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Sunday, January 17th, 2010

I have some interesting personality quirks.* One of them is that I rarely take the first (or even second) opportunity to do something. Instead, I usually procrastinate until the last minute – and then get really overwhelmed and almost panicky when things pile up and I really think about all the crap I need to do. It happens all the time, so why don’t I learn my lesson and just do things right away rather than putting them off? Who knows. That’s just how I am.

Anyway, one of the things that was on my growing mental list of things to do for weeks is cleaning my house. Every time I went into any new room, I thought about it… and groaned… and then didn’t clean it.

Foolishly, rather than taking it in pieces and doing a room each night after work, I was waiting for a weekend at home so that I could get it all done at once. And because I’ve been out of town every weekend since before Christmas**, it was put on the back burner.

When there are too many items on my self-inflicted to-do list, I have a hard time ‘allowing’ myself to do things I want to do for ME – like going to the gym or for a run – because I have x, y, and z to do. It’s an tragic cycle, and what I all too often end up doing is a whole lot of nothing. (Again, I’m calling this a lovable quirk…)

So this weekend, which was thankfully not spent traveling, was spent cleaning. Every item of clothing is clean. Every dish is washed. Floors are vacuumed and Christmas decorations have finally put away. There’s more that could be done, but it’s a world better, and I no longer feel overwhelmed by it.

For the time being, I’m simply whelmed.

And that leaves me free to run my little heart out. Which I did today. In the rain.

*If you happen to know me, this is not an invitation to share with the internets my many idiosyncrasies. Besides, you know they make you love me even more!

**Plus I really didn’t want to do it.

I *Could* Always Draw…

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

This post is a bit overdue, but the old adage “Better Late Than Never” became an old adage for a reason, did it not?

Last week, a wonderful honor was bestowed upon me by the lovely Kat of Fit Mind, Body, Spirit. The Superior Scribbler Award! This is the first award I’ve received for my blog, and it makes me feel all warm and gooey inside that people like my blog. Well, at least one person likes it, and that’s just plain fabulous :)


As a recipient of this award, I am supposed to pay it forward to five others. I’m not sure if they should be in the same genre, but most of the blogs I read are health/weight loss blogs, so that’s what I’m going with. Without further adieu, five other blog(ger)s I adore:

Rachel at Body By Pizza, for her sassy and realistic (and well-written!) account of her weight-loss journey. She also pushes me to do more than I thought I could do (10k anyone?). And, she’s very much like me, so naturally I think she’s great.

Krissie at Questions For Dessert, because she makes me want to work harder. Another runner in the making!

Jack at Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit, because he’s an inspiration. And hysterical.

Stephanie at BODA Blog, for her excellent advice, tips and news stories. Stephanie’s a nutritionist, and she is always posting something new and interesting!

Fat Bridesmaid, because she’s cute and funny, and does a Biggest Loser wrap-up like you wouldn’t believe. If you miss an episode, she’s got your back.

Recipients – read on. The rest of you – feel free to tune out now. Better yet, visit those blogs above and tell them I sent you. It won’t get you anything because most of them have no idea who I am, but do it anyway!

Here are the rules for the SUPERIOR SCRIBBLER award, as passed on by Kat:

  • Each recipient must pass the award on to five other deserving bloggers.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must link back to the author and the name of the blog from whom they received the award.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must display the award on his or her blog, and link to this post, which explains the award.
  • Each blogger who wins the Superior Scribbler award must visit the page noted above and add his or her name to the Mr Linky List. That way, the originator of the award will be able to keep track of everyone who receives it.
  • And finally, each superior scribbler must post these rules on his or her blog.
  • Kat added a disclaimer that I will add as well: I don’t want anyone to feel pressure with this award. If it is fun, feel free to do it. If not, please do not feel obligated to participate. Either way, please know that your blog has had a positive impact on me!

    Dance Your Ass Off

    Friday, July 3rd, 2009

    Have you guys seen the new show on Oxygen called Dance Your Ass Off? It’s basically a cross between Dancing with the Stars and The Biggest Loser. The “stars” in this case are overweight folks literally attempting to dance their asses off.

    When I first saw a preview for this show, I immediately hated it. I got it into my head that it was more about making fun of fat people gyrating than about health and weight loss. After watching the premier, though, I no longer think that’s the case.

    None of the contestants seem embarrassed to be there. They’re grateful for the opportunity to get help losing weight, and they all LOVE dancing. I’m impressed with how brave they are to go on national television and shake their stuff – in skimpy clothes – but like I said, they don’t seem embarrassed at all. The girls are all so cute: They’re in their little outfits and talk about how hot they are. I LOVE their confidence! I don’t have that kind of confidence.

    I’m also impressed with their dancing abilities. Some are better than others, but they’re all pretty good – better than I am!

