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My weight loss over time, in a picture (well, graph): yo-yo to steady-as-she-goes

Well, I’m actually down a bit more today — and very close to the 50 pounds gone mark. I keep track of my progress in a spreadsheet now because, along with my not-dieting, the number on the scale no longer (well, rarely) has meaning to me these days other than a progress metric — it’s […]

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Wed, February 4 2009 » Persistence, Progress, Strategy » 8 Comments

Is it easier for men to avoid tempting food?

Is it easier for men to avoid tempting food? I don’t exactly think there’s enough data here to be conclusive,  but it’s interesting. “While both men and women said the inhibition technique decreased their hunger, the brain scans showed that men’s brain activity actually decreased, while the part of women’s brains that responds to food […]

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Mon, January 19 2009 » Strategy » 2 Comments

When I give myself time to think, it usually doesn’t turn out well

I find the trick to getting out and exercising is to do it with the least amount of self-talk possible beforehand. That means being prepared: having the clothes ready, having the bag ready for the pool, or the iPod for the run, or whatever. Because, if I’m not ready… I stall. And think. And talk […]

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Sat, January 17 2009 » Motivation, Persistence, Strategy » 2 Comments

Expect great things for 2009

Great little podcast (transcript) from Scientific American about a book I mentioned briefly a few weeks ago: Predictably Irrational. Basic premise: “If people think up front that something might be distasteful, Ariely argues, the odds are high that they’ll experience it negatively, no matter how intrinsically good it is.” I know this has been so […]

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Fri, January 2 2009 » Strategy » 1 Comment

Non-resolutions for 2009

Happy New Year! I’m not a big resolution person — I make goals through the year and adjust them as needed. But this time of year begs a little retrospective and introspection. Here are some things I’m thinking about for the year: Continue reading about endurance events/ultramarathons and other motivating blogs (see blogroll) and books. […]

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Thu, January 1 2009 » Everything else, Strategy » No Comments

2008 retrospective: What worked, what didn’t

Looking back, I certainly learned a bunch about what works and what doesn’t with regard to my getting fit. In no particular order… Works: Outrageous distance-based goal with deadline (Lazy Man’s Triathlon, first 5K race, first 5K continuous run, marathon, open water swim, triathlon… what else to come?) Doesn’t work: Exercising for X minutes Y […]

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Wed, December 31 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Strategy, Stress eating, Support, Useful tools » 4 Comments

eBay and the Brain: What Psychology Teaches Us about the Economic Downturn (and healthy behaviors): Scientific American

eBay and the Brain: What Psychology Teaches Us about the Economic Downturn: Scientific American Most of the useful books I have read this year about understanding why we do what we do (such as Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Influencer, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, Sway: The Irresistible […]

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Thu, December 18 2008 » Strategy » 4 Comments

More on Oprah’s weight gain tell-all »

I’m not going to talk about Oprah. But I do want to talk about this statement in a blog about Oprah: “For people with disordered eating or an eating disorder, weight is but a symptom of a larger, often emotional problem.” (Disclaimer: I’m not suggesting Oprah or fat people have emotional problems.) The realization that […]

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Wed, December 17 2008 » Strategy, Stress eating, Support, Useful tools » 3 Comments

Different Exercise Affects Appetite Differently: Scientific American Podcast

Different Exercise Affects Appetite Differently: Scientific American Podcast Listened to an interesting podcast today on exercise and appetite — aerobic exercise like running suppresses appetite better than anaerobic exercise like weightlifting.

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Sun, December 14 2008 » Strategy » 2 Comments

It’s official. I’m a freak. I’m the only person not worried about gaining over the holidays.

Hmm. OK. I think I’m a freak. (Hey, I hear you asking yourselves, “well, when did she finally figure that out?!”) I’m relieved because it’s nearly the holidays. I don’t find the holidays stressful, food-wise. I have the same freaky family issues that everyone else seems to have, but holidays aren’t when I do my […]

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Wed, November 26 2008 » Persistence, Strategy, Stress eating » No Comments