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Posted on Sep 25, 2013 | 4 comments

And the Beat Goes On: Middle-Aged Mother Attends Dance Class (Voluntarily!)

And the Beat Goes On: Middle-Aged Mother Attends Dance Class (Voluntarily!)

I haven’t set foot in a dance class in 18 years. As I may have mentioned once or twice or twenty times, I was the victim of witchcraft recently (via the show So You Think You Can Dance) and thus signed myself up for a jazz dance class. I’m still trying to figure out why, after all this time, I thought that would be a good idea. I arrive early to my first class. I think I’m 15 minutes early, but it turns out to be 45 minutes early. This is bad. And also good. Bad because it gives me a chance to talk myself out of entering that stupid class. And good because it gives me a chance to talk myself out of entering that stupid class. I sit in my car, outside the studio, pondering my options. I see a cute, blonde girl doing perfect split handstands on the sidewalk. She gets up and walks into a restaurant, wiping her hands on her mother as she goes...

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Posted on Sep 15, 2013 | 2 comments

So I Think I Can Dance

So I Think I Can Dance

I’m going to die. The closer I get to it, the more I believe it might be true. Yes, this realization may be somber, but it’s also motivating. It also makes me somewhat delusional. I was watching So You Think You Can Dance the other night, and I thought to myself: I can do that! In fact, I must do that! I Googled “Adult Dance.” I perused the startling content involving lucite stripper heels and in-home pole installation for a moment, and clicked “Back.” I Googled “Adult JAZZ Dance.” I found a little studio right down the street! Then, I conducted some essential recognizance before showing up with my my old-lady, mother-of-two self:   Dance Studio: Hello? Me: silence Dance Studio: Hello?? Me: Um, do you have adult dance classes? DS: Yes! Me: Okay…so, um, how “Adult” are we talking here? A bunch of 18-year-old “adults,” or do you go truly geriatric? DS: Well, I’m 38 and I’m in the class, so that’s pretty old. Me: Yeah. I remember...

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Posted on Aug 24, 2013 | 0 comments

My Favorite Podcasts, Part 4: Podcasts About Parenting

My Favorite Podcasts, Part 4: Podcasts About Parenting

If you’re just joining us, this is my fourth post in a series called My Favorite Podcasts. You may be interested in Podcasts About Food (Parts One and Two), and Podcasts About Language too! These are two of my favorite Podcasts About Parenting.     Plug them in while you’re doing your recommended 30-minutes of cardio a day and you’ll return centered and focused for the rest of the day.  Well, at least until your kids derail you. But you’ll feel so refreshed, you’ll be able to handle it.   1) Aha! Parenting This lady can always bring me back from the edge of the parenting cliff. Dr. Laura Markham calmly lets the air out of my brewing temper tantrum (why do everyone else’s kids take naps but mine doesn’t?? It’s not FAIR!!! Ahem.). I like her because she thinks my kids (all kids) are great and treats them like the human beings I know they are capable of being (as opposed to, say, wild monkeys, which they sometimes appear to...

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Posted on May 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Fitness Plan, Week Four – Runner’s Low

Fitness Plan, Week Four – Runner’s Low

This is the only picture I managed to take on this morning’s run. I took it while hunched over, wheezing onto my knees.   The only good thing I can say about today’s run is that it’s over. And that, apparently, I have good blood circulation, judging by the extreme bulginess of the veins in my hand. And, the road to fitness continues! (boo, hiss) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on May 16, 2013 | 0 comments

Fitness Plan, Week Three – Still Running, But Where Are We Going?

Fitness Plan, Week Three – Still Running, But Where Are We Going?

Are you new to the Fitness Plan Chronicles? Start here.   If you’re wondering if we’re still running, the answer is YES! Our goal is to go every single day. So, naturally, we don’t. We average about four days a week, and we’ve been doing it for 21 days. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you skip some of those days, does it still count? What about if you skip them because you truly, honestly believe your body needs sleep more than it needs cardiovascular exertion? Like, for real?? I’m gonna say it does. Our route is the same, so the distance has not increased yet. On the other hand, we are running more of it. We started off in walk/jog mode, and now we only walk down the giant hill to warm up, and walk up the giant hill for a final cardio push, but we run the entire loop around the lake. We pass this church along the way. This Early Bird is...

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Posted on May 14, 2013 | 1 comment

My Favorite Podcasts, Part 3: Podcasts About Language

My Favorite Podcasts, Part 3: Podcasts About Language

Last time, I told you about my favorite podcasts about food. Because what’s more important than food?? It may be the most important thing, but it’s not the only thing. I do spread my passions around. Wait, that didn’t sound right. Anyway! This time, I reveal my inner word nerd and share my favorite podcasts about language! I admit, I get excited about words. (You already know my pathological fascination with names). I can while away a good hour listening to the history of language while I’m out running, or just running errands. That is, if the kids aren’t testing my own language skills with questions like “WHY is this block big?” My first recollection of geeking out over a word was when I was about ten and my grandpa told me the refrigerator brand name Frigidaire was actually two words put together: frigid and air! To me, it was like a puzzle and the prize was knowing the secret behind the words. I was hooked then, and I...

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Posted on Apr 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Fitness Plan, Day Two – Baby, It’s Cold Outside and So Am I

Fitness Plan, Day Two – Baby, It’s Cold Outside and So Am I

All that nice warm weather yesterday appears to have been a fluke. It was COLD this morning. On the bright side, it was also sunnier. Day two of any running program always seems to be the easiest for me. I was able to do a lot more running today. As for Day Three, I anticipate entering the gates of hell on hands and knees tomorrow, if history repeats itself. Day Three is when I always start to question the wisdom of not being on the couch, under a blanket, a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the remote in the other. (Not that my busy children allow that sort of scene, but this is the sort of fantasy that runs through my head as I’m cramping and wheezing along).                           After our run, which went considerably faster today due to all the actual running, as opposed to walking. We also stretched and did ten seconds...

