The 15-minute Rule. It works even if you feel bad when you start.

The 15-minute rule isn’t really about the 15th minute. It’s about the first 0:01 second. This is the promised second half of “The 15-minute Rule” post from, oh, a couple of weeks ago now. Yep. You read it right here. We have good intentions. Then, life intervenes. The Cliffs Notes version (that’s what we used…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 12: Waking Up…To Everything

The 12th gift of fitness is that it gives us the ability to wake up in our lives. Fitness gives us the physical and mental fortitude to pay attention to the right things. It gives us the ability to know which things are the right things to be paying attention to, and which noisy distractions aren’t…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 7 – A BRAIN RESET

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL Day 4: KEEPING PROMISES Day 5: RIGHTING THE SHIP, QUICKLY Day 6: RESILIENCE Day 7: A BRAIN RESET [Originally published March 10, 2015] True confession: I’m writing this post when I should be at my swim class. I was super…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 4 – KEEPING PROMISES

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL Day 4: KEEPING PROMISES [Originally published February 19, 2015] Otherwise known, variously, as “self-discipline,” “self-efficacy,” and a whole host of other terms, all of which basically mean one thing: we do what we say we are going to do. I will…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 3 – Getting Real

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL [Originally published February 18, 2015] Editor’s note, 12/17/2015: I just want to say that I really did start Days 2 and 3 of the 12 Gifts of Fitness series with Star Wars references a year ago. Go see The Force…

What I love about comeback stories, part 1.

You may have noticed that – ahem – Every48 took a little break for a bit of time this month. Baby Bear and his parents escaped for a few days to Hawaii, and it was lovely. Then we came back to Seattle, cold and rainy and thoroughly winterized. Sigh. I’ve been thinking about comeback stories….

Back in the Saddle: The Fitness Reset Button

Here’s the 14-weeks-postpartum fitness report from Every48 Central: WOW. After the most insane and incredible life change I could ever imagine, and after twenty of the 42 pounds I gained during the pregnancy decided they wanted to, ahem, hang around (in some places, literally) longer than they were welcome, I’m more convinced than ever of…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 6: Resilience

“If you have one bad mile, don’t worry. Just run as comfortably as you can through it. The next mile might feel a whole lot better.” That quote right there is a paraphrase of what my running coach taught me about marathoning: it’s not all over if you have a “bad mile.” You can regroup,…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 2: Patience.

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Patience, young Jedi. That is what fitness gives us when we make a long-term commitment to doing what we can, as often as we can, and not over-thinking the whole situation when we can’t. We do our best, and over time, our bodies talk…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 1: Energy.

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY With only thirteen weekdays left in 2014 (where did the time go???), it’s time to start looking at the big picture. Or pictures, as the case may be. This blog got its start in January 2014 as a commitment from me to exercise at least once every…