The ‘Busy’ Trap

I read this N.Y. Times article today that really hit home called “The ‘Busy’ Trap.”

While I don’t feel like I’m someone who always immediately responds that I’m ‘so busy,’ when asked how I’m doing, it’s certainly something I hear a lot — even people I just met at the conference I attended talked about this.

Like the article said, it’s like a badge of honor in some circles to be ‘so busy’ — and I sometimes feel guilty for not being as busy as others; as though by not being ‘so busy’ my work isn’t valued. But that isn’t true, either. Continue reading “The ‘Busy’ Trap”

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Weight Issues Around the World

I’m copying Tara Parker-Pope’s New York Times/The Well blog post (Weight Issues Around the World) verbatim because there was no use in rewriting something like this.

Clearly, the U.S. isn’t the only country obsessed with weight (or struggling with it).

And that news doesn’t exactly make me happy to hear.

Sadly, obesity is a growing global epidemic, and much of it is fueled by inactivity and over-eating, coupled with economic hardships — a trifecta for disaster. Continue reading “Weight Issues Around the World”

NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain

Check out my latest blog post over at WeAretheRealDeal.com, “NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain.” You can also read it here after the jump. Continue reading “NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain”

2 Great NYTimes.com Articles to Share

Friends have shared these two articles with me recently that I wanted to pass along. Since I still have zero energy and my brain cells seem to be dying by the day here as I sit here and try to get better … I’m not going to analyze them but rather just share them, verbatim. I’d love to know what you think, though!!

The first, courtesy of Allison, is “Training the Mind to Run Right Through Winter.”
-The premise here is that while some people stop their exercise routines in cold weather, there are also people who continue to push through. I know I tend to prefer indoor workouts when it’s really cold out, but then when it’s a nice-ish winter day, I love to squeeze in a bike ride, run or walk–it can feel invigorating. I don’t mind the cold, so much as snow/ice. How about you? Do you run or exercise outdoors regardless of the weather?

The second, courtesy of Yasmin, is “Why Exercise Doesn’t Lead to Weight Loss.”
-The premise here is that exercising can help with maintenance but doesn’t necessarily boost weight loss. I agree with that assessment; I know eating less is really what helped me lose weight and that if I didn’t work out the way I do (when healthy and not with H1N1, that is) I’d probably have gained it ALL back vs. just some of it. How about you? Do you think exercise helped you lose or maintain better?

Thanks, girls, for your contributions. How did you know these would come in handy? 🙂

“Pregorexia”

Reading about pregorexia (a term often used to describe preoccupation with weight control through extreme dieting and exercising while pregnant) in a recent New York Times blog post Cathy shared with me, “During Pregnancy, Starving for Two” just made me want to cry.

Part of the reason I’m on this journey to be past my disordered eating behaviors is so I can someday 1) get pregnant and 2) carry and deliver a healthy baby and 3) be a good role model of a mom to my children.

I know every day I don’t engage in DE behaviors makes me one step closer to this someday being a real possiblity: that this will be in my past. Every day I choose to be kind to my body, fuel it well, work it moderately … I’m doing my body, mind and soul a favor. Continue reading ““Pregorexia””

Good Read

A friend passed this article on to me from Sunday’s New York Times, called Bingeing On Celebrity Weight Battles.”

Definitely a good read that speaks to pretty much the cover of every celebrity rag out there. The article made some really valid points.

I know that I fall victim to reading the celebrity rags for entertainment, but I am so sick of seeing every celebrity moaning about their weight, or going on some crash diet and then “reappearing” looking thin again, saying they felt “massive” or “huge” at their former weight (i.e., often my weight, or worse, my weight when I was at goal, which was not maintainable for me anyway!!) Continue reading “Good Read”