I was at the check out stand at Pharmaca about to swipe my card for a bottle of Tranquil Sleep melatonin supplement when I realized that the one other item on my shopping list for the day was coffee. With this clever nudge from the cosmos I was persuaded to take a closer look at … More My Revealing Shopping List
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
Left to my own devices, I would frolic all the live-long day. Going from one interest to another. Not entirely unproductive, but errands and accomplishments woven with reverie. I think about how to make that a legit part of my life. And in the past month, I decided to incorporate an official Frolic into my … More I Frolic. You?
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
I used to fear running hills. But I live in central Seattle, which means you can’t go anywhere further than half a mile–usually a lot less– without having to deal with a hill either going out or coming back. When I got to a hill, I’d be totally overwhelmed. I actually thought my heart might … More Hills, Surrender and Determination
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
I like this time of year for the lists. The 2013 Best Ofs: films, books, TV. It may be small of me, but I look forward to late December so that I can see what the smart people have to say about what the culture put out. It’s part self-satisfaction–“Ha! I was right about that … More The Lingering Backward Glance
I just opened Facebook to see the top post in my feed from a friend in Memphis saying that the St Jude Marathon in Memphis is canceled due to bad weather. My heart sank. The St Jude marathon is the race I did last year and had such a profound experience with my Dad showing … More The Flip Side of Disappointment
I had a fantastic session with a new client last week. We met in her style-y living room where I taught her exercises, and we ran through them. After the workout, we were panting and shaking, her dog barking at the antics. She was really excited. A week before, when we first met, she’d told … More A Few Misconceptions DeBusked!