Jennifer Lawrence Is PERFECT!

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

In Jennifer Lawrence’s Elle Magazine interview, she said that Hollywood makes her feel like she is “fat.” So when she was training for Katniss, she kept one thought in mind:

“I’m never going to starve myself for a part… I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner. That’s something I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong- not thin and underfed.”

Hollywood really needs a kick in the pants if they think she is “fat.” Most people dream of looking as good as she does.

The next time you look at yourself in the mirror and wish that you looked more like an actress, remember that your idol is under EXTREME pressure to literally STARVE herself to look like she does. Don’t judge yourself by Hollywood’s insane standards.

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The Evolution of Mom Dancing

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I found this video clip on YouTube the other day and it made me laugh. It’s from Jimmy Fallon and it’s called, “The Evolution of Mom Dancing.”

The funny thing is that Michelle Obama makes EVERYTHING look cool, even “The Sprinkler!”

Michelle Obama & Jimmy Fallon Mom Dancing "The Sprinkler" on Starling Fitness

I just realized that every time I play Dance Central on the Xbox, I probably look like this but even WORSE!

Don’t care…

I’m gonna get fit anyway!

Via: Geek Culture – Michelle Obama rocks!


You Can Be A Dance God Like Riffraff67

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

When I started watching this video, I thought Riffraff67 was a cute little guy and I was going to enjoy watching him play Dance Central 2. It was a song I haven’t played yet, so I was just interested is seeing how the moves went, but I found myself entranced by Riffraff67’s dancing!

While I was watching this video, everything I had thought about this guy at the beginning evaporated like water spilled on a hot stove. I thought he was cute and kinda cuddly before the video started, but afterward, I thought he was a DANCE GOD!

The next time you feel like you’re not in good enough shape to do something, remember Riffraff67’s dancing. With enough practice, it doesn’t matter what your body looks like. All that matters is how good you can do what you are doing. Whatever it is that you like to do, get out there and practice! Practice! Practice until you can do it with such grace and skill that no one can argue with how awesome you are.


This Is The New Year: If Your New Year’s Resolutions Have Been Forgotten

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

If you have been letting your New Year’s Resolutions slip, here is a video to get you back on track. It’s called “This Is The New Year” by A Great Big World [iTunes link].

The lyrics are so inspirational:

Another year you made a promise

Another chance to turn it all around

And do not save this for tomorrow

Embrace the past and you can live for now

And I will give the world to you

Apparently, it was a song featured on Glee [iTunes link]. Here is that performance:

The lyrics and tempo of the song are so upbeat, it doesn’t matter who lip syncs the song. If you have fallen off the wagon, get back on and put this song on your workout playlist!


PostSecret Recognizes Eating Disorder Week

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

This week on PostSecret, they recognized Eating Disorder Week. They posted a bunch of postcards about eating disorders.

Eating make me feel vulnerable. Starving give me strength.

It reads:

Eating make me feel vulnerable. Starving give me strength.

Putting on red lipstick after I throw up nobody knows I'm bulimic

It reads:

My favorite habit is putting red lipstick on after I throw up. Nobody knows I’m bulimic.

My friend is bulimic and I'm a coward

It reads:

My friend is bulimic. I’m scared to confront her about it. Instead, I made this postcard for millions of people to see. I am a coward.

I was called an elephant in school for being so fat.

It reads:

I was called an elephant in school for being so fat.

I became a vegetarian to have a reason for the weight loss caused by my eating disorder

It reads:

I became a vegetarian to have a reason for the weight loss caused by the eating disorder.

Honesty about my eating disorder would have saved myself from 8 years of hell

It reads:

If I were honest about my eating disorder when my mom asked me about it when I was younger, I could have saved myself from 8 years of hell.

Even though it made me miserable, I miss anorexia every day

It reads:

Even though it made me completely miserable & sickly, I miss my anorexia every day.

The National Eating Disorders Association has a quiz you can give yourself to see if you have disordered eating. They have some support options to help you and refer you to a professional, so if any of these secrets ring true to you, please contact them.

PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.


Nike+ Kinect Training

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

Nike+ Kinect Training at Amazon.comBack in 2004, when I fell in love with Yourself! Fitness, I dreamed of a game that could tell if I was doing the moves right or not. With Nike+ Kinect, it looks like that dream has finally come true.

I haven’t tried this game yet, but there are lots of videos on YouTube, showing how the game plays and what it does. I’m excited about it and I can’t wait until my copy comes in the mail!

Here is the E3 Trailer for the game:

Here is a quick video showing a five minute drill.

I love the moving obstacles in Split Decision. It reminds me of a Japanese game show called Human Tetris.

You can see full-blown workouts on YouTube. This guys shows everything, so if you want to try to workout with it, you can.

It looks like a good workout game with lots to do. Some people complained that they had to have LOTS more room than they usually have for Kinect games, so that worries me a little.

In nine short years, exergaming has gone from Maya telling me what to do and never knowing if I was following along or not to a game system that can see my every move and log each rep and whether I did it correctly. It’s one of those rare times when I am pleasantly surprised at how much technology has advanced!


Dance Central: Dance Your Butt Off!

