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


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)


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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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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ZEN PENCILS » 161. SHONDA RHIMES: A screenwriter’s advice

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ZEN PENCILS » 161. SHONDA RHIMES: A screenwriter’s advice

This is a chop job of the full version, so you must scurry over to Zen Pencils to see the whole thing in its proper size.

I really appreciated this quote because it is so true.  When I was a kid & I asked about prayers, my mom always told me we have to meet God halfway.  If we’re not willing to work for it, we don’t deserve to have it.

In the immortal words for Dr. Frank N. Furter, “Don’t dream it. Be it.”

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The Beginner Begins Again

What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.
~Billy Crystal (Brainy Quotes)

Yes please

Anyone else remember the day time reality show Starting Over?  I loved that show.  Being a perpetual beginner, starting over is something I’m used to.  And it’s time for another go around!  I’m running again.

It’s been a couple of weeks, & I’ve been doing an hour of walk/run intervals.  I based my plan on different 5K programs I’ve seen/tried. I did three days the first week, but last week I only made it out one day.  It was a very up & down week.  Monday & Tuesday I was so busy doing other stuff I never got around to it.  Then Wednesday came.  It was like the other two days had sucked all the good out of the rest of the week & left me hanging.  I barely got out of bed Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday.  Saturday I drug myself out though.  I was feeling a little better, & did not want to let the week get away from me without going out at least one day.  Sunday was okay, & I spent a good bit of time researching form.  Yep, you’re going to see some of what I found this week.

It’s been stops & starts the last year trying to get back into a regular routine.  This time feels really good though.  I’m excited about running the way I used to be.  I’m back to being as slow as I was when I first started running, but part of it, beyond just I’m really slow, is I’ve slowed down trying to get my form right.  At some point my form became very jarring.  I noticed the first day I went out this time my back hurt, so I decided I needed to slow it down & focus on better form; better posture & less jarring.  My form is becoming more automatic & I was faster Saturday, so yay!  I feel strong too.  I think that’s my favorite part of running, feeling strong.  I’ve also been working on my stretching routine.

I wrote about how I got started running for Salty Running a couple of years ago, On Being a Fat Happy Runner.  Anyone who thought they could never be runner but wants to try, might find a few good bits in it, especially other plus size women trying to get started.


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When Training Slips, Watch the Self Talk | Salty Running

Forgiveness for our setbacks is one of the most important gifts we can give ourselves as runners, but it’s also one of the most difficult parts of our training. For me, it helps to remember that I run because I want to be a better person, not just a faster athlete, and the person I want to be loves herself and prioritizes her physical and mental well-being.
Cinnamon, Salty Running

(source: Calming Manatee)

When Training Slips, Watch the Self Talk – Salty Running

The sun is out & the weather is warming up, so I’m challenging myself to be a better blogger & get back to a regular exercise routine.  For the month of April I will be blogging daily & taking a walk.  I currently feel like arthritis has taken over my body, so gentle daily exercise is especially important now.

I have been very irregular with getting my exercise in for a the last few months (okay, several months), so this article from Cinnamon over at Salty Running seemed apropos.  We all have setbacks, & beating yourself up over it does nobody any good, least of all you.  So be gentle, be forgiving, & be inspired to keep trying.

There is a Japanese proverb that fits here: “Fall down seven times & stand up eight.”



Calming Manatee On HAES

“You can eat healthy at any size.”
Calming Manatee

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I ❤ Calming Manatee, & when I saw this on the site I knew it belonged here.  (And just to clarify the post title, I wrote it based on this one image & do not actually know if CM has an official stance on HAES.)

Health is a choice; weight is not.  There’s no need to throw in the towel on a nutritious diet because it doesn’t get you into a pair of size 2 jeans.  Maybe it will, maybe it won’t, but you’ll be the better for it either way.  Eating better = feeling better, & what’s the downside to that?

For those interested, I dug up a few links about HAES & nutrition:
Heart-Healthy Diet Helps Men Lower Bad Cholesterol, Regardless of Weight Loss
HAES Community
National Eating Disorders Association
Association For Size Diversity & Health
American Psychological Association
Healthy Weight Network (pdf)
The Fat Nutritionist

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