“I’m okay with sucking because I get up and I do it. Every day. And every day, I get better. I’m okay with sucking because I know one day I won’t.”—AndreAnna at Bodies in Motivation is a Crossfitter with a great attitude.
“* 6:50 AM NY Waterway Ferry - Run 1 runners and families First Ferry to GI
* 7:10 AM NY Waterway Ferry - Run 2 runners and families Second Ferry to GI
* 7:30 AM NY Waterway Ferry - Run 3 runners and families LAST FERRY”—YOU GUYS, in 4 sleeps I’m going to get up SUPER EARLY and RUN A 10K ON AN ISLAND!!!!! (Uh, not the one I live on. Different one.) Bland eating and obsessive weather-checking starts now!
“I significantly increased my wardrobe, as I now fit into a bunch of shorts, jeans, and exercise clothes I had outgrown for junk-in-the-trunk-related reasons.”—Stolen from a blog I read, which does not elaborate on “junk-in-the-trunk-related reasons” (though as usual dying to ask). Funnier because it’s a dude writing? Absolutely.
Here’s what I brought and ate so far today (disclaimer for everyone, not a nutritionist or dietitian, do your own research, etc):
Breakfast: Chobani yogurt
Mid-morning snack: Small apple and string cheese (I had a second apple but it was bad so I chucked it)
Lunch: Whole-wheat English muffin with natural peanut butter, 1/2 pound raw green beans (takes a LONG time to eat)
Afternoon snack: Another whole-wheat English muffin with natural peanut butter and 3 clementines
There were a couple of coffees in there as well and I have a pre-gym Clif bar stashed away. Then I’ll have dinner when I get home.
I feel like I’ve been eating all day, but that’s better than feeling like it’s going to be hours till I get to eat again. I had gotten out of the snacking habit, and convinced myself that I didn’t need snacks (thus justifying lunch out), only… I was still hungry in the afternoons and looking enviously into the vending machines. And veggielife you are so right, the money saved is astronomical. There’s plenty of cheap food available by my office, but most of it isn’t healthy (looking at you, 99-cent pizza).
This is the first time I have taken my lunch to work in at least two months.
I was doing really well with bringing my lunch from the time I started working here. And then we moved to an open plan office where everyone can see/smell everything… and then it was summer… and then I got really lazy… All the while thinking “Yeah, I should bring my lunch.” I even packed this lunch last Friday but left it in the fridge at home.
But hey, you know what’s great? Waking up on a rainy Monday and realizing you won’t have to go out to get something and that you have oodles of snacks. Oodles! If I forget this, feel free to deactivate my Seamless Web account.
Well, I’m calling it: I have officially surpassed my high school self as Fittest Self Ever. Sure, she weighed less at some points… but no way could she have torn out an unofficial 9:17 mile like I did today! And to all the 15-year-olds who passed me, I hope you can say the same in 11 years.
I haven’t run a timed mile since last year sometime. I should do it more, I was stunned by how fast it all went. I warmed up with a reservoir lap, then wandered over to watch the 8-14 heat. Two funny things about that: First, I really underestimated how seriously tween/teen running is taken here. I expected a “fun run” and instead saw whole teams of tweens with singlets and warm-ups. Before my heat it was announced that the boys’ winner ran a 4:25 mile, which is insane.
Second, and related, I got a sneaky course report from a mustached track coach who was stopped by a father and son and asked if he had some kind of spike-related product. Mr. Mustache had 30 years of coaching experience and told the son, whose first race it was, that the first 200m were all downhill and the second were all uphill, so don’t go out too fast. “Then you wait till you see the three-quarter mark,” he said. “Then what?” asked the father. “Give it everything you got,” Mr. Mustache said. Thanks man!
P.S. While reading other people’s race reports on Twitter I came across fellow New York runner and Tumblr user chunkygazelle. I like her attitude: “I started running so that I could eat more cheeseburgers without feeling guilty and after a few races, I was hooked. I am the determined runner towards the back of the pack that strives only to beat my personal best.”
