No one has ever said “I got so fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables.”

I got so fat from eating fruits and veggies

There’s a lot of people out there who consider overeating the worst thing you can do. Especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

I mean, there’s a good reason for it, and it’s not like gluttony hasn’t been vilified for centuries as one of the deadliest of sins.

But when you’re trying to lose weight, one of the main misconceptions is about overeating. Overeating isn’t the problem–overeating the wrong kinds of foods is.

Think about it this way: You have probably never heard anyone say “I got so fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables.”

Because that’s ridiculous.  Continue reading

Running Gear Review: Lock Laces (Elastic No Tie Shoelaces)

Lock Laces Review

I have a confession to make. I’m terrible at tying my shoes. Terrible. I’m a grown man, but my shoes come untied two or three times a day. I don’t know what it is–maybe it’s being left-handed, I don’t know–but I’m just straight-up bad at it.

As a runner, that’s a pretty terrible quirk since so much of our sport is tied to how we lace up. (Heh. Puns.) I mean, I was stopping once or twice a run to tighten up my laces and make sure my shoes weren’t slipping around.

So when I started seeing blogs and forums mentioning Lock Laces, I decided to give them a try. I wasn’t sure how I’d like having elastic bands in my shoes that I had to cinch up instead of knotting, but after running in them for a couple months, I can honestly say that I am never going to tie my running shoes again.

Ever.  Continue reading

It Takes Discipline to Make Any Kind of Progress

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Last year was hard for me. I ran a half-marathon in October, but getting there was tough. I had bursitis in my hip from stupid things I’d done to myself the previous summer, so training was slow, steady, and careful.

One thing I try to track is my summer-to-summer progress in terms of running. Take last year to this year, for instance. With my hip injury, I had to stay pretty inactive. So, for example, on June 4th, 2014, I ran 2 miles. This year, on June 6th, right at one year later, I ran 10.

I am stupidly proud of myself.

But it took a lot of hard work and discipline to get there. Continue reading