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Magic Machines? I Wish!

10 May

Who out there has seen the commercial for the Ab Circle Pro? I guess the better question would be, has anybody out there not seen the ad for the Ab Circle Pro? In case you just came out from under a rock I will describe it for you, it is a ridiculous looking machine that you kneel on and then using your core muscles you move your legs around and miraculously you look like…(psst, look at the pic below…)

sooooo I'll look like that if I buy this?

 
I don’t know if I want to look like her…her shoulders seem freakishly wide for her body, and I’m pretty sure she must live off of protein powder and maybe raw eggs cause nobody who eats actual food looks like that…not to mention the wrinkles she’ll be botoxing outta her face in 5 years from all the tanning she does…

But ya know, forget all that and well, I guess I wouldn’t mind looking like that…It’s not the body type I am striving for, I want toned sure but not that toned, I guess more slim/toned like um…hmm, I’m trying to think of a famous person to use as an example but am drawing a blank since they all seem to be stick thin not slim/toned…maybe when I finally get an agent I’ll start a new niche with my body type? lol.

I don’t know why I am fixating on this particular machine this evening, maybe because I have seen the ad for it multiple times since I have sat down? Yeah, that’s probably it. lol. There are so many machines that swear you’ll look exactly the way you want to look if only you use it – deep down we all know they are a load of crap but still, they can be tempting. I don’t want that machine, I make fun of it everytime I see the stupid ad, but! (and that’s where we all get caught isn’t it?) what if I am being close minded and it really would work? What if I am one tv purchase away from the body I want? Oh the horror! Good thing I don’t have a credit card…who knows how many stupid exercise machines I’d have, lol.

They probably work well for people who are not at all active, after all, going from almost no activity to any activity will increase your weight loss – keeping in mind food choices of course – I knew a girl, very large girl, all she started doing was water aerobics and she lost something like 10lbs in 2 weeks…I was uber jealous! Green green green, sigh. But then I realized she had quite a lot more to lose then I and she went from doing no exercise to doing water aerobics and I was already active in varying ways so my body was used to movement…I guess I should look at it as I was in better shape then her and that is why when I would join a new activity I didn’t have large weight losses…but really, I just wanted to be able to join water aerobics and lose 10lbs lol.

We are a society of quick fixes and instant gratification and these machines we can buy over the phone and online feed in to that. They feed in to the idea there is some super-fast-3-minute-a-day-miracle way to lose the weight when really the best way to lose the weight and keep it off is to eat healthy (that means the food choices and the portion sizes!) and be active. It sucks I know! But do you want your own version of that body in that picture up there or do you want to stay how you are? Not that I am implying you don’t look great! I just know that I look at that picture, then I look down at my gut and I know that if I got to choose between the two I’d pick her body…future botox be damned!

Today I ate:

1 apple = 1 point

1 pear = 1 point

1 banana = 1 point

1 Activia yogurt = 2 points

1/2 cup brown rice = 2 points

chicken = 1 point

1 light babybell = 1 point

1 Thinsations Ritz crackers = 2 points

2 pcs bodywise bread = 1 point

1 turkey burger patty = 3 points

1 cheese slice = 1 point

mustard and ketchup = 0 points

mixed veggies = 0 points

1 Thinsations yogurt covered pretzels = 2 points

20 mini bretons = 2 points

Total points eaten = 20!

Yah! I ate my points and only my points! Thank goodness!

I was worried I’d be over today cause I had this thing to go to after work so I had the babybell and ritz for a snack and I thought that would mess up my points for my dinner but apparently not. 🙂 Sweet huh?

I still feel hungry, which sucks, but I’ll be going to bed soon so I won’t be awake and aware of the hunger. lol.

Oh, and you’ll note I am back to eating fruit again! I fell off that bandwagon when we had a bit of cooler temps and in the mornings I was wanting oatmeal not fresh fruit but today I felt like fruit and ya know, I felt so much better after having ate the fruit then I do after eating cereal or oatmeal. Not that I feel poorly after eating cereal or oatmeal, don’t get me wrong, I love both those things, but after eating the fruit I felt lighter, full but not heavy…does that make sense?

Plus, the 3 pieces of fruit at work and the huuuuuge veggie portion I had at dinner, I’d say I got 5 fruit n veggie portions easy – I just may manage the Canadian Food Guide quantities one day if I keep this up! lol. 🙂

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One Response to “Magic Machines? I Wish!”

  1. Dacia May 11, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I think machines like those can only help you tone if you are already somewhat skinny and toned to begin with. I think most of us just have to stick with good ole diet and exercise (real exercise) to get in shape. Oh, well. If there was a quick fix then we would never have a reason to break out of our bad habits.

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