**Edit: Official time from the Fifth Avenue Mile: 9:03. Ridiculous.**
So I bought a swimsuit! It’s much more lap-lane- than beach-friendly, but at least I sucked it up and did it.
Also ducked in a bunch of places looking for pants for work, since the weather is starting to turn. Loved the stock at Banana Republic (I had never even been in one) but wasn’t prepared for the prices. Express’ pants selection was great, although its sales staff was a little too eager to help. (@eddoeslife, I can see how someone would mistake a 0 and 8 even if she didn’t need glasses — but the customer sounded like she wanted to KILL someone for mistaking her for an 8. Calm down, lady!)
You think I’m done with the knee puns? Oh boy, I’m just getting started.
So I stuck to my knee plan really well till I went out dancing last night. Not… the wisest thing to do, but it seemed like the right decision at the time, and still does. It was really nice to break even the mildest of sweats, and I didn’t feel fat like I did all week; I just felt like me. Plus on the way home, some guy on the N train told me he loved my shirt, so that was cool.
I’m off to pick up my NYRR number and then I am going to find a swimsuit, I mean it this time. Fall afternoons (even those on which it’s 85 degrees) make me so happy.
I had a knee scare late last year and I felt the exact same way. Like if I ever mentioned it, all people would say was I had to lose weight. I started mixing up my workouts and tried to squeeze in biking which didn't make my knee hurt and swimming. The thing about swimming is as soon as I'm in the water, I kind of forget how incredibly uncomfortable I am and I really enjoy it. Give it a shot. You can do it!
I mean, I understand why people say you should lose weight to avoid putting stress on your joints. I don’t think it’s unreasonable. If I lost a little more, I’m sure it would be better for them in the long run. But if they didn’t bother me before, I don’t think that’s what’s going on, you know?
Re. swimming, once I’m in the water, I’m fine. Even lying on a beach, I’d be fine. But my current suits are way too big and the last time I went looking for a one-piece the results were uninspiring in that I was uninspired to drop $35 on them. For instance, anyone know why women’s athletic suits would have padding in the bust? Don’t want it, don’t need it.
I haven’t run since Sunday because of knee twinginess. I took off Monday, did elliptical/ incline walking Tuesday and took off yesterday. Given the state of the twinge I might be bagging today as well. **Edit: Of course as soon as this happens, I discover a running group that meets at a coffee shop in my neighborhood. Dying to go. Can’t.**
Mostly I need to figure out what I can do so that I can still run my 10K a week from Sunday. If I have to sleep face-up, wear my running shoes everywhere and sneak in stretch breaks every day until then, I will. Do not doubt my resolve. But I don’t want to drop. I was supposed to run the Run for Congo Women on Saturday and the Continental Fifth Avenue Mile on Sunday, and I wouldn’t feel great about bagging either, but I would if I thought it would help.
I have been recommended to swim more, but that means I have to buy a swimsuit. Cue crisis.
Also I have been afraid of acknowledging this for fear someone will say “Just lose weight and then you won’t have knee pain!”
I often play games like this whether I’m outside or on a treadmill. For a while I would favor the treadmill at my gym that looked out at a streetcorner, so I could count the people walking by. (Best not to try this if you are running outside.)
I don’t even think of myself as rewarding myself with food until it’s practically happening. I wore that groove into my routine years and years ago, when I was hardly conscious of it. Even now that habit is hard to break. Tonight after work I have to go do something I really don’t want to, and I was thinking to myself “Ooh, and afterward, ice cream!” Great dinner idea! Wait, no. Instead I’m going to get a decent dinner, with vegetables and stuff, and then go to the movies. And if I still want ice cream after that, maybe I’ll have some.
Just because it’s culturally normal to celebrate everything with food doesn’t mean it’s healthy for me, at least not right now. I would never tell anyone not to, certainly not on my behalf, but sometimes I feel the old feelings crawling up. Because even when the food was delicious, there was always something else going on in the background that I wasn’t watching.
Major props to all my Fitblrs out there - we’re in that 5%!
