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
It's been a million years since I've done yoga, but I desperately need some stretching and stress management lately. I know that I like more "athletic" yoga (versions that flow more quickly) as opposed to more "meditative" yoga (spend a million years... 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
Not exactly weight loss this week, but I went to go and buy some new clothes (my weight has fluctuated too much lately) and realized that I was 2 sizes bigger up top. I was flabbergasted. But, my normal lets take care of this attitude = eat loads of... 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
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
Have never owned a pair of Yoga pants before; actually, never even TRIED ON a pair. Know how I look in my stretch legging type pants - the few I own - and have a neighbor who is my age but works out with her personal trainer regularly and wears them... Read more
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