“You Are the Expert on You” –Danielle LaPorte

I’ve been reading a book called The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte.

Just before I did today’s workout, I was reading the book and came across this declaration (made in a huge font): You are the expert on you.

I thought about those words while I moving my body.

For years now, I’ve been comparing myself to other people. I would see how they got the results I wanted. I would try to do exactly as they did hoping to get the same results. More often than not, my attempts wouldn’t feel right or work the way I thought they would and I’d give up.

I remember, when I was younger, my mom had a plastic container of buttons she kept in her sewing machine cabinet. They were a mismatch of buttons either bought or taken from well-worn clothes before they were cut up and made into rags. Whenever she made anything–from clothes for my Barbie dolls to a blazer for herself–she’d always have just the right buttons on hand.

I don’t think comparing myself, and in turn, learning from, other people was a complete waste. Just like the button collection, I have accumulated a lot of information, ideas, and inspiration.

I was thinking about these long-term challenges I set for myself—how I’m so in awe of people who can stick with them and always discouraged when I can’t. I realized. It’s just not me. I don’t like doing the same thing repeatedly. I don’t like to do things in a “steady state” unless I’m tired.

Granted, often times, when you do a long-term challenge of some sort, you spend time building up to it before attempting one. Typically, I bypass the “building up” part and just dive in. Mastering the art of consistency could leave me feeling differently about things.

The point of all of this is: I don’t know myself well enough to know what works and what doesn’t. I want to change that.

I also thought about how, from here on out, I’m going to document everything I’m doing. At first the focus in mainly going to be on workouts because I’m still at odds with what food routine works best for me.

My hope is that, sometime in the future, someone who weighs as much as I do now, will find these posts, find them informative, and then go on to discover what works for them.


For the past few days, I’ve been doing tabatas and loving them.

I do five exercises for 50 seconds and take a 10-second break between each exercise. I do three rounds of all five exercises along with a one-minute warm-up and a one-minute cool-down.

I’ve been really enjoying creating my own based on how I’m feeling each day.

My first one:
bicep curls
tricep extensions
hook/upper cut

My second one:
Squat/hip abductor
Shoulder press
Wall pushups
Leg thrusts
Swimmer’s press

(This one was exhausting! I think I’m going to have to do tabatas for awhile before I’m ready to do Les Mills Pump DVDs.)

Today, I thought I’d try doing 30 seconds on, 10 seconds rest x 6 rounds. I prefer the 50/10 method.

Today’s workout:

Bicep curls
Step ups (on an aerobic step)
Bent over row
Leg lifts
Tricep extensions
Back fly
(used 7lb dumbbells)
On the treadmill:

I’m doing my (very slow) version of Couch to 5K:

My walking speed: 1.6
My “jogging” speed: 1.9

Thanks, again, to Nanette at Drop It Like It’s Hot for the inspiration and support.

Photo by: Bombardier

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One Response to “You Are the Expert on You” –Danielle LaPorte

  1. Nanette N. May 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I am so glad you stuck with it this week! I love that you modified for you. Three work outs this week is a great improvement! Would you like me to type up another set for you? Or do you want to do this week’s planning on your own?

    How’s the food stuff? What sorts of things are you trying this week?

    I’m so impressed that you’re up to 1.9 on your fast speed. Do you think we can break it into the 2.0 by this friday?

    Big Fat Love,

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