If you’ve been reading this blog to monitor my health and the progress of my lingering cold/cough/lurgy, I have good news: I am feeling much, much better. Yesterday was the first day in weeks that I felt I could go for a proper walk, beyond getting out for scheduled meetings and commitments — indeed, it […]
Here’s a thought experiment: Please take a look at the following photo, and note in particular the embroidered figures on the socks, and in extra particular the colors of those figures. How anal retentive are you?
London Underground playing cards, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey. In my ongoing quest to build healthy activity into my life, I’m embarking on the Lifehacker Workout Challenge. The challenge is just to exercise at least 5 times a week for a month. Any workout will do, but the suggested workouts are so adorably simple for even […]
(Photo: Doug Menuez/Corbis for New York Magazine) Though they may look (and sound) like Off Broadway send-ups, eighties-inspired workouts like Keightley’s are proliferating. Just as bat-winged sweaters and pegged pants are reappearing on runways, classic cardio burns from the eighties are back in fashion, too. The primary appeal: They’re simple and they make you sweat. […]
Mardi Gras Masks and Beads, originally uploaded by biskuit. It seems a kind of cheating to celebrate Mardi Gras when I have no intention of giving up anything for Lent. Early in the evening I officially commemorated the holiday with a Sazerac cocktail — a classic drink of New Orleans. I listened to Madeleine Peyroux […]
I find it helpful to give names to my self-improvement efforts. A name puts a wrapper around little things, so they’re part of Something Bigger rather than yet another attempt to be more beautiful-healthy-smart-whatever. So far, I have not yet devised a name for my latest attempt to get fit. (No, “Get Fit 2008” won’t […]
You wouldn’t guess it to look at me, but I enjoy exercising. No, honest, it’s true. Especially weight training or heading out for a little jog at the end of the day. I can still get bored though, so I keep an eye out for new twists: a funky pair of socks, new equipment, and […]
I attended an all girls’ boarding school — Villa Maria High School, unfortunately now closed — and I lived in the dorm for the first three years. Each year around this time all the girls would start to worry about weight we’d gained over the winter months. The cafeteria specialized in heavy carbs, and there […]