Feeling guilty about not exercising enough?

Prisoner in striped uniform on white

Doing time.

Last Friday I participated in my first ever Twitter chat hosted by Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone. The topic of the chat was the #wycwyc principle: (doing) what you can, when you can.

During the chat there was an interesting discussion about the #wycwyc concept, all or nothing thinking and the feeling of guilt that is often associated with exercise.  I’m occasionally prey to those feelings myself and that’s why the discussion stuck in my memory. [Read more…]

February focus: More movement, less exercise

february-focus-moveJanuary is  over and I’ve chosen a new focus for February.

My January focus was #wycwyc – doing what I can, when I can. I applied the “wickwick” principle to incorporate more exercise in my daily life, cleaning my home and getting things done immediately – instead of just thinking about doing stuff.

Tackling things immediately was perhaps the most important achievement to me.

What comes to my February focus, it’s almost a continuation to the wycwyc principle. In February, my goal is to add more movement and more movement variety to my daily life. I got the inspiration from Katy Bowman’s article This year, exercise less on Breakingmuscle.com and from reading other posts on her blog. [Read more…]

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…]