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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How To Exercise Out Of Self-Love and Not Due To Fat-Shaming | Everyday Feminism


How To Exercise Out Of Self-Love and Not Due To Fat-Shaming — Everyday Feminism

Catching up on some things at the library.  I am getting closer to the ‘net at home; probably in the next couple of weeks.  Yay!  I got behind on my 31 Miles to Halloween challenge, but have been making the push this week to catch up my miles.  I should just squeak by.  Finished C25K w1d2 with J. yesterday, & we will finish the week up tomorrow.  Yay again!  The prize for October was to be spearmint teas & related goodies, based on my previous article about tea for PCOS.  I have it together, but decided to wait to until I can be more active here before posting it.

So, on to the meat here.  A couple of friends posted this on fb & I got it in the EF newsletter today, so I figured why not.  It’s a fairly brief article, as most of their stuff is, & does a good job of summing the issue up.

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Weekly Review: Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2014

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
~Winston Churchill

Had a good week, except Saturday.  Saturday got away from me, but that’s okay.  The sun’ll come out tomorrow.  It’s only a day away.

Have five miles in on my 31 Miles to Halloween challenge & held my first drawing this week.  Have some extra goodies to toss in the box & it will be in the mail Monday.  Hurray!  I’m getting October’s prize together now & will be announcing it in a couple of weeks.

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31 Miles to Halloween

If you’re a human being walking the earth, you’re weird, you’re strange, you’re psychologically challenged.
~Philip Seymour Hoffman (Brainy Quotes)

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Today is the first day of October &, as I mentioned on Sunday, I am starting a 31 Miles to Halloween challenge. In the month of October let’s walk 31 miles. That averages out to a mile a day, but you can get the miles in however you like. You don’t even have to walk it. You can run, roll, ride, skate, scoot, whatever suits your fancy.

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Sharpening Our Bullshit Detectors With Kat Whitfield

When researching anything, look for contradicting information and listen to people who disagree with whatever you’re searching for.
~Kat Whitfield, Let’s Sharpen Our Bullshit Detectors

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I  was working on a post of a more personal nature, but couldn’t get what I wanted to say out, so I went diving in the inbox again.  I found a blog post from Fit & Feminist about Kat Whitfield & her downloadable guidebook on cutting through the bad info in the diet & fitness industry.  The screen shot above is the table of contents.

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When “Health and Fitness” Isn’t Really Healthy, and What to Do About It | Lift Like A Girl

“…ultimately, a health and fitness regimen should enhance your life, and not dominate it.
~Nia Shanks, Lift Like A Girl

 When “Health and Fitness” Isn’t Really Healthy, and What to Do About It

Continuing in my mission to clean out the potential post prompts of my inbox, I came across this Nia Shanks blog post.  I really appreciated the message of treating your body right & using fitness as means to health not an unhealthy obsession with losing weight.

…if you thumb through some of the latest magazines and scroll through popular websites, that’s not always the impression we’re getting.

Some resources have turned it into a game of constantly striving to reach a lower body weight coupled with strict dieting methods and long, grueling workout routines. Often it looks like a race to see who can eat the least and work out the most. And sometimes the information is just downright degrading.

Instead of focusing simply on eating better in a sustainable way … we opt instead for the latest rapid fat loss diet that has a list of forbidden foods that can often lead to binge eating and other disordered eating habits. Inevitably we combine this dieting mentality with a rigorous workout routine that often leads to burn out, overuse injuries, and exhaustion.

I concur.  For the rest of Nia’s sensible pep talk, check it out here.


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Resistance Bands: Cheap, Easy, Space Efficient

source: Grit by Brit

I recently acquired some resistance bands. They’ve been popular for a while & the internet is full of info — I’m really lame about trends — so I’m not going in depth here, but I did want to suggest them to anyone who hasn’t tried them & is looking for a cheap, easy way to do strength work at home without taking up a lot of space.  They are a little easier to use than weights, & if you drop them on your foot it hurts a lot less.

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Prancercising for Health & Wellness

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” -John Wooden (Workouts 4 All)

Yesterday I was thinking about how so much focus is placed on yoga in research into physical activity for mental health (Yesterday & the day before are two examples).  Today a radio DJ brought up Prancercising.  This post just wrote itself.

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