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


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Twelve Habits of Happy, Healthy People Who Don’t Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace | I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

It’s not like I have anything against happiness, or success, or meditation, or yoga, or being nice, or smiling more, or eating healthy, or losing weight, or being your best you, or embracing the day with a positive attitude. Those all sound great. Honestly, they do. And there are some really smart, simple truths to be found in all of those articles. There truly are.

It’s just that I have a problem with being told to do all of those things by skinny blonde ladies laughing on a beach wearing yoga pants.
~Katherine, I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

Inspirational Photo Bingo, from I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

Inspirational Photo Bingo, from I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

Twelve Habits of Happy, Healthy People Who Don’t Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace | I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

A friend of mine shared this on facebook, & I loved it.  I’m not saying I don’t share some of the inspirational photos, you’ve seen them here, but I do prefer sarcastic humor.

She gives a list of wonderful advice, including “do whatever the fuck you want”.  That one actually makes it on the list multiple times.  I wholeheartedly second that advice.  If, like me, you’d rather be sarcastic than motivational, read it.  You can thank me later.

 


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The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances | The Oatmeal

The terrible & wonderful reasons why I run long distances, from The Oatmeal

Image from The Oatmeal

The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances | The Oatmeal

The creator of The Oatmeal comics site has created a six page ode to distance running.  I recommend you check it out, no matter how far you like to run.


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Zombies, Run! 5K Training Week 1

Screenshot of my completed mission screen for week 1, from ZombiesRunGame.com

Screenshot of my completed mission screen for week 1, from ZombiesRunGame.com

You’re Runner 5, a vital member of one of the last outposts of humanity at Abel Township. Over the course of an eight week, 25 workout training programme, you’re trained to help collect supplies and protect the town from the encroaching zombie apocalypse.
Zombies, Run! 5K Training site

Back on the horse! Finally, I started, & finished, the first week of Zombies, Run! 5K training program. Yay!  I’m glad to finally be excited about running again.

It took a little longer than planned.  I planned to finish it Friday, but I had an out-of-town appointment & the day got away from me.  Then I was going to make it up Saturday, but Saturday started out bad & got worse.  I had a depressive episode & it took most of the day for my boyfriend to get me to stop crying & get out of bed.  Sunday, it poured all day.  So Monday, Monday it was!  I had considered just skipping w1d3 & going right to w2d1, but decided it would be easy enough to still get my W2 runs in this week.

I’m still slow, but I was pleased I was able to run the entire 10mins of the free form runs.  I hadn’t really doubted I could, but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to.  It’s been months since I’ve run for that long. >_< Continue reading


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TedMed: Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes?

“Getting the cause  & effect right is extremely important… maybe we have the cause & effect wrong on obesity & insulin resistance.  Maybe we should be asking ourselves, ‘Is it possible that insulin resistance causes weight gain & the diseases associated with obesity – at least in most people?’  What if being obese is just a metabolic response to something much more threatening, an underlying epidemic, the one we ought to be worrying about?”
Dr. Peter Attia, “What if we’re wrong about diabetes?”

I received this video in a newsletter from Upworthy today.  It is a TED talk given by Dr. Peter Attia.  The topic of his talk is the idea that fat isn’t the disease, it’s a symptom, something a lot of people have been saying for years.

He suggests obesity is a healthy coping mechanism for dealing with insulin resistance, & points out that obese people without insulin resistance have no greater risk of developing the associated diseases than lean people without it, but lean people with insulin  resistance are actually at greater risk than the corresponding obese people.


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Running Recovery Yin Practice

Trying to get myself motivated to blog here again, but honestly I’m having trouble doing it. I have plenty to talk about, personal issues, articles, & other blogs to share, but eh, you know how it goes. I’m either on or I’m off; when I get off track it takes a while to get back on.

And change – you know how I am with change. Getting a boyfriend for the first time in ten years & moving in with him is a pretty big change. Three months later & I’m still having trouble getting back into the old routine (sad because I live across the street from a beautiful lakeside nature trail where there are other runners).

Here is a post from Anytime Yoga I just ran across & thought sharing this would be a great way to creep back in. She shares her asana sequence she uses to relax her muscles for running.

I was digging through my reader, so you might see a few reblogs in the days ahead. Hopefully you will also see some things from me soon enough, especially some reports on the Zombie, Run! 5K app.