Unplugged! Life without an activity monitor (for now.)

  So I was taking a walk in ridiculously warm and sunny Seattle yesterday. (How weird was the weather? It was 78 degrees in Seattle. And it was 78 degrees in Honolulu. I am not kidding. See proof, at right, as posted on a friend’s Facebook page. And yes, it’s a Seattle friend who is…

Fitness Gadgetry, and Deciding When to Go Offline

A funny thing happened this week: I got tired of wearing an activity monitor that I’d been using daily, without fail (some might say religiously), for most of the last two years. And yesterday, Carl Richards in the New York Times gave me some ideas as to why that might be. Gadgets automate knowledge that…

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Strength! Flexibility!

Finally, finally, I began the process late last week of addressing the weaknesses in my winter/spring 2014 marathon training program – the utter lack of strength and flexibility training I did (or in this case, didn’t do) in the run-up to Boston. Strength and flexibility training to the rescue! Friday I planned on doing a…

Fitness Meme of the Week: There are 7 days in the week…

Here’s the fitness meme of the week, courtesy of a really lovely weight-loss blog called Fat Mom to Fit Mom: Some of us live our entire lives on “somedays.” Someday, I’ll get healthy. Someday, I’ll change careers. Someday, I’ll take that trip I’ve wanted to take. Well, I’m tackling one of my “somedays” this week….

Workouts in a rut? Time for Food Porn!

This is one of my secret weapons for getting my workouts back on track after a layoff, or an injury, or a biggie race. I don’t keep on trying to work out hard if I’m exhausted or just not quite ready for tough workouts. I lean in to the nutrition side of the equation and…

Workout nutrition: Keep it simple.

A long time ago (well, in 2008)…in a galaxy far, far away (actually it was just Seattle – one city away from where I live today)…I had this idea that I had to eat really differently from regular people because I was “athletic.” (There’s a bit of a comedy routine in that statement, by the…

Workout Fuel: Your Body Knows Best.

This is a hard concept for those of us who have spent a good portion of our lives at a heavier weight that we want. I’ve discovered through massive amounts of trial and error that if I give my body a generally healthy diet, I can trust my food cravings. When you’re exercising regularly and…