My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


On Being A Fat Happy Runner: My Guest Post At Salty Running

Yes, today I am guest posting at Salty Running.  I was asked to write a post about being a plus-size runner who does not do it to lose weight.  So I would love it if you would join me today over at SR:)  I talk about the how, the why, & the “now what?   I included a list of resources culled from gear threads on the Fit Fatties Forum.

Fred & the Great Gazoo

On Being A Fat Happy Runner – A Guide to Plus Size Running – Salty Running


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An act of boldness | Zen Pencil

Zen Pencils - An Act of Boldness

An act of boldness

I discovered Zen Pencils tonight, “cartoon quotes from inspirational folks” via the Neil Armstrong tribute being passed around tumblr.  Love it.  This one especially caught my eye & I thought it was apropos for this blog.  And if we ignore it’s past midnight, this still counts as a Wednesday post & I haven’t broken my daily posting streak;)  (Which really will end, because it wasn’t a plan.  I guess I’ve just had a lot to share lately.)

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Toad the Wet Sprocket “Throw It All Away”

Take the story you’ve been sold
The lies that justify the pain
The guilt the weighs upon your soul
And throw ’em all away

I have had something queued up daily lately, & when I realized I didn’t have anything for today I thought I would share another song from my running play list.  TTWS is my favorite  band ever & this is one of my favorite songs.  It really moves me & makes me want to be better every time I hear it.  I’ve copied the rest of the lyrics under the cut.

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Healing your mind, one stitch at a time « madwhimsy

So crochet, with its seemingly exact instructions, could tell me step by step how to make something without my needing to flex a creative muscle that had all-but atrophied from lack of use.

crochet for mental health

Healing your mind, one stitch at a time « madwhimsy

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, but my other passion besides running is crochet.  When I was working at the clinic that sucked the life out of me & left me empty (but I’m not bitter), I began to crochet & it was great therapy.  It was so relaxing & I could come home in the evening & crochet while watching TV, & totally not think about work for a couple of hours.

I always stick to simple designs because I don’t want anything so complicated I can’t lose myself in the stitches because I have to spend too much time concentrating on the pattern & I often just make up my own pattern as I go along.  Currently I am trying to get motivated to make an Ewok for my niece.  She requested not just an Ewok, but specifically one with a red cloak.  I love people who know what they want & aren’t afraid of asking for it; especially when they’re a 7yo girl who also insists that I bring it to her at her house along with my new pet rabbit.

Velveeta C. Babbs
She was a rescue bunny.

When I saw this article come across my Pinterest feed, where I have numerous boards dedicated to crochet patterns, techniques, & accouterments, & I decided to share a little about my other love.

If something is so wrong with you that you, as a naturally creative individual, cannot think up something if your life depended on it (and sometimes you don’t care that you can’t, which is even worse), crochet gives you a hundred accomplishments in an inch-sized piece.  In an inch you have the achievement of lots of of consistent stitches, of creating a recognizable shape, of making something out of string and thin air, and of having something tangible in front of you – THAT YOU MADE.  Then you notice you start caring again and begin looking for your next project, and soon after that your creative spark turns into an uncontrolled bonfire.

Not to mention you get to call yourself a hooker & talk about your balls, & it’s completely not a dirty or illegal thing.  SCORE!


We are all role models: The Plus Runner video project. | Plus+Runner



We are all role models: The Plus Runner video project. | Plus+Runner

I got this post from Plus+Runner  today.  She is putting together a video project of plus/”normal” sized athletes, i.e. not the model looking people you always see in commercials, magazines, etc.  It’s going to be a collage of submissions & the details are in the post.  Check it out & help show the world we are athletes, too!



Good Foods Boost Moods | Psych Central News

New research reveals that some common foods enhance moods with a striking similarity to valproic acid, a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug.

choc covered strawberries

Good Foods Boost Moods | Psych Central News

I have a particular interest in food & exercise as medicine for mental illness.  I talk a lot about running because I do that & can tell a real difference because of it.  The food is a bit trickier, & I don’t see too much out there discussing how diet impacts mental illness.  I see a lot that says it does, but mostly it’s eat healthy, avoid caffeine & sugar; pretty basic, nothing very specific or in-depth.  Naturally this one stuck out for me, especially since they talk about Bipolar Disorder & mood swings, & usually these studies just look at Depression.

Here’s a clip:

“The large body of evidence that chemicals in chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and certain foods could well be mood-enhancers encourages the search for other mood modulators in food,” she added.

While people have recognized the mood-altering properties of food for years, Martinez-Mayorga’s team is looking to identify the chemical compounds that moderate mood swings, help maintain cognitive health, improve mental alertness and delay the onset of memory loss.


I would like a prescription for chocolate covered strawberries, please!

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3 Self-Care Strategies to Transform Your Life | World of Psychology

Taking good care of yourself not only makes your life more fulfilling and contributes to your well-being, but it also extends to others.

3 self-care methods to improve you life

3 Self-Care Strategies to Transform Your Life | World of Psychology

Since I posted the other day about running being “me time”, when I read this I wanted to share.  It discusses Cheryl Richardson’s book The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time.  It is easy in our world to see even wanting time devoted strictly to yourself as selfish, but it really is necessary.  If I don’t get my me time everyone around me is going to regret it.  My hateful side comes out really quick when I feel overwhelmed; or the fetal in a corner crying side.  It can either way.

The post outlines three ways of improving your level of self-care, & has some really good ideas for making them work.

  • Discover when, where, why, & how you feel deprived.
  • Find your own rhythm & routine.
  • Create an “absolute no list”.