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Struggling to Maintain

As previously mentioned…some of my newly formed bad habits, plus a prolonged and annoying illness (which I am thankfully over), had been catching up with me. For over a week I have been eating less and/or smarter, passing up on the donuts at work, exercising daily for 30+ minutes, not drinking alcohol on weeknights, and going to bed earlier. I’m feeling pretty good but it’s BORING. I’ll just have to re-train myself…and be sure to exert plenty of self control over the coming weeks of holiday excess. If only we had something like San Francisco’s “House of Air” indoor trampoline park, to make the exercising part of the equation more fun. Because enjoyment is a HUGE part of it. I listened to NPR’s Science Friday as they discussed the new Xbox Kinect and their research into the emotional content of movement. Now if we could only get our hands on the Kinect. They seem to be sold out everywhere.

Then again, does any of it really make a difference? I find research like this to be more than a little dispiriting:

Recently, researchers in Finland made the discovery that some people’s bodies do not respond as expected to weight training, others don’t respond to endurance exercise and, in some lamentable cases, some don’t respond to either. In other words, there are those who just do not become fitter or stronger, no matter what exercise they undertake.

Five good and/or interesting things:

There have been too many Debbie Downer moments recently. And maybe that’s exacerbated by the lack of sunlight in our lives. Days get shorter, mopeyness increases. Relationships suffer. But I’m determined to swim upstream against it. We do have much to look forward to. Going to see Grinderman tomorrow night. And Nick Cave has announced that he will be putting out a new album, with the Bad Seeds, sometime in 2011. Also next year? Robyn - who I just missed at the Fine Line - will be coming back to town. This time in First Avenue’s main room. A much better venue for her majesty. And in the nearer future? I’m lining up some holiday photo sessions for families. Lastly, and most immediately, I am about to watch episode three of The Walking Dead. Sometimes it’s the little things, like good music and zombie apocalypse fiction, that keep me from diving into the deep end.

Parker, pretending to have a tantrum


  1. e. wrote:

    Actually, I find that research to be highly encouraging toward people finally getting it through their thick skulls that fat =/= unhealthy any more than thin = healthy. Eat well & exercise, knowing that you’re keeping yourself healthy on the inside, and with any luck society will gradually learn to love what’s on the outside because each body reflects health differently. The less fatphobia the better.

    Monday, November 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    An excellent point! Personally I’m just irritated by how much easier it was to stay fit when I was younger - I mostly just want to be able to zip up a few of my favorite dresses (ones that I was able to get into just last Spring). But staying healthy is even more important, especially with winter/cold/flu season starting.

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

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