Throwback Thursday: I want to be this guy when I grow up.

The guy in the “I’m a 70-year-old triathlete and these are my leg muscles” photo, below, that is. Enjoy this throwback post from the first month of Every48. And then, get out there and get your workout on. The photo that gets me out there, every time [Originally published on January 21, 2014] Quick post…

Wednesday Nostalgia: If you wait for perfect…

Maybe it’s the fact that we’re now clearly into the fall season in Seattle, when it’s completely dark outside when I wake up. But something is making me awfully nostalgic for the winter last year when I started the Every48 blog. What I wanted to do with this blog was to be accountable to myself…

Fitness Meme of the Week: Keep Looking Up

I don’t suppose you’ve noticed that I’ve had a bear of a week. But I hope you’ve noticed something kind of interesting about it: I didn’t give up on my workouts. And today, I kind of feel like this: And this: And so that’s my fitness meme of the week. Because yesterday, after a week…

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…

Meme Day Friday: Remove the Obstacles

Saw this on a list of “top fitness mantras” at Greatist.com recently: It’s the start that stops most people. And it instantly jumped to the top of the queue on my all-time list of greatest fitness memes, because, oh, it hit a nerve. There’s a difference between what we think we’re doing, and what we’re…

The workout toolkit, Part 2: The Daily Schedule

Call it what you wish: the daily schedule, to-do list, priorities list, morning meditation on what-is-to-be-done, whatever. It’s a tool for the toolkit that helps me to visualize how I’m going to get ‘er done on chock-full days. The Daily Schedule. Last week I was in Los Angeles. It was light outside by 6:30 a.m….

The Workout Toolkit, Part 1

Compare the toolkits of someone just starting out in a handicraft field, and a master craftsman/craftswoman, and you might see this: the longer you do something, the better your toolkit gets. You curate your tools. You choose new ones, or replace old ones. You clean out the things you don’t need anymore. You get very…

What to do when you don’t want to do anything. At all.

My nephew just turned 20 months old. (At his age, you count the months. I can’t wait until he’s starting to know how tall he is so that he can tell me his height in eighths of an inch.) The thing about toddlers is that they are very clear on what they want to do,…

Get Good Gear

“Get Good Gear.” I love this quote from the book “Younger Next Year for Women” by Harry Lodge and Chris Crowley. The book (and its companion, geared a bit more towards men but with the same overall message, “Younger Next Year”) emphasizes the importance of exercise, good nutrition, and living with a purpose, with community,…

The January stats report

How do you measure progress? If there’s one thing we learned last night at Super Bowl 48, it’s that statistics don’t always tell the whole story. Peyton Manning set a record for pass completions in a Super Bowl (34) and Demariyus Thomas set a record for most receptions (13). And if those were the only…

“Try a little harder.”

Three years ago this month, a project manager I was working with gave me the single best piece of workout advice I’ve ever received. He didn’t know he was doing it at the time. We were on a big consulting project for a client and I was preparing a slide deck summarizing research that had…

Tools, not rules

A few days ago a friend from my hometown sent me a Facebook message about Every48. She’s a busy mom who had been landlocked with her kids in the house for a few days because of the snowstorms and school closings back East, and she was doing her best to get thirty minutes of exercise…