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Ironman triathlons: In my DNA? | Julie’s Health Club article — Chicago Tribune

Interesting article — you can have your DNA tested to find out what sport is the best fit for you. Why not just do what’s fun? Though I have to admit, I’m very curious now. If I had a spare $300 or so, I’d do it just to see what they said! Ironman triathlons: In […]

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Mon, January 5 2009 » Useful tools » 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

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

Please explain splits to me

I keep seeing people time their laps and other distances and talk about splits. I thought it was the time of a lap or length, but that’s not it. The term makes it sound like a difference between laps or lengths, but that’s not it. It seems to be based on total distance, but I’m […]

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Tue, December 9 2008 » Useful tools » 2 Comments

Dealing with stress constructively

I had a moment of clarity last year in which I realized that, until I learned to deal with stress better, I would never stop overeating to deal with stress. Sounds obvious, right? So I have experimented and found several things that work for me, not necessarily in this order or in every circumstance: Support […]

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Thu, November 13 2008 » Progress, Strategy, Stress eating, Support, Useful tools » 4 Comments

Turning workout miles into charitable donations

Turning workout miles into charitable donations | Springwise: your daily fix of new business ideas Interesting — I read this trendspotting newsletter and it linked to this site — raising money for charity with your daily exercise: “Plus 3 Network, based in California, lets consumers turn every step, turn of the pedal or stroke in […]

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Wed, November 12 2008 » Useful tools » No Comments

Part 2, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

Hi, all! I wanted to continue to my second posts (see first here) about the Influencer by Patterson, et al. But first, let me say, I really reflected on the last post. And, I feel really emotional about saying I believe, probably for the first time in my life, that I can do this. (Or […]

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Mon, October 6 2008 » Humor, Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Strategy, Stress eating, Useful tools » 11 Comments

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything (even weight loss)

At my company, each quarter, the managers and executives read and discuss a book that’s particularly relevant to our goals, our values, and our mission. This quarter, we read Influencer by Patterson, et al. The book looks at how people successfully change behavior — basically “what it takes to change anything.” Interestingly, it wasn’t just […]

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Fri, October 3 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Strategy, Useful tools » 15 Comments

Horrifying. Fascinating. My Pet Fat.

I’m horrified. Yet fascinated. Diet Pulpit has what I’m assuming is the 1oz size. She has named it Squishy. Squishy has had a better travel year this year than I have. I guess it’s supposed to be a deterrent. I’d probably have to invest in at least the 5 pound version (US$149!) For me, I […]

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Fri, September 26 2008 » Motivation, Useful tools » 7 Comments

How I maintain my visual food and exercise diary: the details

OK, I’ve been getting a bunch of questions about how I do my visual food and exercise diary. So, here are the details All credit goes to the commenter on LifeHacker who told me about Swurl. First, some tools I use to do it: Digital camera or camera phone My browser is Flock (based on […]

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Wed, September 24 2008 » Useful tools » 1 Comment