Control your schedule and your routines, not your moods

This is a post about how to get things done. Specifically, the things that are most likely to help us be at our best, when we least feel like doing the work involved in getting there. To get exercise into your schedule, I no longer wait until I’m “in the mood.” I just  do it, and…

Sometimes, the world just goes nuts. You do not have to follow suit.

Sometimes, the world just goes nuts. Exercise anyway. That’s my message for today. Take reps, like a great basketball player who shoots 300 practice shots a day. Practice moving whenever you need to get away from stress. Practice taking care of yourself even when you don’t want to. Life is not a straight line – it’s…

In Defense of Spending Money on the Right Things

I have a gym membership. A really good gym membership to a place where you basically can’t go wrong. It looks like an Olympic training facility: four pools, multiple weight rooms and cardio rooms, tons of classes covering everything from Zumba to TRX to Pilates to weight training, cross training, triathlon training, and just about…

When the lightbulb goes on

I gave a talk at one of the King County Library System branches on Saturday afternoon, and watched a very cool thing happen. A lightbulb went on in someone’s head, and I think I actually watched it happen. The audience member shared that she was having difficulty getting motivated to exercise. She doesn’t like classes…

Fitness Meme of the Week: First Things First

First things first. That’s today’s theme, and today’s meme. When things were tough, I used to give up. Today, I went out for a seven-mile run and smashed my personal best on that particular course. Because I put first things first: my fitness and health habits give me the strength to  address whatever else the…

I was mad at the world and I exercised anyway. Full report below.

Oh, you did not want to be near me yesterday afternoon. There was a work mess-up, the result of a missed deadline for an application by yours truly, because the folks in question moved the goalpost from what it had been in previous years, and all of a sudden I’m looking down the barrel of…

The February Stats Report

<FLASH! I’m building my social media presence to prepare for a book deal. Please follow me if you would like to help – I’m at @M_NicoleNazzaro. I promise it’s a fun feed!> Two months in and Every48 is going strong! All that, and even though I seriously skimped on my long runs for Boston this month…

Major workout inspiration: Music that’s really hard to write.

Had a workout revelation last week during my 7-mile tempo run. I always run to music, and truth be told, my workout mix has gotten a bit rusty. It’s full of fun power-ballad stuff, danceable stuff, every-song-is-four-minutes-long stuff. But on Friday, during a particularly hard 7-mile run that absolutely had to get done because I…

Sometimes, you just have to conjure up your inner badass.

Anatomy of a weekend headed for workout disaster: Bowling with friends on Friday evening; no sleep on Friday night (I tossed and turned, no idea why); getting up at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday morning to lead two Weight Watchers meetings; trying to fit in a nap (unsuccessful); giving a talk on getting started with a…