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…

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…

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…

monthly challenges recap: june edition

Welcome to the sixth installment of the 2014 Monthly Challenges Recap, and quite possibly the last. I’ll explain towards the end of the post. As a reminder, my June goals were as follows: 1. 30 Day Arm Challenge: Results: So I started strong on this one, but eventually got bored, due in part to finding the first…

the great and powerful oz

Dr. Mehmet Oz, charming star of the daytime TV show bearing his name, appeared before a U.S. Senate committee on consumer protection last week. Why was the beloved doctor hauled out to Capitol Hill for a grilling? Well, in short, it’s because he has been a very bad boy. You see, Dr. McHeartthrob has taken to using terms like “miracle in a bottle”, “magic weight loss cure” and “lightning…

speaking of letting go, it may be time for a break-up

Running has been on my mind a lot lately. Mostly I’ve been pondering my love/hate [okay, mostly hate] relationship with this activity. I’m also trying to better understand why it is that I even care to keep running as part of my regime, considering I [mostly] hate it. My hope is that once I sort all of that out I…

monthly challenges recap: May edition

Welcome to the fifth installment of the 2014 Monthly Challenges Recap. And the second month in a row where I was unable to attain all the goals I set out for myself. Yay me! 😛 As a reminder, my May goals were as follows: 1. Run: Run at least 60 kms in May — with a stretch…