It was the pie.

By Camille Diamond

If you’ve read this blog before you might have seen this post from last April about how I, through following advice in a book called “The State of Slim” lost 15 pounds and continued to keep it off. I paid attention to what I ate, made sure I got enough water and protein, and most importantly, kept exercising 6 days per week. I really got into it, it was a habit that simply was my life.  It was actually everything that we at the 14th Street Y strive to provide for our members, a place where you want to come so that your fitness goals simply become your new reality.  

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Moving every day became my new reality.

Last year at this time, I just finished the recommended program and was in maintenance. I leaped into January feeling pretty great.  I was so excited about the program that I started a class here at the Y, The STATE OF SLIM, every Monday night at 6:30PM. We had about 15 regular members come to try the program, discuss the challenges and victories, and really experience living healthfully. The class was so great it has continued under the leadership of Elizabeth Schneider, one of our great fitness instructors, along with member Suellen, who not only got healthy and fit by following the advice in the book, she became the person to ask about it.

I continued my life fairly healthfully, even revisiting the plan in September when I got on the scale and realized the scale and crept up 5 pounds, and it was my trigger weight to recommit to the amount of exercise, eating portioned food 6 times a day (so you don’t feel hungry) with a good lean protein with every meal. By November I was back where I wanted to be.

Then came December. Specifically, the last 10 days. I visited my parents in the mid-west and it was really, really cold, like stay indoors and don’t walk anywhere cold. Don’t even leave the house to go to the car. And while you’re there, have some more pie. Which I did.

So now, though I have not stepped on the scale, I know. I KNOW!  It takes so little time to break good habits. Luckily, it can also take little time to build them up again.  So today, I’m eating for health and energy.  Today I am visiting our 14th Street Y gym. Today!

If you can relate to any of this, you should know that the STATE OF SLIM meeting is still happening every Monday at 6:30PM. It’s part discussion, part exercise suggestions and movement, and a great way to connect with people going through the exact same thing.  Hope we see you there tonight!  Or next week.

We’ll be here when you’re ready.

Camille Diamond is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications at the 14th Street Y

Three Reasons I’m Keeping My Gym Membership

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I seriously love summer.  I’m spending every minute, (even the ones where I truly feel hot and gross) being thankful that I’m not hunched against the stupid winter wind trying to get indoors as quickly as possible.

 

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.  Summer brings out more and more runners, bikers, circuit trainers and yoga classes in the park, and I love seeing this when I take my kids out into the long summer weekends.  And I sometimes think about maybe giving up my gym membership in the summer and just spending all my fitness time outside.  But then I think about it again and realize that I really want to keep it.  And here’s why.

 

I like lifting heavy things. I always thought that being a smaller and rounder female body type I shouldn’t lift heavy things, but rather lighter things, and do many repetitions.  And that’s okay.  But lately, I’ve been lifting HEAVY weights with less repetition.  I’m training more like a superhero and getting stronger than I’ve ever been.  I’ve been inspired by Jeannine Trimboli, someone of my own age and body type who’s training for a powerlifting competition and her results are amazing.  Check her out, get inspired, and come attack the max rack after I do.

 

 

Routine.  In the past year I’ve finally got back into a healthy way of living.  The way I did it was by slowly establishing healthy habits that are now…habitual.  For me, that means working out at least 30 minutes a day, 4 days per week, and an hour or more on Saturday and Sunday.  Sound lofty?  It did to me too before it became my life, something I enjoy, and a way to set and challenge new goals for myself.  Part of my routine is walking into the gym, seeing the same people, using the same equipment, and having an iced coffee on the way home at the same place.  I don’t want to lose that.  I like it.

 

A cool place to be. No matter how much I love summer I have to admit that one of the sweetest things is walking into air-conditioned comfort when the sun is especially….friendly.  I get a lot more out of my workout when I can begin the elliptical warm up from a neutral temperature and work my way up to sweating through the rest of it.  Plus the pool is amazing.  As a parent, I really appreciate family swim as an option.  As I swim with my kids, we cool off and burn off just enough energy to have a restful summer evening.

 

Stone cold fear.   Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but I find the best way to avoid living in fear of suddenly gaining back 15 pounds overnight is to keep doing what I’m doing.  Going to the gym makes me feel happy because I’m doing something selfishly, beautifully for myself that just happens to positively affect those around me.  I am SO MUCH HAPPIER when I get dressed in the morning without worrying about which pants will give me the muffin top.   And though most people around me couldn’t care less about if I have a muffin top or not, a happier me makes those around me happier too.   That’s probably the best reason of all!

 

-Camille Diamond; Director of Community Engagement and Communications, and 14th Street Y Member

 

 

 

Living in the State of Slim

“Camille? You know,  every woman needs an amazing pair of jeans.  Let me pull one for you.”

Over the December Holiday break I was in my home town shopping with a dear high school friend.  She took me to a clothing store where they ask you your name, what you’re looking for, quickly analyze your body type with a flutter of their eyes and immediately hunt down a few perfect outfits. (The store also gives your kids animal cookies and counts huge bathrooms as part of their real estate, and no this store does not exist in NYC).

They brought me a pair of jeggings.  I laughed at them.  More on that later.

6 months earlier than this,  I had been  puzzled by the fit of my clothes.  They felt weird.  Not tight, the way I normally experienced weight gain, but weird.  So I decided to pay a visit to the scale, which I had avoided for a complete year.

I found that in the time of my scale avoidance I had slowly put on 10 pounds.  And I wasn’t exactly at my ideal weight the last time I visited the scale, which is why I probably declined to visit it for a full year. My first step, after crying a little, was to recommit to healthy habits like working out at least 4 times a week, and track what I ate.  At first it worked.  In the first 6 weeks I lost about 5 pounds, which was great.

But then I hit a plateu.  A big one.  I didn’t lose any weight for 8 weeks, despite the exercising and the tracking.  It was getting exhausting too.  Not the exercising so much…I actually was enjoying that part.  But I was so tired of paying so much attention to what I ate.  I would much prefer to live my life rather than obsess about food, and it was starting to drive me crazy.

Can you relate?  If so, you might want to think about joining us at the Y on Monday nights, 6:30PM to learn about the State of Slim.  Because just as I was ready to throw in the towel and disappear into a box of cookies I learned about this new book and program, The State of Slim, or “The Colorado Diet”.  It whispered a phrase I feel like I’ve been waiting my entire lifetime to hear…”You can fix your inflexible metabolism”.   Before I learned exactly what I would need to do to fix the inflexible metabolism that I’d struggled with my entire life (first diet at the age of 8, anyone?) I read about the science behind the State of Slim, the inspirational way to build great habits, the connection between MY LIFE’S PURPOSE and my healthiest, happiest self.  That’s pretty heady stuff for a diet book.

Which is to say of course, that it’s truly not a diet. It is a plan for restructuring the way I approach and think about  my life.   I have lost a total of 15 pounds since that first weigh in, and have maintained that loss for 4 months, with very little struggle.  I have learned to eat, exercise and be active in ways  that I enjoy, that add to the quality of my life, that help me set a positive example for my children, and that help me fulfill my life’s purpose.

Again.  Pretty heady stuff for a diet book.

To learn more about the State of Slim, please visit their website at www.stateofslim.com; Get the book, check out their facebook page, or come to our State of Slim group on Monday nights to hear what it’s all about.

I might wear the jeggings that I bought that day in December.  They really did know what they were talking about.

 

 

Camille Diamond is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications for the 14th Street  Y.

  Jeggings are leggings that are also jeans.