionally eating large amounts food, to the point of feeling sick
  • restricting food intake below a healthy amount, sometimes by skipping meals, cutting out an entire food group, fasting, or eating lots of low-calorie foods
  • feeling out of control around food and/or purposefully eating in secret
  • occasionally attempting to purge the body of food in any way (such as self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or the use of diet pills or laxatives)
  • eating for emotional reasons, including but not limited to: distraction, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, stress, or boredom.

If you’re thinking, “but everyone does at least one of those every now and then,” unfortunately you’re correct. A 2008 survey conducted by Self magazine found that 75% of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 - that’s 3 out of 4 women! – endorse some unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies. 8-O And that’s not even counting women and girls outside of that age range, or men of any age.

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I’m throwing out all of this information for the purpose of making four points about disordered eating that I think are extremely important:

1. Disordered eating is extremely common. The chances of suffering from it at some point, and/or knowing others who do/have, is very high.

2. People exhibiting disordered eating tendencies are suffering. While the behaviors may not be as life-threatening as those associated with full-blown eating disorders, they still greatly affect the quality of one’s life and should not be brushed aside or downplayed in any way.

3. If you or someone you know is struggling with disordered eating thoughts/behaviors, it is worth taking action. There is a better life waiting beyond these particular issues. Many people think that things like professional help or support groups are reserved for those with official eating disorders, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth (a point I will discuss more in a future post).

4. There is no shame in struggling with disordered eating. This is a big one for me, as feeling ashamed and embarrassed is what kept me from getting help and opening up for far too long. Actually, realizing how many others were suffering too was what pushed me to face these issues head on; I came to understand that even though I felt alone, I wasn’t.

But we can’t support, motivate, or encourage one another until we stop pretending disordered eating doesn’t exist, until we start talking about it honestly and openly.

That’s what I’m trying to do here on Health for the Whole Self: do my part to take away the stigma, to confront the issues head-on, to open up a space for discussion, debate, and healing. I think I will be able to do a better job of that now that I’ve defined my terms, so that you and I both know what the heck I’m talking about when I use the phrase “disordered eating.”

Lots of questions today!

Were you aware that disordered eating is such a common phenomenon?

Do you agree that there is a huge stigma surrounding it? If so, what can we do to challenge that stigma?

How do YOU define “disordered eating”?

Are you aware of any other phrases to describe the same kinds of issues? Or can you think of any new ones? I personally don’t like the sound of “disordered eating” very much…

*If you think you might be struggling with disordered eating tendencies but you’re not quite sure, I encourage you to take this quiz that goes along with the Self magazine article.

**Also, I welcome any professional insights into this topic; feel free to include any links or other helpful information!

My Husband the Rock Star

By Katie, 5:19 am

I had big plans to publish a post today about how I define disordered eating, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Because yesterday afternoon, just as I was sitting down to write that post, my husband walked in the door bearing something unusual…

A plaque! Yesterday Dave won his employer’s annual staff achievement award, recognizing his many accomplishments over the past year. And let me tell you – he DESERVED it! He is a total rock star…well, as much of a rock star as you can be when you work in the field of web design. ;-)

He’s also the most humble man on the planet, so I feel it is my duty to brag about him on his behalf. :-)

In honor of his achievement, I officially declared the remaining hours of daylight “Dave’s Day.” He requested an afternoon of hiking, and I was more than happy to join him.

So alas, no substantial post for today. The aforementioned post on disordered eating will be coming your way tomorrow, so please stop back and share your thoughts!

Congratulations, Dave! I’m so stinkin’ proud of you! :-D

Dear Laziness

By Katie, 5:35 am

Dear Laziness,

Perhaps it seems odd that I’m writing to you out of the blue, considering that we didn’t cross paths at all from, oh, 2003 to 2009. :-?

I know, I know, I avoided you like the plague. It was quite rude, actually. Even harmful. But somehow I had become convinced that if you and I hung out – even for just one afternoon – that I had failed in some way. That my impeccable work ethic was in some way diminished.

You see, I thrived off of productivity. Doing, doing, doing. You must have laughed in my face that semester when I took a full course load at college, plus completed an independent honors project, plus served as the president of two campus organizations, plus worked 2 part-time jobs, plus played the lead role in the spring play. No one could ever accuse me of mingling with you, which was exactly how I liked it.

