Showing posts from January, 2020

Fitness as a Whole

I was thinking recently, as everyone is perusing their New Year's Resolutions, about how fitness needs to be more than just what we do in the gym. According to Oxford's definition, fitness encompasses the word health. I do not believe fitness is just summed up in our gym performance. I do believe physical exercise is extremely important, of course. Our bodies are meant to be moving. I think walking, just moderate paced, medium length walks are so beneficial. I always feel better somehow if I can sneak in a few miles for a walk during the day. But there are other important factors - equally or more important - to our fitness than just what we do in the gym. Call it health, wellness, fitness or self-care, when we approach a healthy lifestyle we need to consider the following as well: Nutrition Eating a healthy diet is probably more impactful than anything in regards to our health, especially in terms of achieving and maintaining health weight and body composition. Weight

Math is Beautiful

One of my favorite movies is The Imitation Game  - a  somewhat fictionalized drama based on the true story of mathematician Alan Turing during WWII. It is a fascinating story, very intense and very sad, and for a movie about a group of nerdy mathematicians, it was very exciting. It delves into the earlier days of modern computing - and demonstrates how amazing math is! Many of you know already about my high school math struggles and about the amazing teacher who changed my life in the most incredible way. If you don't, please give this woman her credit by reading this story because her commitment to me is worth sharing. Needless to say, that woman changed me possibly in one of the most meaningful ways I have ever been changed. If I can make that impact on one person in my life, I will be so pleased. So I know better than most what it is to look at math in two ways. First, to see it as a mystery, a nuisance, a waste of time, a personal Waterloo. But then to realize it's b

The Countless Reasons I Am Proud of My Husband

My husband turns 37 today, and I am using it as a reason to celebrate all of the reasons why I am so lucky to be married to him! When I met him he was 17, so I have literally known him all of his adult life. I have seen him grow as a man, developing his ideas and becoming the amazing person he is today. In some small ways I think I have influenced him (I take full credit for him considering the libertarian view point he espouses today!), but in many ways he has been an influence on me, also. My husband is the biggest introvert I know. Despite being an introvert myself, we are on totally different planes with this. He calls me a "faketrovert" because he said he cannot even fathom my level of extrovertedness compared to how introverted he is! But because of this, he is extremely thoughtful. I would at times call my husband a brooder, but that has a negative connotation and the fact is that he quite often broods on more positive things. It's true that he will be t

If You Want it Bad Enough

I read something on social media the other day of an inspirational speaker saying, "you can do it, or not. It's up to you." It sounds flippant, or possibly even rude. But it is far from either of those. Reading those words struck me as extremely empowering. He was offering suggestions to someone for hitting their goals. Practical tips. But in the end, it's not up to himself or anyone's up to each of us as individuals. Scary. Exciting. Empowering. I thought back to a recent post I made about how my spiritual gift is to encourage others. How when I get involved in helping someone achieve their goals it becomes so deeply important to me that it hurts me when they don't have the same level of passion to achieve them that I seem to feel on their behalf. But it is true, I can want it so bad for someone, but I can't do it for them. I thought back to both of my degrees. What now seems like a distant memory to me, I was in school from 2012 all the

My 90s Icon - Shania Twain

My husband often jokes that, despite being born in the early 1980s, that I was actually hatched from a petri dish when I was about 25 years old. He says my absolute ignorance of most pop culture from the 80s and 90s is astonishing, given that in 1999 I was 16 years old. It is true that I sort of sheltered myself away from popculture. I blame myself because when I look at my sister who is 3 years younger than me, she was quite immersed in the 1990s music and movies, is very aware and has memories of them. So it wasn't my parents who kept us from it - it was my own blissful ignorance. I was a nerd, I read books, wrote poetry and worked a lot of hours as a teenager. I had no idea what other kids were doing! However, I did have female role models, as we all did, and I had posters on my wall. I loved country music back then, and so there were several females who stood out to me that I admired. Many of them did not really stand the test of time in my eyes. Certain ladies like Fai

My Biggest Fitness Mistakes

I thought I would share some of the biggest fitness mistakes I have made over the years. I know no one would probably look at me and think I was the epitome of fitness, but the fact is I have indeed come a long way, made a lot of mistakes, and also a lot of progress! If I can save one person the wasted time by not repeating my mistakes that will be worth something! Trying to Out Exercise a Poor Diet When I was twenty years old, I took a basic physical education class in college as a pre-requisite. I remember my instructor, his name was Buzz. Buzz was in probably his late 50s and was strong and fit looking. I remember what he most seemed to want was to inspire a love of physical activity in us. During one of his lectures, he made a comment that unfortunately I took a little too seriously. He said, "I workout so I can eat whatever I want." Well, that worked for me. I love food. All food. There are like literally five foods I won't eat. And I love being active! This see

Don't Tell Me I Can't

There's a streak that runs through some people - and it does seem a bit prevalent in my family - that if you tell someone they can't do something or won't be capable of it, they become hellbent to do so. I can think of nothing more annoying - or personally motivating - than when someone tells me smugly, "I just don't think you're cut out for that." I always want to reply, "Watch me." I remember when I was about 20 years old, a good friend of mine commented to me that she didn't think I was cut out for a business degree or the business world. That it was too harsh for me. I don't recall my response at this time, but I don't think I bothered to argue with words. Instead, I went on to get a master's degree in business, and a job that I love. I love doing the hard things people are scared to do. I like being responsible, even when things end up going a little wrong. Not only am I good at the things I do, I enjoy it. If we must d

New Year, New Me (No, For Real!)

I'd like to start the new year (and new decade!) with a very positive update on my fitness progress due to some changes I made exactly three months ago today. Those who know me know that I have been active most of my adult life and very health and fitness conscious for a long time. Back in 2016, having gained some weight in my first half of a year in grad school, I committed to losing it and lost 30 pounds in 4 months and kept it off. Or at least most of it. During 2019 I gained back about 7 or 8 pounds, and though working out more was seeing fewer results. Unsure what the disconnect was, I did some research and had some conversations on Instagram with some effective people and made some changes. As of today, I am down 15 pounds. Almost all of that is body fat, as my body fat percentage has dropped in accordance with what one would expect. I have done this by doing the following things: a stricter adherence to calorie tracking and maintaining a moderate caloric deficit (n