I’m glad most of us are in that 5%, but I wish more of the country would join us. And I say that as someone who was in that 95% for most of my adult life. Would love to read this whole study though and find out exactly what we are doing with our time otherwise.
Gotta be my combination lock. When I switch gym bags, somehow it never goes with me. I finally got fed up and bought a second lock, only to then forget that one just a few weeks later. They have different colored dials so I could tell them apart, a system I ignored to my peril when I bought a third lock, same color as my first one, only to forget the combination and now it’s a paperweight.
So I guess today’s purchase will be my fourth. Argh, self!
Also recently forgotten: socks, a hairband, deodorant (thankfully I was going straight home after).
"Mike and Molly" is a new CBS sitcom about two overweight people who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. According to the reviewers quoted above, it’s not as bad as you would expect… but still a lot of fat jokes.
I might hold my nose and watch the pilot for funny lady Melissa McCarthy (formerly of “Samantha Who?” and “Gilmore Girls”) but my expectations are in the basement. Then again, that’s how I feel about most of the new shows, because I am old and crotchety. Wake me up when “The Office” is on!
Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth (burlytobodacious)
Mind Over Mood (kittystardust/notgivingup)
"Anything about Lance Armstrong" — carlconnor
"All of Michael Pollan’s books" — queenoflean (also responsible for the next 3)
Complete Guide to Women’s Running
The End of Overeating **I read this one this year and it made a big impact on me.**
If you have more, keep sending them along!
As for the 900-lb. gorilla in the running-book category, Born to Run, I liked it and was glad I read it, but it didn’t convince me to start barefoot running. I felt that the author was doing a decent job of building his case, and I loved the Western States sections, but it kind of fell apart at the end and felt more speculative than scientific. But I would recommend that you read it and make up your own mind! Also, this was a minor detail I loved the idea of doing periodic “system checks” on yourself while running (or it could work for other exercises too) to ensure that you are feeling good and not getting injured.
I see healthy people. Walking around like regular people.
Sailed into a party last night where I didn’t know anybody, which definitely contributed to my eating and drinking more than planned. First stranger I talked to? Clutching a pint glass of water because she’s running the tune-up today en route to her first marathon (Hartford, 10/9). Second stranger I talked to? The skinniest, ropiest personal trainer I have ever met, who just graduated from massage therapy school and confessed to a terrible french-fry addiction. I just can’t get away!
Knee update: It feels great today, no twinges. I bought a goofy knee ice pack and it seems to be working. Going to see “The Town” and run some errands before meeting up with some of you lovelies at 4. I’m not going to the gym today but I’m going to walk to the theatre and do some other walking around. Fall is so delightful.
Had some gas left in the tank, but also was feeling twingey (especially in the last 1.5 miles). About to ice it. Hmph.
Going to the Mets-Braves game this afternoon. It’s cloudy and breezy here, but the weather report looks clear, so keeping my fingers crossed. I was just looking for nutritional information for the Shake Shack and… I should not have done that.
On Tuesday I was walking out of work when I noticed my right shin and knee were really hurting. The knee puzzled me because I haven’t had that kind of pain before. I meant to run 2.5 miles but hopped off after 1.4 when I realized it wasn’t going away.
Wednesday I ran 3.1 miles and felt some twinges, but mostly good. Thursday after dance class I ran 2 miles but I still felt some twinges. Yesterday, they were big twinges (most likely related to that dance class, gah!). All night I would wake up thinking my knee was hurting, or I was sleeping on it wrong, like some sort of “hysterical knee” condition.
I really, really, really don’t want to get injured. I was intending to do 8 today, but I’m going to ease off and aim for 6 (but stop if I need to) and warm up with a walk beforehand. It is really hard to contemplate this! But it won’t be worth getting hurt. Then I’ll ice my knees and stretch, and hope.
Come on body, I treat you right now, don’t play me like this.
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The device, called Zerona and manufactured by Erchonia Medical Inc., is intended to remove unwanted fat without the need for surgical procedures such as liposuction.