    The contestants get help from a nutritionist and a trainer, and of course a professional dance partner/choreographer. It seems like pretty equal emphasis on diet and dancing, which is great.

    The one thing I really dislike about the show itself is that at least twice during each performance, they cut to the audience or the judges watching. I don’t want to see people watching the dancers – I want to see the dancers! Annoying. I could also do without the judges themselves, but whatever.

    If you like dance shows, weight-loss shows, and reality shows in general, I think you’ll like Dance Your Ass Off. I look forward to watching the contestants progress as the show goes on – both in their weight loss and in their dancing. Should be interesting!

    Incidentally, one of the things on my list is to take a dance class which I’ve always thought I was too big to do. Apparently I’m not! Maybe this show will motivate me to get that one crossed off my list…

    Two Conclusions

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

    It’s Tuesday. Tuesday has a pretty regular schedule for me: Work, kung fu, dinner with kung fu friends, bed. Tonight, dinner was at a delicious Mexican restaurant, Taco Loco. I had chicken enchiladas and far too many homemade tortilla chips.

    On the walk back to my car after dinner, I was struck with the desire to go for a run. Since I’m not struck with this particular desire very often (pie? yes. run? not so much.), and since I was feeling a little guilty about the quantity of food I ate, I decided to run when I got home.

    It was a beautiful night: Perfect temperature with a nice breeze. I’ve never actually run at night before, but if you live in a safe, well-lit neighborhood I would recommend it.

    There was just one problem: The Mexican food wasn’t sitting well. I actually felt like I wasn’t going to keep my dinner down. I hate that feeling. When I first started running 2 years ago, anytime I ran for more than 5 or 10 minutes I got that feeling. Now, it seems I only get it when I really push myself to go faster and for longer than usual (generally more than three and a half miles will make me feel nauseated). But even with the nausea, I’m glad I went out.

    My evening has led me to two conclusions:

    1 – I enjoy running at night.

    2 – I do not enjoy running after eating Mexican food.

    Small Space Workout

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    My husband and I are going out of town this weekend. We’ll be staying in a hotel and I probably won’t have access to – or time to spend in – a gym. Even so, I want to try to get a workout or two in while away.

    For years I’ve known about a cardio circuit workout based on a standard deck of cards. I don’t know who originated the idea or how long ago. I’m sure there are a number of versions, and in fact, it can be altered to fit your own preferences and available space. What’s nice about the basic version I know, is that you don’t need anything but a little room and that single deck of cards. Here’s the gist (from

    STEP 1: Designate each suit as a particular exercise. For example, Hearts can be jumping jacks, Diamonds can be push-ups, Spades can be stomach crunches, and Clubs can be squats. You can choose other exercises if desired, but try to pick ones that will create a well-rounded workout of cardio, upper body moves and lower body exercises.

    STEP 2: Determine how many “reps” each number indicates. The easiest – and most random – way is for each card’s number to be the same number of “reps” you perform. For example, the six of Clubs means you will have to perform six squats. The ten of hearts means you will have to perform ten jumping jacks. Face cards can be given a number as a group – such as fifteen reps for all jacks, queens or kings. Alternatively, each face card can have its own number. Jacks can be eleven, queens can be twelve, and kings thirteen.

    STEP 3: Shuffle the deck of playing cards completely and thoroughly to ensure a random workout. Place the deck face down on a table or chair.

    STEP 4: Draw the cards to decide on your circuit. Draw the top card and perform the exercise as required. For example, if you draw the nine of Spades, perform nine stomach crunches. As soon as you finish that set of exercises, draw another card and perform the next set of exercises as indicated by the card. Repeat until you’ve finished the deck!

    Full disclosure: I’ve never actually done this workout. I’ll bring a deck with me and do it in the hotel this weekend, though. At least once.



    *Update: I did this workout in the hotel once over the weekend. It took about 20 minutes, and definitely got my heart rate up. That’s not to say that it was an intense workout or that I think I burned a ton of calories, but it was something. Part of what makes this an effective workout is the moving back and forth between standing and sitting on the floor over and over again; if you just did all of the sit-ups, then all of the push ups, then the squats then the jumping jacks, there would be a lot less moving around which I think is part of the point.

    It wasn’t particularly difficult, though at one point about halfway through I pulled five push up cards in a row, all of them high numbers. That part was a little rough – my arms weren’t pleased.

    I won’t be adding this to my typical routine at home, but it was a good, quick workout to do in a hotel room. I think I’ll tuck a deck of cards into my suitcase and just leave it there for future use.

    Bus Stop, Weigh Day

    Friday, May 8th, 2009

    Fitness First has come up with some innovative ads for bus stops in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. When you sit on the bench, your weight is displayed to the world. While the fat person inside me thinks this is horribly embarrassing, the marketing person inside me thinks this is potentially very effective advertising.

    It might make me take that bus to the gym – or better yet – walk there!

    From directdaily.