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Whittle My Middle I

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Following in the footsteps of Angela over at, I have decided to create my own Whittle My Middle challenge for April 2010.

Angela had great success with this and I’m hoping to see results too.

I’m going to be doing 4 exercises every other day. I considered doing the same exercises as Angela but my fitness level is very different so I did some searching for exercises that are more within my range of ability. I found this video on YouTube and will be using these exercises for my first Whittle My Middle challenge.

Who: Any one can join me on this fitness challenge.

What: The Whittle My Middle I challenge involves 4 exercises, every other day, increasing the number of repetitions over the course of the month. You won’t see any benefit if you continue doing the same number of reps because you cannot build core strength if you don’t stress your core muscles a bit.

Where: Anywhere! The gym, your house, in the library (…yes, yes I will be spending quite a bit of time in the library this month)

When: every other day for the entire month of April

Why: build core strength and tone the abdominal muscles, and build confidence 🙂

You can track my progress on my official Whittle My Middle I challenge page. I’m going to construct a chart to show my progress over the course of the month. April has 30 days, but I’ll be doing the exercises every other day. That’s only 15 workouts, I can do it! Right?!

I will also post, on the official Whittle My Middle I page my current waist measurements.

I have to finish editing my paper on disease mongering before I can do anything today, so I’ll be back with an update!

Comment below and let me know if you’re going to take the challenge and whittle your middle!!


Written by Nour

April 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

Just Do It

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I have been procrastinating my “premier blog post” for a couple of weeks now.

By nature, I am a perfectionist! It is often thought that perfectionism is a good thing. And it is, to an extent. The idea of coming up with the perfect blog post, perfect report, perfect <enter final goal here> is far more stressful than just doing it and rolling with the punches, going with the flow.

I learned this in my first year of University; a very hard lesson indeed. In highschool, I rarely (if ever) struggled; assignments and test preparation came easy, and the workload was relatively light. When I started my undergraduate degree, the workload was significantly greater (exponentially so, actually). The material was more challenging and the relationship between professor and student in first year is pretty null. I spent more time stressing about perfection that the thought of starting the task at hand was overwhelming.

Solution? Procrastinate.

Bad Nour, bad!

I, apparently, thought this was a good idea. That is, until my first round of grades were released. Wanting to salvage my GPA, I attended some student study workshops and these shed light on this “perfectionist personality” . I’ve been working really hard since to avoid procrastinating, or at least catch it before it became too late to save myself.

I’ve been good, I swear. (At least when it comes to academic-related tasks).

In complaining talking to Lucky about how I’ve been feeling these past couple of weeks (I utter the phrase “I feel fat” a lot), I’ve realized that procrastination has been at the root of my lack of weight loss, clean eating, and healthy living success.

I lost a fair bit of weight during the summer of 2009. I was able to restrict my diet out of fear that my gallbladder would explode. I was (magically??) able to avoid over-indulgence. Since having my gallbladder removed in December, and recovering from my post-op complication, I have been very lenient with myself. (What happened to the magic? Fear can do wonders, can’t it?!)

I procrastinate when I am overwhelmed.

I have between 40 and 50 pounds of weight to lose. That is a lot of pounds! A very overwhelming number of pounds.

In fact, my goals are beyond just losing a lot of pounds. They are to be fit and to be healthy.

This is a goal that is far more overwhelming than any project, or test, or academic endeavor that I have faced to date and so I have procrastinated it for what I can consider forever.

No more, Nour, no more!

I am going to do as Nike extols and just do it. After all, that is why I set up this blog – a place to share my experiences, my thoughts, and to find motivation.

Please comment below. I’m new to the blog world and I do not feel as though I am a strong writer. Good and bad comments are welcome (how else will I learn?)

Just do it!


Written by Nour

March 16, 2010 at 12:00 am