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    Currently: watching a group of adults publicly trashing another adult for missing a dance class. (A non-professional, hobby type dance class, not the American Ballet Theatre or anything.) Real quote: ”What are you doing that’s more important than rehearsal?!?!?!” Boy, it could be anything. 

    Currently: watching a group of adults publicly trashing another adult for missing a dance class. (A non-professional, hobby type dance class, not the American Ballet Theatre or anything.) Real quote: ”What are you doing that’s more important than rehearsal?!?!?!” Boy, it could be anything. 

     
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    My local Walgreens put in this…display? Attraction? Anyway, I was wandering around last night looking for bobby pins and found this. Inside they have one shelf of vitamins and the other side is covered in fake bank boxes with a few old vitamin containers in glass cases. 

Of all the aspects of the “new” Walgreens this is by far the most confusing. However, it occurs to me that the store I was in could have been a bank before (it has that grand facade), so maybe the vault was already there? If it were me I would have put the clinic in it. “I really can’t shake this cold. TO THE VAULT!”

Yet my wandering was not in vain, for they stocked the special B-12 veggielife recommended, so I bought that. After 3 months of taking Vitamin D along with my vitamin, prescription and iron, I regretfully conclude it has no effect on helping me feel more alive in the dark and wintry times, so I will try the B-12 and see how it goes. (And yes, I realize it already has an advantage because winter’s almost over.) Remember, I’m not a doctor so please make your own decisions with your own medical professionals.

Next up, a post on how to get the early-bird special at non-early times.

    My local Walgreens put in this…display? Attraction? Anyway, I was wandering around last night looking for bobby pins and found this. Inside they have one shelf of vitamins and the other side is covered in fake bank boxes with a few old vitamin containers in glass cases.

    Of all the aspects of the “new” Walgreens this is by far the most confusing. However, it occurs to me that the store I was in could have been a bank before (it has that grand facade), so maybe the vault was already there? If it were me I would have put the clinic in it. “I really can’t shake this cold. TO THE VAULT!”

    Yet my wandering was not in vain, for they stocked the special B-12 veggielife recommended, so I bought that. After 3 months of taking Vitamin D along with my vitamin, prescription and iron, I regretfully conclude it has no effect on helping me feel more alive in the dark and wintry times, so I will try the B-12 and see how it goes. (And yes, I realize it already has an advantage because winter’s almost over.) Remember, I’m not a doctor so please make your own decisions with your own medical professionals.

    Next up, a post on how to get the early-bird special at non-early times.

     
  3. And the Oscar goes to

    One of my coworkers just announced her pregnancy, which is great and happy news. But mostly I’m impressed that I hung out with her and her husband at a wine tasting a few weeks ago and never noticed that she was consuming either less or not at all (depending on the pregnancy guidelines you consult or abide by). Through six tasting rounds! At a small party! I remember telling her how nice she looked! Amazing.

     
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    Tags: deplorable foodlabeling

    Don’t get me wrong, I love these but this container has some of the most misleading nutritional information ever. I pick it up — “100 calories?! Awesome!” Then I notice, that’s only for the pretzels. The hummus has 260 calories. They separated them, even though presumably everyone who buys this will eat both. 
I know, I could make a 100-calorie hummus and pretzel snack all on my own, but sometimes I want packaging to make my good choices for me. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I love these but this container has some of the most misleading nutritional information ever. I pick it up — “100 calories?! Awesome!” Then I notice, that’s only for the pretzels. The hummus has 260 calories. They separated them, even though presumably everyone who buys this will eat both. 

    I know, I could make a 100-calorie hummus and pretzel snack all on my own, but sometimes I want packaging to make my good choices for me. 

     
  6. I ran down one problem at a time.
    — Jen A. Miller,
    “Running as Therapy,”
    New York Times. (The whole thing is great and you should read it.)
     
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    Today The Oatmeal launched his own running event, Beat The Blerch, named after the tiny demon he imagines following him when he doesn’t want to run. The race is September 21 in Carnation, WA (30 miles east of Seattle), a trail-ish race on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The race site promises free race photos, “I Beat The Blerch” T-shirts with entry and “birthday cake at every aid station.” 
So tempting. I have to go out to Washington fairly often this year anyway (albeit the other side). Cake!

    Today The Oatmeal launched his own running event, Beat The Blerch, named after the tiny demon he imagines following him when he doesn’t want to run. The race is September 21 in Carnation, WA (30 miles east of Seattle), a trail-ish race on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. The race site promises free race photos, “I Beat The Blerch” T-shirts with entry and “birthday cake at every aid station.” 

    So tempting. I have to go out to Washington fairly often this year anyway (albeit the other side). Cake!

     
  8. 14:09 17th Mar 2014

    Notes: 162

    Reblogged from iron-inside

    Tumblr Challenge!

    redwhiteandjacked:

    Ok, so this challenge is designed to get you the body of your dreams!

    It’s so easy too!!

    Here’s the challenge:

    Workout, eat, and recover in a manner that will get you to your goal, for one year.

    Then wake up a year later with your brand new body!

    It’s so simple and easy!

    Exclamation point!

    !!!!

    !!!111!!111one.

    Can you please put this over a stolen photo of a super ripped woman with an unrealistic possibly Photoshopped body? Otherwise I can’t understand it. 

     
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    Pretty proud of this one.

    Pretty proud of this one.

