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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Upcoming New Running Game App: Run An Empire

My philosophy is: If you can’t have fun, there’s no sense in doing it.
~Paul Walker
(Brainy Quotes)

Reading a comment thread in the Fit Fatties Facebook group, I found a mention of Run An Empire. It’s a running game app (app game? story app? “strategy running game”), similar to Zombies, Run!.  The difference being, from what I can see — it’s still in closed beta, instead of earning items to build up your virtual zombie compound, you actually capture & defend the real world space you run through.

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Whether it’s 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com

Whether it's 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com
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Whether it’s 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com

This article showed up on my personal Facebook page, & I thought it was pretty great.  So, of course I had to share it with you guys!  It’s message is certainly one I share & promote.

When you think about your best friends, do you ever think “If she was only a size 2, I’d enjoy hanging out with her so much more”? Of course not. That’s ridiculous.

So then why do we think that way about ourselves?

Working toward becoming a healthy person is a good and worthy goal, something I should be proud of.

Working toward becoming a size 6 is not.

It’s just not. It is not good or worthy. It has nothing to do with being a healthier me or a better me or feeling more beautiful.

 

Read the complete article here & click below for a brief update on me.

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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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5 Lessons from Kids About Running | Salty Running

5 Lessons from Kids About Running – Salty Running

Still no interwebs at the house.  Looks like it’s going to be a couple of weeks.  Changed the password to my blog on my phone, but it didn’t sync to my  laptop OS & I couldn’t find out where it was hidden on my phone’s OS.  Finally figured it out today.  Brains!  They’re not just for zombie snacks.  So here I am with a very quick share for running week.

Have not been exercising because I’ve been in OMGChange mode, plus lazy, plus it has stormed all week so I haven’t gotten outside.  I need to get out & stalk a new running/walking area this weekend because I do still intend to start C25K on Monday.  I found the gym here, but then remembered I left my gym key with my dad because he’s working on my car.  I could go during office hours, but from their fb page the new manager seems all grrgrr gymgym weightsweights don’t be a big fat loser person so I’m just going to hide out until I get my key.  I’m pretty sure moving has to count for something as exercise.

From Lemongrass (which I’m allergic to btw) at Salty Running, five things she’s learned/remembered about running from her kids.


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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.