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la da dee la dee da

Every day for the past three months, I have awoken with Crystal Waters’ voice in my head. Her dulcet tones taunting me… She’s just like you and me But she’s homeless, she’s homeless As she stands there singing for money. La da dee la dee da La da dee la dee da La da dee la dee…

Method Mat

goop is trying to kill me

Well, not Goop herself, but her minion, Tracy Anderson certainly is. Tracy Anderson is the pint-sized, former-dancer-turned-trainer-to-the-stars, creator of The Tracy Anderson Method. Her program focuses on two components: Dance Cardio and Muscular Structure Work. I didn’t feel much like dancing, so I focused on the muscle work/mat program. Tracy believes that you have to work your small “accessory”…

brain-hypothalamus

well this explains everything

I hate excuses, especially when it comes to exercise, weight loss, etc. So now I find myself debating whether I should share a little tidbit that could validate many of those excuses. This new-found (and disturbing) knowledge has been tormenting me for a couple of weeks now. Misery loves company, so – screw it – I’m…

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out with the old…

Irony: a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. In a beautiful twist of situational irony, less than 24 hours after sharing the news that my Fitbit reported that I had taken 2,655,566 steps in 2014, that same Fitbit promptly decided to function…

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snaps for nancy

People often wonder why fitness tracking devices are set to a default goal of 10,000 steps per day. The answer is simple. There are approximately 2,000 steps in a mile, so with a goal of 10,000 steps, you would have walked the equivalent of 5 miles each day. People like round numbers, I guess. I…

Eyes-on-the-Prize

keep your eye on the prize

I love exercise [most of the time], but it wasn’t always that way. Social psychologist, Emily Balcetis, wondered why some people found it harder to exercise than others. Her research looked at how things like perception, motivation, goal-setting and decision-making might impact the way we experience exercise and weight loss. Since I’m quite familiar with the effect perception can have…

*Not her actual dream prom dress

breaking a trail to prom

I just want to look nice in a prom dress, she said quietly. Her words squeezed my heart tightly. No. I won’t cry. I will help her. Gatherings with my side of the family often end in deep conversations about health, weight loss, and exercise. All the women in my family inherited the curse of the apple body type. Not a…