Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jumpstart January: Vlog

Okay, the audio and the visuals in this video aren't synched up and I'm sorry for that - but, as you'll hear at the end of the vlog, my dad was making fun of me while I recorded it and I couldn't face a second take!  All the blogs and books I mention are linked at the bottom here and I hope you find them useful.  Do email me if you have questions, and further suggestions are always welcome!

24 comments:

  1. Great post Betsy!

    I find looking at things from a socialogical perspective fascinating. I'm currently reading "Why have kids?" by new mom Jessica Valenti - she looks at the glamourization of motherhood and how it's perpetuated through the media and our own statements. I'm certain it probably angers a lot of people but I like being able to stand outside of a topic and look in from a critical perspective as to why we view things the way we do.



    Anyways, that has nothing to do with your vlog but Mindless Eating sounds like another interesting read.


    Good luck on your quest to becoming healthier - Joe and I are currently tackling the same thing trying to be a bit more active all while making good food choices. It's always easier said than done ;)

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  2. 1- You have the friendliest voice!
    2- I really liked how you talked about the mindset behind things like the BluePrint Cleanse, I don't think that gets enough attention.
    3- Get back into running!! I miss seeing your running pictures on Instagram :)
    4- Your dad making you laugh? So cute.
    5- That book sounds fascinating - I love researchy-y reads like that.
    xo! eliza

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  3. I know! that's why I want to read A Year of Biblical Living - have you heard of it? SO interesting. I'll check out your recommendation, too!


    and thank you :)

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  4. oh thanks friend! I think that cleanses in theory aren't a bad idea - although your body does have built-in de-poisonousifying things, so I don't know that it's strictly necessary - but, when they severely restrict calories, they should be up front about it. LET'S CALL A SPADE A SPADE, PEOPLE. or make a cleanse that has 1800 calories. eithter way!


    and YES to the running! it's warm today, so maybe I will when I get home from work :)

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  5. I have heard of it - let me know what you think of it when you get around to reading it.

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  6. Thanks for the tips! We are actually sharing the same journey! I am also trying to loose weight. Eating healthy and not running but with a fast walking, almost "marching" ¡No es fácil! It's not easy! And again, and of course, as a big compliment: ¡Pareces española!
    Gracias, un saludo desde España.
    María

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  7. I loved the vlog Betsy! I really need to start thinking about what I'm eating. I'm a big boredom eater and that needs to stop. I also need to start running! My goal is to start out on the treadmill so that hopefully by spring I can actually do a little running outside.

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  8. Jay, I just looked up that book and now I'm dying to know what you think of it. I'm intrigued, but I'm also someone who's not wanted kids ever since I realized in my early teens that I didn't HAVE to have them as a progression of life. So thank you! Let us know!

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  9. Such a smart vlog. I've become more aware of my eating over the past few years, and I think a big part of it is moving around, and both missing old favorites and discovering new foods I want to recreate. But a HUGE part of it was my decision to progress to more ethical, sustainable standards in my food. It's pretty astonishing how much you notice on a label when you're just reading it for one thing. I've also had to expand my protein sources as I cut out meats, which meant teaching myself to eat mushrooms, something I used to avoid like the plague. Our farm delivery inspired me to use veg of which I'd never heard. I'm quite interested in this mindless eating book- I really need to check it out!


    Also I go on an unintentional smoothie diet every summer. Mostly because fruit is fresh and cheap and smoothies are gooooooooooooooooood. I started throwing in spinach a couple of years ago and it was kind of amazing how much more filling those smoothies were!! So screw juices- blend that puppy up with some ice!

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  10. not easy, but I guess that being healthy - both in terms of diet and exercise - is a lifelong project, so we shouldn't expect to turn around quickly :)
    (my sister lived in Barcelona for a semester, so I'll have to tell her you said so - thank you!)

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  11. oh yay thanks :) do try a little running outside even when it's cold if you can - everyone's different, but I know that I HATE running on the treadmill so if I had started there I wouldn't have maintained it at all!

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  12. YES to the label thing! even if you're watching just one ingredient, you do become so much more aware of all the other crap that goes into our food. AMEN! except to the spinach smoothie thing. gross :P

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  13. I have started and stopped and restarted couch to 5k like a thousand times, but this time I am really trying to stick with it, we'll see :) Go you for signing up for a half marathon!

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  14. I love this vlog, and you're brave for recording it with someone in the room. I'm fine on a stage with thousands of people watching, but I cannot, for the life of me, record a vlog with someone in the room without sweating bullets and unintentionally changing my tone of voice. Yikes. Great job! Also, I studied up on intuitive eating after years of being a statistic (aka "one of those girls") and nearly killing myself over things my silly brain thought up. It sounds very similar to mindful eating. It's where the money's at, for sure. :)

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  15. once you get past the third week, you're over the hump! you can do it :)

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  16. haha I didn't realize I had to be brave until my dad turned into a 12 year old boy! (we emailed on the rest, so... YES to all of that.)

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  17. I have to second Lindsay. You are so brave for doing a vlog with someone else in the room! haha. Every time I hear you talk, I just want to give you a big hug. I don't know that I could ever do such a cleanse. That definitely sounds difficult! I'm really struggling with making it a lifestyle change versus just a short term diet fad like many that I've seen going around lately!

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  18. Glad you did this vlog. I haven't done BPC but I want to. For strange reasons. I've been really really sick and on antibiotics off and on for over half a year. So I want to cleanse. I'm dying to know how you got the 30% code! I have tried pure veggie green juices before and they can be AWFUL! I'd probably add some lemon or something to it!


    Also... I could never do a vlog with people in the room. Shoot. I am too chicken to DO a vlog! Especially your dad! Hehe! Awesome. :)

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  19. I got the code from CupcakesOMG's blog! not sure it's still valid, but worth a try. and re: my dad... UGH, is all I can say! hehe

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  20. haha believe it or not it helped the process (I guess) because it meant that I justs did one take straight through - no need to be self-conscious with you guys after dealing with him :)

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  21. I have just emailed you both!

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  22. I admire your honesty Betsy! I like how you said "being more intentional" with what you're eating rather than restricting yourself. I'm totally checking out that mindless eating link; sounds very interesting! Good luck on your journey! This vlog is so classic and I really enjoyed it (your dad..lol!)

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  23. restricting is an easy way out for me! it takes all the responsibility away, and I need that to make healthy choices :) thank you!

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  24. I enjoyed that, it was so nice to see YOU!
    Best of luck on your healthy journey, you want to lose weight for the right reasons, and that's a good thing :)

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