     
  10. 14:34 14th Mar 2014

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    Aspirational. (Activate Apparel, $22)

    Aspirational. (Activate Apparel, $22)

     
  11. It’s my birthday! I’m 30. 
I wished so so hard for a snow day and the best I could get was delayed office opening. Well, it was worth a shot. Next year I’ll just take a personal day (if I can remember in time, and if I am lucky enough to have them) so as not to deal with annoying people. 
I have tried to stay as free from cultural baggage re. this birthday as possible. I was lucky that it wasn’t that hard. Only 1 person made a joke about me being 30, and it was a tremendous joke so that was fine. I was technically younger 10 years ago but I did not know who I was, and while I thought my shit was together, it was not. Having my shit together, even if I don’t always feel like I have it, is great. 
I’m going out to dinner tonight, destination unknown. I love surprises. 
So far, so good.

    It’s my birthday! I’m 30. 

    I wished so so hard for a snow day and the best I could get was delayed office opening. Well, it was worth a shot. Next year I’ll just take a personal day (if I can remember in time, and if I am lucky enough to have them) so as not to deal with annoying people. 

    I have tried to stay as free from cultural baggage re. this birthday as possible. I was lucky that it wasn’t that hard. Only 1 person made a joke about me being 30, and it was a tremendous joke so that was fine. I was technically younger 10 years ago but I did not know who I was, and while I thought my shit was together, it was not. Having my shit together, even if I don’t always feel like I have it, is great. 

    I’m going out to dinner tonight, destination unknown. I love surprises. 

    So far, so good.

     
  12. 17:35 11th Mar 2014

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    My doctor’s having a sale! (I need a new doctor.)

    My doctor’s having a sale! (I need a new doctor.)

     
  13. bikesbrainsbetterliving:

    veggielife:

    reclaimingmyinnerbamf:

    This.

    ————-

    Ah yes, a healthy dose of condescension and fat shaming, framed as a backhanded compliment! How lovely.

    Apparently the “fatty” has responded.

    So next time you look at me on that track do yourself a favor. Look away. I do not look like I once did. I do not want to be your inspiration or your motivation.

    I am a runner. I was a runner at 420 pounds and I am a runner today.

    And runners do one thing.

    They run. Not write about other runners.

    Seriously, fuck that original facebook post. Fuck everything about it.

    Reblogging for the response from the runner.

    To clarify, the response quoted is not from the runner mentioned in that post, but from a blogger named The Anti-Jared who responded from his perspective of losing 200 pounds. 

    This post has been going around since December 2012 and who knows if there was ever a real runner involved. Top comment on the original Reddit thread: "I think the best form of respect is to treat an overweight/obese runner on the track the same way you’d treat any other runner.”

     
  14. I read all the weight-loss memoirs so you don’t have to. I stumbled across this woman’s website a few months ago and noticed her book was on sale for $2.99 on Kindle (still is) so I bought it and read it this weekend. 
Johnson lost 72 pounds in a year by adopting the mindset that she would get healthy and stick to her plan no matter what happens. That’s what she calls “the Shift.” This isn’t a diet book, although she talks about her diet a little (very low carb, Atkins-style), but more about building that mindset and being truly ready to make a change even when it’s the hardest. 
It’s a really fast read in easily digestible chunks (like a blog!) and frequently addresses keeping a balance between work, family, and health, but not in a “I’m doing it perfectly” way, nor in a “It’s impossible” way. 
The problematic part for me was the trigger in leading her to lose weight, a meeting with an ABC executive in which Johnson intuited that her job would be in jeopardy if she didn’t lose weight. (Way harsh, Tai.) Johnson both names and thanks the exec in the book, which is more magnanimous than I could be. I know TV is a sphere of unreality but if this book were by Todd Johnson, would he have been told to lose weight to keep his job? (Yeah, Al Roker, but still.) That kind of discrimination is legal, but definitely unethical. On the other hand, she acknowledges that she needed that threat to get herself motivated enough. 
Ultimately, it made me really grateful that nothing about my job depends on my weight (that I am aware of???), nor do I have to go on TV on a regular basis. 

    I read all the weight-loss memoirs so you don’t have to. I stumbled across this woman’s website a few months ago and noticed her book was on sale for $2.99 on Kindle (still is) so I bought it and read it this weekend. 

    Johnson lost 72 pounds in a year by adopting the mindset that she would get healthy and stick to her plan no matter what happens. That’s what she calls “the Shift.” This isn’t a diet book, although she talks about her diet a little (very low carb, Atkins-style), but more about building that mindset and being truly ready to make a change even when it’s the hardest. 

    It’s a really fast read in easily digestible chunks (like a blog!) and frequently addresses keeping a balance between work, family, and health, but not in a “I’m doing it perfectly” way, nor in a “It’s impossible” way. 

    The problematic part for me was the trigger in leading her to lose weight, a meeting with an ABC executive in which Johnson intuited that her job would be in jeopardy if she didn’t lose weight. (Way harsh, Tai.) Johnson both names and thanks the exec in the book, which is more magnanimous than I could be. I know TV is a sphere of unreality but if this book were by Todd Johnson, would he have been told to lose weight to keep his job? (Yeah, Al Roker, but still.) That kind of discrimination is legal, but definitely unethical. On the other hand, she acknowledges that she needed that threat to get herself motivated enough. 

    Ultimately, it made me really grateful that nothing about my job depends on my weight (that I am aware of???), nor do I have to go on TV on a regular basis. 

     
  15. Well, I’ll be.