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

Dance Central at Amazon.comWe bought a Kinect for our Xbox over a year ago, but I just wasn’t in the mood for exergaming. I had played with Wii Sports and DDR for a long time and the Kinect had such an awkward user interface that I just threw those games into the game drawer and forgot about them.

Until last week…

I reconnected the Kinect to the Xbox and dropped in Dance Central 2. It had the same awkward interface, but Sean noticed something that I had never realized before. You can control the menus with a game controller! Suddenly, that frustrating and stupid game turned out to be lots of fun! (more…)


Reflections on Mirrors from CrossFit 204

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

This blog post from CrossFit204 is brilliant.

CrossFit 204: There are no mirrors in our gym

It starts out:

There are no mirrors in our gym because we don’t care what you look like.

In fact, we don’t care how old you are, or whether you’re male or female. We don’t care what colour your skin is either. Or if you’re overweight or loaded with muscle. Or if you’re tall or short. Or blond. Or brunette.

We treat everyone like an athlete, and there’s no profiling here.

It goes on to be an inspirational call to give your workout the best you can and ends with:

We’re actually putting mirrors in the bathrooms very soon. But they’re not there for you to evaluate your appearance.

They’re there so you can look yourself in the eye and ask one important question:

Did you give your very best effort in the workout?

CrossFit 204 Appearance doesn't matter. Effort does. from Starling Fitness

If you live in Winnipeg, you can join CrossFit 204 and actually work out in that mythical gym without mirrors. If not, click on over to the CrossFit 204 blog and read the entire post. It’s truly inspirational.


Less Passion from Less Protein

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I saw this picture of Stanley Green, The Protein Man, and it intrigued me.

Stanley Green Less Protein Less Passion from Starling Fitness

According to Wikipedia, Stanley Green stood on the streets of London every day, peddling his book, Eight Passion Proteins with Care. If you’d like to read it, here is a PDF:

He proselytized that eating protein was bad because it stimulated sexual desire. He wasn’t wrong. Several studies have shown that to be true, with dire warnings to vegetarians to watch their protein levels.

Poor Stanley, however, thought sexual passion was a bad thing and suggested that eating less protein would “increase discretion.”

At some time in our twenties, when the body comes to adult perfection and size, we cease to require protein for body building, and so passion gets a bonus of protein, if we do not eat less of protein, correspondingly.

The book continually refers to a “sexual friend,” who appears to be someone with whom you experiment sexually.

…it might be very hard to be well behaved with a sexual friend, and to be headstrong in one’s lonely bed: HARD to follow a responsible moral-code, in the unmarried years. -Use your unaided will, for as long as you can, to develop your character; but do not let passion defeat you, ALONE, nor with a sexual friend.

It’s more disturbing when I read this paragraph:

Some will not be lucky enough to marry, and others are conditioned AGAINST MARRIAGE; but they would find the essence of happiness, in having gentle passion all the time: free of fleshly longing, particularly at bed-time.

Those who are “conditioned AGAINST MARRIAGE?” Who are they? Is he talking about homosexuals?

He continues to rant about wives needing to eat less protein so their husbands aren’t overwhelmed by their “married-love” duties.

Married-love takes its toll of men as well. And for how many is it the last straw? -Do you find it hard to satisfy your husband, or is it an anxiety for YOUR HUSBAND to know how to keep YOU sweet, with enough married-love?

In World War II, Stanley was appalled by his co-sailors constant talk about their wives and sweethearts and what they wanted to do once they got home. Considering that he never married, I’m beginning to think that he may have been “conditioned AGAINST MARRIAGE.” Perhaps he had been enticed by an encounter with a “sexual friend” only to find shame in his budding homosexuality. Never able to accept it, he chose to deny his nature and suppress his desire, and, in turn, urging others to do the same.

And, once again, there we have it. Dietary advice from a man trying to squelch his natural desires. Just like Kellogg, Graham and Post, poor Stanley Green spent his life railing against healthy sexual desire and blaming an essential nutrient in our food for it.

The next time someone tells you that you should be a vegetarian, remember where this obsession for vegetarianism came from and know that it’s not really a way of eating meant to make you happy or even healthy. It was a Puritan effort to squelch sexual desire in a society that was uncomfortable with it.



A Delicious Tweak To The Chocolate Cream Cheese Omelet

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

Last July, I invented one of my favorite breakfast treats, called the Chocolate Cream Cheese Omelet.

Low carb chocolate cream cheese omelet from Starling Fitness

Every time I make it, it’s uglier than the last, but it tastes like a deliciously chocolate pancake, despite not having a lick of flour in it.

Last Tuesday, I figured out how to make it ever so slightly better. The original recipe had you heating a tablespoon of butter in the pan so the omelet wouldn’t stick. I used a tablespoon of coconut oil instead and the flavor was divine! It adds about twenty calories to the recipe, but the coconut flavor of the oil pairs so well with the chocolate and cream cheese that it’s worth it.

When you eat low carb, it’s really easy to eat too much protein. In fact, the biggest mistake rookie low carb eaters make is eating too much protein. You have to LOOK for ways to add fat to your meals in order to keep your percentages at a level that won’t give you gout. Adding coconut oil to my chocolate cream cheese omelet gives it a boost in flavor and some well-needed calories from fat.

The next time you’re at a loss for what to eat for breakfast, try my chocolate cream cheese omelet and give yourself a treat!

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