Losing another exercise 5

I think I might have to give up running pretty soon, for probably at least 7 or 8 months. I’m going to try to hold on until the Zombies, Run! virtual race because goddammit, that’s what I’ve been training for since November (10K or bust), but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep going ...

10 rules of nutrition 1

To my non-expert but skeptical eyes, this is a pretty good article from io9: The Rules of Good Nutrition (That Absolutely Everybody Agrees On) Points 1-7 even have citations! Citations! To journal articles! Anyway, there are two points that I just want to highlight: 3. There is No Perfect Diet For Everyone Bottom Line: The best diet ...

These are the things I tell myself before exercise 2

The very last thing I want you to think about is: How will this make me look? The mirror is a liar. It wants you to fail. It sells you doubt. No. I want you to think: How will this make me feel? Fucking powerful, is how it should make you feel. Strong. Fast. Like you can ...

Something I haven’t done for 15 years. 6

Something I haven't done for 15 years.
Some of you already know this story, I’m sure. In high school, the one and only sport I could do (being a chubby nerd who couldn’t even run a quarter mile) was weightlifting. And I was actually good at it, which was the crazy part. I’m basically built like a draft horse, so for me lower ...

Start Guide: Weightlifting

I talked about weightlifting generally before, but I want to get into a little more detail about how to get started, since it might be a little intimidating if you’ve, say, never taken a class. Workouts You really don’t want to over train a particular muscle group. That can cause a lot of problems in ...

A Return to Weightlifting

I used to lift a lot in high school, which is (funny story) how I ended up destroying my right hip and knee. And then later gave myself rotator cuff tendonitis, because I actually really love weightlifting and have a tendency to overtrain if I’m not careful. That’s kind of why I’ve stayed away from it ...

So wait. You’re saying carbs AND protein?

Note, this post is going to involve talking about food, and my personal quest to get my weight under control. So proceed with caution if you have a problem with those topics. While I’ve got my awesome health insurance, I decided to go in for a visit with the dietitian today. (Dietitians and nutritionists aren’t ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Martial Arts Red Flags

Before I got into biking, my big fitness thing was kung fu. It’s actually what wore the cartilage out of my shoulder – don’t worry, that’s not a thing that normally happens. But now that I’ve had surgery and am at full recovery AND I’m back in Denver, I’ve returned to my kung fu school. I couldn’t ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Snot, Spit, and Tears

Alternative title: The Gross StuffFair warning. This post is going to contain some frank discussion of less than fabulous bodily functions. (So if you’d like to avoid me discussing farting, etc, just skip this post.) I know this can be rough on us grown-ups, and it’s even tougher for those of the female persuasion because ...

Losing weight sucks 4

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but I’ve been putting it off. It’s tough to write. Anything about weight and self-image and societal bullshit is kind of destined to be. Over the last two years and three months, I’ve lost about 75 pounds, going from 270 to 195. I’m now back ...