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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

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

0.1 pound gain: Biggest Loser Blog Edition

OK, this is getting ridiculous. I could blame TOM or my mother (visiting), but reality is I exercised too little and I ate too much (and not of the right stuff). Interestingly, I’ve also been getting stressed/weirded out by being in the top three of the BLBE and I suspect I’m sabotaging myself somehow around […]

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Sat, December 13 2008 » Motivation, Progress, Stress eating » 4 Comments

Majority Of Americans Never Use Physical Education After High School

Majority Of Americans Never Use Physical Education After High School This article was funny. No wait, sad. Oh, funny. Hmm, sad. Life sometimes imitates the Onion, eh?

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Fri, November 14 2008 » Everything else, Humor » No 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 » 2 Comments

People, I miss you!

Just a quick note — I’m still working a bunch and trying to catch up, but will be back blogging shortly. I twittered the other day about missing my blog, but it’s not so much the blog but YOU I miss Staying motivated is much easier when I know you are out there, so thanks […]

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Mon, November 10 2008 » Support » No Comments

Fighting inertia! (plus update)

OK, in typical me fashion, I made it through the tough part (the travel) pretty well and now I just want to kick back. Ugh. I don’t so much want to eat, but I do want to sleep and I have no energy to exercise. I want a miracle to occur. I know I’m still […]

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Tue, November 4 2008 » Motivation, Persistence » 3 Comments