Inspiration Week! There is always somebody else out there with you.

After a day spent feeling like Eeyore yesterday (those days still happen, even after a biggie weight loss and the massive, mostly-lovely life changes to match), it’s easy to fall back into the place where I always used to live: the land of not-right-now, I-can’t-do-this, and my favorite way to minimize all of the wonder…

It’s Motivation Week at Every 48! How to get your rear in gear.

Let’s start this week with one of my favorite all-time quotes on the subject of motivation: People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar Yup. That’s motivation for you. That fleeting feeling you get, that flutter of happiness, when you’re thinking of doing something…

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…

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Strength! Flexibility!

Finally, finally, I began the process late last week of addressing the weaknesses in my winter/spring 2014 marathon training program – the utter lack of strength and flexibility training I did (or in this case, didn’t do) in the run-up to Boston. Strength and flexibility training to the rescue! Friday I planned on doing a…

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…

Sometimes, the world just goes nuts. You do not have to follow suit.

Sometimes, the world just goes nuts. Exercise anyway. That’s my message for today. Take reps, like a great basketball player who shoots 300 practice shots a day. Practice moving whenever you need to get away from stress. Practice taking care of yourself even when you don’t want to. Life is not a straight line – it’s…

In Defense of Spending Money on the Right Things

I have a gym membership. A really good gym membership to a place where you basically can’t go wrong. It looks like an Olympic training facility: four pools, multiple weight rooms and cardio rooms, tons of classes covering everything from Zumba to TRX to Pilates to weight training, cross training, triathlon training, and just about…

When the lightbulb goes on

I gave a talk at one of the King County Library System branches on Saturday afternoon, and watched a very cool thing happen. A lightbulb went on in someone’s head, and I think I actually watched it happen. The audience member shared that she was having difficulty getting motivated to exercise. She doesn’t like classes…

Fitness Meme of the Week: First Things First

First things first. That’s today’s theme, and today’s meme. When things were tough, I used to give up. Today, I went out for a seven-mile run and smashed my personal best on that particular course. Because I put first things first: my fitness and health habits give me the strength to  address whatever else the…