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MyFitspiration Holiday Gift Guide

MyFitspiration Holiday Gift Guide 2011

As the holiday season approaches and Hannah and I start thinking about we would like to see under our Christmas tree this year 😉 we have also begun shopping for the special people that bless our lives everyday. And then we came up with a great idea! We tweet daily about the products we love, so why not make a gift guide? We’re sure there are plenty of people out their that are looking to get a fab gift for their someone specials so we’ve scoured the internet and stores and these are our top picks!

Happy shopping everyone!


Is Big really Sexy?

First….HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can I just say how much I have missed you all!  Seriously, it makes me sad that my schedule has been so nuts that I have neglected you so much.  It will be nice to begin a blog without an apology.  Your faithfulness and patience to Hannah and I means the world.  My favorite thing ever is reading your comments and tweets. :0)

Ok, so those who follow my twitter you know that I recently started watching TLC’s new reality show Big Sexy.  I have to admit, I watched all 3 episodes and I could not for the life of me figure out how I felt about them.  My initial reaction was “You GO girls…flaunt those curves”….I was so moved by how brave these women are to really encourage people to be comfortable in their own skin.  I know that even after losing over 120 lbs I still have days where I’m not comfortable in my own skin.  It’s funny how before The Biggest Loser I always used to say to myself…”If I could only lose the weight I will feel on top of the world and my confidence would be through the roof!”.  Now being on the other side of that statement I now know that confidence has NOTHING to do with a number on the scale, but a state of mind.  Really to be honest confidence really boils down to a choice.  Are you going to love yourself for where you are in the journey or not?  Yes, yes I am over simplifying but you know what I mean.  Losing the weight and getting healthy has indeed helped me feel better about myself and in turn boosted my confidence, but at the end of the day I have learned to CHOOSE to love myself…good days and bad.

What has been so fascinating to me is the comments about this show…not just on twitter, but people I meet in day to day life.  Everyone seems to be watch and EVERYONE has different opinions.  Some absolutely love it and others hate it.  I find myself somewhere in the middle.  Switzerland if you will.  Now, I know most of you are just getting to know me, but anyone who knows me well knows I am NEVER Switzerland.  Ever.  I am very, VERY type A and usually things fall in black and white categories for me.  Not much gray in my world.  This on the other hand….big old gray.  I think maybe it’s because I see both sides of the issue of Size vs. Health.  I know what it feels like to be overweight and unhappy because people treat you different and let’s face it there is very little to enjoy fashion wise.  I now know what it is like to be healthy, active, and walk into any store and know that I can choose what I like.  (which is still NUTS by the way)

Another part of this is how do I justify supporting people who want to continue to stay in an unhealthy state?  It’s one thing to be overweight and working on it…it’s quite another to say that it is healthy to stay overweight and being proud of that.  I’m not sure that is the right message to be sending out there….at least not for me.  I think there is so much to learn from these issues and I would LOVE to interview any of the women who appear on that show.  I tell you I applaud their bravery and confidence to talk about such a hard issue.  I know I couldn’t do it with out falling into a puddle of tears (as you all witnessed on TBL), and these woman are doing it as they strut down a runway in a bathing suit.

I am dying to know your comments and thoughts!!  What do you think of the show??  Good/Bad….or are you Switzerland like me?  Let’s talk this out…..

 

Big Sexy Hugs,

Olivia xo

NYC Triathlon Trifecta Update

I have to say the NYC Tri was a BLAST!!! Hannah, Irene, and I did so well and I am soooooo proud of us. It was hard work, but WE DID IT!!! Such an amazing feeling of accomplishment. Have you ever participated in a Triathlon or a race? Tell us all about it in the comments. Wouldn’t it be AWESOME to have a myFitspiration race one day?? Hmmmm….. Anyway, here’s a video of some of the highlights…..
xo,

Olivia

Is too much just…too much?

Are you ready to get all philosophical with me today??

Ok, so I had grand plans of giving you lovely readers a fun video today….BUT…there is always a but…I can’t get this out of my head and this is the BEST place for me to flesh this out. So…here goes.

