A cool wind whipped around me as I crested the final hill along my running route. "Ah, relief!" I thought, pulling my dripping T-shirt away from my skin. This will cool me off. But instead of making me feel refreshed, the wind chilled me to... Read more
Losing weight and maintaining healthy habits are both challenging, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't also be rewarding. Besides the intrinsic benefits that come from feeling better and reaching new goals, rewarding yourself for your health... Read more
We begin a new fitness routine with the best of intentions—telling ourselves that we’ll hit the gym three times a week—but actually accomplishing what we set out to do can be harder than expected. Combining a busy work week with oth... Read more
If you ever stared at your closet full of clothes and thought, “I have nothing to wear,” imagine how Amanda McQueen, a 28-year-old from Alabama, felt during her weight loss journey. “I’ve lost 115 pounds in total. I started at... Read more
When I was pregnant with my daughter I asked a friend of mine, a mother of three, “Don’t you get bored staying home with the kids all day?” Looking amused she replied, “Oh, I find stuff to do.” Now that my... Read more
I miss #yoga! I am working with a trainer for a bit to develop better workout consistency, but I think it's time to add some home yoga back in, or maybe ask my trainer to incorporate into our workouts.... Read more
Down two pant sizes. Getting closer to my goal weight. Then I checked my target date which is June 10 set back on Dec 16. The app says means losing 2.4 lbs per week not recommended. Program suggested change target date. Discouraged now.... Read more
I try to wear 'exercise wearable clothes' most days (yoga pants). Right when I wake up, 10 minutes elliptical or aerobics; while dinner is cooking, 10 minutes of crunches, etc) so I'm always exercise ready. So on days I don't get a workout in at... Read more
I have a skewed perception of my body (see my 4/15/11 blog, "Skewed Perceptions" -- I discovered I'm not alone!), but taking a picture of myself wearing yoga pants and a sports bra (see my 4/13/11 blog --ack!) gave me a good reality check. If you hav... Read more
A couple months ago, I shared some fun and entertaining 80s aerobics videos. Many of you could relate to these workouts and remember doing similar moves yourselves. Today I'm back with another fitness flashback that is sure to conjure up some more me... Read more
Here at SparkPeople, we love the feeling of putting on brand new workout clothes. There's just something so empowering about a piece of clothing that makes you look and feel good while you get fit! Sometimes, all you need to re-ignite a dwindling... Read more
I fell into the new mom trap-yoga pants. They're easy and comfy, and much more sit on the floor, crawl after babies, etc friendly than jeans. So you wear them. All. The. Time.
Then one day, my jeans didn't fit. WTF.
I'm one of those unusual ladies... Read more
For so many years I wore those elastic-waisted polyester pants. I had them in many colors--blue, green, purple, brown, grey, and lots of black ones. I never wore anything in a light color, thinking it made me look even bigger than I was. Probably tru... Read more
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