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Ways to know you will end up walking out of that dance class 5 minutes from the end
1. When the teacher recognizes and greets you as new, he tells you “Oh, we did this routine last week, but you’ll catch on.” I recognize these teachers are motivated to reward people who come week after week, but it’s hard enough to try a new class — the learning curve is high enough, without having everyone else already know the steps (I had taken this kind of class before but with a different instructor.) Besides, isn’t part of the teacher’s job to make up new choreography?
2. When you ask the woman diagonally in front of you who is adding random back kicks to every step to move over so she doesn’t kick you, she turns her head away… but stays in the same place.
3. After warm up and going over the steps, the teacher splits the class in two and has each half perform for the other. First, if you’re watching people dance, you’re not burning calories. Second, if you’re dancing, other people are watching you… see the first point about not knowing the choreography as well as everyone else.
4. After 10 minutes of switching off, you’re peeved but you tell yourself, “Look, I can stick this out. There’s only 10 minutes left in class, there will probably be some stretching, it’s going to be fine.” Then the instructor spends 5 minutes fiddling with his iPod trying to find the right song. Five minutes where nobody is dancing and you are listening to 20-second snippets of random pop songs. He wasn’t having technical difficulties — he just couldn’t find the song he wanted! ARE YOU KIDDING ME. ARE YOU A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL. ARE YOU ON A ROAD TRIP. NO YOU ARE NOT.
At that point I walked out like my hair was on fire. I realize it was stupid and petty, and I was short on patience going in, but I had just had enough! It’s too bad, a bunch of the other students looked like Real Dancers and that usually adds legitimacy to a class like this. (Weirdly, they were all okay with how the class was going, which suggests it’s usually like this.) Instead, I nailed down a 2-mile treadmill run and went home. I hate it when I waste my time.
Can you please do me a favor? Recommend me: books about health, fitness, body image, self-esteem, weight loss, athletes/ athletics… and anything else that you find motivational or inspirational. I love to read and need some new brain fodder. Reply, answer, photoreply with a cover, message, Disqus comment, however you want.
Went out for drinks last night for a work friend’s birthday. He eats primal and before the festivities even started, told me that his tolerance had really dropped since he stopped eating most processed carbs. This caused us some trouble as we attempted to buy the birthday gentleman dinner and discovered that every food at the bar was either a carb, carb-coated, or a carb wrapped around another carb (my favorite kind).
Should you give up drinking when you’re trying to lose weight? From my experience I would say, not unless you plan to give it up forever. You can definitely cut back or even try giving it up for a limited amount of time — and I have done both! — but if you just cut back till your goal, you aren’t learning how to drink as a fit and healthy person. It takes time to develop habits like spacing out your drinks, getting water and picking drinks that you can drink slowly; since you’ll be in that situation again, you have to get used to it. Same goes for eating out; you want to aim to change your approach, because someday you’ll be in that situation and unable to get out of it, and you have to come armed.
Anyway, my cutting back did not extend to last night, when I had a bunch of beer and thrashed my voice shouting along at karaoke. (I mean, my version of “Paper Planes” was pretty killer.) When I got home I grabbed a bottle of water out of the fridge, but I discovered this morning that I also grabbed a chocolate bar that was sitting in there… and fell asleep before I could eat it. What a “Cathy” moment. Ack!!!!!
Mark Haub, 40, associate professor in K-State’s Department of Human Nutrition, began a 30-day junk food marathon on Aug. 25. He is living on a diet of high-calorie, high-fat foods, such as snack cakes, powdered doughnuts and sticky buns, to show that foods commonly regarded as junk can actually help people lose weight.
Oh, it’s the “Everything Bad Is Good For You” diet. Yeah, I went on an “experiment” like this called “Finals Period My Senior Year In College.”
Like our gracious host Theodora, I decided last year that I wasn’t happy with myself and that I wanted to be healthier. I’ve lost 65 pounds to date and gained an identity crisis along the way — but trust me, even if I would rather have done each of those things separately, it was worth it.
I’m over at Theodora’s virtual home today, playing with her virtual dog and ordering some virtual sushi. Come by won’t you?