• sisters on a mission.

  • Three sisters. One in Virginia. One in London. One in New York. None of whom wear shorts. Ever.

  • the mission?

    Running.
    Taking delight.
    Learning Italian.
    Getting to Italy.
    Wearing shorts.
    In Italy.
    June 2011.

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The NOW Body

I read an article in The Times this weekend called, The Body for Now that made me think of our quest.  It got my interest with the first line….”it all started with a lot of talk about bottoms.  My friends had become obsessed by bums…”.   The article goes on to talk about how super-skinny is just not in anymore.  Instead the dream physique is a healthy, sporty one obtained by “getting your kicks for fun instead of punishing yourself in the gym”.  A few celebs like Anniston, Paltrow, and Christensen are mentioned (as are some new shoes by Reebok) as examples.   They all cross-train and watch what they eat.  I guess it’s a bit easier when you can take your yoga instructor with you on location (Jen’s says that if you want to change your body you have to change your diet – which accounts for 80% of how you look).  I’m sure she has a cook too.  When she has a Mexican meal she doesn’t deny herself…oh, no! She will just have 3 tortilla chips.  Hilarious.  What fun is that?

I just finished week 7 – all 25 minute runs.  I have to say I’m finally starting to enjoy running.  AND I’m getting the good addiction to exercising again.  AND I do have much more energy.  At the end of this illuminating article it says….”you want to wear shorts?  Go for it.  Get down to the gym, the park, or get on a bike.”.  I’m still waiting for the magic bum and legs transformation.

I’m going to make a cake and have some nachos.

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on posteriors and lessons learned

The best lesson learned I have ever heard was from my friend Dayna (aka suttonhoo in the blogosphere)  who, upon completing a two-week sailing trip around the islands of Greece with a naturist first-mate, came to the realization that “your underwear is there to protect me as much as it is to protect you.”

This truism should be at the very top of the list of gluteal words of wisdom.   It is so brilliant that I hesitate to put forth my own addition to the record based on my experience today.  But in the interest of science and the need to produce a blog post I offer this advice:

Get your bum fancy in moderation.

And by this I mean:

  1. Do not add extra derriere maneuvers to your pilates workout the day before starting the Couch to 5K week three workout in which you double your running sections.
  2. Do not engage in four hours of walking around Arts in the Park after the aforementioned target training even though you might score a really cool necklace* with a carved Tibetan bead illustrating the conch, one of the eight auspicious signs.
  3. If you should decide to perform all of the above, then do not forget to stretch said area prior to running the next day lest cheek cramps prevent you from going faster than a slow crawl.

That is all my friends.  I caution you to not make the same mistakes I made.   If my words can make a difference for just one person, then it was worth the pain (but not really).

* necklace by Karie Walker - http://www.beadpoet.etsy.com