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Posted on Apr 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Fitness Plan, Day One – The Snooze Cruise

Fitness Plan, Day One – The Snooze Cruise

Things I like about getting up at 5:45 am to exercise: 1) Not having to put on sunscreen. 2) Not having to wear a hat. 3) Getting a jumpstart on the day. 4) Getting it bloody-well over with. Things I don’t like about getting up at 5:45 am to exercise: 1) Getting up at 5:45 am.   Well, we did it. 5:45 came around and after only one alarm clock snooze, we were up! If you knew anything about our daily debate about whether snoozing increases or decreases your alertness throughout the day, you would know that in itself is an achievement. The baby wasn’t bothering with any snoozing business. He transferred, still asleep, into the stroller.   Within a minute, our older boy was alert and chanting a morning song about going bumpity-bump in his stroller and was fairly over the moon about the breakfast bars and milk we had prepared for him. This was high adventure.   We walked, we ran, and we stretched. (Note that taking...

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Posted on Apr 7, 2013 | 0 comments

My Favorite Podcasts About Food, Part 2 (The Main Course)

My Favorite Podcasts About Food, Part 2 (The Main Course)

As I mentioned yesterday, I love to cook and I love to eat. I get a lot of inspiration from podcasts, which are great to listen to when I go for a run to work off all that great stuff I just ate. These are my favorites. 1) The Splendid Table This podcast takes me there. Lynne Rossetto Kasper can set the scene in a way you feel you are in Tuscany, enjoying a bottle of Chianti with her and her friends. She is also a serious, well-respected food authority. She welcomes all kinds of experts to her show to discuss the broadest scope of food-related topics, down to the smallest, intriguing detail. From the politics of food, to what “extra virgin” really means, to how (and why) to sauté shallots, you will be enchanted by every word.  If you are a food nerd, that is (Hello!). Lest you start to wonder if Lynne is anything other than one of us, check out her episode featuring eloquent indie rapper Dessa talking about her eating habits on the road. Nothin’ but voyeuristic fun....

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Posted on Feb 18, 2013 | 2 comments

On the Trail Again

On the Trail Again

I used to take my tiny kids out somewhere most mornings.  I’ll admit, this was largely due to the fact that getting them to take their naps in a moving two-ton vehicle is exceptionally easier than doing it in a soft, comfy bed (weirdos!).  But, I have fallen out of the habit.  Something about the monumental list of things that must be done before two little people, and the person entirely responsible for them, can get out the door for an entire segment of the day is just too intimidating. The volume of work plus potential tears, theirs and mine, is not worth the effort, it seems. However, getting the kids outside, like most forms of action, is always worth it when you do it. From exercise, to a job interview, to throwing a dinner party, to running a marathon, odds are, you’ll be glad you hurled yourself over that mountain of prep and got going.  It doesn’t even have to be over and you’ll start being grateful you’re...

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Posted on Dec 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Better by Half

Better by Half

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions (who needs more pressure?) but I do like goals.  I can focus on a goal and resist the temptation to begin fifteen new projects on the way to finishing the first one. Goals are great for keeping on track.  Which is helpful when you have tiny people spontaneously crying, talking to you, and asking for food just when you’ve entered a deep thought. And, goals have the nifty benefit of being flexible. They’re not do-or-feel-guilty demands, more like suggestions.  Pay attention to them and you’ll get somewhere. Goals are effective, but it’s the plans for how to reach them that I really enjoy. Well, okay, enjoy is an understatement.  I love plans and all their accompanying tools: spreadsheets, formulas, checklists, calendars, tasks broken down into various increments of time, color coded file folders…Yes, I even love planning the plans.  Give me a fresh set of office supplies, and I’m practically giddy.     After all the heady, fabulous indulgence of the recent holidays, I’m...

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Posted on Oct 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Balance

Balance

I am dedicated to healthy living and eating.  That being said, and meant, I have a little confession to make.  I don’t diet, deny, or strictly rule out any food, ever.  This leaves me wide open to enjoy the all-encompassing thrill of a little white paper bag, neatly folded over, and handed to me through the drive-thru window of…McDonald’s. I have edited actual meat products from my occasional McD’s indulgence, due to all the pink slime hoopla.  Even I can’t enjoy that anymore.  BUT, it’s okay.  There is no pleasure to match the burning hot, salty, crispy french fries that Cute Banker and I call Crack Fries.  I eat them, one (or two, or three) after the other until that little crinkly paper bag is empty, save for a slick of finger-licking grease, and a few little grains of that crack-salt. I also indulge in a delectable iced coffee with two pumps of syrup instead of four (my version of “diet”) and I relish every creamy, cold sip.  Mmmmmmmmm....

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Posted on Oct 15, 2012 | 4 comments

The Baby Steps of an Emerging Athlete

The Baby Steps of an Emerging Athlete

I am of the perspective that you are what you are right now. Not what you were, or were not, even twelve seconds ago. That means that if you want to be a healthy, exercising, positive-thinking, flaxseed-eating human being, then decide you are, and go forth as such. Last week (or was it last month?), Cute Banker and I began jogging. Again. It had been a teeny little while since I had engaged in such ambitious activity. Cute Banker has been running off and on, forever. The last time I put on a pair of athletic shoes for the purpose of athletics was the week before I found out my second baby was on the way. I had just begun a tennis class and I felt uneasy with all that pounding while gestating a tiny human. I know it can be medically safe and lots of healthy, educated people play tennis, and more, right up till delivery. It was just my own personal feeling that I did not want to...

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