Archives for January 2014

My Easy DIY Standing Desk

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My not very elegant but very usable standing desk 🙂

As you can see from the picture, I now have a (DIY) standing desk. What’s even better, it didn’t cost me a dime! All I needed was some ingenuity and a couple of pieces of exercise equipment.

The only drawback is that it requires some effort from my part to convert my standing desk back to a sitting desk.

Lack of style might called another drawback, but I don’t really mind it as long I feel better. 🙂 [Read more…]

Fit Mom revisited

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Here is how we all end up if we live long enough.

Do you still remember the Fit Mom / Maria Kang furor?

For those who aren’t in the know – Fit Mom/Maria Kang is a fitness blogger who presumably posted her image on her Facebook page to shame other moms for not looking like her just months after giving birth.

Later on, I read another blogger’s – Taryn Brumfitt’s – post on the topic: Fit mom: this is my excuse. Taryn Brumfitt posted a series of unorthodox before and after photos where she goes from a bikini fitness body to “a normal weight, average mom” body (my words). [Read more…]

Should vs self-compassion

december-focusAs you may remember, self-compassion was my December focus. I set out to ask myself how I could treat myself kindly every day. Unfortunately I was so busy and stressed out much of the time that I had little energy left to write about the topic.

Even though I wasn’t able to give the topic my full attention I made a couple of interesting observations. [Read more…]

My week: salsa and strength workouts

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This young guy is our salsa teacher.

After a long break, salsa and choir both started this week. On top of that I finally began my “super training” workouts on Wednesday. 🙂

I started easy – I only did two strength training workouts this week.

Next week I’m going to increase my workouts to three and  after another week or two I’m going to add two short metabolic intervals to the mix. [Read more…]

The Confidence Gap – A book review

confidence-gap-bookI ordered Russ Harris’s book The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt last September. I’ve read and reread parts of the book ever since and probably will do many times in the future when I need some reinforcement, so now is a high time to write a formal review.

I want to add that writing this blog post is actually a proof of the approach the book teaches – that you can do stuff even though you doubt yourself or you aren’t feeling particularly confident. [Read more…]