There was a comment left on one of the past blogs about how much time I spend working out a day, and by posting that on twitter I am putting unrealistic expectations on people etc. Now, this person really was coming from a good place, and I appreciated the honesty. Let’s not get out the pitch-forks and torches just yet, because I want this to be a place we can all be honest…politely please.   After I let the sting of criticism roll off me I began to really think about this statement. Am I being realistic about my workout schedule….is it too much?

See, I told ya we were getting deep today. Heehee. This brings up a great point about balance. We all need balance in our lives…in our friendships, family, and even our workouts. For me this has been the toughest aspect of leaving the ranch. How do I find balance when all I know is Biggest Loser….which was my full time job for months and months. How do I navigate transitioning from 8 hours of working out a day to just 90 minutes? I’ll tell you…I just go day by day. Somedays 90 minutes doesn’t feel like enough and I do more if I have the time. Then other days I feel great at an hour and I stop there….although that has been rare.  There is also some guilt which I’m working on. 🙂 The point is I’m always working towards a balance that not only works for me, but is healthy.

I get asked all the time if I think I can sustain this workout schedule my whole life….to which I answer….I don’t know. It cracks me up to see people’s faces when I give them that answer. I’m sure they are expecting some kind of noble “I am winner hear me roar” type of answer like “absolutely, I will workout hours and hours everyday for the rest of my life because I have made a lifestyle change” or something like that. I wish I was that confident, but to be honest I don’t know what tomorrow will hold for me or my schedule. What I do know is that I am going to do whatever is required to keep this weight off…I owe that to myself and to the amazing gift I have been given.   For now, that means working out as much as I do these days feels right. Does that mean it should be the stick that everyone measures themselves by?  No…I repeat…N-O! Sometimes it takes just listening to your body and knowing what is right for you. At the end of the day only  you will know what is best for you, your body, and your schedule.

I hope you all know that when I post what I am doing it is not to discourage anyone…to be REALLY honest…it is to hold ME accountable and hopefully encourages everyone that we are all in this together.  When I read tweets about someone completing their first 5K, going to a spin class and loving it, OR deciding that no matter how scary it is they are going to take the Sports Bra Challenge it reminds me why I started this journey and why I continue.  It feeds my spirit and I just love it.  I hope on some level my tweets lift you up as well.  I really do feel like we are all here to learn from and edify one another.

I would LOVE to know what you think about balance and how you either achieve it or struggle with it.  It’s a great conversation worth having don’t  you think?

Much Love and Health,

Olivia

P.S. Can you believe the Sports Bra Challenge is just right around the corner???  Who’s ready….who’s scared?  *raises hand* 🙂

Are you ready for a CHALLENGE???

By this point you know we LOVE a challenge….and since leaving The Biggest Loser we are starting to go through challenge withdraw. Well, maybe that is stretching it a teeeeeny bit….no one looks good in a wetsuit and a helmet. Remember New Zealand?? For real.

As you know we are both crazy about spinning and we spend a lot of time at SoulCycle in NYC. I think they might just start charging us rent any day now. We have so many favorite teachers at SoulCycle but one of our all time favs is Jenny Gaither. Her classes are…to coin Irene’s favorite phrase “balls to the wall!!” It is awesome music, big energy, and a HUGE sweat….which is why we find ourselves signing up early for her classes before they quickly fill up.

So, we were in her class the other day and she spontaneously threw the gauntlet down to all of us riders and gave us a challenge! Let’s put it this way….it is my (Olivia) personal NIGHTMARE…but I’m gonna do it anyway….I preach overcoming all the time right? This is gonna be one of those “put yo money where yo mouth is”. Oy!

Are you curious about what she said?? Check out the video to find out…..

xo,
Olivia & Hannah
Ps. check out Jenny’s Twitter….and how to find her on SoulCycle!
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/JennyGaither
SoulCycle:  http://www.soul-cycle.com/instructors.cfm