1. To the left, to the left

    Trivial yet mind-blowing: Last night at PT I found out that one of my legs is 1/4 inch shorter than the other.

    This is major news in my world, and to no one else, because it’s my left leg, AKA my bad/tight hip side that I have been working on for the past few months. Meaning, all that time I was running and tightening up, it wasn’t just because of running too much, or marathon training, that my hip went haywire. It probably would’ve caught up to me eventually anyway because of that discrepancy which was a major cause, which I never even considered — because, who thinks of that? But it’s highly correlated to hip and IT band problems in runners.

    I have been given a lift to wear in one of my shoes (just call me Tom Cruise [but I won’t answer]) for the week and we’re going to see how that affects the system. It’s been much better already thanks to forced stretching and smart running, but this might be the final fix that I needed. Bodies are super weird, yeah?

     
  2. You don’t have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete. A lot of people probably think I’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but I do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack. I work out to make sure I can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, I’m not going up there trying to be a fitness model.
    — 

    Prince Fielder posed for the front cover of ESPN's “Body” issue and some people are upset about it because he is a big guy and they didn't hide him behind a shrubbery or shoot just his face, Adele in Vogue style. At least I think that’s the argument. Well, I always liked him even though he defected from the Brewers to the Yankees (rude). 

    The cover is NSFW but it is down at the bottom of the article where this quotation comes from so scroll carefully.

     
  3. How to beat the rest of your family at a holiday fun run

    1. Make sure the fastest runners in the group, who have beaten you before in this very race, are totally uninterested in getting up for a 7:30 start on a holiday 3-day weekend
    2. Wait for the fluke year when it’s 10 degrees cooler than normal 
    3. Don’t look back, they could be gaining! 
     
  4. He had recently discovered a love of dancing, which he practices with sweaty avidity in a yoga studio near his home. Never one to do things halfway, Ira Glass has suits that now hang loose; he has danced away 30 pounds in the last year.
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    — from “This American Gamble,” New York Times, July 2, 2014

    The Onion, October 19, 2012:

    My dream of Ira Glass fitspo:

     
  5. 08:25

    Notes: 6

    Tags: snacks

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    "Forget Dinner. It’s Always Snacktime in America," from the Wall Street Journal. This is fascinating!

    "Forget Dinner. It’s Always Snacktime in America," from the Wall Street Journal. This is fascinating!

     
  6. 16:57 30th Jun 2014

    Notes: 304

    Reblogged from jbizzle329

    Tags: scotusreproductive rights

    jbizzle329:

    I think the bigger issue is about women’s health, not just contraception alone. Women use the pill for many other reasons aside from preventing an unwanted pregnancy.

    Also, the nature of health insurance means that everyone pays a little bit for things s/he doesn’t personally use. I don’t smoke but part of my premium could cover my neighbor’s smoking induced lung cancer treatments. I was not a preemie, nor do I have a preemie, but part of my premium could help keep the lights and ventilators on for the fighters at the NICU. The healthy populace subsidizes a few people’s outsize needs. That’s how we can all have health insurance and the insurance companies stay in business.

    By attaching religious exemptions to something that health insurance covers, we are saying it’s all right to deny coverage for things you morally don’t approve of, thus undermining the system. If my employer didn’t approve of my long-distance running (which sometimes means I run on Friday nights, Saturdays or Sundays, all holy times to different groups), that employer could say “Hey, we’re not going to pay for your PT or any injury treatment for your running, because we don’t feel it’s right.” But in this case, the Court has ruled specifically that this ONLY applies to women’s reproductive health, suggesting that it’s not OK to judge a smoker or a runner, but it’s OK to exercise prejudicial treatment toward a woman seeking birth control.

    If you don’t like health insurance paying for things you don’t approve of, feel free to self-insure and pay a lot more. Or, look really, really hard into your heart and imagine being the person who needs help.