I was convinced that to be accused of laziness – to be branded a sloth who avoids exertion of any kind – was a horrible, horrible thing. So even when you called my name, beckoned to me with temptations like couches and televisions and re-runs of Friends, I refused to give in. There was always a project to be worked on, an essay to be written, or a load of laundry to be washed. I feared that even just a little time spent on the couch would make me, dare I say it, a couch potato. 8-O

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And so I kept going. And going. And going. Energizer Bunny-style.

That is, until I realized that I actually wanted a little of you in my life. Indeed, I needed to hang out with you every now and then. I realized that even though my Type-A personality was desperately holding onto the long list of to-dos and the out-of-control schedule, my inner core was still finding ways – albeit harmful, ineffective ones – of giving me a release.

It became clear that I needed to give myself permission to spend some time with you. And my couch. And my remote control. And Ross and Rachel. ;-)

So I did. True, at first I actually had to schedule our time together into my planner, just like I would a doctor’s appointment, but it worked for me. I watched my re-runs. I read trashy novels. I did crossword puzzles. Every now and then, I looked like a lump on a log. And you know what I found? Being lazy wasn’t such a bad thing. Being lazy was kind of…fun.

And, perhaps most importantly, being lazy kept me from going crazy!

Now I’m not saying that anyone, myself included, should start hanging around you 24-7. Like most things, you’re only helpful in moderation, in those windows of fatigue or weariness. But this Energizer Bunny desperately needed to see that a little dose of laziness every now and then would not make me any less productive overall, or any less of a person. In fact, some quality time spent with you made me stronger, calmer, even better able to handle my responsibilities and commitments.

I know what you’re thinking, Laziness. Why is she writing this to me now, if my value is something she discovered over a year ago? Well, because there are times in my life when the productivity bug still gets to me. When the idea of sleeping late on a Saturday makes me cringe. When I refuse to let someone else handle the dishes or the laundry out of fear of being associated with you.

There are times when I forget just how helpful small doses of you can be. So I’m writing to set up a much-needed date, just you and me. Any chance you’re free tonight, say 8:00? I hear they’re replaying the episode where Monica proposes to Chandler. ;-)

Do you think there’s ever any value in being lazy? Are you like me in that you need to give yourself permission to be lazy sometimes?

Special Delivery! The Pros and Cons of Online Grocery Shopping

By Katie, 5:19 am

FACT: I love online shopping. I have purchased everything from clothes to electronics to furniture through this lovely little thing called the Internet. Amazon.com is my friend. :-)

But buying my groceries through the Web? That seemed like a little bit of a stretch.

That is, until I stole away to the beach for the weekend, missing my usual weekend trips to the grocery store and farmers’ market. It seemed like a good time to give online grocery shopping a go.

I decided to purchase the goods through Safeway, a large grocery store chain in my area. I would have preferred to go with a small, local store, but Safeway was offering free delivery on your first order, and I’m a sucker for a good bargain. 8-)

Not surprisingly, the whole experience had its pros and cons. I’ll break them down for you, starting on a good note.

Pros

1. Convenience/Ease

Grocery shopping from my living room? In my sweat pants? At 9:30 p.m.? While watching Grey’s Anatomy? It doesn’t get more convenient than that! :-)

2. Speed

Most weeks I grocery shop in two locations: the farmers’ market and Trader Joe’s. The farmers’ market is about 10 minutes away, and I probably spend 45 minutes there. Trader Joe’s is a good 15-20 minute drive, and I’m probably there another 45 minutes. All-in-all, that’s about 2 hours spent on grocery shopping per week. Ordering online took me approximately 20 minutes total, and it probably would have been less if it weren’t my first time. So yeah, that’s a pretty big difference.

3. Price

My grocery bill was significantly lower when I shopped online. Why? Two reasons. First, it was way easier to comparison-shop. When I’m in the store, I spend a decent amount of time inspecting the price tags to make sure I’m getting the best deal. But online it was all clearly displayed for me in one place, so I could determine which product offered the most bang for my buck in no time flat.

Second, I am definitely an impulse-buyer when it comes to food (and the Hubs is no better). I always bring a detailed list that I fully intend to stick to, but somehow an extra item (or two, or three, or four!) always gets tossed into my cart. But that didn’t happen with my online experience; it was much easier to stick to my list when I didn’t have to walk by any unneeded items.

And now the bad news…

Cons

1. Plastic bags

My groceries were delivered in about a bazillion and a half plastic bags. :-? I’m pretty dedicated to bringing a bazillion and a half canvas totes on my shopping trips, which is obviously much more environmentally-friendly. But that may have been just a Safeway thing; I’m sure some other stores take a greener approach.

