Another fantastic fall day! The leaves are colourful, it’s sunny and warm, but not too warm – perfect autumnal weather.
As such, I’m going outside to play instead of staying in and writing a long blog post.
As you know, I’m a bit of a reader, so here are some of the articles and posts that have caught my interest lately:
John Romaniello (Roman)’s blog is always a pleasure to read, but his most recent post was even more awesome than usual. It was about five women in the fitness industry that you should know about. And you totally should, because they are all amazing.
These next two articles are related. Both JC Deen and Jen Komas Keck wrote about looking fit versus being fit. This is an important distinction, especially when so many of us have an ideal body in our mind when we set out on our fitness journey. The body we think we want might not be the body that we need. You can look great and feel awful. That’s why your training and your diet need to take into account not just your body composition goals, but your performance goals and your overall health too. Balance, people, in all things – balance.
JC’s article: “Why Getting Jacked, Strong and Lean is Never Enough”
and Jen’s “Looking Fit Doesn’t Mean Being Healthy”
Finally, those who know me know that I love me some audiobooks (and also the library).
My latest library acquisition is Augusten Burroughs’ This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike. It’s not a usual self-help book, per se, but it’s a good one. A little cynical, straight to the point, and actually helpful. Regardless of whether you agree with him or not, Augusten is a riveting writer and listening to him speak his own words gives a whole new layer to the book. There are some writers who shouldn’t read their own audiobooks – Mr. Burroughs is one who definitely should.
Right now, I’m in the middle of the chapter on shame. While some of his thoughts about weight loss/gain/body image resonated with me, the shame stuff is hitting home. He says that shame often masquerades as common sense – thinking that you’re not smart enough, or accomplished enough, or in a stable enough position financially to embark on some daring path, that’s not common sense, it’s shame. And it’s holding you back. It’s holding me back. I think this book was a great (and timely) find and I’m anxious to see what else he has to say.
That’s it for today – have a wonderful Thursday!