Okay, new idea. Stay with me… I’ve been a sporadic blogger. That stems partly from my innate lack of discipline, but also from the struggle I’ve had about the voice and the through-line of the content for this blog. I’ve wanted to write about fitness-related topics to convey and interpret information, to educate, to motivate. … More Kicking Off the Chronicles of Summer 2014
Another month, another chance to play the fitness challenge! This month’s version is called June ‘eed to Be Fitter!, and we’ve iterated and improved. If you’re new to this, a recap: it doesn’t matter where you are–Seattle, Memphis, San Francisco, Palo Alto, New Orleans, Asheville, wherever. And it’ doesn’t matter what your fitness level–you choose … More June ‘eed to Be Fitter!
What feelings do you associate with letting go of a goal? relief clarity motivation excitement This isn’t a trick question. A woman I started working with recently set a goal to run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. She’d done half marathons before, but hadn’t been running or exercising much recently. So that was great–I’m … More
Hey Kids, I’m hosting a low-threshold and fun virtual fitness challenge for the month of May. I’ve been involved in a similar one myself for the past month and finding it motivating and a good online community. So, you are invited to get in on this. I’m calling it May: You Be Fit! One cool … More May: You Be Fit!
Some races I enjoy. Some I gut out. The Mercer Island Half Marathon on Sunday was the latter. It’s a beautiful event. While it’s been going on for over 40 years, and has a big registration, it still feels home-grown, with so much community support and not a lot of commercialism. The route is gorgeous … More What Kept Me Going
I think it has only just hit my consciousness that Girl Scout Cookies have a season. I know this because I just survived it. David brought home a box of Samoas, the chocolate dipped shortbread ring cookies with a ruff of toasted coconut. How did I not know about these before? As soon as they … More Good Bye Samoas
In June of last year, our storage locker was burglarized and the thieves made off with our bikes. That threw a wrench in my 2013 triathlon come-back plans, and I’ve been feeling bike lame ever since. Most people would just go out and buy a bike, but as my dad once lovingly observed, I’m glacially … More Nine Months Later…This Baby!
I believe in the power of fun. It’s one of the best things you can have. Before my fitness work, I did game development. Board games, party games, ropes-course-y experiential games, and big social run-climb-grab-open-maneuver-twist-discover mind-and-body games. It turns out that stuff is hard for me to shake. In my fitness work, designing group fitness … More The Power of Fun
“I believe in habits. I believe in certain techniques that you do to prepare yourself, and I think that’s important.”- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback, quoted in the Seattle Times, January 17, 2014 All week I’ve been practicing three new tiny habits, working them into my day so they become seamless and automatic. For the fifth … More Tiny Habits Taking Seed
This time of year, when so much competes for your time, it’s easy to fall out of the habit of exercise and eating well. You can’t always avoid it, but the victory is in how you handle it. If you think of it as an all-or-nothing deal, then you’re at risk. Instead, take the attitude … More Radical Workout Scavenger