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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

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

Two great posts I found: motivation and lentil love

LifeRemix is a great private collection of blogs. I found these two gems there tonight while riding my @#$^^&*&#$%@% exercise bike at 11:10pm to meet my @#$@#^%@^@#% daily exercise commitment. (But I did feel great when I was done.) Lentil Love: How to Sex Up a Simple Staple and Save from WiseBread — Good for […]

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Sun, October 12 2008 » Motivation, Recipes » No Comments

What came first, the exercise or the diet?

You know, for me, diets don’t work. I cannot start getting fit by following a diet alone. I just can’t stick with it for more than a few days. I get cranky and tired. I’m hungry all the time. Obsessed. I resent the hell out of it. However, when I start by focusing on exercise? […]

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Sat, September 13 2008 » Strategy » 6 Comments

Lost 6 pounds in 5 days, which brings me to my next dilemma…

I am feeling really good today — my clothes are looser and I have more energy. And, to be honest, I haven’t had to do much. I’ve employed two primary strategies to exercise more and eat less: Schedule exercise and be committed to it (and have a Plan B in case life happens and I […]

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Fri, August 15 2008 » Motivation, Strategy » 3 Comments

Society is so conflicted! 12,000 calories OR size 0.

Two of the top news stories today: “After [Phelps’] latest victory, he revealed the secret behind his six-days-a-week, five-hours-a-day training regime: an extraordinary 12,000-calorie daily diet, six times the intake of a normal adult male.” and “Tatiana Stewart’s willowy physique — she is 6’2” and wears a size 4 — attracts fashion-modeling scouts on the […]

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Thu, August 14 2008 » Everything else, Self image » No Comments

Four fundamental exercise truths

Many years of yo-yo dieting haven’t been for naught. I have learned a few things about myself along the way. Here are my four fundamental exercise truths: If I exercise, the food follows. And I don’t mean I eat a bunch afterwards. I mean, when I exercise, my eating gets in line with little additional […]

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Tue, August 12 2008 » Motivation, Persistence » No Comments