The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 5: Righting the Ship, Quickly

One of the gifts of fitness, and overall good health, that I’ve experienced in recent years is this: when I mess up, my body wastes absolutely no time in telling me so. Whether through a sleepless night, bad indigestion, fatigue, or other seriously unpleasant symptoms, a healthy body will really let you know when things…

Throwback Thursday: Planning Workouts 101

After a couple of busy-busy days (and, full disclosure, not getting my planned workout in yesterday – yikes), I thought it best to do a Throwback Thursday post on the basics of planning our workouts. Yesterday was a doozy: late to bed last night (meeting of my regional professional speakers’ association), early to rise today…

Throwback Thursday: That awesome exercise-weight connection.

Here’s one of the most popular recent posts at Every48 for this Throwback Thursday: a riff on the real connection between exercise and weight loss. The big takeaway: both exercise and nutrition matter when it comes to improving our health – and they feed off each other, literally. The Exercise/Food/Weight Loss Connection: It’s bigger than…

Monday “What Went Well” Report: Setbacks can be a gift

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself today. Here’s one of the little secrets of weight loss: it really, really helps when your primary exercise is long-distance running. That sport burns energy like nobody’s business. I’ve been at my leanest when I was in the throes of major-league race training. And today, I can’t run…

Throwback Week: The Most Popular Post of 2014.

I ate badly yesterday, so I don’t want to exercise today. Ha ha ha. Maybe it’s because this post was first published on January 16, so it’s been around for a few months now. Or, maybe it’s because it just hits on one of those universal truths about self-care: Inertia counts…in both directions. Here’s the deal: When…

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…