Tuesday Workout of the Week: How to Get Started with a Fitness Program

How do you get started with a fitness program? Especially if you’re coming at it after a long layoff (think injury, formerly sedentary lifestyle, post-pregnancy)? One of my nearest and dearest buds let me have the straight scoop last week: Every48 can sometimes seem a tad, shall we say, intimidating. Something about those marathons, perhaps….

The July Stats Report: The little engine that could.

I love the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.” It’s one of the great childhood parables about keeping yourself moving forward, no matter what challenges lie ahead and make you wonder whether you “could” do something…if only you kept going. If you haven’t read it…or if you just want the Amazon.com Cliff Notes version,…

Monday: What Went Well – I Survived the Big Fat Italian Wedding

You know My Big Fat Greek Wedding, right? The very fun 2002 Nia Vardalos film about, well, getting very married when you’re very, very Greek? I’m here to report that the Italians are exactly the same as the Greeks. Or, to put it more succinctly, the Italian-Americans are exactly the same as the Greek-Americans when…

New feature! “What Went Well” Monday

On this fine Monday morning I’m taking a page out of the playbook of positive psychology – an academic field of study created by Dr. Martin  E. P. Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. This week I’m reflecting on the first six months of Every48 and my goal to get an hour of exercise in,…

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…