The Horror Novel You’ll Never Have to Live: Surviving Without Health Insurance

The Horror Novel You’ll Never Have to Live: Surviving Without Health Insurance

Oct 1, 2013

In 2005, I was a robust 25-year-old living in Chicago and working as a project assistant for an artchitectural and engineering firm. In the fall of 2005, I started to lose weight. This was a good thing, I figured. I worked out a lot. I ate right. It’s just that losing weight got… easier. It was nice. After so many years of working out relentlessly...

How I Built My Treadmill Desk for $200

How I Built My Treadmill Desk for $200

Jul 22, 2012

So, after my mega-crazy writing spree on RAPTURE, where I found myself sitting for 14, 16, and even one memorable 20-hour-stretch just… sitting, I decided it was time to finally give in and put together a treadmill desk. Depression and anxiety runs in my family, but I’ve found that if I can be consistently active, I can pretty much lead a normal...

What is this Fat Woman Doing on TV?

What is this Fat Woman Doing on TV?

Jun 1, 2012

When I rant about biases and stereotypes and authors’ blindspots, I get the impression that some people think I’m some perfect person without any biases. I’ve talked a lot about my awareness of my own misogyny and racism, but there’s other stuff that creeps up on you too, sometimes when you least expect it. Bias does not happen in a...

The Unreasonable Weight of Being

The Unreasonable Weight of Being

Feb 29, 2012

Some folks might know that I’m a Jillian Michaels fan. I mean, how can you not love somebody who kicks people’s asses all day, screams at them to suck it up, and then provides a thoughtful psych evaluation on them after she’s beaten them raw? I was working out six or seven weeks ago and listening to one of her free podcasts, and she said something, only...

How I went from working out 20 minutes a day to 90-100 minutes a day (and liked it)

How I went from working out 20 minutes a day to 90-100 minutes a day (and liked it)

Jan 6, 2012

It’s no secret that the last year has been a rough one for me as far as getting back on the fitness train. I have a real hard time staying at my much-needed 90 minutes a day minimum workout time. It felt so daunting this year that just getting in 20 minutes on the bike a couple times a week counted as a win. Getting in 10 minutes of weights in the morning was...

When You’re Going Through Hell… Keep Going

I was never a fit kid. I started this blog in part to talk about my path toward some semblance of fitness after a sedentary period in South Africa spent sparring with cockroaches, drinking too much red wine, smoking too many cigarettes, and binge eating (a default I have fought long and hard to overcome). Moving to Chicago inspired me to get back to the low-carb...

Level Up

Switched from 5 lb weights during my morning circuit to 10 lb weights. Yes, yes, I can heft my 20 lb and 30 lb for limited exercises, but 3 minutes of strength followed by cardio followed by strength again is a liiiittle tougher. Two weeks with the 5 lbs was just enough for me to start getting bored. Now it’s 10 lbs and I felt like I was gonna die again....

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