We’re Not in High School Any More

I’ve mentioned before that in high school, I got picked on for being fat. I don’t remember many specific moments, but I do have memories of certain people (all boys) being particularly mean. Sometime during college, I was home for the summer and ran into one of those people. Not …

Fit Five: Julie

Today’s Fit Five Friday features Julie from New York. Let’s see what she has to say about health, fitness, and her body. 1. What do you love about your body? I appreciate the body I have, with all its imperfections. I love the fact that I have a healthy body …

Vocabulary Lesson

Yesterday on the BFD Facebook page, I linked to an article in The New York Times about moms dealing with post-pregnancy weight loss. In particular, the article talks about the shaming that happens when celebrity moms don’t lose weight in what society (or, rather, tabloid magazines) feels is a timely …

Accessorizing

When I go out for a training walk, I’m covered head to toe in accessories. I’ve got a moisture-wicking cap (emblazoned with the Gilda’s Gang logo, of course), sleek polarized sunglasses, a purple rubber Road ID*, and a fancy watch that tracks my pace, time, and miles. Sometimes I wear …

Fit Five: Krista

Today’s Fit Five Friday features Krista from Wisconsin. Let’s see what she has to say about health, fitness, and her body. 1. What do you love about your body? Oh dear. Well, I used to love how strong my feet looked to me. I thought they were earthy and kind …

Good Enough

When I meet someone new, the conversation usually ends up coming around to the fact that I do half marathons. The reaction is usually one of impressed shock. “You run marathons?!” I then explain that no, I don’t run marathons, I walk half marathons. Then, the reaction is often, “Oh.” …

These Boots

I swear I’m not trying to hasten the end of summer, but: I love leggings and sweaters and scarves (oh my). I also love boots, especially the knee-high ones. But here’s the problem: Most boots that you can buy off the shelf are made for people with skinny legs. It’s very …

Fit Five Friday: Andrea

Today’s Fit Five Friday features Andrea from New York. Let’s see what she has to say about health, fitness, and her body. 1. What do you love about your body? I love that my body lets me experience life.  As far as what I like about my body – I …

Under Pressure

Several years ago, I got to be an extra in a movie. The scenes took place in an abandoned hospital. I got called to the set a handful of times (dressed as a nurse in blue scrubs), and for one two-hour stretch I stood in a hallway with another extra, …

Bob, Jillian, or… Me?

Let’s talk about personal trainers. The only one I’ve had experience with is the one who wanted to weigh me and measure my BMI before she’d help me figure out how to work out with a leg injury. I haven’t been back to that gym since that frustrating day. But …