Posts by auntfun
|Health & Support||Upset, need support||Apr 05 2008
When I was in university, I suffered terribly from bulimia. It is really awful. I sought help at Overeaters Anonymous. They cost nothing and the rooms are filled with people who understood my insanity around food. Good luck!
|Fitness||What's the definition of "out of shape"?||Mar 31 2008
Wow - just because we have new data now doesn't mean that we need to throw stones at Dr. Cooper's ground-breaking work! He was a revolutionary in his time. Remember that his time coincided with women not being allowed to run marathons because they were considered "too delicate" to be up for the task!
But to the point, Covert Bailey has written some sensible ideas in "Fit or Fat?" that might be helpful. There are also a number of little gimicks people use based on how many sit ups you can do or how long you can hold a plank position. For me, it's about can I do what I want to do? Can I go hiking on a moment's notice and not get winded in the first 20 minutes? Can I keep up with my active kids? Can I go for a run with my buddies and it doesn't matter if it is 5 miles or 15 miles?
There are a lot of measures to answer this question. It should at a minimum include BMI, a blood panel, and a simple test of aerobic fitness, whatever that test looks like.
|Fitness||Half Marathon Training||Mar 30 2008
I started running marathons 18 months ago and have now run 8 marathons and will run #9 on May 3. Nothing clears out my head and gives me focus like running. Running makes me want to eat better because the fuel I put in my body directly affects my ability to enjoy a run.
My favorite site is Hal Higdon's http://www.halhigdon.com/ He has a variety of training plans to fit most fitness levels and goals. From the stats you cite, it looks like you have running experience. I would not recommend ramping up for a half marathon in 8 short weeks for a non-runner. I have heard from plenty of people who run only on a treadmill... In fact, my sister (an elite marathoner) told me of a woman in Alaska who trained on a treadmill exclusively for her first marathon - and WON!
For anyone who is starting a running program or setting their sights on a big race, I recommend getting a training plan (such as one of Hal's, or Jeff Galloway's, or something from Runner's World) and sticking to it. Set realistic goals and don't deviate from the plan. Running too much too fast is a good way to get injured.