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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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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Anxiety & the Gym

They’re all gonna have droopy boobs like me one day, anyway.
~The Oatmeal

Capture elderly oatmeal

Oh you must read this in its entirely. Go NOW!

What do that old dude & I have in common, besides droopy boobs & a generally cranky attitude?  We both want to be alone at the gym.  Not an issue exclusive to us.

When I searched “gym anxiety” a lot  came up.  Most of it was the usual “I’m fat/weak/clumsy/a heavy sweater & I’m afraid people will judge me at the gym”.  To which the usual answer was “Get over yourself. You’re not so special everyone is paying attention to you.”  While that is true, it’s not very helpful, especially for someone dealing with an anxiety disorder.  It’s also kinda mean.

Everyone’s anxiety manifests differently, so there are no blanket answers.  Personally, along with the “I’m fat & feel judged by all the fit people at the gym; everyone is laughing at me” form of typical gym anxiety, there’s also the anxiety that has caused me to cry in the grocery aisle – where only one other person was – suddenly overwhelmed by the idea of how many people were in the store.  There’s also the perfectionism causing a paralyzing fear of making mistakes & the paranoia that feeds the idea everyone is watching & judging me.  I’ve been trying to convince myself no one is paying that much attention to me in public for 20+ years, but it doesn’t work.  The being alone thing is part of what I like about running.  You may remember the only race I ever did.

Just not going to the gym is certainly one solution to this problem, but maybe not the best one depending on your goals.  I have chosen that route a lot of the time, & history says this will come around again.  If your goals lead you to pursuing the gym life in spite of your fear & loathing of other people, then here are a few suggestions from my experience.

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Building Your Home Gym

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
~Agatha Christie (HuffPo)

This raccoon is rocking the home workout.

Since I posted The Minute Jar yesterday, I thought I would give you some ideas for fitness equipment you can stock up on to help you out at home.

To that end I found this article on WebMD, “At-Home Workouts: 5 Essential Items for a Home Gym“.  This actually lists several items in five categories: cardio, strength, balance, flexibility, & Guidance.  They list a variety of options at different price points, as well as advice from personal trainers & how much space you need to use the different options.

At Real Simple, I found “The Best Fitness Tools for Your Home Gym“.  They polled their “exer-stars” for compilations of favorite tips & tools in categories by budget & level.

I’ve posted about home gym equipment before, so here’s a handy list of links:

DIY Foam Roller for $2.49
How To Foam Roll Like A Pro | Greatist
21 DIY Gym Equipment Projects to Make at Home | Greatist

Hope this helps!


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Small Habits Make Big Changes

“What if someone told you to floss only one tooth everyday? Or start the new year, not with grand resolutions, but with a simple challenge?”
~BJ Fogg, “Forget Big Change, Start with a Tiny Habit”

Trigger Warning

Okay, this video was not just smart & insightful, it was entertaining. As I’m sure you gleaned from the title, Mr. Fogg advocates making small changes over time if you want to make a big change. He believes you are more likely to stick with a habit you can perform quickly & easily, than some lofty goal that can be onerous & discouraging. From there you build on those small changes until the big change sneaks up on you, already a habit. Continue reading


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Skeletor Inspires Us to Conquer Negative Thought Patterns

Skeletor has the right idea!

Skeletor is Love added a new photo: “September 27, 2013”

Short & sweet today because I was gone most of the day & now that I’m home I can’t keep my eyes open. I am having allergy tests done Friday, so I am off all my allergy meds for the week.  This is not my happy place, especially during early fall.

I have chosen three articles on changing negative patterns in your life to complement the pic.  You may click them at your leisure.  At this point I have only been able to skim them, so hopefully none of them advocate ritual sacrifice in the fine print. Continue reading


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Try Something New for Thirty Day | Ted Talks

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?”
~Matt Cutts,
Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

I talk a lot about habit building & routines.  Probably because I’m not good at them, so I am always building & rebuilding, creating new schemes.  Well, it’s that time again.

To that end I have been doing some researching.  I’ve watched a few videos on the topic.  There is so much good information on the topic, I’ve decided instead of trying to cram it into one article I’m going to spread it out over the week. Continue reading


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A Trip to the Local Library

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
~Henry David Thoreau (Brainy Quotes)

library books

No water mark or photo editing for this pic because I haven’t set my NEW LAPTOP up for it yet.  I  broke the screen on my other laptop months ago, so I was using it with a monitor. *le sigh*  I finally broke down & replaced it.

I went to the library today to finally get the last book in the Percy Jackson series (love the books, love the 2nd movie, disappointed by the 1st movie – in case you were wondering).  I also wanted to get a book on strength training while I was there.  I’ve been hearing a lot about The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess but no such luck.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weight Training (printed in 2000) was the best I could do.  Should be alright for the basics though.

An Unquiet Mind: Memoir of Moods & Madness was on a nearby shelf, as was Body Clutter: Love Your Body, Love Yourself.  I have quoted Kay Redfield Jamison here before, but never read the book – until now!  I had never heard of Body Clutter, but I am familiar with Flylady.  I grabbed the book based on the tag line & this from the back cover,

“…it’s not about finding the perfect diet, it’s about the way you feel about food & your body & understanding sound nutrition.”

I can get behind that.  I have been eating like the old me this month & I feel like crap because of it, so it appealed to me on that level.  Plus, I’m interested to see how it lines up with HAES principles.  It sounds like it could go either way.  I will let you know how it goes.

Have any of your read any of these books?  Have others you would recommend?  I would love to hear some opinions.