Just to be clear, I am not a knitter. But Nikki’s analogy is perfect for learning to love your body and finding your middle ground. – Pamela
I’m a knitter.
I know—this isn’t a knitting blog, and maybe none of you reading this have ever puzzled over a pattern or felt a fabulous blend of alpaca and silk running through your fingers. But maybe you can relate if, like me, you’ve been annoyed by store-bought clothes that are too loose in the bust but too snug in the waist, and too boxy in the shoulders but too short in the sleeves.
And maybe, like me, you’ve also been annoyed by the ready-made versions of fitness that are on offer at every made-for-tv diet program and big-box gym. They’re too crowded in the classes, too hulky in the weight room, too limited in their scheduling, too punishing in their calorie-counting.
I’ve been knitting for almost eight years, and it only took me… well, almost eight years to figure out that in knitting, and in life, one size does not fit all.read more
I’ve got a another amazing guest post for you this week! You are going to love Jennifer’s outlook on the “good for your age” comments! – Pamela
Hi, this is Jennifer of thefitfork.com. Somewhere around 40 years old (I’m now 51), I started to get the “good for your age” comments. “Oh, you’re really fast for your age, I didn’t expect you to be so strong for your age, you look good for your age.” “Oh, thank you for that . . . I think,” I would snark back, feeling fairly confident a backhanded compliment had just been thrown my way. Or, that the person had absolutely no social skills.
Hi, this is Jennifer of thefitfork.com. Somewhere around 40 years old (I’m now 51), I started to get the “good for your age” comments. “Oh, you’re really fast for your age, I didn’t expect you to be so strong for your age, you look pretty good for your age.” “Oh, thank you for that . . . I think,” I would snark back, feeling fairly confident a backhanded compliment had just been thrown my way. Or, that the person had absolutely no social skills.
The “you (fill in the blank) for your age” alleged compliment me crazy because it implies that a person doesn’t look, perform, behave or do whatever as well as she did in the past. True, I don’t run as freakishly fast as I did in my 20s and I do have gray hair and laugh lines that weren’t there before. But, I am beautiful, speedy, strong, talented, and smart NOT in spite of my age, but because of my age. There has been a lot of practice, pruning and learning that has gone down over five decades – it all contributes to my awesomeness. I feel the same way about 98-percent of the older women I know. They are all awesome and great for any age. Exclamation point, end of story.read more
“Yoga takes you into the present moment; the only place where life exists.”
Millions of people have discovered the transformative healing power of yoga, and honestly, how can you not be receptive to something that is called “a practice.” I mean, from the get-go, it sounds like you may try and try, yet possibly never fully nail downward-facing dog!
Welcome guest author, Beth Campbell, to the blog! I hope you enjoy her story about her transformative journey with the healing power of yoga. – Pamelaread more
You still love to look at magazines. Not on your iPad, not the magazine’s web site but real slick paper magazines. You tear out recipes and workouts to try. You find new people to follow on Instagram. There is always one more book to add to the To Be Read List. You try to ignore the ads and articles for skincare and supplements promising false hope. Can any supplement really stand up to all that hype? Are there really any superfood powder benefits?
In each issue of almost every women’s magazine you’ll see a new study with breakthrough research about a new miracle ingredient or superfood supplement. The truth is one single study does not justify adding acai powder or goji berries to everything. (If you want to learn more about evaluating research for yourself read this.) However, there are some superfood powders that DO have good research behind them that you can easily add to your regular routine. Here are three superfood powders with real benefits.read more
The first hints of fall are swirling in the air. The days are a bit shorter and a little cooler, making it perfect for evening walks and absolutely necessary to wear your favorite boots. You’ve also witnessed more than one person in the office swoon over a pumpkin spice latte. While your friends seem enchanted by the PSL you don’t really get all the fuss. You love fall but you’re not a huge coffee fan. Surely there is a pumpkin spice flavor alternative to help you celebrate fall?
Forget the pumpkin spice latte and try these creatives pumpkin recipes instead.
Loving your career and flexible schedule doesn’t mean you don’t have rough days or feel life stress like everyone else. It also comes with the extra stress of an inconsistent paycheck. Your basics are covered by your laptop lifestyle but there isn’t much wiggle room in the budget for extras. You need regular restorative niches and great self-care on budget.
While you would love to take off with your cousin on an amazing weekend yoga retreat it’s just not in the cards right now. That doesn’t mean you can’t set aside space for yourself. There are plenty of great self-care on a budget practices to try, some of which don’t cost anything or require you to take a whole weekend off. Here’s my list of ways to give yourself some space to breath and recharge your batteries.
Beans are an amazing underutilized healthy eating staple. Why do I think they’re often forgotten when meal plans are being made? Because by themselves they can be a little bit boring. Who wants to sit down and eat a plain bowl of black beans? As much as I love them, I still need some rice and spice to transform them into a tasty meal. You can do so much more than that with these nutritional powerhouses. Ready to learn some new and unusual ways to eat beans?read more
Your best workouts are always the ones at the gym. Whether it’s the desire to keep up with your BodyPump classmates or the gentle nudges from your personal trainer, you always work harder when you’re at the gym. You manage okay at home but it’s not the same with so many distractions and less accountability and equipment. Strength training while traveling is the big roadblock to your consistency. You’re less motivated after a long day of meetings and sometimes the hotel gym only offers cardio options. There’s no way you’re packing your dumbbells for a weekend at the lake!
Strength training while traveling takes a little planning but it is certainly not impossible! It also doesn’t require buying a second set of weights for the cabin. A small investment in a set of mini-bands can give you a host of options for strength training while traveling as well as add new challenges to your existing home workouts. Mini-bands are inexpensive and extremely portable.
I’ve put together a quick but surprisingly challenging strength workout you can do pretty much anywhere. If you do this workout as a circuit, you can keep your heart rate up while working your muscles. Perform each of these moves for 12 repetitions before moving on to the next move. Check out this video where I explain it all.read more
It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for a work conference or your daughter’s class trip, Philadelphia is a fun and friendly city to visit. Center City is the best place to stay if you’re primary destination is the Convention Center or the Liberty Bell. It also makes it very easy to stay in your fit life groove. After my own recent visit to the City of Brotherly Love, I learned a few fit and healthy things to do in Philadelphiaread more
Ice cream is delicious but you’ve got more than one friend who has sworn off dairy. That means homemade ice cream is no longer on the menu for book club brunch. You need a slightly sweet treat that everyone can enjoy and that doesn’t require you to heat up the kitchen in the dog days of summer. It’s the perfect time for homemade tea popsicles!read more