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My 5 Tips for Someone Wanting to Lose Weight

February 26, 2013
If it's important, you'll find a way. If it's not, you'll find an excuse. Image by Sara Rosso

I’ve had some people come up to me who have noticed my progress, and want to talk about losing weight, or in the middle of their diets, and say things like, “I want to do what you did“, “I’m so hungry all the time“, or “I bet you don’t eat anything good [read: bad for you / delicious].

I can first assure them that I do eat delicious food, and sometimes it’s not good for me (sweet potato fries? chocolate? pizza? gelato? yes, please), but it’s the consistency in which I’m approaching this which makes a difference. I can’t assure them they’ll have the same results as I did, especially when their approach and everyone’s journey is completely different, but I think hearing it from someone who has done it helps!

Here are 5 tips I would like to say to anyone who’s ready to make a lifestyle change towards the healthier:

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Breaking the cycle of “deserving” or “earning” food

January 16, 2013

As often as I can, I try to spend some quality time with some of my favorite people in Rome. Even though Milan and Rome are only 3 hours apart on the fast train, I don’t get to Rome as often as I’d like. On a trip there during the fall, many hadn’t seen me since the summer prior, and I was happy they noticed a difference.

We stopped by a Sicilian pastry place I like; they have a delicious cassatina, a ricotta, sugar and almond paste cake from Sicily. I like them a lot (see exhibit A to the right).

A friend, probably trying to encourage me despite my weight loss progress to order one, said, “Get one. You’ve earned it!”

While she meant well, inside I was saying, No. No. I haven’t earned anything, and that’s not why I’ll get one. (spoiler: I did order one, and it was delicious). Read more…

Lady Lifter Spotlight: Me!

December 12, 2012

Since the half-marathon I completed this summer, I’ve taken a decent break from running. At the moment I don’t miss it, and I know when it’s time to go back, I will. I haven’t been avoiding running, but I’m really enjoying the 20-minute or so WOD that gets my heart-rate up without any fancy equipment, and doing my weight lifting/cardio classes. Read more…

I’m not a CrossFit convert…but I could be.

November 30, 2012

So I left you hanging, didn’t I? Sorry about that. So I was pretty nervous, and when I showed up to Reebok CrossFit Bicocca. There were only 6 of us there for the free trial class, and here’s what we did:

  • Mobility stretching
  • Warm-up: Jumping Jacks, High Knees, Air Squats (don’t remember how many)
  • WOD: 5 rounds for time: 5 Burpees, 7 Box Jumps, 9 Air Squats

Here’s what I liked: Read more…

The first day of school…

November 23, 2012

Today I’m going to try a free lesson at one of the only Reebok Crossfit gyms here in Italy.

The box only opened a week ago, so I’m going to take advantage of their “open week” when they offer free lessons for those interested.

It will take me close to an hour to get there with public transportation, and another hour back, so it’s not really a viable option for regular workouts as my current gym is only 200m from my house.

But I’m excited. And nervous. And a little scared, as even though I think I’m in pretty good shape, I think I’ll get my a** handed to me.

I’ll report back after.

Have no idea what I’m talking about with this Crossfit thing? Check out this Beginner’s Guide to Crossfit from NerdFitness – it has a lot of great info.