2. Excitement!

It’s no secret that I love food. I love eating and cooking and the whole bit. So in some ways, grocery shopping online made me feel like I was missing out on all of the fun. :-( I enjoy carefully picking out the perfect tomato, examining the apples for soft spots and the bananas for bruises. You give up a lot of that control with an online experience.

3. Unexpected Hurdles

When you buy anything online and have it delivered to your house, you just never know what’s going to happen. In my case, I scheduled my delivery on a Monday evening between 5 and 7. Come 7:30, no groceries had arrived. Apparently there was an IT glitch, and my order was never properly processed. :-x

Granted, that was an issue specific to Safeway, and they did credit me 10 whole dollars. But still, having your groceries not show up sort of takes away from the whole convenience thing. :roll:

(I tried again the following weekend and my groceries did, indeed, show up…obviously!)

4. Presence

As expected, I had to be present when the groceries were delivered. That’s a good thing, really, but somewhat difficult because I’m not actually home all that often.

5. Price

Sure, I saved a decent amount of money – as explained above – but delivery still costs 10-15 greenbacks. That’s why I was only interested upon learning that the fee would be waived for my first order!

6. Substitutes

Fortunately every product I ordered was in stock, so substitutes weren’t an issue. But during the ordering process I did have to specify my wishes should that not be the case. Did I want a substitute or not? If yes, did I want the same size but a different brand, or a different size from the same brand? I suppose I make those decisions all the time in the grocery store, but it’s quick and automatic. Here I had to be a little more deliberate, which was a bit of a pain.

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So it’s pretty obvious that the cons out-number the pros. :-? I honestly don’t think I’ll be switching to full-time online grocery shopping anytime soon. But really, for a week here or there where a trip to the store is just too much to squeeze in, it’s a welcome alternative. It’s good to know that if I really needed it, a week’s worth of sustenance is just a click away. :-)

Have you ever purchased groceries online?

If yes, what was your experience like?

If no, do you think you’d ever give it a try?

OUCH! The Difference Between Good Pain and Bad Pain

By Katie, 5:53 am

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve recently re-kindled my relationship with my old exercise flame Body Pump. I’ve been going to Body Pump – a fitness class which focuses on endurance-based strength training – two mornings per week (at 5:45 a.m. 8-O ), and I’m just as smitten now as I was years ago.

At class last week, as I was preparing my weights for our back and hamstring exercises, I casually asked the instructor if we could do my favorite “track” or routine for that muscle group. When she asked why it was my favorite, I replied, “because it hurts the most.”

And hurt it did. My muscles were burning.

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As I told Dave this story, his eyes widened with concern. He knows I have a history of taking exercise beyond the healthy limits, of pushing myself to the point of pain and punishment. When I resumed regular exercise after a brief but necessary hiatus, I was very adamant about trashing the “no pain, no gain” motto.

But I can honestly say that my desire to do the strength training routine that “hurts the most” was not coming from a place of self-punishment or compulsion; rather, it was coming from a healthy love of a good bodily challenge. As I found myself grappling for the words to explain this important difference to Dave, this blog post was born. :-)

So after much contemplation, I present to you my thoughts on the difference between good pain and bad pain.

Good Pain: Green Light

- Does not – in any way – feel like an injury.

- Feels within my physical capabilities.

- I know I will stop or ease up when I need to.

- Even though it hurts, it actually feels good.

- Afterwards I feel pride for working hard and challenging myself.

- I look forward to exercising again.

Bad Pain: Red Light

- Feels like an injury, a potential injury, an emerging injury, etc.

- Feels outside of my physical capabilities.

- I refuse to stop or ease up, no matter what.

- It feels like punishment.

- Afterwards I feel a warped sense of pride for “controlling” my body.

- I dread exercising again.

Two things I notice in this list:

1. The difference between good pain and bad pain is as much mental as it is physical. Indeed, oftentimes the physical muscle burn feels the same, but my approach – my mindset – is totally different.

2. Similarly, it really comes down to knowing myself. Since it doesn’t always look different from the outside, I need to be extremely self-aware – of my body, of my motivations, of my intentions, etc. I’m really the only one who can judge whether it’s good pain or bad pain, you know?

It’s very possible that at my next Body Pump class, I’ll again be asking if we can do the routine that “hurts the most.” But I will also continue to challenge myself on that front; I will continue to be self-aware and self-reflective when it comes to my exercise routine. Because I want any pain that I feel to be of the good variety. :-)

How do you define the difference between good pain and bad pain when it comes to exercise? Have you ever pushed yourself beyond the limits of good pain and into the parameters of bad pain?

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