If you're ever sitting at your desk and ask...
bendoeslife: The answer is always yes. I don’t want to go right now. But I will. And it’ll suck for the first mile. But then it will get better. And then by mile three I’ll be enjoying my Monday evening run. And, in turn, I’ll be a little better than I was yesterday. Run with me.
Body, you got some 'splaining to do
I did, in fact, remember to do my weigh-in before breakfast this morning. Highest Weight: 197 Start Weight: 183.5 Previous Weight: 183 Today’s weigh-in: 183.5 Whaaaaaaaa-? Well, it happens to the best of us. With all the working out I did in the last two weeks, I know my body is making some adjustments, and as the popular mythology goes it is probably NOT a gain in muscle. I...
I woke up at 5:30 this morning
I was really surprised because that’s about an hour earlier than usual, but I woke up on the first alarm, instead of hitting the snooze eight times like usual. What a refreshing change! Anyway I had to get up to fiddle with bread again (what can I say? I like it better than storebought) so I figured as long as I was waiting for the dough to rise I could do a little yoga. It’s 6AM...
Hi everyone, I've been posting about this...
isparklelikeglitter: http://www.brickfish.com/Pages/PhotosAlbums/PhotoView.aspx?scid=593&picid=1309871_36347708 Please vote for Sandra! She really deserves this scholarship!
The law of exponential returns
Ok, so it’s not quite exponential but Wednesday morning I had no followers, and now I have sixteen, and I feel like celebrating you wonderful people, gosh darn it! It’s kind of like what happens with positive changes: you do one thing that’s good for yourself and before you know it you’re doing more and more and more. Like you decide to cut out soda and once you’ve...
I'm unfollowing certain tumblrs
Because I want to support them in their journeys, but the last thing I need in mine is to be overloaded with pictures of girls with engineered-skinny body types. My body is never going to look like that, because it was built to be a curvy body. I love my body for what it is underneath the ways I’ve mistreated it in the past (too much food; not enough activity) and that means that...
Cold mess outside, hot mess inside
Do you have pale skin and light eyes like me? Congratulations, you just won the genetic lottery - we are both prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. That means that when it’s overcast for too long, or during the short days of winter, my endocrine system is a hot mess. (More science! This time, we’re talking hormones.) This week was one of those weeks. Three mostly cloudy...
Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don’t think about it, I just do it....– Patti Sue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
Help out an awesome young friend o' mine →
Sandra is one cool girl. She’s a Girl Scout, just like me. I got to know her helping out her troop. She’s also a senior in high school, and one of the schools she applied to is my alma mater. She’s in a scholarship contest to win $2000, which would go a long way to helping her pay for that first semester - so click the link and vote her up a little. Tell me you don’t...
Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will...– Mark Victor Hansen via Thoughts from a recovering fat kid: Positive thought for the day
Bad romance →
This is an article from Women’s Health about food relationships. It’s something I think about a lot - and prying into my associations with foods has helped me figure out why I overeat and how to avoid it. For example, I grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, close enough to Philly that my parents and school frequently took me to the Philadelphia Museum of Natural History when I was...
I have a desk job that keeps me sitting for the vast majority of my day. I mean, I am glued to my computer for nine hours a day, taking only the shortest of breaks. I even eat lunch at my desk while continuing to work. It’s a rewarding job - I love it, and in this economy, I am very glad to have it - but it means a lot of stiff, tired muscles and a buildup of stress. So lately I’ve...
A lot of people run a race to see who’s fastest. I run to see who has the...– Steve Prefontaine
It takes 30 days to form a habit
At least, it does for your brain. Your body tends to adapt much more quickly. Last Monday I recommitted to a healthy diet. For me, eating to lose weight means eating between 1200 and 1500 calories. I lived quite happily on that much for about six months, but then I took another six months off. By the time last Monday came around I was used to eating way more than that - and way more than I...
I am so tired today. Next week’s goal: at least 7.5 hours of sleep each night. When I was at my low point in terms of weight (and high point in terms of everything else) I was getting about eight hours a night. It was fabulous.
Ben Does Life →
I have to be honest - this guy inspires the living daylights out of me. And his blog in particular inspired me to start my own. I’ve been logging my diet and exercise on MFP since October 2009, but I keep my food diary private. I have web friends who I really care about, but I find myself doing with them the same thing I do in real life: I ignore my own issues in order to be a cheerleader...
I’m cutting myself off after 3:30. Today I had the surreal experience of “forgetting to eat.” I’d heard about this before but I didn’t believe it was real. Basically, I got so caught up in my work this morning that by the time someone snapped me out of it (Hey, Anne, do you want anything from Subway? This one guy at my office eats at subway basically every day. ...
Why my boyfriend is awesome
We have a long-distance relationship that makes even a half hour of Facebook chat valuable. We were making plans for tonight, when I mentioned that I'd be at the gym, which cuts an hour an a half out of that time.
C: babe, you're always at the gym, ya don't need to bother telling me unless you're actually not gonna be at the gym.
Me: oh. ok.
C: think about it, you've been really good and have gone to the gym basically every day. i am very proud of you for this babe
Having his support in this means a lot to me. Making these changes has been hard, and if he opposed even one of them, I don't know that I could have made it - I would have seized on that as an opportunity to give up. I'm glad he's never given me the excuse, and to be honest, on days when I really need one I know he's good for a kick in the pants. Love that man.
The downside to running
It’s Wednesday, so today is a running day. For once, I am not totally psyched about it. That’s because Monday, I had my longest run yet - 25 minutes - and I felt like a total beast for finishing strong. The problem was, I ignored the discomfort in my heels, and when I went to change I discovered that my running shoes had come up over my socks and shredded a patch of skin on the...
The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned...– George Sheehan, M.D., former Runner’s World columnist
Cowards die many times before their deaths– William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar. While imprisoned in South Africa, Nelson Mandela wrote his name next to this passage in his copy. For me, it is a reminder to keep going, even when I think I’m at my limit, not just in running but in all things.
No one can say, “You must not run faster than this or jump higher than that.”...– Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-four-minute mile
Where do I get all these quotes about running? →
I love Runner’s World. I want to feel like a “real” runner.
I remembered to weigh in this morning! Highest weight: 197 Starting weight: 183.5 Current weight: 183 (Lost half a pound last week - not shabby for my first week back on the wagon.) Goal weight: 135 In charting my goals last night, I realized that compared to where I was at my highest weight, so much seems really attainable. From where I am now, I could reach my goal weight by February...
I forgot to weigh in this morning. I’m used to a Sunday weigh-in, which is nice and all but doesn’t lend itself to a sense of urgency. I only recently moved it to Monday, not anticipating how easily a Monday morning is usurped. Today’s interruption: bread. I love to bake, and yesterday afternoon I started dough for a loaf of sandwich bread. It took so long to rise that...
Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks...– Peter Maher, two-time Olympic marathoner from Canada
My plan is NOT a “diet,” in the “I am on a” sense of the word. I hate diets. I love to cook, and I don’t like it when my creativity is restricted. (I have a food blog, if you’re interested in that side of my life.) I have lost weight using a loose plan, formed with help from the fabulous MyFitnessPal.com and various fitness magazines. Diet: As in, the...
Let's get the awkward introductory post out of the...
My name is Anne. Chances are you already know that, because most people who read this will probably be people who know me personally. Hi! But what most of my friends do not seem to realize is that I am obese, in the simplest medical terms. I am 5’3” and I weigh 183.5 pounds as of my most recent weigh-in. My BMI is 32.5, 2.5 over the lower limit for “obese.” I have to...