The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 edition: Day 1 – ENERGY

Editor’s note: Exactly one year ago today, I began writing a daily blog series called “The 12 Gifts of Fitness.” Unbeknownst to Every48 readers, I was also fighting unbelievable fatigue associated with first-trimester pregnancy. (Fun fact: I was so exhausted during December 2014 that I think the sofa in our living room has a permanent…

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…

Fitness Meme of the Week: Run the Day

From a collection of quotes by author Jim Rohn: Yes. This. Now get out there. Even if it’s hard. Even if you’re epically exhausted. And especially if you don’t “feel like it.” And get your workout on.  

Quotables Week: Bill Pearl on aging well through weight training

If there’s a picture of an athlete next to the words “old school” in the dictionary, it’s a picture of Bill Pearl. The 1986 (!) edition of his classic Getting Stronger: Weight Training for Men and Women still sits on my bookshelf, and for good reason. It holds an encyclopedic level of information on weight-training workouts for…

Quotables Week: Wisdom from “Younger Next Year”

There’s a secret weapon in my fitness and health arsenal that for some reason I just haven’t written much about this year at Every48. It’s my bookshelf. There are some incredible thinkers out there who write amazing, inspirational prose about what fitness and living an overall healthy lifestyle are really all about…why it’s so great…