    (Source: restlesshippo)

     
  7. The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.
     
  8. thechurchofbobsaget:

    theycallmemiketaylor:

    Next on Fox News, did Obama rig the outcome of the USA-Germany game to draw attention away from Benghazi?

    And then over on MSNBC, Chandler Bing Rachel Madow talks about how Obama actually arranged for Portugal win to help USA lean forward  in to the knock out rounds.

    Meanwhile over on CNN, they’re still talking about the missing plane.

    Fun story: I sit near a CNN monitor at work but I had the game on another TV nearby (I’m so fancy). I was scheduled to have a meeting with some folks who sent word that they were DVRing the game, so they wanted !!!NO SPOILERS!!! while we were meeting and not to have the game on. Oof, fine, fun-killers. I turned the game off and started following on Twitter.

    Meeting people were really late and finally arrived within the last 10 minutes of the game. Torturous. I do my meeting song and dance. About 15 minutes in, out of the corner of my eyes I see the CNN chyron “US ADVANCES IN WORLD CUP.” After all that, they were spoiled anyway. Vengeance! 

    TL;DR CNN is totally ridiculous but sometimes appreciated. 

     
  9. Game day!

     
  10. 10:02 24th Jun 2014

    Notes: 14

    Tags: familyhealth

    I’ll get back to posting trivial stuff pretty soon…

     
  11. This may not be the most thorough review you’ll read of the Fitbit, but it’s probably the funniest. 

     
  12. How I feel about my body this week.

Just… little stuff, like: This morning I was leading a meeting that derailed so we could talk about how great it is that my coworker loves food, but is still skinny. Sounds totally germane! (It wasn’t.) I am visibly not skinny. I believe it is not part of my job description? Maybe if I were Padma Lakshmi.*
I miss the time when I didn’t think about my body at all. Its features seem ever unfamiliar. Can I just wear a big ol’ sweater or the dress equivalent of a Snuggie all weekend?

    How I feel about my body this week.

    Just… little stuff, like: This morning I was leading a meeting that derailed so we could talk about how great it is that my coworker loves food, but is still skinny. Sounds totally germane! (It wasn’t.) I am visibly not skinny. I believe it is not part of my job description? Maybe if I were Padma Lakshmi.*

    I miss the time when I didn’t think about my body at all. Its features seem ever unfamiliar. Can I just wear a big ol’ sweater or the dress equivalent of a Snuggie all weekend?

     
  13. How to make a grown woman cry

    Make her stretch out her hip flexors. Good gravy PT is leading me to all the ways that I am not flexible whatsoever.

    Sadly, this time I did this to myself. On Monday night Asics threw a party at my local running store with shoes we could test out, and since I already run in Asics I figured it would be fine to test their Cumulus shoe which is more neutral (less padding) than I usually use. I went out for a short run (half an hour) and the shoes felt weird — like my toes were grabbing at the ground — but they didn’t hurt. Plus they were so light! And the toe box was wider, which made them look silly but feel very roomy. But the next morning my hip was aching like an old person’s. 

    I still might look into neutral shoes eventually, but the timing was not smart. Despite all that, I thought my PT might go easy on me last night since she just got engaged (hot trend of 2014: everyone I know gets engaged) but she was not distracted enough.

     
  14. iron-inside:

    Today Dr. Oz was forced to admit under oath that diet and exercise are the real weight-loss miracle products. Gotta love it! Special shout-out to Sen. Claire McCaskill

     
  15. 06:21

    Notes: 9

    Tags: deplorable food

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    Not bad, but not great either. They approximated the smell really well, but not the taste (and I know smell is 90% of taste but I guess it’s just that 10% that is impossible). On the other hand, was I really expecting cookies for breakfast?

…Yes, yes I was.

    Not bad, but not great either. They approximated the smell really well, but not the taste (and I know smell is 90% of taste but I guess it’s just that 10% that is impossible). On the other hand, was I really expecting cookies for breakfast?

    …Yes, yes I was.